Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Passport showing recent entry stamp of Venezuelan immigration officer
- Detailed inventory with packed by owner (PBO) contents listed
- Certificate of use, duly stamped by Venezuelan Consulate at origin (returning citizens / foreigners
holding a resident visa)
- Letter of employment
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) (diplomats need 2 copies)
- Copies of purchase invoices for all new items in the shipment
- Copy of the owner of the goods’ Fiscal Information Registry (RIF) document
- Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)
- Detailed inventory (diplomats)
- Sanitation permit (if alcohol or food items are contained in the shipment)
- The RIF is required for both import and export shipments.
- Venezuelan citizens and foreigners must arrive prior to the shipment arrival to avoid any potential
issues, however, Venezuelan citizens and foreigners who hold a resident visa are eligible to apply for
the certificate of use.
- All owners of the goods pay import duties and taxes, except diplomats; however, importation is free
of duties and taxes for returning Venezuelan citizens and returning foreigners holding a resident visa
if the following requirements are met:
- The owner of the goods has obtained a stamped certificate of use at the Venezuelan Consulate in
- If a certificate of use is not presented to Customs, the shipment will be subject to payment
- Certificates cannot be obtained locally.
- If the Customs official is satisfied that the contents are used household goods.
- The Customs officer and the National Guard inspect most shipments.
- Duties range from 5% to 20% of the customs, insurance, and freight value.
- Import tax is 1% of the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value.
- VAT is 16% of the sum of the customs, insurance, and freight (CIF) value,
duties and taxes.
- Non-residents with a “TRANSEUNTE VISA3” (businesses, investors, students, workers, etc.) are
eligible to obtain the certificate of use at a Venezuelan Consulate or Embassy located in the origin
country to avoid payment of import duties and taxes.
- The household goods and personnel effects must have been used for at least 6 months and show
signs of use.
- The diplomatic franchise must be produced by the Embassy prior to Customs clearance.
- Storage charges and high container demurrage fees may be incurred during the process to obtain the
- Documented antiques may incur high duties when shipped separately.
- All imports and exports containing wooden crates, liftvans, must have a seal certifying treatment by
methyl bromide (MB) or heat treatment (HT).
- This does not apply to paper products.
- Any imports coming into the country without the certification will be returned to the country of
- Values should not be declared on the shipping documents or on the certificate of use stamped by the
Venezuelan Consulate at origin.
- OBL / AWB (2 copies)
- Original purchase invoice
- Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)
- Original registration / title (non-diplomats importing used vehicles)
- Original certificate of use duly stamped by a Venezuelan Consulate at origin (non-diplomats
importing used vehicles)
- RIF document (non-diplomats importing used vehicles)
- Application to Customs Office requesting a temporary import permit (if using a temporary import
permit for new and used vehicles)
- Returning Venezuelan citizens and returning residents may import used cars after living abroad for
at least 1 year and after having purchased the car at least 11 months in advance of import to
- Foreigners who hold a resident visa and Venezuelan citizens may only apply for a certificate of use
if the car has been under the owner of the goods’ name for at least 11 months.
- The Customs Office determines the value of the vehicle; the value for Customs purposes is not
necessarily the value indicated on the original invoice.
- It is recommended that the owner of the goods determine the value of the car at the Tax Office in
Caracas before shipping the vehicle.
- The Tax Office will assign:
- A present day value to the car
- The value when it was brand new
- A used vehicle imported duty free by a non-diplomat cannot be sold for a period of 3 years.
- A vehicle can be shipped to Venezuela only after a temporary import permit for new or used vehicles
- The temporary import permit is valid for 6 months.
- A request may be filed with Customs to extend the permit for one additional 6-month period,
after which the car must be exported.
- Before shipping a car under a temporary import permit to Venezuela (2000 models or over), the owner
of the goods must present the COVENIN and SENORCA permits to Customs, otherwise clearance will be
delayed and the car may be confiscated; the permits are to be obtained in Venezuela prior to arrival
of the vehicle (non-diplomats).
- The import tax is1% of the CIF value for new and used vehicles imported under a temporary import
- To release a new or used vehicle from Customs under a temporary import permit, a bond may be posted
through a local insurance company or a deposit may be made for the value of the duties.
- Only if the value of a new car (no recorded mileage) was over USD $20,000, duties will be 35% of the
customs, insurance, and freight value based on the present day value as dictated by the Tax Office
- The value added tax (VAT) is 16% of the sum of the CIF value, duties and taxes.
- If importing a motorcycle, the duties are 20% of the CIF value, the import tax is 1% of the CIF
value, and VAT is 16% of the customs, insurance, and freight value, plus duties and taxes.
- The certificate of use issued by the Venezuelan Consulate at origin for returning citizens or
residents is not valid for the import of motorcycles.
- Vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- The vaccination record for dogs must prove vaccination against canine distemper, hepatitis,
parvovirosis, and leptospirosis.
- Any vaccination certificates must be issued and sealed by an approved government veterinarian.
- The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
- Cigarettes (200) and cigars (25)
- Perfume (4 small bottles)
- Alcohol (2 L or one case per sea shipment container and a sanitation permit is required; items
are subject to confiscation)
- Pornographic materials
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been
met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
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.