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How to Apply for a Recommendation letter for VAT exemption

This service facilitates registered companies' obtaining recommendation letters for VAT exemptions on their agricultural and livestock products. These letters certify the products' eligibility for VAT exemptions and serve as supporting documents for requesting VAT exemptions from the relevant authorities. This service is offered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources ( MINAGRI).

The processing time is 3 days, and service is free of charge.


  • Applicants with or without an IremboGov account can apply for this service.
  • A list of items eligible for VAT exemption can be downloaded from IremboGov.

Required attachments: (2)

  • Commercial invoice(s) for imported products
  • Official documents of the applicants(e.g.: RDB Certificate or Certificate of domestic company registration)

Optional attachments

  • Other supporting documents

Follow these instructions to apply for a Recommendation letter for VAT exemption

1. Visit the Irembo platform at under "Agriculture." Click on “Recommendation letter for VAT exemption.

2. Read the service description carefully and click the "Apply" button to begin your application.

3. Fill in the applicant details ( applicant type, item category, and justify your category). 

Note: When you fill in the product details and click on “ Add Details,” a new tab will be displayed.

4. Enter the product name, invoice number, name of the item on the list, and page number, then click“Add product.”

5. Upload the required attachments in the correct format and click Next.

6. Verify that the information is true, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click Submit. 

7. An application number (B2…...) to track your application status.

Note: Double-check that the uploaded files are in PDF format and meet the size requirements.

Once your application is approved, you'll receive the recommendation letter for VAT exemption via email. This letter certifies the eligibility of your imported products for VAT exemption and can be used to request VAT exemptions from the relevant authorities.

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