The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) is the Government department responsible for the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the policy, defined and approved by the Council of Ministers, for the areas of agriculture, forests, fisheries, and livestock. MAF mandate is to propose policy and prepare draft legislation and regulations necessary for its areas of protection.
The MAF has a regulatory responsibility to help control the import and export of certain goods. The department responsible for controlling these goods is the Serviço de Quarentena de Timor-Leste (SQTL). This department is responsible for safeguarding the health of our nation’s agricultural resources and plays a critical role in protecting our country’s agriculture and the environment from invasive plant and animal pests and diseases. It also seeks to prevent harmful human and animal food stuffs from entering the supply chain.
You can access and download a copy of the Quarantine General Rules (Government Decree 1/2016) here.
Types of Goods
Goods are identified by an 8-digit numerical number known as the Harmonized System (HS) number.
Below is a list of goods that require some level of control by the Serviço de Quarentena de Timor-Leste. Regulatory requirements sometimes change at short notice, so you should always confirm potential permit requirements directly with the Serviço de Quarentena de Timor-Leste prior to import or export. The goods below are identified via the HS chapter number:
You can find more comprehensive guidance on how to deal with these types of goods here .