Customs Regulations

by Bettina

We are from Germany and want to move to Bolivia in autumn 2011. We think about bringing our belongings along with a container. Now my questions:

1. How many percent of the value of our things does the Bolivian custom charge?

2. Who tells how much our belongings are worth? Because many things are some years old one can't charge the same as if they were new. Or do they?

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May 15, 2011
by: Anonymous

In Europe the container will arrive in situ, after eventual control by Customs. In Bolivia the container goes to the Customs area where it is opened and controlled. Some times before your Shipping company, gets noticed! Let apart you!
Be aware to pay for using the space in this area, if extending the few days included for the paper work. Most of the time little things disappear even if mentioned on the most detailed list. Also avoid paying insurance for the transport to your new address. Insurance covers only till arriving in port, mostly in Chile. It saves you some ? 800,-- plus.
Since 2010 things in Aduana should have changed, as they say, but the same was told in 1993.
Also keep in mind that some transporters in Europe, take your belongings in a lorry, than transfer them in a container. We never saw back some antique furniture and electric tools, which never were put in the container.
I have transported three containers with personal belongings and seven with donated computers for schools here and stuff for educational purposes. Some times it took more than six months to get it out of Aduanas. Get aquainted with the idea of leaving here or there a bill of at least 50 pesos.

Mar 13, 2011
customs regulations for importing personal belongings
by: BoliviaBella

Hi Bettina! I think you'll find the answers to your questions here.

If by chance you will be moving to Santa Cruz and want the opportunity to meet other foreigners when you get here, sign up for our expat meets!

If we can help you with anything when you arrive, please let me know.

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