For advice on importing any equipment items and to submit applications for exoneration of customs duties, please contact Hinano Teavai-Murphy.
Temporary Equipment (to be taken out again): For the official policy on import duties and procedures, visitors should contact the French Polynesian customs authorities. It is our understanding that items can be imported for up to 6 months without duties. A bond might be required for some items to ensure that they are re-exported. Generally, researchers should have a list of equipment items they intend to take home again prepared in advance. This list should be given to the customs agent if requested (along with a copy of the research permit). The customs agent will tell you what, if any, further steps are required to ensure re-exportation of the items. Particularly for more expensive items, you might require a carnet de passage, which can also be obtained in advance - see http://www.atacarnet.com for details.
Importing Items ( > 6 months): The Gump Station has an exoneration of some of the import duties for certain research items. Please contact us at least a month before you travel with or ship any equipment or supplies (whether by air or sea) if you wish to apply for this exoneration (for which there is a fee). We will require a list of the items and their value and information about when and how they are to be shipped.
Mailing items to Moorea: When sending packages to French Polynesia (including through the regular mail), please be aware that they will be subject to some import duties, even if you have the exoneration certificate. Larger packages will be impounded at the port of entry and generally require a Customs Agent to get them out. There is a fee associated with the Customs Agent's services.
All packages or letters should be addressed as follows:
- Your Name
- c/o Gump Station
- UC Berkeley
- BP 244 - 98728
- French Polynesia
- (Tel. +689 561374)