Here You Will Find Customs Information For Your Move To The Savior!
Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Residence permit / work permit
- Numero de identificacion (NIT) from the Ministry of Finance
- Certificate of migratory movement from the Immigration General Office
- Temporary import permit
- Bank guarantee, if applicable
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
- Detailed inventory in Spanish
- Packing list
- Letter of employment
- Certificate of change of residence
- Certificate of residence abroad (returning citizens)
- Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)
- All shipments are subject to inspection.
- The owners of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
- Household goods and personal effects are duty free provided they have been owned and used by the owner of the goods for at least 6 months.
- The shipment must arrive within 90 days of the owner of the goods’ arrival.
- Customs clearance takes approximately 2-3 business days.
- Items cannot be sold, loaned or disposed of during the owner of the goods’ stay.
- Returning residents must have lived abroad for at least 3 years for duty-free import and provide proof of residency abroad; citizens must not have returned to El Salvador for more than 30 consecutive days during the 3-year period of official residency abroad.
- Contact the destination agent for specific requirements of eligibility.
- The certificate of residence can be obtained from the Salvadoran Consulate and must verify the location and time spent abroad.
- The packing list must include the value of each item and the make, model, and serial number of electrical appliances.
- Foreign diplomats and certain government / organization members are granted duty-free entry.
- Documents must be received by the destination agent 15 days prior to the owner of the goods’ arrival.
- Foreigners may qualify for a 6-month delay of duty payment with a bank guarantee for an amount equal to the Customs valuation of the shipment; however, the payment is required upon expiration of the guarantee.
- Driver’s license
- Certificate of title / registration
- Purchase / commercial invoice
- Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)
- Certificate of compliance (new vehicles)
- Certificate of emissions (used vehicles)
- The vehicle title must be under the owner of the goods’ name for at least 3 months prior to departure from the origin country.
- Vehicles must arrive within 6 months of owner of the goods’ entry date.
- Vehicles must be registered / titles under the owner of the goods’ name.
- The importation of new vehicles is subject to the Ministry of Commerce regulations and is limited to certain types of vehicles.
- New vehicles may not be imported.
- Diplomats can import used or new cars with a diplomatic franchise issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs duty free.
- The owner of the goods should confirm that diplomatic status will allow the procedure.
- Returning Argentine citizens may import used vehicles only (one car and one motorcycle for each adult member of the family).
- The importation will be dutiable, except in very specific cases.
- Foreigners with permanent resident status may import used vehicles only, under the same rules that apply to returning Argentine citizens.
- Foreigners with a temporary visa may import used vehicles under temporary admission and will not be charged duties and taxes.
- Vehicles are only allowed temporary admission for the duration of the visa and can be renewed upon renewal of the visa.
- Vehicles must be removed from Argentina prior to the expiration of the visa.
- Vehicles must retain original plates.
- Argentine citizens possessing a residence certificate, issued by the Argentine Consulate from the origin country, and living abroad for more than 2 years can import one car duty free unless the car is valued at more than USD $15,000, then duties and taxes will be assessed on it.
- The duties and taxes are as follows:
- Standard autos 81% of the cost, insurance, and freight value (CIF)
- Diesel 100% CIF
- Motorcycles 110% CIF
- The residence certificate must state the duration the owner of the goods has lived abroad (Argentine citizens with permanent residence visa).
- Rabies vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- Import permit
- The vaccination record must be issued within 6 months of arrival of the animal.
- The veterinary health certificate must be issued within 15 days of arrival of the animal by a licensed veterinarian at origin.
- Firearms and ammunition (a permit from the local police is required)
- Live plants (an original invoice, phytosanitary certificate and a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture are required; subject to payment of duties)
- Medications (a permit from the local drug administration is required)
- Cigarettes (200) and cigars (50)
- Alcohol (an import permit is required)
- The following items require an original invoice and are subject to the payment of duties:
- Appliances, machines and spare parts (duty free for diplomats)
- Gifts and souvenirs
- Antiques and works of art
- Precious metal objects, including jewelry and coins
- Household and electrical items (serial number, make and model must be included on the detailed inventory)
- Wine (a permit from a local health department is required)
- Food items (a phytosanitary certificate is required if the item is not canned and a certificate that the item is approved for human consumption)
- Illegal drugs
- Pornographic and subversive materials
- Military clothing and equipment
- Cleaning chemicals and supplies
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.