Country Guide: Guyana

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Updated: November 15, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) – express release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original inventory in English dated, valued, and signed by the owner of the goods
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) – The TIN is a unique number issued to each taxpayer by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA)


Specific Information

  • All PHHG imported to Guyana is subjected to Duty and Valued Added Tax (VAT). For PHHG it is typically 20% to 30% (varies depending on the commodity) of the declared value of the items and a standard 14% VAT. Attached are the customs regulations for further clarification.


Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Certificate Of Title
  • Certificate of insurance
  • Sales Receipt / Commercial Invoice


Specific Information

  • Duty of Vehicles varies based on year of vehicle, engine capacity and type.



Documents Required

  • Import permit
  • Rabies vaccination record


Specific Information

  • The importation of animals requires authorization prior to the arrival of the animal.
  • Quarantine is not required for animals.
  • Livestock require an import permit.
  • Animals imported with rabies must be placed in quarantine prior to entry into Guyana.


Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following household goods may be imported duty free within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200)
    • Cigars (50)
    • Tobacco (225g)
    • Perfume (250ml)
    • Wine (750 ml)
    • Spirits (750 ml)
    • Perfume for private use (reasonable quantity; contact agent)
    • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration is required and difficult to obtain)
    • Weapons, explosives and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration required)
    • Plant materials (import permit required)
    • Fresh and raw meat (import permit and an inspection by qualified official required)
    • Fresh fruit
    • Organic and inorganic fertilizers
    • Makeup


Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Knives and dangerous weapons
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Pornographic materials


Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Guyana

Wikipedia Entry for Guyana