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Zambia

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport certified by Zambia Revenue Authority
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) - express release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Copy of resident / work permit certified by Zambia Revenue Authority
  • Original letter of employment
  • Detailed inventory of new items in English, dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods (bought less than 6 months prior to shipment arrival) attached to the original invoices
  • Tax Identification Number 

Specific Information

  • Owner of the goods should be in the country prior to shipment arrival.
  • Relevant documents must be received by the agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to minimize any port charges.
  • Shipper must be present for Customs clearance if requested by Customs for an interview.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original passport of owner of the goods
  • Original registration card
  • OBL / AWB
  • Non-sale certificate
  • Car invoice (must show purchase price and date of purchase)
  • Letter of transfer (from the shipper`s employer)
  • Work permit/ resident/ diplomatic ID
  • JEVIC certificate (if vehicle is coming from Japan, Singapore, South Africa or UK)

Specific Information

  • OBL must include chassis number, engine number, color, model, make and weight of the vehicle.
  • The duty rate on new cars is 25% of the invoice value + 16% value added tax.
  • The excise duty is 30%
  • Carbon tax is $30.00
  • In order to avoid any unnecessary delays and charges for demurrage and storage due to lengthy Customs procedures, the agent must receive a copy of the required documentation prior to arrival of the shipment; check with agent for specific timeframes.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination record

Specific Information

  • Permission to import animals is required from the Government Veterinary.
    • Note: The Government Veterinary is the section under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock in Zambia that examines animals and issues permits to the exporters and importers. 

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Electrical items, 25% of the invoice value and 16% VAT
  • Computers, 15% of the invoice value and 16% VAT
  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Alcohol and spirits should be sent separately from a personal effects shipment and are subject to 100% tax.
  • Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by the Washington Convention or CITES (authorization from CITES is required).
  • Medication
  • Hunting weapons (authorization from the Ministry of Interior is required)
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (500 g), alcohol (2.5 L), spirits (2.5 L)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Counterfeit items
  • Cultural artifacts and other objects of cultural importance
  • Henna
  • Palm trees and any byproducts
  • Explosive 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.

Helpful Website(s):

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/zambia.html

http://www.zambiaembassy.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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