Country Guide: Swaziland

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Updated: November 18, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport showing the entry permit
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading  (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) - no express release accepted
  • Original inventory
  • Residence permit / work permit
  • CE 101 form
  • DA65 or NEP form (returning citizens)


Specific Information

  • Original inventory in English dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods.
  • There is no tax on used household goods, and 14% charged on new goods.
  • To re-enter with items without serial numbers, citizens must have DA65 or NEP forms completed upon departure from Swaziland; otherwise, the goods may be detained for proof of local purchase upon re-entry.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Purchase invoice
  • DA 304A form
  • Interpol clearance
  • Import certificate


Specific Information

  • If the vehicle has been owned and used by the owner of the goods for more than 12 months, no duties are applicable; if not, then 14% will be levied.
  • Only 1 car per owner of the goods is allowed; additional cars will have duties levied on them.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Transit permit
  • Import permit


Specific Information

  • Pets must travel as manifested cargo.
  • Documents must accompany pets.
  • Vaccination record must show pets vaccinated at least 30 days prior to import, but not more than 6 months, issued in the country of origin.
  • Veterinary health certificate must be signed, stamped, and dated within 5 days of import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • For firearms and ammunitions, authorization from the Firearms Licensing Board is required.
  • Alcohol - 1 bottle and duties of 14%
  • Cosmetic creams require registration Ministry of Health
  • The following items may qualify for free import:
    • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
    • Perfume (10 fl. oz.)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Pornography
  • Local currency
  • Potassium bromides

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 Swaziland

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.