Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2022


For the official policy on import duties and procedures, visitors should consult the French Polynesian customs authorities

Import of Temporary Equipment (Carnet ATA)

We strongly recommend obtaining a carnet de passage for any equipment that will be take back out of French Polynesia within 6 months (this can apply to an aggregation of low-value items, as well as to individual instruments) - see ATA Carnet for details. In this case, you do not need a Customs Agent.

Permanent Import (Supplies and Equipment) 

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)
  • If your goods exceed the allowance, you must declare them to the Customs officials at baggage claim.

    CUSTOMS AGENT/BROKER: If you have a complex amount of material (whatever its value) and/or the cumulative value exceeds $2 000 USD, you will have to leave the goods for a Customs Agent/Broker.

    • You will fill out a form (MADB) in the Air Tahiti office in baggage claim 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. You will need the list of material and their value (preferably with receipts).

    IN SOME CASES, if you have one or two items worth less than ~$2000 (<200 000 CFP) and you have the evidence of value (e.g., receipts), you might be able to pay the import duties immediately (see below for rates) and leave with your items.

    • 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. 

    Research Exoneration

    The Gump Station is eligible for an exoneration of some import duties for certain research and educational items that will remain in French Polynesia at the Gump Station. Please contact us at least 3 months before you ship (or travel with) any equipment that might be eligible for exoneration. Exoneration requests are sent to the French Polynesian government for approval by the Minister of Research. If you wish to benefit from an exoneration, do not ship items until you have received official notification that the Minister has approved your request. Such approval is not a guarantee, as the final decision is made by the customs authorities on arrival.

    The process is handled through Gump Station's Customs Agent and fees will be charged. 

    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 40561374