Guide to Sending Parcels to Guyana

Guyana's Kaieteur Falls are a stunning testament to the indigenous Amerindian name for this country: land of many waters. But Guyana also offers its visitors unspoiled rainforests home to a varied and impressive range of flora and fauna - giant otters, jaguars, tapirs, and saki monkeys, to name a few.

The development of e-commerce in Guyana has been slower compared to other South American countries, but its government has made its development a priority. And with COVID-19 as a catalyst, e-commerce revenue is expected to grow at 19% yearly till 2025. With Canada being one of Guyana's major trading partners, shipping should become brisk business with South America's only English-speaking country.

Information for this page was taken from the Guyana Revenue Authority and the World Trade Organization

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Guyana is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
May 25, 2022
8:49 am
Rose Hall, RH, GY
Delivered
May 24, 2022
7:18 am
Anna Regina, AR, GY
In transit
May 23, 2022
9:03 pm
Princetown, BR, GY
International Clearance
May 23, 2022
8:14 am
Linden, LI, GY
In transit
May 23, 2022
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
May 22, 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 Guyana 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 Guyana

Documents Only

Most documents may be shipped to Guyana from Canada duty-free provided they have no commercial value, and they include:

  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Cash letters
  • Catalogues, price lists
  • Charts and maps
  • Computer print-outs
  • Credit Cards
  • Drawings
  • Driver's licence
  • Graphs
  • Manuscripts, periodicals, and publications
  • Newspapers
  • Pamphlets
  • Passports, visa applications
  • Photographs, slides
  • Proposals and bids
  • Seismic data
  • Specifications sheets
  • Stamps, postage

The following items may be shipped duty-free if they meet the criteria shown in the table below:

Item Restriction
Books Only for personal use
Business cards Personal use only
Cheques Cancelled cheques only
Blueprints Must be for personal use only
Discs Only if used and includes data
Envelopes, stationery, labels Must be blank and for personal use only
Forms Must be blank
Greeting cards and invitations Personal use only
Manuals Technical manuals
Newsletters Only intercompany documents for use within the company
Traveller's cheques Used traveller's checks only.

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

Shipping Gifts to Guyana

Shipping Gifts

Shipping gifts to Guyana may be exempt from duty and taxes if the value of the shipment is $200 USD or less (about $250 CAD).

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Gift shipments from an individual in Canada to an individual in Guyana may incur taxes if the value exceeds $200 USD (about $250 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to a business in Guyana will incur duty and taxes regardless of the value of the gift.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to an individual in Guyana will be exempt from duty if its value is $200 USD (about $250 CAD) or less provided items are for personal use and have no commercial 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
Miguel ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 you are sending more than one gift in one shipment, be sure to wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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.gra.gov.gy/exempt-supplies/

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Guyana

Shipping Personal Effects

Shipping personal effects to Guyana from Canada is exempt from duty and taxes under the following conditions:

  • The claimant is a Guyanese citizen and has lived in Canada for a minimum of 5 years
  • At the time of re-entry into Guyana, the individual is 18 years of age or older
  • The value of personal effects does not exceed $500 USD (about $630 CAD)
  • They are in a reasonable quantity, i.e. personal, not commercial

NOTE:
Personal effects shipped in cartons or boxes have duty and tax thresholds based on the size of the box. The specific details concerning box sizes and thresholds can be found by clicking here.

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time concerning students shipping their personal effects to Guyana for the purpose of studying in the country.

Non-students

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

Moving Permanently

Guyana nationals returning to live permanently in Guyana from Canada may import their personal effects duty-free if the conditions below are followed:

  • The shipments value is no more than $500 USD (about $630 CAD)
  • They are at least 18 years of age on the date of return
  • They have lived outside of Guyana for at least 5 years
  • The amount of goods is appropriate to the size of the household
  • If the returnee is a student, he or she must have finished a minimum of 3 consecutive years of schooling in Canada

Canadian citizens who are non-residents of Guyana may also claim a duty and tax exemption on imported personal effects up to the amount of $500 USD (about $630 CAD). The other condition is that the claimant must live in Guyana for a minimum of 3 years.


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, which includes estimated value and reason for importation
  • Complete form C73 for a shipment with a value of $500 USD or less (about $630 CAD)

Sources:
https://www.gra.gov.gy/imports/personal-effects/
https://www.gra.gov.gy/tax-exemption-policy-for-qualifying-re-migrants-settlers-and-returning-students-2/
https://www.minfor.gov.gy/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Remigration.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Foodstuffs entering Guyana are subject to restrictions to quantity and customs rules regarding agricultural or health standards.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy

Do Not Ship

  • Perishables - fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and dairy 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.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Miguel ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana

Samples

Shipping samples to Guyana from Canada is subject to duty and taxes; there are no exemptions.


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:
https://www.gra.gov.gy/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/HS-2017-version.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana

Advertising Material

Advertising material may be shipped temporarily from Canada to Guyana provided items are authorized by national customs provided:

  • It is of no commercial or marketable value
  • They are articles to be used to produce calendars

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.gra.gov.gy/wp-cotent/uploads/2020/12/HS-2017-version.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana

Repairs

Sending goods from Canada to Guyana for repairs may be subject to duty and taxes. We recommend contacting Guyana Customs to verify if duty and taxes will apply.

Items Under Warranty

Shipping items under warranty from Canada to Guyana for repairs may incur duty and taxes. We recommend you contact Guyana Customs to confirm if your shipment will be liable to duty and taxes.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment and machinery no longer under warranty that is repaired in Guyana will be subject to duty and GST on the value of the repair and on any added parts upon re-entry into Canada.

Sending Product for Repair to Guyana

Sending a product for repair to Guyana from Canada may be subject to duty and taxes if the repairs on goods have altered its value. Guyanese Customs should be contacted to establish whether the shipment will be exempt or not from duty and taxes.

Returning Repaired Product to Guyana

Products repaired in Canada will be liable to duties and taxes when they re-enter Guyana.


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

Sources:
https://www.gra.gov.gy/customs-act-2020/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana

Temporary Imports

Importing items temporarily into Guyana may be exempt from duties and taxes under provided:

  • The goods are re-exported within 3 months of the date of entry into Guyana
  • A security deposit is made for the amount of duties and taxes owed

NOTE:
Guyana is not amongst the countries that accept an ATA Carnet for temporary imports.


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.gra.gov.gy/customs-act-2020/

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana

Permanent/Sold Goods

All sold goods entering Guyana will incur duty and taxes regardless of their value (there are no thresholds or de minimis values).

Occasional Shipper

Even if you only ship sold goods occasionally to Guyana, be advised that they will incur duty and taxes no matter their customs value. For Guyana, there are no thresholds below which no duty or taxes will be waived.

Regular shipper

Regular shippers of sold goods to Guyana are recommended to seek the services of a licenced Guyanese customs broker.


Sources:
https://www.gra.gov.gy/faqs/#1603919740173-24c7e0a1-6e68
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S320R1.pdf&Open=True

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Guyana City
01001
Guyana

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 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 Guyana. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Guyana, 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 are not allowed to be shipped to Guyana while restricted goods have rules that apply to the amount of goods or they may require approval from a government department.

Prohibited Items

  • Indecent or obscene
    material in any form
    - prints, books, etc.
  • Matches containing white
    (yellow) phosphorous
  • Shaving brushes manufactured in or exported from Japan

Restricted Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis sativa, etc.
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Printed matter
  • Cinematographic films

Sources:
https://www.gra.gov.gy/business/customs-and-trade/imports/

Duty & Taxes

Duty and taxes on goods shipped to Guyana are calculated using the CIF value of the shipment, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus freight costs plus insurance charges.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Knowing the CIF value will help you predict the duty and taxes owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

There are no thresholds (de minimis values) on shipments entering Guyana. This means that regardless of the parcel's value, it will incur duty and VAT.


Currency Guyanese dollar GYD
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) N/A
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 14%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports


Excise Taxes

Excise tax is charged on alcohol, tobacco, and tobacco products.


Other Taxes in Guyana

Guyana applies a number of other taxes and charges on imported products.


  • Candy20%
  • Chocolate20%
  • Spirits and wines100%
  • Tobacco100%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles20%
  • Computers & laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles5%
  • Cameras25%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats20%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics20%
  • Jewellery60%
  • Shirts & pants20%
  • Home appliances20%
  • Toys20%
  • Sports equipment10%

Sources:
https://www.gra.gov.gy/faqs/#1603919740173-24c7e0a1-6e68
https://www.macmap.org/
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/guyana/corporate/other-taxes

Guyana 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.

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