Bosnia and Herzegovina Import Restrictions

In order to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Bosnia-Herzegovina authorities before posting:

  • Anti-parasite products for agricultural use
  • Animals and animal products
  • Books, brochures, printed matter
  • Coffee and coffee samples
  • Communications equipment
  • Compact Disc
  • Computer software, components and parts
  • Cosmetics and toilet paper
  • Diplomatic mail
  • Diskettes
  • Drugs; prescription and poisons
  • Electronic equipment
  • Foodstuffs
  • Fruit
  • Firearms
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Jewellery
  • Lithographic copies of plans or maps
  • Machinery parts
  • Meat and poultry products
  • Medicines and patent medicines
  • Military equipment
  • Measuring instruments
  • Musical instruments
  • Narcotics
  • Pearls, precious stones and metals, jewellery
  • Plants and plant products
  • Parts, machine and electric
  • Plants and plant products
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Phones/modems
  • Printed publications
  • Radar equipment
  • Reproduction equipment needed to pursue a private trade
  • Rubber articles
  • Serums and vaccines
  • Seeds
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Televisions and television equipment
  • Tobacco
  • Utensils
  • War material
  • Wireless sets.

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.


Bosnia-Herzegovina may accept watch cases or housings (mounted or unmounted) of complete watches made of precious metals after analysis of the metal content. Bosnia-Herzegovina does not accept articles containing incomplete watch cases or parts.

Personal-use items

Postal items addressed to individuals may contain personal travel articles, articles for personal and family use (medicines, medical instruments, teaching and leisure material) and articles for the use of their household in quantities not intended for resale. Personal items not exceeding $US30 are exempt from customs duty.

Legacy and contract items

Items inherited abroad and articles provided for in contracts concluded between States may be freely imported in accordance with such contracts.

Professional tools of trade

Natural persons of Bosnia-Herzegovina nationality exercising a profession may import articles for use in that profession subject to special conditions.

Special documentation

Senders must provide proof of the addressee’s entitlement on the customs form C231; otherwise, the addressee must provide the proof before delivery. Customs authorities inspect all non-letter items.

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.


Senders should mark all gifts and accompanying documents gift parcel or envoi cadeau.

Import Licences

Bosnia-Herzegovina requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.


All commercial goods must include an invoice.


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

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition and parts
  • Abortion-procurement items
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Cheques, cashier
  • Cigarette paper
  • Deeds
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Explosives
  • Essences for artificial wines and brandies
  • Firearms and parts
  • Foreign products bearing Bosnia-Herzegovina trademarks or imitated trade marks
  • Furs
  • Inorganic chemicals
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Mineral fuels
  • Military uniforms of other states
  • Machine games, toys
  • Organic chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Plants, fruits, nuts, grains, seeds and fruit
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Whistles, spoons and food containers having a lead content over 10%
  • Wines and must containing sulphuric acid
  • Yeast.

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