Country Guide: Myanmar

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing List
  • Letter of Employment (letter for returning citizens must include the position held and duration of employment)
  • Copy of Work Permit
  • Copy of airline ticket
  • Original airline Boarding Pass
  • Income Tax Receipts issued by the Myanmar Embassy (returning citizens)
  • Copy of Myanmar NRC Card for each family member (returning citizens)
  • Copy of Airport Entry Stamp page (returning citizens)

 

Specific Information

  • The shipper must be present for Customs clearance.
  • The shipper’s name should be written on all documents and packages and must match his/her name exactly as it appears on the Passport.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 1 week for foreigners and returning citizens and approximately 3 weeks for Diplomats.
  • It takes approximately 3 weeks from shipment arrival before less-than-container loads (LCL) are available for clearance by the Myanmar Port Authority.
  • A foreigner may import used household goods and personal effects into Myanmar duty free if having diplomatic status or working for a legally-registered foreign company or business.
  • All foreigners, with the exception of diplomats, must pay duty on consumable items.
  • All goods imported duty free by a foreigner must also be exported upon future departure from Myanmar.
  • Returning citizens may import used household goods duty free if they are returning to a personal residence after having lived abroad.  Only one of each type of electrical item (televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, generators, computers, etc.) is allowable.
  • Only one sea shipment and one air shipment are permitted duty free per shipper.
  • Duty and tax is charged on new electronic items (LCD televisions, washing machines, computers, generators, refrigerators, dryer, electric ovens, etc.)

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Title / Registration
  • OBL

 

Specific Information

  • Only foreign Diplomats may import vehicles into Myanmar duty free.
  • Private individuals cannot import vehicles.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary Health Certificate (not more than 7 days old)
  • Vaccination Record

 

Specific Information

  • Most pets, including dogs, cats, and birds, can be brought into Myanmar with no quarantine period.
  • Check with destination agent for specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Antiques (should be declared to the Ministry of Archeology upon importation to avoid difficulties at time of export will be a problem)
  • Video tapes and DVDs (are subject to censorship by the Ministry of Information.  A fee of approximately USD 5.00 per tape or DVD is levied by the Ministry and will be collected from the shipper.)
  • Alcohol (a maximum of 5 bottles are allowed in personal effects shipments)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Pornographic materials
  • Communications equipment (satellite dishes, receivers, fax machines, phones, switchboards, walkie-talkies, shortwave radios, etc.)

 

Note:  Any such items found in a household goods shipment will be confiscated, and the shipper will be fined.

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.president-office.gov.mm/en

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1077.html

http://www.mewashingtondc.com/home_en.php

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.