Benin

Letter mail
Parcel
EMS
Prohibited articles list
 
Weight / size limit admitted:
üPostcard – maximum weight 20g.  maximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness – 5mm
üLetter – maxsimum weight 250gmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 5mm.
üSmall packets – maxsimum weight 2kgmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 50mm.
üM bag – maxsimum weight 30kg. maximum height - 80cmmaximum circumference -120cm.
 
Insured* letters admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value – 630 SDR**;
 
On-line tracking provided – yes;
 
Payments for inbound items in case, when content is a goods:
ü Customs clearance fee - 1000 local currency / $1,28;
ü Threshold level below which items are free of customs duties and other taxes - 
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound letter – 2;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – French;
 
Delivery charge for small packets exceeding 500 g 
 
Period of retention for letters – 15 days;
 
 
Web site address of postal administration – www.laposte.bj
 
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.

**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 

 
***Custom declaration for letter post is required only in case, when content is a goods.
 
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
 
Insured* parcels admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value - 500 SDR**;
 
On-line tracking provided – yes;
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound parcels – 1;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – French;
 
 
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 1000 local currency / $1,28;
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes - 
 
 
To customers’ address:
ü Free – yes;
ü Paid service – yes;
 
 
Period of retention for parcels:
ü Min – 30 days;
ü Max – 45 days;
 
Web site address of postal administration – http://courrier.laposte.bj
 
 
 
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.
 
**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
 
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
 
 
Maximum insured value:
 for documents: 4000 GEL
 for merchandise: 10 000 GEL
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound EMS – 3;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
 
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes:
For private customers - 
For business customers 
 
How many attempts at delivery are made: 2
 
Period of retention for EMS items: 45 days;
 
Coverage: entire territory
 
Days of the week on which EMS items are delivered: 1/2/3/4/5
 
EMS item delivery to P.O. Box: No
 
National holidays on which EMS items are not delivered: 1,10 January, 21,22 April, 1 May, 10 June, 1,15 August, 1 November, 25,31 December
 
Web site address of postal administration – www.laposte.bj
 
 
*SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
 
The amount of insurance paid by the customer should not exceed the actual value of the contents of the parcel

Definition of Terms

 

 

·        Prohibited items – items whose import into the country is prohibited.    

·        Items admitted conditionally – items whose importation into the country is allowed with the term if a document issued by the relevant authorities of the exporting country is presented.    

·        Items admitted without conditions – items whose import into the country is allowed.    

 

Detailed information on the HS codes and their titles can be found on the Revenue Service web-page (http://www.rs.ge/4509) or at the following address: http://www.foreign-trade.com/reference/hscode.htm

 

For easy search for a desired item, you can use the “ctrl+F” combination. A search field will appear in the right upper corner where you can write the title of the item. Pressing the “Enter” button will highlight the search word provided by you throughout the text in a different color.

 

The below information is based upon the official source of Benin 

 
Part I:
List of articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally
 
As the Harmonized System is not yet in use in Benin, only information concerning chapters 29, 36 and 93 appears in Part I.
 
Section VI                      Products of the chemical or allied industries
 
Chapter 29                     Organic chemicals
Heading             HS Code         ■ Prohibited articles
29.39                               Narcotics and psychotropic substances.
 
Chapter 36                     Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
Heading             HS Code         ■ Prohibited articles
36.01-36.02                      Prepared explosives; dynamite and other explosive compounds for mine working; explosives based on ammonium nitrate, chlorate or perchlorate; explosives based on other organic nitroderivatives; detonating explosives based on mercury fulminate, lead azide or the like.
 
36.03                               Fuses, detonating fuses, percussion caps, igniters, detonators; fuses and detonating fuses;
percussion and detonating caps for hunting and shooting ammunition; electric percussion caps
for detonators without their detonator, but provided with a small capsule of explosive composition;
other detonators.
 
36.04-36.05                      Pyrotechnic products (articles, firecrackers, waxed percussion caps, rockets, rain rockets and the like); other articles for amusement and light signalling; fuses forlighters, miners' lamps and the like.
 
 
Section XIX                   Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
 
Chapter 93                     Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
Heading             HS Code         ■ Prohibited articles
93.01                               Artillery and infantry weapons, machine guns and light machine guns.
 
93.02                               Revolvers and pistols.
 
93.03                                Military weapons (other than those listed listed under headings Nos. 93.01 and 93.02), including similar devices which operate by the firing of an explosive charge, such as pistols, Very pistols, pistols and revolvers for firing blank ammunition, rain rockets, line-throwing guns; muskets and rifles;
sporting shotguns, sporting or target shooting rifles.
 
93.04                               Other weapons (including spring, air or gas rifles, pistols and the like).
 
93.05                                Parts or accessories for the weapons listed under headings Nos. 93.01 to 93.04, including barrel blanks for military guns and firearms.
 
93.06                               Projectiles and ammunition, including mines, parts and spare parts; shot and cartridge wads;
ammunition for sporting and target shooting weapons.
 
93.07                                Bladed weapons (swords, cutlasses, bayonets, etc), parts thereof and scabbards and sheaths thereof.

 
 
Part II:
Conditions of admission of articles imported or in transit
 
 
Benin has not published a part II.

Benin
 
 
Part III:
Special provisions, Customs and other
 
 
Benin has not published a part III.