Moving to Saipan

Moving to Saipan

HOUSEHOLD GOODS:

  • Original Bill of Lading / AWB or Copy of Telex Release.
  • Inventory Signed by Shipper.
  • Full Contact Information.
  • Full Employment Information.
  • Clear copy of Passport (Face Page).
  • 5% duty owed on the value of the HHG’s or vehicle + the cost of the ocean freight.
  • Owner must be present for clearance.  It is required that the owner be present upon the shipments arrival as customs inspections are required.
  • Jewelry must not be included with household goods and should accompany owner on arrival.
  • Wine and alcoholic beverages must be on a descriptive inventory. An individual 18 Years and older cannot bring in more than one (1) gallon (3.8 liters) of alcoholic beverages as an exemption or as a gift. Any amount of alcohol in excess of the exemption shall be seized and destroyed.  Should not be considered for importing.
  • Firearms–List of firearms with serial numbers; Bill of sale; Firearms registration; Firearms license.  Saipan Law allows persons to import up to 4 legally authorized firearms for their own use.  Ammunition is strictly prohibited.  Firearms loaded with household goods should be loaded at the door if loose loaded or in crate number 1 if crated to allow easy access for inspections.  Should not be considered for importing.
  • Medicines and narcotics must be properly identified. Only normal required quantities are acceptable, provided they are supported by a prescription or statement from personal physician. Narcotics listed under the Schedule I, II and III of the Controlled Substance Act are generally prohibited entry.  Do not load with household goods and should accompany owner on arrival.  Severe penalties imposed if imported contrary to law.  Should not be considered for importing.
  • Plants and food Plants and meat or meat by-products are prohibited.
  • Endangered species Importation prohibited. Items or jewelry made from any part of an endangered species is prohibited from importation.

MOTOR VEHICLES:

  • Title or Release from Lien Holder.
  • Current Registration.
  • Letter of Compliance from manufacturer stating that vehicle meets U.S. emission and D.O.T. standards.
  • Clear copy of Passport (face page).
  • 5% duty owed on the value of the HHG’s or vehicle + the cost of the ocean freight.
  • Autos not meeting U.S. emission requirements should not be considered for import and will be shipped back at the owner’s expense; Autos without proper requirements should be loaded separately so that they do not ~ delay the clearance.
  • Owner must be present for clearance.  It is required that the owner be present upon the vehicle’s arrival as customs inspections are required.

NOTE: As experienced in the past, custom regulations can change at any time with or without notice.  Contact your agent for up-to-date regulations.

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 April, 2008

THANK YOU TO:

Dewitt Moving & Storage

For Providing the above Customs Information