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Ocean Shipping to Venezuela? Learn Important Rules About Sea Shipping to South America and World

Located in the northern part of South America, Venezuela has a population of nearly 30 million. The country is divided into 23 states with the greatest population density in northern cities. If you are moving to Venezuela or shipping to the region, there are a number of shipping ports in the country including the Port of La Guairá, the Port of Puerto Cabello and the Port of Punta Piedras.

If you are interested in shipping cargo duty free to Venezuela, you will need to be a citizen of Venezuela or a foreign diplomat. A diplomat is an individual appointed by a state to engage in diplomatic relations with another state, region or international agency. Duty free shipments to Venezuela are still subject to a customs tax of about 1% of CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value.

Shipments that belong to foreign nationals are subject to duty fees.

At least 3 days prior to cargo vessel arrival in Venezuela, all required documentation should be completed to facilitate the start of customs clearance as soon as the cargo vessel arrives. By Venezuelan Customs law, clearance must start within 5 working days of a shipment’s arrival; thereafter, a penalty accrues on daily basis.

As with most international shipping destinations, required documentation for shipping to Venezuela includes the following when shipping household goods:

  • Valid passport showing departure and/or entry stamp
  • A set of two original Bill of Ladings (OBL) or Airway Bill (AWB)
  • Legible inventory (no “Packed by Owner” or PBOs or “various” please)
  • Certificate of USE stamped at Venezuelan Consulate of origin (for Venezuelan citizens and Residents)
  • RIF certificate (Tax Information Registry)

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