Moving To Belize

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Customs Regulations for Belize

  • Passport with photo
  • Residence or Work Visa
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (express B/L is acceptable)
  • Comprehensive inventory list
  • Client must be present at customs clearance
  • All shipments are subject to inspection
  • Used household goods and personal effects can be imported duty-free if owned and used for a minimum of one year
  • Sales tax of nine percent is applicable on new household effects based on CIF value
  • Items must arrive within six months of owners’ arrival
  • Belize nationals must have been out of the country for at least one year to be entitled to duty-free entry of household goods and personal effects

  • Medications – requires a physician’s prescription
  • New items (less than one year old) are dutiable and require purchase invoices (New sports items, computers, stoves and refrigerators are exceptions)
  • Bicycles are subject to eight percent sales tax and one percent environmental tax
  • Foodstuffs, plants and plant materials are dutiable and may be restricted in quantity
  • Items made of wood require an Import License from the Ministry of Trade prior to importation
  • Narcotics/illegal drugs of any kind
  • Firearms (without the proper permits )
  • Pornography
  • Vehicles are subject to examination for valuation purposes and may be dutiable depending on year of manufacture and vehicle condition
  • If imported from the US, the vehicle must have a US Customs “Investigation for Theft” stamp.
  • Diplomats may important a vehicle duty-free with no restrictions
  • Valid U.S. or international driver’s permits are accepted in Belize for a period of three months after entry

Required Documents:

  • Certificate of Title and Registration
  • Import Permit
  • Commercial Invoice/Bill of Sale
  • Insurance policy and log book showing length of ownership if vehicle is used
  • Driver’s License or International Permit
  • Dogs and cats can be brought into Belize without quarantine, but are subject to inspection by a quarantine officer
  • If vaccines are required for your pets, they must be noted on the Import Permit

Required Documents:

  • Certificate of Vaccination – including rabies, issued no more than six months prior to departure
  • Health Certificate – not more than 48 hours prior to departure
  • International Health Certificate
  • Import Permit – obtained through the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA)

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Belize

International Sea & Air Shipping’s talented and expertly trained moving specialists will help you every step of the way during your international move to Belize. Before you get started, learn more about all of our offered shipping services and options to determine what best meets your needs:

  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Belize? Should you ship your goods via air or sea freight?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying a home?
  • Your fragile items. Do you require packing or custom crating services?
  • Your family/household size. Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Your cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

How Much Does a Move to Belize Cost?

Cost is always a major factor to consider when planning your overseas move. Your first step is scheduling a home survey with International Sea & Air Shipping to receive a quote to ship your items to Belize. One of our trained moving specialists will visit your home to view your belongings and determine your shipment’s estimated cubic footage. You will then receive a free quote for the international moving services you need!

Ultimately, the cost of your overseas move to Belize will vary based on the cubic footage of your shipment, your preferred method of shipping (air vs. sea freight) the services you require (such as packing and custom crating), and many other factors.

About Belize

Belize, a northernmost Central American nation, is a constitutional monarchy and the only country in Central America with English as the official language. Bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons and diverse flora-more than half of its land surface is covered by forest.

Belize is unique among its Central American neighbors, with a diverse society comprised of many cultures and languages. Belizean culture is a mix of influences and people, including Kriol, Maya, Garinagu, Mestizo (a mixture of Spanish and Native American), Mennonites of German descent, Chinese and Lebanese.

Football, basketball, volleyball and cycling are the major sports in Belize. Belizeans of all ethnicities eat a wide variety of foods, including Johnny cakes (cornmeal flap jacks), refried beans, rice with or without coconut milk, tamales, panades, (fried maize shells with beans or fish), escabeche (onion soup), stew chicken, and garnaches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, and cabbage sauce). Punta is the most popular genre music in Belize-Afro-Caribbean in sound, it is similar to styles such as reggae, calypso, and merengue. American music such as rap and heavy metal are also popular in the country.

Based primarily on agriculture (particularly banana production) and merchandising, Belize’s economy is small and essentially private. Tourism and construction are playing increasingly important roles in the economy. The trade partners of Belize are US, UK, Nigeria, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Spain and China.

Belize International Shipping Services

Do you need international moving services for your overseas relocation to Belize? While moving to a new country is not only exciting, it also requires research and planning-and most importantly, a professional and trustworthy international mover to ship your household goods safely to your new home. If you are planning an overseas move to Belize, let International Sea & Air Shipping assist you with every aspect of your relocation to ensure it is a success!