Restricted Products

Certain classes of goods require a special license (e.g., alcohol, firearms, pharmaceuticals, and explosives), while certain key consumer goods and other items are exempted from customs duty.  Examples of the latter include currency, seeds, fertilizers, live plants, agricultural implements and insecticides, books, refined petroleum products, and basic food commodities, such as rice and meat.

All media imports are subject to censorship; for example, the Ministry of National Heritage and Cultures may reject or expunge morally or politically sensitive material from imported videos.

Books, videotapes and Compact Disks may be subject to review by customs upon entry.