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Ocean and Air Shipping From Indonesia to India

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5,000km of the Indian Ocean separates Indonesia and India. Southeast Asia’s biggest nation exported $14 billion of goods to India in 2018 according to the United Nation’s COMTRADE database, with palm oil the most exported product.

  1. An agreement reached in Jakarta in 2018 is set to boost bilateral trade to $50 billion by 2025. Busy times lie ahead for the trade lanes between the two countries. If your business is already sending air or ocean freight from Indonesia to India, or you are shipping for the first time, a freight forwarder can help by:
  2. Coordinating all aspects of your shipment
  3. Giving you a choice of door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-port deliveries
  4. Helping you navigate the sometimes complicated world of customs clearance
  5. Letting you track the status of your consignment via GPS

Shipping Ocean Freight From Indonesia to India

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Two to four weeks is the average duration of ocean shipping from Indonesia to India. The journey your products make from port in Indonesia across the Indian Ocean will usually be made in a container aboard a cargo ship.

Containers generally come in two sizes—20ft and 40ft. A standard container that opens at one end will suit most consignments. If your goods require a specific container, your freight forwarder can advise on whether your goods might be better off in a refrigerated or ventilated container or one that’s extra tall, wide, or long.

To determine the right solution for your business, freight forwarders will need to know the weight, dimensions, and volume of your goods. This information will also help to determine whether LCL or FCL shipping is best for your sea freight.

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

If your goods are not urgently required in India and you can’t fill enough pallets to warrant hiring a full container, LCL is for you. With LCL your goods share container space with other products transported in a shipping container from Indonesia to India. Consolidation and de-consolidation will be required in ports of departure and arrival. These essential logistics processes require extra touches of your goods—worth knowing if you are sending delicates. It can also mean LCL takes longer to ship than FCL.

Full Container Load (FCL) From Indonesia to India

Importantly, you don’t have to fill a container to use FCL shipping. You can pay for the exclusive use of a container and fill it with as many or as few goods as you desire. Other features of FCL shipping include:

Ability to seal your container before transit to your port of origin Fewer touches of your goods than LCL, since there is no consolidation or de-consolidation A faster shipping time than LCL in the majority of cases

Cargo Ports of Origin in Indonesia


The Port of Cabang Tanjung Priok in Jakarta is the key gateway to the Indonesian archipelago. Jakarta’s port is popular and prone to congestion due to lack of storage space and cargo berths. But don’t let that dissuade you from using this ocean freight facility. Three container terminals and a 16,800 meter-long quayside can efficiently process goods destined for India.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II.

Annual Container Volume: >8 million TEUs.


Belawan Sumatra

Indonesia’s biggest port outside of Java is perhaps best known as a stop-off for cruise ships. But the port has cargo handling facilities that can be used to ship to India. The location suits businesses in Northwestern Sumatra. Rubber, coffee, and tea are among the goods most often exported from here.

Owned By: Pelni.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.



Tanjung Perak (as the Port of Surabaya is also called) is the main cargo hub serving East Java. Accessed via the narrow Madura Strait, it’s a focal point for inter-island shipping. So if your manufacturer or supplier is based on one of Indonesia’s islands, transporting your goods here and onward to India could save you time and hassle.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II.

Annual Container Volume: >3.8 million TEUs.



Indonesia’s third-largest port gives businesses in northern coastal regions of Java a port from which to import or export from Indonesia to India. If your supply chain transports goods from Salatiga, Demak, Kendal, or nearby areas, Semarang is a convenient port of origin.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan III Indonesia.

Annual Container Volume: >730,000 TEUs.


Cargo Ports of Arrival in India

Nhava Sheva

Freight forwarders can ship goods from Semarang in Indonesia to Nhava Sheva in around three weeks by FCL shipping. Nhava Sheva serves as an alternative to the nearby Port of Mumbai and is where more than half of India’s containerized freight is processed. Use this port if the destination for your goods from Indonesia is in:

Mumbai Pune Nashik

Elsewhere in Maharashtra

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



This Tamil Nadu sea freight hub is India’s second-largest container port. One of the closest ports to Indonesia, it’s enjoying a boom in popularity. That’s evidenced by its record-breaking year to March 2019 when the port processed 15.7 million TEUs.

Owned By: Chennai Port Trust, Ministry of Shipping.

Annual Container Volume: >15.7 million TEUs.



Container throughput grew by a staggering 27.7% in 2017, fueled by bigger cargo ships using the port. Its location in the Gulf of Kachchh gives shippers a convenient way to access India’s northwestern hinterland. Cargo teams at four container terminals can discharge and manage goods from Indonesia.

Owned By: Adani Group.

Annual Container Volume: >4.2 million TEUs.



Those ‘in-the-know’ could recommend shipping goods from Indonesia to Kattupalli instead of Chennai. The Indian ports are just 31km apart and Kattupalli is the more modern of the two. It’s privately owned and guarantees congestion-free approach roads, unlike its older, busier neighbor. That’s good to know if you require speedy onward distribution of goods from Indonesia.

Owned By: Adani Group.

Annual Container Volume: >493,000 TEUs.



Opened in 2002, Pipavav is India’s first privately-owned port. Serving Surat, Rajkot, and other cities in Gujarat in Northwest India, it’s by no means the nation’s largest port. But there are two berths and eight cranes to facilitate the unloading of container vessels.

Owned By: A.P. Moller Maersk Group.

Annual Container Volume: >880,000 TEUs.


Other Destination Ports in India

Your container from Indonesia to India can also be unloaded at these other ports:

Haldia Mormugao Cochin Hazira Kolkata Visakhapatnam Krishnapatnam Tuticorin

Air Freight From Indonesia to India

Air shipping between Indonesia and India usually takes four to eight days, significantly quicker than ocean shipping. Currently, there are no direct flights between the two countries, so freight forwarders will use indirect services to ship your goods by air.

The short shipping time could make air freight advantageous to your business. But there are other reasons why you might want to consider sending goods as air freight from Indonesia to India, such as:

Your products are fragile, perishable or temperature-sensitive and therefore better suited to a shorter shipping time You only have a small consignment—perhaps just a few pallets— to send Your cargo is high value, so will benefit from the strict airline and airport security measures

Airports of Origin in Indonesia

Denpasar Bali

Situated 13km south of Denpasar, this is the closest air facility to Jimbaran and Kuta. Ngurah Rai International Airport is Indonesia’s second-busiest airport. Wide-body aircraft can use this air freight hub and fly to destinations in India via indirect routes.

India Airports Served: None.

Denpasar to India Cargo-Only Operators: None.



The opening of a third runway at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in December 2019 increased the cargo handling capacity of an airport that’s 20km northwest of Jakarta. More expansion is planned with the cargo terminal due to be relocated to a bigger site at the airport by 2025. Freight forwarders will route goods from here to India using indirect flights as there are no direct services.

India Airports Served: None.

Jakarta to India Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Freight forwarders will probably route your shipment to India via Singapore, Hong Kong, or Kuala Lumpur as there are no direct flights from Surabaya. The airport at Surabaya is just 12km from the city of Surabaya in Eastern Java. It’s Indonesia’s third-busiest air hub with a single runway and a two-story freight terminal handling about 120,000 tonnes of air freight each year.

India Airports Served: None.

Surabaya to India Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Airports of Arrival in India


Shipping from Indonesia can be flown here via indirect services from Jakarta Airport and processed ready for onward distribution across India in eight days. Freight teams at this airport handle nearly one million tonnes of air cargo annually. The aprons can accommodate up to five wide-body airplanes at once. The airport’s full name is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Mumbai Cargo-Only Operators: None.



No direct flights operate between Indonesia and the Indian capital. Freight forwarders will use indirect services to get your goods to India’s premier air cargo-handling facility. Landing your goods here will give you easy road and railroad access to locations across Northern and Central India including:

New Delhi Jaipur Agra

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Delhi Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Shipping air freight from Jakarta to Bangalore is one of the quickest ways to move goods between Indonesia and India. A good freight forwarder will be able to arrange for an air freight carrier to deliver a shipment in just four days. The airport has two runways and three cargo terminals ready to receive goods from Indonesia for onward distribution across Southern India.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Bangalore Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Cochin is the world’s first airport that’s fully solar-powered. The United Nations named it a ‘Champion of the Earth’ in 2018. The sole air freight terminal covers 20 hectares and features a dedicated cold storage area for perishables.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Cochin Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Chennai is a major air freight hub on India’s east coast in Tamil Nadu, just over 20km from the city center. Air shipping from Jakarta or Surabaya in Indonesia takes around eight days. Ideal if your customers in eastern India need your goods in a hurry.

Connected Airports in Indonesia: None.

Indonesia to Chennai Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Arrival Airports in India

Freight forwarders can coordinate air cargo shipments from Indonesia to another four airports in India, namely; Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Coimbatore.

Customs Clearance Procedures in Indonesia and India

When shipping commercial goods, customs clearance rules and regulations must be adhered to. That requires the completion of specific documentation to accompany your consignment. Checks will be carried out before departure from Indonesia and upon arrival in India. To help you, we’ve listed the paperwork you will need to complete:

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

Should you wish to find out more about these documents and see samples of each, we’ve gathered them together on this page.

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

5,000 kilometers separate Indonesia and India. Freight forwarders can ship goods by air in four to eight days. Ocean carriage will take between two and four weeks.

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

The total ocean shipping time between Indonesia and India will vary. Times can range from as little as two weeks, to as many as four, as indicated by the following route examples, taken from the Shipa Freight database:

Surabaya to Nhava Sheva—16 days FCL, 15 days LCL Jakarta to Nhava Sheva—14 days FCL, 14 days LCL Jakarta to Chennai—17 days FCL, 14 days LCL Semarang to Nhava Sheva—21 days FCL Surabaya to Mundra—26 days LCL Jakarta to Mundra—26 days LCL Semarang to Chennai—21 days LCL Surabaya to Chennai—25 days FCL, 18 days LCL

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

The fastest way to ship goods from Indonesia to India is by air as this list shows:

Jakarta to Chennai—8 days Jakarta to Mumbai—6 days Jakarta to Cochin —8 days Surabaya to Chennai—8 days Jakarta to Bangalore—4 days

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

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The cost of shipping from Indonesia to India depends on your choice of air or ocean shipping, the nature of the goods you wish to ship, and the following factors:

  • Your chosen port of origin in Indonesia
  • Your chosen port of arrival in India
  • Whether it’s peak or low season for shipping
  • Available capacity among airlines or shipping lines
  • Fuel prices
  • Whether FCL or LCL shipping is required for your ocean cargo
  • The weight, volume, and dimensions of your consignment
  • Whether a door-to-door, door-to-port, port-to-door or port-to-port delivery is needed

Air shipping is usually more expensive than ocean shipping but is often the preferred option for many shippers who:

  • Want to ship goods from Indonesia that are urgently required in India
  • Have a consignment that weighs less than 100kg
  • Have a small shipment to send - one that can fit on one, two, or three pallets

Generally speaking, it’s more cost-effective to ship cargo weighing above 100kg as ocean cargo. That’s because as shipments get larger, the cost-difference between an import from Indonesia to India by sea, versus one made by an air-freight carrier, widens considerably. A large shipment of air freight can cost many times more than the same shipment sent via ocean carrier.

Please note that Shipa Freight does not offer quotations for cargo that weighs less than 35kg.

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

Shipa Freight delivers digitized freight forwarding services to all kinds of businesses. Our online platform is designed to make international shipping accessible to all and simple for everyone to understand.

If you are seeking a stress-free way to send a shipping container from Indonesia to India, or to fly your freight, use Shipa Freight and get:

  • A quick quote for your consignment
  • Easy online card payments
  • The ability to track your shipping online using your smart devices
  • A choice of port to port, door to port, door to door or port to door deliveries
  • Customs clearance advice from shipping experts
  • 24/7 customer service support provided by teams at our parent company Agility Logistics

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

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