Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you confirm the rates applicable to your products before selling to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

For further information please refer to the PNG Customs website.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

PNG operates on a single column tariff, based on the Harmonized System. Most duties are ad valorem assessed on the World Trade Organization (WTO) valuation code based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value (Incoterms 1990).

Tariffs have in general been reducing over time as a result of the PNG Government’s tariff reduction program. Exporters can obtain further information on this from PNG Internal Revenue Commission.

For quarantine related information, visit the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority website.

Non-tariff barriers

Import licences are not generally required although permits are needed for:

  • a small range of permitted plants
  • seeds
  • animal products and livestock
  • pesticides
  • weapons and paramilitary equipment.

Prohibited goods include:

  • all poultry products including eggs from New South Wales
  • pornography
  • recreational drugs
  • some weapons.

Restricted goods include weapons and firearms (a police permit is required).

Exchange controls are set and enforced by the Bank of Papua New Guinea and the Department of Finance.