Somalia - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation
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While there are slight differences in the import documentation based on products, country of origin, and point of entry, the states in the South, Puntland, and Somaliland require importers to produce the following documentation:

  • Certificate of incorporation provided by MOCI, which must have a license to import
  • Certificate of origin, mandatory for all imports
  • Original bill of lading
  • Bill of lading/airway bill, issued by the shipping company
  • Packing list that covers description of items imported
  • Import permit, applies to all restricted goods and may be issued in advance by sector regulatory agencies
  • A commercial invoice showing products and value
  • Phytosanitary certificate for agricultural produce or health certification
  • A tax certificate is required for registered companies
  • Insurance certificate
  • A pre-shipment inspection certificate has been introduced.  Bureau Veritas has been contracted to issue this certificate.

Depending on the nature of the goods, additional documentation may be required.  Once the documentary inspection process is completed, goods are inspected by relevant agencies, after which they are released.  It is advisable to consult local clearing agents who may advise importers on the documentation and procedures.