Moving to El Salvador

Moving to El Salvador

****DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR CUSTOMS CLEARANCE**

The   actual   original   documentation    for   the    importation   is   the following:

HOUSEHOLD GOODS:

  1. AWB, B/L or Cargo Manifest with value of ocean freight
  2. Packing list
  3. Passport
  4. TIN of Importer (Tax Identification Number), to be obtained by consignee in El Salvador.
  5. Certification of  Migratory Movement (only for returning Salvadorian   citizens).   This   document will be obtained by consignee in El Salvador.
  6. Sworn statement letter in Spanish (format provided by MUDISA)
  7. A letter authorizing MUDISA to do Customs clearance (format provided by MUDISA).
  8. Diplomatic Franchise (only for diplomats)
  9. List of items with reasonable values in U.S. Dollars, following the correlative order “item by item” shown in the packing list. This has to be provided by client (consignee) and should be in Spanish. If this valued list is in English, we could translate it for a US$50.00 fee.

AUTOMOBILES AND MOTORCYCLES:

  1. AWB, B/L or Cargo Manifest
  2. Commercial invoice.
  3. Title of ownership, showing consignee as legal owner.
  4. Passport
  5. TIN of Importer (Tax Identification Number)
  6. Sworn statement   letter   in   Spanish   (format   provided   by MUDISA). This letter must be authenticated by a Lawyer in El Salvador).
  7. Physical Characteristics Form (provided by MUDISA)
  8. Diplomatic Franchise (only for diplomats)

PETS:

  1. AWB
  2. Passport’s copy of the pet’s owner
  3. Copy of TIN card  (Tax Identification  Number) of  the  pet’s owner
  4. Health certificate obtain at origin
  5. Vaccination certificate obtained at origin

***The permission of importation is valid only for 8 days after issued***

OFFICE FURNITURE:

  1. B/L (with value of ocean freight, real net weight and exact number of items that are in the packing list
  2. Packing list
  3. Commercial invoices
  4. Passport (this document is required if the shipment is consigned to a natural person)
  5. TIN of Importer (Tax Identification Number), to be obtained by consignee in El Salvador.
  6. List of items with reasonable values in U.S. Dollars, following the correlative order “item by item” shown in the packing list. This has to be provided by client (consignee) and should be in Spanish. If this valued list is in English, we could translate it for a US$50.00 fee. (this list is only apply if the office furniture is used)
  7. TAX card (this document is required if the shipment   is consigned to the name of the company)
  8.  Sworn statement letter in Spanish (format provided by MUDISA)
  9. A letter authorizing MUDISA to do Customs clearance (format provided by MUDISA).

 ****PLEASE LOAD THE AUTOMOBILE IN FRONT OF THE CTNR’S DOOR****

Please note  that  MUDISA  must  have  all  documents  mentioned  above  before shipment arrives to port.  Those must be send before by fax and the original by courier A.S.A.P.

**CUSTOMS  REGULATIONS  FOR  IMPORTATION  OF  HOUSEHOLD  GOODS,  PERSONAL   EFFECTS  AND AUTOMOBILES AND MOTORCYCLES TO EL SALVADOR**

SEA SHIPMENTS

For shipments arriving at the Inland Terminal San Salvador, the B/L must show the following information:

  1. Port of discharge: Port Quetzal, Port Barrios or Port Santo Tomas de Castilla  (whichever  in  Guatemala)  Port  Cortes (Honduras);  final destination: San Salvador.
  2. If  you send household  goods  and  automobile  loose  loaded  into  the  same container, you will have to provide us 4 original B/L, two just for the household goods and another two just for the automobile, since the Customs clearance are made separately; on the other hand the value of the ocean freight has to be proportionately divided between the household goods  and  automobile, both B/L must show the value of the ocean freight.
  3. We do not recommend that you send shipments LCL (consolidated) as Customs clearance  is  taking  up  to  1  month  to  be  processed,  because  Customs  is demanding  the   documentation  of  all  the  shipments  consolidated  in  the container in order to start  Customs clearance (this is not under MUDISA control). Please explain this to your clients. 
  4. It’s  really  important  that  you  declare  shipments  only  as  “HOUSEHOLD GOODS”, if  you declare them as “HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS” Customs will apply a fine, which we will bill to you.
  5. If you have a (LCL) consolidated shipment and do not contain any electrical appliances neither furniture you can declare it as “PERSONAL EFFECTS”.
  6. The B/L must show the following information:
    1. Value of the ocean freight in U.S. Dollars
    2. Real net weigh
    3. Real volume (cbm)
    4. Exact number of items, which must been shown in the packing list
  7. For shipments, which are transported by the steamship line MAERSK SEALAND, you will  have  to provide us 4 original B/L. If  shipment  is transported by  another steamship line you will have to provide us 2 original B/L.
  8. Please note that original B/L (“Express Release” will NOT be accepted) and packing list are necessary in order to make Customs clearance.

AIR SHIPMENTS

  1. Air  shipments  must  be  declared  only  as  “PERSONAL EFFECTS” (THIS APPLIES ONLY IF THERE ARE NOT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES OR FURNITURE IN THE SHIPMENT),  if you declare it as “HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS” Customs will apply a fine, which we will bill directly to you.
  2. The AWB must show the following information: 
    1. Value of the air freight in U.S. Dollars
    2. Real gross weight
    3. Real volume
    4. Exact number of air-vans showing the real number of pieces that each air- van contains,  coinciding with the number of pieces shown in the packing list.

INLAND SHIPMENTS

  1. It’s  really  important  that  you  declare  shipments  only  as  “HOUSEHOLD GOODS”, if  you declare them as “HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS” Customs will apply a fine, which we will bill to you.
  2.  The Cargo manifest must show the following information:
    1. Value of the inland freight in U.S. Dollars
    2. Real net weight
    3. Real volume (cbm)
    4. Exact number of items, which must been shown in the packing list
    5. Truck’s information (license plate)
    6. Driver’s information (name, license number, etc.)
  3. For inland shipments, coming from Central America and Mexico, shipments MUST NOT BE dispatched until MUDISA provides the Number of Merchandise Declaration assigned by Customs. This number will have to be shown in the border by the truck’s driver.

***IMPORTANT NOTES***

  1. Automobiles and motorcycles can be imported only if they have not more than 7 years of manufacturing, it doesn’t matter if client has diplomatic status. 
  2. The importation of automobiles and motorcycles will be subject to the payment of duties.  Customs  duties rates vary  with  the  character  of  each  automobile  or motorcycle.
  3. Foreign  citizens  (non-Diplomatic),  will  have  to  pay  Custom  duties  over  their household goods and personal effects new or used.
  4. A returning Salvadorian citizen, after being more than three years out of El Salvador, and  if  he/she didn’t stay during this period of time in visits to El Salvador for more than 30 days (calendar year), can import duty free new or used HHGDS and personal effects, coming from  the  country where client has been living, up to a maximum of US$15,000.00 of the CIF Value. Customs will evaluate and tax any excess over this value.
  5. If client complies with above mentioned requirement, he will have to provide us a Certification  of   Migratory Movement  obtained  at  the  Salvadorian  Migration Direction in El Salvador before shipment arrives into El Salvador. Consignee is the only one who can obtain this document and its obtention takes from 1-2 weeks.
  6. If there are any additional items not shown on the AWB, B/L, Cargo Manifest and packing  list, Customs will confiscate such items and the client/consignee will be subject to pay a fine of the 300% over the duties’ value.
  7.  Please  note  that  it’s  our  policy  to  grant  international  credit  only  to companies’  members  of  the  following  international  organizations:  FIDI, LACMA  or  OMNI. If  you  are  member  of  any  of  the  above  mentioned organizations, please let us know. Unfortunately, we have had previous bad experiences with companies which do not belong to any of the above mentioned organizations.  We do appreciate your business  and  are sure that you will understand our requirements. If your  company  does  not  comply  with  this  credit  requirement,  please transfer our destination services’ payment to our bank account in New York, NY, U.S.A., plus US$60.00 of transference charges.

**FORBIDDEN ARTICLES**

The importation of the following items into a container which contain household goods and personal effects are forbidden:

  • Firearms
  • Pornography material of any kind

 

**According to Customs’ regulations, it is permitted to import up to a maximum of 2 liters of liquor. If client brings more than 2 liters, MUDISA will not be responsible if at the moment of Customs inspection, the liquor is found and confiscated. Client would also have to pay a fine which will be determined by Customs.

**CONSIGMENT INSTRUCTIONS **

Please consign shipment as follows:

For shipment belonging to returning Salvadorian and foreign citizens:

Name of client
c/o MUDISA
Calle Chaparrastique #34,
Zona Industrial Santa Elena
San Salvador, El Salvador
Tel. (503) 278.1281/1288
Fax. (503) 278.1244/1018
Notify: MUDISA

For shipments  belonging  to  diplomatic employees (Embassy or International organizations):

Name of client / Name of the Embassy or International organizations.
Notify: MUDISA
Calle Chaparrastique #34
Zona Industrial Santa Elena
San Salvador, El Salvador
Tel. (503) 278.1281/1288
Fax. (503) 278.1244/1018

Please note:
The information on this page is intended as a guide and  NOT as a complete or definitive resource.
The information on this page should not be used as an authoritative reference.

Updated January, 2006

THANK YOU TO:
MUDISA For Providing the above Customs Information