Moving to Puerto Rico from Orlando

Puerto Rico, Spanish for rich port, is a tropical archipelago and territory of the United States. As a territory, Puerto Rico has non-voting representation in Congress, with no voting rights for either Congressional representation or President of the United States.

Voting rights aside, Puerto Rico’s status does have some benefits. Puerto Rico residents do not have to pay federal income tax, which is very appealing for remote workers, in particular, who can do their work anywhere. As a bonus, if you purchase a home on the island, you will not have to pay property taxes as those are not collected in Puerto Rico.

Here’s what else you need to know about moving to Puerto Rico from Orlando:

What does it cost?

Shipping a 20 ft container (half container) to Puerto Rico can cost as little as $3700, and a full container can be shipped for just a couple hundred more.  You can ship from one of several ports in Florida, including ports in Orlando and Jacksonville. Working with an overseas moving company will ensure that you get door to door service no matter which port you choose.

Shipping your vehicle to Puerto Rico from the mainland may be cheaper than you would expect. Most people can ship a vehicle to Puerto Rico for less than $3,500. Air transport is a much more expensive option for moving your vehicle or household goods and is generally reserved for antiques or rare vehicles.

Moving household goods to Puerto Rico

If you are moving internationally from the U.S. to Puerto Rico, you will not need to pay customs duty or taxes. Shipping to Puerto Rico from any state in the U.S. works the same as shipping 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 an Electronic Export Information filing for all such shipments unless they have been exempted by the federal government, which 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. 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. Contact your local customs officials to advise on your situation.

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Can I ship my vehicle to Puerto Rico?

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:

Three Men and a Truck

On the scale of difficulty, moving to Puerto Rico from Florida is somewhere between an international move and a move across town. Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, you won’t need to worry about customs, but it is an island, so renting a box truck isn’t going to cut it. Working with international movers can make the whole thing a lot easier.

Three Men and a Truck are overseas movers who can help you move your household goods or vehicles using sea freight and air transport. Complex transfers are no sweat. We will put our “man” power to work for you to ensure safe and easy transport. 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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