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Moving to Argentina


Capital: Buenos Aires
Population: 42,669,500 (2014)
Area: 1,073,518 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Buenos Aires 2. Cordoba 3. Rosario 4. Mendoza 5. Tucuman
Lanuage: Spanish
Climate: From tropical to subpolar
Motto: “En union y libertad” / “In Union and Liberty”

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Required Documents for Import

Documentation is extremely import to Customs. To help keep your Customs clearance as smooth as possible. Please take a look below at some of the documents expected of you.

Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Customs Value Declaration – A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire household shipment.

Import Requirements and Documentation

There are certain requirements of documents that Customs hold for every customer. Please take a look below at some of the documents Customs may expect from you.

  • You must be present at Customs
  • Your import must arrive to Argentina within 3 months prior to your arrival up to 6 months after your arrival. If your items are arriving later than 6 months of your arrival, you must obtain a permit from the Director General of Customs in Argentina.
  • All documents must display your full name.
  • Your original Passport with a note of the shipper expecting the shipment of household goods stamped by Customs and stamped to show you living abroad for 12 months or more. There must not be any re-entry for more than 60 days within the year prior to arrival in Argentina.
  • Your detailed Inventory List in Spanish (PBO and Misc. is not accepted)
  • Permanent Residence Visa if needed
  • Diplomatic Franchise from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Diplomats and military personnel
  • Certificate of Residence from your origin for returned Argentine citizens
  • Bill of Lading
  • Temporary Permit
  • Customs Guarantee
  • Clave Unica de Identification Laboral (CUIL) Certificate
  • Clave Unica de Identificacion Tributaria (CUIT) Certificate for Argentine and foreign citizens with a Permanent Visa
  • Your full contact information

Additional detailed document requirements

  • All of your documents must be legalized and certified by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • You cannot import a shipment if you are a foreigner with a Tourist Visa.
  • You must notify Customs that you are expecting a shipment after entry and you must have a note within your Passport for non-Diplomats.
  • You will have to pay duties and taxes amounting to 50% of the freight on board (FOB) if you are a Foreigner with a Temporary Resident Visa. You can avoid this charge by importing under a temporary admission. Your items must be bonded for the time of your Visa or period developed by Customs once your items are released and the bond renews before its expiration date. If your employer is a registered import/export agent in Argentina, he/she can authorize their signature for a guarantee or guaranteed by a local insurance company through the Poliza de Caucion. If your Guarantee expiration date is not renewed, your items will be re-exported before the expiration date. If you obtain a Permanent Residence Visa prior to re-exportation, your goods will be deemed nationalized and will not be re-exported or charged duties or taxes.
  • If a Diplomat, you must have a full copy of your Passport by the Diplomatic Mission or by your local official foreign organization.
  • You Diplomatic Franchise must be obtained by the Diplomatic Mission or the Official Foreign Organization of where you are employed for Diplomats.
  • If you have not re-entered Argentina for 30 straight days and been abroad for a year or more, your import will be duty free. You can have one duty-free import every 3 years following the previously mentioned guidelines for Argentine and foreign citizens with a Permanent Visa.
  • If you’ve been abroad for 2 years or more, you can import your shipment duty-free for Argentine and foreign citizens with a Permanent Visa. It does not matter how many days you’ve been in Argentina during the time period of the year prior to entry. You are allowed to perform the prior mentioned once every 7 years.
  • Original National Identity Document (DNI) or your original Residencia Precaria
  • Residence Certificate issued by the Argentine Consulate at your origin. If you’ve resided in multiple countries within 2 years prior of import in Argentina, a Residence Certificate is needed from each country.
  • All of your documents written in the Spanish language must have an official translator translate and must be certified by the Colegio Argentino de Traductores.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Argentina along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Duties and taxes are important steps to clear your household goods (HHGS) through Customs. Duties can range from 0 to 35% and your Value-added tax (VAT) of 21%.

Duty-free Items

There are a number of items you can import without any duties. You must be 16 years or older to apply. Please take a look below at the duty free items you can import.

  • $150 USD of goods purchased in duty-free shops once you’ve arrived.
  • $150 USD of personal or new items imported by land or waterway.
  • 2 bottles of alcohol per adult.

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

There are a number of items that are not permitted into Argentina. Please familiarize yourself with the prohibited items below.

  • Illegal drugs
  • Toxic items
  • Parts of all vehicles
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Smuggled items
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Organic products
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Items that are not part of your move
  • Currency
  • Items with an internal combustion or outboard engine
  • Food
  • Stolen items
  • Heavy ammunition
  • New televisions
  • Dangerous items
  • Narcotics
  • Heavy explosives
  • Color televisions
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Anything that can compromise livelihood of the public, agriculture health and animals.
  • Flammable items
  • New computers
  • Spare parts

Restricted Items

There are many restricted items that Customs will pay very close attention to. Please take a look at some of the items and their restrictions below

  • Any Archeological or paleontological patrimony (items of life existence in former geological periods) can be imported, but not exported.
  • Only one of each item is allowed for import.
  • All items must be used and in possession for a year or more. New items have high duties applied
  • Up to 30 liters of alcoholic beverages.
  • For items that are worth $1,000 USD or more or more than 110 lbs., you must have a Formal Entry with a 3rd party Customs Broker.
  • Weapons for sports must have proof of ownership.
  • Products for hygiene, excluding soap, requires a certificate from the Government Agency (ANMAT)
  • Large amounts of tobacco, alcohol and food products.
  • All weapons must be declared and authorized by the Registro Nacional de Armas (RENAR).
  • Certain items considered commercial items cannot be cleared. Determination is based on the quality, quantity or type.
  • A specialized form is required for any original paintings and works of art.
  • You must have authorization to import works of art and ancient monuments.
  • Wood and items made of wood must be treated for pest.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

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All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.