Logistic and forwarding services in Rwanda


Capital City

12,1 Mio.

National languages
English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili

Rwandan Franc (FRW)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 8,8 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 769

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 3,35 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0,09 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Rwanda

Bilateral relations between Switzerland and Rwanda are modest and are primarily characterised by development cooperation.


Business language

French, English.


Dimensions and weights



National currency Rwandan Franc (FRW) = 100 Centimes.

ISO code: RWF

Customs tariff

Harmonised system. Customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

Import licences are no longer required. The exception to this is the import of medications, for which a licence from the Ministry of Health is required and can only be obtained by qualified importers. There are restrictions on the import of certain goods such as unprocessed precious metals and stones, used tyres, psychotropic drugs etc. There are bans on goods including counterfeit products, certain chemicals and cosmetics which contain mercury. The national authority Rwanda Bureau of Standards – RBS is responsible for carry out the import control. Fees of 0.2% of the CFR value are payable for the controls. The Central Bank of Rwanda is entitled to issue currency.

The provision of an irrevocable letter of credit is recommended for payment transactions.

Standard VAT rate: 18%


Pre-shipment inspection

An inspection of the quality, quantity and price is required before shipment for almost all goods (with the exception of shipments with an fob value of less than 1.000 USD).


Terms of payment and tenders

Only deviate from the letter of credit provisions in exceptional circumstances. Obtain information on this.

Tenders in EUR.


Designations of origin

No special regulations.


Standard markings in French are sufficient. Additional English-language marking is recommended when shipping via land and sea. All shipments of goods which are transported to Rwanda via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, must also be clearly marked with a yellow cross on the package on the standard marking side, the bars of which are at least 30 cm long, otherwise a special sorting fee will be charged. The amount of this fee is not yet known. Permanent and clear weight information must be provided on shipments with a gross weight of 1000 kg or more.


Robust, weatherproof packaging

Product samples

Duty free if the value of the goods does not exceed 100.000 RWF.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and:

a) 2 commercial invoices in French with all standard information including the country of origin, gross and net weight and precise description of the goods, particularly for textiles.

b) Certificates of origin only on request (required for animal products). As the origin, indicate “Suisse” in the case of Swiss goods, or “Union Européenne” for goods originating from UE.

c) Postal items up to 20 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 2 customs declarations in French.

d) Bills of lading, uncertified, order bills of lading are permitted but a notify address must be given.

e) Packing list: it is expedient to include 3 copies of packing lists in all shipments. These must list all packages clearly with the trademark, number, type, weight and content.