Moving to Martinique

Country Guide

Country Guide: Martinique

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: February 21, 2018

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Proof of domicile from your home country
    • Examples: receipt of electricity or water account, a copy of your countract in the case of a rental, bill of sale of your residence)
  • Proof of residence in Martinique not older than three months
  • Signed packing list
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Original bill of lading (no express / release accepted) / AWB
  • Original inventory in French, dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Certificate of change of residence, working contract
  • Non-sale certificate
  • Original Customs documents
  • Employer’s letter of transfer

Specific Information

  • Used personal effects not admitted in franchise:
    • Octroi de Mer (local tax): 7% Octroi de Mer + 2.5% additional rights, transit taxes if no presentation of the documents.
  • New Furniture (invoice is compulsory): tax: V.A.T. 8.5% + Octroi de Mer 15% + additional right 2.5% + transit dues.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original bill of lading / AWB
  • Copy of the registration certificate
  • Certificate of change of residence, working contract
  • Certificate of non-pledge
  • Declaration of value

Specific Information

Note: Please contact local agent for specific information.


Note: Please contact local agent for specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

Note: Please contact local agent for specific information.

Prohibited Items
  • Firearms / ammunitions are submitted to authorization from the territorial administration.
  • Alcohol limited quantity only
  • Unlawful drugs
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Martinique

Wikipedia Entry for Martinique

Special Notes: Because Martinique is politically part of France, the CIA lists its information as part of that country’s Factbook page.