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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Form Title:  

INWARD REPORT - PLEASURE VESSELS

Description:  

This Form is completed in duplicate by the Captain or Owner for Pleasure Vessels visitng The Bahamas from a Foreign Port. The document must be presented to the Attending Customs Officer at the first Port of Entry into The Bahamas.

FAQ's:

What do these charges of $150.00 and $300.00 cover?
These charges cover: - 1). Service fee for Customs & Immigration 2). Transportation Charges for Customs & Immigration 3). Cost of Cruising Permit 4). Cost of Fishing Permit

Can my firearm be removed from my vessel?
NO. The firearm is not to be removed from the vessel. If Security of the firearm becomes an issue, The Customs Officer may provide security for same.

What happens if my vessel becomes disabled and I need to fly in a part to make repairs?
Once a valid Cruising Permit is produced at the time of importation and the normal Customs procedures are observed, the part will be allowed free of Customs duty. The Stamp Duty in the amount of seven percent (7%) off the CIF value must be paid.

If I bring groceries on my vessel for use of the persons on board is Customs duty applicable?
If in the opinion of the Attending Customs Officer "Entering" the Vessel, the groceries are of an amount acceptable for the number of persons on board, then no duty shall be levied. Persons are advised that while a small amount of fruits and vegetables may be allowed, the normal importation of fruits, vegetables and plants will require approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

It is understood that a Cruising Permit is good for 12 months from the date of arrival. What happens if we wish to stay longer?
Upon written application to the Comptroller of Customs, two (2) extensions may be granted for a fee of $500.00 for each extension. At the end of the second extension, the Pleasure Vessel must leave the country or be Duty Paid.

What are the requirements upon departure to The USA for Pleasure Vessels?



Contact:  

CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT
CUSTOMS HOUSE
THOMPSON BLVD.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
N 155
customs@bahamas.gov.bs



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