Zimbabwe Import Tariff Codes and Products Requiring Import Licenses

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List of Zimbabwe Import Tariff Codes and Products Requiring Import Licenses

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List of Zimbabwe Import Tariff Codes and Products Requiring Import Licenses

What to know when exporting into Zimbabwe

The new political dispensation and the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra has sent positive signals to the business commmunity after years of poor economic performance and business confidence. 

Whether you want to set up a factory or want to export into Zimbabwe, what is paramount is knowing the processes and exactly what you require.

If you are intending to export any products into Zimbabwe, it is important to ensure that the necessary docuements are obtained prior to export. Some important documents to be aware of are below: 

Import license and Import permits  

Import licenses are issued by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce. These are required to import specific products into Zimbabwe, mainly non-agricultural products.  

Import permits are mainly issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and such permits are typically for agricultural products. However, in some cases, depending on the nature of the product, import permits may be issued by other government departments or institutions. 

It is important to know whether your product requires a permit or license or if it needs both.

What products require import licenses?

Getting information on exactly which products require a license can be a challenge. However, we keep an up to date list of the products.

Please note that a few products may require both an import permit and an import license. Such products include potatoes, cooking oil and sugar among others.

Who is responsible for obtaining import licenses?

The importing entity is responsible for obtaining the relevant licenses. Notably the application requirements differ between companies and individuals. However, the cost is the same for all, which is currently set at $70 per licence. Note that licenses are applied for per product therefore the fee is for one product. 

Products exempted from import licenses

  • Personal goods for own consumption. It should be noted that there a specified quantities under this exemption and such exemption is granted once in a calendar month.
  • Inheritance goods
  • Immigrant goods
  • Returning resident goods 
  • Diplomatic goods

Preshipment Inspections

Another important issue to establish is whether the products intended for export into Zimbabwe require preshipment inspections (PSI). 

Consignments of goods listed as requiring PSI’s will be denied entry if not accompanied by a certificate of conformity.

PSI’s are carried out on behalf of Customs Authorities in many countries around the world. This is therefore not unique to Zimbabwe. 

The inspections target specific goods and the purpose is to confirm the buyer’s specifications, quantity and value of goods. This assists in ensuring that sub standard or goods not complying with specific standards do not enter the country. It also assists in ensuring correct import duties are paid.

Although this may be a bottleneck for exporters, on the positive side it reduces the risk of your goods being denied entry at the port.  PSI’s are done by Bureau Veritas which has a presence around the world.

What is the minimum value of the goods to be inspected?

The minimum value of a product determines whether an inspection is required or not, provided the product is listed among products requiring inspections. The minimum value of the goods should be $1 000 or equivalent. 

Although we do not have the minimum values it should be noted that goods exported by the same exporter on different invoices, consigned to the same exporter on the same transportation will have a combined value.  If its above the minimum value then a PSI will be required.

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