Moving to Bangladesh

Country Guide

Country Guide: Bangladesh

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Updated: November 14, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release/air waybill (AWB)
  • Customs passbook issued by the National Board of Revenue (NBR)
  • Packing list / detailed inventory
  • Baggage declaration form, completed upon arrival and signed by Customs
  • Inspection order form (IOF) / inspection information form (IIF)
  • Pro-forma invoice
  • Transfer of residence certificate (returning Bangladeshi)
  • Letter of employment (foreigners)
  • Work permit (foreigners)
  • Tax exemption certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Bangladeshi citizens and foreigners may import used household goods and personal effects into Bangladesh.
  • Duty-free importation is allowed for the embassy, high commission, United Nations, international donor agencies, and their employees.
  • Foreigners, NGO employees, and foreign investors must pay duties and taxes for household goods and personal effects.
  • Bangladeshi citizens can import personal and household goods at a tax benefit of up to 80% on the assessable value.
    • Citizens must stay abroad with no re-entry for 2 years to qualify for the tax benefit.
    • The first 2 years receive a 40% benefit and 10% each subsequent year.
    • Citizens must obtain a certificate from the embassy / high commission stating the period abroad.
  • Bangladeshi citizens, foreigners, NGO staff members, and foreign investors must complete a baggage declaration form within 20 days of arrival.
  • Diplomatic personnel may obtain permission to import items duty-free from the diplomatic organization.
  • Privileged persons (diplomats, employees of a UN agency, some NGO employees, or employees of a foreign company having a contract with the Bangladesh government identifying them as such) must obtain a Customs passbook from the owner of the goods’ employer, who must apply for the passbook upon the owner of the goods’ arrival.
  • The Customs passbook is required for the duty-free entry and takes approximately 25-30 days to obtain.
  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance with the original passport and OBL / express release.
  • It takes approximately 5 business days to clear full container load (FCL) shipments and approximately 3 business days for air shipments.
  • It is advised that FCL shipments arrive in the Dhaka Dry Port (ICD is recommended for FCL shipments with port of entry (POE) at Chittagong).
  • All less-than-container loads (LCL) are recommended through POE Chittagong.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Purchase invoice
  • OBL

Specific Information

  • Vehicles 3 years and older cannot be imported.
  • Vehicles are subject to duties and storage charges.

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Letter of no objection (letter of permission from the Bangladesh government)

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued within 7 days of import and must state that the animal is free from rabies and other infectious diseases.
  • Cats, dogs, birds, and many other types of pets can be brought into Bangladesh without a quarantine period.
    • Contact agent for additional information.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Firearms and ammunitions (permission is required from the Ministry of Home for dealers and the Ministry of Commerce for private citizens)
  • Vehicle parts (contact agent for specific information)
  • Agar and pectin (permission from the Director of the Drugs Administration is required)
  • Meat and bone meal
    • Radioactivity-test reports from the origin country and a certificate stating the products are fit for consumption from fish, poultry or other animals is required.
    • The radioactivity-test report must clearly indicate the level of CS-137 found in each kg of each item.
  • The following items may be imported duty-free within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (225 g)
    • Alcohol (2 bottles)
Prohibited Items
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Pornographic materials
  • Polypropylene bags
  • Gambling instruments
  • Narcotics
  • Maps and charts (contact agent for specific information)
  • Poppy seeds and opium
  • Frogs and frog parts
  • Foodgrains
  • Subversive literature
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air/sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Bangladesh

Wikipedia Entry for Bangladesh