Transport Indonesia with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Indonesia. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, Indonesia is a huge potential market and a major trading partner in Southeast Asia. The country has over 270 million inhabitants spread across more than 17,000 islands and has a thriving economy. The island nation shares a direct land border with Papua New Guinea and is close to Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Palau and Australia. 

The Indonesian economy has experienced strong growth in recent years, resulting in an increase in its gross domestic product (GDP). The country's most important economic sector is the service sector, followed by agriculture and industry. Tourism is also of great importance to the domestic economy. 

For Indonesian transport, the country maintains close trade relations with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, as well as with China, India, the US and Europe. Imports mainly consist of machinery, motor vehicles, electronics and chemicals. And the exports include oil, gas, textiles, agricultural products and timber. 

Logistics in Indonesia have increased significantly in recent years, resulting in excellent connections with the country's road network, rail network, ports, and airports. The capital and largest city of Indonesia, Jakarta, is the largest logistics location and the country's most important transportation hub. 

For Indonesia transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Indonesia.

Important transport routes Indonesia and your benefits 

As one of the most densely populated countries and with more than 17,000 islands, it seems challenging to set up a well-developed infrastructure. Yet, Indonesia offers plenty of opportunities for goods transport. 

Road transport in Indonesia is a key factor in the country's economic development. It enables the transportation of goods and people between the many islands. The road network consists of national and regional roads connecting the important economic and population centres of the country. The national roads are mostly asphalted and provide good connections between the cities. One of the main roads is the Trans-Sumatra Highway, which crosses the island of Sumatra. This road connects the cities of Medan, Padang, Bukittinggi, Jambi, Palembang, Prabumulih and Bandar Lampung. The Trans-Java Highway also plays a major role in road transport, providing a direct connection to the cities of Merak, Jakarta, Surabaya and Banyuwangi. 

The world’s largest island nation also has an extensive rail transport network. In recent decades, this has been modernised and expanded to connect the main economic centres of the country. Including the renewed and electrified Jakarta – Surabaya railway line (connecting the two largest economic centres) and the modernised Bandung – Cirebon railway line (to facilitate goods transport between the port cities and production centres). Rail transport is a good alternative to road transport, supporting the country's economy and reducing the environmental pollution. 

Given its direct location on a long coastline and the availability of many ports, Indonesia has a lot to offer in terms of sea freight. The ports of Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Semarang play a major role in the fast and efficient import and export of goods through shipping. 

Due to the increasing demand for electronic equipment, textiles and agricultural products, air freight has also experienced strong growth. The main air freight airport in Indonesia is called Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, located in Jakarta. The airport is considered the gateway to Southeast Asia. 

Aerial view of one of the world's largest and busiest container ports in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta | Transport Indonesia | Seacon Logistics
Aerial view of the modern city of Jakarta, in the middle is the iconic BNI 46 tower | Transport Indonesia | Seacon Logistics

Important cities for cargo transport in Indonesia 

The economy of Indonesia is very diverse, and due to its favourable location on important maritime trade routes, the country has developed into an interesting location for logistics. Especially in the three major cities: Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan. Because of all the possibilities they provide, these cities offer excellent intermodal transport connections.

Jakarta, the capital city, has the country's most important logistics centre, thanks to its central location and good infrastructure. The city is located on Java, has over 10 million inhabitants, and is an important transport hub. Furthermore, the city has a modern seaport, national and international roads, and an airport. Transport to all parts of Indonesia and Asia is organised from here. 

Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia and is located on the island of Java. The city serves as an important hub and transport centre. The seaport of Surabaya is one of the largest and most important ports in the country and has direct sea connections to trade routes in Asia and Europe. 

Medan is the largest city on the island of Sumatra. The city is an important trading centre for North Indonesia, among others. The port of Medan is an important cargo hub for northern Indonesia and neighbouring countries. The city has good international connections and, due to its location and good transportation infrastructure, offers ideal conditions for the transport of goods. 

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Indonesia. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Indonesia:

  • Groupage transport to Indonesia
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Indonesia
Panoramic photo of Borobudur Temple at sunrise | Transport Indonesia | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Indonesia - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Indonesia - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Special transport Indonesia 

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Indonesia. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Indonesia to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Indonesia: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South-America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Indonesia to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Indonesia

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Indonesia arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Indonesia

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

Although Indonesia, as a successful economic country, faces some challenges, it has a well-developed infrastructure that supports the country’s economy. To ensure the safety and efficiency of transports, the country has established some regulations that apply to transport within Indonesia. 

  • Customs regulations: You may need an import permit or a permit from the government for international goods transport. Specific customs regulations may also apply to certain goods. We will inform you in advance about the applicable legal situation.
  • Driving bans: There are no general driving bans on public holidays or Sundays, but some cities (such as Jakarta) have temporary driving bans to reduce traffic in the city.
  • Toll: Some roads in Indonesia require tolls to finance the maintenance and development of the road network. These charges are calculated based on the distance travelled and the vehicle class.
  • Tropical climate: Due to global climate change, extreme weather events are becoming more common in tropical countries such as Indonesia. We therefore always assess the situation in the country before transport.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Indonesia, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than Indonesia? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries:

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