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  1. Applicant (proposed importer) must first submit a completed application form to the Ministry requesting approval to import heavy equipment and one application form is required for each piece of heavy equipment.
  2. Details requested in application form include but not limited to:
    1. Current copy of Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) or Trade & Business Licence (TBL). If the CGS or TBL is expired, a copy of the current renewal receipt.
    2. Type of company as well as the nationality and residential status of the applicant.
    3. Company has adequate storage in a suitable location for heavy equipment i.e. industrial areas etc.
    4. Specifications on heavy equipment being imported i.e. Vehicle Identification (VIN) Numbers
    5. Purpose of heavy equipment being imported


  3. The application form must be submitted to the Ministry for its consideration and must have attached a non-refundable CI$50.00 processing fee (local cheque or local draft only).
  4. The application form along with the payment will be immediately forwarded to the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing (DVDL) for payment processing and recording of vehicle particulars for importation.
  5. The application form and receipt showing payment has been processed will be returned by DVDL to the Ministry after 2 business days of the DVDL receiving them.
  6. Once received from the DVDL, the Ministry will then prepare an approval/refusal letter to import heavy equipment for distribution to the applicant on the same day.
  7. Approval letters are valid for six months only and upon expiry may be extended for a further six months after a written request is submitted to the Ministry.
  8. Applicants must ensure any heavy equipment being imported meets all vehicle inspection requirements as stated in Traffic Regulations, 2012.
  9. Applicants must ensure the approval form is presented to the Customs Department upon arrival of the equipment to the Cayman Islands.
  10. Once cleared from the Customs Department, applicants must immediately ensure the vehicle is duly registered in accordance with the Traffic Law, 2011 at the DVDL. Failure to do so is an offence under section 6 subsection†of the Traffic Law, 2011.

Last Updated: 2012-09-19