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Import and export in Ethiopia

Traveler customs restrictions

Most international flights will arrive in Ethiopia at Bole International Airport. Customs importation restricts visitor's luggage to a maximum of:

  • 400 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco (adults only)
  • 2 liters of alcoholic beverages
  • 500ml of perfume
  • 100g of jewelry
  • electronic equipment for personal use only (i.e. not for sale)

The free export of goods obtained in Ethiopia, up to a value of ETB 500, is permitted. For the export of skins, hides, and any kind of antique articles (swords, bibles, etc.), export certificates are required.

Export controls

The U.S. regulates "exports" of certain equipment, software, and technology in furtherance of national security interests and some foreign policy objectives. Export controls can apply to a wide range of research activities, regardless of the source of funding. Research projects involving the transfer of equipment and technology (including technical data and technological assistance) to foreign countries are potentially subject to export controls regulations.

The transfer or exchange of information about science and technology also can constitute an export that is potentially subject to export controls. In some cases, this transfer of information or technology to a foreign national is regulated even though it occurs inside the United States (i.e., a "deemed" export). View commerce control list >>

The good news about export controls is that much of the research activity conducted at universities in the U.S. falls within the scope of the fundamental research exclusion. In addition, in many of the cases listed above, an exclusion or license exception can be obtained without applying for a license.

Contact Doris Kirby in the Office of Compliance to discuss how to stay compliant with federal export regulations.

Import/export customs clearing vendors in Ethiopia


Doris Kirby
Office of Compliance