Country Guide: Benin

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Updated: November 17, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Packing list
  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - no Express Release accepted / Air Waybill (2 copies)
  • Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaisons (BSC) / Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)
  • Original valued inventory in French, dated and signed by the shipper
  • Invoice for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Resident / Work Permit / Letter of Employment
  • Non-sale Certificate
  • Diplomatic Exemption Certificate (Diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • The OBL must clearly indicate the weight in kilograms, the number of items, and also state "personal belongings."
  • The weight of the vehicle, if applicable, must be shown separately from weight of the personal effects.
  • The BSC must be attached to the OBL.
  • If BSC is not available, a penalty of 150 Euro will have to be paid in Benin.
  • Resident / Work Permit / or Letter of Employment must explain that client is starting a new contract in Benin.
  • The Non-sale Certificate must state that the client will not sell personal effects in Benin.
  • Documents must be provided to agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to obtain duty-free clearance.
  • All import shipments are subject to Customs inspection.
  • Household goods are allowed in Benin duty free if they have been in the owner`s possession for at least 6 months.
  • All Diplomat and non-Diplomat shipments are subject to a 3.65% import tax based on the declared value.
  • A Diplomatic Exemption Certificate must be obtained before arrival of the goods to avoid storage charges.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Registration Card
  • Original Bill of Lading / Freight Invoice
  • Non-sale Certificate
  • Origin Certificate

 

Specific Information

  • Taxes on car will depend on age, power, etc.
  • Approximately 50% CIF if no exemption
  • 0.15% if diplomatic
  • 5.85% if temporary admission
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinarian Health Certificate
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate from origin country

 

Specific Information

  • Documents must be received by agent prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and duty free (maximum 12 bottles)
  • Cigarettes (200), cigars (25), cigarillos (100), tobacco (250 g)
  • Eau de toilette (500 ml)
  • Perfume (250 ml)
  • Guns, explosives and ammunition (authorization required)
  • Knives and deadly weapons (authorization required)
  • Plant and plant products (authorization is required)
  • Meat and meat products (authorization is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Hazardous materials
  • Animals and pets
  • Asbestos
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Ivory
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Pornographic materials

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://www.beninembassy.us

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1066.html#entry_requirements

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.