Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.
Last Published: 10/16/2019

Import Taxes and License Requirements

No import taxes, aside from tariffs and VAT, are imposed, except on sugar and some luxury items.  All importers must be licensed by the National Directorate of Trade, which is part of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.  Registration is straightforward and has not been used as a non-tariff barrier.
Special Import/Export Requirements and Certifications

All importers and exporters must be licensed by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Pre-shipment inspections are currently mandatory for all imports.  The importation of live animals (other than domestic pets) requires veterinary certificates.  Sanitary and phytosanitary requirements exist in legislation for the importation of foodstuffs and plant materials, but are rarely enforced in practice.  Special import permits and licenses are necessary for pharmaceuticals, firearms, munitions, and explosives. 

Warranty and Non-Warranty Repairs

Spare parts imported for repair purposes are subject to normal tariffs.  Goods are not normally shipped to Mozambique for temporary repair.

Industrial Free Zones/Warehouses

APIEX (Agency for the Promotion of Investment and Exports) is the agency responsible for developing and managing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Industrial Economic Zones (IEZ).  These Zones offer financial incentives and specialized services for investors.  SEZs are intended for the production or transformation of goods to be sold into Mozambique while IEZs focus on the manufacturing of goods for export. 

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