Angola - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports
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Items prohibited from import into Angola include:

  • Animals and Plants - The Angolan Government prohibits the import of animals and animal by-products from areas affected by epizootic diseases and plants coming from areas affected by epiphytic disease.
  • “Morality”-related products – Certain distilled beverages, pornography, roulette and other gambling machines, and other goods specified by law.  Despite this law, several casinos operate in Luanda.
  • Vehicles – Passenger vehicles more than 6 years from the manufacturing date are not permitted to be imported into Angola.   Vehicles for industrial use such as trucks and those for transportation of more than 10 persons are only prohibited if older than 10 years from the manufacturing date.
  • Biotechnology Products - Angola prohibits the importation of viable transgenic grain or seed. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries controls all agricultural imports and requires importers to present documentation certifying that their goods do not include biotechnology products. Transgenic food aid is permitted but must be milled.  Biotechnology imports for scientific research are subject to regulations and controls established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • Imitations of national franchise formulas.
  • Home-made or handmade medicines.
  • Food products that do not meet the conditions established by current legislation or that are in a poor state of conservation.
  • Used batteries and accumulators.
  • Retreaded or used tires.
  • Counterfeit goods. 

Goods requiring import licenses for specific Ministries include:

  • Pharmaceutical products for human use, saccharine, and saccharine-derived products (Ministry of Health).
  • Radios, transmitters, receivers, and other devices (Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communications).
  • Weapons, ammunitions, fireworks, and explosives (Ministry of Interior).
  • Plants, roots, bulbs, microbial cultures, buds, fruits, seeds, and crates and other packages containing these products (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries).
  • Fiscal or postal stamps (Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communications).
  • Poisonous and toxic substances and pharmaceuticals including animal vaccines (Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries, Industry and Trade, and Health).
  • Samples or other goods imported for promotion and not commercial sale (Customs).