An important aspect of international shipments are the customs regulations, stipulations and peculiarities of the particular countries involved. Nepalese customs regulations are complex and cumbersome. Customs authorities ensure that the appropriate customs revenues are raised by enforcing strict import and export regulations. Here’s a general guideline for importing/exporting of household goods and personal effects through Nepalese customs: 


All shipments are subject to inspection. The customer must be present during the Customs clearance process. Used household goods and personal effects, which are for daily use such as clothes, books, kitchenware, glassware/china and some furniture are allowed duty free for non-diplomats if they have an Import Permit. All items deemed duty free must enter Nepal within six months ofthe customer’s arrival into Nepal. 


Required Documents: 

Passport including photo page 

Customs Transit Declaration (CTD)– required for shipments cleared at Indian ports of entry 

Bill of Lading/Air Waybill 

Comprehensive valued inventory – in English, “Misc.”, “PBO” are not acceptable 

Letter of Authorization – allowing Destination Agent to clear shipment 

Insurance Certificate – must be original 

Import Permit – obtained from the Department of Commerce, can take up to 2 weeks to process 

Residence Visa 

Work Visa 

Customers contact phone number and address in Nepal


Foreign Nationals & Returning Nepalese must also provide the following: 

Passports of every family member 

Certificate from Employer stating income source 

Import License – issued by the Department of Commerce 


Diplomat Status: 

Foreign diplomats, members of government or international organizations are granted tax and duty free entry of their used personal effects and household items with approved Diplomat Status. As a courtesy, diplomatic shipments will not be inspected. CIF Value must be stated on the Exemption Certificate. 


Privileged Status:

Applies to members of government, international organizations or embassy workers with non-diplomatic status. They are granted duty free entry of their personal effects and used household items. These shipments are subject to inspection. CIF Value must be stated on the Exemption Certificate.


Required Documents: 

Diplomatic Exemption Certificate – issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Diplomat status) 

Duty-Free Exemption Certificate – issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Privileged status) 

Passport copy 

Comprehensive inventory list in English 



Electronics and electrical items mustlist make, model and serial numbers 

Firearms require an original invoice & registration at origin. 

New items require original receipts & Certificate of origin 

Medications - require original containers, a copy of the prescription & listof generic names 

Plants & plant products including seeds and fruits require an Import Permit obtained through the Plant Quarantine Department, & a Phytosanitary certificate issued from the place of origin 

Antiques, pure silver & gold must be declaredupon arrival & must be re-exported upon departure 

Alcohol – not to exceed 1.15 litres or 12 cans of beer 

Tobacco – not to exceed 250 grams or 250 cigarettes 



Narcotics/illegal drugs of any kind 

Pornography in any format and subversive material 

Explosives, ammunitions and weapons 

Beef and any products containing beef 



Only those with privileged status are allowed to import a vehicle duty-free. Two-stroke motorcycles and three wheel vehicles are prohibited. Vehicles over 5 years of age are not permitted entry. 

Required Documents: 

Certificate of Title and Registration - must be original 

Commercial/Purchase Invoice – must be original, state make, model, year ofmanufacture, engine and chassis numbers

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