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Requirements to Import and Clear Customs

Get certificate and TIN Number

First, a certificate for business from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade must be obtained. This is a licence to carry out economic activity in Timor-Leste.

You will also need a TIN (Tax Identification Number) for business from the National Directorate of Revenue.

Organise a Customs Broker

Second, in accordance with article 1 of Decree Law No.15/2005, as owner or consignee of the goods, a special power of attorney must be provided to a Customs Broker who submits the customs declaration on your behalf through the Timor-Leste Customs Service ASYCUDA electronic system. A fee will be agreed by both parties.

Pay duties

Customs will assess the duty payable depending on the value of the item(s) and the duty rate applicable. See excise tax, sales tax and the duty rates of imported items for rates and items.