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Rwanda – Customs and Import duty tax calculation method

Customs Duties or Import duty and taxes will be pending and need to be cleared while importing goods into Rwanda Either by a private individual or a commercial entity.

The valuation method is CIF.

  • The sum of the value of the imported goods and the cost of shipping and insurance.
  • Along with Import duty, import goods are also subject to Sales Tax, Excise duty, and Withholding Tax.

Below is the Duty and Sales tax for Rwanda :

Duty Rates Average Duty Rate Sales Tax(GST) Threshold on goods
0% to 100% 25% ST=18%
VAT = ST * (CIF + Duty+ other taxes)
No threshold

Extra taxes and customs fees while importing

Excise duty or Consumption Tax is charged on products like alcoholic beverages and tobacco at the rate of 3% to 150%. Please refer on detailed information about excise duty.

Below is the Excise Duty in Rwanda :

Product Description Duty
Juice from fruits 5%
Soda and lemonade 39%
Mineral water 10%
Beer 60%
Wine, brandies, liquors, and whisky 70%
Cigarettes 36% of retail price of a pack (of 20 rods) and RWF 30 per pack
Telephone communication 10%
Premium (excluding benzene) fuel and gas oil RWF 183/litre on premium fuel and RWF 150/litre on gas oil
Lubricants 37%
Powdered milk 10%
Vehicles with an engine capacity of above 2500cc 15%
Vehicles with an engine capacity of between 1500cc and 2500cc 10%
Vehicles with an engine capacity of less than 1500cc 5%

Withholding Tax is charged on all imports at a rate of 5% of the CIF value.


  • As there is no threshold, all the import goods are subjected to duty and taxes.
  • Rwanda applies duties and tariffs of the East African Community (EAC) Common External Tariff.