Somalia Import Restrictions

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

Somalia Import Regulations

Import regulations

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


  • Bees
  • Clothing and materials, used
  • Firearms
  • Insect killers
  • Leeches
  • Medicines and drugs
  • Milk, condensed
  • Radio apparatus
  • Saccharine
  • Salt
  • Silkworms
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Weapons and part thereof.

Special documentation requirements

Private packages should be endorsed private- no commercial purpose, or personal effects, or gift only, as appropriate. Commercial goods must be endorsed commercial.


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

  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Spirits.


At the time of publication, ECI and EPI and all Air Mail services remain suspended, including Registered Post International and Express Post International. Sea Mail is operating.

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