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.
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.
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.
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.
Visitors and residents that are flying into the Island will no longer have to declare their goods through customs if they do not exceed the CI$500 goods allowance or the alcohol and tobacco quotas. If you are entering Cayman to take up employment or residency for a period in excess of 12 months, your personal and household effects are admitted duty-free, although they must be imported within six months of arrival.