Gabon

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 – no;
Maximum insured value – 
 
On-line tracking provided – no;
 
Payments for inbound items in case, when content is a goods:
ü Customs clearance fee - 2500 XAF / $5;
ü Threshold level below which items are free of customs duties and other taxes - 21000 FCFA / $35;
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound letter 
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – French;
 
Delivery charge for small packets exceeding 500 g 
 
Period of retention for letters – 31 days;
 
 
Web site address of postal administration – 
 
*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.

 

**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 - 430 SDR**;
 
On-line tracking provided – no;
 
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound parcels – 2;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – French;
 
 
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 2500 XAF/ $5;
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes - 21000 FCFA / $35;
 
 
To customers’ address:
ü Free – no;
ü Paid service – no;
 
 
Period of retention for parcels:
ü Min – 30 days;
ü Max – 
 
Web site address of postal administration – 
 
 
 
*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 – 4;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
 
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 2000 XAF / 24.6 SDR;
ü Threshold level below which parcels are free of customs duties and other taxes:
For private customers - 25000 XAF / 30.75 SDR;
For business customers - 25000 XAF / 30.75 SDR;
 
How many attempts at delivery are made: 3
 
Period of retention for EMS items: 
 
Coverage: except: Akieni, Bakoumba, Bongoville, Boumango, Booue, Lebamba, Leconi, Malinga, Mabanda, Mbigou, Mekambo, Mimongo, Minvoul, Mitzic, Moabi, Moulengui Bindza, Medouneu, Ndendé, Ndjolé, Onga, Okondja, Omboue, Ovan, Pana, Guietsou, Iboundji, Kango, Ngouoni
 
Days of the week on which EMS items are delivered: 1/2/3/4/5/6
 
EMS item delivery to P.O. Box: No
 
National holidays on which EMS items are not delivered: 1,2 January, 17,22 March, 1,30 May, 4,10 June, 11,15-17 August, 1 November, 25 December
 
Web site address of postal administration –
 
 
*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

 

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The below information is based upon the official source of Gabon

 
 
ParI:
List of articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally
 
 
Section I                        Live animals; animal products
 
Chapter 1                       Live animals
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
01.01-06                         All live animalnot accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapter 2                       Meat and edible meat offal
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
02.01-10                         All meatand offal not accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapter 3                       Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and otheaquatic invertebrates
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
03.01-07                         All productof thikind not accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapter 4                       Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified oincluded
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 5                       Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Nil.
 
 
Section II                       Vegetable products
 
Chapter 6                       Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
06.02       0602.10         Unrooted cuttings.
0602.20         Trees, shruband busheof kindwhich bear edible fruit or nuts.
 
 
Chapter 7                       Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
07.01-14                         Drieshelleleguminouvegetablessweecorncrushefruitothgenu"Capsicumogenus
"Pimenta".
 
 
Chapter 8                       Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
08.01-14                           Edible  fruits  and  nuts,  peel  of  citrus  fruit  or  melon  must  be  accompanied  by  a  phytosanitary certificate.
 
 
Chapter 9                       Coffee, tea, maté and spices
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
09.01-10                           Robusta  coffee  beans  from  eastern  French  West-Africa  and  Dem  Rep  of  the  Congo  not accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapte10                    Cereals
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
10.01-08                         All cerealnot accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.

 
 
Chapter 11                    Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
11.01-09                         All productof thikind not accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapter 12                     Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
12.01-14                         No importation restrictions, if accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapte13                    Lacgums, resins and othevegetable saps and extracts
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
13.02       1302.11         Raopium.
 
 
Chapter 14                    Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
14.01-04                         All productof thikind not accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Section III                      Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetablwaxes
 
Chapter 15                    (Sole chapter)
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
15.08       1508.10         Ground-nut oils.
1508.90         Paloils.
 
 
Section IV                      Prepared  foodstuffs;  beverages,  spirits  and  vinegar;  tobacco  and  manufactured  tobacco substitutes
 
Chapte16                    Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs ootheaquatic invertebrates
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
16.01-05                         All productof thikind not accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapter 17                    Sugars and sugar confectionery
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
17.01       1701.11         Cane sugar.
1701.12         Beet sugar.
 
 
Chapter 18                    Cocoa and cocoa preparations
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 19                    Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 20                    Preparations of vegetables, fruits, nuts or other parts of plants
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
20.01-09                         Productnot accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
Chapter 21                    Miscellaneous edible preparations
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
21.01-06                         Productnot accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.

 
 
Chapte22                    Beverages, spirits anvinegar
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
22.01-02                         Minerawaters.
 
 
Chapter 23                    Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
23.01       2301.10         Flours, mealand pellets.
 
23.02                              Bran.
 
 
Chapter 24                    Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
Nil.
 
 
Section V                       Mineral products
 
Chapter 25                    Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
25.17       2517.10         Gravel.
 
25.22       2522.10         Lime.
 
25.23                              Cements.
 
 
Chapte26                    Ores, slag and ash
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
26.02       2602.00         Manganese.
 
26.12       2612.10         Uranium.
 
 
Chapter 27                     Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; minerawaxes
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
27.06       2706.00         Tars.
 
27.10       2710.00         Paraffin oil.
 
27.11       2711.13         Butane gas.
 
 
Section VI                      Products of the chemical or allied industries
 
Chapter 28                     Inorganic  chemicals;  organic  or  inorganic  compounds  of  precious  metals,  of  rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
28.01-51                         Radioactive materials.
 
 
Chapte29                    Organic chemicals
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
29.01-42                         Morphine. Diacetylmorphine.
 
 
Chapter 30                    Pharmaceutical products
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
30.01-02  3001.10         Glandand other organs.
 
3002.10         Vaccinefor medicine.

 
 
Chapte31                    Fertilisers
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
31.01-05                         All typenot submitted for phytosanitarinspection.
 
 
Chapter 32                     Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 33                    Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 34                     Soap, organic surface-activagents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxespreparewaxespolishinoscouring preparations,candleand  similar  articles, modelling pastes, "dentawaxesand dental preparationwith a basis of plaster
Nil.
 
 
Chapte35                    Albuminoidal substancesmodified starchesgluesenzymes
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 36                     Explosives;   pyrotechnic   products;   matches;   pyrophoric   alloys;   certain   combustible preparations
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
36.01-03  3601.00         Propellent powders.
 
3602.00         Prepared explosives.
 
3603.00         Detonating fuses.
 
 
Chapter 37                    Photographic or cinematographic products
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 38                    Miscellaneous chemical products
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
38.02       3802.10         Activated carbon.
 
38.07       3807.00         Wood tar.
 
 
Section VII                     Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof
 
Chapte39                    Plastics and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 40                    Rubber and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Section VIII                    Raw hideanskins, leather, furskinanarticles thereofsaddlery anharnesstravel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut(other than silk-worm gut)
 
Chapter 41                    Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
41.01-11                         Articlenot submitted for phytosanitarinspection.

 
 
Chapte42                    Articles of leather; saddlery anharnesstravegoods, handbagansimilacontainers;
articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 43                    Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
43.01-04                         Subject to phytosanitarinspection.
 
 
Section IX                      Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of strawof esparto oof other plaiting materials; basketware andwickerwork
 
Chapter 44                    Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Nil.
 
 
Chapte45                    Cork and articles of cork
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 46                    Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
Nil.
 
 
Section X                       Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard;
paper and paperboard and articles thereof
 
Chapter 47                    Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard
Nil.
 
 
Chapte48                    Papeand paperboard; articles of papepulp, of paper or of paperboard
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 49                     Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
49.01-11                         Pirated editionof bookmanot be imported.
 
 
Section XI                      Textiles and textile articles
 
Chapter 50                    Silk
Nil.
 
 
Chapte51                    Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehaiyarn anwoven fabric
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 52                    Cotton
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 53                    Other vegetable textile fibres, paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn
Nil.

 
 
Chapter 54                    Man-made filaments
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 55                    Man-made staple fibres
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 56                     Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 57                    Carpets and other textile floor coverings
Nil.
 
 
Chapte58                    Speciawoven fabricstufted textile fabricslacetapestriestrimmingsembroidery
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 59                     Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 60                    Knitted or crocheted fabrics
Nil.
 
 
Chapte61                    Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
Nil.
 
 
Chapte62                    Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 63                    Other made-up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags
Nil.
 
 
Section XII                     Footwear, headgear, umbrellassun umbrellaswalking-sticksseat-stickswhips, riding- crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles madetherewith; artificial flowersarticles of human hair
 
Chapter 64                    Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
Nil.
 
 
Chapte65                    Headgeaand parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte66                    Umbrellas, sun umbrellaswalking-sticks, seat-stickswhips, riding-crops and parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 67                    Prepared feathers and dowand articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers;
articles of human hair
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
67.01-04                         Articlenot submitted for phytosanitarinspection.

 
 
 
Section XIII                    Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products;
glass and glassware
 
Chapte68                    Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similamaterials
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 69                    Ceramic products
Nil.
 
 
Chapte70                    Glass and glassware
Nil.
 
 
Section XIV                   Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellerycoin
 
Chapter 71                    (Sole chapter)
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
71.02                              Diamonds.
 
71.03                              Precioustones.
 
71.08       7108.11-        Gold.
7108.12
 
 
Section XV                    Base metals and articles of base metal
 
Chapte72                    Iron and steel
Nil.
 
 
Chapte73                    Articles of iron and steel
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 74                    Copper and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte75                    Nickel and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 76                    Aluminium and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte77                    (Reserved fopossible future use in the harmonized system)
Nil.
 
 
Chapte78                    Lead and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte79                    Zinc and articles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 80                    Tin and articles thereof
Nil.

 
 
Chapte81                    Othebase metalscermetsarticles thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 82                    Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
Nil.
 
 
Chapte83                    Miscellaneous articles of base metal
Nil.
 
 
SectioXVI                   Machinery anmechanicaapplianceselectricaequipmentparts thereofsound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
 
Chapte84                    Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliancesparts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 85                     Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; televisioimagansound recorders and reproducers andparts anaccessorieosuch articles
Nil.
 
 
Section XVII                  Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
 
Chapter 86                     Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (includingelectro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
Nil.
 
 
Chapte87                    Vehicles, other than railwaotramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte88                    Aircraft, spacecraft and parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapter 89                    Ships, boats and floating structures
Nil.
 
 
Section XVIII                 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments   and   apparatus;   clocks   and   watches;  musical   instruments;   parts   and accessories thereof
 
Chapte90                     Opticalphotographiccinematographicmeasuringcheckingprecisionmedicaosurgical instruments and apparatusparts and accessories thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte91                    Clocks anwatches and parts thereof
Nil.
 
 
Chapte92                    Musical instrumentsparts and accessories of such articles
Nil.

 
 
 
Section XIX                   Arms and ammunitionparts and accessories thereof
 
Chapter 93                    (Sole chapter)
Heading
93.06
HS Code
9306.21
ÿ Prohibitearticles
Full sporting and militarcartridges.
 
 
ÿ Articles admitted conditionally
93.01-03
9301.00
Militarweapons.
 
9302.00
Revolvers, pistols, rifles.
 
9303.30
Other sporting shotgunand rifles.
Section XX                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles
 
Chapter 94                     Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
94.05       9405.50         So-called hunting lampor lanterns.
 
 
Chapte95                    Toys, games and sports requisitesparts and accessories thereof
Heading        HS Code              ÿ Prohibitearticles
95.04       9504.30         Devices for gameof chance.
 
 
Chapte96                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Nil.
 
 
Section XXI                   Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
 
Chapter 97                    (Sole chapter)
Nil.

 
 
ParII:
Conditions of admission of articles imported or in transit
 
 

2.1  Animals and animal products
 
 
2.2  Plants and plant products
 
2.3  Anti-parasite products for agricul- tural use
 
2.4  Beverages and spirits

Animaland animal productmabe imported on presentatioof a phytosanitarcertificatissueby thcompetent authoritof thcountrof origiansubject to thprovisionoAGG(Gabonese Governmental Decree) No 2925.
 
Athe time of theiimportation intGabonplantanplanproductarsubject to phytosanitary inspection in accordancwith the relevant conditionin effect (AGof 12 June 1945).
 
No importation restrictions.
 
 
 
No importation restrictions.

 
2.5  Tobacco                 Gabonese State-owned tobacco monopoly.
 
2.6  Mineral oils            No importation restrictions.
 
2.7  Narcotics               Except in special cases, all narcoticare strictlprohibited.

 
2.8  Pharmaceutical products
 
2.9  Chemical matches
 
2.10  Articles of rub- ber
 
2.11  Books, brochures, newspapers, printed matter
 
2.12  Natural or cul- tured pearls, precious stones and metals and articles thereof; imitation jewellery
 
2.13  Television receivers
 
2.14  Measuring instruments

No importation restrictions, but under the control of a partly State-owned companupon arrival. No importation restrictions.
No importation restrictions, although customduty rateare prohibitivelhigh.
 
 
All  books,  brochures,  newspapers  and  printed  matter  are  admitted,  except  those  that  may  be detrimental to publimorality.
 
 
 
No importation restrictionif accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
No importatiorestrictionsexcepfor telecommunicationmaterialsubject to speciaauthorization frothe PostanTelecommunications Corporation.
 
No importation restrictions.

 
2.15  Wamaterial        Importatioistrictlprohibiteansubject to speciaauthorization from thMinistrof Defencand the Presidencof the Republic.

 
2.16  Gaming machines – Toys

No importation restrictionif accompanied by a phytosanitarcertificate.

 
 
ParIII:
Special provisions, Customs and other
 
 

3.1  Drawing up of customs declarations
 
3.2  Need to insert invoices
 
3.3  Need to attest to the origin of goods
 
 
3.4  Miscellaneous customs provisions
 
 
 
 
3.5  Provisions on infringements

customs declaration must be submitted fothe importation of all goods. However, a verbadec- laration mabe made for goodwhose markevalue ilesthan 100 000 CFA.
 
 
Unless abuses arsuspectedthcustoms administratioexempts frothe requirementproduce an invoice postal itemthat are non-commercial in nature.
 
Thorigimusbattestetby a certificatoorigifoproductexchangeunder a preferential rate system undeagreements between the Central African CustomanEconomic Union(UDEAC) anvarioucountries.
 
Standard taxThcustomadministratiomasubjecsmalitemaddressed to privatpersonto a lump-sulevowhen such items:
 
–   are occasional in nature;
 
–   contain onlgoodintended for personal or familuse.
 
Gabonese lacontainno provision relating specificallto the repressiooinfringementocustoms regulations applicable to postaitems; therarehoweverprovisions relatintinfringementsof a general nature.