Bahamas - Country Commercial Guide
Import Tariffs
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Tariff Rates:  

The Customs Department is the nation’s second largest revenue-collecting agency. With the introduction of a Value Added Tax in 2015, the government has progressively reduced its average import duties.  During FY2022/2023 customs and other import duties totaled $188.8 million, for 75.6 percent of the budget and excise duties totaled $180.1 million, reflecting 66.8 percent of the budget forecast. Additional information on tariff rates, including rates applicable to Frequently Imported Items, can be accessed via the Bahamas Customs 2022/2023 government 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 or office 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.