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Learn about the ins and outs of bringing things in and out of Bermuda. Read about what items your business can and cannot bring into the country, and find the forms and information you need to import to or export from Bermuda.

Find the specific rules that govern shipping and find up-to-date information on custom tariffs and duties.

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  • The CAPS system automates the receiving and processing of customs declarations. This includes all imports, exports, and bonded goods processes.

    Declarations can be submitted in paper form (using the false); or electronically.

  • The Customs Tariff Act 1970 is published by the Attorney-General.

  • Bermuda is a small island with big biodiversity. The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources looks after all of the island’s plant life—sometimes even yours. See how the Plant Protection Laboratory can diagnose your sick or diseased plants.

  • All importers must use the following exchange rates for the conversion of foreign currency into terms of Bermuda dollars when determining the customs value of goods imported during the period indicated.

  • There are certain goods you are not allowed to bring into Bermuda at all (prohibited goods). Other goods can only be imported legally with the necessary licence or permit (restricted goods).

  • The Principal Customs Officer (PCO) on duty at the L.F. Wade International Airport will normally impose on-the-spot monetary penalties on anyone who attempts to evade paying import duty.

  • You can pay customs duty, fees and other charges in person, by post, or electronically.

  • All animals arriving in Bermuda must be accompanied by the following:

  • Returning residents and non-residents may be entitled to duty relief on their used personal and household goods under special circumstances.

    If you are a returning resident you will need proof that you have been living overseas for more than one year.

  • There are five kinds of duty free allowances:

    1. Passenger duty free allowances

    If you a passenger arriving in Bermuda by air or sea, you are entitled to duty free allowances on your accompanied personal goods.

  • You must make a customs declaration when you import goods into Bermuda. There are different forms, times and manners of making customs declarations.

  • After passing through Immigration (passport screening), you should proceed to the baggage retrieval area.

  • What is classifying?
  • The Bermuda Customs Declaration (BCD) is the principal form of entry for imports and exports of goods to and from Bermuda.

  • You must be the first owner and have owned the vehicle for not more than six months prior to the date of the shipment to Bermuda. Vehicles which have had more than one owner cannot be imported into Bermuda. This includes demonstration models (demos), which are considered used.

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