|Population||168 million (2022)|
|GDP||460.75 billion USD (2022)|
|GDP per capita||2,824 USD (2022)|
|Internet penetration||31.5% of the population use the internet (2022)|
|Ecommerce users||29.4% of the population shop online (2022)|
|Leading product categories||Electronics; fashion; toys, hobbies, and DIY; media; beauty, health, and personal care; and household care|
|Preferred online payment method(s)||Mobile financial services (MFS) transactions, credit/debit card, and internet banking|
The landed cost for a cross-border transaction includes all duties, taxes, and fees associated with the purchase. This includes:
CIF: CIF (cost, insurance, freight) is a method for calculating import taxes or duties where the tax is calculated on the cost of the order plus the cost of freight and insurance.
Further explanation of de minimis, tax, and duty provided below
Duty and tax will be charged only on imports into Bangladesh where the total CIF value of the import exceeds Bangladesh's minimum value threshold (de minimis), which is 0 BDT (tax) and 1,000 BDT (duty). Anything under the duty de minimis value will be considered a duty-free import. However, tax fees are charged on all imports since the tax de minimis is 0 BDT.
The standard import VAT rate range for Bangladesh is 0-15%.
Bangladesh has an average duty rate of 14% and a maximum rate of 25%.
Below are sample landed cost breakdowns for Bangladesh calculated using Zonos Quoter. Since there is no tax de minimis, tax will always apply:
Landed cost for a shipment to Bangladesh below the duty de minimis value:
Landed cost for a shipment to Bangladesh above the duty and tax de minimis value:
Bangladesh has at least 14 trade agreements that offer a zero or highly discounted duty rate for goods manufactured in participating countries.
Bangladesh also has several additional trade agreements in the works, but they are not set to take effect until after Bangladesh advances from a least developed country to a developing one in 2026, which has been approved by the United Nations.
Bangladesh is a member of the World Trade Organization
As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Bangladesh must abide by the most-favored-nation (MFN) clause, which requires a country to provide any concessions, privileges, or immunities granted to one nation in a trade agreement to all other WTO member countries. For example, if one country reduces duties by 10% for a particular WTO country, the MFN clause states that all WTO members will receive the same 10% reduction.
Bangladesh Customs | National Board of Revenue
Customs refund advance, Vat, or turnover tax in Bangladesh
Talk to your carrier about customs refunds.
Depending on the courier, additional shipping fees may include:
Government agencies regulate imports.
Restricted items are different from prohibited items. Prohibited items are not allowed to be imported into a country at all. Restricted items are not allowed to be imported into a country unless the importer has approval or a special license. Controlled goods have military or national security significance.
Pharmaceutical materials, raw materials, and packing materials
Food items, animal, and poultry feed
Commercial importer: someone who imports goods with the intent to further supply to others.
Private industrial consumers: someone or a business that buys goods for the purpose of using the goods to conduct a business.
Commercial importers and private industrial consumers are required to undergo a registration process. Both must register with the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports (CCIE) within the Ministry of Commerce to obtain import registration certificates (IRC). IRCs allow commercial importers to import any amount of non-restricted goods. Industrial consumers have a maximum value for each product the consumer is allowed to import each year under the IRC, with the inclusion of restricted items. The required registration is in place to manage imports of raw materials and machinery, which usually enter Bangladesh with reduced duty rates.
Import Policy Order of 2015-2018
This policy is still in place because a new one has not been introduced yet. The policy Order of 2015-2018 is to promote easier importation of raw materials. The policy includes the following:
These rules are in place to simplify the importation of raw materials used in export-centered sectors.
Regulation procedures when exporting from Bangladesh
What are the most popular ecommerce sites in Bangladesh?
The most popular ecommerce sites in Bangladesh are Clickbd, Bikroy, Rokomari, Daraz, Chaldal, and Shohoz.
See Zonospolicies and agreements.
A cross-border guide to Bangladesh ecommerce, shipping, and importing goods
If you are looking to grow your ecommerce business into Bangladesh , you’ve come to the right place. In our guide, created by Zonos' cross-border experts, you will find the following: