How can you import furniture from Indonesia?
If you want to import furniture from Indonesia, there are several things you need to know. Firstly, if it’s wooden furniture you’re importing, make sure the wood is SVLK certified. This means the wood being used is certified as legal by the Indonesian government. Click here if you want to know more about other certificates you need to import furniture from Indonesia.
When making a deal with your furniture supplier, most of the time you are either agreeing on a FOB price or an ex-factory price. The term Free On Board was coined back in the days after many goods fell between shore and ship. It was not clear who was responsible for the damages. Thus the trade deal came to be; Free on Board. So when FOB, your manufacturer will take care of all the Indonesian paperwork and pay for the transport until shipment. Sometimes the deal includes ex-factory, which means you need to take care of all the transport when importing furniture from Indonesia
Most manufacturers offer 20HC or 40HC containers to fill your products in. Consolidation of containers is becoming more popular as appropriate planning technologies emerge. There are also many acquisitions happening by big players in the shipping industry. However, most companies find these methods unreliable, as they are still in their infancy.
On the island of Java, where you can find most furniture manufacturers, there are 3 main ports to ship from. There is Tanjung Prio in Jakarta, Tanjung Emas in Semarang and Tanjung Perak in Surabaya. These ports are unsurprisingly all in the North-Java Sea, as the south coast is deemed too risky for ports to thriving. The picture below includes all other major ports in Indonesia.