Have some experience to share and a question to ask
I live in Indonesia. For me, to purchase something from from outside country has been real challenge (from US, Japan, UK, even Singapore which is closer). Not every online shops are willing to ship internationally, and even for some shops that would ship internationally, Indonesia is not listed for some.
Nevertheless, I have made some purchases from Japan, US, HK since 2012. Mostly books, boots, shirts, t-shirts, accessories. Shipping from US to Indonesia usually costs me around 35-50 USD via USPS and takes 3-4 weeks for me to get. Sometimes I can track that the parcel arrives in Indonesia within 10 days, but the custom clearance process takes longer.
Custom duty? Almost all the time, I got hit 50-60% from the declared value. We get free custom duty up to 50 USD, but over that, it's 50% cost hit guaranteed. Had some experiences where I contacted the seller to mark the parcel value lower than 50 USD. Sometimes they got through without custom hit, but sometimes the custom officer was smart to check the actual price online and I still got hit.
To give a better perspective, I purchased Alden Indy at full price $512 + $50 for shipping. I got hit $278 for Custom Duty.
Now a question.
Earlier this year I bought something from GentryNYC. They charged 15 USD for international shipping to Indonesia which was nice. But unfortunately, Gentry has raised the international shipping to i think 35 USD. My question is, does anyone know any shops that has that low international shipping cost? Around 15-20 is fine.