"SENDING ITEMS TO ETHIOPIA BY POST" Top 5 Page for this destination Ethiopia Tourist Trap Tip by DAO

Ethiopia Tourist Traps: 11 reviews and 12 photos

by DAO
  • THE POST OFFICE - Ethiopia
    by DAO
  • - Ethiopia

If you are thinking about sending someone in Ethiopia items by the post – watch out! The official duty rates in Ethiopia for the importation of goods is generally 100%! Be careful what you send or the person receiving any goods or gifts may not be able to afford to receive it! Although they have 'reduced' some tax levels officially, they value the items subjectively. I sent a camera that I paid $65 for and my local friend Solomon was asked for $200 tax!

If it is a USED item, declare this clearly on the Customs Declaration. They pay less tax. Many items can become "used" with a little work. Remove all packaging. If its clothes, wash them. Shoes? Yes walk in someone elses shoes! A little used is cheaper than a little new!

It is often better to just send cash and let your friends source the item locally. You can use Western Union for larger money transfers.

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  • Updated Feb 28, 2012
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