Benin Import Restrictions

In order to enter Benin, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Benin government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Benin, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Benin.

Benin Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Benin before posting commercial goods.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Benin prohibits:

  • Alcohol and items used to manufacture or distil alcohol
  • Animals
  • Airline tickets, blank stock
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Coins and medals
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Diamonds
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Fur
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Meat products
  • Military equipment
  • Mineral waters
  • Plants
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Records, gramophone
  • Saccharine
  • Weights and measures.

Ordinary Letters:

Benin does not accept ordinary letters containing articles subject to customs duty.