Moving To Zimbabwe

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Customs Regulations for Zimbabwe

  • Passport – copy
  • Residence Visa/Work Permit or Letter from Employer attesting to client’s employment contract
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill – original, Express Release not allowed
  • Comprehensive Valued Inventory – in English, dated and signed by owner
  • Power of Attorney giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
  • Declaration of Undertaking (Form C 38)
  • All documents for non-diplomats will be lodged with the Department of Customs and Excise by the customer

Returning citizens:

  • Appointment Letter (employment contract)
  • Termination Letter – provided by employer
  • Declaration of Undertaking (Form C 38) – if returning citizen has lived abroad over two years
  • Immigrant’s Declaration, Proof of original export and inventory – if returning citizen has lived abroad less than two years


  • Diplomatic Exemption Letter – obtained from Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Passport – original
  • Comprehensive Inventory – all computers, electronics and appliances must state serial numbers
  • Power of Attorney – giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
  • Client must be physically present during Customs clearance process
  • All shipments undergo a physical inspection (all charges related to the physical in inspection will be charged to all non-diplomats)
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free provided goods have been owned and used by the client for a minimum of six months
  • Items cannot be sold, lent or otherwise disposed of during stay

Returning citizens:

  • If customer has lived abroad less than two years, he or she must submit an application for “No”
  • Currency involved” import license for goods acquired after emigrating
  • Returning nationals must have lived outside of Zimbabwe for a minimum of two years to be eligible for duty-free status
  • Passport must show exit date and “Acceptance as Returning Resident” to be exempt from paying
  • Duty
  • Must be present during clearance process and goods must arrive within three months of arrival of returning citizen
  • By law returning citizens must complete the clearance process on their own. An agent is not allowed to represent him or her


  • Foreign diplomats and members of government or international organizations are granted tax and duty free entry of used or new personal effects and household items
  • All documents must be signed by the diplomat and submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Narcotics/illegal drugs
  • Pornography and subversive material
  • Explosives, ammunitions and weapons – without approval
  • Counterfeit currency and forged documents
  • Appliances and electronics – must list serial numbers on inventory
  • Firearms – require an approved application from the Secretary of Home Affairs
  • New furniture – subject to duties
  • Alcohol – Must be at least 18 years old to import, restricted to five liters per person (Only two liters can be spirits)
  • Tobacco – 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of loose tobacco may be imported duty-free, excess will incur duty
  • Up to two vehicles are allowed to be imported per family duty-free, provided vehicles have been owned for at least six months
  • Vehicles may not be disposed of for at least one year without approval from Controller of Customs
  • Taxes are assessed based on vehicle’s age, engine, and other factors
  • The Bill of Lading must indicate the vehicle’s chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model
  • Returning nationals who have lived abroad less than two years will not usually be allowed duty-free importation of vehicles

Required documents:

  • Passport, Residence Permit and Immigrant’s Declaration
  • Form C38 MV
  • Original Bill of Lading
  • Import License is required if client owned vehicle less than six months
  • Original Certificates of Title and Registration
  • Purchase invoice – copy

  • Applications for the appropriate license for pet importation can be obtained from the Director of Veterinary Service
  • Certificate of Vaccination (including rabies) and Health Certificate provided by a licensed veterinarian required

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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How International Sea & Air Shipping can help for moving to Zimbabwe

International Sea & Air Shipping’s talented and expertly trained moving specialists will help you every step of the way during your international move to Zimbabwe. Before you get started, learn more about all of our offered shipping services and options to determine what best meets your needs:

  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Zimbabwe? Should you ship your goods via air or sea freight?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying a home?
  • Your fragile items. Do you require packing or custom crating services?
  • Your family/household size. Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Your cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

How Much Does a Move to Zimbabwe Cost?

Cost is always a crucial factor when planning your overseas move. Start by schedule a home survey with International Sea & Air Shipping to receive an estimate to ship your goods to Zimbabwe. One of our trained moving specialists will visit your home to assess your belongings and determine the cubic footage of your shipment. You will then receive a free quote for the international moving services you need!

Ultimately, the cost of your overseas move to Zimbabwe will vary based on the cubic footage of your shipment, your preferred method of shipping (air vs. sea freight) the services you require (such as packing and custom crating), and many other factors.

About Zimbabwe

Located in southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and is officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe. Situated between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, Zimbabwe began as the British Crown Colony and has three official languages-English, Shona and Ndebele.

Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is located on the northwestern side of the country, as part of the Zambezi River. In eastern Zimbabwe, the mountainous terrain boasts Mt. Nyangani, the country’s highest point.

While Shona is the largest ethnic group of Zimbabwe, the country’s culture is diverse, with various peoples, beliefs, ceremonies and traditions. Pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry and carving are traditional arts, and cricket, rugby and football are the most popular sports in the country.

The main supporters of the Zimbabwe economy are mineral exports, agriculture and tourism. The trade partners of Zimbabwe are Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Botswana, China, Zambia, Netherlands and UK.

Zimbabwe Overseas Moving Services

Do you need overseas shipping services for your overseas move to Zimbabwe? While moving overseas is not only exciting, it also requires extensive research and planning-and most importantly, a professional, reliable and skilled international moving company to ship your house goods safely to your new country. If you are planning an overseas move to Zimbabwe, let International Sea & Air Shipping assist you with every aspect of your relocation to ensure it is seamless and stress-free.