Import documents required in Afghanistan

Documentation in Afghanistan for import of goods



Information provided here describes about documents required by each import in Afghanistan which need to be submitted with customs officials for the clearance process.


The documents required for import to Afghanistan to take delivery of import cargo is based on the product importing, multilateral, bilateral or unilateral trade agreements, and other trade policies of Afghanistan government.  The import documents required in Afghanistan also depends up on the nature of goods importing (General goods, Personal effects, Dangerous goods, Livestock etc.), regular trade policy of Afghanistan Government,  specific goods importing to Afghanistan (Arms and ammunition, health products, food products, chemicals etc.)


However, the following documents required to import goods to Afghanistan:


Import Customs clearance documents required in Afghanistan


Customs Entry document: (specified by Afghanistan customs) prepared by importer’s customs broker or Importer

Customs bond if applicable for specific goods importing to Afghanistan or to claim import benefits from Afghanistan government

Legal Undertaking (LUT) if applicable to claim import benefits from Afghanistan government or to import specific products

Customs declarations wherever applicable:  Afghanistan import customs clearance declarations as per specified format of Afghanistan government.

Import Licence if applicable to be obtained from government agency of Afghanistan.

GST certificate / VAT certificate/ Tax Identification Number (One time registration)

Purchase order or Letter of Credit between Afghanistan importer and overseas supplier of goods.

Commercial Invoice cum packing list issued by seller of goods

Certificate of Origin issued by competent authority of origin country of goods.

Insurance Certificate issued by the government authorized insurance service provider

Certificates of Inspection if applicable:  Some of the importers demands exporter (seller) through LC or Purchase order to inspect export goods to Afghanistan by an internationally recognized inspection agency like SGS, BVQI, or other Quality inspecting agency etc.

ATA CARNET/Temporary shipment certificate if applicable

Certificate of Analysis if applicable.  The buyer may insist the seller to enclose certificate of analysis about the goods.  The same certificate helps Afghanistan customs authorities to confirm the product imported to Afghanistan.

Certificate of Free Sale if applicable.  If goods are not commercially involved, a certificate of sale is attached by exporter along with goods dispatched.

Weight Certificate if applicable.   Weight certificate issued by exporter is required at various circumstances like satiability of flight, satiability of vessel, International road safety rules, import or export duty calculation, claiming export/import benefits from government etc.

Consular Invoice if applicable:  Some of the importing countries insist embassy attested documents which is mandatory at importing country to customs clear goods.


Documents required for customs in Afghanistan for specific products

Electronic Export Information if applicable

Certificate of Health or Sanitation if applicable

Generic Certificate of Origin if applicable

Dangerous Goods Certificate if applicable

Fisheries Certificate if applicable

Fumigation Certificate if applicable

Halal Certificate if applicable

Health Certificate if applicable

Ingredients Certificate if applicable

Inspection Certificate if applicable

Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate if applicable

Phytosanitary Certificate/quarantine certificate if applicable

Radiation Certificate if applicable

Dock Receipt and Warehouse Receipt if applicable

ISPM 15 (Wood Packaging) Marking certificate if applicable

Product manual or Product catalogue if applicable

Certified Engineer's Report if applicable

Chartered engineer’s certificate if applicable

Product specification certificate

Other specified documents if applicable



Bank Import documents in Afghanistan

Purchase order or Letter of Credit

Commercial Invoice cum packing list

Pro forma Invoice

Bill of Exchange

Certificate of Origin

Insurance Certificate

Certificates of Inspection if applicable

Electronic Export Information if applicable

Certificate of Health or Sanitation if applicable

Other specified documents if applicable


This post explains about various documents at different levels that required by every importer need to be submitted with the Afghanistan Customs Authority in order to obtain clearance of the consignment and subsequently move it out of the port of Afghanistan Customs.



MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM: hi please send me complete requirement documents for Import Engine oil and Car batteries to Afghanistan. regards Eng.Muhammad Ibrahim

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