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Customs Regulations for Paraguay

Moving internationally can get complicated. But like any other country, Paraguay requires all importers to provide specific documentation to customs.

For returning nationals: All Paraguayan citizens living abroad for longer than two years may import their used personal effects and household goods duty and tax-free. Duties still apply to motor vehicles, however. The documents required at the Repatriation Office, located in Asuncion, three weeks prior to the shipment’s arrival include:

  • Paraguayan identification card
  • ID from origin country
  • Inventory (in Spanish)
  • Certificate/letter from Paraguayan Consulate at origin country
  • Bill of Lading notarized by Paraguayan Consulate at origin in two sets

For temporary residents: Duties and port taxes apply for personal effects, household goods and motor vehicles. A Temporary Residence Permit is required at time of shipment’s arrival and the document remains valid for one year (takes about two months to process).

For permanent residents: Permanent Paraguayan citizens can import personal effects and household goods duty and tax-free within six months of obtaining their residence permit. Three weeks prior to shipment’s arrival, the following documentation must be presented to the Immigration Office in Asuncion.

  • Original residence permit
  • Inventory notarized by Paraguayan Consulate at origin country
  • Bill of Lading notarized by Paraguayan Consulate at origin

For foreign diplomats: Diplomats must pay port taxes, but they may import personal effects and household goods duty-free.

Please contact the Paraguayan Consulate in your country for additional information. There may be additional documents required to obtain residence in Paraguay.

When importing your items into Paraguay, here are some important rules to keep in mind:

  • Used personal effects and household goods may be duty-free, depending residence status
  • Shipments must arrive within three months of shipper
  • Your presence is required at customs when shipment arrives
  • You must have a valid passport if you are not a Paraguayan national

Paraguay places seasonal restrictions on some food items. All agricultural items require health inspection that can prolong the import process. For information about items that are prohibited in Paraguay, please see below.

Every country has a list of items that it strictly prohibits people from importing. Here are some items you are not allowed to bring into Paraguay under any circumstances:

  • Firearms, swords and other weapons
  • Military equipment
  • Daggers, hatchets, stilettos
  • Molds and machinery designed for manufacturing currency
  • Canes or fans
  • Obscene books, films, artwork and other objects
  • Gambling items
  • Plants
  • Motor vehicles over 10 years old

If you are planning on importing your automobile into Paraguay, you’ll need the following documentation:

  • Valid passport (if non-resident)
  • Bill of Lading
  • Car condition report – pre-shipment inspection forms
  • SGS or Veritas Verification Certificate

Again, any motor vehicles older than 10 years are not permitted for import.

Paraguay does not place too many restrictions on importing your pet. To bring your animals into the country, you’ll need the following documents:

  • Valid health certificate issued by licensed veterinarian in origin country
  • Vaccination certificate issued by licensed vet from origin

Paraguay charges a customs fee of 0.5 percent and features a value-added tax (VAT) of 10 percent. As for duties, the rates range anywhere from zero percent to 35 percent, the average duty rate sitting at about 22 percent.

For your move to Paraguay, remember to have all proper documentation in the hands of your customs broker at least two weeks prior to the arrival of your shipment. Also, keep in mind that Paraguayan customs regulations are subject to change at any time. For additional information, feel free to consult your local embassy’s website or contact the office directly.

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 can help for moving to Paraguay

First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:

  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Paraguay?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
  • Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

What Will Moving to Paraguay Cost?

For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Paraguay. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation.

The cost of moving to Paraguay will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.

Don’t forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!

About Paraguay

Paraguay borders Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. Located in South America, it is a landlocked nation in the heart of the continent-which is why people sometimes call it the “Corazon de America,” or the “Heart of America.” The country features the Paraguay River, which runs directly through the nation’s center, north to south.

The country has a population of over 6.5 million, with a majority of citizens concentrated in the southeast region. This is where Paraguay’s capital city, Asuncion, is located. Asuncion also happens to be the country’s largest metropolitan area, featuring almost a third of Paraguay’s total population. This area of the country offers the deepest immersion of Paraguay’s culture and history.

Moving to Paraguay from the U.S.

If you are moving to Paraguay from the United States, there is plenty to consider before you head to SouthAmerica. With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Paraguay as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!