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Equatorial Guinea

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list in English, French, or Spanish
  • Original visa
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed valued inventory in French or Spanish, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Purchase invoices must clearly identify electrical items, date, year, and place of purchase
  • Invoices for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Original certificate of transfer on employer letterhead with start date of employment
  • Duty-free certificate (diplomats)
  • Move certificate issued by the City Hall at origin
  • Change of residence certificate and detailed valued inventory list, stamped, and signed by the consulate of Equatorial Guinea in the origin country (returning citizens).
  • Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Used household goods are not duty free for returning residents, returning diplomats, and people coming to work in Equatorial Guinea, except those working for companies that have a protocol agreement with the government in which an exemption of duties is clearly stipulated.
  • The attendance of the owner of the goods is not required for import Customs clearance.
  • The taxes for import are outlined as follows:
    • No duties or taxes for diplomats
    • 10% on all used household goods based on the declared value as per valued inventory list
    • 51.9% on new car
    • 38% on appliances
    • 30% for food (no tax if reasonable quantity)
    • 110 % for alcohol or tobacco (no tax if reasonable quantity)
  • It takes approximately 8 days to get the franchise; demurrage and storage charges may be charged during this time (diplomats).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Letter of employment
  • Purchase invoice
  • Insurance document
  • Sale / purchase certificate
  • Car registration documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Inspection certificate (service)
  • Pictures of the car

Specific Information

  • If the car is imported as personal effects, under the name of the owner of the goods, and was owned for at least 6 months, then no import duties will be charged; if not, duties of 51.9% CIF value are applicable.
  • OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model.
  • If the shipment is not diplomatic, 62% CIF duties are applicable.
  • Authorization from the Ministry of Transportation in Equatorial Guinea and from the Port Authorities is required and must be obtained before shipping from origin port.


Documents Required

  • Rabies vaccination certificate
  • Veterinary health certificate


Specific Information

  • All animals subject to examination by a Customs veterinarian.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and duty free (maximum 20 bottles)
  • Weapons and ammunition (permission required)
  • The following items may be imported duty free:
    • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration required)
    • Tobacco (250 grams), cigars (50), cigarettes (200)
    • Perfume (reasonable quantity)
    • Currency greater than XAF 50,000

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs
  • Pornography, defamatory, or obscene publications
  • Clothing resembling that of the military
  • Books and movies relating to wars or terrorist events
  • Binoculars and high-tech cameras

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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