Have you ever considered relocating to Puerto Rico? It’s a great place to live for those seeking a change of pace – rain forests, white sandy beaches, majestic mountains, sunny days and warm people. Many call it the Island of Enchantment. You’ll soon be kicking back and enjoying the good life.
Find a Mover
But in order to start your new life in Puerto Rico, you must first make arrangements with your choice of moving companies. There are many to choose from – you can use the Internet to help you find the perfect one for your needs. If you are the do-it-yourself type, you might consider a self-pack mover. These offer cost savings because you do a lot of the labor yourself. While not for everybody, some people like the challenge of self-packing.
The way self-packing works is that the mover ships a trailer or container to your home. It is then your task to transfer the contents of your home to the trailer. You might want to get some able-bodied friends and relatives to help, as this is a big job. Older folks who are out of shape should think twice before taking on this challenge – the last thing you want is a heart attack.
Once you’ve loaded the trailer, the moving company transports it to Puerto Rico and drops it off at your new home. You then unload the contents before the moving company comes back to pick up the trailer. You save money by doing the loading and unloading yourself.
Before your move, you should review the following facts:
- You don’t have to pay custom fees, because Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. However, household items are subject to excise tax. You should check out which items are taxable, and if you don’t need them, get rid of them before you pack.
- The U.S. Census Bureau requires that you fill out a Shippers Export Declaration when you self-pack. The mover usually will handle this for you.
- After you arrive in Puerto Rico, you will have to declare your belongings at the tax/customs office. Only then can your property be delivered to your home. The tax office requires a detailed list of belongings along with their estimated values. If you have any new items, you must produce a receipt.
- Your mover will need to have your tax release number, which the tax office provides after it clears you.
It’s all easier than it sounds. So, brush up on your Spanish and live the good life in Puerto Rico, while you still can.