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Moving to Puerto Rico

March 21st, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Planning a move to Puerto Rico?​

It’s no surprise that many people are moving to Puerto Rico from the U.S. each year. With pristine beaches, sun-filled days, and warm, tropical nights, who wouldn’t want to move there? If you see yourself living on the Island of Enchantment in the future, you probably have some questions about moving there, including requirements, logistics, and cost. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions (and the answers) about relocating to Puerto Rico. 

moving to Puerto Rico

Is a passport required when moving to Puerto Rico?​

Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, a passport isn’t required for entry from the U.S. mainland (although a government-issued ID is required). Custom fees don’t apply, either.

What’s required for moving household goods to Puerto Rico?​

If you’re moving household items, you may be required to complete an Electronic Exportation Information Form (EEI). The export declaration form must be filled out for shipments when the value of the commodity classified under each individual Schedule B number is over $2,500. Basically, this just means that an EEI is required if you’re moving any single item or group of similar items (such as a guitar collection) that is worth more than $2,500 by itself. Remember; there are no customs fees. Instead, household goods are subject to an excise tax (the current rate is 6.6%).

How do I clear my items in Puerto Rico?​

To clear your items at the local tax office, you'll need certain documentation, including:

  • Original power of attorney
  • The Bill of Lading from your move (click here to see an example BOL)
  • An inventory list in English, signed by the owner of the goods (must include dollar values)
  • Electronic Exportation Information (EEI) form (for commodities valued over $2,500)

If any items are new, you should list the exact value and have the receipt for the item. If the tax officials feel the value you've indicated is incorrect, they'll research the cost themselves. If there's a discrepancy, you can be penalized with fees.

What’s the best way to ship to Puerto Rico?

U-Pack® is a great option for moving your household items to Puerto Rico. We can ship door to door, and your belongings arrive fast! Here’s how it works:

  • You pack and load a moving trailer or moving container at your home in the US.
  • U-Pack drives your shipment to the port in Jacksonville, FL and places your container onto a ship.
  • Your belongings sail to the port of San Juan. This usually takes about a week.
  • Your items are then taken to the service center in Guaynabo.
  • You clear your items at the tax office in San Juan with the documentation listed above.
  • Once your items are cleared, U-Pack will deliver to your new home in Puerto Rico.

If you’re looking for extra savings on your move, U-Pack offers an option where you can load at the service center closest to you stateside and unload at the service center in San Juan. Customers that choose this option save on average $300 off their total move cost.

What types of equipment are available for moving to Puerto Rico?

You can’t exactly drive a rental truck to Puerto Rico. It’s an island surrounded by water! Instead, you’ll have to use a moving service. Depending on the service, different equipment types will be available. U-Pack offers two different ways to move: moving trailers and ReloCube containers.

The moving trailer is 28 ft. long, 8 ft. wide, and 9 ft. tall. It’s ideal for almost any size move because you only pay for the space your items take up inside of it (down to a 5 ft. minimum). If you end up using less space than you were quoted, you pay less for your move. We adjust the rate based on the space you use. Or if you need more space, simply add the per-foot adjustment rate for each additional foot you use.

The moving container is 6’ x 7’ x 8’ and is ideal for smaller moves, such as a studio-size apartment. You can reserve as many containers as you think you’ll need but only pay for the ones you actually use.

Both the moving trailer and moving container can be delivered door-to-door to most areas in Puerto Rico. To check prices, click for a free moving quote.

What if I need storage when I move to Puerto Rico?

U-Pack offers two options for storage in conjunction with Puerto Rico moves. You can either store at the service center in Guaynabo, or you can store your items stateside until you’re ready to send them to Puerto Rico.

How much does it cost to move to Puerto Rico?

The cost of your move to Puerto Rico depends on a few different things, like how much you’re moving, when you’re moving, and where you’re moving from. You can get a free moving quote online and we'll email you a quote within 24 hours, or you can call a Puerto Rico moving specialist at 800-413-4799 and we'll calculate your quote instantly over the phone.

And as a bonus, if you're required to present the Electronic Exportation Information form for customs, U-Pack will file it on your behalf at no additional cost.

What other questions do you have?

We’ve written a few related posts that may be able to answer any other questions you have about moving to Puerto Rico:
Moving to Puerto Rico with Pets
Moving to Puerto Rico with Kids
Moving to Puerto Rico from the U.S. (info on housing market, currency, language, etc.)

If you have a question about your Puerto Rico move that's not included above, we're happy to answer! Just leave a comment below, and be sure to check out the rest of the comments section with hundreds of questions from our readers with answers by our moving experts.