Country Guide: Guadeloupe

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Updated: November 22, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents required:

  • Packing list
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Original bill of lading (no express / release accepted) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original inventory in French, dated, valued and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Electrical, hi-fi appliances and computer equipment have to be declared

Specific Information:

  • To be exempted from taxes the owner of the goods will have to provide the following documents:
    • Certificate of change of residence or certificate of transfer (soldiers, civil servants)
    • Non-sale certificate
    • Letter of attorney for Customs clearance
  • For Saint Bathelemy: taxes to apply on valued inventory + freight invoice at 6%
  • Without these documents the owner of the goods will have to pay the following taxes:
    • V.A.T. + Octroi de Mer + Customs rights

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required:

  • Original registration card
  • Certificate of insurance
  • Copy of owner of the goods’ driving license
  • Title certificate (certificate de non gage)
  • Registration sticker


Note: Contact local agent for more specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

Note: Contact local agent for more specific information.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms / ammunitions are submitted to authorization from territorial administration
  • Unlawful drugs

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 Guadeloupe

Special Notes: Because Guadeloupe is politically part of France, the CIA lists its information as part of that country's Factbook page.

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.