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The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets:

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  • 18-Feb-2019 South Africa Focus: customs documents, Value Added Tax Registration, classsification of goods, potato importers, waste tyres as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Documents

    In accordance with the stipulations of recently published external policies of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the following documents have been reviewed and, where applicable, blue-pencilled accordingly:

    Commercial Invoice
    Customs Import Declaration
    Inward/Outward Report of Arrival
    Registration for the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods.

    For current News related to the Reporting and Conveyance of Goods (RCG) scheme, please also see the corresponding paragraph below.

    Value Added Tax Registration

    The current application form has been furnished for the document entitled Value Added Tax Registration. In addition, the details of the documents to be enclosed with the application have also been updated. Please turn to the stated document as well as to the Registration-section in this overview.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the following documents has been verified and adjusted:

    Declaration of Conformity
    Letter of Authority (LOA)
    Letter of Authority for Electrical and Electronic Goods
    Letter of Authority for Vehicles
    Registration with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS).

    Additional details of these measures administrated by the NRCS may be consulted in the Standards-paragraph further below.

    Potato Importers

    As the expiration of the statutory measure establishing the requirement of a Registration of Potato Importers has been extended from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023, the quoted document has been updated to this regard. Please turn thereto for further details of the registration. For information on Statutory Measures in place for other types of agricultural goods, please refer to the corresponding chapter in this overview.

    Waste Tyres

    Importers and dealers of waste tyres, i.e. new, used, retreated or unroadworthy tyres that are not suitable to be retreated, repaired or sold as a part worn tyre and that are not fit for its original intended purpose, are required to register with the Waste Bureau of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). In order to provide details of the registration procedure, a new document entitled Registration of Importers and Dealers of Waste Tyres has been incorporated into this import report. More particulars on this measure may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Tyres further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 18-Feb-2019 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards the National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL), government procurement and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL)

    Information on the National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL) and the currently related authority, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), has been added to the section on Electronic Submission Systems. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Government Procurement

    A new chapter on Government Procurement has been created in order to describe tendering procedures for public supply. For details, please see said section.


    The paragraph on Waste in this overview has been blue-pencilled and information on radioactive waste has been added thereto. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 18-Feb-2019 Laos
    Nomenclature changes