Moving to Puerto Rico from Miami

Moving to Puerto Rico from Miami

As a U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico is a popular tropical destination for many U.S. citizens. Millions of tourists visit this gorgeous Caribbean archipelago each year, drawn to the island’s rich history, expansive beaches, and endless sunshine.  U.S. Citizens can come and go freely from the island of Puerto Rico, without a need for a visa or passport. Puerto Rico even uses the same currency as is used on the mainland.

What’s more, because Puerto Rico has never been granted statehood, Puerto Rico residents are not required to pay federal taxes. If you choose to buy a home in Puerto Rico, you don’t have to worry about property taxes. Puerto Rico does not collect them.

These cost savings are a huge motivator for many who relocate to Puerto Rico, but not everything is cheaper. The cost of living can be a bit high on the island. The law requires that all imports to Puerto Rico be sent to the mainland before being transported to the island, resulting in high prices for common consumer goods like groceries.

What does it cost?

When shipping your belongings, you can choose to ship a full or half container. You can ship a 20 ft container (half container) to Puerto Rico for as little as $3700, or a full container for just a few hundred more.

Most people can ship a vehicle to Puerto Rico from Florida for less than $3,500. Have something extra special you want to import? Antiques and rare vehicles can be moved via air freight.

Moving Household Goods to Puerto Rico From Miami

If you are moving overseas from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, you will not need to pay customs duty or taxes. In fact, shipping to Puerto Rico from Miami or any state in the U.S. works the same as moving from one state to the next. You won’t even have to worry about customs clearance.

Sounds perfect, right? Well, almost. There is some paperwork involved. Shipments valued at over $2,500 are subject to an additional requirement when they are shipped to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Census Bureau requires this Electronic Export Information filing for all such shipments unless they have been exempted by the federal government. This filing can be handled online through the Automated Export System (AES).

With your shipment, you will need a standard bill of lading and commercial invoice with a description and valuation of your goods. Shipments will also include a standard bill of lading with the declared value of items and a commercial invoice with a description of goods. Items are subject to an excise tax and must pass through the Puerto Rico Tax Department before they can be released and delivered back to the owner. 

What items are prohibited?

Puerto Rico does prohibit the import of certain items, such as explosives, narcotics, and plants. You are also not permitted to bring livestock, endangered animals, or lottery tickets. Restricted items include medications, alcohol, or firearms, for which there may be limited exceptions.

Can I ship my vehicle to Puerto Rico?

Shipping a vehicle to Puerto Rico is typically done via air or sea. Sea freight is the more common option. A 20-foot shipping container can easily get your vehicle to Puerto Rico from the mainland, and it isn’t even that expensive. Most people can ship a vehicle to Puerto Rico for less than $3,500. Air freight is a much more expensive option for moving your vehicle and is generally reserved for antique or rare vehicles.

To bring your vehicle to Puerto Rico, you will need to collect some paperwork. Here are some of the documents you will need to ship your vehicle to Puerto Rico:

  • Proof of ownership or lease
  • U.S. driver’s license 
  • Valuation
  • Bill of lading
  • Bill of sale or purchase invoice
  • EPA Standard Form 3520-1
  • Proof of vehicle conformity
  • Vehicle registration

Three Men and a Truck

Three Men and a Truck can help you with everything from moving a piano to overseas moves. Whether you need all our men or just one, we can help you move from Miami to Puerto Rico with ease. Leveraging our relationships with international shipping partners, we can get you the value and experience you deserve. Contact us today for a 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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