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Haiti: Import (general)

General import regulations and requirements

Customs at the port of entry requires a copy of the manifest at least 24 hours before shipment arrival. If a copy of the manifest is not received by the the Director General of Customs within that time, the shipment will be sent to the port of Port-au-Prince where it will be subject to physical inspection and document verification.

Goods that will be processed before being re-exported must be entered under the temporary import regime. A security deposit equivalent to one-and-one-half times the duties and applicable taxes is required in the form of a cheque de direction (banker's check), which will be released once the goods are re-exported.

Exporters should coordinate closely with their importers in Haiti regarding requirements.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Samples, low value and non-commercial importations

Haiti is a signatory to the International Convention to Facilitate the Importation of Commercial Samples and Advertising Material.
Samples of no commercial value may enter duty-free.
Samples of commercial value are subject to payment of duties.
Commercial travelers may bring in dutiable samples by depositing the duty amount with customs or by posting a customs bond for the duty.
If the materials are re-exported within six months, the bond will be canceled or duties reimbursed.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Import customs tariff

Tariffs on agricultural goods range from 0 to 50%. Complete exemptions from duty apply for machinery, spare parts, semi-finished products, and items necessary for the promotion of the Haitian economy.

Additional taxes/surcharges which may apply:

(Last updated on 2014-11-13)

General import license/permit requirements

Most products do not require an import license from the government.
Pharmaceuticals, firearms, and petroleum products do require an import license.
Agricultural products, food, weapons, and waste require government approval.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Prohibited or highly restricted imports

Prohibited items include: radioactive products, toxic wastes, firearms, psychotropic substances, machines for making or printing counterfeit currency, and used items, such as clothing, furniture, bedding, and shoes.

This country prohibits imports of hazardous waste as per the Basel Convention. For additional information see: Basel Convention (select country for details).

(Last updated on 2014-07-19)

Official customs/import information

Rules of origin are important in implementing such trade policy instruments as anti-dumping and countervailing duties, origin marking, and safeguard measures. Follow rules issued by WTO.

Check Member and Observer countries of World Trade Organization, Centre William Rappard, Rue de Lausanne, 154, CH-1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland; phone: +41 22 739 5111; fax: +41 22 731 4206; email:

(Last updated on 2015-04-02)

Foreign exchange controls and letters of credit

Foreign currency exchange is administered by the Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances (Ministry of Economics and Finances); email:; through the Banque de la République d'Haïti (BRH) (Central Bank of Haiti), Rues Pavée + Rue du Quai, POB 1570, Port-au-Prince; phone: +509 22 991202; fax: +509 22 991145 (all web-sites in French only)

Any commercial foreign exchange transaction not conducted through an authorized Haitian bank will be assessed a penalty of 20%, payable to the tax authorities.

The unit of currency is the HTG = Haitian Gourde (subdivided into 100 centimes)

(Last updated on 2013-01-11)

Pre-shipment requirements

A Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) is required. Such an inspection involves a physical inspection of the goods and in addition a price comparison of the merchandise in order to:

Shipments valued at USD 5,000.00 or more are subject to PSI. Partial shipments of a total transaction value of more than USD 5,000.00 are also subject to compulsory PSI. Full Container Load shipments are subject to inspection regardless of value.

Officially-designated PSI inspection company:

General information resources for Pre-Shipment Inspection (and Conformity Assessment) program requirements:

(Last updated on 2014-11-04)

Commercial invoice

One (1) original and two (2) copies are required.

Invoice requirements for imports to CARICOM countries are standardized. Shipments may be subject to delay at Customs if the CARICOM invoice form is not used. This form is available from commercial stationers. The CARICOM website provides a CARICOM Specimen Invoice in the recommended format, which lists all the information required on the invoice along with explanatory information on how to complete the form.

Provide at least two (2) copies (including original).

As with all CARICOM countries, if a commercial invoice in another form is used, the following information must be included:

Include detailed itemization of charges and expenses.

Make sure all measurements are in metric system units.

For more information on preparing and distributing commercial invoices, see Commercial Invoice and Shipping Document Distribution Based on Specific Functional Needs.

For airfreight shipments, documents in most cases should accompany cargo. See airwaybill (AWB).

Prepare a pro-forma invoice for non-commercial shipments. The importer may request a pro-forma invoice during contract negotiations to support an import license application.

(Last updated on 2015-05-05)

Packing list

A packing list is recommended to facilitate customs clearance.

In general, even when it is not required regulation, it is recommended that a packing list be used with all shipments containing more than one shipping unit of packaged cargo. Most countries require a packing list be provided together with the commercial invoice. The required information must be consistent with all information shown on the commercial invoice.

At least three (3) copies of the packing list should be included as part of the shipping documents sent to the consignee or the agent thereof. The exact contents of each package should be clearly identified. This should include each item's gross weight and net weight and each package's marks and numbers.

(Last updated on 2015-05-19)

Transport document

A properly prepared transport document is required for transportation purposes and as a source document for Customs clearance.

For ocean cargo, an ocean bill of lading is typically used. It may take several forms (a traditional negotiable bill of lading, a straight bill of lading, and express bill of lading, or an electronic bill of lading (EBL)).

Four (4) originals and three (3) non-negotiable copies of the B/L, signed by the captain or his representative, are required.

Document should include shipper's name and address, vessel's name (aircraft identification number for air freight shipments), name and address of consignee, port of origin and of destination, detailed description of merchandise, and complete listing of freight charge (including basis on which it was calculated – weight or measure) and all other accessorial charges. It should also include place for signing, date and signature of carrier.

To order bills of lading are acceptable. On such, the notify party must be shown and must be a licensed importer.

Note: For detailed information on completing a bill of lading see interactive bill of lading exhibit. (Scroll down to see the form, and click on any field for details on the information that goes in that box.)

For air cargo, an airwaybill (AWB) replaces the bill of lading used for ocean freight. For airwaybills, nine (9) copies on a standard IATA form are required.

(Last updated on 2015-04-13)

Certificate of Origin (general)

Typically, a requirement for commodities seeking preferential treatment on tariff/duty rates, but may be needed for particular commodities or may be requested by the importer/consignee or the terms of a letter of credit.
Prepare the C/O in three (3) copies using the general certificate of origin (CO, C/O) form, certified by a legal chamber of commerce if prescribed by the L/C.
Include the marks and numbers, gross and net weights of the shipped goods and value of the shipment.
Shippers should consult with their Haitian customers for up-to-date information

(Last updated on 2014-11-11)

Wood packing materials

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15) have not yet been adopted by this country.

See information issued by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Plant Protection Service, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, I-00100 Rome, Italy; fax: +39 6 570 56347; email:

Contact: Service de la Protection des Vegetaux (Plant Protection Service), Ministère de l'agriculture, des ressources naturelles et du developpement rural (Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development), POB 1441, Damien, Port au Prince; phone: +509 223596, fax: +509 223591; email:

General Information:

For a listing of countries that have adopted ISPM-15 requirements see:

For IPPC contact information by country see: International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and select "Countries".

(Last updated on 2015-04-10)

Product packaging/labeling requirements

Product-specific packaging and labeling requirements apply for food and pharmaceutical products. All other goods do not require a label.

Labels on processed food products should indicate:

Labels on pharmaceutical products must indicate:

Additional product packaging and/or labeling requirements may apply to particular types of products. Refer to the product-based information herein for the product you are considering to import or export. An exporter should also verify with its prospective importer in the destination country as to requirements for a specific product to be shipped.

(Last updated on 2014-01-17)


Haiti does not hold membership in the ISO organization, nor does it maintain a national standards body, but it is informally connected to ISO Norms.

(Last updated on 2013-04-06)

ATA carnets

The ATA Carnet currently is not accepted in this country.

An ATA Carnet is obtained in the country from which the goods are to be first exported (see list of participating countries). Initiating and governing authority for ATA Carnets is the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 38, Cours Albert 1er, F-75008 Paris, France; phone: +33 149 532828; fax: +33 149 532859

Note: An ATA Carnet is typically accepted for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, and/or Professional Equipment. An ATA Carnet does not cover perishable or consumable items, nor goods for processing or repair. Some countries are more restrictive in the scope of allowances for temporary imports covered by ATA Carnet. It is recommended that prior verification be made with the issuing agency.

(Last updated on 2014-12-29)

Temporary imports

Goods that will be processed before being re-exported must be entered under the temporary import regime. A security deposit equivalent to one-and-one-half times the duties and applicable taxes is required in the form of a cheque de direction (banker's check), which will be released once the goods are re-exported.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Important: Exercise independent care before relying on information contained herein. Although we strive to ensure all information is correct and current, GISTnet assumes no liability for detrimental reliance on this information. Trade requirements may change with little or no prior notification, de-facto requirements in certain countries vary from official regulations, and particular shipments and/or importers may have special destination customs arrangements. We encourage you to check with the importer or its customs agent in the destination country for specific importation requirements for specific products and circumstances. We ask your help with feedback ( concerning information which may be outdated or incomplete.