Country Guide: Yemen
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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) (a bank endorsement is required for commercial shipments)
- Detailed inventory
- Work permit
- Letter of guarantee
- Tax card (commercial shipments)
- Import license (commercial shipments)
- Sales tax certificate (commercial shipments)
- Customs deal card (commercial shipments)
- Bank form 11 (commercial shipments)
- Invoice (bank endorsement is required) (commercial shipments)
- Receipt for expenses from bank (commercial shipments)
- Certificate of origin, legalized (commercial shipments)
- Radiation certificate (commercial shipments)
- Diplomats, embassy personnel and persons with a bank letter of guarantee may import shipments duty free.
- The letter of guarantee must cover duties or a cash payment as determined by Customs is required.
- Letter of guarantee shipments are 100% reimbursable when the goods are re-exported.
- Commercial shipments are subject to duty payments, sales tax, and service fees.
- Certificate of origin
- OBL / AWB
- Certificate of manufacturing (must show date of manufacture)
- Customs deal card (for projects and companies)
- Only vehicles less than 4 years old may be imported.
- Diplomats and persons guaranteed by a Yemen Ministry may import vehicles duty free; otherwise, Customs duties must be paid.
- Letter of guarantees are not accepted for vehicle imports.
- Vehicles with “trip tickets” are allowed to enter only on tourist basis and for not more than 3 months.
- An extension may be applied for an additional 3 months.
- Vaccination record
- Veterinary health certificate
- Import permit from the Veterinary Office, Department of Agriculture, Yemen
- The import of birds (live or bird products) requires approval from the local authorities.
- Contact the destination agent for specific information.
- Videotapes, cassettes, records and CDs (are subject to inspection)
- Printers and scanners (authorization by the Ministry of the Interior is required; the operation manual must accompany the item)
- Fax machines (authorization from the Ministry of Telecommunications is required)
- Books and paintings (are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Culture prior to clearance)
- Firearms (a special license is required)
- Food Products:
- Food items are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Agriculture prior to Customs clearance.
- Approval from the Ministry of Health and Atomic Energy is required for import.
- If the items are shipped for commercial purposes, the following must be identified on each carton:
- Product name and expiration
- Manufacturing date
- Name of the owner of the goods
- Drugs and narcotics
- Pornographic materials
- Subversive literature
- Ink jet printers or work stations
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 InformationCIA World Factbook Entry for Yemen
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.