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Ocean & Air Shipping From Indonesia to Brazil

Information and quote from Indonesia to Brazil for LCL, FCL and Air shipping

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Eight days for air shipping and up to eight weeks for ocean shipping. That’s usually how long it takes to ship commercial goods from Indonesia to Brazil. There are no direct flights between the countries.

The 17,700-kilometer distance helps explain that. Current aircraft simply don’t have the fuel capacity to fly non-stop. The journey by ocean is long too, with cargo vessels taking at least five weeks to head west from Indonesia and across the Indian and Atlantic oceans to reach South America.

That doesn’t stop Brazil being Indonesia’s biggest export market in Latin America, with annual trade between the two reaching $1.15 billion in 2018. Rubber and electrical appliances are among the main types of freight shipped. Whatever the nature of the goods you’re exporting or importing from Indonesia to Brazil, getting a freight forwarder to arrange and coordinate your shipment can save your business a lot of time and effort.

Shipping Ocean Freight From Indonesia to Brazil

Warehouse operative pushing a trolley, stacked with boxes, from the Flag of Indonesia towards the flag of Brazil

If your goods aren’t urgently required by your client or customer in Brazil, or you have a consignment too big to ship as air freight, ocean shipping is for you.

Cargo vessels will usually head west from Indonesia, crossing the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic before docking in eastern Brazil. To book your sea freight on board an international carrier, you will need to:

  • Select your port of origin in Indonesia
  • Choose your port of arrival in Brazil
  • Choose whether you want to ship your goods LCL or FCL

The key difference between LCL and FCL is that with LCL (which stands for less-than-container-load) your goods will share a container with other cargo.

With FCL (full container load), you get exclusive use of a container. You can also select from a range of different types of containers to suit the nature of your consignment, including:

  • Refrigerated containers
  • Open top containers
  • Flat rack containers
  • Insulated containers
  • Ventilated containers

Your freight forwarder should be able to explain the key differences to you.

Sending a Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) From Indonesia to Brazil

Smaller consignments are often more suited to LCL shipping. This process involves the consolidation of your goods with others in your port of origin in Indonesia before your shared container is lifted aboard a cargo vessel bound for Brazil.

Upon arrival, deconsolidation will occur before your goods can be discharged and transported to your final destination. When booking an LCL shipment, it’s advisable to check that your freight forwarder can:

  • Provide LCL shipping services between your chosen ports
  • Offer port-to-port, door-to-port, door-to-door, or port-to-door delivery options
  • Provide information and guidance to help make completing customs clearance documentation easier

Full Container Load (FCL) From Indonesia to Brazil

For exclusive use of a shipping container from Indonesia to Brazil, choose FCL shipping. It is normally the fastest way to ship goods via ocean trade lanes, as no consolidation or de-consolidation is required.

Your container can be filled and sealed at your chosen location in Indonesia and remain sealed until arrival in Brazil—unless customs officials intervene.

Importantly, FCL shipping does not require you to fill your container. You can load as many or as few pallets as you need to export or import from Indonesia to Brazil. Standard containers suit most ocean freight, and they come in two sizes:

  • 20ft containers which can carry ten or 11 standard pallets
  • 40ft containers with a capacity for up to 21 pallets

Cargo Ports of Origin in Indonesia


Known locally as Cabang Tanjung Priok, this is the busiest and most technologically-advanced seaport in Indonesia. Over half of the country’s ocean cargo is handled here. The port is ranked number 22 in the Lloyd’s One Hundred Ports 2019 list and has 20 terminals, three of which are for containerized goods. The quay is over 16,800 meters long, and the port’s storage area measures over 660,000 square meters.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II.

Annual Container Volume: >8 million TEUs.



The main port serving East Java, Surabaya (also called Tanjung Perak) is accessed via the 40km-long Madura Strait. The port is regarded as being the center for inter-island shipping in Indonesia. It’s the 43rd busiest port in the world, and its container hub is one of six terminals in the port.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II.

Annual Container Volume: >3.8 million TEUs.


Belawan Sumatra

Situated on the northwest coast of Sumatra, this harbor in Medan is Indonesia’s busiest outside of Java. known more for its passenger services, it’s still a good choice as a port of origin for your cargo. That’s thanks to the container terminal built in 1985 which handles imports and exports, especially tea, coffee, and rubber.

Owned By: Pelni.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.



Tanjung Emas Port, as Semarang is also known, dates back to the 19th Century. It’s Indonesia’s third-largest port and is located on Java’s north coast. The port is ideally situated for shippers who have a supplier or manufacturer in Central or Northern Java, in Kendal, Demak, Ambarawa, and Salatiga, for example.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan III Indonesia.

Annual Container Volume: >730,000 TEUs.


Cargo Ports of Arrival in Brazil

Rio Grande du Sol

Brazil’s second-busiest port has a Super Porto which handles global containerized goods. This is a medium-sized port in Southern Brazil close to the mouth of the Rio Grande. If the final destination for your commercial goods from Indonesia is in Southern Brazil, this a great port of arrival to choose.

Owned By: Superintendencia Porto de Rio Grande.

Annual Container Volume: >760,000 TEUs.



No port in Brazil handles more containers than Santos. Latin America’s largest port is Sao Paulo’s main ocean gateway. It’s powered by the most advanced logistics facilities in Brazil. It’s such a popular port that the road and rail routes connecting it with inland locations have exceeded their capacity. But don’t let that stop you using Santos, as goods can still be distributed around Brazil from here.

Owned By: Federal Government of Brazil.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.



Serving Northeastern Brazil, Suape boasts advanced ocean freight handling facilities, including a laser-enabled docking system. Goods shipped here from Indonesia can be distributed across Northern and Eastern Brazil using state and federal roads.

Owned By: Governor Eraldo Gueiros Industrial Port Complex.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.



A small seaport compared to many in Brazil, Navegantes has a 900-meter quay with eight cranes ready to lift goods from ship to shore. A 50,000 square meter warehouse in the port has specialist facilities for frozen goods storage among its many state-of-the-art features.

Owned By: Portonave S/A.

Annual Container Volume: >264,000 TEUs.


Rio de Janeiro

This predominantly cruise-focused port has impressive container-handling facilities. Import or export from Indonesia to Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro port to make use of a 7km-long cargo hub with a 900-meter pier and warehouse storage areas that span 65,000 square meters.

Owned By: Companhia Docos do Rio de Janeiro.

Annual Container Volume: >380,000 TEUs.


Other Ports of Arrival in Brazil:

With Shipa Freight you can send commercial goods from Indonesia to these other Brazilian ports:

  • Salvador
  • Belem
  • Vitoria
  • Pecem
  • Paranagua
  • Itapoa
  • Itajal
  • Manaus

Air Freight From Indonesia to Brazil

The 17,000 kilometers that stands between Indonesia and Brazil is too far for commercial airlines to fly on one tank of fuel. So freight forwarders will calculate the best indirect routes by which to ship your cargo from Indonesia to Brazil. You should consider using air shipping if any of the following apply:

  • Your goods are perishable or fragile
  • Your cargo is high value and will benefit from the extra security offered by airports and airlines
  • Your consignment is small enough to fit on a maximum of three pallets
  • You want to pay a lower insurance premium
  • Your cargo is temperature-sensitive and needs to get from airport to airport quickly
  • You want fewer touches of your goods (compared with ocean freight)

Airports of Origin in Indonesia

Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta

Sometimes abbreviated to SHIA, this is Jakarta’s main airport. Located on the Indonesian island of Java, it’s about 20km northwest of Central Jakarta. A third runway opened in August 2019, with further airport expansion work due to be completed in 2025. The freight terminal currently sits on the east side of Terminal One, but if planned work comes to fruition, it will move to a bigger site on the west side of Terminal Two.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Jakarta to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Denpasar Bali

Ngurah Rai International Airport (as it’s also called) is located 13km south of the city of Denpasar. It’s Indonesia’s second-busiest airport and can receive wide-body aircraft on its runways and aprons. If your goods for export to Brazil originate in Kuta or Jimbaran, or the final link in your supply chain is in area, this airport is ideally located to ease road or rail transit to the facility.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Denpasar to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Juanda International Airport is about 12km from Surabaya in East Java. It’s Indonesia’s third-busiest airport. The airport has three terminals and one runway, plus a two-story cargo building that can handle up to 120,000 tonnes of air freight every year. Plans to expand the airport are in the pipeline.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Surabaya to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Airports of Arrival in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s second-biggest air freight hub has the longest runway in the country. It allows the airport to receive aircraft with bigger cargo holds. No direct flights operate from Indonesia to Brazil, so your goods will be routed here via indirect passenger and/or cargo-only services.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Rio de Janeiro Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Port Alegre

Need to ship goods from Indonesia to Southern Brazil? Landing them at Port Alegre is a good idea as it will cut-down the onward transit time and costs to locations in Catarina and Grande Do Sul. The airport handles 30,000 tonnes of air freight annually—small by comparison with many other airports in Brazil.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Port Alegre Cargo-Only Operators: None.


São Paulo Guarulhos

Sometimes referred to as Cumbica Airport, this is Sao Paulo’s busiest air freight hub. The size of the cargo terminal reflects this. It covers 97,000 square meters. Teams working here are specialists in handling hazardous and refrigerated goods. These and other consignments from Indonesia can land aboard indirect flights on one of the airport’s two runways.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Sao Paulo Guarulhos Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Need to get goods from Indonesia to Southeastern Brazil in a hurry? A fast way is to arrange for them to be flown into Curitiba airport. Its dedicated air cargo terminal has modern freight-handling facilities. Freight forwarders will arrange indirect flights from Indonesia into Curitiba, as no direct flights operate between Indonesia and Brazil.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Curitiba Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Belo Horizonte

This publicly-owned airport is located in Southeastern Brazil. It serves the city of Confins in Minas Gerais. Cargo handling facilities are small, with just 6,400 square meters of warehouse space. But the port can process 18,000 tonnes of air freight per year.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Belo Horizonte Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports of Arrival in Brazil:

Shipa Freight can also arrange for your goods from Indonesia to be flown to these airports in Brazil:

  • Recife
  • Manaus
  • Salvador
  • São Paulo Viracopos

Customs Clearance Procedures in Indonesia and Brazil

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There are many complexities associated with customs clearance, including the documentation required. We’ve provided details of the forms necessary for international shipping here.

Briefly, the paperwork that needs to accompany your shipment to secure export clearance in Indonesia and import clearance in Brazil is:

  • A letter of credit
  • A commercial invoice
  • A tax invoice
  • A packing list
  • A certificate of origin
  • A bill of lading

How Long Does It Take To Ship Freight From Indonesia to Brazil?

On average, it takes eight days to ship goods from Indonesia to Brazil by air freight. There are no direct flights, so indirect services will be used. Ocean shipping is a much longer process taking at least 38 days for FCL shipping and up to 56 days for LCL shipments.

How Long Does It Take To Ship Cargo by Ocean From Indonesia to Brazil?

The examples below show the estimated journey durations for sending a container by ocean freight from Indonesia to Brazil:

Jakarta to Navegantes—56 days FCL Surabaya to Itajal—56 days LCL Jakarta to Santos—38 days FCL, 56 days LCL Jakarta to Rio Grande—56 days FCL, 56 days LCL Jakarta to Itapoa—56 days FCL Jakarta to Parangua—56 days FCL, 52 days LCL Surabaya to Itapoa—56 days FCL Jakarta to Rio de Janeiro—56 days FCL, 38 days LCL

How Long Does It Take to Ship Air Freight From Indonesia to Brazil?

The fastest way to ship commercial goods from Indonesia to Brazil is by air freight. To give you an idea of the time it takes, the average shipping duration from Jakarta Airport to Rio de Janeiro Airport is eight days.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Cargo From Indonesia to Brazil?

To generate a quote for air or ocean shipping from Indonesia to Brazil, your freight forwarder will take into account several factors:

  • Your chosen ports of origin and arrival
  • Whether you want air or ocean shipping
  • Your choice of FCL or LCL ocean shipping
  • The type of goods you want to ship
  • The weight, volume, and size of your goods
  • Your choice of port-to-door, door-to-port, port-to-port, or door-to-door deliveries

As well as timings and costs, the weight of your goods can play a key role in deciding your choice of ocean and air shipping. Consignments below 100kg can be nearly as cost-effective to ship on an aircraft as aboard an ocean carrier. For goods weighing above 100kg, air shipping starts to get far more expensive in comparison with ocean freight.

Why Choose Shipa Freight For Shipping Cargo From Indonesia to Brazil?

Shipa Freight offers modern and affordable freight-forwarding services for shipping from Indonesia to Brazil. Choose Shipa Freight’s online-only platform if you want:

  • Quick quotes
  • Online bookings and payments
  • GPS tracking of shipments
  • Port to port, door to port, port to door, and door to door delivery options
  • Expert customs clearance information and advice
  • 24/7 customer service, backed by the expertise of our parent company Agility Logistics
  • Access to a variety of ports and airports in Indonesia and Brazil

“With Shipa Freight, I could do everything from quotation to booking with just a click”.

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