Okay, so I couldn’t resist doing a Flashback to another warm-weather location—this one in the Caribbean. If you’re planning a move to Puerto Rico, you’ll find the answers to your questions here. If not in the post itself, in the hundreds of comments posted by readers (and answered by Derek). If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, we would love to help. Just call one of U-Pack’s helpful Puerto Rico experts at 800-413-4799, or leave a comment below.
Moving to Puerto Rico – the Caribbean Destination
Just imagine living on a Caribbean Island where the beach is within an hour’s drive no matter where you are, with sun-filled days and warm tropical nights. It’s no surprise so many people move to Puerto Rico from the U.S. mainland each year—can you blame them. People call it a tropical paradise; the Island of Enchantment. Sign me up!
Requirements for Moving to Puerto Rico
Now about the move itself... Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, so a passport isn’t required for entry from the U.S. mainland (although some sort of government issued ID is required). Customs fees also do not apply. However, if you’re moving or shipping items to Puerto Rico, you are required to complete a Shippers Export Declaration form. This is where you will declare the approximate values of the items you are moving to Puerto Rico. If you’re moving with U-Pack, we’ll file the form on your behalf at no additional cost.
Keep in mind that although there are no customs fees, household goods moving into Puerto Rico are subject to an excise tax. For questions about excise taxes, contact the Office of Excise Taxes at (787)721-6237 or (787)721-0338.
How long does it take to move to Puerto Rico?
If you’re moving to Puerto Rico you’ll want to take into account the length of time it takes Puerto Rico moving companies to get you there.
If you move with U-Pack you can choose to pay for the space you use in a moving trailer, or you can load into ReloCubes, which are 6’ x 7’ x 8’ containers. With either option we can deliver right to your door, or you can save money by unloading at the ABF service center in Cataño.
Now, about the transit time to Puerto Rico... depending on what part of the U.S. mainland you’re moving from, moving to Puerto Rico with U-Pack is estimated to take around 7 to 11 business days. Once the trailer or ReloCube reaches the port in Jacksonville, Fl, Carlstadt, NJ or Chicago, IL, it takes approximately one week to arrive at the port in San Juan. So while you’re packing make sure you have everything you need to get by while you’re waiting for the shipment to arrive.
If your main question is “how much does it cost to move to Puerto Rico?”, or you have more questions not answered here, leave a comment below or enter the basic information about your move online, and we’ll send prices.
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Moving to Puerto Rico – Clearance and Taxes
Moving to Puerto Rico from the U.S.