Importing and Exporting

If you are an importer or exporter or a traveller entering or leaving Laos these pages will help you understand what you need to do in order to import and export goods or merchandise.

Click here if you want to know how to import commercial goods into Laos.

Click here if you want to know how to export commercial goods from Laos.

Click here if you intend to transport goods across international borders through the territory of Laos (Transit).

Click here if you are a traveller arriving at or leaving from an airport or crossing a land border.

For public health reasons, the import of certain agricultural products, livestock, fish, drugs and food is subject to procedures requiring certain documents to be presented and approved by the agency responsible for enforcing the relevant regulations and certain obligations to be observed.  Click here for more information about the importation of these categories of product.

If you are a shipping or transport agent responsible for the vehicles or crafts used in the conveyancing of commercial transactions you also have certain obligations in respect of regulatory requirements with the relevant authorities.  Click here to find out more.

The import and export of goods is governed by a number of laws and regulations.  These are listed in the Legal Texts page of this website.  Click here to search and view all the relevant legal documents.

Any violation of the Customs Law or regulations constitutes an offence which may attract a fine or legal proceedings according to the degree of severity.  Click here for a summary of offences and penalties as well as information about appeals and settlements.

You can download a complete PDF version of the contents of these pages by clicking on this link: Guide to Import and Export