COVID-19 update: Vanuatu is no longer Covid-free, the Government has advised of a Community Transmission and a lockdown on Efate.

International travel restrictions are in place at the border, but no restrictions on the movement of freight. For more information, visit the official COVID-19 website.

Press Release

The Honorable Minister for Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) signed on Thursday 5th January 2017 the Ministerial Order to introduce the new Customs Harmonised Coding System the HS 2017.

This document, commonly called the customs tariff, classifies all the goods imported into Vanuatu for customs duty, rules of origin and for collection trade statistics purposes and contains in excess of 5,300 items.

The HS is developed by the World Customs Organisation and is used by over 200 countries and economies around the world to classify goods for customs purposes. The HS is reviewed by the WCO every five years, to maintain relevance with emerging technology and global trading trends.

The implementation is being back dated to 1st January 2017 with customs making any adjustments on declarations already lodged, within their ASYCUDA system. An extensive consultation programme has been undertaken with other Government Departments such as Department of Health to ensure that their concerns had been taken into account when developing national splits within the HS. The purpose is to differentiate for example, between those goods such as soft drinks having a high sugar content, and those that don’t. The drinks with a high sugar content are taxed at a higher rate.

There have been no increases in the rates of customs duty or excise with the implementation of this order to effect the HS 2017, however there have been some changes to the exemptions and concessional rates of duty contained in Parts 2(A), 2(B) and Part 3 of the HS. The changes will result in the tightening of some of the exemption criteria and an improvement in the transparency of exemptions granted by the COM. Customs will provide information sessions for customs brokers and stakeholders on the changes and the new HS 2017 is now available on the DCIR website, and interested users may be viewed and download in the following link:

 The implementation of the HS 2017 at the beginning of the year, places Vanuatu in the vanguard of customs administrations globally and fulfilling our reform and modernization efforts.


Who We Are?

Customs and Inland Revenue, is a large and diverse department with over 100 employees spread across Vanuatu. With Office locations in Port Vila and Luganville and the provincial centers at Lenakel, Lakatoro, Saratamata and Sola.

What We Do?

To protect the community from potential risks arising from international trade and travel, while facilitating the legitimate movement of people and goods across the border, and collect legislated government revenue.

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Where to find us?

La Casa D'Andrea E Luciano Building, Rue Pierre Lamy, PMB 9012, Port Vila, VANUATU
Phone Number
+678 33010

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