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Cargo Shipping To Costa Rica

If you are thinking about cargo shipping household items or other goods to Costa Rica, there are some customs rules and required paperwork that you might want to know about in advance.  You can contact Cargo Experts for more information or for a free cargo shipping estimate

Dear CARGO EXPERTS...The truck driver and members of the loading crew were great (friendly and courteous). They made sure everything was packed securely. Andy P. in Costa Rica

If you are cargo shipping goods to Costa Rica, make sure you have a detailed inventory of your cargo documented in either Spanish or English.

Your shipping inventory should include the value of the items declared for customs, with information about the number of cartons in your cargo shipping container. If you are shipping equipment or electrical appliances, make sure to include the brand name, serial numbers, models and pricing information. 

When cargo shipping to Costa Rica, all of your used household goods and personal items are subject to import taxes and duties. There are exemptions to this rule for diplomats, members of government or international organizations, and for Costa Rican citizens who have lived away from Costa Rica for two years or more. Depending on your situation, you may be required to pay taxes even if you are exempt from duty fees.

Cargo Shipping Rules About New Items to Costa Rica

If you are shipping new items to Costa Rica, make sure you have an original receipt.  New items are also subject to high duty fees. If you are shipping large appliances to Costa Rica, you are not allowed to ship more than one of each type of appliance. In addition, when shipping computers to Costa Rica, there are specific import regulations you will be required to follow.

Items Restricted or Prohibited from Cargo Shipping to Costa Rica

If you are shipping cargo to Costa Rica, it is important to note that some items are prohibited or restricted.  The following items are prohibited or restricted when cargo shipping to Costa Rica:

  • Alcohol (only small quantities for personal use are allowed)
  • Tires that have been used
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material
  • Explosives

Weapons and ammunition require an original invoice and registration at origin. You must also have a special permit from Costa Rica's Firearm and Explosive Department.  If you are shipping animal products or agricultural goods including plants, tobacco products, or food items, you should expect to pay import taxes and you may also be required to obtain a special permit.

Interesting in Shipping a Car to Costa Rica?

If you are moving to Costa Rica or are living in Costa Rica for an extended period of time, you might decide to ship a car to Costa Rica.  In order to ship a car to Costa Rica, it is important to note that you may be expected to pay import taxes and duties unless you qualify for an exemption. The cost of car shipping to Costa Rica varies depending on the type of vehicle you are shipping and this includes the value, model, year and additional info.

In order to ship a car to Costa Rica, you will need certain original documents. Plan to have the following:
  • Registration card
  • Invoice for the purchase of your vehicle
  • Vehicle title
In addition, as of June 7, 2000, all vehicles entering Costa Rica must undergo a Smog Test from Costa Rica's Environmental Protection Agency.  An experienced cargo shipping company like Cargo Experts can provide you with all the information you need to know about how to ship a car to Costa Rica.  

If you need cargo shipping to Costa Rica or to any other destination worldwide, Contact Cargo Experts for more specific information about the country-specific rules and regulations. Call Cargo Experts toll free today at 866-994-7822 with any questions you might have about cargo shipping to Costa Rica or for a free FREIGHT QUOTE for your cargo shipment to Costa Rica.

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