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PASSENGERS & CREW

Customs, Agriculture Declaration Form

Passengers and crew arriving into Guam off any commercial vessel, or off any commercial or military aircraft are required to submit a Customs and Agriculture Declaration form allowing passengers to declare all customs and agriculture related merchandise that may pose a risk to our island. These forms are available in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

Each head of household is required to complete a Customs, Agriculture Declaration Form of which up to five family members may be listed. If you have more family members than the form will allow you to list, you may use additional forms as required. This form is provided to each passenger and crew member by their airline representative several hours prior to arriving into Guam.

All questions must be completed with black or blue ink, or pencil. The first page must be filled out completely, with the reverse page of questions optional. Please answer all questions truthfully and to the best of your ability. Remember to place your signature and date, certifying the declaration made.

Upon arrival into Guam, and after you have claimed all your luggage, proceed to the nearest primary customs counter with your family members, and present this form.

Because this Customs, Agriculture Declaration Form is machine readable, only original red-colored printed forms will be accepted. No duplicates of this form are allowed for official declaration and submission.

Airline or vessel agents that require additional inventory of Customs and Agriculture Declaration Forms in any of the four languages, please contact the Guam Visitor’s Bureau at 646-5278/9.

CARGO DOCUMENTS

This is a general checklist of documents used in international & domestic trade. The number of copies required follows below; however, in general, comply with importer’s or shipper’s instructions when additional copies are requested. The following are documentary requirements subscribers must meet when shipping to Guam which shall be provided to the Customs and Quarantine Agency when presenting cargo for clearance.

House Airway Bill or Bill of Lading:

This is a single house airway bill or bill of lading that provides shipping information such as carrier, sender address, receiver address, general commodity description, origin of commodities, weight of commodities in kilograms, quantity, etc. (This document is usually provided by the shipper.)

Master Airway Bill or Bills of Lading:

This master airway bill or bill of lading is only required if the shipment consolidates more than one house or carrier airway bill or bill of lading. (This document is usually provided by the shipper.) Consignment Manifest: Consignment manifest is a document that lists each house or carrier airway bill or bill of lading under a master airway bill or bill of lading. (This document is usually provided by the shipper.)

Commercial/Proforma Invoice:

Invoice should also include company name, address, telephone, and fax number. Two copies are usually required. For commercial shipments, exporters must issue a commercial invoice (in number of copies requested by importer), which must be signed by the seller, shipper or their agent. Detailed listing of commodities and quantities written in the English language, unit and total prices in U.S. dollars is required. Include special markings; number of packages; the country of origin and, if different, the country of production. (This document is not provided by the shipper.)

Packing Lists: All household goods imports must be accompanied with a packing list. A packing list is required for ease of inspection. (Outer containers should be numbered corresponding with the packing list unless the contents can be readily identified without numbers). (This document is not provided by the shipper.)

SPECIAL DOCUMENTS

Certificate of Origin:

A certificate of origin is required only for certain commodities that also require entry permits. (This document is not provided by the shipper.)

Other Customs Related Documents Entry Permits: Dogs and cats can be imported into Guam, but must have a valid Entry Permit issued by the Department of Agriculture. Mailing address is Animal & Plant Industry, Animal Health Section, 192 Dairy Road, Mangilao, Guam USA 96913. For complete details and more information, contact telephone (671) 734-3943; (671) 735-3950; (671) 735-3950 Fax: (671) 734-6569; or email Mary Su for more information. Importers, please contact the Department of Agriculture at least 90 days prior to intended date of importation to satisfy all entry requirements based on your animal’s entry status. This paragraph updated as of August 29, 2019.

Sanitary Certificates: Information on inspection procedures may be obtained from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S.

Special Permits: Special permits and certificates are required for the importation of hazardous chemicals, biological materials, fish, wildlife, certain fruits and vegetables, plants and plant products, as well as other specified commodities not already listed because of the breadth of information.

EXPORT DOCUMENTS

U.S. Shipper’s Export Declaration: Certain commodities exceeding $2,500 in value exported from Guam destined to foreign countries must be reported using a declaration form provided by your shipper of choice. This is not required on shipments from the U.S. or its territories into Guam or visa versa. (This document is provided by the shipper.)

FEES & SERVICE CHARGES

This is a general checklist of fees assessed in international & domestic trade. Not all fees may be applicable. Read each described fee for applicability.

Customs, Agriculture, and Quarantine Inspection Services Charge:

A document processing service charge at a Customs and Quarantine Agency cargo and maritime facilities will be assessed to the consignee or his agent, upon the presentation of waybills for clearance by a Customs and Quarantine Officer. A service charge of $5.00 is assessed per single unconsolidated consignment/waybill, and up to $25.00 per consolidated consignments where multiple house waybills exist. Exemptions apply to certain types of commodities such as government owned commodities, and documents less than 1 kilogram.

Customs and Quarantine Carrier Off-Duty Services Charge:

The Customs and Quarantine Agency may assess a Customs Carrier Off-Duty Service Charge. This charge varies according to the officer’s hourly wage based on a formula, plus an administrative charge of $2.00USD per officer. Payment is the responsibility of the person who requested customs inspection services.

TAXES

Use Tax: a Use Tax declaration is required by the consignee or his agent upon presentation of documents (Use Tax forms are available at the customs offices) for personal or business goods imported into any Guam Customs and Quarantine inspection facility, for personal or business use not intended for resale, in excess of the $1000USD exemption per month, per person, or up to $5,000USD per calendar year. The Use Tax rate is four percent (4%) of the commodity’s declared value, and collected prior to customs document clearance. (The Use Tax declaration is normally filed by the agent or person presenting goods for clearance, and its value is re-verified by customs officials where necessary).

Exemptions: articles such as bonafide gifts and goods acquired abroad in value up to $1,000 per person for personal use in any thirty day period up to $5,000 in a calendar year are exempt from paying a 4% Use Tax. Personal effects being brought into Guam by residents returning from studies, government scholarships or in-service training are exempted from Use Tax.

If you have commodities that you plan to export outside of Guam, with the intent to reimport them, (assuming no alteration or repairs were made to it), you may want to fill out a CQ008 Certificate of Prior Possession Form. This form will certify that your goods were inspected by a customs officer prior to its export. Upon re-importation into Guam, present this form together with your commodities to a customs officer conducting your commodities clearance. This will prevent you from being assessed a Use Tax that may have already been assessed at its initial importation into Guam.

Cigarette Tax: the Customs & Quarantine Agency assesses a tax upon the importation of cigarettes into Guam at a pre-determined rate as prescribed by Guam law.