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Sao Tome and Principe

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents required:

  • Original AWB / OBL
  • Sao Tomean tax card (cartao de contribuinte) from the owner of the goods or their company / organization
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Copy of residence permit
  • Original valued inventory list in Portuguese, dated, and signed (in Euros or USD)
  • Packing list in Portuguese or French / English
  • Letter of employment in Portuguese and stamped from the company or organization in Sao Tome
  • Original certificate of change of residence
  • Letter of exemption (returning citizens)
  • Diplomatic exemption stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)

Specific Information:

  • Extra charges cannot be avoided (rent, demurrage) payable at destination.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required:

  • Car registration document
  • Attestation of not resale
  • Declaration of value
  • Copy of vehicle purchase invoice
  • Descriptive inventory of car
  • Diplomatic exemption or concession allowed by Customs authorities, if applicable

Specific Information:

  • Full or partial suspension of taxes and duties for the period of stay.
    • Concession granted for 12 months, renewable, maximum 4 years.
    • At the end, definitive import with payment of remaining taxes and duties or re-export free of taxes and duties.
  • In all cases, payment of general Customs fees.
  • In all cases, payment of “taxa do porto” – 3% on CIF value.
  • Guarantee or bank guarantee.
    • The amount of security is the amount of Customs duties and charges incurred
  • Request for the concession.
  • Foreign company domiciled in Sao Tome are excluded from duty-free or duty-suspension arrangement.


Note: Contact local agent for more specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

Note: Contact local agent for more specific information.

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs, narcotics, weapons, ammunitions, and explosives are prohibited
  • Distilled beverage as ether, wormwood, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol
  • Tobacco: 250 g / 200 cigarettes / 50 cigars
  • Alcohol: 1 L of spirits / 2 L of wine
  • Pharmaceutical products permitted in reasonable quantities
  • Perfume 50 ml – toilet water / eau de toilette 250 ml
  • Pornographic film, drawing, picture
  • Foodstuffs containing some saccharin

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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