All importers must have a Tax Payer ID Number issued by the National Directorate of Taxes of the Ministry of Finance.
Goods valued at USD 5,OOO CIF or more which are imported into Angola by companies, are subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) at the point of origin. In the case of individuals, this regime applies to goods valued at USD 10,000 CIF or more. BIVAC INTERNATIONAL, a subsidiary of Bureau Veritas, France, is the pre-shipment inspection company authorized by the Angolan Government to carry out the inspections. The cost of inspections is paid by the Angolan Government. It is important to consult BIVAC and/or the legislation, as PSI also applies to some other goods, irrespective of value. The importer initiates the PSI process in Angola, before arranging for shipment, by submitting a Proforma Invoice of the goods to be imported to the Ministry of Commerce for stamping and registration.
Exporters to Angola must present all documentation required by BIVAC, to enable them to issue a Clean Report of Findings (CRFs), which must be submitted together with other Customs documentation in order for the goods to be cleared.
The use of a Despachante Oficial (Custom Broker) is compulsory for all imports exceeding USD 1000 CIF in value.
Importers in Angola, or their Brokers, must apply to Customs, prior to the arrival of the goods, for an Exporter Code (A code designated to suppliers to Angola). This code is used to complete the Customs Declaration. The entry processing system will reject declarations which do not contain this data.
The Importer Code corresponds to the Number on the Cartãgo do Contribuinte (Taxpayer ID Code). This code is used to complete the Customs Declaration. The entry processing system will reject declarations which do not contain this data.