Are you considering relocating to Honduras? You must coordinate with the nearest Honduran Consulate to your US address if you want to learn more about the right process of shipping your belongings. There are specific forms to be filled out as well as documentary requirements to be secured in accordance to the country’s Customs regulations.
You must be personally present upon Customs clearance. If you are a repatriating Honduran (returning to the country after living abroad for at least a year), used household goods and personal belongings could be shipped without any importation duty. Shipping brand new items is a different story. Foreigners who intend to move to Honduras are also imposed with varying Customs regulations especially regarding duties and taxes.
Of course, you have to present to the consulate and customs personnel your valid passport before processing any shipment bound to the country. You would also be required to furnish copies of your work permit, certificate of residence change, proof of employment, and residence visa.
From the Honduran Consulate, you could obtain a permit to ship or import personal belongings or household goods to the country from the US. You have to produce an inventory or list of items in the shipment (in Spanish). Also furnish a letter authorizing any agent in the country to clear the shipment for you. And lastly, you have to present your bill of lading.
Restrictions and prohibitions
As always, all items and shipments would automatically be subjected to inspection by authorities. Customs personnel would have to examine all goods to check if data you entered are accurate. All objects would be assessed based on age, brand, make and cost. This is a necessary measure for determining and checking the accuracy of duties and taxes imposed.
Electrical appliances should come with original purchase invoice with four photocopies of the document. The same goes with other brand new items. Specific amounts of duty and taxes would be imposed based on overall cost.
Some items or products could be exempt from any duty or tax if they fall within quantity limits. A bottle of hard liquor and a full carton of tobacco or cigarettes (or 250 cigars) are duty-free. If your shipment containing the products exceeds the specified amounts, duties and taxes would be imposed on the excess.
Prohibited items should not be contained in shipments. You could not ship any deadly weapon, explosives or firearm unless you secure a special permit issued by the country’s Treasury Department or Secretary of Defense. It is impossible to bring illegal drugs and subversive or pornographic literature (including films and CDs).
It is also possible to ship your current car to Honduras. However, you should be aware that shipping vehicles to the country could be too costly. The Honduran Customs imposes heavy taxes and duties to automobiles. Your car would also be subject to more thorough inspections.
If you are determined to ship your car to Honduras, you should process the necessary documents. Required papers include your original passport, the original purchase invoice of the vehicle, and your certificate of ownership. You have to personally receive and claim your car after it has been cleared by the local Customs office.