Moving International to or From Haiti

Moving Overseas to or From Haiti

International Moving


Haiti is an island nation that shares a border with the Dominican Republic. Situated in the middle of the idyllic Caribbean Sea, Haiti is well-known for its tropical climate and gorgeous white sand beaches.

If you are ready to experience island living, you just have one last hurdle to cross – getting there. For the most part, people tend to ship their belongings to Haiti via local shipping container movers, which is convenient given that Haiti is mostly coastline and has several international ports.

The cost of moving a full shipping container to Haiti will depend on where you are departing from. From New York City, the cost to move a container to Port au Prince will be $5,400-$8,800. From Shanghai, the cost would be ¥49,500 – ¥81,000.

Importing Household Goods to Haiti

First things first. In order to clear your household goods shipment through customs in Haiti, you must already be present in the country. The customs inspection process can take a long time, so make sure to plan ahead so you don’t run into any conflicts.

As long as you have owned and used your household goods and personal effects in your home country for at least six months, you can import these items tax and duty-free. You must agree not to sell, rent, lease, or loan these items within a year of your arrival, or you must pay taxes and duty retroactively.

When packing your items for shipment, you must create detailed box-by-by inventories that describe everything in the box. Your inventory will be checked against your shipment when you arrive, so be honest and thorough to avoid complications.

Haitian customs officials are going to want to see additional documents such as your passport and Haitian visa. If you hope to import your goods tax free, you must be able to present a Certificate of Residence to qualify.

Importing a Vehicle to Haiti

Shipping a vehicle to Haiti can be pretty expensive, depending on where you are traveling from. Ports in Florida are the most inexpensive option, and the cost increases the further you get away from the Caribbean Sea.

What’s more, the process of clearing a vehicle through customs in Haiti can be lengthy and expensive. Working with a shipper is the best way to avoid unwelcome surprises, since they have the expertise to provide you with a comprehensive quote.

You must present to customs officials the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Original title
  • Bill of lading from your sea freight carrier
  • Bill of sale and purchase invoice proving ownership
  • Registration and driver’s license from your country of origin

Three Men and a Truck

It’s your move, so make it the best move you can by working with the best international movers company like Three Men and a Truck. We have specialized expertise in international shipping and know how to get you the best value with the best timeline. Don’t have time to learn all these new rules? We don’t blame you. That’s why our team works hard to stay abreast of all the rules and fine print that govern international shipping. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve a seamless move without all the hassle.

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Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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