Guide to Sending Parcels to Barbados

Barbados is perhaps the most British of the Caribbean island nations, and may explain why cricket is its national sport. This nation's cricket obsession has no doubt helped to foster and produce numerous outstanding Barbadian cricketers over many decades including the famous three Ws - Walcott, Weekes, and Worrell.

Barbados has a well-developed mixed economy, and the result has been a high percentage of Barbadians with internet or internet-connected mobiles. And as Canada is home to many ex-patriate Barbadians, now is easier than ever for them to send parcels to the lucky ones in the sun and on the beach.

Information for this page was taken from Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Barbados Customs and Excise Department.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Oct 8, 2022
8:49 am
Holetown, HO, BB
Delivered
Oct 7, 2022
7:18 am
Oistins, OI, BB
In transit
Oct 6, 2022
9:03 pm
Speightstown , SP, BB
International Clearance
Oct 6, 2022
8:14 am
Bridgetown, BR, BB
In transit
Oct 6, 2022
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Oct 5, 2022
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Barbados before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Barbados

Documents Only

Any of the following items are allowed entry into Barbados as a document shipment:

  • Annual reports
  • Blueprints, drawings
  • Brochures, price lists
  • Charts
  • Computer print-outs
  • Credit cards
  • Driver's licence
  • Intercompany mail
  • Magazines, newspapers
  • Manuscripts
  • Passports, visa applications
  • Proposals
  • Specifications sheets

Barbados customs officials will allow entry to the following items as documents if the criteria listed is abided by:

Document Type Restriction
Airline tickets Must be validated
Cheques Must be blank or cancelled
Forms Only if blank
Photographs Only if they are related to a business
Publications Must be for intercompany use only

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Barbados

Shipping Gifts

All gift shipments entering Barbados from Canada will incur duty and taxes regardless of the value of the parcel. There or no thresholds below which no duty or taxes will be charged.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Barbados will be liable to duty and taxes even if it is a low value item.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Gift shipments from a business in Canada to a business in Barbados will incur duty and taxes regardless of the value of the shipment.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

If a business in Canada sends a gift parcel to an individual in Barbados, it will have duty and taxes applied to it no matter its value.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If your shipment contains multiple gifts, be sure to wrap and tag each gift separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
https://barbados.org/customs.htm#.YUmitWZKiZx

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Barbados

Shipping Personal Effects

Barbadian nationals may return to Barbados with their personal effects exempt from duty.

The exemption is allowed provided:

  • The items are for the use of the shipper or his or her family
  • The effects will not be sold or traded once in Barbados
  • The goods have been owned by the shipper for a minimum of 1 year
  • The shipment arrives no more than 2 months before or after the arrival of the owner of the goods

NOTE:
The allowances for duty-free entry of personal effects can be found in Appendix 1 here.

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time concerning students moving temporarily to Barbados with their personal effects.

Non-students

No information is available regarding non-students moving temporarily to Barbados with their personal effects.

Moving Permanently

If you are a Barbadian citizen returning to live permanently in Barbados, you may ship your personal belongings to the country duty-free provided:

  • The goods arrive sometime between 2 months before or 2 months after your own arrival
  • You have owned the goods for at least 1 year before returning to Barbados
  • The items will not be sold, given away, or traded in the first year of returning to the country
  • You or your family will be the only ones using the personal effects
  • For details as to the amount of specific goods that will be allowed a duty-free entry into Barbados, please click here (Appendix 1).

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.foreign.gov.bb/returning-to-reside-in-barbados/
https://www.barbadosintoronto.com/uploads/6/8/0/8/680878/barbados_network_information_booklet.pdf
https://www.barbadosparliament.com/uploads/sittings/attachments/b005d3e1cb5cd0a475eea964a0016c37.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Barbados

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Information concerning the entry of foodstuffs into Barbados is limited at this time.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy

Do Not Ship

  • Perishables
  • Plants and cuttings
  • Meat, dairy, and their products

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
http://www.vertic.org/media/National%20Legislation/Barbados/BB_Customs_List_Prohibited_Restricted_Imports_Exports_Order.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Barbados

Samples

Commercial samples shipped by a commercial traveller may enter Barbados exempt from duty though either a refundable duty deposit or bond will be required by customs officials.


The traveller must ensure that the samples:

  • Are of negligible value
  • Are returned to Canada within 3 months of their entry into Barbados
  • Are not sold whilst in Barbados

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
http://104.238.85.55/en/ShowPdf/1963_61.pdf
https://www.barbadosparliament.com/uploads/sittings/attachments/b005d3e1cb5cd0a475eea964a0016c37.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Barbados

Advertising Material

Advertising material shipped to Barbados will be exempt from duty if it has no commercial value, i.e. it cannot be sold.

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.barbadosparliament.com/uploads/sittings/attachments/b005d3e1cb5cd0a475eea964a0016c37.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Barbados

Repairs

Equipment and machinery shipped to Barbados for repair will be exempt from duty charges provided the items are returned to Canada within 1 year of their entry into Barbados.

Items Under Warranty

Goods shipped to Canada for repair under warranty will be exempt from GST on both the repair charges and any parts required to make the repairs.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Machines and equipment that are no longer under warranty will incur GST on the value of the repair work and on any parts used during the repair process.

Sending Product for Repair to Barbados

If you send products for repair to Barbados, they will be duty-free as long as they stay in Barbados no longer than 1 year.

Returning Repaired Product to Barbados

If products no longer under warranty are repaired in Canada and returned to Barbados, they will be charged Canadian GST on the value of the repair and on any parts that were used to effect the repair.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Barbados or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
http://104.238.85.55/en/ShowPdf/1963_61.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Barbados

Temporary Imports

Goods of a temporary nature - commercial samples for display at trade fairs or exhibitions - may enter Barbados exempt from duty charges provided they leave the country within 3 months of their entry.

NOTE:
A security deposit will be required to cover the amount of duty owed.

ATA Carnets

ATA Carnets are not accepted by Barbadian customs for the temporary importation of goods.


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
http://www.wcoomd.org/-/media/wco/public/global/pdf/topics/wto-atf/dev/survey-temporary.pdf?la=en
http://admin.theiguides.org/Media/Documents/Customs%20Act%20CAP66.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Barbados

Permanent/Sold Goods

All imports entering Barbados with a value of $50 BBD (about $30 CAD) or more will incur duty and VAT.

Occasional Shipper

Even occasional shipments of sold goods to Barbados will have duty and VAT applied to them if their value is greater than $50 BBD (about $30 CAD). This includes items sold on sites such as eBay.

Regular shipper

Regular shippers of sold goods to Barbados are highly recommended to consult a Barbadian licenced customs broker to ensure all parties are adhering to customs regulations.


Sources:
https://asycuda.customs.gov.bb/files/COMMERCIAL%20DECLARATION%20PROCEDURE%20SOP%20Revised%20V7.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Garfield Sobers
Fontabelle Rd.
St. Michael, Bridgetown
BB11149
Barbados

Phone: +1 246-227-2651
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Barbados. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Barbados, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods declared prohibited by Barbadian authorities are not allowed entry into the country. Restricted goods, on the other hand, are allowed entry into Barbados, but they may have rules to abide by or limits to the amount of goods that can enter.

Prohibited Items

  • Toy guns
  • Counterfeit coins, stamps
  • Opium and any equipment for using it
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Any material or object considered indecent or obscene

Restricted Items

  • Tobacco and tobacco
    products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Hemp

Sources:
http://www.vertic.org/media/National%20Legislation/Barbados/BB_Customs_List_Prohibited_Restricted_Imports_Exports_Order.pdf

Duty & Taxes

The CIF value is the method by which duty and taxes are calculated on imports entering Barbados.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

If you were to calculate the CIF value of your shipment to Barbados, you would have an estimate of the taxes and duty owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

The threshold (also known as the de minimis value) on shipments entering Barbados is $50 BBD (about $30 CAD). This means that on shipments of $50 BBD or less, no duty or VAT will be incurred.


Currency Barbadian Dollar BBD
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) $50 (about $30 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 17.5%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$50 (about $30 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports


Excise Taxes

Wines and spirits as well as cigarettes, cigars, cheroots, and cigarillos will be liable to excise taxes when entering Barbados. The detailed values for these products can be found here.


  • Candy20%
  • Chocolate20%
  • Spirits and winesVariable*
  • TobaccoVariable*
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles20%
  • Computers & laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles5%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics5%
  • Coats20%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics20%
  • Jewellery60%
  • Shirts & pants20%
  • Home appliances20%
  • Toys20%
  • Sports equipment10%

Sources:
https://www.barbadosparliament.com/uploads/sittings/attachments/b005d3e1cb5cd0a475eea964a0016c37.pdf
https://www.macmap.org/
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/barbados/corporate/other-taxes
https://asycuda.customs.gov.bb/files/COMMERCIAL%20DECLARATION%20PROCEDURE%20SOP%20Revised%20V7.pdf

Barbados Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Barbados



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