ARGENTINAMOVING TO ARGENTINA

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO ARGENTINA

  • Inventory in Spanish, detailed (”PBO” – packed by owner and “misc.” – miscellaneous not acceptable)
  • Returning Argentine citizens require a Certificate of Residence from origin country
  • Argentine Citizens must provide a valid passport showing that bearer has resided in another country for a period of not less than 12 months and that such residence has not been interrupted with entries into Argentina for more than 40-60 days in the last 12 months prior to entering the country
    • Customer may not ship any household goods to Argentina 3 years prior to current shipment of household goods
  • Foreign Citizens must provide a valid passport with Resident Visa (minimum period of one year) issued at the country of origin and a Permanent Entry Visa stamped on the passport by immigration authorities at airport of entry
    • Customer’s importing household goods with a temporary visa must deposit a “Guarantee” based on the value of the household goods
    • Customer should declare and note on passport they will be expecting a shipment of household goods
  • ALL DOCUMENTS must show customer’s name as it appears in the passport — abbreviations or nicknames NOT acceptable
  • Inventory

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO ARGENTINA

  • CUSTOMER’S PRESENCE AT CLEARANCE IS RECOMMENDED IN ORDER TO SIGN PAPERS AND SUPPLY THEIR PASSPORT TO CUSTOMS
  • Foreigners with a permanent residence visa and/or returning Argentine citizens who have been living abroad for over one year can import used household goods and personal effects duty-free
  • Foreigners without a permanent residence visa may import used household goods and personal effects on a temporary basis
  • One air and one sea shipment allowed
  • Shipment of household goods must arrive within six months after customer or three months before
    • If shipment of the household goods arrives over six months after customer, a special permit has to be obtained from the Director General of Customs in Argentina
  • These and other regulations may vary according to the customer’s immigration status
  • All household goods items must be USED and have been in possession of the shipper for at least one year. New household goods items are subject to high duties and cause delays in customs clearance

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items (less than six months old) are subject to high duties
  • Gifts
  • Only one of each major appliance is allowed
  • Sports weapons allowed with proof of ownership
  • Alcohol, tobacco and food products (large amounts are subject to confiscation)
    • Only two bottles per adult may be imported tax free.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Heavy weapons, ammunition and explosives
    • Firearms need special permit (Renar-Registro Nacional de Armas) from the local authorities
    • Should be numbered separately on inventory and loaded near the container doors for easy access
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material
  • New computers
  • Color TVs and new TVs

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Diplomats are permitted to import used or new autos
  • Used autos can be imported by Argentinean returning citizens (abroad for at least two years) or immigrants with residence in Argentina
  • Importation of new autos is subject to Ministry of Commerce Administrative regulations and are limited to certain makes and models (consult Destination Agent for specifics prior to forwarding)
  • Autos for private use are subject to duty
  • One auto per adult (21 years old or older), two per family
  • Auto must have been registered in customer’s name and must have been purchased or transferred to customer a minimum of three months prior to arrival of customer in Argentina
  • Auto must not be sold for at least one year after clearance
  • Auto must be imported within six months of customer’s arrival
  • Documents required:
    • Original Purchase Invoice
    • Title
    • Certificate of Residence
    • Original Passport
    • Original license
    • Certification from an Argentine Consulate, establishing that customer has been living in country of origin during the last 12 months (this certificate is mandatory)
    • A “CERTIFICADO DE PRE-EMBARQUE” (Pre/Shipment Inspection Certificate) is required for the importation of automobiles and/or motorcycles.
    • 2 Original Ocean Bill of Ladings must be in Shipper’s name
    • Separate Ocean Bills of Lading are required-one for household goods and one for the auto (even if the household goods and auto are both in container)
  • Returning citizens or importers with a permanent visa will pay duties of 78.20% on CIF value. Auto cannot be picked up from customs unless the duties have been paid.
  • Argentine citizens returning who might have entered a move a long time ago, or importers with old residence in Argentina may not import a motor vehicle.
  • An Argentine citizen who has already imported an auto previously may not import a second auto.

PETS

The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Air Waybill/Original Bill of Lading
  • Veterinary Certificate attesting to the animal’s good health and issued by the Argentine consulate of
    the owner’s country of origin.

FIREARMS AND WEAPONS

  • The shipper musts obtain a government permit to import firearms. The guns will be held in a customs bonded warehouse until the permit is ready (usually 3-6 months).
  • Declaration is required prior to customs inspection and proof of ownership is required for customs clearance.

COLOMBIAMOVING TO COLUMBIA

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR MOVING TO COLUMBIA AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO COLUMBIA

  • Original Passport for customer and all family members
  • Visa (mandatory for consignee) valid for at least one year
  • Residence or Work Visa
  • Foreigners must apply for Work or Residence Permit
  • Certificate of Residence issued by the Colombian Consulate, certifying that owner has lived abroad for at least two continuous years
  • Household goods and personal effects inventory (in Spanish)
    • Household goods and personal effects inventory must show:
    • For ALL MAJOR APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, roasters, TVs, VCRs, stereos, small personal computers, etc.) state the MAKE, MODEL, AND SERIAL NUMBER
    • If possible, pack all electronic appliances together
    • Transmittal documents showing actual weights and/or volume, delivery details, etc.
    • Diplomats must have Diplomatic Entry Form, to be requested from Foreign Ministry by Diplomatic Mission

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR MOVING TO COLUMBIA AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO COLUMBIA

  • Only one household goods and personal effects shipment from one country allowed per family
  • All household goods and personal effects shipments pay duty, import tax, sales tax (VAT), and warehouse fees which are charged to customer’s account
  • Owner must have lived outside of the country for at least two years
  • Owner must not have imported any household goods in the last seven years
  • Customs may ask for Bank Guarantee that household goods will not be sold for one year
  • Household goods and personal effects shipments 100% inspected
  • Household goods must arrive within 30 days before or 120 days after the arrival of the customer

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ITEMS

  • Duties/taxes on C.I.F. value of household goods are assessed
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in small quantities are subject to duties and sales tax (Import License may be required)
  • One sporting weapon is permitted per family
  • Only one of each major electrical appliance is allowed, except air conditioners which are limited to three
  • Bedroom furniture must correspond to the number of persons in the family

PROHIBITED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ITEMS

  • Weapons, ammunition and explosives
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material
  • Uniforms or equipment relating to the Police or Armed Forces

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • As of 1/1/94 no USED automobile may be imported into Colombia
  • Import License is required and MUST be obtained prior to arrival of auto
  • Do not include an auto as part of the household goods shipment
  • DO NOT SHIP VEHICLES UNTIL ALL DOCUMENTS ARE IN ORDER
  • NON-COMPLIANCE WILL RESULT IN SEIZURE/STORAGE OF SHIPMENT AT GREAT ADDITIONAL EXPENSE
  • Documents required:
    • Original Commercial Invoice (detailed and in US dollars)
    • Title
    • Registration
    • Copy of Bill of Sale
    • ALL DOCUMENTS (Invoice, etc.) must agree with the Import License

PETS

  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Import License
  • Notarized Health Certificate from Veterinarian
  • Quarantine IS NOT required for cats and dogs
  • Contact destination agent prior to forwarding

DENMARKMOVING TO DENMARK

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR MOVING TO DENMARK AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO DENMARK

  • Residence Visa
  • Residence Permit
  • Work Permit
  • Proof of Employment
  • Certificate of Residence Change
  • Danish Customs Form (G55) (to be obtained from Destination Agent)
  • Copy of Registration with the Danish National Register
  • Declaration of Free Entry (to be obtained from Destination Agent), listing alcohol and tobacco products and any autos or other vehicles being imported
  • Proof of Residence abroad for minimum 12 months (European Community countries six months)
  • Household goods and personal effects Inventory

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR MOVING TO DENMARK AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO DENMARK

  • CUSTOMER MUST BE IN DENMARK AT TIME OF CUSTOMS CLEARANCE OF THE HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS SHIPMENT
  • Used household goods are duty-free if:
    • Owner has resided abroad a minimum of 12 months (six months for EC countries)
    • Household goods have been used for a minimum of six months (three months for EC countries)
    • Household goods and personal effects are for personal use and must not be lent or sold for a period of 12 months after arrival (deposit may be required)
  • Household goods and personal effects shipments must clear within 10 days of arrival to avoid storage charges
  • Household goods and personal effects shipment must arrive within one year of Customer

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ITEMS

  • All new household goods and personal effect items (less than six months old) require an invoice and Certificate of Origin
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are highly taxed and strictly controlled (adviseable not to include in household goods shipment)
  • Foodstuff

PROHIBITED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ITEMS

  • Firearms, ammunition (Import License, obtained from Danish Ministry of Justice, and shooting permit required)
  • Narcotics
  • Live plants (unless license obtained from Danish Government Plant Protection Service based on Phytosanitary Certificate from authorities at origin that plants are free from disease)
  • Live, dead and pre-manufactured parts of animals mentioned in the “Washington Convention” (unless license obtained from Danish Nature Conservancy Board)
  • Medicine (unless license granted by Danish Ministry of Justice)

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Cars, motorcycles and other vehicles may be duty-free if for private use only, if owned and registered abroad for a minimum of six months and if owner has resided outside of Denmark for a minimum of 12 months
  • Extremely high registration tax payable on all vehicles (100% – 200%)
  • Documents required:
    • Separate Danish Customs Form (G55)
    • Registration Certificate
    • Third party insurance (Green Card)

PETS

  • Dogs and cats permitted with Health Certificate dated not more than one month before arrival and a Certificate of Rabies Inoculation dated 1-12 months before arrival

SPAINMOVING TO SPAIN

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  • For the Canary Islands:
    • Passport (original) with last entry stamp by the Police or photocopy of same legalized by a Notary Public
    • Certificate of Domicile obtained from the local Town Hall (original)
    • N.I.E. Number – identification number (original) Could take 2-3 weeks to obtain
    • Flight tickets on entry (original)
    • Inventory (original) in Spanish with a valuation signed by Customer
    • Rental Contract or Escritura-Title Deed to property (original)
    • Application of Residence
  • All Islands can vary in required documentation
  • For Spain:
    • Passport with last entry stamp (original or copy legalized by Spanish Consulate at origin)
    • Spanish Identification Card (D.N.I.)
    • Residence Visa
    • Residence/Work Permit (original)
      • A bank guarantee is required if a Residence/Work Permit is not available. Shipment MAY be released with a deposit of a bank guarantee which must be canceled within one year
    • Certificate of Origin/Certificate of Residence Change (”Asunto Cambio Residencia”), provided by the local city hall, stating customer has resided abroad for a minimum of 12 months (EC countries for six months)
    • Residence rental/purchase agreement (legalized) showing a minimum rent of two years
    • Letter from employer stating that employee will be working in Spain
    • Consular registration
    • Fiscal identification number (N.I.E.)
    • Non-Spanish citizens must obtain a consular or residence resign at origin stating that the customer has canceled his residence at origin due to moving to Spain
    • Customs application for duty-free import
    • Letter authorizing destination agent to clear shipment
    • Detailed inventory in Spanish, valued (two copies) signed and dated by the customer, legalized by Spanish Consulate at origin and valued
    • Must show contents of cartons, state goods have not been used for more than six months and list all major appliances with make, model and serial number
    • Purchase invoice for appliances may be necessary; customer should be advised to hand carry these with them!
  • Shipments NOT PROPERLY DOCUMENTED will be assessed import duties and taxes, at values determined by Spanish Customs and face lengthy delays and additional charges
  • IF CLEARANCE PROCEDURES ARE NOT INITIATED BECAUSE OF LACK OF DOCUMENTS, SHIPMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO AUCTION BY SPANISH CUSTOMS AFTER ONE MONTH

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • SHIPMENT MUST NOT MOVE UNTIL ALL DOCUMENTS ARE IN ORDER AND CUSTOMER IS IN SPAIN
  • Used household goods may be duty-free if:
  • Owned minimum six months (EC countries three months) prior to arrival in Spain and customer can prove ownership for this period
  • Will remain in customer’s possession for a minimum of one year
  • The contents correspond to customer’s status
  • Used household goods must be imported no later than twelve months after customer has obtained a Residence/Work Permit in Spain
  • Shipment must arrive no later than three months after customer; special permit necessary if shipment arrives later, resulting in ADDITIONAL CHARGES AND DELAYS

DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items (less than six months old)
  • Tobacco products
  • Foodstuff, antiques, art objects and ammunition require SPECIAL PERMIT
  • Liquor

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Weapons and ammunition (need special permit from the Spanish Police, obtained by the owner from “Direccion General de la Guardia Civil”)
    • A complete description such as model, caliber, serial number, etc. are required
    • Spanish Police will retain it until final permission is granted
  • Drugs
  • Pornographic material
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Paints

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Including motorcycles and motor scooters
  • Duty-free import may be allowed for limited time (six months); import duties and taxes will be payable upon application for permanent permit
  • Customer must have resided outside Spain for at least twelve months (six months for EC countries)
  • Must have been used by customer minimum of six months
  • Modifications that alter original design are prohibited
  • Temporary permit can be obtained at Customs (valid for six months),
    • Customer must obtain Spanish Vehicle Registration within this time
  • Documents required:
    • Purchase Invoice or Certificate of Ownership
    • Registration or Title
    • Circulation Permit
    • Tax Receipt
    • Liability Insurance on auto must be valid and running
    • License plates from country of origin
    • Identification Card (”Documento Nacional de Identidad”)
    • Passport or Residence Card
    • Title issued under the owner’s name
    • Valid Insurance
    • ORIGINALS are required for above documents

PETS

  • Dogs, cats, birds, etc. allowed with Health and Vaccination Certificate (CONSULARIZED at origin) from veterinarian

FRANCEMOVING TO FRANCE

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WHEN MOVING TO FRANCE AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS

  • Passport
  • Original Visa, Residence and Work Permit (requirement may vary according to nationality)
  • Certificate of Change of Residence obtained from the French Consulate with Customer’s signature indicating dates of stay abroad
  • Attestation de non-cession (signed original stating Customer has lived abroad for at least one year, has owned all household goods items for more than six months, and that household goods will not be sold for twelve months)
  • Proof of residence in France (Certificate of Residence, lease contract or utility bills)
  • Letter of professional transfer from employer indicating date of employment abroad
  • Valued inventory of the household goods  in French (valued in French Francs) dated and signed by Customer — three copies
  • Household goods Inventory must indicate contents of each carton
    • List all electrical items separately (purchase invoices required) must show brand name and serial number
  • Delivery address in France with access, floor, entry code if any

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO FRANCE

  • Used household goods duty-free if owned abroad for six months, if the owner is moving his principal residence to France, and the items arrive within one year from the arrival date reflected on the Change of Residence
  • Regulations are different if the Customer is establishing a secondary residence
  • If SECOND shipment of household goods is anticipated, it must be stated at the time of the first importation
  • Inheritance:
    • Declaration from notary with inventory of household goods, date of death, relationship & French Resident
    • The household goods must be shipped within one year from date of death
  • Wedding presents:
    • Marriage Certificate and French Resident Permit
    • Household Goods must be shipped within one month of wedding
  • Students
    • Official attestation of attendance at school or university.  The scholar’s household goods must be shipped within one month from date of registration at school or university.

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSEHOLD GOODS ITEMS

  • Alcohol must be inventoried separately with brand name, type, amount, number of bottles, and value (Import License or Liquor License may be required)
  • Tobacco products are allowed, but subject to duty or tax
  • New household goods  items (less than six months old) are subject to tax if arriving from EEC countries or tax and duties if coming from other countries and must be documented with sales invoices
  • Works of Art, oil paintings, sculptures, antiques, etc. should have Certificate of Authenticity
  • Video tapes, fax machines, telex machines and books will be held temporarily by customs until necessary authorization is obtained for each item

PROHIBITED HOUSEHOLD GOODS ITEMS

  • Paints, polishes, and cleaning solvents
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Live plants
  • Ivory, all animal skins
  • Pornographic material
  • Explosives & matches

ITALYMOVING TO ITALY

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR MOVING TO ITALY AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS FROM USA TO ITALY

  • Passport (copy)
  • Residence Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Inventory of household goods and personal belongings in Italian, signed by Customer and Visaed by Italian Consulate
  • Fiscal Number (Codice Fiscale, equivalent to an American social security number)
  • Consular Declaration released by the nearest Italian Consulate, certifying the length of stay abroad, the repatriation date, the Italian nationality of the Customer, and the names of the family members (for Italian citizens only)
  • Residency Certificate stating number of members in the family, nationality, city and country from which he’s transferring his residence, and date of residence in Italy (for foreigners only)
  • “Permesso a Soggiorno” (permit to stay) by Police Office Foreign Department

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR MOVING TO ITALY AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO ITALY

  • If all documents are in order and available prior to arrival of the shipment, Customer MAY NOT have to be present at time of Customs clearance of household goods
  • Used household goods are usually duty-free if owned for one year, (18 months if Italian citizen), are not for resale and are imported within six months of Customer’s arrival to Italy

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS ITEMS

  • All consumable goods (including alcohol)
  • New furniture, new household good items, wedding trousseaux, souvenirs and precious metal objects are subject to duty
  • All electronic equipment (radio, TV, VCR, etc.) require an Import Permit from the Italian Ministry of Posts and Communications
    • Without an Import Permit, above household goods and personal belongings items cannot clear Customs in Italy
  • Antiques, pictures, works of art, carpets etc. require Fine Arts inspection and special Import Permit from the Fine Arts authorities at extra cost, payable by Customer

PROHIBITED HOUSEHOLD OODS AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS ITEMS

  • Firearms, ammunition and combat knives (including ornamental weapons) can be imported with a special permit obtained from the Police Office. They must be clearly declared on the inventory with make, type and serial number, and must not be included in the same container as the household goods
  • Pornographic material
  • Tobacco products and cigarettes
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Animal skins
  • Plants and vegetable products require a Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Liquors
  • Perfumes

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Non-Italians may import one auto duty-free, provided that proof of ownership and use for at least one year is obtained by means of Certificate of Origin
  • Italian citizens must prove residence abroad for more than 18 months in order to import a vehicle. Vehicles imported duty-free must not be sold for a minimum of one year
  • Importing new vehicles is discouraged
  • Restrictions apply to autos over 2,000cc
  • Documents required:
    • Ownership Title
    • Registration Card and manufacturer’s data
    • Valid Insurance onto National Territory
    • Certificate or Card Above MUST be original documents – notarized copies are NOT accepted

PETS

  • Dogs, cats and birds may be imported -Dogs must bear a leash and muzzle
    A Certificate of Origin and Health is requiredCUSTOMER MUST CONTACT THE ITALIAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE FOR ALL FURTHER DETAILS, AS ITALIAN IMPORT REGULATIONS ARE COMPLICATED AND VARY ACCORDING TO CUSTOMER’S IMMIGRATION STATUS.
  • Certificate must be in Italian and language of origin and must state characteristics of the animal

PERUMOVING TO PERU

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR MOVING TO PERU

  • Passport (original)
  • Detailed inventory (avoid PBO items)
  • Foreigners need a legalized copy of a Work Contract presented to the Ministry of Labor

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • CUSTOMER’S PRESENCE IN PERU IS REQUIRED FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
  • Household goods and personal effects dutiable (The average rate for duty and tax is 20%)
  • Household goods previously exported from Peru may be imported duty-free with supporting documents (Inventory, Export Policy, etc.) stamped by Peruvian Customs
  • Shipment must arrive before customers arrival or 120 days before customers arrival
  • Customs will allow the importation of no more than one (1) electrical appliance of same kind on a 20% import duty basis. Additional similar electrical appliances will be charged at the rate of 33%.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Firearms (maximum caliber .38) and telecommunication equipment require a special license prior to arrival of goods
    • Firearms also require proof of ownership and a previous license must be obtained from the Ministry of Interior (no automatic arms are allowed) Subject to confiscation if requirements are not met
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Pornographic material
  • Explosives
  • Telecommunications equipment

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Import duties and excise tax levied on all used cars, but the car cannot exceed five years of antiquity
  • Autos not belonging to diplomats require an inspection before Customs clearance can be completed
    • Foreign Peruvian diplomats duty free
  • Documents required:
      • Original commercial invoice – fully detailed (original)
      • Proof of ownership
      • Title

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    • Certificate of inspection at origin issued by any international surveillance company such as SGS, SSI, Bureau Veritas

PETS

  • Documents required:
    • Vaccination and Rabies vaccination Certificate
    • Health Certificate

PORTUGALMOVING TO PORTUGAL

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR MOVING TO PORTUGAL

  • Bill of Lading
  • Invoice
  • VAT NR
  • Purity and germination, and orange certificate to import seeds
  • Phytosanitary certificate for foodstuffs

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

All cargo not belonging to the European Union Community is subject to customs clearances.

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Used cars: Bill of lading, property registry, and VAT NR
  • New cars: Bill of lading, invoice, VAT NR
  • Duty rates on autos: 16% taxes + I.A. + VAT

COSTA RICAMOVING TO COSTA RICA

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR MOVING TO COSTA RICA AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO COSTA RICA

  • Passport (include all pages) for all members of the family
  • Household goods and personal effects inventory (in Spanish or English) indicating value declared for customs and showing complete contents of cartons and the exact number of cartons in the liftvan or container
    • Include brand name, serial #, model and price of the electronic equipment and electrical appliances
  • Document stating insurance coverage
  • Letter authorizing destination agent to clear shipment
  • *NOTE:  ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED ORIGINALS.   COSTS FOR ANY DELAYS DUE TO INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECT DOCUMENTS WILL BE CHARGED TO THE CUSTOMER

CUSTOMS REGULATION FOR MOVING TO COSTA RICA AND SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO COSTA RICA

  • Used household goods and personal effects are subject to import taxes and duties, except for customers who are diplomats, members of government or international organizations and Costa Rican citizens who have lived a minimum of 24 months abroad (the latter one still pays taxes, but no duties)
  • All household goods and personal effects shipments inspected

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ITEMS

  • New household goods and personal effects items are subject to very high duties and require an original receipt
  • Large appliances must not exceed one of each item
  • Computers subject to import regulations
  • Purchase Invoice, Instruction Booklets, and original Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill required

PROHIBITED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS ITEMS

  • Alcoholic beverages (only small quantities for personal use)
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Explosives
  • Used tires
  • Pornographic or subversive material
  • Animal or agricultural products, plants, medicines, and large quantities of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and food require a special permit
  • Weapons and ammunition require an original invoice and registration at origin
    • A special permit at the Firearm and Explosive Department must be applied for
    • Import tax applicable
    • Must be for personal use only

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Subject to high import taxes and duties, except for those customers described above
  • Amount to be paid depends on the value, model, year, cubic centimeters and extras
  • Documents required:
    • Registration Card or Property Title
    • Purchase Invoice
    • *Originals required for all above documents
  • If you are sending a vechicle to Costa Rica, a new law was passed as of June 7th, 2000 that all vehicles coming into Costa Rica must have a EPA Smog Test signed off by the Local Consulate from the country which the auto is being exported. Contact your destination agent for more information before sending a vehicle to Costa Rica.

PETS

  • Dogs and cats permitted
  • Documents required:
    • Anti-rabies vaccination
    • Health Certificate
    • Invoice indicating value of animal

GERMANYMOVING TO GERMANY

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WHEN SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO GERMANY

  • Copy of Passport (the page showing photo) and copy of Visa and/or Work Permit (for foreign citizens only)
  • Inventory of Household Goods (original) in German or English, valued, dated and signed by the Customer
  • Signed declaration, stating the imported household goods are the owners personal effects
  • Signed declaration, stating the imported household goods are not subject to any customs restrictions (e.g. drugs, weapons, etc.)
  • Statement of Transfer from employer (in German if possible) should state the shipper was an employee for the company abroad, how long he/she has lived in this certain country, and will remain an employee of the company in Germany
  • Foreign citizens must obtain a Work Permit (Arberterlaubnis) issued by the local employment office
  • Residence Visa (not needed for German nationals) or Residence Permit (granted only after a Work Permit has been issued)
  • Certificate of registration with the German police (”Polizeiliche Anmeldung”)
  • Customer’s declaration that no taxable high value household goods or personal belonging (such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, guns, etc.) are in shipment. Such goods must be listed separately and will be taxed.
  • Certificate of Registration (Anmeldebestaetigung) from the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt)
  • German nationals need a declaration from German Embassy or Consulate confirming their length of stay abroad and exact destination address in Germany. Without this document, household goods shipment will not clear Customs.
  • German Customs Form 0350 (Zollantrag) in triplicate, stating the household goods will not be sold for one year
  • Health Certificate may be required
  • Copy of Insurance Certificate
  • Customs clearance Power of Attorney Form authorizing Destination Agent to act on behalf of the customer in liaison with Customs
  • Foreign diplomats need a Certificate from the Embassy or Consulate
  • Power of Attorney

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR SHIPPING HOUSEHOLD GOODS TO GERMANY

  • CUSTOMER MUST BE PRESENT FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE (IF ALL DOCUMENTS ARE NOT IN ORDER)
  • Used household goods are duty-free if Customer has resided at least one year abroad, if the household goods were owned by Customer over six months and will not be sold for a minimum of one year
  • Household Goods should be imported within one year of Customer taking up residence; if not, reasons needed for delay – maximum limit three years
  • Inheritance Items
    • Death Certificate
    • “Erbschein” or an official document which certifies the customer has inherited the household goods items from the deceased and states the relationship between them
  • Wedding Trousseaux
    • Marriage Certificate
    • If household goods are imported before the marriage, proof must be furnished the marriage will take place within two months

DUTIABLE AND RESTRICTED HOUSEHOLD GOODS ITEMS

  • New items (less than six months old) invoice required
  • Alcohol
    • Inventory must detail exact number and size of bottles, exact alcoholic strength in percent, and value of each bottle.
  • Tobacco, tea, coffee, toilet waters, perfumes, etc.
  • Foodstuffs in large quantities (do not recommend shipping with household goods)
  • Electronic items such as computers, videos, stereos, etc. (must show serial number and have purchase invoice)
    • Duplicate appliances or electrical equipment may be assessed high duties
  • Large amounts of handicrafts

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Guns require a Certificate of Registration, valid passport of owner, proof of ownership, and a gun license for importation
    • Duty-free if firearm has been owned for at least six months prior to importing
    • Guns must be easily accessible
    • Must apply for a German Ownership Permit
    • List as last items on inventory, indicate model, caliber and serial number
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Live plants (need special Import Permit)
  • Any protected animal or species, dried plant or items of historical significance (ivory, snakeskin, leopard fur, pre-Colombian items, etc.)
  • Pornographic material
  • Certain types of meat
  • Absinthe, methyl alcohol and pure alcohol
  • Radioactive material
  • Wine, grape juice and other various foodstuffs and consumer goods in large quantity

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Admitted duty-free if Customer has lived abroad for over one year, has owned and used the auto for a minimum of six months, if brought in for personal use with household goods and will not be sold for one year
  • Cars must be inspected before licensing, comply with German technical and environmental regulations and require modifications
  • Documents required:
    • Proof of ownership
    • Car documents
    • German driver’s license
    • Owner’s passport
    • Owner’s police registration in Germany (polizieliche Anmeldebestatigung)
    • Insurance record from country of origin
    • Third-party liability insurance that begins with Customs clearance
    • Declaration of Customer that no high value goods are in car
    • Origin Registration and copy of title
    • Commercial invoice, if new vehicle
    • It is highly recommended that the Customer informs the Destination Agent of all auto details prior to importing.

PETS

  • Dogs, cats and canaries permitted with Health Certificate (in German or with a translation) issued by a licensed veterinarian describing the animal and stating that the pet is free from rabies and contagious diseases
  • Health Certificate is valid ten days from the date in which it was issued (20 days for pets coming from non-European countries)
  • All endangered species and exotic animals are prohibited

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