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Aruba Imports

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Aruba is a beautiful island in the Caribbean sea with powder white sands, crystal clear water and warm tropical breezes. The island is known for its flamingos and of course for its aloe. It is worth mentioning that aloe vera products represent one of Aruba's main exports. Aruba Aloe Balm NV is the oldest company on the island founded in 1890. The company has a product line of body, sun, and hair products containing 100 % Pure Aruba Aloe Vera gel.

Being a really small island, Aruba's exports are very low, representing only 3% of the import value. The island is trying to expand exports to achieve a more desirable trade balance. Besides Aruba's top trading partners that include the United States, the Netherlands and Venezuela, trade is being performed with countries globally.

Aruba is heavily dependent on imports. Aruba's imports include the following commodities: machinery and electrical equipment, crude oil used for refining and reexport, chemical products and foodstuffs.

All goods imported into Aruba must be declared on a customs declaration form “Enig Document”. This rule also applies for goods that are being imported by incentive groups or by foreign organizations on the occasion of conventions, exhibitions etc.

The island attracts more than 800,000 international visitors every year and enjoys the highest return rate in the Caribbean. The economic dependence on tourism in Aruba represents an opportunity for the export of agricultural products and the food industry.

Aruba Exports

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Aruba is an island situated in the Southern Sea. The island is characterized by an open economy with limited manufacturing. Aruba trades with countries for a broad spectrum of merchandise. While imports increase gradually, Aruba exports remain very low, representing an average of three percent of the import value. Besides Aruba's top trading partners that include the United States, the Netherlands and Venezuela, trade is being performed with countries globally. The top exports of Aruba are refined petroleum, petroleum gas, hard liquor, planes, helicopters, spacecraft and rolled tobacco.

The Free Zone of Aruba offers a multitude of possibilities for your export import business being of particular advantage for international trade activities.


Some of the most popular international trade activities in the Free Zone include:

  • Bulk import and export

  • Freight consolidation and distribution

  • Retail sales

  • Drop shipments

  • E-commerce

  • Showcasing

Showcasing products to potential international buyers can be of particular interest for exporters.

The island attracts more than 800,000 international visitors every year and enjoys the highest return rate in the Caribbean. The economic dependence on tourism in Aruba represents an opportunity for the export of agricultural products and the food industry.

 



Customs requirements of Aruba

Aruba Customs Contacts

Departamento di Aduana

Website: http://www.douane.aw/    

E-mail: info@douane.aw 

Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 84, Oranjestad, Aruba

Tel: 523-8888 

Fax: 583-7164

 

Aruba is one of the 4 countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba is situated in the southern Caribbean Sea, west of the Lesser Antilles, north of the coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group called the ABC islands. Aruba is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom; observer), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Trade Union Confederation and other international organizations.

 

Import tariffs  

Customs duties vary from 0% to 12% (this tariff is applicable to consumer goods). Luxury goods are subject to higher import duties. Aruba permits duty-free entry of raw materials for manufacturing industries. An excise duty is levied on products such as alcohol and alcoholic beverages, tobacco and tobacco products, products of mineral oils.

Importers will also have to pay a 5% customs surcharge and a 15% consumption tax applied to the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, freight) value. 

 

Product certification

Products such as pharmaceuticals, drugs, chemicals, explosives and pyrotechnics are subject to licensing controls. Pharmaceuticals must be registered with the Inspectorate of Health and Environment in order to be imported into the Aruban market. The Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry is responsible to issues import licenses.

Since 2002, Aruba passed a law which allows the import of meat and meat products only from: member states of the EU, the USA, third countries (countries other than the USA or countries from the EU), if they represent countries approved by the USA or countries approved by the EU.

 

Import documents

Commercial invoice, including:

  • name and address of the importer and exporter
  • date/point of dispatch and the final destination
  • number of containers
  • product description (including HS description)
  • gross and net weight
  • freight costs
  • price per unit and total price
  • payment and delivery terms 

Certificate of origin

Certificates of origin are not obligatory but can be requested. 

Transport documents

Packing lists

It is not mandatory, but it can facilitate customs clearance. 

SAD (Single Administrative Document)

Bill of lading

Four (4) copies are required, the bill should indicate

  • exporter's name
  • consignee name and address
  • destination port
  • product description
  • freight and other costs
  • date and signature

 

Sources:

http://www.douane.aw/Zakelijk/Invoeren/Uvoertgoederenin/Tariefvaninvoerrechten/tabid/540/Default.aspx 

http://www.arubaeconomicaffairs.aw/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44 

http://www.rvo.nl/sites/default/files/Aruba%20documenten.pdf