Country Guide: Gambia

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Updated: November 24, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - no Express Release accepted / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Original detailed inventory in English, dated, valued and signed by the shipper
  • Original detailed inventory for any new items bought less than 6 months before import in English, dated, valued and signed by the shipper, with the original invoices
  • Invoices for new electrical and hi-fi appliances, if applicable
  • Residence Permit / Work Permit / Letter of Employment
  • Non-sale Certificate (must state that the client will not sell personal items)

 

Specific Information

  • Used household goods are tax free with the exception of all electrical and hi-fi appliances.
  • Most removal shipments are opened and checked by Customs.
  • The duties to be paid for any shipment are generally 1.5% of the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value for processing fee + 0.55% ECOWAS tax.
  • For diplomatic shipments, the agent must receive required Customs documents prior to the shipment arrival in order to obtain and free entry (applies to household goods and vehicles).

 

 

Note: ECOWAS is an acronym denoting the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Registration Card
  • Original Invoice / Letter of Sale (used cars)
  • OBL / AWB
  • Residence / Work Permit / Letter of Employment
  • Non-sale Certificate Specific Information  Vehicles are duty free.
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO) must apply to Ministry of Finance for duty waiver
  • Processing and ECOWAS fee
  • Taxes and duties for new vehicles are as follows:

New Vehicle > 2000 cc

    • 35% Revenue tax based on the CIF value
    • 18% Duty based on the CIF value
    • 10% Sales tax (duty and CIF value)
    • 1,5% CIF processing fee
    • 0,05% ECOWAS

New Vehicle < 2000 cc

    • 18% CIF or D 10000 + 10% sales tax + 1,5% + 0,05% + D1 000 environment tax

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary Health Certificate (authorization by the origin country is required)

 

Specific Information

  • Registration by the Gambian Veterinary Department upon entry into the country is required.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms, explosives and ammunitions (authorization by the Inspector General of Police required)
  • Some vegetables, including potatoes, fruit, bulbs, and seeds (authorization required)
  • The following items may be imported duty free within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (500g)
    • Wine (1 liter), beer (1 liter), up to D1000.00 in other goods; contact agent for details

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Pornography
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic material
  • Radio-communication equipment not approved for use at destination
  • Meat, poultry, and many other animal products
  • Plants, parts thereof, and plant produce including trees and shrubs

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/ga

http://www.gambiaembassy.us

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.