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KAA973
7/6/2019 22:15 EST

Hi, I'm new to the forum. My family relocated to Nassau in March. I have been back and forth for the past few months and heading back down in a week. I'm looking to bring back home goods, personal items and clothes for my residence and family in Nassau. Will I have any issues in customs?

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Ohlott
7/7/2019 07:56 EST

I am getting ready to go through the same thing. From what I can gather everything you bring in will be taxed at some percentage. When you do the paper work you have to give a value to all your items.

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KAA973
7/7/2019 09:08 EST

Would that pertain to all newly purchased items and goods? I read that Bahamain residents /residency permit holders are allowed up to $500 duty free (2 times a year).

Do you know if that is true?

What if I'm bringing in gifts for friends, do i need to show receipts of value?

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Ohlott
7/7/2019 12:35 EST

Yes the $500
Is still good.
Gifts you will have to declare a value on it and depending what it is. It will be taxed. There is a rough list on the Bahamas gift site that list what the % is for different items.

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KAA973
7/7/2019 18:06 EST

Perfect, Thank you for the information.

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dolfie
7/7/2019 19:45 EST

In a regular way each traveler to the Bahamas has to declare all the goods he/she is bringing with him/her on arrival.
Customs have a list on the internet in which you can find what is duty- free and which items need duty to be paid on and also which is the percentage.
As visitor you can bring your own goods for consumption during your visit as far as they are admitted.

Check for Bahamas Government
His Majesty Customs

Hope this helps

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breija
7/11/2019 15:04 EST

Yes, if you are a resident, you have 2 x $500 exemptions per year, for each family member.

As for gifts for friends, if you are a resident, you would be expected to pay duties and VAT (on top of the duties). If people are coming to visit you and are bringing gifts, they are allowed to bring $100 in value per person duty & VAT free.

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breija
7/11/2019 15:06 EST

Whatever you carry in your luggage when you are first relocating is considered your personal belongings and can be duty free. After your major relocation, you will need to claim any purchases, duties will be assessed, which gives you your "landed cost," then 12%VAT will be assessed on that total.

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