Country Guide: Sudan

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Updated: August 31, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Sudanese National ID number (for Sudanese nationals)
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory in English or Arabic, dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Letter of employment
  • Diplomatic exemption form (the diplomatic organization will apply with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA))
  • Yellow copy of MFA form has to be sent by the Ministry to Sudan Customs (diplomatic organization will chase that)

 

Specific Information

  • Agent should receive documents 4 days prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 1 week for sea and 48 hours for air shipments.
  • CDs, DVDs, scanners, and printers included in the shipment can delay Customs clearance, as Customs must screen all items and may require permits for printers / scanners.
  • Customs taxes and duties will be levied by Sudanese Customs, determined through evaluation of the value of items.
  • All non-diplomatic shipments are inspected and are subject to inspection fees.
  • Import taxes must be paid for all non-diplomats and returning Sudanese.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original registration card  /  registration certificate
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original purchase invoice (new vehicles) / commercial invoice
  • Certificate of origin
  • Diplomatic exemption MFA form (the diplomatic organization will apply with Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Yellow copy of MFA form has to be sent by the Ministry to Sudan Customs (diplomatic organization will chase that)

 

Specific Information

  • Diplomats need an approved permit before a motor vehicle can be shipped, afterward the owner of the goods can start processing MFA Form No.1 duty free exemption via the MFA.
  • Chassis and engine number must be identified on the OBL or AWB.
  • All vehicles must be brand new and current year models – also applies to diplomatic owners of the goods.
  • Second-hand vehicles are prohibited. 

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary certificate
  • AWB

 

Specific Information

  • Pre-clearance has to be done before the pet arrives to Sudan.
  • Duties may be charged on all incoming pets. 

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunition (permit issued by the Ministry of Interior is required)
  • Satellite dish (special authorization from Ministry of Communications is required for returning residents)
  • Plants
  • Food items, including seeds (permission from the Ministry of Interior is required)
  • Photocopiers and printers (permission is required)
  • Foreign currency (must be declared)
  • Alcohol
  • Narcotics / pharmaceuticals / medicines

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Pornographic materials
  • Potassium bromides
  • Counterfeit items
  • Weapons (firearms, swords, knives, etc.) this includes real, ornamental, toy, and antique
  • Weapon parts
  • Ammunition

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.state.gov/p/af/ci/su

http://www.sudanembassy.org

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.