Last week we entered Mozambique via the Kozi Bay - Ponta do Ouro border post, and much to our dismay we were charged what we believed to be an exorbitant amount of import duty on our groceries. In what turned out to be an acrimonious encounter we were castigated for not supporting the local vendors, instructed to produce an invoice for the food we were bringing in (it was a self catering venue), and then subsequently charged about 40% of the total invoice (approximately R1800.00). The total duty payable was around R750.00.
According to various websites there seems to be no limitation on groceries, however, there is the category Other with a duty free amount of US$50. Assuming that groceries could be classified as Other, we would in any event be eligible for approximately R500 duty free imports per person (there were 5 of us in the group).
I am of the opinion that we were unjustly and unfairly treated. Has anyone had a similar experience? Is there any recourse available to us?