If you are an importer wishing to import commercial goods into Lesotho you should, first of all, be a company registered with the Ministry of Trade and Industry
Prohibitions and restrictions are imposed for the purposes of market security, health, cultural and economic consideration. When importing goods to Lesotho, importers have to ensure that their goods do not fall under either of the two categories; prohibited or restricted goods as they can neither be imported, exported and circulated within Lesotho without authorization from the appropriate authorities.
Prohibited and Restricted Goods
The controlled commodities are: Beer, Spirits and Wines.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing regulates importation of goods imported from outside the Southern African Custom Unions member states and such commodities include items such as motor vehicles, tyres, tiles and second hand clothes.
An Import permit is a pre–requisite authorization for importation or exportation of the restricted commodities. As an importer or exporter one has to ensure that the goods in question fall within the appropriate classification prior to the arrival of the consignment at the border. However where goods intended for importation / exportation does not fall within the prohibitions and restrictions one may directly submit the declaration documents to customs.
This is one of the Customs processes whereby clearance of goods is conducted prior to the arrival of the goods to Lesotho, followed by release upon arrival of the commodities in question. The Customs offices at which this type of service is offered are the State Ware house and the Maseru Railway Station.
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