Country Guide: Guinea

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Updated: August 22, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / no express release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Resident permit / work permit / letter of employment
  • International cargo tracking note (ICTN), for all full container load (FCL) shipments


Specific Information

  • All documents must be provided to agent 1 week before arrival of the shipment to obtain duty- free clearance.
  • Customs levies an "RTL Tax" or 2% of cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value, with a minimum of 300.000 GNF (approximately 30 Euro), applicable to all shipments.
  • Taxes on new goods may be as high as 38.5% of the CIF value.
  • The diplomatic organization must apply for diplomatic privileges on the shipment, which may take several weeks for approval by Customs; documents must be supplied to agent at least 3 weeks prior to arrival of the shipment.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Change of residence certificate
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of purchase invoice for new vehicles


Specific Information

  • The taxes for motor vehicles will depend on the age, power etc. and is approximately 65% of the CIF.
  • Cars older than 5 years cannot be imported.


Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination record


Specific Information

  • Documents must be issued at point of origin.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Duties on cars are 65% of the CIF value.
  • Computers, printers, scanner are not considered as personal effects and are subject to duties and taxes (38.5% CIF value).
  • Only 1 opened bottle of alcoholic beverage can be imported duty free.
  • The following items can be imported duty free within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (1000), cigars (250), tobacco (1000 g)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Illegal drugs
  • Unopened alcoholic beverages

Consignment Instructions

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


Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Guinea

Wikipedia Entry for Guinea

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.