You are able to temporarily bring into the country, for up to 12 months, goods not considered baggage that will be used during your stay in the country and subsequently returned abroad.
These goods must be for personal use or for work purposes. They cannot be for commercial purposes to sell.
The temporary admission will be done by completing the ATA Carnet Form Declaration for Temporary Admission of Traveller’s Goods. This form is available from the Chamber of Commerce in your country or from International Chamber of Commerce website.
An ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that can be used in different countries around the world to cover temporary use of goods without payment of Customs charges.
ATA Carnets cover:
This includes computers, repair tools, photographic and film equipment, musical instruments, industrial machinery, vehicles, jewellery, clothing, medical appliances and aircraft, race horses, old masters, prehistoric relics, ballet costumes and sound systems.
ATA Carnets do NOT cover perishable or consumable items or goods for processing or repair.
See International Chamber of Commerce site for further details. While Timor-Leste is not a member of ATA Carnet, we apply the principles of ATA Carnet.
Upon your car’s arrival at Dili Port or at a Border Post, just present your ATA Carnet to the Customs Officer who will stamp a seal on it.
Your car can be released immediately from the Port without having to pay duty.
The car and goods or equipment must be re-exported within 12 months.
Payment is not necessary because the Carnet guarantees that the merchandise or equipment will be re-exported within a year (12 months), so you can be cleared from customs without the payment of import duties and sales tax or excise.