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Moving to Costa Rica from the USA

Your Trusted International Movers to Costa Rica

When it comes to relocating to Costa Rica, look no further than SDC International Shipping. We specialize in providing comprehensive solutions for all your moving needs, from shipping household goods to transporting vehicles.

End-to-End Solutions

With SDC International Shipping, you’ll experience seamless and hassle-free relocation services from start to finish. Our end-to-end solutions cover every aspect of your move, ensuring a smooth transition to your new home in Costa Rica.

Expert Guidance at Every Step

Navigating the complexities of international moving can be daunting, but with our team of experts by your side, you’ll have peace of mind throughout the process. We leverage our extensive experience and expertise in the international logistics industry to guide you through every stage of your relocation journey.

Trustworthy Professionals

With over ten years of experience and a track record of hundreds of successful moves around the world, SDC International Shipping is your trusted partner for international relocation. You can rely on our dedicated team to handle your belongings with care and precision, delivering them safely to your new destination in Costa Rica.

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Delivery Locations in Costa Rica

When it comes to delivering your belongings in Costa Rica, SDC International Shipping has you covered. We offer reliable delivery services to various destinations across the country, including popular expat communities and remote areas. Here are some of the key locations we serve:

San Jose: The Capital City

As the capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose is a bustling metropolis known for its vibrant social and cultural scene. From entertainment to top-notch healthcare facilities, San Jose offers a diverse array of amenities that attract expatriates from around the world.

Santa Ana and Escazu: Expatriate Hubs

Many expats choose to settle in the upscale suburbs of Santa Ana and Escazu, located near San Jose. These areas offer a high standard of living, excellent amenities, and a strong sense of community, making them popular choices among foreigners.

Central Valley Cities

The Central Valley region of Costa Rica is home to several cities with thriving expat communities, including:

  • Atenas
  • Grecia
  • Cartago
  • San Ramon

These cities boast a pleasant climate, scenic landscapes, and a relaxed pace of life, making them attractive destinations for expatriates seeking a peaceful yet enriching lifestyle.

Remote Destinations

Even if you’re relocating to a remote area like Hermosa, you can rely on SDC International Shipping to deliver your goods safely and efficiently. Our extensive network and logistical expertise ensure that we can reach even the most secluded locations across Costa Rica.

 

Trust SDC International Shipping for Your Delivery Needs

Whether you’re moving to a bustling city or a remote paradise, SDC International Shipping is here to facilitate a seamless delivery experience.

 

Ports We Ship To in Costa Rica

When it comes to shipping your belongings to Costa Rica, SDC International Shipping ensures convenient and reliable transportation through strategic ports across the country. Here are the primary ports we ship to:

Puerto Limon

Founded in 1854, Puerto Limon remains one of the most significant ports in Costa Rica, handling a vast majority of commercial and household cargoes. Situated on the Caribbean coast, Puerto Limon offers efficient processing and excellent connectivity for international shipments.

Port of Caldera

As the second-largest port in Costa Rica, the Port of Caldera plays a vital role in facilitating maritime trade and transportation. Located on the Pacific coast, Caldera provides convenient access to major cities and regions across the country.

Seamless Transport Solutions

At SDC International Shipping, we specialize in transporting households and vehicles between the USA and Costa Rica with utmost efficiency and care. Whether you choose Puerto Limon or the Port of Caldera, you can trust us to handle your shipments with professionalism and reliability.

 

What Can You Move to Costa Rica?

At SDC International Shipping, we offer comprehensive relocation services to Costa Rica, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience for our clients. While there are few restrictions on what you can bring, it’s essential to consider Customs regulations and practicality when packing your belongings. Here’s what you can typically move to Costa Rica:

 

Household Belongings

Your household shipment may include:

  • Clothing and Footwear: Pack your wardrobe essentials, including clothing, shoes, and accessories.

  • Kitchenware: Bring along essential kitchen utensils, cookware, and appliances to set up your culinary space.

  • Furniture: Consider bringing key pieces of furniture such as bedroom sets, living room furniture, and dining sets. However, keep in mind that some items may be more practical to purchase locally.

  • Décor and Household Items: Bring personal touches like rugs, carpets, décor items, and holiday decorations to make your new house feel like home.

  • Books, CDs, DVDs, and Games: Don’t forget to pack entertainment options and leisure activities to enjoy in your new home.

 

Tips from Our Clients

Based on our clients’ experiences, here are some additional insights to consider:

  • Furniture and Beds: Opt for locally sourced furniture, as it tends to be more durable and cost-effective.

  • Tools: Be mindful of import fees for certain tools and evaluate whether it’s practical to bring them along.

  • Electronics: Electronics such as TVs and computers can be expensive in Costa Rica, so consider bringing them with you.

  • Kitchen Gadgets: Pack essential kitchen gadgets and appliances that may be difficult to find or more expensive in Costa Rica.

  • Recreational Equipment: Bring along sports gear and recreational equipment like surfboards, bikes, and fishing gear to enjoy Costa Rica’s outdoor lifestyle.

  • Vehicles: Consider the high import taxes and duties associated with importing a car to Costa Rica before deciding to bring one.

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Overseas Vehicle Shipping

Are you planning to bring a vehicle, boat, or motorbike with you? We offer reliable services to get your car to or from Costa Rica. 

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Which Transport Method Do We Use?

Container

Container shipping is the most widespread way to send your household items. You can send them in a solo or shared container. The container sizes are usually 20 feet and 40 feet long, 10 feet in width. For example, if you choose a 40ft container, you can fit a vehicle in it along with your items. Or, if you are sending a car, you can select a separate container.  

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How We Transport Your Shipment

At SDC International Shipping, we offer two primary methods for transporting your belongings to Costa Rica: air freight and sea freight. Each option has its benefits, allowing you to choose the most suitable mode of transportation based on your preferences and requirements.

Air Freight

Speed and Efficiency: Air freight is ideal for urgent shipments or items that need to reach their destination quickly. With expedited transit times, your belongings can arrive in Costa Rica within days, ensuring a swift relocation process.

Reliability: Air freight services operate on tight schedules, providing reliable and predictable delivery times. You can trust that your shipment will be handled with care and delivered on time.

Small to Medium-Sized Shipments: Air freight is well-suited for smaller to medium-sized shipments that require fast delivery. It’s an excellent option for individuals or families looking to relocate quickly and efficiently.

 

Sea Freight

Cost-Effectiveness: Sea freight offers a cost-effective solution for transporting large volumes of goods over longer distances. While transit times may be longer compared to air freight, sea freight is typically more budget-friendly for bulky or heavy items.

Suitable for Household Goods and Vehicles: Sea freight is the preferred choice for shipping household goods, furniture, and vehicles to Costa Rica. It allows for the transportation of larger items that may not be feasible via air freight.

Environmentally Friendly: Sea freight has a lower carbon footprint compared to air freight, making it a more environmentally friendly option for international shipping.

 

Tailored Solutions for Your Needs

Whether you opt for air freight or sea freight, SDC International Shipping provides tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. Our experienced team will guide you through the process, from packing and loading to customs clearance and delivery, ensuring a seamless relocation experience.

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Our Happy Customers

“I am delighted with the whole process. Customer service, the crew that came to pack and load our things – did a very good job. I will keep them on my list of best international movers and would recommend them to others.” 

“We used SDC service while moving our things to Costa Rica. Our personal manager was great, and the team that arrived on site was super adorable. When the time comes to return to the USA, I will hire this company again.”

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