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  • 19-Nov-2018 Thailand Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), tobacco, food labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Particulars of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which Thailand is a member of have been incorporated into the section on Hazardous Substances further below. Please turn thereto for more information.


    The paragraph on Tobacco and Tobacco Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Licence to Sell Tobacco and Tobacco Products. For further details of the licence as well as other import requirements of such goods, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Food Labelling

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with details of the additional labelling requirements for foodstuffs containing gingko. Please see said paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 19-Nov-2018 Iraq Focus: animal feed, aircraft as well as the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI).
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animal Feed

    For the importation of animal feed into Iraq, a Permit to Import Animal Fodder is to be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture. The actual shipment of the goods must be accompanied by the documentation listed in the chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed below, e.g. a Certificate of Dioxin Content. The mentioned documents, which have been newly incorporated into this report, and the quoted section may be viewed for specifics.


    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Iraq may require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the General Establishment for Civil Aviation (GECA); please turn thereto for additional details.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include goods for the care of the elderly, e.g. hygiene articles, and designated foodstuffs, e.g. chili sauce and Havarti cheese, amongst others. Hence, the importation of the newly listed goods now requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Further particulars on the programme may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.
  • 19-Nov-2018 Honduras Focus: taxpayer registration, plant varieties and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Taxpayer Registration

    As the fiscal registration procedure is to be conducted at one of the local offices of the competent authority, i.e. the Revenue Administration Service (SAR), the document entitled National Taxpayers' Register (RTN) has been updated with regard to the pertaining procedural details such as the processing time and the mode of submission of the documents required for registration. Moreover, the application form has been exchanged for its modified version. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Plant Varieties

    For illustrative purposes, the document entitled Registration of Protected Plant Varieties has been amplified with a sample of a technical questionnaire displaying the characteristics of a plant variety and which is to be submitted together with an application for the protection of plant breeders' rights. For more details, please turn to the aforementioned document.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been revised and adjusted with regard to various details, e.g. the processing time, documents to be enclosed and/or the period of validity:

    Registration of Alcohol Importers
    Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products
    Registration of Importers of Meat and Meat Products
    Registration of Importers of Milk Products
    Registration of Importers of Pesticides and Fertilisers.

    Please refer to the abovementioned documents for further information.