Importers and exporters may follows the following 5 steps:
Step 1: Register at RCED / appoint a registered agent
Every company or agents/ forwarders must be registered with the RCED for them to be easy dealing with the RCED.
- Applicant must submit a complete application form to theCustomer Services Counter of RCED Headquarters, Jalan Menteri Besar.
- Registration is free of charge.
- Documents needed for registration:
- A copy of the Company’s Registration Certificate.
- A copy of Applicant’s Smart Identity Card.
*Individual registration is not compulsory however customers (traders) are advised to make use of the services of Customs agents (forwarders).
Step 2: Apply Permit for Controlled Items
What is meant by license or permit
- License or Permit is a verification or approval given/ issued by the relevant Government Department/ Agency responsible for the commodities before importation.
How to apply license/ permit?
- Written application or completed form (subject to the requirement of the Department/ Agency) must be submitted to the Department/ Agency responsible for such prohibited and controlled commodities.
Any other additional requirement
- There are some prohibited or controlled commodities that require A.P (Approval permit) issued by the RCED other than license/ permit issued by the relevant Government Agency before imported or exported.
Step 3: Online Declaration
Every person arriving Negara Brunei Darussalam shall declare all goods in his possession, either on his person OR in any baggages OR in any vehicles to proper officer of Customs for inspection and clearance.
If failed to do so, such goods shall be deemed to be uncustomed goods and it is an offence under Customs Order 2006, if convicted, imprisonment OR fines can be imposed.
All imported goods should be declared to RCED through online system (eCustoms) or Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW) except for the following goods;
☞ Passenger hand baggages or personal effect on arrival.
☞ Goods arriving by post except for dutiable goods.
Customs Declaration should give full and true account of the number of packages, case description of goods, value, weight, measure or quantity, and country of origin of the goods.
Main documents required to be listed as reference in the Customs Declaration are as follows:
- Commercial Invoice
- Air Waybill or Bill of Lading
Step 4: Payment of Dutiable Goods
Once the customs declaration had been approved, duties and other charges can be paid at Customs Counter or via an online payment.
Step 5: Inspection and Clearance
Approved Customs Declaration may be presented to Customs Officers on duty at relevant Customs Branches (entry point), together with any other supported documents for examination/ inspection and release of goods.