Cape Verde Import Restrictions

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

Cape Verde Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Cape Verde authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer components and parts
  • Drugs and medicines
  • Fruit
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Phones/modems
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Tinned meat.

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

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

Commercial goods require a Certificate of Origin.

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, Cape Verde prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Banknotes and other securities
  • Bullion and currency
  • Ceramic products
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Food additives, artificial
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Labels resembling postage stamps
  • Liquids, non-hazardous
  • Military equipment
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Pornography
  • Publications of an immoral nature.

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