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Moving to Costa Rica from the United States

Get top rated overseas moving services for moving from USA to Costa Rica. At International Sea & Air Shipping with us you will receive moving services tailor made for your requirements. With us you can ensure a seamless and trouble free International move.

When Moving to Costa Rica

Get benefitted from the vast experience of our moving specialists and solve various problems faced during international move such as:
  • Do you have an apartment or real estate availability dates?
  • Will you be renting or purchasing real estate?
  • Shipping by sea or air to France is available - do you have a preference?

The Cost of Moving to Costa Rica

International shipping cost to Costa Rica is mainly based on Cubic feet of your belongings and car shipping being charged extra. Costa Rica is a central American country that is located relatively closer to US mainland and international move to Costa Rica may be considerably less time consuming.

For evaluation of your belongings and site inspection you can arrange for a meeting with our moving specialists to get an exact cubic feet estimate and accelerate your overseas move.

About Costa Rica

Meaning “Rich Coast”, Costa Rica is the only Latin American country listed in the list of world’s 22 older democracies. Costa Rica is the greenest country in the world according to the New Economics Foundation. Costa Rica is among the top list in Environmental Performance Index and Human Development Index.

Bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus. Cerro Chirripo is not only the highest point of Costa Rica but also the fifth highest peak in Central America.

The meeting point of the native cultures of Mesoamerican and South American is Costa Rica. The promotion and coordination of cultural life in Costa Rica is taken care of the Department of Culture, Youth, and Sports. People of Costa Rica often wish each other by using the phrase “Pura Vida” which means pure life or good life.

The prime industries in Costa Rica’s economy during recent times are pharmaceuticals, financial outsourcing, software development and ecotourism. The three main cash crops that contribute to Costa Rica’s economy are bananas, pine apples and coffee. The trade partners of Costa Rica are US, Netherlands, China, Mexico, Venezuela and Japan.

Custom Regulations for Costa Rica:
  • Passport (include all pages) for all members of the family
  • Inventory (in Spanish or English) indicating value declared for customs and showing complete contents of cartons and the exact number of cartons in the liftvan or container
    • Include brand name, serial #, model and price of the electronic equipment and electrical appliances
  • Document stating insurance coverage
  • Letter authorizing destination agent to clear shipment
  • Used household goods and personal effects are subject to import taxes and duties, except for customers who are diplomats, members of government or international organizations and Costa Rican citizens who have lived a minimum of 24 months abroad (the latter one still pays taxes, but no duties)
  • All shipments inspected
  • New items are subject to very high duties and require an original receipt
  • Large appliances must not exceed one of each item
  • Computers subject to import regulations
  • Purchase Invoice, Instruction Booklets, and original Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill required
  • Alcoholic beverages (only small quantities for personal use)
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Explosives
  • Used tires
  • Pornographic or subversive material
  • Animal or agricultural products, plants, medicines, and large quantities of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and food require a special permit
  • Weapons and ammunition require an original invoice and registration at origin
    • A special permit at the Firearm and Explosive Department must be applied for
    • Import tax applicable
    • Must be for personal use only
  • Subject to high import taxes and duties, except for those customers described above
  • Amount to be paid depends on the value, model, year, cubic centimeters and extras
  • Documents required:
    • Registration Card or Property Title
    • Purchase Invoice
    • *Originals required for all above documents
  • If you are sending a vechicle to Costa Rica, a new law was passed as of June 7th, 2000 that all vehicles coming into Costa Rica must have a EPA Smog Test signed off by the Local Consulate from the country which the auto is being exported. Contact your destination agent for more information before sending a vehicle to Costa Rica.
  • Dogs and cats permitted
  • Documents required:
    • Anti-rabies vaccination
    • Health Certificate
    • Invoice indicating value of animal
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International sea & air shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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Costa Rica

Motto : Long live work and peace
Capital : San Jose
National Anthem : "Himno Nacional de Costa Rica" ("National Anthem of Costa Rica")


Location : Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Area : Total : 51,100 sq km

Land : 51,060 sq km
Water : 40 sq km

Climate : Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands


Nationality : Costa Rican(s)
Population : 4,576,562 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : SAN JOSE (capital) 1.416 million (2009)
Languages : Spanish (official), English


GDP : $51.55 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Costa Rican colones (CRC) per US dollar - 513 (2010), 573.29 (2009), 530.41 (2008), 519.53 (2007), 511.3 (2006)


Airports : 151 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 35,330 km
Waterways : 730 km
Ports & Terminals : Caldera, Puerto Limon


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