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04DJIBOUTI812 2004-06-14 08:36:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Djibouti
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CUSTOMS RECIPROCITY SURVEY

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					UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 DJIBOUTI 000812 

SIPDIS

FOR DS/OFM/VTC/TC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KREC AMGT
SUBJECT: CUSTOMS RECIPROCITY SURVEY

REF: STATE 89733

AMERICAN EMBASSY DJIBOUTI RECIPROCITY SURVEY


I. PERSONAL SHIPMENT


A. DIPLOMATIC STAFF: YES.

B. CONSULAR STAFF: YES.

C. ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHINACAL STAFF: YES.

1) THERE IS NO STANDARD PROCESSING TIMES FOR CLEARANCE OF
PERSONAL SHIPMENTS OF EMPLOYEES IN THE ABOVE CATEGORIES.

2) THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT ON THE PERIOD OF DUTY-FREE
IMPORTATIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL STAFF.

3) POST IS ALLOWED TO CLEAR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS THROUGH
CUSTOMS:



A. YES, BEFORE MISSION MEMBER ARRIVES IN THE COUNTRY.


B. YES, BEFORE THE NOTIFICATION OF MISSION MEMBER TO
FOREIGN MINISTRY.


C. YES, AFTER NOTIFICATION OF MISSION MEMBER TO FOREIGN
MINISTRY.


D. IT USUALLY TAKES ONE WEEK ONCE WE HAVE THE APPROPRIATE
DOCUMENTS TO CLEAR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS IF PERSONNEL IN
CATEGORIES I. A-C HAVE NOT YET BEEN NOTIFIED TO THE
FOREIGN MINISTRY.

4) YES, POST IS ALLOWED TO CLEAR AIR FREIGHT:



A. YES, BEFORE MISSION MEMBER ARRIVES IN THE COUNTRY.


B. YES, BEFORE NOTIFICATION OF MISSION MEMBER TO FOREIGN
MINISTRY.


C. YES, AFTER THE NOTIFICATION OF MISSION MEMBER TO
FOREIGN MINISTRY.

5) IT TAKES A WEEK TO CLEAR AIRFREIGHT IF PERSONNEL IN
CATEGORIES I. A-C HAVE NOT YET BEEN NOTIFIED TO THE
FOREIGN MINISTRY.

6) THERE IS NO RESTRICTION FOR CATEGORY I. A-C PERSONNEL
ON:



A. HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS


B. PERSONAL EFFECTS


C. AIR FREIGHT

7) SPECIAL PROCEDURES OR REQUIREMENTS FOR IMPORTING:



A. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, NONE


B. NO, THERE ARE NO SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR PETS EXCEPT
THOSE OF INDIVIDUAL AIRLINES.


C. IMPORTATIONS OF FIREARMS ARE SUBJECT TO STATUS OF
FORCES AGREEMENTS (SOFA) FOR ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL ON
ACTIVE DUTY. OTHER PERSONNEL NEED TO OBTAIN CLEARANCE
PRIOR TO THEIR ARRIVAL OFFICIAL CLEARANCE FROM LOCAL
NATIONAL SECURITY.

8) NO, POST DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO BONDED WAREHOUSES
AND/OR FOREIGN/FREE TRADE ZONES FOR CATEGORY I. A-C
PERSONNEL.

9) YES, DIRECT IMPORTATION OF ALCOHOL AND/OR TOBACCO
PRODUCTS ALLOWED FOR CATEGORY I. A-C PERSONNEL.

10) YES, THERE IS LIMITATION ON DUTY-FREE FOR LOCALLY
PURCHASED ALCOHOL FOR CATEGORY I. A-C PERSONNEL
REGARDING:



A. QUANTITIES ALLOWED:

QUANTITY FOR WHISKY AND CHAMPAGNE:
20 CARTONS PER YEAR FOR THE CHIEF OF MISSION.
12 CARTONS PER YEAR FOR EACH DIPLOMATIC, ADMINISTRATIVE
AND TECHNICAL STAFF.

QUANTITY LIQUORS AND APERITIFS:
20 CARTONS PER YEAR FOR THE CHIEF OF MISSION.
12 CARTONS PER YEAR FOR EACH DIPLOMATIC, ADMINISTRATIVE
AND TECHNICAL STAFF.

QUANTITY ON WINES AND BEERS:
20 CARTONS PER YEAR FOR THE CHIEF OF MISSION
12 CARTONS PER YEAR FOR EACH DIPLOMATIC, ADMINISTRATIVE
AND TECHNICAL STAFF.



B. NO, ON THE TYPES OF ITEMS.


C. NO, ON WEIGHT.

II. OFFICIAL SHIPMENTS.

1)_NO, DUTIES ARE CHARGED ON THE IMPORTATION OF
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS.

2) THE STANDARD FOR PROCESSING TIME FOR CLEARANCE OF
OFFICIAL SHIPMENTS IS SEVEN DAYS.
3) THE AIRWAY BILL IS SUFFICIENT FOR THE PROCEDURES FOR
CLEARING UNACCOMPANIED DIPLOMATIC POUCHES.

3) THE PROCEDURE FOR CLEARING ESCORTED, CLASSIFIED
DIPLOMATIC POUCHES: TARMAC AND PLANESIDE POUCH EXCHANGE
PERMITTED WITHOUT CUSTOMS FORMALITIES.

4) IT TAKES APPROXIMATELY ONE DAY TO OBTAIN RELEASE OF
DIPLOMATIC POUCHES WITH THE REQUIRED DETACHABLE
CERTIFICATES.

5) UNACCOMPANIED DIPLOMATIC POUCHES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO
DELAYS.

6) DIPLOMATIC POUCHES, UNACCOMPANIED AND/OR ACCOMPANIED,
ARE NOT SUBJECT TO:



A. WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS


B. DIMENSIONAL RESTRICTIONS


C. FREQUENCY OF ARRIVAL RESTRICTIONS


D. STORAGE FEES


E. SPECIAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

7) POST HAS NOT EXPERIENCED ANY RECENT VIOLATIONS OF
DIPLOMATIC POUCHES BY THE HOST GOVERNMENT.

8) ACCESS TO AIRPORT TARMAC AVAILABLE FOR:



A. COURIER


B. EMBASSY ESCORT (WITH ADVANCE DIP NOTE NOTIFICATION
TO THE MFA)

III. PERSONAL AND OFFICIAL SHIPMENTS.

1) THERE ARE NO RESTRICTIONS ON ITEMS THAT CAN BE
IMPORTED OR EXPORTED.

2) THERE ARE NO PRESSING CUSTOMS-RELATED ISSUES NOT
COVERED ABOVE, WHICH SHOULD RECEIVE OFM'S ATTENTION.

3) EMBASSY IS CURRENTLY NEGOTIATING WITH THE LOCAL
GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE OUR QUOTA OF FUEL FROM 8,500
LITERS PER QUARTER TO 15,000 LITERS. THIS REFLECTS AN
INCREASE IN OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE AN
EXPANSION OF EMBASSY PERSONNEL AND THREE ADDITIONAL
MOTORPOOL VEHICLES.


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