Country cheat sheets that covers customs clearance and import duties for your e-commerce international shipping needs, eCommerce insights, and more
How to Ship
|Capital||Bandar Seri Begawan|
|Currency||Brunei Dollar (BND)|
|Population Size||436 thousand|
A significant 76% of Bruneians use e-commerce to shop, bank and pay bills, based on a report commissioned by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI).
Online shopping activities are also becoming more popular as consumers find it more convenient and time-saving. Many are turning to e-commerce websites, social media, and online marketplaces to shop, and these online sales are largely driven by millennials.
With Brunei emerging with the highest social media market penetration in the region – almost double the regional average – it could potentially open doors to new opportunities for e-commerce businesses.
Brunei maintains a de minimis value threshold of BND400 on inbound B2C e-commerce goods.
Goods below this threshold also do not require a Customs Import Declaration.
|Shipment value below BND400|
|Shipment value above BND400|
|Value-Added Tax (VAT)||7%|
Restricted items that must meet certain conditions before going through customs clearance:
Prohibited items that cannot be imported into the country:
This list may change depending on government regulations. Visit official customs page for the latest version.
Documents required by Brunei’s customs clearance include:
This gives product details, shipment volume in kilogram or cubic meter, and serves as a checklist to ensure shipment has been packed correctly or not.
This gives total shipment value usually in US dollar. Helps to determine the import duties and taxes, and eligibility of shipment.
If you are shipping without a logistics partner that can clear customs on your behalf, you may need to include the following shipping documentation as well:
84% of Bruneians prefer making payment using credit or debit cards. This is followed by online bank transfers (36%), e-wallets (27%) and offline payment or cash on delivery (19%).
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays are non-working days. Please expect shipment delays on these days.
List of public holidays:
|Jan 1||New Year’s Day|
|Feb 5||Chinese New Year|
|Feb 23||National Day Holiday|
|Apr 3||Israk Mikraj|
|May 6||First Day of Ramadhan|
|May 22||Nuzul Al-Quran|
|Jun 1||Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day|
|Jun 5||Hari Raya Aidil Fitri|
|Jun 6-8||Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Holiday|
|Jul 15||H.M. The Sultan’s Birthday (observed)|
|Aug 12||Hari Raya Aidil Adha|
|Nov 9||Maulud Nabi|
|Aug 17||Independence Day|
|Nov 9||Maulidur Rasul|
|Dec 24||Cuti Bersama|
|Dec 25||Christmas Day|
|Event Name||Event Period|
|Brunei Cybershop Fest||Jan-Feb 28|
|Singles’ Day||Nov 11|
|Black Friday||Nov 23|
|Brunei Salebration||Dec 1|
|12.12 Online Fever||Dec 12|
|Ramadhan||Changes every year as it follows the Islamic calendar|
Statista (2018) | Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (2018) | Borneo Bulletin (2018) | Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (2017) | Office Holidays (2019) | Borneo Bulletin (2018) | Borneo Bulletin (2018) | Borneo Bulletin (2018) | Central Intelligence Agency (2018) | Ministry of Finance and Economy Brunei Darussalam (2018)
Updated as of 20 Oct 2018.