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What to NOT to Ship to Costa Rica

There is a common fear when moving to a foreign country: “what if I forget something that I need?” This article will be the opposite of what you expect; since you already think you need everything, I will tell you things you DON’T need to ship to Costa Rica.

Once you have your pile of must haves go through it to remove anything that hasn’t been needed in the last two months. If you haven’t used it it’s not needed right away. Leave it behind with a loved one or in storage and ship it later if you find you can’t live without it.

One thing you have to decide upon is if you want to pay almost double the price down here in Costa Rica or pay for shipping and paying taxes on certain items. Although it can be expensive to ship many items down here the end price of shipping can actually be less than buying it here.

Something you should not ship is medicines. Unless it’s something you need daily (which you should carry with you along with a prescription) I wouldn’t suggest shipping it. You can get generic versions of everything here, even for free with CAJA insurance. Many medications will be confiscated when officials look through your shipped boxes.
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Furniture, especially wooden furniture is cheap here. It’s also comfortable and beautifully detailed. Many materials get moldy from the humidity. For this reason, consider if you really want to ship the couches your grandmother left you!

Furniture, medicine, appliances, and things you haven’t used in months all fall under the category of what not to ship to Costa Rica. Save your money and enjoy the great furniture, free medicine, and tax free areas to shop in Costa Rica!


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What Kind of Car to Bring to Costa Rica?

One of the biggest things to consider for most people is what the import taxes and going to cost on the vehicle.

If the vehicle is brand new or less than 3 years old then the tax percentage will be 52.29% of the value of the vehicle.

If the vehicle is 4 to 5 years old then the tax percentage increases to 63.91%

If the vehicle is 6 years or older then the tax percentage increases  to 79.03%

The import value of the vehicle as established in the Valuation Database of the Ministry of the Treasury referred to locally as “Autovalor”. You can check the Auto Valor Database, it is in Spanish and a little hard to operate as are most things when it comes to government websites in Costa Rica.

Toyota,Nissan, and Hyundai are the most widely used brands here. This is good to know because it means that the mechanics are familiar with these brands and have the parts to fix them when needed. To ship in parts for other brands may be quite costly. Another benefit of these types of cars is that they maintain their resale value.Other brands which are gaining popularity here are Suzuki, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Peugeot.

Besides the popularity, availability of parts and knowledge about the brand, and resale value, you will want to consider what kind of power you need as well as gasoline or diesel. Gasoline is at about $5 per gallon whereas diesel is $4.50 a gallon. For this reason you will not want to buy a V6 or V8 engine.

Gasoline cars with between 1500 and 2000 cc have enough power to ride the mountains without burning your wallet. In the case that you will be often driving in the rural areas you should consider 4 wheel drive, an SUV, or a pickup truck. Because of the price of gas, you should look for a diesel engine in one of these.
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If, however, you plan to go off road a lot, it may be worth the extra 50 cents per gallon to have the power consistency that a gas engine offers.

What I tell most people to get the most value out of their dollar is to import between a 1999 and 2002 either Toyota 4-Runner or Rav4.  They have a great resale value in Costa Rica, taxes are not sky high and they are great for the beach […]

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