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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list in French
  • Certificate of change of residence / moving certificate
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) - no express release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original inventory in French date, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Invoices for electrical and hi-fi appliances
  • Invoices for items bought less than 6 months prior to import
  • Residence / work permit / letter of employment
  • Non-sale certificate (must state that the owner of the goods will not sell personal effects)
  • Insurance certificate
  • Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaison (BSC) / Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

Specific Information

  • Agent must receive documents at least 15 days prior to arrival of the shipment to obtain the duty-free exemption certificate.
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free if they have been in the owner of the goods’ possession and used for at least 6 months (must not be in new packaging).
  • Shipments are subject to inspection by Customs.
  • A refrigerator, stove, freezer, computer, television and VCR can be imported tax free if only one of each item; additional quantities will be taxed.
  • Satellite dishes are considered to be luxury items and are therefore taxed by Customs.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required                                          

  • Copy of passport
  • Original registration card
  • OBL / AWB
  • Non-sale certificate (must state that the owner of the goods will not sell automobiles within 2 years of importation)
  • Certificate of change of residence / letter of transfer
  • Purchase invoice
  • Insurance certificate

Specific Information

  • Motor vehicles older than 8 years cannot be imported.
  • Agent must receive copies of the required documents to avoid any delays, demurrage and storage charges due to the lengthy Customs procedures for vehicles.
  • The following motor vehicles cannot be imported:
    • Personal vehicles more than 5 years old.
    • Vehicles transporting goods not exceeding 3.5 tons or more and is more than 5 years old.
    • Vehicles transporting goods exceeding 3.5 tons or more and is more than 10 years old.
    • Motorcycles and vehicles of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cc.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • The vaccination record must show a rabies vaccination no less than 1 month to and no more than 6 months prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Washing products and detergents enough for one month only are permitted.
  • Alcohol ("Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and is duty free (10 bottles).
  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from territorial administration is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50)
    • Tobacco or tobacco products for tourists and persons over 18 years old only (250 g)
  • Meat and poultry products (phytosanitary certificate and dioxin free certificate are required)
  • Weapons and war ammunition (excludes collector’s items)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Pornographic materials
  • Filament lamps

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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