Cameroon Border Crossing of Bitam

Bitam is the end station of the road 25 km away from the town of Ambam. Customs authorities and security corps (Gendarmerie and Police) have offices which are functioning 7 days a week from 07H00 to 18H00. Many check points are open on the way. Most of the trucks crossing the border contain mainly food produced in Cameroon to supply the markets of Gabon. Passenger transport by Cameroonian cars or bus is not allowed to enter in Gabon.

Gabonese Public Transport

Only the Gabonese public transport is allowed to cross the border with passengers in respect to the Gabonese immigration law. Any logistical activities other than trucks delivering food to Gabon are not available. There are not fuel stations between Ambam to Bitam border entry point to the Republic of Gabon.

Cameroon Customs Information

Regulations on customs can be found from the Directorate General for Customs, which is headquartered in Yaoundé. The General Manager is Mr. FONGOD Edwin NUVAGA.

Cameroon has a common border with six countries and each particular border can be considered as an entry point, especially in case of emergency in neighbouring countries. The main entry points are:

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Cameroon Border Overview

Cameroon has a common border with six countries and each particular border can be considered as an entry point, especially in case of emergency in neighbouring countries. The main entry points are:

  • Mora Amchide into Nigeria in the Extreme-North region, West side.
  • Ekok into Nigeria in South-West region.
  • Kousseri into Chad in the Extreme-North region, East side.
  • Garoua-Boulaï into Central African Republic in the East region.
  • Mouloundou into the Republic of Congo in the East region, South side.
  • Bitam into Republic of Gabon in the South.
  • Kye-Ossi into Gabon and Equatorial-Guinea to the South.

The above entry points are mainly used for trade as demonstrated by important traffic of trucks across the border. There is some insecurity, commonly carjacking, at some of the borders.

Imported goods are submitted to 4 different regimes:

  • Mise à la consummation (IM4): Exemption certificate must be signed by both Ministry of External Relations (MINREX) and Ministry of Finance (Customs Department).
  • Transit Regime (IM8): Regime used for all goods in transit to Chad or CAR. Goods do not have any escort, documents attached are Declaration Form IM8 and transit title that the transporter shows at each custom office along the corridor before final destination, in order to obtain visas.
  • Export Regime (EX8): For all local purchase done in Cameroon and destined to Chad or CAR.
  • Temporary Admission Regime (IM5): Applied for vehicles and others identifiable equipment imported in Cameroon for humanitarian purposes. Admission certificate is valid 1 or 2 years renewable.

Duties and Tax Exemption

Humanitarian goods imported by NGOs or UN Agencies can have total or partial exemption of duties and taxes according to agreements signed with Cameroonian government.

For contact information regarding government custom authorities, please follow the link below: Cameroon Government Contact List

Without agreements, national customs legislation is as follows:

  • Customs duties
  • Inspection tax SGS
  • VAT
  • 'Precompte'
  • CAC (centime Additionnels Communaux)
  • BESC (Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de la cargaison)

Emergency Response

Agreements / Conventions Description

Ratified by Country?

WCO (World Customs Organization) member

Gabon Seafood

Gabon is known for its abundant natural resources, and the wealth of its waters equals the wealth of its land.

In other words, seafood is abundant here, and you just have to take advantage of that.

In restaurants, you can order spaghetti with lobster, fish in curry sauce, fish soup, fish capaccio, stuffed crabs–the list goes on and on. French cooking, by the way, is big in Gabon.

But don’t limit yourself to fancy seafood cuisine. The best way to really taste fresh seafood is straight from the sea, boiled or grilled, with no utensils but your hands. Join the sea hunt and have your catch for lunch.

Gabon Buchmeat

As we’ve said before, Gabon has a thriving wildlife, and many Gabonese who live near the forest retain their hunting traditions. If they don’t hunt, they don’t eat; and lunch is usually whatever the day’s catch is, so the picky ones starve (and they don’t get to pass their picky genes to the next generation).

In fact, it’s been noted by some visitors that unlike the crocodiles in other parts of Africa, who hang around watching you, the crocodiles in Gabon tend to run away–they know they’re being eyed for lunch.

The Gabonese love meat, and they get them where they can, so don’t assume that every meat offered to you is either beef, pork, chicken, or fish. It could be wild boar or antelope. It could be crocodile. It could even be monkey or pangolin.

You don’t need to go hunting to get a taste of bushmeat, though (in the event that you should want some). Just ask around, and the locals will point you to restaurants that serve grilled crocodile meat or crocodile stew.

Relax at the beach in Gabon

Gabon is country of beautiful beaches. You simply can’t escape getting a revitalizing whiff of sea breeze when you come to this country.

Right inside Libreville territory, you will find Pointe-Denis and Ekwata Beach, two of the most famous beaches in the capital.

Then, just half an hour’s drive away, there are Cape Santa Clara and Cape Esterias. These are nice deserted beaches where you can really relax and just soak in the sun and the clear blue water and sky.

Go fishing in Gabon

At the Loango National Park, where fishing activities are limited to local subsistence fishing and a couple of tourist operations,you can sign up for a nine-day itinerary that included full board accommodations at the park and fishing excursions to catch the giant African threadfin, the Atlantic tarpon, the Guinean barracuda, or the African cubera snapper.

Gabon’s lakes and rivers are excellent fishing venues. The country has arguably the best-preserved marine environments in Africa.

See the humpback whales in Gabon

If you are in Gabon between July and September, you’re just in time to see the humpback whales! These whales come to Gabonese waters during this season to mate and calve before they return to their summer feeding grounds.

The best places to see the humpback whales are in Loango and Mayumba. Loango, of course, if famous for its“surfing hippos,”though it is not likely you will see any of those. You’ll have to content yourself with whale sightings, then.

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