Country Guide: Swaziland

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Updated: November 23, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport showing the Entry Permit
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading  (OBL) - no Express Release Accepted / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Original inventory in English dated, valued and signed by the shipper
  • Residence Permit / Work Permit
  • CE 101 Form
  • DA65 or NEP Form (returning citizens)


Specific Information

  • There is no tax on used household goods and 14% charged on new goods.
  • Citizens must have DA65 or NEP forms must complete upon departure from Swaziland for items without serial numbers for re-entry with those items; otherwise, the goods may be detained for proof of local purchase upon re-entry.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Registration Card
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Purchase Invoice
  • DA 304A Form
  • Interpol Clearance
  • Import Certificate


Specific Information

  • If the vehicle has been owned and used by the shipper for more than 1 year, no duties are applicable; if not, then 14% will be levied.
  • Only 1 car per shipper is allowed; additional cars will have duties levied on them.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate (issued in the country of origin)
  • Transit Permit
  • Import Permit


Specific Information

  • Pets must travel as manifested cargo.
  • Documents must accompany pets.
  • Vaccination Record must show pets vaccinated at least 30 days prior to import but not more than 6 months, issued in the country of origin.
  • Veterinary Health Certificate must be signed, stamped, and dated within 5 days of import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the Firearms Licensing Board is required)
  • Alcohol (1 bottle and duties of 14%)
  • Cosmetic creams (registration with the Ministry of Health is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import:
    • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
    • Perfume (10 fl. oz.)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Pornography
  • Local currency
  • Potassium bromides

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.