The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Zimbabwe, Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Zimbabwe Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Zimbabwe, the following documents are required for customs clearance:

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

When shipping goods overseas to Zimbabwe, the following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • 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
  • Goods imported must not be sold or disposed of within 12 months of date of entry

When shipping goods overseas to Zimbabwe, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • 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
  • Precious metal
  • Antiques and works of art
  • Office equipment including computers, typewriters, fax machines, etc.

When shipping goods overseas to Zimbabwe, the following items are prohibited, but not limited to, from entry into the country:

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

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Zimbabwe, the following documents and regulations will apply:

  • 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 months
  • If less than six months, all relevant documents will have to be produced to Customs, including import license
  • 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
  • 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 any time without notice.

Moving Pets to Zimbabwe, The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

•            Subject to import control

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

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.

If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Bulawayo or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions on documentation.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our copany is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.