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important information about cargo Shipping to Bermuda

Cargo Shipping To Bermuda

Bermuda is a British territory situated about 700 miles from North Carolina and 1,000 miles from Miami Florida. Made up of a number of islands, the main island is often referred to as Bermuda.

Bermuda has a rich history of cultivating maritime work and is home to several sea shipping ports including the Port of Hamilton and the Port of Freeport.

If you are moving overseas and sea shipping to Bermuda, make sure you prepare a detailed inventory of all of your ocean freight. You will need a letter authorizing the Destination Agent to clear your shipment to Bermuda as well.

When shipping to Bermuda, please note that a Customs Bond of 33.38% the value of the goods is standard. This is typically calculated based on the insured amount of the goods. If the duty and customs fees are less than the deposit, you will receive a refund for the difference. Similarly, if the duties and fees are more than the deposit, you will be expected to pay for the difference.

If you are international cargo shipping to Bermuda by sea, there are some customs regulations to know about before you ship. As is typical when shipping to other international destinations, you should plan to be present during the customs clearance process in Bermuda.

Also note, used clothing can be shipped to Bermuda duty-free and you are also allowed to ship used books to Bermuda without paying duty fees.

Restricted and Dutiable Items When Shipping to Bermuda

When you are shipping items to Bermuda, you may have to pay duty fees on new items. It is important that you have invoices for any new items that you are shipping to Bermuda.

In terms of duty fees when cargo shipping to Bermuda, duty fees for appliances are 33.4% of the customs assessed value. Similarly, duty fees for furniture and sporting goods, when shipping to Bermuda, are 22.25% of customs value.

Typically you can ship antiques to Bermuda with duty fees assessed at 8.5% of the customs value. The customs value is generally lower than what the shipper value is but it is a good idea for the shipper to be available to answer any questions that the Customs Officers in Bermuda may have during unloading and assessment of the goods in your cargo shipment.

You are also expected to pay duty fees on any alcohol and tobacco products when shipping to Bermuda. Duty fees on liquor and tobacco are generally assessed against the Bermuda Customs Tariff. An individual may import duty free up to 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars to Bermuda, plus 1.137 liters of spirits and 1.137 liters of wine.

If you are shipping fruits and vegetables to Bermuda, or any items that have contact with soil, you will need an Import Permit from Bermuda and your goods will be subject to inspection upon arrival in Bermuda by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Parks in Bermuda. Please note that any goods that do not pass the agriculture inspection are destroyed.

Prohibited Items when Shipping to Bermuda

When cargo shipping to Bermuda, some items are prohibited. The following items are prohibited from shipping to Bermuda:
  • All kinds of weapons including things like flick knives, blowguns, spear guns and crossbows are not allowed to be shipped to Bermuda and will be confiscated
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Firearms and all ammunition (unless accompanied by a permit signed by the Commissioner of Police in Bermuda)
  • Explosives and explosive devices (this also includes pyrotechnics of any sort)
  • Gold and silver coins
  • Pornography
  • Politically sensitive literature and materials

Vehicle Shipping to Bermuda

If you want to ship a car, vehicle or motorcycle to Bermuda, please note that vehicles shipped to Bermuda must be less than 6 months old. In addition, motorcycles over 100 cc are prohibited from shipment to Bermuda.

There are also certain restrictions on cars shipped to Bermuda based on size and engine capacity. An experienced cargo shipping agency like Cargo Experts can help you navigate any of the rules about shipping a car to Bermuda.

In addition, if you are shipping a vehicle to Bermuda, duty fees do apply. You will also need to obtain a License from the Transport Control Department in Bermuda to ship a vehicle.

There is a lot to think about as you plan your cargo shipping to Bermuda or some other destination worldwide. A professional cargo shipping company will help you navigate all of the country specific rules and regulations, paperwork and logistics.

Choosing the right international cargo shipping company can help make your experience with overseas moving and international shipping to Bermuda favorable. You can get a fast and free freight quote from Cargo Experts, or you can call toll free 1- 866-994-7822 for more information.

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