Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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’
- Air shipments must arrive to an Iranian airport within 3 months after the owner of the goods’
- 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
- After entering Iran, the owner of the goods’ domicile in the passport should be changed to Iran
- The shipment must arrive within 2 months after the owner of the goods’ arrival in Iran (returning
- 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.
- Permit from the Ministry of Commerce
- Vehicle title / registration
- Proof of insurance
- 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.
- Vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- 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.
- Cigarettes (a reasonable quantity)
- Perfume for personal use (a reasonable quantity)
- Gifts of which import duties and taxes do not exceed approximately USD 80.
- Firearms and ammunition
- Alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer
- Pornographic materials (magazines, films, videocassettes, DVDs, etc.)
Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met
prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
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.