Guide to Sending Parcels to Gabon

Gabon may only have 2.1 million inhabitants, but it has a rich history of folklore and mythology, and is known worldwide for its use of elegant masks during ceremonies celebrating births, marriages, and deaths.

However, less well known to most, is the amount of protected parklands this west African nation has created - about 10% of its landmass. And this provides a safe home to many varied creatures such as forest elephants, buffaloes, sitatungas, chimpanzees, and gorillas.

For its region, Gabon is a leader in e-commerce. Its internet service is reliable and affordable, which has readied 38% of its population for online shopping. With French as Gabon's official language, it's a perfect time for Canadians to sell and ship goods to the Gabonese.

Information for this page was taken from Gabonese Customs and CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa).

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Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.

Shipping Documents Only to GabonDocuments Only

Gabon allows the following items into the country as a document shipment provided the parcel weighs no more than 5 kg.

  • Advertising literature
  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports and intercompany reports
  • Blueprints and drawings
  • Brochures and pamphlets
  • Business cards
  • Calendars
  • Cash letters, negotiable bonds, and drafts
  • Catalogues and price lists
  • Charts and maps
  • Cheques and credit cards
  • Computer print-outs
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Graphs
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Manuscripts and publications
  • Mylars
  • Magazines, newspapers, and periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Proposals and bids
  • Seismic data
  • Sepia drawings
  • Specifications sheets

The items below will be allowed entry into Gabon if the restriction shown is followed.

Item Restriction
Envelopes Only if blank
Event tickets - stage and musical performances, football matches Cannot be a shipment from a printing company to an event organiser or ticket sales office
Forms Provided they are blank
Manuals Must be of a technical nature
Newsletters For intercompany use only
Stationery Must be blank
Traveller's cheques Must be personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_CA

Shipping Gifts to GabonShipping Gifts

Gift parcels shipped to Gabon from Canada will incur duty and taxes if they are valued at greater than $35 USD (about $45 CAD).

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Gift shipments from an individual in Canada to an individual in Gabon will be exempt from duties and taxes provided the shipment is no more than $35 USD (about $45 CAD).

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Gift shipments with a value of $35 USD or less will be exempt from taxes and duties.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

The general policy of Gabonese customs is to accept gift shipments duty and tax free if the parcel's value is no more than $35 USD (about $45 CAD).

Gift Checklist

  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If your shipment contains multiple gifts, be sure to wrap and tag each one separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html

Shipping personal effects/belongings to GabonShipping Personal Effects

Personal effects shipped to Gabon by Canadian citizens or Gabonese nationals returning to live permanently will be exempt from duty fees and taxes.

Exemptions will be granted provided:

  • The goods arrive as one shipment when the change of residence occurs
  • The amount of goods in the shipment is in line with the size of the household
  • All of the goods have been owned and used by the claimant for at least 6 months

Moving Temporarily

Students

Students moving to Gabon may ship their personal effects duty and tax free as long as:

  • The goods arrive in one shipment within 2 months of the student starting school
  • The student can provide paperwork showing admission to an educational facility
  • The amount of goods in the shipment is appropriate to the lifestyle and living arrangements of the student

The exemption is applicable to clothing and linens. (Pieces of fabric do not qualify for exemption; they are taxable and dutiable.)

Non-students

There is no information at this time concerning non-students shipping their personal effects to Gabon for a temporary stay.

Moving Permanently

Gabonese and Canadian citizens who move permanently to Gabon may ship their personal effects duty and tax free.

Tax and duty exemption on personal effects are allowed if:

  • The shipment's size corresponds to the number of people in the household
  • All items arrive in one consignment when the change of residence takes effect
  • The goods are used and have belonged to the owner for a minimum of 6 months
Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • For students, a certificate indicating acceptance at an educational institution

Sources:
https://douanes.ga/particuliers/autres-franchises
http://www.droit-afrique.com/upload/doc/cemac/CEMAC-Acte-1992-02-exonerations-douanieres.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to GabonFood, Chocolate, Candies

Most foodstuffs to individuals may enter Gabon without restrictions provided they are small shipments to a family or individual.

NOTE:
Commercial invoices must show the shipper's name and signature; electronic invoices are not allowed.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Most foodstuffs

Do Not Ship

  • Perishables
Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.agasa.site/first/importation-et-exportation/
https://www.fedex.com/en-us/ancillary-clearance-service.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Shipping Promotional Material to GabonSamples

Commercial samples are shipped to solicit sales and promote products; they are NOT intended to be sold.

Provided samples have no commercial value, they may enter Gabon exempt from duty charges.

NOTE:
commercial samples may also be shipped to Gabon by using an ATA Carnet, which allows them an expedited customs clearance and a duty-free entry to the country.

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://douanes.ga/particuliers/autres-franchises

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sending Promotional material to GabonAdvertising Material

Advertising material in the form of publications and posters may enter Gabon exempt from duties as long as:

  • They are promoting overseas tourism, exhibitions, or fairs
  • They are distributed at no charge
  • They contain no more than 25% commercial advertising
Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://douanes.ga/particuliers/autres-franchises

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in GabonRepairs

Machinery and equipment shipped to Canada for repair may re-enter Gabon exempt from duty fees provided the work was done at no charge under a warranty.

Items Under Warranty

Provided items are covered by a warranty, they may be repaired in Canada at no charge and returned to Gabon without incurring duty.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment and machinery that are no longer under warranty will incur duty fees on the repair work done in Canada when they are returned to Gabon.

Sending Product for Repair to Gabon

There is no information at this time concerning sending items to Gabon from Canada for repair.

Returning Repaired Product to Gabon

If goods have been repaired in Canada at no charge due to a warranty obligation, they will be exempt from duties upon re-entry into Gabon.

Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return(see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Gabon or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
http://www.droit-afrique.com/upload/doc/cemac/CEMAC-Acte-1992-02-exonerations-douanieres.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to GabonTemporary Imports

Goods imported into Gabon for a temporary stay may do so exempt from taxes and duties provided:

  • They are destined for display at a trade fair or similar exhibition
  • They are returned to Canada within one year of their arrival in Gabon
  • They are accompanied by a bank guarantee in the amount of fees owed

ATA Carnets

Gabonese authorities only accept ATA Carnets for commercial samples

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.setoa.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/scheda_export_documents_en_gabon.pdf
http://www.wcoomd.org/-/media/wco/public/global/pdf/topics/facilitation/instruments-and-tools/conventions/ata/handbookconvention-on-temporary-admission-istanbul-26-june-1990_en.pdf

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within GabonPermanent/Sold Goods

As there is no threshold (de minimis value) on shipments sent to Gabon, all sold goods entering the country will incur duty and taxes regardless of their value.

Occasional Shipper

Even if you only ship sold goods occasionally to Gabon, the recipient will be liable to pay duty and taxes on the shipment.

Regular shipper

Regular shippers of sold goods to Gabon are strongly recommended to consult a licenced Gabonese customs broker for their shipment. This is to ensure that consignments have the necessary certificates to clear customs.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Galaktioni Tabidze
8 Gia Chanturia St.
Tbilisi 0108
Gabon

Phone: +995 32 299 86 67
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number:

123456MGEP4916926


Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 May 2023
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

IconRequired Documents

Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Gabon. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Gabon, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Goods deemed prohibited by Gabonese customs will not be allowed entry to the country while restricted goods may enter; however, they may be restricted in quantity or require a permit.

Prohibited Items

  • Amulets and talismans known as 'gris-gris' or 'fetishes'
  • Any object or material with pornographic images
  • Psychotropic substances, narcotic drugs
  • Relics and antiquities of any type

Restricted Items

  • Perishables - fruit and plants
  • Medications (for both veterinarians and medical practitioners)
  • Goods made from animals

Sources:
https://douanes.ga/particuliers/guide-du-voyageur

Duty & Taxes

Gabonese authorities calculate the amount of duty and taxes owed on a shipment entering the country by using its CIF Value. The CIF Value is the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

If you were to calculate the CIF Value of your shipment to Gabon, you will have an estimate of the duty and tax (VAT) the recipient will have to pay.

Thresholds

All imports of sold goods entering Gabon will incur duty and VAT regardless of their value. There are no thresholds (also called de minimis values) below which no fees are incurred.


Currency CFA franc XAF
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) N/A
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 18%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

Excise Duties

Luxury goods entering Gabon will incur excise duties. The following items are considered luxury goods: tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, perfumes, salmon, and caviar.

Details of specific duty rates for the above products can be found here.


  • Candy30%
  • Chocolate30%
  • Spirits and winesVariable
  • Tobacco32%*
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles30%
  • Computers & laptops10%
  • Tablets10%
  • Mobiles10%
  • Cameras30%
  • Accessories for Electronics10%
  • Coats30%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics30%
  • Jewellery30%
  • Shirts & pants30%
  • Home appliances30%
  • Toys30%
  • Sports equipment30%

*XAF 150/package (about 33¢ CAD)

Sources:
https://www.macmap.org/
https://33bbf3d5-c3fe-409d-a723-d22ea129e9a0.usrfiles.com/ugd/33bbf3_961718f56aa44ea9be81f619684e4001.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/gabon/corporate/other-taxes

IconGabon Shipping Insurance

You can purchase insurance through Secureship, and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment, our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn't meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

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