Guide to Sending Parcels to Bolivia

Though landlocked, Bolivia has part ownership of Lake Titicaca - the largest in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world.

Bolivia is more importantly noted for harbouring 199 ecosystems that support a wide range of flora and fauna - 4,000 types of potatoes as well as ocelots, squirrel monkeys, toucans, flamingoes, and river dolphins, to name a few.

Bolivia is a nation rich in natural resources that is supporting an emerging consumer market. As a result, Bolivians have a healthy 65% internet user penetration rate, and the projected e-commerce annual revenue growth for the country is 17%-plus until 2025.

Information for this page was taken from Bolivian Customs and Bolivia's Customs Procedures Guide.

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Easy Tracking Information

Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Bolivia

Full tracking information for parcels to Bolivia is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
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8:49 am
Tarija , TA, BO
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Cochabamba , CO, BO
International Clearance
Oct 6, 2022
8:14 am
La Paz , LP, BO
In transit
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Toronto, 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 Bolivia 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 Bolivia

Documents Only

Bolivia deems the following items as a document shipments:

  • Advertising literature
  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Bids and proposals
  • Business cards
  • Cash letters, negotiable bonds, and drafts
  • Charts
  • Computer print-outs
  • Credit cards
  • Drawings (including sepia drawings)
  • Driver's licence
  • Graphs
  • Intercompany mail
  • Manuscripts
  • Pamphlets and price lists
  • Passports and visa applications
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Seismic data
  • Slides and transparencies
  • Specifications sheets

Bolivian customs allows the following items into the country as a document shipment if they abide by the criteria shown:

Item Restriction
Blueprints Must be for non-commercial use only
Calendars Must be for non-commercial use only
Cheques and traveller's cheques Cannot be blank
Envelopes and forms Only if they are blank
Greeting cards and invitations For non-commercial purposes only
Manuals Only if they are of a technical nature and for non-commercial purposes
Newsletters and newspapers Only for non-commercial reasons
Stationery Must be blank; no commercial use

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

Shipping Gifts to Bolivia

Shipping Gifts

Gift shipments of any value will incur duties and taxes when they enter Bolivia from Canada. If the parcel weighs 20 kg or less, it will also be liable to an ATT fee - a local Bolivian transportation tax.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

If an individual sends a gift to another individual in Bolivia, it will be liable to Bolivian duties and taxes even if the gift has a nominal value. As well, a local transportation tax (called an ATT) will be applied to the shipment if its weight is less than 20 kg.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

If a business in Canada ships a gift parcel to a business in Bolivia, the shipment will incur taxes and duties no matter its value.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Gift shipments from a business based in Canada to an individual living in Bolivia will be assessed duties and taxes by the customs authorities. This will apply to all parcels even when their value is minimal.


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
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 parcel contains multiple gifts, be sure to wrap and tag each one separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Bolivia

Shipping Personal Effects

Canadian residents and Bolivian nationals may ship personal effects to Bolivia exempt from duty charges provided:

  • They have lived outside of Bolivia for a minimum of 2 years up to the time of entering Bolivia
  • The value of the shipment is $35,000 USD or less (about $44, 050 CAD)

Personal effects include items such as:

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Furniture
  • Household appliances
  • Implements and goods for the preparation and consumption of food
  • Other goods needed for the normal running of a home, such as children's toys

NOTE:
Bolivian citizens may ship goods duty-free valued up to $50,000 USD (about $62,950 CAD) if:

  • They are returning to the country to live permanently; and
  • When the shipment contains tools, machinery, etc. for the purposes of earning a living (to a maximum value of $25,000 USD - about $31,475 CAD)

Moving Temporarily

Students

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

Non-students

Non-students may ship personal effects to Bolivia exempt from customs duties provided:

  • The goods arrive within 5 months of the individual entering Bolivia
  • The items are for their use only

Shipments may include the following items:

  • Photographic and video equipment
  • Printed matter - books, magazines
  • Clothing and equipment required for the trip

Moving Permanently

Bolivian citizens and Canadian residents will be allowed entry of their personal effects duty-free if they can show that:

  • They have lived in Canada for at least 2 years up to the time they enter Bolivia
  • The total value of their shipment is $35,000* USD or less (about $44,050 CAD)

*Bolivian citizens may import duty-free up to $50,000 USD (about $62,950 CAD) provided:

  • They will be returning to the country to live permanently; and
  • The shipment comprises tools, instruments, and machinery that will be used as part of an individual's trade or professional life (to a maximum of $25,000 USD - about $31,475 CAD)

A shipment may contain goods like:

  • Furniture and decorations
  • Kitchen appliances and other items for food preparation and serving
  • Footwear and clothing
  • Normal day-to-day items such as children's toys and sports equipment

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

Sources:
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/COM_.%20LEY%20GENERAL%20DE%20ADUANAS.pdf
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/content/guia-de-procedimientos-aduaneros

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Most foodstuffs cannot enter Bolivia from Canada. This includes canned and sealed food products.

However, food items allowed entry into Bolivia will incur Bolivian duty and taxes when they enter the country. They will also be liable to a local transportation tax called the ATT if the parcel weighs 20 kg or less.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy

Do Not Ship

  • Perishables - produce, fish 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:
https://www.fidi.org/sites/default/files/public/2020-03/M_Svcs_Customsregulation_Bolivia_0.pdf
https://www.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia

Samples

Commercial samples may be shipped to Bolivia from Canada duty-free provided:

  • They have been made unsellable, i.e. marked permanently, cut, perforated, etc.
  • In the case of a paired good, for e.g. shoes, only the left one is shipped

NOTE:
The following items will NOT be considered commercial samples even if they are in small containers:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cosmetics
  • Perfumes
  • Toiletries
  • Jewellery

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

https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S363R1.pdf&Open=True
https://repositorio.economiayfinanzas.gob.bo/documentos/2018/VPT/DIRECCIONES/DGAAA/ARANCEL/2021/SECCION_XXI.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia

Advertising Material

Advertising material shipped to Bolivia from Canada will be admitted to the country exempt from duty and taxes if it is a temporary import to be displayed at a trade fair or similar international exhibition.

Advertising materials that will be distributed free of charge will be exempt from customs duties as long as they are marked as a commercial sample with no monetary value. (Each item is to have a maximum value of $5 USD - about $6 CAD; with the entire shipment valued at no more than $2,000 USD - about $2,525 CAD.)


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.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/COM_.%20LEY%20GENERAL%20DE%20ADUANAS.pdf
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/content/boletines-y-material-informativo
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/sites/default/files/SCGNNDTA/procedimiento/RD%2001-007-18%20de%2026.04.2018%20Procedimiento%20para%20Ferias%20Internacionales.PDF

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia

Repairs

Goods for repair are allowed a duty and tax free entry into Bolivia under the country's 'Temporary Admission for Inward Processing' regime. Items may remain in Bolivia for a period of 360 days though this may be extended by 180 days.

Items Under Warranty

Machinery and equipment repaired in Canada without charge because of warranty obligations will be allowed a duty and tax free re-entry into Bolivia.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If items are no longer under warranty when they arrive in Canada for repair, they will incur taxes and duty when they are returned to Bolivia.

Sending Product for Repair to Bolivia

Bolivian customs allows equipment and machinery to enter the country for repairs duty and tax free provided they stay in the country for no longer than 360 days. (This may be extended to a maximum of 180 days with permission from Bolivia's Ministry of Internal Trade.)

Returning Repaired Product to Bolivia

Provided equipment was repaired under a warranty at no charge, it may be returned to Bolivia without duties and taxes being incurred.


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 Bolivia or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/COM_.%20LEY%20GENERAL%20DE%20ADUANAS.pdf
http://www.sice.oas.org/trade/JUNAC/Decisiones/DEC848_s.pdf
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/faq-page/1292#t1292n90183

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia

Temporary Imports

Goods imported temporarily into Bolivia will be exempt from customs duties and taxes if:

  • They exit the country in the same condition as at their entry
  • Remain in Bolivia a maximum of 2* years (one extension is allowed)

*5 years is allowed for equipment and machinery imported for the mining sector


Items that are allowed temporary admission include:

  • Commercial samples
  • Machinery and equipment for repair
  • Equipment and machinery for the mining industry
  • Goods for the use in a theatrical or musical presentation
  • Equipment for a sporting event

ATA Carnets

Bolivian customs does not recognise ATA Carnets 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:
https://www.atacarnet.com/carnet-countries
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/content/guia-de-procedimientos-aduaneros
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/faq-page/1292#t1292n90168

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia

Permanent/Sold Goods

All sold goods shipped to Bolivia from Canada will incur duty and taxes no matter the value of the parcel.

Occasional Shipper

Even if you only occasionally ship sold goods to Bolivia from Canada, for e.g. via eBay, taxes and duties will be incurred by the recipient.

Regular shipper

Regular shippers of sold goods are strongly recommended to employ the services of a licenced Bolivian customs broker. This is imperative if the shipment is valued at $1,000 USD or more (about $1,250 CAD) and weighs 40 kg or more.


Sources:
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/content/boletines-y-material-informativo#quickset-boletines_informativos_7
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S363R1.pdf&Open=True
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/content/guia-de-procedimientos-aduaneros

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Bolivia

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
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 Bolivia. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Bolivia, 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


Prohibited goods will not be allowed entry into Bolivia while restricted imports may enter if they abide by quantity limits.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Munitions and explosives
  • Any materials or objects deemed obscene or immoral
  • Second hand clothing and
    shoes
  • Lottery tickets
  • Chemicals and substances that damage the ozone layer
  • Radioactive substances
    and their waste products
  • Any item or material that is
    toxic or damaging to the environment
  • Living organisms

Restricted Items

  • Medications and pharmaceutical products

Sources:
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/circulares/circular0432016.pdf
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/faq-page/1292#t1292n101898

Duty & Taxes

The amount of duty and taxes owed on a shipment to Bolivia is calculated on its CIF value, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

If you calculate the CIF value of your shipment before sending it to Bolivia, you will have an estimate of the duties and taxes the recipient will have to pay upon receiving the parcel.


Thresholds

All imports of sold goods will incur duties and taxes regardless of their value.

NOTE:
Non-commercial shipments from someone in Canada to a friend or relative in Bolivia may enter the country duty-free if:

  • It has a maximum value of $100 USD (about $125 CAD)
  • The shipment has a maximum weight of 20 kg
  • The parcel is a maximum of 1.5 m in any dimension

Currency Boliviano (B)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) $100* USD (about $125 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 13%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A
Tax Calculation Method CIF

*Only on non-commercial shipments to relatives or friends. All sold goods will incur duty no matter their value.


Duties on Imports


Excise Duties

Bolivian customs officials will apply excise duties on the following products:

  • Tobacco products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks
  • Energy drinks

Specific rates for the above items can be found here.


  • Candy20%
  • Chocolate10%
  • Spirits and winesVariable
  • TobaccoVariable
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles20%
  • Computers & laptops10%
  • Tablets15%
  • Mobiles15%
  • Cameras10%
  • Accessories for Electronics5%
  • Coats40%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics10%
  • Jewellery10%
  • Shirts & pants40%
  • Home appliances5% - 20%
  • Toys10%
  • Sports equipment10%

Sources:
https://www.macmap.org/
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/bolivia/corporate/other-taxes
https://www.aduana.gob.bo/aduana7/content/boletines-y-material-informativo#quickset-boletines_informativos_7

Bolivia 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 Bolivia



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What is the cheapest way to ship from Canada to Bolivia?

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How do I send a package to Bolivia?

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How can I ship my luggage?

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How do I get a FedEx shipping estimate / FedEx quote to Bolivia?

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How do I ship gifts to Bolivia?

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