Country Guide: Georgia

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Updated: November 21, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Detailed inventory
  • Pro-forma invoice
  • Transportation cost confirmation
  • Power of attorney, notarized (non-diplomats)
  • Import letter (from accredited organizations) (diplomats)
  • Copy of diplomatic card (diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • All in-bound non-diplomatic shipments are subject to the payment of Customs fees depending on the value of the goods and Customs value added tax (VAT) of 18% of the costs, insurance, and freight value.
  • The detailed inventory should include a detailed description for each item, the total number of pieces, the Customs value for each item, the total value, which should align with the value declared on the pro-forma invoice.
  • The owner of the goods’ organization identified on the air waybill must be registered in Georgia.
  • An incomplete or missing detailed inventory list will result in an intensive inspection and evaluation of every item in a shipment; this process will result in delays in Customs clearance, resulting in fees and VAT.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required 

  • Original bill of lading / air waybill
  • Copy of passport
  • Pro-forma invoice
  • Transportation cost confirmation
  • Original technical passport
  • Certificate of origin
  • Certificate of title
  • Full details of the vehicle
  • Temporary import, if applicable
  • Power of attorney, notarized (non-diplomats)
  • Import letter (from accredited organizations) (diplomats)
  • Copy of diplomatic card (diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Full details of the vehicle (make, model, year of manufacture, engine volume, color, chassis, and engine number, etc.)
  • Motor vehicles may be imported on a temporary basis for a period of 12 months; an extension may be granted for an additional year.
  • The permanent import of motor vehicles is subject to taxes and duties per Customs tariff.

Pets

Documents Required 

  • Pet passport
  • Certificate of vaccination
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Letter of employment / letter from organization
  • Power of attorney, notarized (non-diplomats)
  • Import letter (from accredited organizations) (diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Animals must be accompanied by the veterinary health certificate for entry.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200)
    • Wine (3 L) and beer (10 L)
    • Medications (doctor’s statement required)
    • Art or cultural items (photographs of each item and a letter of permission from the Ministry of Culture required for import)
    • Hunting rifles (a valid Georgian hunting license must be obtained prior to import)

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic and radioactive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/gg

http://usa.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=GEO&sec_id=38&lang_id=ENGsec_id=38

 

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.