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Clearing your goods through customs entails the submission to the Customs and Excise Department of a fully completed Customs Declaration (C63 Form) in quadruplicate with the necessary supporting documents attached, and the subsequent payment of the full duties and taxes where applicable. Import declarations are normally processed within three (3) working days. Most entries are, however, processed within one (1) working day.

Documents to be Submitted with your Customs Declaration (C63 Form)

Invoices:

  • Four copies of the Caribbean Common Market Commercial Invoice (CARICOM Invoice).
  • Other types of invoices in other formats are acceptable if they contain the same information as required by the CARICOM invoice (an accurate description of the goods, unit values, measurements, country of origin as well as a declaration by the supplier that the information stated is true and correct).

Certificates of Origin

  • Certificates of origin must be used to support the tariff treatment you claim on your Customs declaration form (C63). It is therefore necessary to present the certificate with your Customs declaration. There are four (4) main types of Certificates of Origin:
    • Certificates of Origin for goods traded under the CARICOM agreement.
    • Certificates of Origin for goods traded under the CARICOM/Columbia agreement.
    • Certificates of origin for goods traded under CARICOM/ Cuba agreement.
    • Certificates of origin for goods traded under CARICOM/ Dominican Republic agreement.
  • A Certificate of origin is required if you wish to claim preferential treatment for your goods coming from any member of the Caribbean Common Market, Columbia, Cuba, Dominican Republic or Venezuela. These Certificates are issued by specified government authorities in the country of origin of the goods.

Declaration of Value (Form C60):

  • Goods of a Customs value exceeding $2500.00 Barbados Dollars do require a C60 Form.
  • The Customs Department, however reserves the right to require the submission of the C60 Form for values less than $2500.00 Barbados Dollars when necessary.
  • This Form must be completed by the importer and not by the Clearing Agent/Customs Broker.

Bill of Lading or Airway Bill (four copies).

  • A bill of lading (sometimes referred to as a BOL,or B/L) is a document issued by a carrier to a shipper, acknowledging that specified goods have been received on board as cargo for conveyance to a named place for delivery to the consignee who is usually identified.

Exemption Certificates:

Goods which benefit from concessions must be accompanied by a certificate from the concessionaire certifying that the goods are for the sole use of the particular entity. The Certificate must make reference to the particular invoice and also give details as to the value, quantity and description. The authority for the exemption must be stated on the Certificate, which must be signed by an authorised and approved signatory.

Import Permits, Wholesome Food Certificates, Import Licences, or Requirements of other Barbados Government Departments

  • Some goods are subject to the requirements of other government departments and may need import licences, permits or certificates.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture examines and issues permits for certain goods including meat products, dairy products, plant and plant products.
  • All restricted or controlled drugs require an import permit from the Ministry of Health.
  • Firearms, ammunition and explosives must not transit or be imported unless permission has been granted by the Commissioner of Police.
  • Pesticides are only allowed into Barbados if a licence is obtained from the Pesticide Control Board of the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Specified controlled and psychotropic drugs are subject to licences obtained from the Ministry of Health.
  • Specified wireless equipment is subject to licence issued by the Telecommunications Division of the Ministry of Economic Development, Industry and International Business.
  • The Ministry of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development administers import licences for goods such as passenger vehicles, some agricultural and steel products, and some food items such as poultry and eggs.
  • Mandatory standards administered by the Barbados National Standards Institute (BNSI) are in place for a number of commodities.

The Customs Department ensures that the relevant supporting documents, for example, permits, certificates and licenses are produced on behalf of other government agencies. Failure to produce the required documentation may result in the detention or seizure of the goods.

The appropriate government departments are available to determine what, if any, documentation you must acquire before importation.