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TheAlek
04-29-2016, 07:08 AM
Hi everyone. I am looking at relocating to Bonaire towards the end of the summer. Living the dream, as they say.

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with a moving company from Europe to Bonaire. Any help or advice would be great :):)

kob
04-29-2016, 06:17 PM
We used Meyer Moving (albeit from the US to Bonaire) and they handled everything end-to-end from coming to our house in Cleveland, packing things up and getting them to Bonaire (including a car), clearing customs, bringing the container to our Bonaire home, unloading everything and checking the electronics (TV's, etc) to make sure they worked. It was great to have only one company to deal with.

Dee
04-30-2016, 06:38 AM
Hi Kob,
How long did the shipping process take once your container was delivered to the shipping company?

CMarcot
04-30-2016, 11:39 AM
Hi kob,
Did you have to pay import taxes on your personal items including your car?

kob
05-04-2016, 06:11 PM
Hi Dee -- our container went from Cleveland to New York, then by ship to Curacao, then to Bonaire. The whole in-transit was about 4 weeks, although they had told us it could take up to 6 weeks.

kob
05-04-2016, 06:13 PM
Hi CMarcot -- we did not have to pay any import duties for two reasons ...

If you own your car for at least a year before importing, it comes in duty free.

If you own your personal household goods for at least 6 months before importing, they come in duty free.

Dee
05-06-2016, 10:06 AM
Thank you Kob, we will be making the transition to Bonaire by January 2017.
sounds like this worked out for you. I appreciate the info.

bonairehomes
05-07-2016, 11:26 AM
Correction to Kevin's comment - You don't pay duty in things you import ONLY if you are a resident, and only ONE time and it needs to take place no more than 12 months after you are granted residency. The amount of USED HOUSEHOLD GOODS that you can bring in is normally limited to one 40 foot container PER PERSON and only ONE Automobile per person. If you don't have residency the import duty of 8% will apply. Everything needs to be USED Household goods, so if you are bringing with you any new stuff make sure to remove price tags, etc. (you get the picture.

Also you have to have owned the car for at lease 12 months prior to the move and be able to provide original title docs.

Also, firearms are illegal and stricyly controlled on Bonaire, so you will have to leave them at home when you come here.

It has been a long time since i did this, so things might have changed a little. A quick xall to the Customs office (Douane) would tell you for sure.