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Moving to Costa Rica

Are you planning a move abroad to Costa Rica? Shipping your belongings to another country requires proper planning, preparation and reliable overseas movers to ship your goods internationally safely and damage-free.

costa-rica1If you are moving to Costa Rica, International Sea & Air Shipping is here to assist you with every step of your international relocation. Let us handle the most difficult and important of your move, while you plan other aspects of starting your new life overseas.
Give us a call today to set up your free in-home survey!

How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Costa Rica

costa-rica2 At International Sea & Air Shipping, our professional moving specialists are trained to advise you and oversee your entire overseas move to Costa Rica. We offer a variety of shipping services to meet your needs:

  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Costa Rica? 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 Costa Rica Cost?

Cost is always an important factor to consider when planning a move overseas.

If you’re moving to Costa Rica, the final cost will depend on a variety of factors, including your shipment size and the services you require.

Schedule a free in-home estimate today with International Sea & Air Shipping and one of our trained moving specialists will visit your home to assess your shipment, determine the cubic footage, and answer any questions you may have. You will then receive a free, no-obligation estimate to ship your goods overseas.

About Costa Rica

costa-rica3 Costa Rica, which means "rich coast”, is the greenest country in the world, according to the New Economics Foundation. The Central American nation is among the top rated countries in the Environmental Performance Index and Human Development Index, with beautiful beaches, unpolluted waters, and a pledge to become one of the only developing nations that is a zero net-emitter of carbon by 2021.

Bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is located in Central America, and is also comprised of several outer lying islands. The beautiful country’s landscape includes hills, valleys, forests, mountains, volcanoes, wetlands and plains. Cerro Chirripo is not only the highest point of Costa Rica, but also the fifth highest peak in Central America.

Costa Rica is influenced by Spanish, Caribbean, Mesoamerican and South American cultures. The nation’s primary language is Spanish, and locals often wish each other well by using the popular phrase "pura vida”, which means pure life or good life. The country’s most popular religion is Roman Catholic, and the cuisine is a mixture of Spanish, South American, Caribbean, and American influences. Staple dishes like arroz con pollo, olla de carne, tamales, and casado are widely enjoyed.

The prime industries in Costa Rica’s economy are pharmaceuticals, financial outsourcing, software development and ecotourism, and the three main cash crops are bananas, pineapples and coffee. The trade partners of Costa Rica are the US, Netherlands, China, Mexico, Venezuela and Japan.

Custom Regulations for Costa Rica:


  • Passport (for all members of the family)
  • Inventory (in Spanish or English, indicating value declared for customs, showing complete contents of cartons and the exact number of cartons in the lift van or container)
  • Include brand name, serial number, model and price of all electronic equipment and electrical appliances
  • Insurance documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Letter authorizing the destination agent to clear shipment


  • Used household goods and personal effects are subject to import taxes and duties, except for customers who are:
    • Diplomats
    • Members of government or international organizations
    • Costa Rican citizens who have lived a minimum of 24 months abroad (still pays taxes, but no duties)
  • All shipments will be inspected


  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Explosives
  • Used tires
  • Pornographic or subversive material
  • Animal or agricultural products
  • Plants
  • Medicines
If any of the above items are included in your shipment, they will either be shipped back to your origin country or abandoned. Additional costs for either option will be charged to the customer.


  • New items
    • Subject to very high duties and require an original receipt
  • Large appliances
    • Must not exceed one of each item
  • Computers
    • Subject to import regulations
    • Purchase invoice, instruction booklets, and original Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill required
  • Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and food
    • Large quantities require a special permit
  • Weapons and ammunition
    • Require an original invoice and registration at origin
    • A special permit at the Firearm and Explosive Department
    • Import tax applicable
    • Must be for personal use only


  • Subject to high import taxes and duties
    • Amount of taxes/duties depends on the value, model, year, cubic centimeters and extras
  • Documents required:
    • Registration card or title
    • Purchase invoice
    • Originals required for all above documents
  • Your vehicle must have an EPA Smog Test signed off by the consulate of the country from which the auto is being exported. Contact your destination agent for more information before sending a vehicle to Costa Rica.


  • Dogs and cats permitted
  • Documents required:
    • Anti-rabies vaccination
    • Health Certificate
    • Invoice indicating value of animal

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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Costa Rica




Motto : Long live work and peace
Capital : San Jose
National Anthem : "Himno Nacional de Costa Rica" ("National Anthem of Costa Rica")


Location : Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Area : Total : 51,100 sq km

Land : 51,060 sq km
Water : 40 sq km<
Climate : Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands


Nationality : Costa Rican(s)
Population : 4,576,562 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : SAN JOSE (capital) 1.416 million (2009)
Languages : Spanish (official), English


GDP : $51.55 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Costa Rican colones (CRC) per US dollar - 513 (2010), 573.29 (2009), 530.41 (2008), 519.53 (2007), 511.3 (2006)


Airports : 151 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 35,330 km
Waterways : 730 km
Ports & Terminals : Caldera, Puerto Limon


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