Country Guide: Iran

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Updated: November 25, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required 

  • Original Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Original Work Permit
  • Work Visa (foreigners)
  • Resident Permit (foreigners with a Work Visa)
  • Exemption Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Diplomats)

 

Specific Information 

  • All goods must be used and within a reasonable quantity for duty-free import.
  • New items are subject to duties and commercial taxes and potential re-exportation, as determined by Customs authorities.
  • Foreign Diplomats may import and re-export household goods and personal effects free of duties.
  • Foreign Diplomats are not required to be present for Customs clearance.
  • Diplomatic goods must be carried in bond to Tehran West Customs for final Customs clearance (Diplomats).
  • The Embassy in Tehran will obtain the exemption papers after the physical arrival of the shipment to Tehran West Customs (Diplomats).
  • Shippers entering Iran for employment who hold a valid Work Permit and a Resident Permit are entitled to import used household goods duty free.
  • Foreigners entering with a Work Visa must be present for Customs clearance.
  • Foreigners entering with a Work Visa may enter using one of the following two document options:
    • Presence at Customs + original Passport + original Work Permit
    • Notarized Power of Attorney + original Passport + original Work Permit
  • Surface shipments must arrive to an Iranian Port with 4 months after the owner’s arrival.
  • Air shipments must arrive to an Iranian airport within 3 months after the owner’s arrival.
  • A person or family who has resided abroad for a period of 1 year (the last 6 consecutive months) can import a reasonable amount of used household and personal effects duty free (returning citizens).
  • The shipper must be present at Customs clearance (returning citizens).
  • For Customs clearance, returning citizens must present an Iranian Passport, proof of residency abroad for a minimum of 1 year, 6 of which must be continuous without travel to Iran prior to entry.
  • After entering Iran, the shipper’s domicile in the Passport should be changed to Iran (returning citizens).
  • The shipment must arrive within 2 months after the shipper’s arrival in Iran (returning citizens).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Permit from the Ministry of Commerce
  • OBL
  • Vehicle Title / Registration
  • Proof of Insurance

 

Specific Information

  • Only Diplomats and Embassy employees can import cars on a duty-free basis.
  • The import of motor vehicles by non-diplomats requires special permit from the Ministry of Commerce; the owner must file the application directly.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

 

Specific Information

  • Pets may enter as accompanied baggage or cargo.
  • Birds, cats and dogs must be accompanied by the Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the Consulate in the origin country.
  • Contact agent for specific information regarding the importation of animals

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Cigarettes (a reasonable quantity)
  • Perfume for personal use (a reasonable quantity)
  • Gifts of which import duties and taxes do not exceed approximately USD 80.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer
  • Pork
  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic materials (magazines, films, videocassettes, DVDs, etc.)

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/nea/ci/ir/index.htm

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.