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  • Getting Personal effects from Abroad?

    Hi all,
    Hope everyone is doing well in these times.

    I am currently in Jakarta since last year March when the pandemic hit.
    Due to the given circumstance, I have made Indonesia my temporary home.
    I wanted to bring my personal effects from Australia here which are just moving boxes filled with educational books and resources for the kids.
    However, I have not done so as of yet as I had been told that there will be a whopping 60% import tax bringing stuff into Indonesia which is ridiculous.
    I even made the mistake once buying some clothing from overseas and got charged 60% import tax + resell fees?? even though it was personal use and I explained it to customs but they did not care.

    Now I have read that I need to ship my stuff from abroad within 3 months of KITAS approval but then it was impossible due to the Pandemic and every country was shut down.

    Any Advice and service recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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    Originally posted by AlanM234 View Post
    (1) ...60% import tax + resell fees... even though it was personal use...

    (2) Now I have read that I need to ship my stuff from abroad within 3 months of KITAS approval but then it was impossible due to the Pandemic...

    (1) Each kind of thing has a specific tax rate , and more than 1 kind of tax . In the past we could buy abroad (online) up to US$50 (if I am not mistaken) free of tax , but recently this limit went down to just US$3 (according to https://www.posindonesia.co.id/en/content/aturan-impor (Import Rules , Indonesian Postal Office)

    (2) I have heard about this tax exemption for personal effects of foreigners with KITAS/KITAP , but this is the first time I heard about this 3 months limit . Unfortunately I neither don't know if true or not nor I have any advice/recommendation .

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