Customs Information

Puerto Rico - All


The following documents are required when the shipment is from a U.S. State:

  • Original Power of Attorney
  • Two copies of Identification documents
  • Bill of Lading for shipment
  • Inventory/Packing List signed by customer
  • Freight bill signed by customer
  • Copy of SSN Card - in order to complete the transmittal process in the PICO system. it is a mechanism for keeping better track of what is entering the island
  • the shipment is from outside the United States, full U.S. import documents are required and customers should refer to the United States Customs page on this web-site.


Personal items must not be loaded into a motor vehicle imported into Puerto Rico. All motor vehicles are subject to full customs inspection and are subject to duties and taxes that must be paid before the vehicle can be removed from the port. Keys (including the trunk key) must also be provided to our destination agent prior to arrival. The following documents are required:

  • Original title and vehicle registration
  • Copy of owners driving license along with the social security number
  • Letter confirming the customers address in Puerto Rico
  • Notarized letter from the lien-holder with the vehicle VIN number, model, and make
  • A commercial invoice if the vehicle is a van or pick-up truck
  • vehicles moving on a Government Bill of Lading
  • Travel order and Bill of Lading
  • Job identification (with picture ID)


The following items are restricted and are subject to additional requirements for import into Puerto Rico and may cause delays in clearance and additional costs to the customer:

Medicines must be properly identified and must not exceed normal quantities required by an individual with a health problem. Customer must have either a prescription or written statement from doctor stating that the medicine is required for physical well-being

• Biological materials of public health or of veterinary importance require an Import Permit

Alcohol should not be shipped with household goods


The following items are prohibited:

• Liquor filled candy

• Lottery tickets

• Narcotics and dangerous drugs (violation will result in severe penalties)

• Obscene or pornographic material

• Unlawful or treasonable material

• Hazardous articles (e.g. fireworks, combustible, corrosive, flammable or explosive items and toxic or poisonous substances)

• Switch blade knives

• Pirated books or articles (e.g. cassettes and computer programs) will be confiscated and destroyed

• Foodstuff is strictly controlled and subject to inspection and confiscation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

• Firearms and ammunition (automatic and heavy military weapons are strictly prohibited) and other firearms are subject to many restrictions. Import licenses are required before shipping from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF)

Animals or plants (e.g. furs, skins, ivory tusks, tortoise shells, wood carvings, etc.) subject to the U.S. Endangered Species Act