Indonesia Humanitarian Customs Regulations

This document was submitted in response to a questionnaire distributed by Global Hand regarding humanitarian customs information. It provides regulations for importing humanitarian aid into Indonesia.

Required Documents

  • a. Approval letter for donation goods from National Coordination Agency for National Disaster and Refugees Relief (Bakornas PBP). b. List of donation goods completed with :
  • Description of goods.
  • Mark of goods
  • Type of goods
  • Valuation of goods
  • Transportation
  • The donor of goods
  • The Gift Certificate In addition, the following documents are needed:
  • bill of lading/airway bill
  • commercial invoice
  • packing list
  • certificate of origin In order to release the goods, a special Declaration for home use (PIBT) is needed.

Prohibited Goods

  • No specific goods are listed as prohibited. However, the following lists the goods which are acceptable as gifts to be used for charity, public worship, social or cultural purposes:
  • Foods, medicines and clothes for free distribution to needy communities, including aid to natural disaster victims.
  • Surgery instruments, therapeutic devices and dressing materials for social organisations.
  • Goods needed for the construction or repair of worship buildings, hospitals, polyclinics and schools or goods which will constitute fixed assets.
  • Clinic cars, patient transport facilities, public worship officer transport facilities, health officer transport facilities.
  • Study and teaching equipment for educational institutes and provided free of charge to promote the intelligence of society.
  • Goods needed for permanent use by associations and organisations for cultural purposes.

Tax Exemption

According to Article 25 (1) e Indonesian Customs Law No. 10/1995, exemption of Import Duty shall be granted for import duty of goods donated for charitable and social purposes, example : aids for the relief of natural disasters. In addition, the importation of the goods listed in section 2 above, for charity, public worship, social or cultural purposes, shall be granted import duty and excise exemption. The organisations or institutions engaged in charity, public worship, social or cultural activities, which are entitled to this tax exemption, shall be appointed by the Minister of Finance. Refer to the decree of the Minister of Finance No. 144/KMK.05/1997 dated 31 March 1997 for more information.

PreShipment Application

  • Tax exemption should be obtained from the Director General of Customs and Excise on behalf of the Minister of Finance. The following attachments are required:
  • Quantitative details and types of goods for which tax exemption is requested and their customs value.
  • Gift certificates from overseas contributors declaring that the goods are granted and their procurement uses no Indonesian foreign exchange.
  • Recommendations from relevant technical ministries.

Monetary Valuation

As specified in pre-shipment application.

Additional Information

Contact the Director General of Customs and Excise in Indonesia for specific queries on any of the above.

Tsunami Customs Update

As of Monday 10th January, the Coordinating Ministry of Peoples’ Welfare issued new simplified procedures for the clearance of humanitarian aid through customs. Please see the UNJLC website for further details including required documents and customs contact information:


Consul of Finance and Customs, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Hong Kong.


Regions / countries / territories

Asia: Indonesia