Bringing fresh eggs to Indonesia (Jakarta)

MamaMade

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We are planning to visit Jakarta from USA with a toddler for about 3 weeks.
I’m worried about food since we are used to eat from our garden, grass-fed cow products, pastured chicken products, honey from our own hives, to name a few.

Big question is, would fresh eggs pass the customs?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Indonesia is not Australia or California or so. Customs are much more relaxed and less strict. That doesn't mean it is officially allowed to take raw dairy, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, etc. with you. But in reality many people do and don't get into trouble.

Now don't dismiss what they have here upfront. Eggs from free range chicken for instance, called ayam kampung, are available. Good brands of honey, nice meat, etc. also. But it comes with a price.
 

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In fact more likely USA customs would not let you travel with fresh eggs. Where do you put them? In the hold? Carryon? Fresh eggs???!!
 

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The idea of bringing your own raw food products seems a bit excessive.
 

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Totally unnecessary to bring eggs here. The ones here are perfectly safe to eat even for babies
Chicken eggs often contain residues from pesticides. Coming from feed that they eat or from farmers' attempts to get rid of (blood sucking) lice and mites.
 

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Indonesia is not Australia or California or so. Customs are much more relaxed and less strict. That doesn't mean it is officially allowed to take raw dairy, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, etc. with you. But in reality many people do and don't get into trouble.

Now don't dismiss what they have here upfront. Eggs from free range chicken for instance, called ayam kampung, are available. Good brands of honey, nice meat, etc. also. But it comes with a price.
Thank you!
 

MamaMade

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The idea of bringing your own raw food products seems a bit excessive.
Not really if you’re following a diet (strictly).
I’m Indonesian by blood and my family are living there.
The things that we eat daily here are mostly not found there.
So, I’m trying to see what I can bring so that we still can nourish ourselves while vacationing. That’s all.
 

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Chicken eggs often contain residues from pesticides. Coming from feed that they eat or from farmers' attempts to get rid of (blood sucking) lice and mites.
That is why I’m thinking about bringing eggs from pastured chickens (living outside, full sun exposure) that eat insects and grass that never once sprayed with pesticide. I’m not positive I could find those in Jakarta.
 

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If you declare them (or other food) on the customs form then I suspect you will get them taken away from you. All depends on the customs guy looking at the form and which boxes you have ticked. In my experience it used to be only looked at 10% of the time but in the last few months its increased to about 50%.
 

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In my experience it used to be only looked at 10% of the time but in the last few months its increased to about 50%.
A tip: By law, what is seized should be destroyed on the spot, in your presence. If it is not possible to destroy it on the spot, a seizure form should be given to you and you should be invited to witness the destruction of the seized goods (should you wish to witness it). Knowing that, it leaves you room for negotiation. Been there, done that.
 

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A tip: By law, what is seized should be destroyed on the spot, in your presence. If it is not possible to destroy it on the spot, a seizure form should be given to you and you should be invited to witness the destruction of the seized goods (should you wish to witness it). Knowing that, it leaves you room for negotiation. Been there, done that.
If it happens to you, be cool. Ask the officer who intend to seize anything to escort you to the office to receive the seizure form.

If it's eggs or pork, almost no chance for you to avoid the seizure unless if you want to enter in a monetary bargain.

However, if it is goods that they can resell or consume themselves (if you don't ask for the seizure form, it is most probably what will happen to your goods) and if you tell them that you intend to witness the destruction, their attitude may change drastically.

If it is destroyed, there is gain for no-one. However, if you can come to term that a part of your goods will make happy someone else than you, while you keep the other part, knowing that by law again you shouldn't be authorized to import them (ex: Turkey for Thanks giving or Christmas, Alcohol in quantities well offer the authorized limit...etc) then you can avoid to have the heartbreaking experience to witness that wonderful Petrus going through the drain.
Just saying.
 

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Chicken eggs often contain residues from pesticides. Coming from feed that they eat or from farmers' attempts to get rid of (blood sucking) lice and mites.
Worse than that - the burning of plastic waste in the open at low temperatures releases massive amounts of dioxins. I read this article over the weekend:
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/15/indonesias-food-chain-turns-toxic-as-plastic-waste-exports-flood-in

Now, the chicken eggs we are all mainly eating here are not free range and hopefully their feedstuff is not tainted but I would be selective about where my free range eggs came from here. And I've stopped eating tofu after hearing that a lot of the tofu "factories" are burning plastic as a fuel source (dioxin tainted tofu doesnt sound so good...).
 

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I do feel you are being a little over excessive, what do you do when you travel to other countries? The livestock market in UK is probably worse, with the chickens etc situation there
I would imagine far safer produce here in Indo where we have plenty of greenery and space where chickens can be raised healthily, whereas in UK they are are raised in a factory

Anyway up to you, main concerns are how and where you are going to carry / transport a few dozen fresh eggs without them breaking, and how USA customs views you trying to carry them through as hand luggage
If you check them into the hold, the temperature will be an issue, they will either be cooked or frozen or arrival
 

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Crack the eggs and suck the eggs into plastic bottles. This is what we do when camping.
 

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