Country Guide: Saint Lucia

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Updated: May 22, 2017

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • Detailed inventory in English (must include the serial numbers for all electrical devices and appliances)


Specific Information

  • A returning national is allowed to enter personal effects (used or new) on the conditions stated below:
    • A returning national is a Saint Lucian who has lived abroad continuously for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Bicycles are subject to the payment of duties.
  • Items may be imported duty free if the following conditions are met:
    • They have been in the owner of the goods’ use and possession for more than 12 months.
    • They are not intended for sale or exchange.
    • They are imported within 3 months of the owner of the goods’ arrival.
    • The owner of the goods signs a declaration in the presence of a Custom’s officer.
  • A 6% Customs service charge is payable on all imports except those of diplomats and other exempted owners of the goods. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Title / registration
  • Purchase invoice
  • OBL


Specific Information

  • One vehicle per person or family is allowed duty and tax free if the vehicle does not exceed the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value of USD $30,000.00 (new) and the following conditions are met:
    • The person is a returning national accompanied by the vehicle.
    • The vehicle arrives within 3 months prior to or after the vehicle.
    • The vehicle is purchased in Saint Lucia within 3 months of a return to Saint Lucia.
    • The returning national cannot sell, exchange, or dispose of the vehicle within 3 years of importation.
  • Motor vehicles designed for use on land or in the water are subject to the payment of duties.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate


Specific Information

  • Cats, dogs and other pets will be quarantined in the United Kingdom for 6 months prior to importation.
  • Pets must be electronically identifiable and possess a valid health certificate with rabies inoculation obtained prior to traveling.
  • All conditions must be met or the animal is subject to destruction.
    • Contact the destination for specific requirements.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • New furniture and household goods (an original signed commercial invoice is required and subject to duties)
  • Arms, ammunition and dangerous goods (require a permit from the Commissioner of Police and are subject to duties)
  • Precious metal objects (e.g., jewelry, coins, etc. are subject to duties unless they are part of the household goods shipment)
  • Alcohol (40 ounces of whiskey, rum and vodka are permitted)
  • Tins and food (are subject to duties)
  • Gifts and souvenirs (are subject to duties)
  • Plants (a Phytosanitary Certificate is required)
  • Wedding trousseaux (is subject to duties)
  • Inheritances (is subject to duties)
  • Machines, appliances, and spare parts (are subject to duties)

Prohibited Items

  • Medicines, narcotics, drugs and paraphernalia
  • Pornography
  • Items of the occult, black magic, witchcraft or other similar items
  • Products made from endangered species as outlined by CITES
  • Counterfeit items

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.



Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Saint Lucia

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.