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Burundi - Exporting Goods

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Burundi is currently the 193rd largest goods trading partner in the US with $21 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $17 million; Goods imports totaled $4 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Burundi was $12 million in 2013.

The country has experienced a problem of trade deficit over the past years*

Exports of goods and services in Burundi comprise all transactions between residents of Burundi and the rest of the world involving a change of ownership from residents to nonresidents of general merchandise, net exports of goods under merchanting, non monetary gold, and services. Export of goods is managed by the Burundi Revenue authority.

Major exportable items in Burundi are sugar, cotton, tea and coffee.

Burundi,s exports partners are Germany, Switzerland, US and Belgium.

Important importable products of the country are foodstuff, petroleum products and capital goods. Burundi's imports partners are Tanzania, Kenya, US, France, Italy and Japan.


All Burundi traders intending to sell goods outside of Burundi.

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Export goods are accepted for carriage after Customs declaration has been prepared and submitted to Customs. To facilitate this process, exporters often use a clearing agent. Goods for exportation shall be entered using form C17 Form. Goods for commercial use intended for export must be entered on Customs declaration. The Customs procedure code to be entered will depend on the nature of the goods to be exported as per Customs Procedure Codes.

Required Information

  • Exporter’s name
  • Exporter’s address
  • Exporter’s TIN/PIN
  • Agent’s name
  • Agent’s address
  • Agent’s TIN processing/ clearing office
  • Registration number
  • Date
  • Country of destination of goods
  • Tax invoice value
  • Financial and banking data
  • Identity, Date and Nationality of means of transport at boarder.
  • Office of entry
  • Location of goods
  • Packages and distribution of goods
  • Calculation of duties.


Exporting goods can be beneficial and quite rewarding if done strategically. The process and and procedure can be substantial, but it is important to note that exporting is a dynamic, time-consuming and intricate procedure.

  • It is recommended that it should only be attempted by businesses or individuals who have the resources to meet these foreign opportunities.
  • To become a successful Exporter, you have to be thorough with your research and be prepared for each step along the way as listed below.

1.The Exporter should obtain documents from the Supplier/s then forwards the documents to the Clearing Agent

2.Then the clearing agent sends an export declaration with supporting documents to the Customs Officer charged with exports.

3.The Customs Officer then verifies both the Customs entry(declaration) and the attached supporting documents such as invoice, packing list, certificate of origin, certificate of quality to check the conformity on standards, etc.

4.If there is no inconsistency and that the goods are not being exported contrary to the export control regulations, the Customs officer followed by issuance of receipt and acceptance of an entry in a computer system.

5.The officer will validate the release order, print and issue the exit note to the clearing Agent

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Required Documents

  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Customs export declaration form C
  • Packing List
  • Shipping order
  • Technical standard/health certificate
  • Transit documents


Approximately US$ 4,420 as detailed below:-

  • Preparation of documents – US$ 430
  • Clearing goods at the customs department and technical control – US$ 150
  • Handling goods at the ports and terminal – US$ 540
  • Inland transportation and handling – US$ 3,300


It is valid for a year.

Documents to Use

EAC customs form C17

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

It takes between 15 to 30 working days to complete an export procedure in Burundi

Office Locations & Contacts

The Burundi Revenue Authority (Office Burundais des Recettes, OBR)

B.P 3465 Bujumbura 11 Burundi

Telephone: 22276142



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