For advice on importing any equipment items and to submit applications for exoneration of customs duties, please fill out a list (see form) of what you plan to bring and contact Gump Station.
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 your research protocole d'accueil). 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 atacarnet.com for details.
Importing Items ( > 6 months)
The Gump Station is eligible for an exoneration of some of the 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 a 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