|Area:||19,653 sq. mi|
|Top 5 Largest Cities:||1. San Jose 2. Limon 3. Alajuela 4. San Francisco 5. Cinco Esquinas|
|Motto:||“Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz” / “Long live work and peace”|
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To assist clearing your household goods, Customs will need documentation for identity and charges.
Below are some of the documents you may need to present to Customs.
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.
Costa Rican Customs requires a span of documents to make clearance easy and swift. Take a look below at some of the documents that may expected from you.
Once your household goods have arrived in Costa Rica 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.
Once your items has arrived to Costa Rica, duties and taxes will due to satisfy. Every used household good will be charged 45% of the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF). Your Value-added Taxes (VAT) will stand at 13 %. Allow Customs 10 business days from the time of the arrival of your shipment. The number of boxes on your Bill of Lading must be equal to the actual amount of boxes being imported. Your shipment is subjected to inspection and will be unloaded in a bonded warehouse.
There are certain quantities of duty-free items one can import into Costa Rica. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Please take a look below to learn more about duty-free goods.
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.
Customs pay very close attention to what is and isn’t permitted into Costa Rica. Please take a look below at some of the multiple prohibited household goods.
There are many restrictions when it comes to importing certain items into Costa Rica. Please take a look at some of the restrictions may encounter.
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.
For more information regarding moving to Costa Rica, please visit the websites below.
Direccion General de Aduana
Ave 1 y 3 Calle 12 y 14
Edificio Centro 1
P.O. Box 5016
1000 San Jose
All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.