Moving to Puerto Rico from Philadelphia

Moving Companies Philadelphia To Puerto Rico

If you’re ready to trade your parka for a beach umbrella, moving to Puerto Rico from Philadelphia will prepare you to live your best life. Vastly different from Philadelphia’s climate with distinct hot and cold seasons, Puerto Rico’s climate is beautiful all year around.

As a U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico is part of the United States, and home to many popular mainland retailers, such as Home Depot, Walmart, and others. That said, Spanish is the predominant language for this tropical archipelago, so spending some time brushing up on your high school Spanish will be beneficial to you.

If you are moving to Puerto Rico from Philadelphia, you are likely to need help. This may not technically be an international move, but it certainly is an overseas move, which requires more logistics and planning. Working with an overseas moving company is a great investment, but more on that later. For now, let’s talk about what you need to know to move from Philadelphia to Puerto Rico.

What does it cost?

As you prepare your belongings for shipping, you will need to select the correct container size. Full containers are 40 ft long, and half containers are 20 ft long. Shipping a half container from Philadelphia to San Juan, Puerto Rico will cost you less than $4,000. We would recommend just going with a full container since the additional moving cost is usually less than $200.

Most people can ship a vehicle to Puerto Rico from Philadelphia for less than $3,500. Extra special cargo, such as antiques or rare vehicles, are most often transported via air transport, which is significantly more expensive.

Moving household goods to Puerto Rico

As a U.S. citizen moving to Puerto Rico, you will not need to pay customs duty or taxes. Shipping to Puerto Rico from Philadelphia is no different from moving from Philadelphia to North Dakota. Customs clearance? Not a problem for you.

There is one additional piece of paperwork you will need to complete if your shipment is valued at over $2,500. The U.S. Census Bureau requires an Electronic Export Information filing for all such shipments unless the federal government has exempted them. You can complete this process using their Automated Export System (AES).

You also need to include a bill of lading and detailed inventory of your shipment.

What items are prohibited?

Puerto Rico prohibits imports of endangered animals, plants, explosives, narcotics, livestock, and even lottery tickets. Medications, alcohol and firearms are restricted and subject to additional review.

Can I ship my vehicle to Puerto Rico?

Here are some of the documents you will need to ship your vehicle to Puerto Rico:

  • 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

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Three Men and a Truck offers full-service overseas moving services, leveraging our extensive network of shipping partners to handle your relocation needs with ease. From paperwork to packing, our team of shipping experts is standing by to help you achieve the perfect move. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation 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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