Moving to Florida from Puerto Rico

Movers PR To FL

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and all of its natural-born citizens are considered U.S. citizens. Even with this citizenship, residents of Puerto Rico have different rights and responsibilities. For one thing, residents of the island are not required to pay federal income taxes. This makes Puerto Rico a popular retirement location.  One major drawback to living in Puerto Rico is that you lose your right to vote in federal elections.

If you are moving to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico, you probably have tons of questions. This guide is intended to provide you with the basics of moving overseas from Puerto Rico to Florida.

What does it cost?

When you ship overseas by container, you can choose between a full (HCL) or half (LCL) container. Shipping a full container is more economical than shipping a half container, as it only costs a couple of hundred more. You can expect to pay less than $4000 for a half container, and up to $4200 for a full one. Most people can ship a vehicle by container to the mainland for less than $4,500. For antiques or rare vehicles, air transport is usually used, but it can be much more expensive.

When you ship to Florida, you can choose from many shipping ports, including ports in Orlando and Jacksonville.  Working with overseas movers like Three Men and a Truck will ensure a safe, easy transition, no matter which port you are sailing to.

Moving household goods to the U.S. mainland

Moving to the mainland from Puerto Rico is the same as if you were moving from one town to the other. You will not be required to pay customs duty or taxes, and you won’t even need a passport.

As with all overseas moves, you need to include a detailed inventory of your goods for shipping, along with the standard bill of lading and a commercial invoice.

Can I ship my vehicle to Florida?

You are welcome to bring your vehicle from Puerto Rico to Florida, but you will need to collect some paperwork. Here are some of the documents you will be asked to provide:

  • Proof of ownership or lease – if your vehicle is leased, you will need to have permission from the leaseholder to transport your vehicle to the mainland.
  • U.S. driver’s license
  • Documentation to show your vehicle’s value
  • Bill of lading
  • Bill of sale or purchase invoice
  • EPA Standard Form 3520-1
  • Vehicle registration

Three Men and a Truck

Moving to Florida from Puerto Rico is not an international move, but it is an overseas move. Maybe last time you moved, you rented a truck and asked some buddies over for beer, pizza, and carrying stuff. This time, you are going to need different help. An overseas moving company has the expertise to deal with shipping logistics and complex paperwork. Three Men and a Truck is here to help with domestic, overseas, and international moves. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.

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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