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Central African Republic

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
  • Invoices for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Resident or work permit or letter from the employer
  • Non-sale certificate (declaration on the honor that the owner of the goods will not sell personal effects in Central African Republic
  • Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) / cargo tracking note (CTN)
  • Personal identification number (NIF)

Specific Information

  • The BSC / CTN are compulsory documents for all sea shipments going to the Central Africa Republic, which must be obtained at origin.
  • All documents must be provided to agent prior to arrival of the shipment in order to apply and be granted duty free clearance prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • A 1% import tax is levied for all personal effects shipment to Central African Republic equal to 1% of declared value.
  • Goods that are not exempt from import taxes:
    • Computers

      80% CIF + VAT 18%
      Alcohol 67.5% CIF + VAT 18%
      Tobacco 77.5% CIF + VAT 18%
      New electrical appliances 80% CIF + VAT 18%
      Vehicles 48% - 78% (varies with power of the car) + VAT 18%


  • Diplomatic shipments are duty free except for:
    • Computers 80% CIF + VAT 18%
      Vehicles 0.5% CIF


  • All shipments are applicable for RGS tax (0.5% of declared value).
  • All shipments are checked by Customs.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Owner of the goods’ driver’s license
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Non-sale certificate
  • Export declaration (new cars)

Specific Information

  • Taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power etc.
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model.
  • If the car is new, an export declaration is required.


Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination record


Specific Information

  • Dogs and cats coming into the country require a veterinary certificate confirming the animal’s prior vaccination against rabies.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions must be declared prior to entry into the country (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • Cameras, film and currency must be declared prior to entry into the country
  • Perfume (5 bottles)
  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and duty free (max 20 bottles)
  • Tobacco products (2 kg)

    Cigarettes (1000)

    Cigars (250)

    77.5% CIF + VAT 18%  

    New electrical appliances


    80% CIF + VAT 18% Also applies to diplomatic shipments

    48% - 78% CIF + VAT 18%

    0.5% CIF + VAT 18%

    CIF value depends on power of the car

    Diplomatic shipments

    Alcohol 67.5% CIF + VAT 18%  



Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics and illegal drugs
  • Alcohol - must be sent separately and labeled as “Fond de Cave” (maximum 20 bottles)
  • Pornography and subversive materials
  • Explosives

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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