Country Guide: Cameroon

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Updated: May 23, 2017

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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
  • Purchase invoice for all electrical items less than 6 months old
  • Certificate of change of residence
  • Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)
  • Exemption of duty and taxes (diplomats)


Specific Information

  • All documents must be provided to the destination agent 4 weeks before arrival of the shipment to obtain duty free clearance.
  • If Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) is not completed prior to departure, a fine of 200 Euro will apply.
  • Customs clearance for a full container load (FCL) is approximately 7-11 days.
  • All items less than 6 months are dutiable at 64-71% CIF.
  • There is a statistics levy by Customs of 11% for all non-diplomatic shipments.
  • There is a statistics levy by Customs of 0.7% on all diplomatic shipments.
  • Customs inspections fees:
    • Approximately 210 Euro / 20’ container
    • Approximately 320 Euro / 40’ container
  • Mandatory local insurance (1% of value of the goods).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Original purchase invoice
  • OBL / AWB


Specific Information

  • The vehicle must be identified on the packing list.
  • The taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc. at approximately at 60% of the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF).
    • The Customs administration will assess the value in most cases.
  • The OBL must show the VIN number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model of the vehicle.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 2 weeks and may take longer if the vehicle is shipped with household goods.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate


Specific Information

  • Documentation must be received by the destination agent prior to import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • New items
  • Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco
  • Perfume
  • Currency
  • Engines
  • Cars, planes, boats, motorcycles
  • Televisions containing cathode ray tubes (only flat screen televisions are permitted)
  • Food items, including wines and oils

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs
  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Pornographic content or materials
  • Ivory, ostrich egg, turtle shell, corals, shell, stuffed animal, animal skin


IAM Note:  Taxes, fines, or additional port and demurrage charges may be incurred for violations.

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

Wikipedia Entry for Cameroon

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.