Emigrating to Aruba: What do I need to do myself?

When emigrating to Aruba, there is a lot to think about. At Transpack, we do our utmost to help you as much as possible. However, there are several matters that you will need to address yourself. Are you arranging your emigration via Transpack? We will guide you through these matters and help you with any complicated documents and applications,

Importing your household goods

Goods must have been in the person’s possession for at least 6 months before the date that he/she is moving from his/her place of residence in the country of origin. Goods must have been used in so far as they are “non-consumable” goods in his/her former residence. Goods must be intended for use by the person concerned for the same purpose in his/her new residence.

Furthermore the person concerned must submit an itemized list signed by him/her, which contains a description of the goods for which an exemption is requested. Goods must be declared for import within a period of 6 months from the date which the person concerned has obtained his place of residence. Click here for the checklist

Import of motor vehicles to Aruba

Personal vehicles must have been in the person’s possession for at least six months before the date that he/she is moving from his/her place of residence in the country of origin. (The vehicle must have been on the person’s name for at least 6 months and insured for more than 6 months before shipping, i.e. registration papers must be in the name of the person who is insured.

Importing new goods to Aruba

The movers must be notified of any newly purchased goods; import duties will need to be paid for these goods. The amount to be paid will be calculated by local customs on the value of the goods and the freight charges. The amount to be paid will be calculated by local customs on the value of the goods and freight charges. (Plus additional costs.  It is based on the CIF value = Costs – Insurance – Freight value)

Importing alcoholic beverages

If you wish to import liquor / tobacco on Aruba, please be aware that a percentage of import duties and excise duties may be taxed by local customs. This amount depends on the percentage of alcohol present in the beverage

It is advisable to contact our local partner soon after arriving in Aruba. This allows you to avoid any container rental costs in Oranjestad Port. The required documents must be submitted at customs before delivery of the container. Customs requires 5 to 7 business days for processing.