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MurlocAndHandler
12/8/2018 12:59 EST

I’m wondering about shipping our belongings. What to bring, what to leave behind, and what I can expect from customs. We’re not bringing anything particularly valuable. No cars, furniture, or new electronics. It’s mostly personal items, clothing, some sentimental knick knacks, my stuffed animal collection, artwork and supplies (again nothing of value, mostly my own and my grandfather’s paintings). Shipping costs will determine whether we bring things like linens, small appliances, or any electronics besides one laptop (which will fly with me, rather than ship) and one desktop.

We’re planning on using a shipping container by sea, and I’m not sure yet about a full container or a shared one. We don’t have nearly enough to fill a full one, but I’m wondering if it’s significantly more stressful to use a shared one and the overall cost difference. I’m also trying to get an idea of our customs duties once it arrives in Guatemala, and if we’ll have to show any type of proof of residence. We’re planning on staying on a tourist visa and leaving the country every 90 days to renew it, until we can look into residency, but we have a house lined up already.

robertsolo
12/8/2018 14:26 EST

You do not need residency to import containers , I have imported several , without it ... but rules can change , but I really doubt that this would change in that way , but you can expect changes in the rules especially is you bring in containers infrequently . Customs duties try this formula value x 60% x 12%-15% = duties not really accurate but it will get you in the ball park , and it is more likly to be lower that higher than that ... but it is alwase a crap shoot ! I would leave behind any "chemicals" ie. paint , fertilizer , gas cans ( even empty) Etc. I have broght that kind of stuff but if you have a problem that is where it is likly to be .
I brought down several rolls of that Refelictive bububle insulation (home depo or lows) and have made the house much more comfortable with it I wallpapered the kitchen ceiling and the inside of the front door , it really will cool down a hot house , you apply it with silicone caucking , like wall paper only add about 5mm to length and width . one other thing get a "brick wall" surge proctector it will last down here and save your electronics I have 3 if them and gave a 4th to a friend , they are worth the money !

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robertsolo
12/8/2018 14:26 EST

You do not need residency to import containers , I have imported several , without it ... but rules can change , but I really doubt that this would change in that way , but you can expect changes in the rules especially is you bring in containers infrequently . Customs duties try this formula value x 60% x 12%-15% = duties not really accurate but it will get you in the ball park , and it is more likly to be lower that higher than that ... but it is alwase a crap shoot ! I would leave behind any "chemicals" ie. paint , fertilizer , gas cans ( even empty) Etc. I have broght that kind of stuff but if you have a problem that is where it is likly to be .
I brought down several rolls of that Refelictive bububle insulation (home depo or lows) and have made the house much more comfortable with it I wallpapered the kitchen ceiling and the inside of the front door , it really will cool down a hot house , you apply it with silicone caucking , like wall paper only add about 5mm to length and width . one other thing get a "brick wall" surge proctector it will last down here and save your electronics I have 3 if them and gave a 4th to a friend , they are worth the money !

robertsolo
12/8/2018 14:44 EST

If you really don't have very much , you could drive it to San Antonio (U-haul ) , and fly interjet with 6 bags ( 50 pounds each ) + carry on , in a few flights with a couple people you could move a lot of stuff ! If you do that look for Nylon duffels , or canvas , the poliester duffels are not durable , I love Air force surplus squair duffels they are abou $40 but are worth it !

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