Country Guide: Zimbabwe

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Updated: November 20, 2015

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.

Pets

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.

 

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_1063.html

 http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/zi

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.