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Moving to Puerto Rico


Posted By:
Christina Google+
2/12/2014
1:42 PM

What is the best way to move your belongings to Puerto Rico?

It’s no surprise that so many people move to Puerto Rico from the U.S. mainland each year. With pristine Caribbean beaches, sun-filled days, and warm, tropical nights, who wouldn’t want to move to the Island of Enchantment? If you see a Puerto Rico move in your future, you probably have some questions about requirements, logistics, and cost. We’re here to help.

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Requirements for moving to Puerto Rico

One of the first questions people have is “Do I need a passport to move to Puerto Rico?” Good news - the answer is no! Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, no passport is required for entry form the U.S. mainland (although some sort of government issued ID is required). Custom fees also do not apply.

However, if you’re moving or shipping items to Puerto Rico, you’re required to complete a Shippers Export Declaration Form. Basically, this is where you’ll declare the approximate values of the items you’re moving to Puerto Rico. If you move with U-Pack, we’ll file the form on your behalf at no additional cost.

Keep in mind that there are no custom fees. Instead, household goods moving into Puerto Rico are subject to an excise tax. Because the local excise tax can change, contact the Office of Excise Taxes at (787) 721-6237 or (787) 721-0338 to find out the amount of excise tax you’ll pay.

Documentation for moving to Puerto Rico

When moving to Puerto Rico, you’ll be required to present certain documentation in order to clear your items at the tax office in San Juan. Documentation includes:

  • Original Power of Attorney
  • Bill of Lading (click here to see an example BOL)
  • Inventory List in English and signed by the owner (must include dollar values)
  • Shipper’s Export Declaration Form (if your items are valued over $2,500)

How shipping items to Puerto Rico works

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’x7’8’ moving containers. With either option, we can deliver right to your door. Or, you can save money by loading at the service center closest to your origin and unloading at the destination service center in Cataño. Once your belongings arrive in Puerto Rico, you’ll need to take the proper documentation to the tax/customs office in San Juan to clear your items. When your items are cleared, U-Pack will deliver them to your home in San Juan.

How long does it take to move to Puerto Rico with U-Pack?

You’ll definitely want to take into account the length of time it takes Puerto Rico moving companies to get your things there. 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 7-11 business days.

Once the trailer or ReloCube(s) 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.

How much does it cost to move to Puerto Rico?

It depends on a few different things, like how much you’re moving, when you’re moving, and where you’re moving from. Let us send you a free moving quote by email. Click here to enter in your Puerto Rico move details, and we’ll email you a quote. Or, call a Puerto Rico moving specialist at 800-413-4799 and we’ll calculate your rate on the spot.

What other questions do you have about moving to Puerto Rico?

We have a few related posts that may be able to answer any other questions you have:

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Moving to Puerto Rico with Kids
Moving to Puerto Rico – Clearance and Taxes
Moving to Puerto Rico from the U.S. (info on housing market, currency, language, and more!)

If you have a question about your Puerto Rico move, we’re happy to answer. Be sure to check out the comments section below with hundreds of comments posted by our readers (and answers by Derek). If you don’t see your question answered, leave a comment and we’ll respond right away.

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