COSTA RICA           

The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Costa Rica. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Costa Rican Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Costa Rica, The following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Passport (include all pages) for all members of the family
  • Inventory (in Spanish or English) indicating value declared for customs and showing complete contents of cartons and the exact number of cartons in the lift-van or container
    • Include brand name, serial #, model and price of the electronic equipment and electrical appliances
  • Document stating insurance coverage
  • Letter authorizing destination agent to clear shipment

When shipping goods overseas to Costa Rica, The following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • Used household goods and personal effects are subject to import taxes and duties, except for customers who are diplomats, members of government or international organizations and Costa Rican citizens who have lived a minimum of 24 months abroad (the latter one still pays taxes, but no duties)
  • All shipments inspected

When shipping goods overseas to Costa Rica, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • New items are subject to very high duties and require an original receipt
  • Large appliances must not exceed one of each item
  • Computers subject to import regulations
  • Purchase Invoice, Instruction Booklets, and original Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill required

When shipping goods overseas to Costa Rica, The following items are prohibited from entry into the country:

  • Alcoholic beverages (only small quantities for personal use)
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Explosives
  • Used tires
  • Pornographic or subversive material
  • Animal or agricultural products, plants, medicines, and large quantities of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and food require a special permit
  • Weapons and ammunition require an original invoice and registration at origin
    • A special permit at the Firearm and Explosive Department must be applied for
    • Import tax applicable
    • Must be for personal use only

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Costa Rica, The following documents and regulations will apply:

  • Subject to high import taxes and duties, except for those customers described above
  • Amount to be paid depends on the value, model, year, cubic centimeters and extras
  • Documents required:
    • Registration Card or Property Title
    • Purchase Invoice
    • *Originals required for all above documents
  • If you are sending a vechicle to Costa Rica, a new law was passed as of June 7th, 2000 that all vehicles coming into Costa Rica must have a EPA Smog Test signed off by the Local Consulate from the country which the auto is being exported. Contact your destination agent for more information before sending a vehicle to Costa Rica.

Moving Pets to Costa Rica: The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Dogs and cats permitted
  • Documents required:
    • Anti-rabies vaccination
    • Health Certificate
    • Invoice indicating value of animal

 If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to San Jose or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions you may have on importing.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. We are not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.