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.


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.


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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.