Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
The Customs Law of 2005 authorizes the government to prohibit or restrict the import of goods to protect public morality; preserve public security;  protect the environment, health and life of human, animals, or plants; protect national treasures of artistic, historic, or archaeological value;  or protect industrial and commercial property or other state interests.  Under this law, Afghanistan currently prohibits the import of alcoholic drinks, live pork and pork products, cotton seeds, narcotics, and illegal drugs
Licenses, permits, or approvals are required to import medicines, medical equipment, cosmetics, pharmacy tools, veterinary medical instruments, veterinary drugs, biological materials, pesticides, printed books, brochures, leaflets and other printed matter, films, telecommunications equipment, armored vehicles, arms, ammunition, military equipment, narcotics and precursor chemicals, endangered species, and ozone-depleting substances.  Pesticides, petroleum products, and iron/steel products are also subject to testing at the border.  

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