The personal and household effects of a person entering to take up employment or residency for a period in excess of 12 months are admitted duty free. These include a reasonable quantity of wearing apparel and instruments and tools of trade. Household effects must have been in use and ownership for at least six months. This concession applies to effects imported within six months of arrival, but does not apply to motor vehicles, on which there is a sliding scale of duty rates, depending on the value of the car.
Cars with a CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value of up to CI$20,000 attract a duty of 27.5 percent; duty on cars with a CIF value of $20,001 to $25,000 is assessed at the rate of 30 percent; duty on cars with a CIF value of $25,001 to $30,000 is assessed at the rate of 35 percent. For cars exceeding $30,000 CIF, duty is assessed at 40 percent.
Bringing your pet?
Anyone intending to bring a family pet or other animal into the Islands must direct these enquiries to the Department of Agriculture.
Importing fruit or plants?
This requires the production, on arrival, of a Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture plant permit and a phyto-sanitary certificate issued by the relevant government department in the country of origin. Application forms for import permits are available from the Department of Agriculture, at the numbers listed below, and must be accompanied by a non-refundable CI$5(US$6). Note that in the absence of this permit and phyto-sanitary certificate, produce or plants are liable to be confiscated.
Call or write Department of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine/Veterinary Service Units, Box 459GT, Grand Cayman, tel. (345) 945-2267 or (345) 949-4932; fax. (345) 947-1476.
Last Updated: 2006-01-12