Prohibited and Restricted Goods

Prohibited Goods

  1. Meat, provisions, fruits and vegetables, and any articles intended for human food, which are unfit for human consumption.
  2. Indecent or obscene prints, paintings, photographs, books, cards, lithographic or other engravings, or any other indecent or obscene article.
  3. Underwater gun being any manufacture or device other than the device known as an Hawaiian Sling whereby a missile may be discharged under water.
  4. Any article which bears a design in the imitation of any currency or bank note or coin in current use in The Bahamas or elsewhere.
  5. Copies of works in respect of which the owner has given notice to the Comptroller under Section 22 of The Copyright Act.

Restricted Goods

Restricted goods are defined as follows:

  • Goods imported for the purpose of any business (within the meaning given thereto by Section 2 of the Business License Act) unless the importer of the goods produces for inspection by the Comptroller, a current Business License issued under the provisions of The Business License Act.
  • All goods, the importation of which is restricted under the provisions of any law for the time being in force in The Bahamas.
  • Firecrackers and impact flash facilities save those, which in the opinion of the Comptroller are not dangerous.
  • Firearms, fireworks, unless special authorization by the Commissioner of Police.
  • Trailers, being trailer caravans for use as living quarters, offices, workshops, or similar purposes, unless specifically authorized by the Minister.
  • Mechanical games and devices set in operation wholly and partly by the insertion.



The Investigation or Preventive Division of The Bahamas Customs Department was established to ensure compliance with the Customs Management Act 1976.


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