Moving Overseas to or From Aruba
Aruba is a gorgeous island off the coast of Venezuela. This country is well-known for its endless tropical beaches and sparkling azure waters. If you are moving to this country, first of all, congratulations. Aruba’s beautiful weather and relaxed lifestyle make it a popular destination for expats.
Since Aruba is an island, you will have only two options for shipping your belongings. You can send your items via shipping container, which is the choice most people make. A full container will hold the contents of a 2-bedroom house and a half container is suitable for smaller loads. The cost of shipping will depend on your country of origin. From New York to Aruba you could expect to pay around $1,300. Heading to Aruba from Vancouver, Canada your costs will be closer to $5,800. The other option is to ship your belongings via air freight, but due to the cost most people only use this option to ship antiques or valuables.
In Aruba, customs officials, through the Inspectorate of Customs and Excise, are responsible for customs inspection and enforcement.
For the most part, your household imports will be customs duty and tax-free. You will have up to a year to import your goods, so you can make multiple shipments if necessary.
Exemption on moving household goods
Tax exemptions on household goods are conditioned on the following criteria:
- You have owned the household goods are at least a year.
- Your plan to use the household goods in Aruba.
- You must be a new resident of Aruba.
- You must have resided in your previous country of residence for at least a year prior to your move to Aruba.
One additional requirement is that you must have been using the items for their intended purpose in their country of origin.
To qualify your household imports for a tax exemption, you must be able to provide the following documents:
- Moving household goods form
- ID Card
- Comprehensive inventory of imports
- Registration from Arubian Census Office
- Bill of Lading from your shipper
- Enig document for declaration of goods
Your vehicles must also meet some requirements for import. Your vehicles in have been owned and used by you in your home country for at least six months before your move to Aruba. However, in the fine print, you will also see that you are forbidden from selling, renting, lending, or otherwise disposing of your vehicle for at least a year after the vehicle arrives in Aruba.
To prove that your vehicle qualifies for this cost-saving exemption, you will need to be able to provide a clean bill of sale, certificate of title with no liens, and proof of vehicle registration, inspection and insurance from your country or origin.
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