El Salvador Import Restrictions

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

El Salvador Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from El Salvador authorities before posting:

  • Coffee
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Foodstuffs
  • Medical Samples
  • Medicines
  • Medical samples
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Parasites and insect killers
  • Saccharine
  • Spirits and liqueur essences
  • Sugar.

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

Adhesive tape used in packaging must bear the name and mark, stamp or signature of the sender.
Commercial packages require an accompanying invoice with a duplicate copy posted separately to the addressee.

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.


  • Abortion inducing items
  • Animals and animal parts
  • Asbestos
  • Bees
  • Bullion and Currency
  • Cigarette papers
  • Concentrated wines
  • Contraceptives
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Deeds
  • Firearms
  • Gambling devices
  • Items contrary to the political, social and economic order of the state
  • Ivory
  • Leeches
  • Must and chemical substances useable for fabricating wines
  • Silkworms
  • Pornography
  • Jewellery, precious stones and metals

El Salvador Postal authorities do not accept ordinary and registered letters containing articles subject to custom duty.

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