I'm moving to Chile in a few months and need some advice about shipping a container of my household and business goods to Chile. I'm hoping that some of you have done this before and can give me some much needed information.
Can anyone recommend a good shipper and customs broker (preferably English speaking)?
Can I start shipping my goods as soon as I apply for my Retirement and Periodic Income Visa or do I need to wait until it comes through?
(I ask this because I am moving from Hawaii and don't want to ship my stuff from Hawaii to the Mainland US and then have to unload the container and store the things until the visa comes through, reload it in a new container, etc. Also I will need some of my things in Chile for my home business, as soon as possible.)
How detailed does the inventory need to be? (For example, for Spain, you can just say "Art Supplies", yet for Mexico you must itemize each single thing, down to the last paperclip.
Is it OK to list the value of items at their yard sale prices since they are used, rather than their replacement value new?
Are there any restrictions on art? ( I have Buddhas and paintings that I will bring with me.)
Are there any special allowances for art? Or anything else?
Do serial and model numbers need to be listed with any electronics?
I couldn't find a specific thread on Shipping Household Goods to Chile, but read somewhere on this forum something about problems bringing in wood items. I have some used furniture that is very unique that I would like to bring. Will that be OK?
Are receipts required? If so, for what items? I have a lot of world treasures that I've bought during my travels and have no receipts for them. Will this be a problem?
Do like items need to be packed with like items? (For example, books with books, kitchenware with kitchenware, or can categories be mixed to allow for the most efficient packing? For Spain they can, for Mexico they can't.)
I have people coming next week to help me begin packing, so I need to find these answers soon.
Any other advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Mahalo, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Maruru and THANK YOU!