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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Insurance policy
  • Detailed inventory in Spanish
  • Tax exemption (diplomats)
  • Accreditation from the Chancellor (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • The destination agent must receive all documentation prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • The owner of the goods or owner of the goods’ legal representative must be present for Customs clearance (repatriating citizens).
  • Shipments valued up to USD 35,000 for non-citizens and repatriating citizens are exempt from Customs duties and taxes.
  • Returning citizens must have lived abroad for at least 2 years, without entry for the 30 days prior to shipment arrival, to qualify for free import.
  • For returning citizens, an exemption from the payment of customs tax may be granted one time per family if the shipment arrives no more than 1 month prior and less than 4 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 20-25 days for repatriating citizens and 7-10 days for diplomatic shipments.
  • For returning citizens – Bolivian Affidavit.
  • Most wood packing materials / products must comply with ISPM-15 guidelines and be clearly marked in a visible location on at least two opposite sides of the item in permanent, black ink. 
    • A seal certifying the shipment has been treated through methyl bromide (MB) or heat must be present. 
    • If evidence of treatment cannot be found, the shipment will be returned to the country of origin at the owner of the goods’ / agent’s expense.
    • Contact the destination agent for exceptions to this requirement.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Original bill of lading  / air waybill
  • Inspection certificate
  • Title / registration
  • Commercial invoice (used vehicles only)

Specific Information

  • Vehicles for personal use are subject to customs duties of 55% over the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value.
  • Diplomats may import vehicles duty free.
  • Details of the vehicle should be forwarded to the destination prior to shipment arrival.
  • Vehicles must be no older than 2015 to be imported.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Zoo sanitary certificate
  • Certificate of value

Specific Information

  • The import of pets is subject to a payment of 12% duties in addition to the cost, insurance, freight (CIF) value for non-commercial shipments.
  • Diplomats may import pets duty free.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Potential contaminants (items deemed a potential contaminates to the environment are subject to inspection upon arrival, such as refrigerators, vehicles, all equipment which has AC, etc.)
  • Diplomatic imports are duty free; however, diplomats must pay duties on the import or firearms and ammunition.
  • Industrial machinery / equipment require authorization
  • Firearms and ammunition (a special permit is required)
  • The following items imported for private or personal use by non-diplomats are subject to the approximate payment of duties as identified below:
    • Medicines                                                                                  32% over CIF value
    • Carpets                                                                                     42% over CIF value
    • Plants                                                                                        32% over CIF value
    • Food items                                                                                 42% over CIF value
    • Gifts and souvenirs                                                                      32% over CIF value
    • Precious metals (jewelry, coins, etc.)                                             32% over CIF value
    • Appliances, machinery/tools, etc.                                                  32% over CIF value
    • Inheritances                                                                               32% over CIF value
    • New furniture and household goods                                                42% over CIF value
    • Antiques and works of art                                                            32% over CIF value
    • Electrical items (televisions, personal computers, printers, etc.)         42% over CIF value
  • Alcohol:
    • Diplomats may import alcohol duty free.
    • A commercial invoice, original bill of lading / air waybill / surface freight bills, and certificate of origin are required for the import of alcohol.
      • A pro-forma is required if the free on board (FOB) value exceeds USD 1,000.
    • Alcohol for private and personal use is subject to a payment of approximately 42% over the cost, insurance, freight (CIF) value.
    • Imports exceeding USD 1,000 require the intervention of other agencies and the presentation of the pro-forma invoice / commercial invoice to verify the shipment; contact the destination agent for specific details.

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Explosives
  • Pornographic materials
  • Refrigerators (check with agent for specific models prohibited for import)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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