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Cargo Shipping To Puerto Rico

If you are thinking about cargo shipping household items or other goods to Puerto Rico, there are some customs rules and regulations you might want to know in advance.

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If you are moving overseas to retire in Puerto Rico or are planning on living in Puerto Rico for an extended period of time, you might need cargo shipping services to ship household goods and other personal items including furniture, kitchen items, clothes, or a car.

Puerto Rico is under the jurisdiction of United States Customs Services so passports and visas are not necessary for U.S. citizens. Citizens of the European Union or other countries who are visiting or moving to Puerto Rico are subjected to the same requirements necessary for entering the United States.

If you are shipping cargo from the mainland United States to Puerto Rico, your items are still subject to various excise taxes. You may have to pay fees and taxes on a range of items including:
  • New items
  • Electrical items including computers and cameras
  • Household furniture
  • Musical instruments
  • Toys and any sporting good items
Items that are considered non-essential are taxed at a rate of 6.6% of the declared value.

Required Paperwork when Cargo Shipping to Puerto Rico

If you are shipping cargo to Puerto Rico from Europe or another a destination other than the United States, you should plan to complete all U.S. Custom’s documents and this includes any paperwork needed for cargo shipping to the United States. Some of the important documents you’ll need for cargo shipping to Puerto Rico include the following:
  • Original Power of Attorney
  • Freight bill, signed
  • Detailed inventory, signed
There are also certain duty taxes and some restrictions on shipping certain items including alcohol, food items, and tobacco. Used household goods can be shipped to Puerto Rico for free provided you have used them for at least 6 months prior to shipping. In order to ship household goods to Puerto Rico without paying duty fees, it is important that you get all of your necessary paperwork in order. This is something in which a shipping company like Cargo Experts can assist.

Items Prohibited from Cargo Shipping to Puerto Rico

If you are cargo shipping to Puerto Rico, there are certain restrictions that you should know about in advance. There are a lot of restrictions on weapons in Puerto Rico because they are highly regulated.

All firearms imported to Puerto Rico with household goods will be held upon arrival by Puerto Rican authorities and will not be released to the owner until the owner has a license and proper approval from authorities.

Other items that are restricted or prohibited when cargo shipping to Puerto Rico include the following:

  • Explosives
  • Lottery tickets
  • Alcohol
  • Endangered animals
  • Vegetables and plants
  • Pornography
  • Jewelry, currency, coin collections and other items of rare value
Please note that if you are bringing medication with you to Puerto Rico, you will need to have a prescription or written statement from your doctor.

Interesting in Shipping a Car to Puerto Rico?

If you are moving to Puerto Rico or plan to live in Puerto Rico for an extended period of time, you might decide to ship a car to Puerto Rico.  If you are cargo shipping to Puerto Rico, it is important to note that you are not allowed to place personal items in your vehicle. Additionally, all vehicles that you ship to Puerto Rico are subject to tax and related customs fees along with a physical inspection.

You are expected to pay customs duties on any vehicles if the vehicle is sold within one year after importing it to Puerto Rico. There are certain documents that you will need to have in order before you ship a car to Puerto Rico. These include the following:
  • Copy of Original Title Certificate
  • Copy of Original Registration
  • Copy of your Driver's License stating your physical and postal address in Puerto Rico
  • Notarized letter from vehicle lienholder showing VIN number, model, make and copy of title
  • Commercial invoice for vans and pickup trucks
  • Customs Form 3299 (if originating from foreign country)
  • Customs Form 3520, Certificate of Compliance with U.S. Federal EPA and DOT regulations (if importing a car from outside the United States)
Cargo shipping to Puerto Rico is much easier with the help of a dependable and reliable cargo shipping company.  Contact Cargo Experts for more specific information about rules and regulations when shipping to Puerto Rico. Call Cargo Experts toll free call today at 866-994-7822 with any questions you might have about cargo shipping to the Puerto Rico or for a free FREIGHT QUOTE for your cargo shipment to Puerto Rico.

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