Importation of Goods

Goods which are intended to be imported for use or consumption within the Customs territory must be declared for home use. 

They may be declared for home use either directly on importation or after another Customs procedure such as warehousing, temporary admission or Customs transit.

Entry Requirements

Prescribed Forms

The main obligations to be fulfilled by the declarant to obtain the clearance of goods for home use are the lodgment of a Goods declaration with supporting documents (invoice, bill of lading, Airway Bill, import license, certificates of origin, etc.) and the payment of any import duties and taxes applicable.

All goods imported into the Republic of Namibia must be reported to Namibia Customs and Excise through use of a goods declaration lodged at the Customs and Excise office at which they arrive. An SAD 500/501 declaration form must be lodged for all imported goods, which are for sale or for any industrial, occupational, commercial, institutional or other like use. Goods imported as passenger’s baggage, non-commercial, postal parcels, and certain other personal importations are declared by other means.

Details can be obtained from local Customs and Excise offices. The lodging of goods declaration represents a legally binding statement.

Completion of the SAD Form

The SAD500/501 may be completed either in type or manuscript. If prepared in manuscript, it must be legible, using block capitals in indelible blue or black ink.

There must be no erasures, overwriting or alternations. Under no circumstances may correction fluid be used. In the event that an error is made in the preparation of the SAD500/501, the error shall be corrected by way of an official voucher of correction (SAD503) or Customs may require a new Goods Declaration to be completed. The SAD500/501 must be signed before lodgment at a Customs office.

SAD Accompany / Supporting Documents

Importers, Agents or Declarants will generally be required to submit one complete Customs declaration form accompanying commercial documents. The documents must be represented in triplicate, unless specific instructions require otherwise.

One copy will be original, extra copy for Customs and final copy will return to the declarant. The complete declaration package will consist of the documents listed below assembled in the following order (if applicable):

Exemptions from entry requirements

Importation of Goods Guidelines

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Importation of Goods Guidelines

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