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In order to aid you in moving to Uruguay we have gathered customs information. We advise you to carefully review the information relating to moving to Uruguay. You may find more up to date information at your local consulate or embassy. Please note, customs regulations are subject to change at any time. GEM Relocations cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.


Documentation Required
  1. Itemized inventory in Spanish, legalized by the Uruguayan Consulate at origin
  2. Foreigners require a resident visa issued by the Uruguayan Consulate at origin, stamped in the Customer's passport, or a Certificate of Permanent Residence granted by the Migration Office in Uruguay
  3. If above documents are not provided, and Customer is not a permanent resident in Uruguay, Customer will have to deposit a bank guarantee letter, the value of the shipment in cash, or provide a guarantee from his employer. The guarantee is to be returned once the shipment leaves the country or the Customer has obtained a permanent residence.
  4. A Certificate of Residence, issued by the consulate at origin, stating that the Customer has lived abroad for a minimum period of two years is required for returning Uruguayan citizens
  5. Bank guarantee letter
Customs Regulation
  1. Shipments must arrive within 90 days of Customer
  2. Used household goods and personal effects, showing evidence of use, may be duty-free, if owner has lived abroad and owned the items for at least two years, and Customer has a permanent residence
  3. Non permanent residents may be required to make bank guarantee deposit, refundable when shipment leaves country
Dutiable and Restricted Items
  1. New household goods subject to duties and value added tax
  2. Electrical appliances
  3. Only one of each allowed, except for TV sets
  4. Bicycles allowed only as part of a household goods shipment
  5. Works of art and antiques
  6. Alcohol and tobacco products
  7. Food
  8. Jewelry and coins
  9. Wedding gifts require packing list and a visaed marriage certificate
  10. Inherited goods require packing list, visaed proof of estate of inheritance, and visaed Death Certificate
Prohibited Items
  1. Weapons and ammunition (only sport guns allowed) permit from Ministry of Defense required
  2. New electrical appliances
  3. Drugs
  4. Plants need a Health Certificate
  5. Pornographic or subversive materials
Motor Vehicles
  1. New cars are dutiable
  2. Returning Uruguayan citizens are permitted to import used cars provided they comply with the following requirements:
  3. Owner of the auto must have lived abroad for a minimum of three years
  4. Auto must have been in the owner's name for a minimum of three years
  5. Owner must apply for authorization from the Ministry of Finance before Customs clearance can begin
  6. Foreigners are not allowed to import used autos
  7. Documents required:
  8. Commercial Invoice (original)
  9. Car title or Certificate of Register or Matriculation
  10. IMPORTANT: These documents must be legalized by Uruguayan Consulate at origin. An official translation of document into Spanish will also be required (which must be obtained in Uruguay).
Animals and Pets
  1. Health and Vaccination Certificates required
Important Information
  1. Strikes and delays with customs are frequent.
  2. Theft is common so airfreight shipments should be sent in secure wood crates.
  3. A copy of the original bill of lading must reach the destination agent three working days before the arrival of the vessel so that the containers may be transferred from the docks to a private bonded warehouse for customs inspection at no extra cost to the shipper or the carrier.
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