Mali Import Restrictions

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

Mali Import Regulations

Import regulations

Mali requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from Mali authorities before posting:


  • Animal and animal products
  • Personal items
  • Pearls
  • Precious metals
  • Tobacco
  • War materials
  • Weapons

Generally, Mali admits items of low value free of import duty and taxes but may subject them to a lump sum levy.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods require an invoice and a Certificate of Origin.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI and EPI – Letters Regulations, Mali prohibits:

  • Live animals
  • Pearls, precious stones and metals
  • Tobacco

Ordinary Letters:
Mali does not accept ordinary letters containing articles subject to customs duty.

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