Country Guide: Yemen
Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB) (a bank endorsement is required for commercial shipments)
- Detailed inventory
- Work Permit
- Letter of Guarantee
- Tax Card (commercial shipments)
- Import License (commercial shipments)
- Sales Tax Certificate (commercial shipments)
- Customs Deal Card (commercial shipments)
- Bank Form 11 (commercial shipments)
- Invoice (commercial shipments and a bank endorsement is required) (commercial shipments)
- Receipt for expenses from bank (commercial shipments)
- Certificate of Origin, legalized (commercial shipments)
- Radiation Certificate (commercial shipments)
- Diplomats, Embassy personnel and persons with a bank Letter of Guarantee may import shipments duty free. The Letter of Guarantee must cover duties or a cash payment as determined by Customs is required.
- Letter of Guarantee shipments are 100% reimbursable when the goods are re-exported.
- Commercial shipments are subject to duty payments, sales tax and service frees.
- Certificate of Origin
- OBL / AWB
- Certificate of Manufacturing (must show date of manufacture)
- Customs Deal Card (for projects and companies)
- Only vehicles less than 4 years old may be imported.
- Diplomats and persons guaranteed by a Yemen Ministry may import vehicles duty free; otherwise, Customs duties must be paid.
- Letter of Guarantees are not accepted for vehicle imports.
- Vehicles with “trip tickets” are allowed to enter only on tourist basis and for not more than 3 months. An extension may be applied for an additional 3 months.
- Vaccination Record
- Veterinary Health Certificate
- Import Permit from the Veterinary Office, Department of Agriculture, Yemen
- The import of birds (live or bird products) requires approval from the local authorities. Contact the destination agent for specific information.
- Videotapes, cassettes, records and CDs (are subject to inspection)
- Printers and scanners (authorization by the Ministry of the Interior is required; the operation manual must accompany the item)
- Fax machines (authorization from the Ministry of Telecommunications is required)
- Books and paintings (are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Culture prior to clearance)
- Firearms (a special license is required)
- Food items are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Agriculture prior to Customs clearance.
- Approval from the Ministry of Health and Atomic Energy is required for import.
- If the items are shipped for commercial purposes, the following must be identified on each carton:
- Product name and expiration
- Manufacturing date
- Name of shipper
- Drugs and narcotics
- Pornographic materials
- Subversive literature
- Ink jet printers or work stations
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.