Are you emigrating to Curaçao? Importing goods to Curaçao
Conditions for importing household goods to Curaçao
- 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.
- 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.
The exemption excludes alcoholic products and tobacco and tobacco products, insofar as these are not considered to be normal household goods. (General means of transport are not passenger vehicles.)
Import of motor vehicles to Curaçao
Personal vehicles must have been in the person’s possession for at least one year 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 more than one year and insured for more than one year before shipping, i.e. registration papers must be in the name of the person who is insured.
- The exemption is limited to 1 motor vehicle per family and the customs officials may ask for tax assurance in some circumstances.
- If multiple vehicles are to be imported, you must take into account the payment of import duties and sales tax. Import duties amount to 27% and sales tax is 5%.
Importing new goods to Curaçao
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
One liter of alcoholic beverages per family may be imported as household goods (free of import duties and excise tax). If you wish to import more than this, a percentage of import duties and excise tax will be charged by the local customs. This percentage will depend on the type of alcoholic beverage that is imported.
Import procedure for shipping your personal household goods / motor vehicle to Curaçao
It is advisable to contact our local partner soon after arriving in Curaçao. This allows you to avoid any container rental costs in Willemstad Port. The required documents must be submitted at customs before delivery of the container. Customs requires 5 to 7 business days for processing.
The following steps must be taken to get your household goods / vehicle exemption. An exmption means that you would not have to pay any import duties or excise taxes on your used household goods and / or personal vehicle. In order to qualify for an exemption, Curaçao must become your place of residence and therefore there must be short-term emigration.
- Register at the municipality “Kranshi” in Curaçao
- Obtain a letter of proof of registration (form BB10 )
- After you have registered and received your letter of proof, you must go to our local partner with the BB10 form, your proof of leaving your country of origin, and a copy of your passport. There you must complete and sign the application form for an import exemption. All documents are forwarded by our partner to customs for approval. After a few days, the documents will be returned to our partner by customs and our partner will be able to grant you an exemption for your household goods and/or your motor vehicle. Once this procedure is complete, an appointment will be made for the delivery of your goods.
If you do not have the opportunity to register at municipality, you can start another procedure:
- After our local partner has been notified and informed of the value of your goods, they can call you or send an email to obtain a bank guarantee / security deposit.
- You can obtain a bank guarantee from a local commercial bank, or you may deposit (in due course) the security amount determined by customs, on the designated bank account.
- You can then go to our partner with your passport, proof of leaving your country of origin, bank guarantee or deposit receipt, to complete and sign the exemption forms. They will then send the forms to customs for approval.
- After a few days, the documents will be returned to our partner by customs and our partner will be able to grant you an exemption for your household goods and/or your motor vehicle. Once this procedure is complete, an appointment will be made for the delivery of your goods.
If you would like to bring a vehicle (only 1 vehicle per family), make sure to bring the following documents:
- The vehicle registration papers
- A statement on the letterhead of the insurance company with the term of your vehicle insurance or the last 2 green cards that can prove this (to receive an import exemption, it must be in your name and must be insured for a minimum of 1 year before shipping).
The car is to be picked up at the warehouse of our local partner.
Below is a list of all the required documents; to be brought with you from the Netherlands
- Proof of leaving the Netherlands (withdrawal of registration) from the Netherlands municipality
- Proof of registration in Curaçao (certified letter from the Curaçao municipality and a stamp in your passport)
- Inventory list of all household goods to be shipped (made by the moving company)
- List of receipts for newly purchased goods
- Car and motorcycle papers / registration / insurance certificate and stamped RDW (Department of Motor Vehicles) documents
- Copy of passport
Below is a list of all required documents; to arrange in Curaçao
- You must register at the municipality “Kranshi” in Curaçao
- Proof of registration letter from municipality (BB10 form) (costs Nafl 10, -)
- Import exemption form for household goods (you will receive this once you have contacted the local removal company)
- Import exemption form for personal vehicle (you will receive this once you have contacted the local removal company)