Note - Duty-free and duty-paid cargo should not be covered by the same Commercial Invoice and Bill of Lading.  Venezuelan customs officials levy fines for processing such documents. 

  • COMMERCIAL INVOICE - Required in either Spanish or English

Exporters should contact their Brokers for information on the number required.  Photocopies are not accepted.

  • CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN - At least three (3) copies required  

That is for products claiming preferential treatment under the new CARICOM/Venezuela Trade and Investment Agreement.

This form is available at the BIDC, the certifying authority for Barbadian products under this agreement.

  • PRO FORMA INVOICE - May be requested by the importer.
  • BILL OF LADING OR AIR WAYBILL - Generally, one (1) original Bill of Lading and one (1) non-negotiable copy required.

The non-negotiable copy should be sent to Venezuela.  Both the original and the duplicate must be signed by the shipper and carrier and their agents or legal representatives, and the seal of the transporting company must be stamped on both sides.  Carriers must have a complete cargo manifest prior to sailing from the port of loading.  Venezuelan customs law does not permit additions to the cargo manifest after departure of the vessel from the loading port.  Cargo not listed in the cargo manifest will be assessed heavy storage charges and/or fines by Venezuelan customs.

The Air waybill replaces the Bill of Lading on air cargo shipments.  Parcel post receipt is required for parcel post shipments.

  • PACKING LIST - Not necessarily required.

Phytosanitary Certificate - one (1) copy is required for shipment of live animals, plants, seeds and vegetable products.  However, because of the complexity of sanitary and health regulations, checks should be made with the importer prior to shipment.  This certificate must be legalised by the Venezuelan Embassy.

Free Sale Certificate - Exports of pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs may require a Free Sale Certificate stating that the commodities in question are in free circulation in the Country of Origin.  This certificate should be legalized by the Venezuelan Embassy in Barbados.

Radiation Certificate - Some plant and animal imports may require a statement that the products are not contaminated by radioactivity.

Certificate of Purity - All non-registered food products require Certificates of Purity.  Registered food products only require Certificates of Purity when the certificates are mandatory by law, such as for products of animal origin and vegetable shortening.  One copy of the Certificate of Purity issued in the Country of Origin and legalized by a Venezuelan Embassy is required.

Alcoholic Beverages - Alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, rum, and the like may not be imported into Venezuela unless they have aged for two years.  An official Certificate of Age legalized by a Venezuelan Consulate attesting to the age of the product must accompany such shipments, along with a certificate of physical and chemical analysis (i.e. alcohol rate, etc.), certified by a competent authority of the country where this product is produced.

Shipping Restrictions

All shipments free or partially free of duty must be insured by insurance companies authorized to do business in Venezuela.  Such shipments must also be carried in Venezuelan ships or lines authorized by the Government.  For all other shipments insured by the exporter, the insurance premium must be shown on the commercial invoice.

The ‘Law for the Protection and Development of the National Merchant Marine’ specifies that fifty percent (50%) of all imports must be carried in national vessels, defined as ships Seventy-five percent (75%) owned by Venezuelan nationals.  The Government reserves to Venezuelan flag ships the transport of not less than ten percent (10%) of imports of petroleum and its derivatives, ore, wheat, and other free-flowing cargo.  This amount is to be increased to fifty percent (50%) gradually.