Country Guide: El Salvador
Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Numero de Identificacion (NIT) from the Ministry of Finance (registered at customs system)
- Certificate of Migratory Movement from the Immigration General Office
- Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
- Detailed inventory in Spanish indicating quantity per item for customs purpose
- Packing list
- Letter of Employment (foreign citizens)
- Diplomatic Franchise (Diplomas)
- All shipments are subject to inspection.
- The shippers must be present for Customs clearance.
- The shipment must arrive within 90 days of the shipper’s arrival. (Returning citizens applying for exemption of duties and taxes)
- Normal customs clearance takes approximately 3-5 business days.
- Returning residents must have lived abroad for at least 3 years for duty-free import and provide proof of residency abroad; citizens must not have returned to El Salvador for more than 30 consecutive days during the 3-year period of official residency abroad. Contact the destination agent for specific requirements of eligibility.
- The packing list must include the value of each item and the make, model and serial number of electrical appliances. (Including size in case of TV)
- Foreign Diplomats and certain government/organization members are granted duty-free entry. Documents must be received by the destination agent 15 days prior to the shipper’s arrival.
- Driver’s License
- Certificate of Title / Registration
- Purchase / Commercial Invoice
- OBL (rated)
- Diplomatic Franchise (Diplomats)
- Diplomats can import vehicles duty and tax free.
- Vaccination Record (including rabies)
- Veterinary Health Certificate
- Import Permit (Agriculture Ministry Government at destination)
- The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued within 15 days of arrival of the animal by a licensed veterinarian at origin.
- The following items require an original invoice and are subject to the payment of duties:
- Antiques and works of art
- Precious metal objects, including jewelry and coins
- Illegal drugs
- Pornographic and subversive materials
- Military clothing and equipment
- Cleaning chemicals and supplies
- **Firearms and ammunition (a permit from the local police is required)
- **Live plants (an original invoice, Phytosanitary Certificate and a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture are required; subject to payment of duties)
- **Medications (a permit from the local drug administration is required)
- **Cigarettes (200) and cigars (50)
- **Alcohol (an Import Permit is required)
**Prohibited items only within Household Goods, they can be imported as General Cargo under certain circumstances.Check with the local agent.
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.