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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport with visa
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) - no express release or telex release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in Portuguese, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Invoice for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Resident permit / work permit
  • Letter of employment
  • Copy of diplomat card
  • Copy of NUIT certificate (tax identification number)

Specific Information

  • Household goods are duty free if in the owner`s possession for at least 6 months prior to import; otherwise, duties will be levied.
  • Agents must have all Customs documents at least 15 days prior to the arrival of the shipment to obtain the documents for free entry from the Ministry (Diplomats).
  • Personal effects must arrive in Mozambique, maximum 6 months after the shipper`s first arrival in the country.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original passport
  • Original registration card
  • Original purchase invoice
  • OBL / no express or telex release (2 copies)
  • Copy of diplomat card
  • Copy of NUIT certificate (tax identification number)
  • Duty exemption certificate

Specific Information

  • Vehicle should be at least 12 months in owner’s possession to obtain duty free importation.
  • To obtain duty free importation, the duty exemption certificate must be obtained at least one week prior to arrival.
  • Only diplomats and returning nationals are allowed to import 1 used vehicle duty free but they need to obtain exemption from Customs prior to arrival of shipment.
  • Taxes range from 5% to 110% depending on age, size, power, etc.
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.
  • Depending on the HS code, vehicle may be subject to pre-shipment inspection. 


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Mozambique veterinary certificate (if traveling from the U.S. or Canada)
  • Import permit

Specific Information

  • Mozambique veterinary certificate must be complete within 10 days of import.
  • Animals must be vaccinated for rabies and other diseases at least 30 days but not more than 1 year prior to import.
  • All documentation must reflect owner’s name.
  • Healthy pets are not quarantined if meeting import requirements.
  • Microchips are highly recommended.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol and other spirits should not be sent in the household goods shipment but hand carried; spirits (1L) and wine (2.25 L)
  • Arms and ammunitions (subject to authorization from the territorial administration)
  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (400) and tobacco (250 g)
    • Perfume (50 ml)
    • Persons must be 18 years and older to carry hand carry alcohol or tobacco.

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornography, defamatory and obscene publications

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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