We are selling our house and moving to Colombia. My wife is Colombian, I'm from the USA. Heading to Pereira.
I've read some post on other forums that says to don't bother shipping stuff there. With shipping costs and Colombian import taxes, it costs just as much to buy there, so why go through the hassle.
However, one person we've spoken with says if my wife has been here more than 6 years, she may not have to pay taxes on importing things.
Things I'd be sending will be mostly tools (table saw, band saw, hedge trimmer, yard tools, various hand and woodworking tools, etc..) . some furniture and other household items.
Any ideas on if this is worth it? With the shipping costs, is it just cheaper to buy things there? I've been there several times and looked at purchasing items there. The costs are not cheap for good quality tools, but have no experience in costs/hassle of shipping.
One shipping company we spoke with quoted $1.07/lb to Medellin....$0.98/lb to Bogota....but we'd have to get our stuff to Miami ourselves. We're in Chicago.
Do any of you have experience with this? Any recommendations?