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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required                                          

  • Original passport (in color)
  • Copy of visa
  • Inventory list
  • TAX card copy
  • Baggage certificate
  • Residence certificate
  • Declaration as per European Union regulations 
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Photocopy of air ticket or declaration
  • Photocopy of work contract (if applicable)
  • Proof of application for residence permit
  • Copy of identity card (diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • The original passport must state the place of residence abroad.
  • Photocopy of air ticket or declaration must include details (date of arrival, etc.).
  • The baggage certificate, “Certificado de Bagagem,” must state that all the items are used and have been in the owner of the goods’ possession for more than 6 months (do not show values).
  • The baggage certificate must state that the owner of the goods has been living in the origin country for more than 12 months.
  • Residence certificate “Atestado de Residencia” can be obtained in the Parish Council by the owner of the goods’ residence area in Portugal; it must state that the owner of the goods is living at the new address for no longer than 4 months.
  • Portuguese nationals are not required to provide proof of application for a residence permit. 
  • If the owner of the goods is not a citizen of the origin country, proof of residency for a period of at least 12 months is required; this can be proven through a photocopy of identity card, certificate issued by the Portuguese Consulate or employment contract from the origin country.
  • Transferees must be present for Customs clearance and must provide an exact date of arrival in Portugal.
  • Although normal goods are duty free, Custom’s broker fees are generally required and are based ad valorem.
  • Port handling charges and warehouse fees may be included in Custom’s broker fees but can be expensive; estimates should be requested from agent prior to import.
  • Used household goods are considered duty-free if they have been in the owner of the goods’ possession for a period of at least 6 months and are not for sale after the shipment has been released.
  • Goods must arrive within 6 months of owner of the goods’ arrival in the destination country.
  • Inheritance requires a certified copy of the death certificate as well as the will, to allow for duty free import.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Registration certificate
  • Original title
  • International driver’s license
  • Insurance documents 
  • Import license
  • Purchase invoice
  • Inspection records

 

Specific Information

  • Duty-free entry for temporary import period of 6 months, during which definitive importation of the car must occur.
  • Costs of duties and taxes depend on value of the motor vehicle in Portugal.
  • If no definitive importation is performed, the motor vehicle must leave the country before a period of 6 months.
  • Boats are subject to the payment of duties.
  • Only 1 car allowed.
    • Other cars will incur duties.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination certificate
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Owner of the goods’ passport

 

Specific Information

  • Pets must be identifiable with a tattoo or an electronic identification system and vaccinated against rabies.
  • The vaccination certificate must include rabies vaccination information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Wine
  • Tobacco
  • New items still in packaging
  • Essences for regional wine counterfeit
  • Systems for copying mail stamping systems
  • Fish if it is disemboweled (cannot exceed 20 kg)
  • Medicines and foodstuffs harmful to national health and drugs
  • Powdered milk for babies, food for children and special medical food (including pet food) may be allowed if not requiring refrigeration and with original, unbroken seal (unless in use at the time),
    • Quantity must not exceed the weight of 10 kg originating from Croatia, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland, and of 2 kg if originating in other countries
  • Coats, fur and leather shoes made of protected animals (special authorization required)
  • Hunting and civilian guns only (guns needs a property title and also need to be mentioned on the Consulate certificate)
  • Firearms, cut and thrust weapons, and any instrument without specific application 

Prohibited Items

  • Meat and milk, and any by-products thereof, from non-European Union countries, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries;
    • Check with agent for details.
  • Protected species and products thereof as listed by the Washington Convention (CITES). 
    • For example, ivory, tortoise shells, coral, reptile skins, and wood from Amazonian forests.
  • Pornographic material / objects
  • Alcohol / spirits
  • Firearms / weapons
  • Drugs
  • Food

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport / visa / residence permit visa with page of entry stamp
  • Packing list (in English)
  • Copy of bill of lading (OBL) / express release or telex release / air waybill (AWB)
  • Letter of employment (NOC)
  • Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • Personal authorization letter
  • Original authorization letter in Arabic

 

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods must be in Qatar during Customs clearance.
  • The residence visa must be obtained prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • Documents must be received by agent at least 5 days prior to arrival of the shipment.
  • Customs will inspect all packages.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 3 - 4 business days from the date of receipt of the original documents required for clearance. 
    • Storage or demurrage charges will be billed back to the owner of the goods or agent per the receipt.
  • All sea shipments that arrive at the Doha port after 6 months from the first entry date of the consignee will have a 5% customs duty levied.
  • The Customs duty is 5% of the estimated value of goods determined by the Customs Valuation Committee plus the legalization charges of approximately USD $175.00. Legalization charges will not apply for personal effects import
  • All prohibited articles detained by Customs may be destroyed without consignee's consent.
  • All printed matter, records, films, books, pictures, tapes, slides, movies, videos, compact discs, computer software, etc. are subject to censorship and confiscation (must be packed separately for easy access) if caught with any of these items, customer will be subject to severe penalties and a possible jail term.
  • Travel bags and packages must remain unlocked.
  • All items have to be declared as per the packing list for all FCL/LCL imports. This means that for LCL at least 10 to 15 columns/entries will have to be entered into the customs declaration/bayan.

    • For 20’ at least 20 to 30 columns/entries will have to be entered into the customs declaration/bayan.
    • For 40’ at least 30 to 50 columns/entries will have to be entered into the customs declaration/bayan. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Proof of ownership at origin
  • Original import manifest
  • Registration certificate
  • Insurance policy
  • Purchase / sales invoice
  • Original bill of lading / air waybill

 

Specific Information

  • Vehicles must be Gulf standard and left-hand drive.
  • Automobiles should not be more than 5 years old.
  • The owner of the vehicle must be a resident in Qatar prior to registration of the vehicle.
  •  A 5% Customs duty is charged on the value of the vehicle identified on the price on the purchase / sales invoice or its depreciated value and is determined at the discretion of the Customs Officer in charge.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

 

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued by a government approved veterinarian clinic in the origin country and must confirm that the animal is in good health with current vaccinations.
  • The certificate must be dated within 2 weeks prior to the animal’s arrival in Qatar.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Cigarettes (free import up to 400)
  • Personal items and gifts (free import up to QAR 3,000.-.)
  • Firearms (special permission from the Ministry of Defense in Qatar is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Alcohol
  • Ivory
  • Idols
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Pork products
  • Pornographic materials
  • Politically subversive materials
  • Explosives and explosive items, including fireworks and other flammable items

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport / Romanian ID card
  • Packing list / valued inventory
  • Work / resident permit
  • Lease agreement / rental contract
  • Letter of employment / registration certificate in Romanian
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Fiscal number and registration certificate copy of the company
  • Personal declaration
  • Import application
  • Letter of repatriation (returning citizens)
  • Delegacy from the Embassy (diplomat)
  • Request for import and inventory (diplomat)

Specific Information

  • If the resident permit is unavailable, a statement will be issued that the owner of the goods will obtain within 6 months.
  • The personal declaration must state that the owner of the goods has owned the household goods and personal effects for at least 6 months, the goods are not intended for commercial purposes, and that the owner of the goods has lived abroad for a period of at least 12 months (template provided by agent in Romania).
  • Relief is not available from import duties for household goods belonging to natural persons transferring their secondary residence in the Customs territory of Romania.
  • Customs regulations in Romania are grounded on Council Regulation EEC Number 918/83.
  • An owner of the goods can be admitted free of import duties and VAT if:
    • Non - citizens must:
      • Transfer their main residence from another country to Romania
      • Reside outside Romania for at least 12 months
      • Goods are for personal use and cannot be sold within 2 years after Customs clearance
    • Returning citizens must:
      • Transfer their secondary residence from another country to Romania
      • Reside outside Romania for at least 12 months
      • Goods are for personal use and cannot be sold within 2 years after Customs clearance
  • Import duties are charged for food, alcohol products, tobacco, and tobacco products and perfumes.
  • An Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI) is required for import and export of household goods and personal effects, including motor vehicles.
  • Valued inventory showing serial numbers of electric appliances, photographs, including antiques and art, carpets, lamps, paintings, silver, and crystals (2 copies each) is required.
  • The fiscal number and registration certificate copy of the company must be provided by the employer in Romania.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of license plate certificates
  • Copy of invoice
  • Copy of property title
  • EORI number for the owner of the goods
  • Motor vehicles require the same set of documents listed for household goods as well as those listed above

Specific Information

  • Vehicles can be registered with the payment of a first registration charge, which varies from a few hundred Euros (if car complies with Euro 3 standards), to thousands of Euros (if it is a non-Euro or Euro 1).
  • A guarantee must be paid by the owner of the goods account for vehicle and motorcycles and will be recovered by the time the owner of the goods is moving from Romania.
  • Diplomats are not charged first registration fees or duties on motor vehicles.
  • Duties are charged on all imported vehicles, excluding diplomats.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Identification (microchip / tattoo)

Specific Information

  • Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation No. 998/2003.
  • Birds are subject to Decision No. 25/2007.
  • Animals must enter Romania through Bucharest.
  • Must have an anti-rabies vaccine.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated:
    • Alcohol - only 1 liter over 22 degrees or 2 liters below 22 degrees or 2 liters of wine
    • Cigarettes - only 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Pornographic material
  • Firearms, ammunition, explosives
  • Protected species and products thereof as listed by the Washington Convention (CITES) / live plants, unless the plant has the phito-sanitary certificate

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

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport (photograph and personal information pages)
  • Declaration of facts form
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Copy of the owner of the goods’ employment pass / green card (both sides)
  • Goods and services tax relief form (GST)
  • Supplementary Customs declaration form
  • Wine and liquor declaration form
  • Exemption permit (diplomats) 

Specific Information

  • A duty exemption will be given to goods if all documentation as requested above is in order. 
  • Goods should be in the owner of the goods’ possession and used for more than 3 months.
  • Shipment must be imported into Singapore within 6 months of the owner of the goods’ first arrival into Singapore.  
  • If shipment arrives more than 6 months after owner of the goods’ employment pass (EP) into Singapore, shipment is subject to 7% goods and services tax (GST) on the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value.  
  • Returning Singaporean residents should be away for more than 6 months to get 7% GST relief.
  • Embassy, high commission, Consulate or accredited trade organization in and owner of the goods who have been accorded diplomatic and consular privileges and immunities by the Singapore Government are eligible for duty exemption and GST relief on all goods that are for the personal or official use of the owner of the goods  or organization; an exemption permit is required to cover the import of such goods but the organization and its authorized claimants have to be first registered with Customs.
  • A failure to declare all items or pay taxes due may result in prosecution, fines, and/or imprisonment.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Certificate of compliance
  • Original commercial invoice
  • Insurance papers
  • Vehicle registration certificate
  • Owner of the goods’ passport
  • Inward declaration permit
  • Customs in-payment permit
  • Customs duty payment receipt
  • Temporary certificate of entitlement
  • Manufacturer’s letter confirming the date the automobile was manufactured

Specific Information

  • Certificate of compliance from exhaust emission control standard is required for all new and used vehicles.
  • Autos and motorcycles are subject to very high duty and registration fees; importation highly discouraged.
  • Must be registered in owner of the goods’ name for continued use and not for resale.
  • Left-hand drive vehicles are prohibited.
  • Vehicles more than three years old cannot be imported.
  • Boats are duty-free, but must be for the owner of the goods’ use and not for resale.
  • Dismantled vehicles are not permitted.

Please do not load motor vehicle into shipment first. The cost of register vehicle for use on roads is significant.  It is strongly advised that transferee contact agent as well as the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for specific information.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Import license from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)
  • Reservation for quarantine (if applicable) must be made prior to import

Specific Information

  • If ownership of an animal cannot be verified from birth to 6 months for that animal, it will be quarantined.

Note:  There are many requirements regarding the importation of pets into Singapore.  It is strongly advised that transferee contact agent as well as the AVA for specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Tobacco products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Petroleum products

Prohibited Items

  • Liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets
  • E-cigarettes
  • Chewing gum, chewing tobacco, and imitation tobacco products (except approved oral dental and medicated gum by the Health Sciences Authority)
  • Shisha
  • Smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes
  • Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine
  • Any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used topically for application, by implant or injected into any parts of the body
  • Any solution or substance, of which tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that is intended to be used with an electronic nicotine delivery system or vaporizers
  • Nasal snuff (with effect from 1 August 2016)
  • Oral snuff (with effect from 1 August 2016)
  • Gutkha, khaini and zarda (with effect from 1 August 2016)
  • Weapons, gun, ammunition of any kind, cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
  • Narcotics, controlled or non-branded drugs, and psychotropic substances
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their byproducts
  • Firecrackers or counterfeit currencies
  • Obscene articles, pornographic books, materials, publications on video tapes / discs and software
  • Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
  • Seditious and treasonable materials
  • Animals and birds and their by-products
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
  • Plants
  • nasal snuff
  • Arms and Explosives
  • Bullet-proof clothing
  • Weapons, Kris, spears and swords
  • Prerecorded cartridges and cassettes
  • Films, video tapes / discs, laser discs, CD-ROMS, and video games
  • Medicines, pharmaceuticals, and poisons
  • Telecommunications, radio communication equipment, and toy walkie-talkies

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