Import

Import procedures are complex and often product-specific. For information on the requirements for a specific product, the commodity search function can be used. 

The use of a customs broker  is obligatory in Mozambique, and the customs broker will help the importer navigate the various requirements depending on the product to be imported, the origin of the product, and other specifications. 

Below is an overview of a standard import process, and a list of the more common import measures. The codes in square brackets refer to specific processes and measures, listed below.

It is important to note that there are specific requirements for certain products, and what is presented below and in the lnks under the image are for the most common products. It will always be sensible to check the specific requirements for your product in the database


Products with Special Requirements

List of Import Measures


Registration as an Importer or Exporter

This measure entails the registration of the trader as an importer or exporter. The traders are registered with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce which issues an identification card confirming the authorization to carry out international trade. 


Registration as a user of the Single Electronic Window

This measure entails the registration of the trader as a user of the Single Electronic Window, allowing access to the McNet system. 


Registration as an Importer of Medication

This measure entails pre-registration of traders who wish to import medication for human use. 


Registration as an Importer of Veterinary Medication

This measure entails pre-registration of traders who wish to import medication for veterinary use.


Registration as an Importer of Agricultural Chemicals

This measure entails pre-registration of traders who wish to import agricultural chemicals.


Pre-Shipment Inspection

This measure is applied to certain products (see the commodity search function) which should be inspected in their country of origin, and a Unique Certified Document (DUC) issues, which confirms the customs code of the product and estimates the duties to be paid.  


Phytosanitary License 

This measure consists in obtaining a phytosanitary license for the import of plants, vegetables and products of vegetable origin. The request is submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and food Security (MASA), Department of Plant Health. After a technical analysis, a technical opinion will be issued, and barring any impediment, an import license is issued, which is valid for 180 days. 


Sanitary License - Live animals and animal products

This measure consists in obtaining a sanitary license for the import of live animals, meat or products of animal origin. The request is submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and food Security (MASA), Department of Veterinary Services. After a technical analysis, a technical opinion will be issued, and barring any impediment, an import license is issued, which is valid for 180 days.  


Sanitary License - Seafood and seafood products

This measure consists in obtaining a sanitary license for the import of fish, seafood or products of aquatic origin. The request is submitted to the National Institute for the Inspection of Seafood (INIP). After a technical analysis, a technical opinion will be issued, and barring any impediment, an import license is issued.  


License to Import Medicines 

This measure consists in obtaining an import license for medication from the pharmacy department of the Ministry of Health, for a specific consignment of medications. 


License to Import Veterinary Medicines 

This measure consists in obtaining an import license from the Veterinary department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, for a specific consignment of medications for animal use. 


License to import Agricultural Chemicals

This measure consists in obtaining an import license for agricultural chemicals from the Agrochemical department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food security, for a specific consignment of chemicals. 


Phytosanitary Inspection

This measure is for the inspection of plants, vegetables or products of vegetable origin, carried out by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, at the border (whether land, sea or air) in order to confirm that the products to be imported do not constitute a risk to health, the environment or other considerations, and that the authorization to enter the country would be in line with current legislation. 


Inspection of Live animals or animal products

This measure is for the inspection of animals, meat or products of animal origin, carried out by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, at the border (whether land, sea or air) in order to confirm that the products to be imported do not constitute a risk to health, the environment or other considerations, and that the authorization to enter the country would be in line with current legislation. 


Inspection of Seafood/seafood products

This measure is for the inspection of fish, seafood or products of aquatic origin, carried out by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, at the border (whether land, sea or air) in order to confirm that the products to be imported do not constitute a risk to health, the environment or other considerations, and that the authorization to enter the country would be in line with current legislation. 


Inspection of Medication 

This measure consists in verification at the border by officials of the Ministry of Health, checking the import license with the physical products.


Inspection of Veterinary Medication

This measure involves the inspection of veterinary medication by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, at the border (whether land, sea or air) in order to confirm that the products are in compliance with the import license that was issued (see Measure 6.2). 


Inspection of Agricultural Chemicals

This measure involves the inspection of agrochemicals by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, at the border (whether land, sea or air) in order to confirm that the products are in compliance with the import license that was issued (see Measure 6.3). 


Quarantine (Live animals) 

According to current legislation (Decree 26/2009 of 17th August) imported live animals are subject to a 40-day quarantine period. Subject to prior authorization, and where conditions exist, the quarantine can take place at the importers' premises.