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Capital: Willemstad
Population: 152,760 (2013)
Area: 171.4 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Willemstad 2. Tera Cora 3. Labadera 4. Barber 5. Soto
Lanuage: Dutch
Climate: Tropical savannah climate

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Required Documents for Import

Import Declaration (DSI) - A document stating the household goods (HHGS) being shipped.

Certificate of Origin - Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Import Requirements and Documentation

Curacao Customs will require documents to help them clear your household goods and personal effects. It's important that you have the correct documents completed to keep Customs clearance easy and smooth.

  • Your Original Bill of Lading
  • Your Passport
  • Certificate of Residence
  • Your Detailed Inventory

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Curacao along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It's important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Once your items arrive to Customs, inspections and taxes will be due. You Valued-added Tax (VAT) will amount to 6% and your Excise duties will range from 0 to 30%.

Duty-free Items

When seeking to be exempted for duties, you must have lived abroad for 6 months or more. You must be 15 years of age or older. Below are the exceptions of duty-free items.

    200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
  • 750 ml of alcoholic beverages
  • 2.25 liters of wine or 3 liters of beer
  • Up to a value of $223.46 USB of gifts

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

Every item will not be accepted by Customs. To assure you have a swift clearance, please take a look at the prohibited items below

  • Narcotics
  • Drugs

Restricted Items

There are certain restrictions when it comes to importing items into Curacao. Please take a look below at the restricted items below.

  • New items will be charged duties

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

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