THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

 

Although the Bahamas is a member of CARICOM, it does not participate in the Caribbean Common Market arrangement.

  • COMMERCIAL INVOICE - Minimum of two (2) Copies.  Commercial shipments sent via parcel post must be accompanied by a copy of the invoice attached to the outside of the parcel.
  • CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN - Usually not required.  If requested by the importer or the Letter of Credit, one copy is necessary.  The Certificate of Origin must be certified by a recognised Chamber of Commerce, which usually requires one additional notarized copy for its files.
  • PRO-FORMA INVOICE - Generally required.  This invoice or other document providing proof of existence of a purchase contract is generally required by the importer to obtain foreign exchange.
  • BILL OF LADING OR AIR WAYBILL - Required.  At least one copy of the Bill of Lading should be forwarded to the Consignee for each shipment for presentation at entry.  The Air Waybill replaces the Bill of Lading on air cargo shipments.
  • PACKING LIST - Not mandatory.  This document will however facilitate customs clearance.
  •  OTHER DOCUMENTS.  A Phytosanitary Certificate is required for plants and other propagative plant material from all foreign countries.  However, because of the complexity of sanitary and health regulations for the importation of plants and animals, exporters should obtain information directly from the importer prior to shipment.
  •  WEIGHTS AND MEASUREMENTS - British Imperial System