Quick info guide

To obtain an import license you need to have;

  1. A copy of your Tax Identification Number (TIN);
  2. A copy of the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association for private limited and share companies;
  3. Two passport size photographs taken within the last six months;
  4. If the applicant is a foreign investor, the investment and residence permits; and
  5. A valid commercial registration certificate.

License fees: 102 ETB


Prohibited Imports

The following goods are prohibited imports to Ethiopia:

(i) Used clothing

(ii) Arms and ammunition, except by the Ministry of Defense

(iii) Goods of a commercial nature and quantity that are not imported through formal bank payment mechanisms.

How to import goods into Ethiopia

To start an import business, one requires commercial registration and a license from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The fees for commercial registration and business license are 102 ETB for each. For anyone who wishes to get started in business in general and import trade in particular, it is necessary to visit the Ministry of Trade and Industry which is located around ‘Kazanchis’ on the way to ‘Filwuha’ in the same building with the Development Bank of Ethiopia.

Steps to follow when importing goods into Ethiopia

angle-left Obtain an import license / investment license

Step 1: Obtain an import license / investment license
 

  • The first step to import a good is to obtain an import/ investment license – to do so you need to have;
    1. A copy of the Tax Identification Number (TIN);
    2. A copy of the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association for private limited and share companies;
    3. Two passport size photographs taken within the last six months;
    4. If the applicant is a foreign investor, the investment and residence permits; and
    5. A valid commercial registration certificate.

Contact information

Ministry of Trade and Industry 

 

Ethiopian Customs Commission 

Kazanchis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 551802529 / +251 11 5513990 / +251 11 5151458
Fax: +251 11 5515411/5514288

Web: http://www.mot.gov.et

 

Megenagna around 24 Kebele

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 11 8258748

Email: eccweb@revenue.gov.et

Web: www.ecc.gov.et