Country Guide: Haiti

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Updated: November 18, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / airway bill (AWB)
  • Packing list in English or French
  • Listing of imported items with estimated value
  • Document acknowledging diplomat status / passport / Carte du Protocole from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • Correspondence from the Haitian Consulate certifying that the consignee is a returning citizen
  • Copy of Haitian ID (Matricule Fiscale) (returning citizen)


Specific Information

  • Shipments for diplomats and returning citizens are exempt from taxes.
  • Duties generally apply to non - citizens entering Haiti for purposes of employment, especially if there are new items contained in the shipment.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original title
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Original bill of lading


Specific Information

  • Most terminals require an approximate USD 300.00 deposit for all used vehicles transiting through their facility.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate


Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must not be issued more than 7 days prior to arrival.
  • Dogs older than 3 months require an additional rabies vaccination certificate more than 21 days prior to arrival but not more than 11 months.
  • Parrots and macaws cannot be imported.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Wood (phytosanitary certificate is required)
  • Meat (phytosanitary certificate is required)
  • Chemicals (phytosanitary certificate is required)
  • Medicines (phytosanitary certificate is required)
  • Sporting firearms (permit from a consul of Haiti is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms (other than sporting guns)

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 Haiti

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.