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Oman

Capital: Muscat
Population: 4,055,418 (2014)
Area: 119,498 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Muscat 2. Seeb 3. Salalah 4. Bawshar 5. Sohar
Lanuage: Omani Arabic
Climate: Hot, dry and minimum rainfall

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Required Documents for Import

Customs can make your clearance quick with the right documentation. Please take a look below at some of the documents you may need.

Certificate of Origin - Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in. Must be issued by the Chamber of Commerce.

Packing List - Includes all information regarding the household goods being shipped.

Customs Value Declaration - A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire household shipment.

Import Declaration (DSI)- A document stating the household goods (HHGS) being shipped.

Import Requirements and Documentation

Oman's Customs will require a number of documents from you. Please take a look below at some of the documents expected of you.

  • A copy of your Passport
  • Oman Residence Visa Stamp
  • Your Original Bill of Lading (OBL)

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Oman along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It's important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Your household goods must be owned and used for at least 6 months. Allow Customs 5 to 7 business days for Full Container Loads (FCL) and 7 to 9 business days for Less-than-container loads (LCL). If your items are being cleared during Ramadan, FCL takes 8 to 9 business days and LCL takes 8 to 9 business days. Expect to pay 0 to 36% for your Customs duties.

Duty-free Items

There a few items and its quantities allowed into Turkey.

  • 400 cigarettes
  • 2 liters or 24 cans of alcoholic beverages. If a non-Muslim, you must be at least 21 years of age.
  • 100 ml of perfume
  • 10 DVD's

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

There are a number of items that are not allowed for import. To avoid any issues during Customs clearance, please take a look of some of the prohibited items below.

  • Swords
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Cash letter
  • Military equipment
  • Negotiable bonds
  • Ammunition
  • Khanjars
  • Animal skins
  • Goods originating from Israel
  • Spears
  • Airplanes
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software's
  • Political or religious material or objects offensive to the Omani government or the Islamic faith
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Helicopters
  • Walkie-talkie's
  • Nude pictures or nude paintings
  • Animal hides
  • Items of Israeli origin or on the Israeli blacklist
  • Ivory and its products
  • Remote or cordless phones

Restricted Items

Some items are permitted into Oman with certain restrictions. Please familiarize yourself with some of the items that have a degree of restrictions.

  • All medication are analyzed and must have a reasonable quantity.
  • All wooden crates must be heat treated with a clear mark of ISPM.
  • DVD's, CD's and videos must have censorship clearance from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for release.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

For more information regarding moving to Oman, please take a look at a few websites below.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_991.html
http://oman.usembassy.gov

All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.