What Do You Need to Do If You Want to Ship to Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago is a very popular destination within the Caribbean. Many people enjoy visiting Trinidad, even to stay for extended periods of time. Some people from the United States will retire to Trinidad, while others may consider going to school there. There may be still others who have family living in Trinidad and Tobago. If you are an individual who is retiring or going to school and moving to Trinidad, you may decide it makes sense to ship many of your possessions there. If you have family on Trinidad, you may decide that you want to send a care package or a gift. Even if you are simply visiting or doing business in Trinidad, there is a good chance that you may want to send something to Trinidad. For those who are hoping to ship packages or items large or small to the area, it is important that you understand the rules as well as the paperwork and other requirements necessary for sending a shipment to Trinidad.  An experienced shipping company with a location in the Trinidad area can help you to learn exactly what you need to do for your shipment.  However, you should also do a little bit of research on your own so you know what to expect and so you can plan ahead. If you want to send a shipment to Trinidad, the first thing you need to do is to find a company that can take your shipment from you to its recipient in Trinidad.  Not all shipping companies are created equal and some shipping companies may take a long time to deliver a package to Trinidad or may be unreliable.  You don’t want to deal with a shipper that does a poor job or with a shipper that doesn’t have an actual physical presence in Trinidad. Fortunately, there are shipping companies that do have a hub in Trinidad or that do send items to Trinidad regularly. If you find one of these shipping companies, they should be able to provide invaluable advice to help you with your shipment. This is especially true if the shipper offers daily flights to the area, and/or if the shipper has an international station located in Trinidad. In addition to finding the right shipping company that has regular service and a hub in Trinidad, you also need to make sure you include all required documentation that is necessary for sending things to Trinidad.  Since you are shipping internationally, you will definitely require more documentation than you would with a domestic shipment. For example, packages that are going to Trinidad will need to include a shipment waybill as well as a CARICOM commercial invoice (CARICOM stands for Caribbean Common Market Commercial Invoice).  If your shipment has originated in the United States, has any single commodity within it that is worth more than $2,500 and is being forwarded to a destination in Trinidad, you’ll also need to fill out a Shipper’s Export Declaration. Your shipping company should be able to help you with these forms if you aren’t certain of your obligations.

Date: 9/26/2013

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