Country Guide: Belarus

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Updated: November 16, 2016

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.
  • Owners of the goods 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 owner of the goods 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.

 

Helpful Website(s):

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/belarus.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.