Bahamas - Country Commercial Guide
Import Tariffs

Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.S. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market.

Last published date: 2022-10-19

Tariff Rates: 

With the introduction of a Value Added Tax in 2015, the government has progressively reduced its average import duties.  During FY2021/2022 import, export, and excise duties accounted for 25 percent of government revenue, down from 45 percent in 2016.  Additional information on tariff rates, including rates applicable to Frequently Imported Items, can be accessed via the Bahamas Customs and Excise Department website. 

Import Licenses: 

Permits are required for the import of certain items.  Applications for permits should be made to the government ministry indicated below: 

  • Poultry, meats, vegetables, fruits, live plants, and animals:  Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs 

  • Medicines and Pharmaceuticals (Dangerous Drugs):  Ministry of Health and Wellness 

  • Slot machines, trailers, and recreational vehicles (temporary use only):  Ministry of Finance 

  • Firearms, fireworks, and underwater guns other than Hawaiian slings spearfishing devices:  Commissioner of Police 

  • Precursor and essential chemicals:  Customs and Excise Department 

  • Motor vehicles with a non-rebuildable title, principally designed for the transport of goods and people: Ministry of Finance 

  • Motor vehicles or motorcycles ten years or older:  Ministry of Finance 

  • Liquid or Liquified Petroleum Gas:  Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (*An import license is not required, but a certificate is required to show the product can be transported and stored safely.) 

Information regarding current import regulations may be obtained from the Bahamas Customs and Excise Department