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  • 17-Aug-2018 Tanzania Focus: Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS), Insurance Certificate, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), used motor vehicles, destination inspection, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS)

    For facilitated customs clearance of imports to the mainland of Tanzania, preclearance documents, e.g. the Customs Import Declaration, the Declaration of Dutiable Value and the Manifest, may be submitted electronically via the Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS), i.e. the national adapted version of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA). The document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA/TANCIS, which is required for access to the electronic system, has accordingly been augmented with additional information thereon, including the national application form.

    Insurance Certificate

    In accordance with the Insurance Act 2009 as amended by the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2017, all imports into Tanzania, regardless of whether by air, road, rail or sea, must be insured by a locally registered insurance company as of 1 January 2018. Information on the subsequently required upload of the purchased insurance policy via the Tanzanian Imports Insurance Portal (TIIP) for purposes of customs clearance has been incorporated into the document entitled Insurance Certificate which may be viewed for details.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The classification of goods subject to Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), i.e. the scope of goods to which the scheme applies, has been modified for the following documents in accordance with the most recent stipulations:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Registration
    PVoC Licence.

    These documents have also been amended with regard to further details of, e.g., the list of goods exempted from the scheme and additional fees which may accrue.

    Used Motor Vehicles

    As the PVoC procedure for used motor vehicles differs from the documents required for other types of PVoC goods listed above, e.g. with regard to the inspection providers, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Used Motor Vehicles has been completely revised and equipped with a new sample request for a PVoC certificate for this product group.

    Destination Inspection

    The document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection has been enhanced with the current version of the application form and with information on the conditional release of goods. Also, the assignment of commodity codes to said document has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent product list from 25 May 2018.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for administrating import procedures in Tanzania have been verified and updated throughout the report, where applicable.
  • 17-Aug-2018 Philippines Focus: Accreditation of importers, Company Registration, firearms and explosives, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Importers

    Due to structural changes of the Government, the responsible authority for the accreditation and registration of importers in the Philippines is no longer the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), but the Bureau of Customs (BOC) instead. Therefore, the document formerly entitled BIR Importer Clearance Certificate has been reworked and blue-pencilled. Furthermore, the quoted document has been renamed to BOC Accreditation and Registration. More information on such procedure may be obtained from said document and from the sections on Registration and e-Customs in this overview.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been enhanced with information on the online registration procedure via the Company Registration System (CRS). For more information, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Registration below.

    Firearms and Explosives

    The required documents for the importation and sale of firearms and explosives have been blue-pencilled:

    Import Permit for Explosives
    Licence to Deal in Explosives
    Licence to Deal in Firearms and Ammunition
    Import Permit for Firearms and Ammunition.

    Additionally, the application forms have been updated for their current version, where applicable. Please refer to the quoted documents for more information on the import requirements of firearms and explosives into the Philippines.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities have been updated:

    Bureau of Customs (BOC)
    Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority
    National Food Authority (NFA)
    Optical Media Board
    Philippine National Police (PNP)
    Tariff Commission.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17-Aug-2018 Algeria Focus: temporary suspension of importation, Free Sale Certificate, Application for Binding Tariff Information as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Temporary Suspension of Importation

    By virtue of Executive Decree No. 18-139 of 21 May 2018, the Algerian Ministry of Commerce has published an amended list of goods which are currently suspended from importation. The temporary measure is expected to last until the equilibrium of the balance of payments has been reestablished. The scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Suspension of Importation has been amended accordingly, currently containing 877 tariff lines instead of the previously included 851 commodity groups. By way of example, designated sugars are henceforth importable, whereas bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits and other bakers' wares have been newly banned. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and the paragraph on Prohibited Imports below.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been furnished with a new sample certificate in French and English, the form and contents of which have been agreed upon between the Algerian authorities and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Eurochambres). In a Verbal Note dated 10 May 2018, the Algerian authorities officially confirmed that the form is acceptable. Said certificate is a prerequisite for the allocation of foreign currencies, i.e. the domiciliation procedure, for a variety of goods as detailed in the section on Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Application for Binding Tariff Information

    The document entitled Application for Binding Tariff Information has been blue-pencilled and adjusted, as applicable. Besides a modified application form, the processing time and period of validity pertaining to the quoted procedure have been subject to changes; please turn thereto for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Algerian General Customs Directorate has been updated throughout this report.