|By Shelley Voelkel (BonaireTalker - Post #13) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 10:09 am:|
Retirement is on the horizon and boy am I ready to come "home" for good.
|By Debbie Babcock (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6131) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 8:05 pm:|
Hi Shelley! Well, congrats on your soon to be retirement! Wish I was able to do so right now too, but got at least another 5 years or so till I get to that point. I can't really answer your questions, but I am sure someone here on BT will know, if not, try talking to Bob at Remax as he was a big help when we bought our place. I would love to know the answers too for when that time comes myself. Congrats again, lucky lady!
|By Shelley Voelkel (BonaireTalker - Post #14) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 9:12 pm:|
Thanks Debbie. My goal is between 12 to 18 months. After 20 yrs., I still love what I do, I'd just rather be doing something else on Bonaire! Will let you know when I talk to Bob.
|By Kevin W. Williams (Pink Beach Properties (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #410) on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 12:15 pm:|
I don't think there is a limit on how many containers you can bring. You are allowed to bring one 40' container containing household goods and no more than one vehicle (that you have owned for at least one year) duty free.
|By Shelley Voelkel (BonaireTalker - Post #15) on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 8:11 pm:|
Thanks Kevin. What I would really like to do is send down a container of stuff I want (but really don't need here in the US) and then when I do retire, ship the rest down then. As for a vehicle, is it more cost effective to ship it or just purchase on the island?
|By Kevin W. Williams (Pink Beach Properties (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #411) on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 8:26 pm:|
So far as I know, you can only get a duty-free container in at the time you become a resident. You could ship a container early, but duties will be due.
|By Shelley Voelkel (BonaireTalker - Post #16) on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 9:34 pm:|
Thanks for all the valuable info. I appreciate it. Have my heart set on the new truck by Honda. Ruby red Honda Ridgeline. Will have to rethink that option if I can't get parts or repaired when necessary.
|By Bill Thorpe[less than 30 days] (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #253) on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 11:00 pm:|
|By Kevin W. Williams (Pink Beach Properties (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #412) on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 11:25 pm:|
First, to make a real decision, you should really contact Customs (Douane, it's called here).
|By Barton B (BonaireTalker - Post #59) on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 11:46 pm:|
My understanding is that you have to have the permanent residency status before the one-time duty free shipment of household goods applies. Also, you have 6 months from the time you get your permanent residency status in which to ship the household goods. It may be possible to get an extension on the 6 months but I wouldn't count on it. When I talked with Customs about this they were pretty firm on the 6 month time window. In addition, you should be ready to unload the containers when they arrive. You will pay a storage fee for each day the containers sit on the dock before they clear customs.
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