Country Guide: French Guiana

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Updated: November 22, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Packing list
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Original bill of lading or express release / AWB
  • Original inventory in French, dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Certificate of change of residence or certificate of transfer
  • Proof of residence in French Guiana (electricity bill, signed lease, etc.) less than 3 month old
  • Non-sale certificate
  • Certificate of property

Specific Information

  • Without any certificate of change of residence or certificate of transfer, the owner of the goods will have to pay the Octroi de Mer (between 12 and 22% of the CAF value).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Certified statement of the vehicle
  • Certificate of insurance
  • Non-sale certificate

Specific Information

  • Without any certificate of change of residence and registration card, the Octroi de Mer (22%) of the CAF value has to be paid before the delivery.


Documents Required

  • Certificate of vaccination

Restricted/Dutiable Items

Note: Contact local agent for specific information. 

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms / ammunitions are submitted to authorization from territorial administration. It is very rare to get it.
  • Unlawful drugs

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 French Guiana

Special Notes: Because French Guiana is politically part of France, the CIA lists its information as part of that country's Factbook page.

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.