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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) - no express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Purchase invoice for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Certificate of change of residence
  • Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)
  • Exemption of duty and taxes (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • All documents must be provided to the destination agent 4 weeks before arrival of the shipment to obtain duty free clearance.
  • If Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is not completed prior to departure, a fine of 200 Euro will apply.
  • Customs clearance for a full container load (FCL) is approximately 7-11 days.
  • All items less than 6 months are dutiable at 64-71% CIF.
  • There is a statistics levy by Customs of 11% for all non-diplomatic shipments.
  • There is a statistics levy by Customs of 0.7% on all diplomatic shipments.
  • Customs inspections fees:
    • Approximately 210 Euro / 20’ container
    • Approximately 320 Euro / 40’ container
  • Mandatory local insurance (1% of value of the goods).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Original purchase invoice
  • OBL / AWB

Specific Information

  • The vehicle must be identified on the packing list.
  • The taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc. at approximately at 60% of the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF).
    • The Customs administration will assess the value in most cases.
  • The OBL must show the VIN number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model of the vehicle.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 2 weeks and may take longer if the vehicle is shipped with household goods.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Documentation must be received by the destination agent prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • New items
  • Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco
  • Perfume
  • Currency
  • Engines
  • Cars, planes, boats, motorcycles
  • Televisions containing cathode ray tubes (only flat screen televisions are permitted)
  • Food items, including wines and oils

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs
  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Pornographic content or materials
  • Ivory, ostrich egg, turtle shell, corals, shell, stuffed animal, animal skin

IAM Note:  Taxes, fines, or additional port and demurrage charges may be incurred for violations.

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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