Hi! This is my first time posting, I know this question has been around forever and Ive gone through the old threads, just putting this question up again to refresh the topic,
My family of three are moving to Boquete in April or May, we plan on establishing residency and building a house on some land we recently bought. We've been living in Latin America for over a decade, and we are pretty sure Boquete will meet our needs for the forseeable future. We are going to get residency. On to the point: We are going to ship our stuff from Mexico, where we currently live, or send it up to San Diego or Los Angeles and ship it from there. I wish I could avoid this expensive step, but we have a lot of ireplaceable tools for work, carpentry and coffee roasting gear, so Im afraid its unavoidable. Im asking for advice and an explantion of the process of shipping stuff down to Panama. Do you provide the shipping company a complete inventory of all the cargo? do you need receipts or approximate values? How can I determine value on used tools that are 5-10 years old, but were quite expensive new.... In my experience importing stuff into Mexico, you could just fabricate a receipt from "Rex's Cheap used tool shed" and hide all of your new gear under a pile of dirty clothes. Also, since I have to get a container anyway, Im thinking of getting the apliances that fall under houshold exemptions like washer/dryer.... any other major appliances or things that wont be taxed that I cant get in Panama that I should get up in the US?
Anybody want to weigh in on buying vs renting a container (I would turn it into a wood kiln in Panama if I bought one) and 20' vs 40'?
Thanks in advance for any advice