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I am coming to Bermuda on vacation. Can I bring food items?
Viewed 4760 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Yes you may bring food items with you on vacation.Each traveler is restricted to 50lbs. of meat without certification. Importations of meat in excess of 50lbs. must be accompanied by a 'health inspection certificate', and must be used for ... Read More
Can I download the Bermuda Customs Declaration (BCD) forms?
Viewed 2607 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You can download a PDF version of the BCD from our website and then complete it. Read More
What is a Trader I.D. number and do I need one?
Viewed 2128 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
A Trader I.D. number is a unique number given to importers (commercial or non-commercial). You can apply for one through our website or visit one of our offices and complete and submit the form. All commercial importers are required to have a Trade... Read More
What is a form 52A?
Viewed 1956 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
A form 52A is used to register items that you will be taking out of Bermuda. It is advisable to have your items such as camera's, ipods, golf clubs, cell phones etc. registered with Customs. We will use a form 52A to register your items with t... Read More
Do I have to pay duty on my goods when I move to Bermuda to work; or, if I move back to Bermuda after living abroad for an extended period?
Viewed 1782 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If you are moving to Bermuda to take up residence on a full time work permit or a resident who has been off the island for at least a year you qualify for the Transfer of Residence Allowance (TRA). You may bring in the following items duty free: TRA... Read More
As a visitor to Bermuda what am I allowed to bring with me?
Viewed 1668 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
A visitor is allowed to bring with them their personal effects, for example your cell phone, iPod, golf clubs, camera etc, and not pay duty on them. If you are a visitor you are entitled to a $30.00 gift allowance. Should you bring in any consumable ... Read More
How do I know that my shipment has been cleared and what paperwork will I receive back from Customs?
Viewed 1629 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If there are no queries or corrections to be made to your declaration you will be notified by email that your shipment has been released. For those clearing by CAPS you will be given a release note and if using the non-CAPS regime you will be give... Read More
What goods are duty free?
Viewed 1485 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
The following items are duty free:- Medicaments and other goods zero rated under Chapter 30; sheath contraceptives; napkins and napkin liners for adults (incontinence aids). o E.g. Prescription drugs, condoms and adult diapers 0.00%- Orthopedic appli... Read More
Can we bring a grandchild, niece, nephew etc to Bermuda if their parents are not traveling with us? We are all US citizens. What documentation is needed other than his passport and birth certificate?
Viewed 1357 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
All that is required is valid passports for everyone traveling in the party. Please check with the country that you will be returning to regarding their requirements for traveling with children. Read More
Does customs duty have to paid on overseas purchased items entering Bermuda, but will not remain in Bermuda?
Viewed 1338 times since Tue, Apr 24, 2012
Arriving visitors must declare the total value of all articles that will remain on the island. As long as the items belong to the visitor and are not intended as a gift for a resident, they will not be charged the 25% duty rate. Read More
I am getting married in Bermuda. Can I bring in my party favors when I arrive and if so, do I pay import duties?
Viewed 1286 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Visitors are permitted to import goods for Bermuda weddings (e.g. party favours, wedding dress, wedding rings, wedding gifts) free of duty provided that they are exported from Bermuda at the end of the visit. Only goods which are intended to remain i... Read More
How do I clear my goods with Customs and what documents are required?
Viewed 1272 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Customs currently has two processing regimes in place. One is our Customs Automated Processing System (CAPS) and the other is a non-CAPS system. You will need to complete a Bermuda Customs Declaration (BCD) for your goods. For more information and... Read More
What is the duty on imported goods?
Viewed 1204 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Please refer to the online Customs Tariff at www.customs.gov.bm for the individual tariff rates for goods arriving in Bermuda. You will also be charged a wharfage fee 1.11% for ports in Hamilton and 1.01% for the Airport and Penno's Wharf and Or... Read More
How do I contact H.M. Customs?
Viewed 1152 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
M CustomsHamilton Hall,40 Front Street,Hamilton HM 12P.O. Box HM 2084,Hamilton HM HXTelephone:Main Office, Hamilton 2954816L F Wade International Airport 293-2424Classification 278-7422Valuation 278-7437Yacht Reporting Center 297-1226Fax 295-53... Read More
I am coming to Bermuda to work. I am bringing a laptop/iPod/camera. When I leave, they will be going with me. Do I have to pay duty?
Viewed 1132 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If you have a standard work permit you may be entitled to duty relief. Please refer to the Transfer of Residence Public Notice #28 available on website etc. Read More
How do I send a parcel containing food stuffs to a person in Bermuda?
Viewed 1088 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
"You may send the package by courier (FedEx, DHL, IBC) or by mail. Please visit our website, www.customs.gov.bm for a list of prohibitions and restrictions on foodstuff. Please do not send fresh fruits or vegetables. Foodstuff is dutiable and the app... Read More
Can I bring my personal medications in a travel case?
Viewed 1063 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If you are traveling to Bermuda on vacation you will be allowed to bring in your medications. To avoid any misunderstanding they should be in the original containers with a copy of the prescription affixed to the container clearly stating the name of... Read More
What currency do I declare my goods in?
Viewed 1056 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You must declare your goods in Bermuda dollars. For more information on the rate of exchange please visit www.customs.gov.bm where you can find the rate of exchange applicable. Just click on 'Exchange Rate' in the 'QUICK LINKS' b... Read More
Can I bring in dried starfish for decorations?
Viewed 1045 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Yes you may bring in starfish to be used as decorations. Read More
My child is planning to buy a laptop overseas for use while she is in school, does she have to pay duty on the laptop.
Viewed 1025 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Bermuda residents who are temporarily absent from Bermuda for purposes of study overseas and who ultimately intend to resume residence in Bermuda shall be permitted to temporarily import a laptop computer and accessories (laptop) into Bermuda without... Read More
Once I am a trainee Customs Officer, when do I become a Customs Officer?
Viewed 1016 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
At the end of the two years training period you will be required to sit a proficiency exam. If you pass this test and have a clean disciplinary record, you will be advanced to the rank of Customs Officer and begin your first assignment. Read More
Can I download the Customs Traveler Declaration (CTD) and complete it before arrival?
Viewed 982 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
The CTD is not yet available for download. Copies will be made available to you on your flight to Bermuda. Read More
What happens if I have a shipment arrive in Bermuda and it is damaged, or contrary to order?
Viewed 978 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If the goods were damaged on route to Bermuda the Collector of Customs may allow a reduction in the value of goods which means you will pay less duty on the goods. If they are damaged on the docks in Bermuda you will have to pay the full duty. You m... Read More
Do I need to have a return ticket if traveling to Bermuda by a) plane b) yacht?
Viewed 965 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If you are a visitor traveling by plane to Bermuda and you are returning by plane you will need a return ticket. If you are arriving by plane but departing on a yacht or boat you will need a letter from the Captain of the vessel stating that you are... Read More
What are the requirements for importing a pet or bringing my pet with me on vacation?
Viewed 951 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If you are a resident importing a pet for the first time you will be required to pay duty. All pets require an import certificate, you will be required to present the health certificate together with the health documents from the overseas vet e.g. r... Read More
Can I bring my wedding bouquet back with me?
Viewed 941 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Yes you may bring your wedding bouquet back as long as they are cut flowers and the flowers are not on the restrict list (e.g. Orchids). Please refer to the CITES site on the Department of Environmental Protection's website on the Government Po... Read More
I am arriving by motor yacht, what is required of me to clear my vessel and is there a fee?
Viewed 936 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You must to proceed directly to the Yacht Reporting Center located on Ordnance Island, St. George's to clear in with Bermuda Customs. You will need the registration for the vessel, passports for all persons onboard and your clearance from your ... Read More
When is the Tariff going to be made available on line?
Viewed 896 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
There is link to the Customs Tariff available on our website www.customs.gov.bm. Read More
I am sending my car overseas for to be restored and have completed a Form 52 is there a time frame to re-import the automobile?
Viewed 895 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You have five years to re-import your car. Please note that duty will be payable on the cost of restoration at the present duty rate for cars. Read More
I own a local retail shop and wish to do some renovations (capital investment project), can I get any duty relief?
Viewed 890 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Yes you can get a duty relief as long as you are a retail shop that is a permanent structure and sells goods and merchandise. There is a list of qualifying goods but you may not claim duty relief on the following goods:- construction equipment;- tool... Read More
How long will Customs take to process my paperwork for release?
Viewed 888 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You will be given a Quality Service Level (QSL) which is normally 8 hours. Read More
My goods were taken from me at the airport. What do I do next?
Viewed 882 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You will be contacted by our Investigations Department once they have received your file. Read More
What about promotions in Customs?
Viewed 879 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
"You may sit the Senior Customs Officer Qualifying Examination once you become a Customs Officer, see above. If you pass, you are eligible to deputize for a Senior Customs Officer. You may apply for a promotion to Senior Customs Officer when it is ad... Read More
I am a resident importing a dog/ cat. I got the animals from a shelter and they did not cost anything. Do I have to pay duty and how do I prove the cost?
Viewed 874 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You will have to pay duty on animals. The customs value is normally based on the transaction value. Where there is no sale the value of identical or similar animals sold for export to Bermuda will be used. Your valuation should be supported by evid... Read More
What forms of payment can be used to pay Customs duty?
Viewed 867 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
"Airport Arrivals Hall you can pay duty by cash, check, or debit/credit card Read More
Where can I clear my imported goods?
Viewed 866 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You may present your complete package to either the Long Room in Hamilton at the main office (40 Front Street) or at the L.F. Wade International Airport (located in the Air Freight Terminal) Read More
Can I bring goods made from animal skins into Bermuda?
Viewed 865 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
This depends on what type of animal skin you wish to import. Please refer to the CITES site on the Department of Environmental Protection's webpage on the Government Portal www.gov.bm for further guidance. Read More
Do I pay duty on film developed overseas?
Viewed 865 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You do not have to pay duty on film that has been developed overseas. Prints however are dutiable at 25% in the Baggage Hall and 22.25% if imported by post or courier. Read More
How do I get a refund at H.M. Customs?
Viewed 862 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Write a letter to the Collector of Customs requesting a refund of duty along with the original receipted Bermuda Customs Declaration Form or the CAPS Release & Payment Receipt and all relevant copies of documentation associated with the shipment ... Read More
Can I pay my duty via the web before I arrive?
Viewed 861 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Customs is planning on having a web payment option for customs duty in the future. We regret that we cannot yet accept duty payment via the web prior to your arrival. Read More
What forms of payment can be used to pay duty?
Viewed 860 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Airport Arrivals Hall you can pay duty by cash, check, or debit/credit cardLong Rooms you can pay duty by check or cash. Read More
How do I qualify to be a trainee Customs Officer?
Viewed 858 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
In order to become a Trainee Customs Officer you must be:Bermudian, 18 years or older, a High School graduate, good at dealing courteously and efficiently with people, able to make sound judgmental decisions while working under pressure, prepared to ... Read More
What if a group of individuals wish to import items using one container?
Viewed 854 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
You are allowed to do this but since containers are no longer stripped on the dock it will be necessary for the entire container to be cleared before removing the container from the dock. The importer on the Master Bill of Lading is responsible to pr... Read More
Must I always use the tariff codes from the First Schedule
Viewed 833 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
No, you do not need to use one of the tariff codes in the First Schedule of the Bermuda Customs Tariff Act 1970 ('the Bermuda Nomenclature'). To make the declaration of imported goods easier, the Collector of Customs has authorised all pers... Read More
Is it possible to have my perishable goods released on Fridays?
Viewed 833 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
The container ship arrives on Sunday and since my shipment is chilled I would like to have it delivered as soon as possible after it has been unloaded.No, this is not possible. However your work will be processed quickly so you can get your paperwo... Read More
Can I speak to a person and not a voice mail at H.M.Customs?
Viewed 828 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Whenever possible our switchboard operators will forward your calls to the appropriate person. There is times however when we have an influx of enquiries or when customs staff may be busy with other clients. Your business is important to us. Please l... Read More
I was told that I over paid my duty at the ATM. What do I do?
Viewed 813 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Please contact Ms. Sonja Reid in our Accounts Receivable section. You will be asked to provide the CTD number which can be found on your receipt. A refund will be given once we can verify the mistake. Read More
When can I apply to be a trainee Customs Officer?
Viewed 808 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Vacancies are advertised in the Royal Gazette and application forms are available from the Department of Personnel Services (3rd floor of Global House, Church Street, Hamilton Read More
How long do refunds take at H.M. Customs?
Viewed 803 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
Should your application be approved, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of a refund check from Accountant General. Read More
Why is my release note not ready at the scheduled time?
Viewed 800 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
There could any number of reasons why your paperwork has not been completed. You may have errors on your declaration or gaps in supporting documentation that will prompt either the Customs Automated Processing System ('CAPS') or our review... Read More
Who do I contact if I have a question about the Trainee Customs Officer Programme?
Viewed 797 times since Mon, Mar 5, 2012
If you have a question about a career with H.M. Customs, please contact the Training Supervisor at: Tel: 295-4816 x278 E-mail customs_training@gov.bm or write to the following address: Training Supervisor Bermuda Customs PO Box 2084 Hamilton HM HX Read More