Quick info guide

Requirements for an application for an Import License

1. An application letter addressed to the Secretary for Industry and Commerce stating the following:

  • Product description
  • Quantity of product
  • Country of origin of product
  • Intended use (reason for importing the product)
  • Purchase price per unit of the product
  • Total value of the consignment
  • Selling price of the product

2. Attach copies of the following documents:

  • CR14
  • Tax clearance
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Receipt for Standard Development Fund Levy
  • Proforma Invoice from the source

NB: The applications should be separate for different products

Useful links

Zimbabwe Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI 64 of 2016) License Requirements

Contact information

Zimbabwe Investment Authority
109 Rotten Row, Harare
Email: info@zia.co.zw 
Tel: +263 242 2757931
+263 242 759911-5
+263 242 780140-5
Web: https://www.investzim.com

Information for importers operating in Zimbabwe

For a businessperson who intends to engage in import activities in Zimbabwe, an import license can be obtained from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Harare. The application letter should be addressed to the Secretary for Industry and Commerce. 

The government charges higher import duties on finished goods than on raw materials and intermediate goods, as a means of promoting the country’s productive sector. There are three different types of payments upon importation of goods into Zimbabwe: import duty, surtax, and value added tax (VAT) as described in the Harmonized System Tariffs Handbook and other relevant subsequent legislation. Most imported goods are subject to surtax and VAT. The government uses the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) method of customs valuation.

Prohibited and restricted imports

Zimbabwe maintains a list of prohibited items that require special permission from the government to import. The list includes nuclear reactors, radioactive materials, arms and ammunition, precious and semi-precious gems, jewellery, carbonated beverages for resale, and textiles and clothing and second-hand clothes for resale. In 2011 the government imposed an indefinite ban on chicken and meat product imports from South Africa. Although the ban has since been relaxed somewhat, meat imports are controlled by a quota system administered by the Ministry of Agriculture. Additional information can be found here.