For advice on importing any equipment items and to submit applications for exoneration of applicable customs duties, please fill out a list (see form) of what you plan to bring and contact Gump Station. It is likely that your bags will be inspected on arrival at the airport by customs officials. It is highly recommended that you have a list of all items being brought in for research purposes with their receipts (or print-out of the cost from a website), even when the total for all the items is <$500.
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. Particularly for more expensive items, a carnet de passage should be obtained in advance - see atacarnet.com for details.
Importing Items ( > 6 months)
Please check for any updates but as of May 2022:
- Duty free allowance for goods (that stay in French Polynesia) is 50 000 XPF per passenger (approx. $500)
- Between 500 USD and 2 000 USD, you have to pay :
- a tax of 20% if the goods were bought in Europe;
- a tax of 30% if the goods were bought outside of Europe.
On your way out of the airport, if your goods exceed the allowance, declare them to the Customs officials at baggage claim and you can pay directly if <200 000 CFP. You will need receipts for each item. Beyond ~2 000 USD, you have to leave the goods with the Customs officials and fill out a form identifying a Customs Agent in Tahiti who will collect them for you later and help process the payment of duties. The Gump Station has a Customs Agent we can recommend as needed.
The Gump Station is eligible for an exoneration of some import duties for certain research and educational items that will remain at the Gump Station. Please contact us at least two months before you travel with or ship any equipment or supplies (whether by air or sea) if you wish to apply for this exoneration. The requests are sent to the French Polynesian government for approval and are handled through our Customs Agent. There are fees associated with this process. You will need to provide a list of the items and their value (with receipts) 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:
c/o Gump Station
BP 244 - 98728
Tel. +689 40561374