Saint Kitts And Nevis International Moving Services
When an individual or a business moves their property from one country to another, that process is called international relocation. It is often a rigorous, complex and tedious process which can be rather stressful if you tackle it by yourself. It is best to partner with professionals who will offer you international moving services at affordable rates. A good company will also provide you with shipping services for your auto mobile.
Moving to Saint Kitts And Nevis Cost & Time Examples
|Miami to Basseterre||$2,900- $5,000||$5,500- $9,100||3-5 weeks|
|Houston to Fig Tree||$2,900- $5,000||$5,500- $9,200||3-5 weeks|
|LA to Basseterre||$3,300- $5,600||$6,300- $10,400||3-6 weeks|
|Seattle to Basseterre||$3,300- $5,600||$6,300- $10,400||3-6 weeks|
|Detroit to Basseterre||$3,300- $5,600||$6,300- $10,400||3-5 weeks|
|Atlanta to Basseterre||$3,500- $5,800||$6,400- $10,600||3-5 weeks|
|Portland to Fig Tree||$3,600- $6,000||$6,600- $11,000||3-6 weeks|
|Las Vegas to Fig Tree||$3,800- $6,500||$7,200- $11,900||3-6 weeks|
|Chicago to Basseterre||$4,000- $6,600||$7,300- $11,900||3-5 weeks|
|Denver to Basseterre||$5,400- $8,900||$9,800- $16,100||3-6 weeks|
*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.
Estimated Weight (based on home size): 1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs
Import duty charged on household belongings
Unfortunately, it seems that import duty for household goods won’t be waived, even if you plan to become a long-term resident of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Duty relief for citizens returning from abroad is available - but even then it’s only offered if they’ve lived outside of the country for at least 10 years.
However, mention of duty exemption for returning residents is made, which may refer to non-citizens who’ve already obtained permanent residence status. In addition, according to the official Import & Export Procedures Manual provided by customs, duty relief is possible through legislation or a special dispensation from the Cabinet (1).
Therefore, you’re encouraged to contact customs, to inquire whether duty exemption will be possible in your case (though it is unlikely). If duty concessions are available, then you’ll need to submit Form C101 (Application for Relief of Duty and Taxes) (2).
Import Duty Rates
Assuming that your shipment can’t be exempted, a number of different fees will be incurred. The first is import duty, with Saint Kitts and Nevis using the CARICOM Schedule of Rates. CARICOM member states may charge less than the scheduled rate for goods included on the List of Conditional Duty Exemptions, but apparently not more (3).
Full List of Rates
According to the information provided by St. Kitts, they’ve chosen not to enact these optional exemptions (except for returning citizens). The full list of rates for different types of goods is set forth in the Revised Common External Tariff of the Caribbean Community - which can be found here.
For an example of what you can expect to pay, wood furniture intended for use in a kitchen or bedroom is charged 25% import duty. Yet, wood or metal furniture to be used in an office incurs duty of just 10% instead (4). Kitchen knives and washing machines have a duty rate of 25%, while sewing machines have a rate of 0% (5).
This illustrates how detailed the classifications for different items are, and how varied the duty rate can be. Also, these rates presumably apply to new goods (though this isn’t specified), so your used household belongings may be charged differently.
Saint Kitts and Nevis also levies a value-added tax (VAT) on imported goods. This will either be 0% or 17%, depending upon the specific item in question. However, the examples of 0% goods provided by customs are all foodstuffs - so it’s likely that the higher rate will be charged on your household belongings (6).
This tax is only imposed on a narrow list of goods, including alcohol, tobacco and fuel. The full list is documented on the First Schedule to the Excise Act (7).
Import paperwork required for household belongings
You must provide Entry Form C100 in triplicate (even if you’ve filed online), along with the Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for the shipment. Receipts deemed pertinent by customs are also required. The Import & Export Procedures Manual mentioned above also states that additional supporting paperwork (if needed) should be submitted to customs. If you plan to request duty and tax exemption, then Form C101 will also be required.
An Importer’s Declaration Form may be necessary as well, in cases where the invoices you provide either aren’t signed or are considered unsatisfactory. An alternative is a Bill of Sight, which is apparently filled out by customs agents during a physical inspection of your cargo. However, this option seems to only be employed if permission is obtained from the Comptroller (8).
Import duty charged on vehicles
There’s no mention of duty exemption for vehicles on the customs website, and a levy applies to imports. The amount varies, depending on the age of the vehicle. Vehicles manufactured under 2 years ago are charged $1,000, while vehicles that are 2 - 4 years old incur a fee of $3,500. Any vehicle made over 4 years ago has a levy of $5,000 applied (9). Keep in mind that these figures are in Eastern Caribbean dollars - and 1 EC$ currently equals about $0.37 USD (10).
Elsewhere on the customs website, import duty rates for vehicles is listed under HS Code 6 870390 (motor vehicles designed for transport). Under that broad code category an import duty of 45%, customs service charge of 6% and VAT of 17% are recorded (11). Therefore, it seems that a levy plus all of these fees will apply, when shipping your vehicle to Saint Kitts and Nevis. However, this isn’t certain - so be sure to first confirm this information with customs.
Import paperwork required for vehicles
Before leaving your home country, you’ll need to obtain an invoice (what this should cover isn’t stated) and a Certificate of Title. After arriving in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you’ll need to provide a customs declaration, the Original Bill of Lading for the shipment and the Bill of Sale for the vehicle. A second invoice is also required (again no details are given), along with the receipt for the shipping charges. A Certificate of Ownership is mandatory, as well as a Telegraphic Transfer. This last document establishes that all fee payments were sent from a bank within St. Kitts (12).
Tips on how to make your international move easier
Relocating can be made easier by acting on the following handy tips:
- Research: Conduct plenty of research related to the rules governing migration, available moving companies as well as travel documents required. Relevant agencies and authorities such as the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) have valuable information
- Packaging: Find out the best way to have your goods packaged to make storing, moving and handling them easier.
- Document preparation: Apply for and prepare all required documents well in advance.
- Liaise with the moving company: Establish a good relationship with the moving company to give yourself a stress-free relocation experience. Clear communication with them will enable them execute the required actions as per your preferences.
Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas
Saint Kitts and Nevis may be a new place for you and that is why you need a trusted guide to help you settle-in. A moving company that is licensed to provide Saint Kitts and Nevis International Moving Services will be able to give you professional assistance and make timely interventions where such are required. Hiring their services enables you to get the much needed help while doing tasks such as packing and unpacking as well as document processing.
A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.
How to find the best international moving company
Undoubtedly, there are many companies offering Saint Kitts and Nevis International Moving Services but you only need the one that stands out as the best from the rest. You may research the moving company’s performance, ratings and also check out the testimonials and reviews given by their previous clients.
Do not hesitate to ask for their estimate costs and quotes. A good moving company will be able to send a quote with no obligations. You can then match the cost against the services provided and your budget. Another factor to consider is whether the company possesses credentials and certifications needed to operate in the moving industry. It is also good to find out if it is licensed to provide Saint Kitts and Nevis International Moving Services.
Our Saint Kitts and Nevis international moving services
Our moving services include, but are not limited to:
- Packing/unpacking: We offer packing supplies and a reliable moving team that will make your move easy.
- Commercial moving: Our business is to help your business make the big move.
- Office moves: Let us handle your business inventory and assist you set up shop in your new territory.
- Apartment moves: We help you move from your home to your new home away from home.
- Planning and preparation: Relocation is made simple by preparing and planning well, and that is exactly what we help you to do.
- Visa and immigration services: If you need any assistance while making your visa application, we can guide you.
- Family services: We have packages that cater to each family’s moving needs.
- Housing services: We got the extra mile to ensure that your move is stress free, from start to finish, and offer you essential housing services.
- Auto transport services: We transport your car in a safe and reliable way.
Why A-1 Auto Transport?
If you are looking for an experienced company that has a professional and reliable team, look no further! We at A-1 Auto Transport aim to make the complex process of international moving stress-free. We offer the most competitive prices and we are willing to give you a free quote with no obligations! Our experience that spans over 20 years assures you that your belongings will be in good hands. We also offer support round the clock and will answer your every call.
Make the right move!
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(4) As found on http://www.skncustoms.com/tariffsearch.aspx, the rates for these items are as follows:
-Per HS Code 6 940340 and 940350, wood furniture for kitchen or bedroom use has a duty rate of 25%
-Per HS Code 6 940310 and 940330, wood or metal furniture for office use has a duty rate of 10%
(5) As found on http://www.skncustoms.com/tariffsearch.aspx, the rates for these items are as follows:
-Per HS Code 6 842211 (specific section 8422.11), household dishwashers have a duty rate of 25%
-Per HS Code 6 category 821193 (specific section 8211.91), table knives have a duty rate of 25%
-Per HS Code 6 category 845210 (specific section 8452.10), household sewing machines have a duty rate of 0%
(11) Per HS Code 6 870390, as found on http://www.skncustoms.com/tariffsearch.aspx
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.