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When shipment is from a US state:

  • Original Power of Attorney
  • Two copies of ID
  • Bill of Lading
  • Inventory signed by owner
  • Freight bill signed by owner

When shipment is from a foreign country:

  • Complete U.S. Custom’s form in addition to documents needed for normal importation into the US.


Shipments from mainland U.S.A. do not pass through customs tax free in Puerto Rico. Household goods shipments and vehicles will be subject to excise taxes. Goods that will attract excise taxes include, but are not limited to:

  • Regular furniture
  • Books and clothing
  • Telecommunication equipment
  • Computers
  • Any sporting good items
  • Musical instruments
  • Any new items
  • Any electrical items
  • Carpeting
  • Cameras
  • Toys

Items deemed non-essential are taxed at a rate of 6.6% of the value that the customer declares.


  • Firearms (must state serial number)
    • All firearms imported with household goods will be confiscated upon delivery by local authorities and will not be released to the owner until owner has a license and proper approval from authorities
    • Weapons highly regulated
  • Explosives
  • Alcoholic beverages will be confiscated by local authorities
  • Pornographic material
  • Lottery tickets
  • Endangered species and monkeys
  • Plants and vegetables
  • Jewelry, currency, coin collection or items of extraordinary value
  • Drugs (medicine must be accompanied with a prescription or statement from personal physician)


  • Personal items must NOT be contained in the automobile
  • All autos subject to physical inspection
  • Autos are subject to tax and Customs duties
  • Documents required:
    • Original Title Certificate
    • Original Registration
    • Copy of Customer's Driver's License (with Social Security number) stating physical and postal address in Puerto Rico
    • Notarized letter from lienholder showing VIN number, model, make and copy of title
    • Commercial invoice for vans and pickups
    • Customs Form 3299 (if originating from foreign country)
    • Certificate of compliance with U.S. Federal EPA and DOT regulations (Form 3520), if car imported from foreign country
  • Autos moving on Government Bill of Lading's also require:
    • Travel Order and Government Bill of Lading
    • Job identification (with picture)
    • Keys (including trunk key) must be provided to Destination Agent prior to arrival of the auto
    • Vehicles cannot be removed from pier until all excise taxes, license fees, duties, etc. have been paid
    • Customs duties are to be paid if auto is sold within one year after import


NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. 
Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, we cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.


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