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Import Regulations - Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory, and a member of CARICOM (observer), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and Association of Caribbean States (ACS). The Harmonized coding system is used. For additional information on trade agreements visit the Government of Canada web site

Import Duties

Import duty is 22 per cent ad valorem on all imports, except duty-free items, including certain basic foodstuffs. Import duties are subject to change. Some products require import permits. Food products are subject to the usual certification rules. Some luxury items carry higher rates.


Unless an import permit is required (such as for firearms, plants, etc.), the only documentation necessary are standard shipping documents and the commercial invoice. There are customs brokers available to arrange for clearance and delivery of imported goods. To obtain additional information on import duties and controls please visit the Cayman Islands Customs website.

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March 2018


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