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Brunei

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Brunei's B2C Customs Clearance Info and eCommerce Insights

Brunei Flag
ID BN
Capital Bandar Seri Begawan
Official Language Malay
Currency Brunei Dollar (BND)
Population Size 436 thousand

Brunei’s E-commerce Market

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.

Customs & regulations

Import Duty and Taxes

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
Tax 0%
Shipment value above BND400
Value-Added Tax (VAT) 7%
Import Duties 0%
Restricted and Forbidden Goods

Restricted items that must meet certain conditions before going through customs clearance:

  • Article of an antique or historical nature made or discovered in Brunei Darussalam
  • Pin(ball) table, fruit machines, slot machines, and any other machines of the same nature, having an element of change, and more

Prohibited items that cannot be imported into the country:

  • Articles with imprint of any currency note, banknote or coin
  • Cigarettes without health warning on the packages
  • Fire crackers known as “double bangers”
  • Pencil-like “syringe”
  • Stone or gravel, and more

This list may change depending on government regulations. Visit official customs page for the latest version.

Documentation

Documents required by Brunei’s customs clearance include:

1. Packing List

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.

2. Commercial Invoice

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:

  • Certificate of origin
  • Bill of lading or airway bill
  • Insurance policy
  • Other relevant permits, licenses, and certificates

Additional information

Payment preferences:

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%).

Non-working days in 2019

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays are non-working days. Please expect shipment delays on these days.

List of public holidays:

Date Holiday
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
Sep 2 Al-Hijra
Nov 9 Maulud Nabi
Dec 25 Christmas
Aug 17 Independence Day
Sep 1 Muharram
Nov 9 Maulidur Rasul
Dec 24 Cuti Bersama
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Market Opportunities

Popular E-commerce Item Categories
  1. Fashion Apparel and Accessories
  2. Beauty Skin Care
  3. Home & Living
  4. Electronics & Media
Popular Shopping Seasons
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
Popular Shipping Destinations
EXPORTS
Rank Country
1 China
2 Hong Kong
3 Malaysia
4 United States
5 Indonesia
IMPORTS
Rank Country
1 China
2 Malaysia
3 United States
4 Taiwan
5 Japan
                               
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