The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) 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 transport and communications.
The Port Administration of Timor-Leste – APORTIL, the Airport and Air, Navigation Administration – ANATL EP, the Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste, AACTL and the AANC – National Communications Authority are dependent on the Minister of Transport and Communications.
The MoTC has a regulatory responsibility to help control the import and export of certain goods. Article 2 of the Conditions and Procedures to observe Regarding the Importation of Motor Prohibitions (Decree law 30/2011) prohibits the importation of vehicles over five years old.
Types of Goods
Goods are identified by an 8-digit numerical number known as the Harmonized System (HS) number.
The law prohibits the import of mixed and light passenger vehicles over five years from the date of manufacture.
These types of vehicles include:
There are a number of exceptions to this law, including:
If you are importing vehicles for ‘commercial’ purposes, such as to sell, lease, hire or exchange, you will need written approval from the Foreign Trade Department and Land Transport Department within the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce, and Industry.