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Moving to Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Capital: ort of Spain
Population: 1,223,916 (2014)
Area: 1,981 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Laventille 2. Chaguanas 3. Mon Repos 4. San Fernando 5. Port of Spain
Lanuage: English
Climate: Tropical
Motto: “Together we aspire, together we achieve”

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Required Documents for Import

To assist clearing your household goods (HHGS) easily through Customs, paperwork is required. Please take a look at some of the paperwork Customs will look for.

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 documents Customs will ask of you to help identify you and your HHGS. Please take a look at some of the required documents below.

  • A Copy of your Bill of Lading
  • A copy of your Passport
  • A copy of your Work Permit if needed
  • Your Inventory List detailed
  • A Mistry of Affairs form for Diplomats
  • Diplomatic Franchise for Diplomats
  • An Affidavit of Returning Resident for returning residents

Additional detailed document requirements

  • Any appliances that has gas requires an Import license

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Trinidad and Tobago 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

Once your items has arrived to Trinidad and Tobago, duties and taxes will be your responsibility in order to clear Customs. Your duties will span from 0 to 20% and your Value-added Tax (VAT) will be 15%. Below you can find information regarding duty-free items.

Duty-free Items

You must be 17 or older to apply for duty-free import of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 205 grams of tobacco
  • Up to 1.5 liters of wine or spirits
  • Up to $437.18 USD of goods once per year

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

Not every item can clear Customs. There are prohibited items that Customs look out for regarding the safety of the land and its people. Please take a look below at some of the prohibited items.

  • Any types of building materials
  • Any type of communication equipment
  • Celluloid
  • Narcotics
  • Unrefined sugar
  • Honey
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s

Restricted Items

There are a number of items the Trinidad and Tobago Customs agents will place restrictions on. Please take a look at some of the restrictions displayed below.

Weapons of all types must have to have permission from the Police Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • All items must be a year or more old.
  • Most toy guns
  • Up to 1 quart of alcohol

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.