The Republic of Cameroon is situated on the western side of Central Africa, bordered by six nations, including Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic and Gabon. The country is known for its diversity, which it has in every sense of the word. Hundreds of languages are spoken here, for example, and the terrain varies from desert and savanna to coastal stretches, rainforest and mountain.
While the number of Brits visiting Cameroon is limited, and very few actually live there, the country has a growing consumer market that you may want to tap into as a retailer. Should you need to send anything, the following information will definitely come in handy.
Anything sent to or from a country outside of the European Union (EU) must have the appropriate customs documentation. That includes Cameroon, which as you'll know, is in Africa.
So which form do you need? That depends on what you're sending, or more specifically, the value of the items you're sending. Anything up to the value of £270 should go with form CN22; if it's worth more than that, go for CN23 instead.
When completed, the document will contain a host of information, including a description of the contents, the quantity, weight and your signature.
Prohibitions and restrictions
We carry lots of different things for our customers, but that's not to say you can send absolutely anything to Cameroon. The country, like most others, has a list of things it won't accept across its borders.
Many of the items included are as you'd expect: weaponry, narcotics, live animals and hazardous materials, for example.
Beyond this, there are a few things you might not have thought about. The list also contains:
- Airline tickets
- Military equipment
- Precious metals and stones
Be careful to abide by these rules or face having your parcel confiscated by customs - or maybe worse. It's not worth the risk!
Ensuring a smooth delivery
Cameroon isn't exactly close to the UK; the two countries' capitals - London and Yaoundé - are over 3,300 miles apart. Your package, therefore, has a pretty hefty journey ahead of it, so you should protect it properly before it goes.
We recommend starting with a strong box that is slightly bigger that the item or items you're sending - the extra space will allow for some cushioning (bubble wrap is particularly effective). Then, once everything's comfy inside, seal all openings with strong parcel tape.
You can then add the address to the front, along with the appropriate customs form as mentioned earlier. Just be sure to include the address clearly, as the format will be slightly different to what you're used to.
M. Pierre Marie
Also, it must be written in English or French - the country's two official languages.
Once all of this has been taken into account, you are ready to send!