• At present any importer of vehicles must contact a company called INTERTEK International Ltd and request a pre-advice form (PAF), together with a proforma invoice.
  • A pre-shipment inspection (PSI) will then be determined from what is called the “Positive List” published by the Mozambique government. Goods on the list are subject to a pre shipment inspection in the country of export. Vehicles will automatically be subject to an IVID check upon entry to a South African Port if landed in RSA.
  • Goods shipped without a mandatory inspection will then incur a penalty to the value of 10% of the assessed CIF value of the goods.


Please note that the below listed procedure is relevant for all goods imported/ exported into/ out of Mozambique as of 1 March 2007.

Export process to be followed for vehicles

  • The exporter must fill out the (PAF) and proforma invoice and hand to the Intertek liaison officer for data transfer at the issuing office (IO) where a file will be opened for each type of good handled.
  • The IO will then contact the exporter in writing, usually by fax using an RFI (Request for information), to carry out the physical inspection and also to perform customs classification and price verifications.
  • The RFI will include as unique RFI locator number used for reference purposes.
  • Only the company/ person/ agent listed on the PAF has authority to request the inspection.
  • The fees for the inspection are paid for by the Mozambique government, so normally no charges accrue to the exporter. However second visits to a site my incur charges to the exporter.
  • As soon as the exporter receives the RFI, a written request for inspection can then be made to Intertek with a minimum advance notice of 3 full working days before a requested date of inspection.

The written request should detail the following

  • RFI reference number
  • The MOZ reference number
  • Desired date of inspection and location
  • Name of person to be contacted at the inspection site with telephone and fax numbers.

At the time of inspection, if possible please provide a copy of the final invoice for the goods

  • Goods should be presented along with the export packaging that will be used. Where packaging will be opened to perform the inspection, repackaging will then be observed at the time of inspection.
  • Where goods are being exported by full container load (FCL), Intertek is required to seal the container with their own seal. Partial load inspections must detail what has been inspected on a case-by-case basis.
  • Intertek is required to determine the correct tariff code for duty purposes according to the Mozambican tariff book.
  • Intertek will also perform a price verification to determine a fair value for tariff purposes to stop the under valuation of goods to avoid duties.
  • Intertek will also assess correct insurance values and customs valuations. The reference date for valuations will be the date of the proforma invoice.
  • No certificate will be issued to the exporter for letter of credit purposes.

Importation process to be followed for vehicles

  • Intertek will issue the importer with a DUC (Single certificate document).
  • The document will only be issued after an inspection and all exporter documentation has be checked and verified.

To get the DUC you will need

  • Invoice number and the date of issuance.
  • Names of the importer and exporter, as per the proforma invoice and PAF (and letter of credit if applicable)
  • Detailed quantity and description of goods
  • All unit prices and extensions
  • Separate itemized charges, if applicable, up to FOB
  • The FOB (Free on Board) value of the transaction
  • Freight cost (If applicable)
  • Insurance cost (if applicable)
  • Any price adjustments and exchange rate fluctuation details
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