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 can 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 as follows:
    • 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% duty + 7% stamp tax


  • The requirements to transport dogs and cats may vary per origin country.
  • If you wish to ship your pet, please contact the airline or country consulate/embassy for specific details concerning your type, breed, and documentation 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.


Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for The Bahamas

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.