Moving to Central African Republic
Ports: Douala (Cameroon – 1600 KM of dirt roads). Transit time from Douala to Bangui: 10 days in dry season, 1 month during rainy season (May to October). Consequently, almost all removals are done by air.
Prohibited: Narcotics, Explosives, Pornographic
Cont: No TC 40′ can be loaded on the road Douala – Bangui.
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco
Required Documents: Detailed inventory with nature, number and size of bottles.
Customs Regulations: Importer has to pay full duties and taxes (i.e., 67.5% on alcohol and 77.5% on tobacco).
Clearance: 5 to 7 days. Customer presence is not required for clearance.
Required Documents: (1) Mission order from the Embassy or the Consulate, approved by local authorities (2) Diplomatic passport (3) Detailed inventory in French
Customs Regulations: Duty-free entry for foreign diplomats. Central African diplomats who return to CAR are considered as normal citizens.
Clearance: 2 to 3 days. Customer’s presence is not required for clearance.
Remarks: Customs authorities reserve the right to make a visitation of the goods before delivery.
Firearms and Weapons
Required Documents: (1) Certificate of registration (2) Valid passport (3) Proof of ownership (4) Certificate of temporary admission (F4 form) delivered by custom authorities upon arrival.
Customs Regulations: Duty free with the F4 form.
Clearance: 3-5 days. Guns have to be packed in accessible locations, as the custom authorities will make a survey of it.
Household Goods and Personal Effects
Required Documents: (1) Valid passport (2) Mission order of employer (3) Inventory in French (4) Declaration signed by customer that goods are for personal use.
Customs Regulations: Used HHG’s are duty-free if they have been in the owner’s possession and used for six months and are not for resale.
Clearance: 3-5 days. Customer’s presence is not required for clearance.
Remarks: Custom authorities reserve the right to make a visitation of the goods before delivery.
Required Documents: (1) Invoice with detailed price of each item.
Customs Regulations: Items purchased within 6 months are subject to custom duties and TCA (local VAT).
Clearance: 7-10 days. Customer’s presence is not required for clearance.
Pets and Animals
Required Documents: Health certificate and proof of anti-rabies inoculation.
Clearance: 2-3 days. Customer’s presence is not required for clearance.
Remarks: Parrots coming from Central and South American are not allowed.
Required Documents: (1) Car papers (2) Proof of ownership (3) Original purchase invoice (4) F4 form delivered by custom authorities upon arrival
Customs Regulations: 47.5 on CIF value for tourism vehicles. 77.5% on CIF value for high value vehicles. Duty free for temporary admission.
Clearance: 10 days.
The information on this page is intended as a guide and NOT as a complete or definitive resource.
The information on this page should not be used as an authoritative reference.