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Rwanda

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required                                          

  • Copy of passport
  • Detailed inventory
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) - no express release / air waybill ( AWB)
  • Original valued inventory in English or French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Letter of employment
  • Long-term visa / work permit
  • Non-governmental organization registration certificate (NGOs) / copy of work contract
  • Taxpayer ID number from Rwanda Revenue Authority (TIN) (even for exempted categories)

Specific Information

    • Taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc.
    • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model.
    • Proof of ownership must show used vehicle owned by the owner of the goods for a minimum of 12 months. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Copy of passport
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Insurance certificate / proof of ownership

Specific Information

  • Taxes on vehicles will depend on age, power, etc.
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model.
  • Proof of ownership must show used vehicle owned by the owner of the goods for a minimum of 12 months. 

Pets

Documents Required

  • Pet passport
  • Rwanda veterinary certificate
  • Rabies certificate
  • Proof of ownership

Specific Information

  • Pets should be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry into Rwanda; however, they must not have been vaccinated more than 12 months prior to entry.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration required)
  • A certificate of free entry must be obtained from the Line Ministry Alcohol and other spirits :
    • Only "Fond de Cave" is acceptable (less than 15 bottles).
  • If the value is higher than $5000, the owner of the goods must apply for an import license and a pre-shipment inspection must be conducted at origin; alcohol should be sent separately from the household goods.
  • Local currency (maximum of 5,000 Rwandese Francs)
  • The following household goods may be imported duty free by persons 16 years and older within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (2 cartons)
    • Alcoholic beverages (2 liters)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Transmission equipment
  • Live or dead animals and foodstuff from countries where an epidemic has been present and has been included in a health risk by Rwanda authorities (contact nearest embassy for specific information)
  • Pornography
  • Items infringing on copyrights

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/rw

http://www.rwandaembassy.org

Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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