Country Guide: Belarus

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Updated: November 17, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Residence Permit
  • Lease / Purchase Agreement
  • Letter of Employment
  • Government permission for duty-free import
  • Detailed inventory
  • Pro-forma Invoice
  • Import Declaration TD-4
  • Diplomatic Passport (Diplomats)
  • Diplomatic / Accreditation Card (both sides) (Diplomats with accreditation)
  • Confirmation and authorization of Embassy (Diplomats with accreditation)
  • Obligation to export all temporary assets (temporary residents only)

 

Specific Information

  • All shipments are subject to duties and taxes according to the Import Declaration and are subject to inspection.
  • Shippers must present all documents personally. It is strongly recommended that all documents are detailed and accurate.
  • All Customs duties and THC will be paid by the shipper at the Customs office.
  • All documents must be written in Russian or in English with the Russian translation, on company letterhead, signed and stamped.
  • The following persons may qualify for duty- and tax-free import:
    • Diplomats
    • Foreigners with an Accreditation Card from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Persons granted free import by a government institution or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Persons sent abroad for employment purposed for at least 11 months (may request permission only once per year)
    • Temporary residents with arranged export of assets
    • Foreigners who have a BY Resident Permit
    • Persons who have received an inheritance in a foreign country
  • Used household goods and personal effects shipments valued at 1000 EUR – 10000 EUR and a weight of 35 kg – 200 kg must pay duties of approximately 30% from the value or 2 EUR / kg, whichever is higher + duty-fixed taxes of approximately 35 EUR.
  • Shipments of used household goods and personal effects with a value greater than 10000 EUR and a weight more than 200 kg must pay duties of approximately 60% from the value or 4 EUR kg, whichever is higher + a duty-fixed tax of approximately 35 EUR.
  • Customs duties are paid according to the Import Declaration directly to the government.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Title / Registration
  • OBL

 

Specific Information

  • Vehicles with more than 4 wheels cannot be imported.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

 

Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued within 10 days prior to arrival.
  • Pigeons cannot be imported.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Flowers and their parts (permission is required)
  • Musical instruments (2 photographs of each item required)
  • Artwork and objects (2 photographs of each item require)
  • Food items and alcohol must be in accompanied baggage

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs / psychotropic drugs
  • Subversive materials, including books, CDs, DVDs and cassettes
  • Weapons
  • Metals, including ore in bullion
  • Radiation / ionizing EQ

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1033.html

http://minsk.usembassy.gov

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.