• Goods imported must not be sold or disposed of within 12 months of date of entry
  • Immigrants and returning residents (after absence of two years of more) may be allowed to import used household goods and personal effects duty-free
  • All goods must have been in customer’s possession prior to arrival


  • Inventory (listing serial numbers of electrical appliances)
  • Returning residents after an absence of less than two year also require:
    • Immigrant’s Declaration Form
    • Proof of original export
  • Immigrants or returning residents after an absence of two years or more also require:
    • Declaration of Undertaking (Form C38)
    • Passport
    • Residence or Work Permit


  • Weapons and ammunition (application to import must be made to the Secretary of Home Affairs)
  • Drugs
  • Citrus fruits, plants and seeds subject to an Import License
  • Forged documents and counterfeit money
  • Pornographic material


  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
    • Persons visiting Zimbabwe and Zimbabwean residents returning to their country, of at least 18 years, may import a maximum of 5 liters of alcoholic drink, of which no more than 2 liters can be spirits.
  • New items
  • Antiques and works of art
  • Office equipment including computers, typewriters, fax machines, etc.
  • Precious metal


  • Subject to import control
  • Application to import should be made with the Director of Veterinary Services


  • Immigrants or returning residents after an absence of two years or more:
    • Each family member over age 18 can import a motor vehicle duty and tax-free if owned by individual member for six month
  • A returning resident absent for less than two years will not usually be allowed duty-free importation
  • Autos may not be sold or disposed of within 12 months of importation
  • Not more than two vehicles per family
  • If less than six months, all relevant documents will have to be produced to Customs, including import license
  • Documents required:
    • Form C38 (MV)
    • Immigrants Declaration
    • Passport
    • Residence Permit
    • Import License if ownership of vehicle prior to importation is less than six months
  • There are no restrictions but front seat safety belts are required by law. The duty on autos is 60%, the tax is 15%, and the surtax is 35%. Duty rates are subject to change at anytime without notice.


  • Strict currency exchange control regulations apply in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi. No exports can be made without the approval of the local Reserve Bank. This body approves (or rejects) all applications for foreign currency to spend on shipping and destination services prior to dispatch.

NOTE: Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers.
Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, we cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.
Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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