Moving to Burundi

Country Guide

Country Guide: Burundi

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: August 18, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Letter of employment
  • Original packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) – no express release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Freight invoice or OBL showing freight charges
  • Original valued inventory in English or French, dated, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Invoice for electrical items and appliances
  • Copy of Burundi visa to benefit from the exemption
  • Certificate of free entry from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • All documents must be provided to the agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to obtain duty-free clearance.
  • If the owner of the goods works for an NGO, Embassy, or international organization a “taxe de voirie” is applicable on all diplomatic shipments at 0.85% of the CIF value.
  • All used household goods for non-diplomatic shipments are subject to import duties and taxes of approximately 7.5% of the CIF value.
  • All new household goods for non-diplomatic shipments will be charged duty and taxes as any commercial goods.
    • Average duties are approximately 40% of the CIF value.
      • Handling                                  4% CIF Value
      • Transactional tax                   17% of (CIF + duties + handling)
      • Clothes                                     40% CIF
      • Food                                          40% CIF
      • Furniture                                  40% CIF
      • Personal effects                       25% CIF
    • Diplomats must obtain a certificate of free entry from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
      • If granted, the owner of the goods will only be liable for statistic tax which is 1.5% of the CIF value
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card
  • Copy of passport
  • Original purchase invoice
  • OBL

Specific Information

  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand, and model.
  • A car older than 8 years is not allowed for importation in Burundi.
    • If imported, there will be a fine of $1000 to be paid to Customs.
  • The duty rates for cars are as follows:
    • Diplomat                                         1% handling charge
    • Vehicle more than                        10 passengers 15% CIF
    • Tourism vehicle Between           40% and 100% CIF
    • Handling                                        4% CIF value
    • Transactional tax                         17% of (CIF + duties + handling)

Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Rabies vaccination certificate

Specific Information

  • Veterinary health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate are required from the country of origin.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and is duty free (max 20 bottles).
    • If the value is more than 500 USD, a pre-shipment inspection will be requested as well as an import license.
Prohibited Items
  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Transmission equipment
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons, explosives, and ammunition
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Plant and plant products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Hazardous materials
  • Counterfeit money and goods
  • Pornographic materials
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 Burundi

Wikipedia Entry for Burundi