Customs Information


Cameroon - All

DOCUMENTS REQUIREDCameroon

  • Packing list
  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - no Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in French dated and signed by the shipper
  • Purchase Invoice for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Resident Permit / Work Permit / Employment Letter
  • Non-sale Certificate (declaration that shipper will not sell personal effects in Cameroon)
  • Certificate of Change of Residence
  • Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)
  • Certificate for Free Entry (from Customs)
  • Exemption of duty and taxes (diplomats)

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • SHIPPER MUST BE PRESENT AT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
  • All documents must be provided to the destination agent 4 weeks before arrival of the shipment to obtain duty free clearance.
  • If Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is not completed prior to departure, a fine of 200 Euro will apply.
  • Customs clearance for a full container load (FCL) is approximately 7-11 days.
  • All items less than 6 months are dutiable at 64-71% CIF.
  • There is a statistics levy by Customs of 11% for all non-diplomatic shipments.
  • There is a statistics levy by Customs of 0.7% on all diplomatic shipments.
  • Customs inspections fees:
    • Approximately 210 Euro / 20’ container
    • Approximately 320 Euro / 40’ container
  • Mandatory local insurance (1% of value of the goods).

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Highly taxed: The taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc. at approximately at 60% of the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF). The Customs administration will assess the value in most cases.
  • The vehicle must be identified on the packing list.
  • The OBL must show the chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 3 weeks; it may take longer if vehicle is shipped with household goods
  • Must have a Non-Sale Certificate

PETS

  • Health Certificate from veterinarian required
  • Documentation is required prior to import.

DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items
  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and is duty free (20 bottles)
  • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (5 packets)
  • Perfume (5 bottles)
  • Currency (unlimited)
  • Computers (duty free if for personal use)
  • Engines
  • Cars, planes, boats, motorcycles
  • Televisions containing cathode ray tubes (only flat screen televisions are permitted)
  • Food items, including wines and oils

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Drugs
  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration required
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Pornographic content or materials
  • Ivory, ostrich egg, turtle shell, corals, shell, stuffed animal, animal skin