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Venezuela International Moving Services

International moving has become quite common in recent times as changes and emerging circumstances require businesses or individuals to relocate. Professional moving companies which offer international moving services assist those making such moves by making the process as hassle-free as possible. Working with such a firm will not only see that you benefit from such services, it will also make it possible for you to ship your car to Venezuela in a less complex manner and with the much needed guidance.

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Moving to Venezuela Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Houston to Maracay$3,300- $5,600$6,400- $10,5004-6 weeks
Boston to Maracaibo$3,700- $6,300$6,900- $11,6004-6 weeks
Los Angeles to Caracas$3,900- $6,400$7,300- $11,9004-8 weeks
Detroit to Caracas$3,900- $6,500$7,200- $11,9004-6 weeks
Portland to Caracas$4,100- $6,800$7,700- $12,7004-8 weeks
Seattle to Maracaibo$4,100- $6,800$7,700- $12,7004-8 weeks
Indianapolis to Maracay$4,400- $7,200$8,000- $13,2004-6 weeks
Chicago to Caracas$4,500- $7,400$8,200- $13,5004-6 weeks
Phoenix to Caracas$4,600- $7,600$8,500- $14,0004-8 weeks
Denver to Maracaibo$6,200- $10,300$11,300- $18,5004-8 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


The duties incurred for household items

Venezuela’s clearance process is complicated, with many regulations being enforced. In addition, the available information regarding importation of household belongings is sometimes confusing or seemingly contradictory. Attempting to navigate clearance without the help of a qualified international moving company like A1 Auto Transport is not recommended.
Duty Exemption Is Available
It appears that foreigners can obtain duty exemption on used household goods. Yet, whether you must be a returning resident or a new resident entering for the first time isn’t clear (1). It is certain, however, that you will need a Certificate of Use to have duty waived. Without this document you’ll pay between 5% – 40% in import duties. A 12% – 16% value-added tax (VAT) will be levied on your items as well. Finally, customs also imposes a separate import tax, which is 1% of the shipment’s CIF value (2).
Rules for Non-Residents
According to the International Association of Movers, a non-resident can apply for this Certificate of Use, if they have a Transeunte Visa 3 (a type of Transit Visa). If you’re entering Venezuela as a student, for work, for other business reasons or as an investor – then it appears you’ll be able to receive this type of visa. You must visit the consulate in your country of origin to apply for a Transeunte Visa 3, before travelling to Venezuela (3).
Other Important Information
In fact, this last requirement apparently applies to foreigners with a Residence Visa as well – since the Certificate of Use isn’t issued locally (only in your origin country at the Venezuelan consulate). Finally, you’ll need to have purchased your household belongings at least six month ago, and they must appear to be in used condition (4).

The paperwork requested for household goods

During clearance customs will ask for your Transit Visa or Residence Visa, a valid Work Permit and a full packing list. A separate detailed inventory is also required, which should be written in Spanish and be notarized in your home country. If your shipment contains any goods that aren’t eligible for duty-free import, then these must be clearly marked on your inventory.
The Certificate of Use mentioned above should be shown too, if you can obtain this document. Your passport, an authorization letter and proof of tax registration (RIF) are mandatory as well (5). Additional documentation will be required, and you can see at least a partial list here.

The duties incurred for vehicles

The requirements for duty exemption are much clearer for vehicle imports, with only returning residents (meaning you have a Residence Visa, not a Transit Visa) able to avoid paying duties. To be eligible for duty exemption, you’re required to have owned the vehicle for a minimum of 11 months before bringing it into the country. This same period of ownership (in your own name) is a requirement when applying for a Certificate of Use.
You also must have resided outside of Venezuela for the last 12 months or more (6). Finally, a value limit of $20,000 USD is enforced – and used vehicles worth more than this sum will incur duty of 40%. An additional import tax of 1% will also apply, if your vehicle is over the value limit (7).
Be aware that temporary import is also possible, but there isn’t space here to cover the specifics. Therefore, if you’re interested in this import option, talk with customs to learn more.

The paperwork requested for vehicles

The purchase receipt for the vehicle and your passport must be presented to customs. When shipping a vehicle to Venezuela, you’ll also need the Certificate of Use and paperwork confirming vehicle ownership. The title and registration will be requested as well, plus RIF (tax registration) documentation (8). Forms A and B (from customs) are also required, plus an Import Licence if your vehicle is new. You’ll also need to submit your Residence Visa (9).
It’s important to reiterate that customs clearance has intricate requirements and potentially devastating penalties for non-compliance. Thus, trying to import your goods into Venezuela without professional assistance from a knowledgeable company like A1 Auto Transport, is a recipe for disaster.
As a case in point, failure to have all wood packing material (such as crates) treated and certified, will result in your shipment being sent back to the origin country. The International Association of Movers also counsels that monetary values shouldn’t be included in your paperwork (10). These are just two examples of the detailed requirements you must follow, when importing goods into Venezuela.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Relocating to any country in the world, Venezuela included, is not an easy process. However, you can use the following tips to make your international move easier:

  • Conduct research on all that relates to your move so that you may make well informed decisions. There is plenty of information online such as on the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) website.
  • Prepare, package and label your valuables properly. This makes them more secure and also makes it easier for the team that will be handling them
  • Prepare the required documents well in advance and be ready to present them as and when required for processing.
  • Liaise with the moving company. Maintain a good company-client relationship so as to ensure that your move will be executed easily.


Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

Venezuela is currently experiencing a not-so-stable economic and political climate. You may therefore, need the guidance of a moving company to make your moving as stress-free as possible. Granted, there may be more security checks to pass through and the moving company may walk through the journey with and for you, from start to finish.  Hiring Venezuela International Moving Services in this case will make the move far from complex for you.


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

The best moving company is one that will meet your needs and still charge shipping costs that match your budget. There are many adverts that create the impression that a shipping company is the best. How then do you go about determining that the firm you seek to work with is indeed the best?

You could start by considering their experience in offering Venezuela International Moving Services. Read testimonials given by their previous clients and look at their performance and rating in the industry. This information will guide you in determining how they rank against the other moving companies.


Our Venezuela international moving services

  • Packing/unpacking: No matter the size of your luggage, we can pack and unpack them for you, assuring you that they will be in good condition.
  • Commercial moving: Setting up base at Venezuela? We will get you there in good time.
  • Office moves: Let us handle your office inventory as you focus on expanding your business.
  • Apartment moves: We help you get settled into your new apartment soonest possible.
  • Planning and preparation: We know the benefit that comes from being well prepared. We help you prepare your documents so that you may benefit from existing exemptions.
  • Visa and immigration services: We offer guidance and support through-out your visa application process and advise you on all requirements.
  • Housing assistance: Moving from house-to-house need not break your back. Our team is dedicated to help you have a smooth move.
  • Family services: From your home to your home away from home, we are here to help relocating families.
  • Auto transport services: No vehicle is too big for us to transport. We can also guide you on how to save more on this move.


Why A-1 Auto Transport?

A-1 Auto Transport has established itself as a force to reckon with in this industry. With experience that spans over 20 years, you can rest assured that you will be making your big move with one of the industry’s big players. We offer great delivery service as well as after care support, with a team in place to respond to any of your questions at whichever hour. We are also willing to send a quote to you on our Venezuela International Moving Services for free and without any obligations attached to us doing this.


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SOURCES:

  1. Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Venezuela” page
    and
    https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3507
  2. -Import duty is between 5% to 40% and VAT is 12%, according to:
    Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Venezuela” page
    -Import duty is between 5% to 20% and VAT is 16%, according to:
    https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3507
  3. https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3507
  4. Ibid.
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Venezuela” page.
  6. https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3507
  7. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Venezuela” page.
  8. https://www.a1autotransport.com/ship-car-to-Venezuela/ ,/li>
  9. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Venezuela” page.
  10. https://www.iamovers.org/ResourcesPublications/CountryGuides.aspx?ItemNumber=3507
Joe Webster

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.

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