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Import Regulations - Turks and Caicos Islands

Introduction

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British dependency, and is an associate member of CARICOM, and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The Turks and Caicos Islands imports virtually all of its requirements. For additional information on trade agreements visit the government of Canada Negotiations and Agreements.

Import Duties

Import duty is generally between 25% - 45% but other rates may apply. There is a Customs surcharge of 10% of the customs duty on imports. Some items have a higher tariff (e.g. motor vehicles). Certain goods are fully exempt from duty, such as processed foods, educational materials. Import duties are subject to change.

Import Controls

The control of imports is exercised by Customs. All permitted goods may be imported without a licence but certain commodities are prohibited or controlled because of security, health, social or humanitarian reasons, and these would require a permit/import license, e.g., firearms, explosives, pharmaceuticals. Prohibited items include spear guns, pornographic materials. As of May 2013, commercial and non-commercial importers will require a permit for the importation of all animal or plant products. Permits can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture within the Ministry of Environment, Home Affairs and Agriculture. To obtain additional information on import duties and controls, visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Customs web site.

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June 2014