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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Letter of employment
  • Original packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) - no express release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Freight invoice or OBL showing freight charges
  • Original valued inventory in English or French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Invoice for electrical items and appliances
  • Copy of Burundi visa to benefit from exemption
  • Certificate of free entry from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)


Specific Information

  • All documents must be provided to agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to obtain duty-free clearance.
  • If the owner of the goods works for an NGO, Embassy, or international organization a “taxe de voirie” is applicable on all diplomatic shipments at 0.85% of the CIF value.
  • All used household goods for non-diplomatic shipments are subject to import duties and taxes of approximately 7.5% of the CIF value.
  • All new household goods for non-diplomatic shipments will be charged duty and taxes as any commercial goods.
    • Average duties are approximately 40% of the CIF value.
      • Handling                       4% CIF Value
      • Transactional tax          17% of (CIF + duties + handling)
      • Clothes                         40% CIF
      • Food                             40% CIF
      • Furniture                       40% CIF
      • Personal effects            25% CIF
  • Diplomats must obtain a certificate of free entry from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • If granted, the owner of the goods will only be liable for statistic tax which is 1.5% of the CIF value 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Copy of passport
  • Original purchaseinvoice
  • OBL 

Specific Information

  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.
  • A car older than 8 years is not allowed for importation in Burundi.
    • If imported, there will be a fine of $1000 to be paid to Customs.
  • The duty rates on cars are as follows:
    • Diplomat                                               1% handling charge
    • Vehicle more than 10 passengers          15% CIF
    • Tourism vehicle                                    Between 40% and 100% CIF
    • Handling                                               4% CIF value
    • Transactional tax                                  17% of (CIF + duties + handling) 


Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Rabies vaccination certificate

Specific Information

  • Veterinary health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate are required from the country of origin.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and is duty free (max 20 bottles). 
    • If value is more than 500 USD, a pre-shipment inspection will be requested as well as an import license.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Transmission equipment
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons, explosives and ammunition
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Plant and plant products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Hazardous materials
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Pornographic materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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