What are the things to pay attention to when exporting to Namibia?

Exporting to Namibia, what to pay attention to?

Namibia is located in southwestern Africa. The country is vast with a sparse population and abundant mineral resources. The three traditional pillar industries are mining, fishing, and animal husbandry, while manufacturing is underdeveloped. The country mainly exports mineral products, fish products, animal husbandry products, and primary processed products. The economy is heavily dependent on imports, with the vast majority of production and living materials needing to be imported.

1. Customs Requirements

The goods must be accompanied by a commercial or tax invoice, and the detailed information of the sender (exporter) and the recipient (importer) needs to be indicated on the invoice:

1) The origin of the goods;

2) Complete address information of the sender and recipient;

3) Invoice in English;

4) Declaration of the true value of the goods;

5) A detailed description of the goods – general product names such as “Samples” or “Spares” are not accepted;

6) All products must be truthfully declared on the invoice.

Note that goods with the following types of invoices are prohibited from being imported into Namibia:

1) Proforma invoice;

2) Handwritten invoice;

3) Handwritten or modified invoice;

4) Invoice with the declaration “Goods value is only for customs declaration”;

5) The currency of the invoice declaration cannot be the original sender’s country, it must be the destination country’s currency, euros, or US dollars.

2. CRAN Certification License

For communication equipment products exported to Namibia, the recipient must have already applied for and obtained the certification license from the local communication regulatory authority, CRAN (Communications Regulatory Authority), before the goods arrive. If the recipient is a private individual and the product quantity is only one, this requirement is exempt.

Specific product names include:

1) Satellite TV Decoders

2) Car Alarms/

3) House Alarms/

4) Remote Controls/

5) Cellular phones/

6) Wireless Phones/

7) PABX Systems/

8) Bluetooth Devices/

9) Modems/

10) Switches/

11) Routers/

12) Two Way Radios/()

13) CCTV Systems/

14) Car Radios/

15) Laptops/

16) Tablets/

17) GPS Systems/GPS

3. Tariff Rates

Namibia is one of the countries in the Southern African Customs Union, and the member states have high import tariffs on goods from outside of the Union. The general import tariff for imported goods is around 40%.

Ad valorem duty: Ad valorem duty is levied based on the FOB price of imported goods.

The customs valuation for levying duties is based on the FOB offshore price when leaving the exporting country, and the WTO customs tariff valuation code is used as a reference.

Customs surtax: Currently, most imported goods are subject to an additional 14% value-added tax (VAT) after customs duties are levied. However, if the imported goods are used for processing and production or resold by a registered importer, the 14% VAT can be exempted. VAT is added to the FOB price and then the irrecoverable customs duty is levied.

The main imported goods from China and their tariff rates in Namibia are:

Household appliances and electronics: 20%

Silk products: 0%

Machinery and equipment: 10-20%

Cotton, wool, and artificial fiber textiles: 15-22%

Jewelry, watches, etc.: 15-20%

Leather products: 30%

Furniture, board houses, etc.: 15-20%

Cosmetics: 15-20%

Toys: 20-30%

Plastic products: 10%

Musical instruments: 15%

Rubber products: 15-25%

Namibia adopts a policy of loose import and export encouragement based on resource protection, with few non-tariff barriers, simple import and export procedures, no restrictions on most import and export goods, and some products subject to license management, but without quota restrictions. It prohibits international pollution and sensitive products and has formulated preferential export processing incentive measures to encourage local resource value-added processing and export. It seeks reciprocal trade conditions and market access expansion through multilateral and bilateral international economic and trade agreements to achieve market diversification for imports and exports.

4. Foreign Exchange Control

Namibia is a member of the rand common currency area and implements the unified provisions of the South African Foreign Exchange Control Act, with foreign exchange transactions outside the area being controlled. Currently, foreign exchange control regulations apply to all Namibian residents, including foreign business organizations in Namibia. Foreign exchange must be used for the declared purpose. When paying for import and export goods, transportation and other expenses, as well as transactions such as foreign loan interest and dividends, foreign exchange control rules must be followed.

*The above content is compiled from the Internet for reference only. Due to changes in national policies and customs requirements, it is recommended to communicate with the importer in advance to confirm the details. The copyright belongs to the original author. If there is any infringement, please notify us to delete it.

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