Country Guide: Lesotho

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Updated: November 22, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Inventory
  • Purchase invoice / letter of value
  • Work permit / residence permit
  • C/E 1 form
  • C/E 3 form (diplomats)


Specific Information

  • Owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
  • All documents must be received by the agent prior to Customs clearance.
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free if owned and used for more than 12 months.
  • All shipments are subject to Customs inspection.
  • Goods without serial numbers must be declared at Customs for approval before entry.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Letter of value
  • Original registration forms
  • C/E 1 form
  • Invoice from the supplier (new vehicles)
  • Import permit (from the Department of Trade and Industry)


Specific Information

  • Left-hand drive vehicles cannot be imported.
  • New and used vehicles may be imported.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate


Specific Information

  • Documents required must be issued by the country of origin.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (250 g)
    • Wine (2 L), other types of alcohol (1 L) - returning nationals cannot import alcohol
    • Perfume (50 ml)
    • Toiletries (250 ml)
    • Animals and pets (authorization is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Weapons, explosives, and ammunition
  • Pornography
  • Dairy and meat products
  • Blasphemous materials

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 Lesotho

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.