Movers New Jersey To Puerto Rico

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the U.S., with more than 90% of state residents residing in an urban area. Moving from New Jersey to Puerto Rico will be a big change. Puerto Rico enjoys consistently perfect temperatures year around and New Jersey experiences four distinct seasons with frigid winters. Much of Puerto Rico’s residents are clustered near the coastlines, leaving much of Puerto Rico’s natural wonders relatively unspoiled and ready to explore.

Moving to the Caribbean is a dream for many Americans, and Puerto Rico is a uniquely great option. Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, you can live and move freely between New Jersey and Puerto Rico without a passport or visa.

Working with an overseas mover is recommended. Overseas transfers are more complex, and the logistics and planning can be challenging. Here’s some of what you need to know:

What does it cost?

Shipping your household goods to Puerto Rico will likely require a full or half shipping container. On average, you should be able to ship your household goods via shipping container to Puerto Rico for $2,500 or less.

Moving household goods to Puerto Rico

As a U.S. citizen moving to Puerto Rico, you will not be required to pay customs duty or taxes (Note: If you choose not to work with a shipper, research any possible municipal or state taxes that may apply.) Moving to Puerto Rico from New Jersey will require no customs clearance.

Is the value of your shipment worth more than $2,500? If so, you are required to file an Electronic Export Information filing using their Automated Export System (AES). In addition, you need to provide a detailed inventory and bill of lading.

What items are prohibited?

Take the time to do research before you go. Research can help you avoid unexpected complications due to restrictions you may not have considered. One surprising rule is that coffee brought into Puerto Rico for personal use is subject to a tax, which is levied per pound. To learn more about restricted items, start here. Puerto Rico restricts some imports and prohibits others entirely.

Can I ship my vehicle to Puerto Rico?

Shipping a vehicle to Puerto Rico could end up being expensive, depending on the value of your vehicle. When you arrive, you will have to pay excise tax on the value of your vehicle when it arrives. Within 30 days of your arrival, you must also obtain a Puerto Rican driver’s license.

Upon your arrival, you should be prepared to provide the following:

  • Proof of ownership or permission from leaseholder to take the vehicle outside of the continental U.S.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license 
  • Bill of lading
  • Bill of sale or purchase invoice
  • EPA Standard Form 3520-1
  • Vehicle registration
  • Proof of vehicle valuation for excise tax calculation

Three Men and a Truck

Moving to Puerto Rico from New Jersey isn’t an international move, but it can feel like one. Between the shipping and the packing and the paperwork, it can get overwhelming. Three Men and a Truck are overseas moving experts who can ease that burden. Working with our extensive network of shipping partners, we can help you find the best strategy at the best price. 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.

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