Country Guide: Benin
Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.
Updated: May 17, 2017
Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
- Packing list
- Copy of passport
- Original bill of lading (OBL) – no express release accepted / air waybill (AWB) (2 originals)
- Bordereau de Suivi de Cargaisons (BSC) / Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)
- Original valued inventory in French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
- Invoice for all electrical items less than 6 months old
- Resident / work permit / letter of employment
- Certificate for change of residence
- Non-sale certificate
- Diplomatic exemption certificate (diplomats)
- The OBL must clearly indicate the weight in kilograms, the number of items, and also state “personal belongings.”
- The weight of the vehicle, if applicable, must be shown separately from the weight of the personal effects.
- The BSC must be attached to the OBL.
- If BSC is not available, a penalty of 200 Euro will have to be paid in Benin.
- Resident/work permit / or letter of employment must explain that owner of the goods is starting a new contract in Benin.
- The non-sale certificate must state that the owner of the goods will not sell personal effects in Benin.
- Certificate for change of residence must be obtained at the country of origin by the owner of the goods from either the City Hall or the embassy of passport country (if the owner of the goods is not a citizen of the country from which they are moving).
- All import shipments are subject to customs inspection.
- Household goods are allowed in Benin duty free if they have been in the owner of the goods’ possession for at least 6 months.
- All diplomatic shipments are subject to a 0.15% import tax based on the declared value.
- All non-diplomatic shipments are subject to a 3.15% import tax based on the declared value.
- A diplomatic exemption certificate must be obtained before the arrival of the goods to avoid storage charges.
IAM Note: Documents must be provided to the agent 3 weeks prior to the arrival of the shipment to obtain duty-free clearance.
- Original registration card
- Original bill of lading/freight invoice
- Non-sale certificate
- Origin certificate
- Taxes on cars will depend on age, power, etc.
- Approximately 50% CIF if no exemption
- 85% if diplomatic
- Veterinarian health certificate
- Rabies vaccination certificate from the origin country
- Documents must be received by the agent prior to import.
- Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration required)
- Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and duty-free (maximum 12 bottles)
- Cigarettes (200), cigars (25), cigarillos (100), tobacco (250 g)
- Eau de toilette (500 ml)
- Perfume (250 ml)
- Guns, explosives, and ammunition (authorization required)
- Knives and deadly weapons (authorization required)
- Plant and plant products (authorization is required)
- Meat and meat products (authorization is required)
- Illegal drugs
- Firearms, ammunition (unless authorized by territorial administration)
- Hazardous materials
- Animals and pets
- Precious metals and stones
- Gambling devices
- Counterfeit money and goods
- Pornographic materials
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 Benin
Wikipedia Entry for Benin