The information below outlines the basis under which foreign missions and their members are eligible for an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States.

Embassy

Embassy (Official Purchases):

In accordance with Articles 34 and 36.1 (a) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, embassies are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.

Head of Mission (Official or Personal Purchases): In accordance with Articles 34 and 36.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, heads of missions are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.


Diplomatic Agent (Personal Purchases): In accordance with Articles 34 and Articles 36.1 (b) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, members of an embassy who are accredited by the Department of State as a “diplomatic agents” are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.

Administrative & Technical Staff (Personal Purchases): In accordance with Articles 37.2 and Articles 36.1 (b), members of an embassy accredited by the Department of State as “Administrative and Technical Staff” are entitled to to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.

Service Staff (Personal Purchases): In general, members of an embassy who are accredited by the Department of State as “Service Staff” are not entitled to an exemption from taxes and duties imposed on their purchases of commodities in the United States. However, the service staff members of certain embassies are eligible for this privilege in accordance with a bilateral agreement.

Private Servants/Staff: Members of an embassy who are accredited by the Department of State as a “Private Servant” are not entitled to an exemption from taxes and duties imposed on their purchases of commodities in the United States

Consular Post

Consulate (Official Purchases): In accordance with Articles 49 and 50.1 (a) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, consular posts are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.


Head of Consular Post (Official or Personal Purchases): In accordance with Articles 49 and 50.1 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, heads of consular posts are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.

Consular Officer (Personal Purchases): In accordance with Articles 49 and Articles 50.1 (b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, members of a consulate who are accredited by the Department of State as a “consular officer” are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.

Consular Employee (Personal Purchases): In accordance with Articles 49 and Articles 50.2 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, members of a consulate who are accredited by the Department of State as a “consular employee” are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States. Further, in accordance with the Foreign Missions Act, the Department of State extends such privileges on the basis of reciprocity.


Service Staff (Personal Purchases): In general, members of an embassy who are accredited by the Department of State as “Service Staff” are not entitled to an exemption from taxes and duties imposed on their purchases of commodities in the United States. However, the service staff members of certain embassies are eligible for this privilege in accordance with a bilateral agreement.

Private Servants/Staff (Personal Purchases): Members of an embassy who are accredited by the Department of State as a “Private Servant” are not entitled to an exemption from taxes and duties imposed on their purchases of commodities in the United States.

Honorary Consular Post

In accordance with Article 62 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, honorary consular officers are not entitled to receive an exemption from taxes or duties imposed on the types of commodities sold by bonded warehouse vendors in the United States.

Missions to the United Nations

Resident Representative of Member States (Official and Personal Purchases): In accordance with Section 11(g) of the UNCPI and Section 15 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement resident representatives of members states to the United Nations when accredited by the Department of State as a “diplomatic agent” are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their official or personal purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States.

Representatives of Members States (Personal Purchases): In accordance with Section 11(g) of the United Nations Convention on Privileges and Immunities and Section 15 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement representatives of members states to the United Nations when accredited by the Department of State as a “diplomatic agent” are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their personal purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States.

United Nations Secretariat

Secretary General & Assistant Secretaries General: In accordance with Section 11(g) of the UNCPI and Section 15 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement the Secretary General and Assistant Secretaries General, when are accredited by the Department of State as a “diplomatic agent” are entitled to an exemption from import duties and, with exceptions, exemption from taxes imposed on their official or personal purchases of goods from bonded warehouse vendors in the United States.