Shipping to Cayman & Duty Costs

In this section we describe the process of shipping things to the Cayman Islands.

We recommend Cayman based movers and freight forwarders that can assist you and we explain the various options of shipping by air or by sea including the companies that can actually ship your possessions or overseas purchases to Cayman. We then explain how you can import your goods duty free and process of clearing them through Cayman Customs.

The Process of Moving

When it comes to shipping your possessions you basically have three main options. You can either do most of the work yourself – packing, arranging the shipping and picking up in Cayman or you can arrange for a freight forwarder to assist with the shipping once you are finished packing. As a third option, you can also hire an outside company that will pack, ship and clear your goods once they arrive. Read on to learn more about all three processes, which method may be best for you and which way may be the easiest on your wallet.

Cayman & Miami Based Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarders facilitate the entire shipping process between Miami and Grand Cayman and vice-versa. When shipping to or from Miami there are three options you can consider, depending on the quantity. All companies charge by cubic feet, rather than by weight.

International Packers & Movers

Read more for a list of companies who offer a full international moving service that takes all the stress out of moving.

Shipping by Air

All local and Miami-based freight forwarders can also ship by air. Alternatively, Cayman Airways Cargo has an air shipment service which can prove to be a cost-effective shipping option if you are moving from the US. You need to deliver the items packed for shipping to the cargo area at the airport. Once they are delivered in Cayman you will need to either arrange collection yourself or use a customs broker.

Shipping by Sea

Transit time from Florida to Cayman is usually two to three days. You can ship your personal items through a shipping company (see Read More) or a freight forwarder.


When Cayman residents have been overseas on holiday or on a shopping trip they are allowed a CI$500 duty-free allowance on new items they have bought abroad. This allowance is not given to Visitors who have to declare and pay 22% duty on all items they import including gifts to friends and relatives. If you have bought items for a business while overseas and then brought these items into Cayman, these items do not count towards the $500 allowance. You have to pay 22% duty on them. If you are entering Cayman to take up employment or residency for the first time and for a period in excess of 12 months, then your personal and household effects are admitted duty-free, although they must be imported within six months of arrival.

Customs Clearance

Clearing your household effects through Customs yourself is possible, but it can be quite complex, so we recommend that you do it through a customs broker. But if you would prefer to handle the process yourself, here is an overview of what you need to do.