Cameroon - Customs and duties



In accordance with the trusteeship agreement between France and the United Nations, all nations had equal tariff treatment in Cameroon when it was a trust territory. Many types of goods essential for economic, social, and educational development were exempt from duty. Export duties were moderate. Despite this situation, the direction of Cameroon's trade was to the franc currency zone and importers were required to secure import licenses for non-franc zone products. Following independence, the import licensing system was continued, but was lest strict for EU countries.

In 1994, Cameroon's new Regional Reform Program included reduced taxes on imports from over 7% to 4%, and reduced the overall rate from a maximum 200% to a maximum 70% on luxury goods, and a minimum of 5% on necessities. Today, however, Cameroon employs the common external tariff (TEC) using four categories: necessities, 5%; raw materials and equipment, 10%; semi-finished goods, 20%; and finished products, 30%. There is also an excise tax, an indirect tax on consumer goods, of 25%, and a value-added tax that is generally 18.7%, but in some cases zero.

The 2000 Financial Law was designed largely to attract foreign capital, providing exemptions from export duties on bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, rubber, sugar, palm oil, and medicinal plants. Legislation to establish free trade zones was enacted in 1990. Prohibited imports include certain sanitary products, chemicals, toxic waste, some cosmetics, and some food items.

Also read article about Cameroon from Wikipedia

User Contributions:

1
Report this comment as inappropriate
Apr 20, 2011 @ 3:03 am
Import duties on Paste or Spaghetti & if there is any rebates of duties :

many thanks

Vivian
2
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
I JUST WANT ANSWEERS to get to the different types of tax syetems in cameroon and how there have help to boot the private sector in cameroon.
3
Report this comment as inappropriate
Aug 26, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
we have four types of taxation system in cameroon. upon the four system two are the main types.
We thereby have the direct and indirect tax system. the indirect are mostly accomply with retailers or small and medium size business. while the direct tax system are use for large scale business.
4
suresh xavier
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 10, 2012 @ 6:06 am
I would like to start a new buisness in cameroon and wish to start Necter fruitjuice plant.I need to know the import taxes and other taxes for the machinaries and raw material like pet preforms, and caps,fruit pulp,labels and shrink wrap material.And is there any tax excemption for the new investers and the new machinaries
5
Daniel Chung
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jan 10, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
I would like to import different countries of white and red wines (such as France, USA, Australia, Chili, Italian, etc.)to Cameroon. Please advice whether any import tax and other taxes for those wines
6
Iddy
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jan 17, 2018 @ 2:14 pm
Hello, I want to invest in Cameroun, May I know the rate of labour tax, Import of Construction. Materiel etc
7
sandra syers
Report this comment as inappropriate
Aug 21, 2018 @ 9:09 am
We have a package in Customs Clearance now since 8/8/2018, we are paying for all the products (2 x Lap Tops) all expenses and duties are to be paid by us, can somebody tell us when we can expect delivery to take place. UPS Tracking number: 1Z2X107F0498313238, the goods are for our people in Douala Cameroon the company is called ABS Cameroon
Thanks for any help you can give to this queery.
8
Alex
Report this comment as inappropriate
Aug 27, 2018 @ 3:03 am
Good afternoon!

I just wanted to ask about amount of import duty tax for 902830 (Electricity Meters) into Cameroon from Russian Federation.

Thanks for your attention and I'm looking forward for hearing reply.
9
Thomaz
Report this comment as inappropriate
Aug 27, 2018 @ 2:14 pm
Good day!
I would like to know the import duty for natural Fruit juices, when imported into Cameroon from South America. thank you!
10
maurice
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 29, 2018 @ 11:11 am
Good afternoon who ever it may concern.
Am interested for commanding domestic electricity materials in Turkey like electrical reading meters, Wires and domestic electricity cable, Hiydro electricity distribution transformers.
Just to seek for an advice as concerning duties and the general taxes at the Douala sea port.
While waiting for your humble response.
Thanks
11
maurice
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 29, 2018 @ 12:12 pm
Good afternoon,
Am interested for commanding domestic electricity materials from Turkey to Cameroon, like electrical reading meters, Wires and domestic electricity cables, Hiydro electricity distribution transformers.
Just to seek for an advice as concerning their duties and the general taxes at the Douala sea port.
While waiting for your humble response.
Thanks
12
TJ
Report this comment as inappropriate
Nov 22, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
Hi there i want to ship my Nissan Armada 2006-2007 model from Dubai to Cameroon. Please how much can the custom duties total amount be.
13
Eyere Ashukem Dian
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 4, 2019 @ 6:06 am
Hi.. I want to ask a question based on the notes , generally the value added tab of Cameroon is 19.25% but why is it mentioned in the notes 18.7%
14
Awambeng wilson
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jun 1, 2019 @ 12:12 pm
Hello please i want to import whisky,white and red wines from Spain,usa,France and Britain so I want to know if there is any import tax for those whiskies and wines please I need your advice.
15
Franky
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jul 8, 2019 @ 10:10 am
Please I wish to find out about the import tax required to import 2 Yamaha PSR S970 pianos from United Arab Emirates (UAE) by DHL (for non-commercial reasons). Thanks
16
Hi there, I wish to know the import tax of the following cars imported from Canada, Toyota runx 2009, Toyota matrix 2009, Toyota yaris 2009, Toyota highlander 2008
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jul 18, 2019 @ 4:16 pm
These cars are to be brought in next month. I need to guide myself so as to reduce the time taken for the transactions if all information about the cist is available on time
17
Johnson Chibueze
Report this comment as inappropriate
Aug 12, 2019 @ 9:09 am
I want to travel to Cameroon with my car,a Mercedes Benz C class 180,i wish to know the rate of the custom duty so as to be prepared

Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA