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Iran Customs Clearance


General Import Information of Household Goods & Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Original Work Permit (Non-Diplomats)
  • Work Visa (Non-Diplomats)
  • Resident Permit (foreigners with a Work Visa)
  • Exemption Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Diplomats)


Specific Information

  • All goods must be used and within a reasonable quantity for duty free import
  • New items are subject to duties and commercial taxes and potential re-exportation, as determined by Customs authorities.
  • Foreign Diplomats may import and re-export household goods and personal effects free of duties.
  • Foreign Diplomats are not required to be present for Customs clearance.
  • Diplomatic goods must be carried in bond to Tehran West Customs for final Customs clearance (Diplomats).
  • The Embassy in Tehran will obtain the exemption papers after the physical arrival of the shipment to Tehran West Customs (Diplomats).
  • Shippers entering Iran for employment who hold a valid Work Permit and a Resident Permit are entitled to import used household goods duty free.
  • Foreigners entering with a Work Visa must be present for Customs clearance.
  • Foreigners entering with a Work Visa may enter using one of the following two document options:
  • Presence at Customs + original Passport + original Work Permit
  • Notarized Power of Attorney + original Passport + original Work Permit
  • A person or family who has resided abroad for a period of 1 year (the last 6 consecutive months) can import a reasonable amount of used household and personal effects duty free (returning citizens).
  • The shipper must be present at Customs clearance (returning citizens).
  • For Customs clearance, returning citizens must present an Iranian Passport, proof of residency abroad for a minimum of 1 year, 6 month of which must be continuous without travel to Iran prior to entry.
  • After entering Iran, the shipper’s domicile in the Passport should be changed to Iran (returning citizens).
  • The shipment must arrive within 2 months after the shipper’s arrival in Iran (returning citizens).



Documents Required

  • Permit from the Ministry of Commerce
  • OBL or AWB
  • Vehicle Title / Registration
  • Proof of Insurance


Specific Information

  • Only Diplomats and Embassy employees can import cars on a duty-free basis.
  • The import of motor vehicles by non-diplomats requires special permit from the Ministry of Commerce; the owner must file the application directly.
  • Prohibited cars: The cars having Diesel motors, the cars having right steering wheel, the cars older than 2 years old.



Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate


Specific Information

  • Pets may enter as accompanied baggage or cargo.
  • Birds, cats and dogs must be accompanied by the Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the Consulate in the origin country.
  • Contact agent for specific information regarding the importation of animals.



Restricted / dutiable Items

  • Brand New Items and Appliances
  • Cigarettes (only a reasonable quantity)
  • Perfume for personal use (only a reasonable quantity)
  • Gifts of which import duties and taxes do not exceed approximately USD 80.
  • Firearms, weapons, explosives and ammunition
  • Alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer
  • Pork
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Pornographic materials (magazines, films, video cassettes, DVDs, etc.)
  • Wireless transmitters / receivers
  • Political and religious literature offensive to the Islamic faith or the Islamic Republic Of Iran.


NOTE – As per Iranian Quarantine Regulations as from 24 September 2011, all crates/wooden boxes used for the shipment of goods must be made of treated timber and have the ISPM15 stamp as proof of the treatment on the timber used. This is a requirement regardless of whether the goods are packed by the agent or by the client. Please ensure that your wooden cases are of treated timber, if not Iranian Quarantine will order fumigation at the wharf, cost of which will be billed back to the agent/owner of the goods. Please note that the fumigation charges at the wharf are quite expensive and this will also be resulted in delaying the normal clearance process.

Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While INKALA International Relocations has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, INKALA International Relocations makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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