Moving to Mongolia

Country Guide

Country Guide: Mongolia

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Updated: November 18, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Detailed inventory / packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Declaration form
  • Commercial invoice, if applicable
  • Valid national ID card (returning citizens)
  • Valued inventory (returning citizens)
  • Letter of employment (returning citizens)
  • Copy of residence permit (non – citizens)
  • Employer registration certification (non – citizens only)
  • Letter of request from diplomatic organization (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods’ name must match on the passport and original bill of lading / air waybill exactly.
  • The copy of residence permit must be valid for at least 183 days (non – citizens)
  • The declaration form must list the items being imported (statement of non-commercial use)
  • The letter of employment must confirm that the owner of the goods has worked abroad by foreign company’s appointment (returning citizens)
  • The owner of the goods must obtain the residence permit within 7 days after arrival in Mongolia and provide a copy for Customs clearance (non – citizens).
  • The owner of the goods must have stayed abroad for at least 6 months without returning to Mongolia in order to be able to import household goods and personal effects without import tax and value added tax (VAT) charges on the shipment (returning citizens).
  • Used antiques, artifacts, carpets and paintings may be imported duty free if amounting to a quantity proportionate to the items in the shipment.
  • A valued Inventory or purchase invoice must be submitted for antiques, artifacts, carpets, and paintings included in the household shipment.
    • If they are for personal use and not for resale, the items are duty free; otherwise, duties and taxes must be paid.
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original purchase invoice
  • Certificate of title
  • Original bill of lading
  • List of features (manufacture, make, model, type, volumetric capacity of the engine, engine number, chassis number, petrol, or diesel, etc.)

Specific Information

  • The list of features must include manufacture, make, model, type, volumetric capacity of the engine, engine number, chassis number, petrol, or diesel, etc.
  • Duties and taxes on the imported vehicle are to be paid.
    • The calculations are as follows:
      • Value of the vehicle           Invoice price of the vehicle + freight cost + other costs
      • Duties                                  5% of the value of the vehicle
      • Excise tax                            Passenger vehicles only
      • VAT                                     10% of the vehicle Value + Duties + Excise Tax
      • Payable fee                          7000 MNT
  • The excise duties imposed on imported cars are as follows:

    Vehicle Engine (Cylinder)                             The Excise Duty (in USD)
    Capacity (in Cubic Centimeters or cc)         manufactured year
                                                                             0-3 years          4-6 years       7-9 years       10 years
    1500 or under                                                  500                    1,000                  1,000                 6,000
    1501 – 2500                                                     1,500                   2,000                 3,000                7,000
    2501 – 3500                                                    2,000                  2,500                 4,000                8,000
    3501 – 4500                                                   4,500                  5,000                  6,500               10,500
    4501 and over                                                7,000                  7,500                 9,000                13,000



Documents Required

  • Original owner of the goods’ passport
  • Residence permit
  • Vaccination record
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Stamped veterinary health certificate issued by a government veterinarian in the origin country

Specific Information

  • In addition to the documents identified in this section, the documents necessary for the household goods and personal effects shipment are also required.
  • The veterinary health certificate must show the pet’s name, sex, and breed.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • The following items may be imported duty free for personal consumption within the limits indicated:
    • Wine (2 liters), beer (3 liters) and Vodka (1 liter)
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), smoking tobacco (250 grams)
    • Alcohol and tobacco items exceeding duty-free limits must pay excise taxes as follows:
      • Vodka               5-6USD per liter
      • Beer                  0.2 USD per liter
      • Wine                1.5-6 USD per liter
      • Cigarettes        0.6 USD per every 100 pieces
      • Tobacco            0.3 USD per kg
Prohibited Items
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Alcohols and spirits of more than 75% alcohol content
  • Chemicals and toxic materials
    • Several import permits are required for rifles depending on the type of rifle imported
    • CITES and animal health certificates are required for stuffed animals / products of taxidermy
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 Mongolia

Wikipedia Entry for Mongolia