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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required 

  • Original passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Original work permit
  • Work visa (foreigners)
  • Resident permit (foreigners with a work visa)
  • Exemption letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (foreign diplomats)

Specific Information 

  • All goods must be used and within a reasonable quantity for duty-free import.
  • New items are subject to duties and commercial taxes and potential re-exportation, as determined by Customs authorities.
  • Foreign diplomats may import and re-export household goods and personal effects free of duties.
  • Foreign diplomats are not required to be present for Customs clearance.
  • Diplomatic goods must be carried in bond to Tehran West Customs for final Customs clearance (diplomats).
  • The embassy in Tehran will obtain the exemption papers after the physical arrival of the shipment to Tehran West Customs (diplomats).
  • Owners of the goods entering Iran for employment who hold a valid work permit and a resident permit are entitled to import used household goods duty free.
  • Foreigners entering with a work visa must be present for Customs clearance.
  • Foreigners entering with a work visa may enter using one of the following two document options:
    • Presence at Customs + original passport + original work permit
    • Notarized power of attorney + original passport + original work permit
  • Surface shipments must arrive to an Iranian port with 4 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival.
  • Air shipments must arrive to an Iranian airport within 3 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival.
  • A person or family who has resided abroad for a period of 12 months (the last 6 consecutive months) can import a reasonable amount of used household and personal effects duty free (returning citizens).
  • The owner of the goods must be present at Customs clearance (returning citizens).
  • For Customs clearance, returning citizens must present an Iranian passport, proof of residency abroad for a minimum of 12 months, 6 of which must be continuous without travel to Iran prior to entry.
  • After entering Iran, the owner of the goods’ domicile in the passport should be changed to Iran (returning citizens).
  • The shipment must arrive within 2 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival in Iran (returning citizens).
  • Any importer must be registered in the Iranian web-based system for customs clearance. The importer must go to Iran customs, register, and get the username/password for doing customs clearances. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Permit from the Ministry of Commerce
  • OBL
  • Vehicle title / registration
  • Proof of insurance

Specific Information

  • Only diplomats and embassy employees can import cars on a duty-free basis.
  • The import of motor vehicles by non-diplomats requires special permit from the Ministry of Commerce; the owner must file the application directly.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Pets may enter as accompanied baggage or cargo.
  • Birds, cats, and dogs must be accompanied by the veterinary health certificate issued by the Consulate in the origin country.
  • Contact agent for specific information regarding the importation of animals.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Cigarettes (a reasonable quantity)
  • Perfume for personal use (a reasonable quantity)
  • Gifts of which import duties and taxes do not exceed approximately USD 80.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer
  • Pork
  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic materials (magazines, films, videocassettes, DVDs, etc.)

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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