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Capital: Lima
Population: 30,814,175 (2014)
Area: 496,225 sq. mi
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Lanuage: Spanish
Climate: Very diverse with 28 climates
Motto: "Firme y feliz por la union." / "Steady and happy for the union."

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Required Documents for Import

Once you've arrived to Peru, you will have to assure you have the right documentation for Customs. Please take a look below at some of the required documents expected by Customs.

Customs Value Declaration - A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire HHGS shipment.

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

Import Requirements and Documentation

There are certain requirements of documentation for your household goods (HHGS) Customs will expect. To learn more about some of the necessary documents, please take a look below.

  • Your Packing List
  • Bill of Lading
  • Your Passport
  • Copy of your Professional Certificate for returning citizens
  • Immigration record for returning citizens
  • Your Residence Certificate that's issued by the Peruvian Embassy or consulate at your origin
  • Your Updated ID (DNI) for returning citizens
  • Business Plan for returning citizens
  • Your Export Declaration Form (DUA) for returning citizens

Additional detailed document requirements

  • Your Packing List must display the brand name and serial numbers for each electronic items. Additional items are charged 33% duty.
  • Diplomatic Import Permit or a Diplomatic Franchise from the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Ministry Affairs for foreign Diplomats and returning Diplomats.
  • Your Inventory List showing values of equipment that will be used for business purpose for returning citizens.
  • Items once exported from Peru can be duty-free for returning citizens.
  • If you are a Diplomat, your shipment is exempt from physical inspection.
  • You must import only used HHGS and personal effects.
  • You Passport must display all of your entry and exit stamps to Peru for the last 13 months, with no more than a 30 calendar day stay for returning citizens.
  • Do not mark "Packed by Owner" (PBO) on any item of your shipment.
  • Your Residence Certificate should state that you've decided to stay in Peru for no less than 5 consecutive years after import for returning citizens.
  • Your shipment must arrive no sooner than 1 month or no later than 4 months after entry.
  • Returning citizens can import used HHGS duty-free up to a worth of $30,000 USD by approval from SUNAT. Approval takes 30 consecutive calendar days and can only be used once every 2 years.
  • A Letter of Employment issued by your local employer and stamped by the Peruvian Labor Ministry or a Resident Visa for foreigners with employment contracts.
  • If you are a returning citizen, you can import your HHGS duty-free with a Residence Certificate, copy of your professional certificate, your immigration record your inventory list and your business plan.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Peru 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 has arrived to Peru, you will be in charge of duties and taxes. You must be present for your Customs inspection. Expect to pay a duty from 4 to 20% and a Value-added Tax (VAT) of 18% including Municipal Tax.

Duty-free Items

There are certain quantities of selected items you can import into Peru duty-free. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Below are the duty-free items for Peru.

  • 20 packs of cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco.
  • 3 liters of alcoholic beverages.
  • New personal use articles or gifts valuing $500.00 USD or less.

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

Not every item you wish to import is satisfactory for Customs. Please take a look at some of the prohibited items below for more details.

  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Satellite Receivers
  • Explosives
  • Modems & routers
  • Ozone affecting chemicals
  • Used clothes, goods, shoes, spare parts for vehicles, tires, rings and wheels
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software's

Restricted Items

Customs always keep an eye out for restricted items to abide by the laws. Please take a look below at some of the restricted items and their quantities.

  • Firearms and its ammunition must have proof of ownership and also permission from the Ministry of Interior prior to the arrival of shipment. The firearm must be .38 caliber or less.
  • Cartographic text and publications must show the limits of Peru.
  • Mutilated Peruvian maps on geography texts
  • Telecommunication equipment will require an original invoice.
  • Chemical products that are used to create narcotics.
  • Electronic cigarettes must have an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract accompanying it.
  • Pesticides for domestic use
  • Plant and vegetable products needs permission import fit sanitary.
  • All refrigerated devices must have the original manufacturer's certificate issued and signed with a manufacturer's letterhead stating the use of coolant, the original manual or pictures of the 4 sides of the items displaying gas type, received import permission from the OTO-Peru office with the cost of $75.00 USD and approved permission.
  • One of each telecommunication devices are allowed unless you gain authorization.

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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