Country Guide: Zimbabwe

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Updated: November 20, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - no Express Release  / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in English, dated and signed by the shipper
  • Resident / Work Permit / Letter of Employment


Specific Information

  • Resident / Work Permit / Letter of Employment must explain details of new contract in Zimbabwe.
  • Goods should be only household goods and personal effects in order to be duty free.
  • Transferees must be present during Customs clearance.
  • Customs will inspect all shipments.
  • Diplomats are exempt from duties.
  • Diplomats and returning citizens who live 2 or more years abroad are exempt from duties.
  • A Duty Exemption Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be obtained for diplomatic shipments.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Registration Card
  • Certificate of Ownership
  • Change of Residence Certificate
  • Copy of Purchase Invoice


Specific Information

  • Taxes on vehicle will depend on age, power, etc. (100% to 110% CIF).
  • The OBL must show the chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.


Documents Required

  • Certificate of Vaccination
  • Zimbabwe Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Import License (from the Director of Veterinary Services)


Specific Information

  • Permission from the Director of Veterinary Services is required prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Plants and seeds and animals (Agricultural Certificate and Phytosanitary Certificate are required from the Embassy)
  • Medication
  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Wine and spirits (2 L)
  • Cigarettes (200)

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs
  • Explosive materials
  • Foreign soil
  • Pornography, defamatory or obscene publications
  • Cultural artifacts and other objects of cultural importance
  • Henna
  • Palm tree and any products thereof

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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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.