Country Guide: The Bahamas

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Updated: May 27, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport with Entry Visa
  • Packing list
  • Inventory List
  • Letter authorizing Destination Agent to clear the shipment upon arrival

Specific Information

  • Personal effects and household goods cna be imported duty-free under the primary condition: Household goods and personal effects are used and in reasonable quantities for personal use.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Ownership Title
  • Invoice (for recently purchased vehicles)

Specific Information

  • Duties and taxes are value of $10,000 or less = 45% duty + 7% stamp tax, Value of $10,000-$20,000 = 50% duty + 7% stamp tax, Value of $20,000 or more = 65% +7% stamp tax


The requirements to transport dogs and cats may vary per country. If you wish to ship your pet, please contact the airline or country Consulate/Embassy for specific details concerning your type, breed, and documenation for pets.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Antiques
  • Plants (must be accompanied by a Health Certificate)
  • Trailers and caravans
  • Underwater guns (except for Hawaiian slings)
  • Any articles that are contrary to Bahamian religious beliefs or morality

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Drugs
  • Fireworks and firecrackers
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Pornography

Consignment Instructions

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.