Country Guide: Sao Tome and Principe

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Updated: April 07, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents required:

  • Original AWB / OBL
  • Sao Tomean tax card (cartao de contribuinte) from the client or his company or his organisation  
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Copy of residence permit
  • Original valued (€ or US$) inventory list in Portuguese dated and signed
  • Packing list in Portuguese or French / English
  • Head letter of employment in Portuguese and stamped from the company or organisation in Sao Tome
  • Original Certificate of change of residence

DIPLOMATS : Same as above with diplomatic exemption stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

RETURNING RESIDENTS : Exemption from VAT, taxes and duties, provided that they have stayed out of Sao Tome for a period not less than 12 months.

Specific Information:

Extra charges cannot be avoided (Rent, demurrage) payable at destination.

 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required:

  • Car registration document 
  • Attestation of not resale
  • Declaration of value
  • Copy of vehicle purchase invoice
  • Descriptive inventory of car
  • Diplomatic exemption or concession allowed by Customs authorities if any

Specific Information:

  • Full or partial suspension of taxes and duties for the period of stay. Concession granted for one year, renewable, maximum 4 years. At the end, definitive import with payment of remaining taxes and duties or re-export free of taxes and duties
  • In all cases, payment of general customs fees
  • In all cases, payment of “taxa do porto’ – 3 % on C.I.F. value
  • Guarantee or bank guarantee. The amount of security is the amount of customs duties and charges incurred
  • Request for the concession
  • FOREIGN COMPANY domiciled in Sao Tome are excluded from duty-free or duty-suspension arrangement.

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs, narcotics, weapons, ammunitions and explosives are prohibited
  • Distilled beverage as ether, wormwood, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol
  • Tobacco : 250 gr or 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
  • Alcohol : 1 L. of spirit or 2 L. of wine
  • Pharmaceutical products permitted in reasonable quantities
  • Perfume 50 ml – Toilet water/ eau de toilette 250ml
  • Pornographic film, drawing, picture
  • Foodstuffs containing some saccharin

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. 

 

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.