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  • 23 May 2018 Mauritania Amendments as regards the Directorate for Standardisation and Quality Promotion, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania. The following changes have been made:

    Directorate for Standardisation and Quality Promotion

    The chapter on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with the contact details of the Directorate for Standardisation and Quality Promotion (Direction de la Normalisation et de la Promotion de la Qualité - DNPQ) under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, which is the authority responsible for industrial standards and product certification. Please turn to the quoted section for further information.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for iodised salt has been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Further details may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 May 2018 India Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO), special economic zones (SEZs) and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    Information on India's mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) of the authorised economic operator (AEO) schemes have been incorporated into the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview. Please turn thereto for additional details.

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    The paragraph on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) has been amended with particulars on the corresponding legislation and the authority responsible for SEZs. For further details, please refer to the quoted chapter below.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for medical devices has been added to the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. More details may be obtained form said section further below.
  • 23 May 2018 Oman
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 22 May 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: classification of goods, Plant Import Permit, trademarks, alcoholic beverages and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of the goods pertaining to the respective import measures) has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the most recent lists of customs procedure codes (CPCs) requiring other governmental agency (OGA) endorsements. The following documents required for such procedures are affected by said changes:

    Drug Approval
    Food Approval
    Import Licence from the Trade Licence Unit
    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Licence to Import Toxic Chemicals
    Plant Import Permit
    Registration of New Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Plant Import Permit

    As the Plant Import Permit is now processed one hundred percent electronically via the single electronic window system TTBizLink, the quoted document of this import report has been updated accordingly, e.g. with regard to the processing time.

    Trademarks

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been added to the set of documents for the import report for Trinidad and Tobago. Please turn thereto for details of the registration procedure of trademarks. More information may also be obtained from the section on Registration below.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Alcoholic Beverages has been newly incorporated into this import report. Please refer to the quoted document and to the paragraph on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products in this overview for more information on the requirement of said licence.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 May 2018 Moldova Amendments as regards labels of bottled alcoholic beverages, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Moldova. The following changes have been made:

    Labels of Bottled Alcoholic Beverages

    The section on Labelling Requirements has been amplified with the applicable provisions for labels of bottled alcoholic beverages intended for human consumption. For more information, please refer to the quoted paragraph below.

    Contact Details

    The phone numbers of the National Bank of Moldova (BNM) have been blue-pencilled in the corresponding chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 22 May 2018 Philippines
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 22 May 2018 Myanmar
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 May 2018 Tanzania Amendments as regards the single customs territory (SCT), minerals and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania.
    The following changes have been made:

    Single Customs Territory (SCT)

    Details of the East African single customs territory (SCT) have been added to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations. For further information, please refer to the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Minerals

    The paragraph on Minerals has been newly incorporated into this overview, depicting information on the stipulations concerning the importation of minerals and rough diamonds. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 18 May 2018 Philippines Amendments as regards optical media and reproduction machines, standardisation, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Philippines.
    The following changes have been made:

    Optical Media and Reproduction Machines

    The chapter on Optical Media and Reproduction Machines has been newly added to this overview, providing information on the import stipulations of the particular goods. For additional details, please refer to the quoted paragraph below.

    Standardisation

    Information on the Philippines' membership to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has been included into the section on Product Standards. More information on standardisation matters in the Philippines may be obtained from the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Labelling Requirements

    Stipulations on the labelling requirements for cosmetic products have been incorporated into the chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. For particulars, please turn to said paragraph further below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 18 May 2018 Algeria Amendments as regards the suspension of domiciliation, Free Sale Certificate, exclusion from the suspension of importation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Algeria. The following changes have been made:

    Suspension of Domiciliation

    As the Algerian Ministry of Commerce has published lists of further goods for which a bank domiciliation is not effected anymore and which results in a practical import prohibition, the scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Suspension of Domiciliation has been amended accordingly. Please also refer to the paragraph on Currency and Payments below for further details concerning this matter.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been enhanced with recently published information on the Free Sale Certificate, which is required for certain goods to be imported. Please turn to said paragraph for particulars.

    Exclusion from the Suspension of Importation

    Details concerning goods which are now exempt from the previously implemented Suspension of Importation scheme, i.e. are henceforth importable, have been added to the paragraphs on Prohibited Imports and Pharmaceuticals and Related Goods below. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 18 May 2018 Kuwait
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 May 2018 Iceland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 17 May 2018 South Africa Amendments as regards the reporting of conveyances and goods (RCG), motor vehicles, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG)

    As the first phase of the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG) was implemented by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on 20 April 2018, the chapter on Cargo Reports in this overview has been brought up to date to this effect. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for more details.

    Motor Vehicles

    Information on the requirements of homologation and of a National Administration Traffic Information System (NATIS) number for the trade in motor vehicles has been incorporated into the corresponding section on Motor Vehicles and Tyres further below. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on General Labelling Requirements has been augmented with details of the provisions concerning the prohibition on the use of certain words. In addition, the section on Labelling Requirements for Foodstuffs has been updated with new information on health messages to be contained on the labels of alcoholic beverages. For further particulars, please see the mentioned chapters.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 17 May 2018 Uzbekistan Focus: proof of ecological sustainability, endangered species, updated forms, administrative responsibilities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uzbekistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Proof of Ecological Sustainability

    The document entitled Certificate of Ecological Sustainability has been blue-pencilled and details with regard to the goods covered by this measure, the electronic submission of documents and the recognition of foreign certificates have been included in the corresponding document. For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Endangered Species

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to the CITES and Permit to Import Living Wildlife Species of Fauna have been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the responsible authority and the electronic submission of documents for application. Please consult the aforementioned documents for further information.

    Updated Forms

    The following documents have been equipped with the current application forms or issued samples, respectively:

    Licence to Import Specific Goods
    Quarantine Import Permit.

    Administrative Responsibilities

    The Main State Inspection for Plant Quarantine has been renamed into the State Inspectorate for Plant Quarantine and the Main Veterinary Department into the State Veterinary Committee. Both authorities are henceforth assigned to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan. These amendments have been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    The State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Investments has been verified as the authority in charge of analysing import contracts. The former document registration of an import contract has therefor been renamed into the Evaluation of an Import Contract and the corresponding contact details of the Committee have been incorporated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 17 May 2018 Sri Lanka Focus: plants and plant products, medicinal goods, commodity codes, contact details and trade-related news.
    The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The current application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Plant Importation Permit. For further information on the measure, please turn to the mentioned document and the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Medicinal Goods

    The following documents, which are processed by the National Medicines Regulatory Authority, have been amended as regards the respective processing fees:

    Approval of Foreign Drug Manufacturers
    Licence to Import Drugs
    Licence to Import Medical Devices
    Registration of Drugs
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Wholesale Licence for Drugs.

    Please refer to the particular documents and the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products, Cosmetics and Medical Devices in this overview for further details.

    Commodity Codes

    The classification of designated commodities pertaining to the following documents, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measures apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the current official product list:

    Compliance with the Import Inspection Scheme
    Import Inspection Notification Form
    Licence to Import Restricted Items.

    Additional details on these measures may be obtained from said documents and the paragraphs on Standardisation and on Import Licensing further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Fertilizer Secretariat (NFS) have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 May 2018 Peru
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 May 2018 Angola
    Nomenclature changes
  • 16 May 2018 Togo Focus: Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), Fumigation Certificate as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Togo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)

    The document named Registration with ASYCUDA has been furnished with the application form which is currently in use. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Fumigation Certificate

    In order to be importable, designated products may be subject to quarantine treatment, e.g. by means of fumigation. Therefore, the document entitled Fumigation Certificate has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Togo. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 16 May 2018 Singapore Focus: National Trade Platform (NTP), Registration with Singapore Customs, veterinary biologics, hazardous substances, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    National Trade Platform (NTP)

    Singapore Customs is progressively migrating its existing services from tradexchange and tradenet to the National Trade Platform (NTP). These changes have been reflected throughout this import report.

    Registration with Singapore Customs

    The document entitled Registration with Singapore Customs has been completely blue-pencilled. Please refer to said document and the chapter on Registration in this overview for additional details.

    Veterinary Biologics

    The current application form has been incorporated into the document named Licence to Possess Veterinary Biologics. For further information, please turn to the mentioned document and the section on Animals and Animal Products further below.

    Hazardous Substances

    Details of the online submission through LicenceOne have been added to the document entitled Hazardous Substances Licence. Moreover, the classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled NA (CWC) Licence, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measures apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the current official list. Please refer to the quoted documents and the paragraph on Hazardous Substances for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING) Singapore have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 15 May 2018 Pakistan Amendments as regards special economic zones (SEZ), prohibited imports and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

    Details of the Pakistani SEZs in operation have been included into the section on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in this overview. For additional information, please turn to the quoted chapter further below.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the newly implemented ban on monosodium glutamate, the classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted. Please also turn to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports below for more information on import bans.

    Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling stipulations for medical devices have been added to the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please turn to the quoted section in this overview.
  • 15 May 2018 Colombia Amendments as regards veterinary drugs, labels of energy drinks and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Drugs

    A new chapter on Veterinary Drugs has been created for this overview. Please see the respective section for more information.

    Labels of Energy Drinks

    The section on Labelling and Packaging Requirements has been amplified with the applicable provisions for labels of energy drinks. For further details, please refer to the quoted paragraph below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia has been added to the corresponding paragraph on Currency and Payments below. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 15 May 2018 Cuba
    Nomenclature changes
  • 15 May 2018 Azerbaijan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 May 2018 Taiwan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, radio-frequency devices as well as measuring instruments and metrology have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of the goods pertaining to the respective import measures) has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with changes in the Taiwanese import regime. The following documents as well as their corresponding certificates, declarations and data sheets required for such procedures are affected by said changes:

    Environmental Medicine Import Licence
    Import Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices
    Import Licence for Food Additives
    Import Licence for Medicines
    Import Licence for Pesticides
    Import Licence for Toxic Chemicals
    Import Licence for Veterinary Medicines
    Import Permit for Raw Material for the Production of Veterinary Medicines
    Import Permit from the Bureau of Foreign Trade
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Licence to Deal in Environmental Medicines
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Deal in Pesticides
    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicines
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Operation Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices
    Permit to Import Hazardous Waste
    Quarantine Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Products
    Quarantine Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Pesticides
    Registration of Product Certification.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

    The chapter entitled Radio and Telecommunications Equipment has been added to this overview and provides information on the importation as well as marketing procedures for such devices. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Measuring Instruments and Metrology

    Details of the import procedures of measuring instruments as well as metrology requirements in Taiwan have been included in this overview. Please head to the newly created section entitled Measuring Instruments below for more information.
  • 14 May 2018 Chile Focus: the GICONA electronic processing system, medical devices, foodstuffs, chemicals and radioactive substances as well as contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Chile has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    GICONA Electronic Processing System for Health-Related Products

    Following the introduction of a new version of the electronic processing system GICONA of the Institute of Public Health (ISP), the document entitled Registration in the GICONA System has been equipped with a sample screenshot of the new application interface. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Medical Devices

    The scope of medical devices requiring a Warehousing Certificate for Goods Controlled by the Ministry of Health has been extended in order to provide for a better surveillance of these products. Before, the warehousing certificate was only required for medical devices subject to obligatory control, i.e. which are subject to a Registration of Medical Devices. Since 2 April 2018, the warehousing certificate must also be applied for in case of medical devices which are not subject to said registration. Therefore, the assignment of tariff codes to the quoted document has been augmented and adapted to the current stipulations.
    Furthermore, the document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been completely revised and blue-pencilled, e.g. as regards the processing time and fee and the electronic application which is to be effected via the GICONA system since 1 March 2018.
    In addition, a new document entitled Registration of Importers of Medical Devices has been created, which depicts details of the voluntary company registration procedure with the ISP. For more details, please refer to the mentioned documents and to the chapter on Medical Devices, which has also been updated.

    Foodstuffs, Chemicals and Radioactive Substances

    The documents entitled Warehousing Certificate for Foodstuffs, Chemicals and Radioactive Substances and Licence for Dealing in Foodstuffs, Chemicals and Radioactive Substances have been updated in accordance with current stipulations, e.g. as regards the application forms. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the ISP have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 14 May 2018 Morocco
    Nomenclature changes
  • 14 May 2018 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 May 2018 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following Zimbabwe's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Zimbabwe have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as appropriate. Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and products containing them have been added to the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for additional details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 09 May 2018 Turkey Focus: Carnet A.T.A., TAREKS reference number, alcohol and tobacco, fuels, chemicals and contact information.
    The import documentation of Turkey has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Carnet A.T.A.

    Since 2 April 2018, Carnets A.T.A. are processed electronically through the computerised customs activities software "BILGE". Therefore, the mentioned document in this import report has been amended to this effect and equipped with a sample of the Excel sheet which is to be submitted on an electronic storage device to the customs office. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    TAREKS Reference Number

    The documents in this report displaying the procedures for obtaining a TAREKS reference number for different kinds of products have been updated as regards the processing fee. For more information on the mentioned procedures, please see the chapter on the Risk-Based Trade Control System "TAREKS" in this overview.

    Alcohol and Tobacco

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages has been updated in accordance with Communiqué on Product Safety and Inspection: 2018/19, which has been published on 16 February 2018.

    Fuels

    The form displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for the Importation of Fuels has been exchanged for a current version of 2018. Please refer to the quoted document for more information on the procedure.

    Chemicals

    The document entitled Control Certificate for the Importation of Chemical Substances has been enhanced by the addition of more detailed information on the purposes for which the chemicals may be allowed for importation. Furthermore, the application form for this document as well as the sample letter of commitment in the Registration of Importers of Chemical Substances have been updated. For more particulars, please see the mentioned documents.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Ministry of Forestry and Water have been updated in all concerned documents. In the context of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the responsible Directorates of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock have been added to the document entitled CITES Import Permit (Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock). Furthermore, Turkey's Official Contact Point (OCP) of the Stockholm Convention has been changed in the chapter on Chemical Substances this overview. As the Turkish Sugar Board has been abolished, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock is now the authority responsible for the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for High Density Sweetener.
  • 09 May 2018 Mozambique Focus: pre-shipment inspection (PSI), Commercial Invoice, currency and payments, importation of fish, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The documents in this report related to the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) procedure in Mozambique have been enhanced in accordance with the current stipulations of the inspection provider Intertek. By way of example, the contact details of Intertek and of the Ministry of Economy and Finance have been updated. For more information, please turn to the following documents:

    Preliminary Import Declaration
    Request for Information
    Single Certified Document.

    Commercial Invoice

    The document entitled Commercial Invoice has been updated with regard to the minimum content in the case of goods subject to PSI, as prescribed the inspection company Intertek. The quoted document may be consulted for more details.

    Currency and Payments

    A new section entitled Currency and Payments has been added to this overview. It provides, inter alia, information on the new stipulations for the payment of importations introduced by virtue of Notification No. 20 of 27 December 2017. For further particulars, please turn to the new chapter.

    Importation of Fish

    Since January 2018, importations of fish products into Mozambique are processed via the electronic single window (JUE). The National Inspection Institute for Fish under the Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fishery has been connected to the JUE with the aim to simplify customs clearance procedures and to reduce the discrepancies among the data delivered by different involved parties. The project was first only introduced in the province of Maputo in the framework of a three-month pilot phase, as the implementation in the other country parts was preceded by trainings for the customs agents and operators of the fish sector. The document of this import report entitled Sanitary Inspection Certificate for Fish has therefore been adapted accordingly and also been enhanced by adding the processing fees. Moreover, the information has been incorporated into the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety (MASA) has been updated throughout the report. Moreover, the department which is responsible for plant health issues in Mozambique, i.e. the Department for Plant Health, has been added to all concerned documents related to plants and pesticides.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 09 May 2018 Panama
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 May 2018 Bolivia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 May 2018 Uganda Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), agricultural chemicals, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The classification of designated commodities pertaining to the following documents, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measures apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the current official product list:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    Additional details on these measures may be obtained from said documents and the section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) further below.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    The document entitled Permit to Import Agricultural Chemicals has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. For further information, please turn to the quoted document and to the chapter on Chemical Substances in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    A new document named Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been included into the Ugandan import report. Please refer to the particular document and the newly added paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) for more details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 08 May 2018 Bermuda Amendments as regards trademarks, disease and pest identification as well as prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Trademarks

    The chapter on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with information on the requirements that are to be adhered to when registering a trademark. For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Disease and Pest Identification

    New details of plant disease and pest identification conducted by the Plant Protection Laboratory (PPL) have been incorporated into this overview. More information may be obtained from the section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Prohibited Imports

    Information on which seeds are prohibited from entry into Bermuda has been added to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.
  • 08 May 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards the classification of goods, animals and animal products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    In accordance with the customs tariff of Bosnia and Herzegovina for this year, which, in turn, is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2018, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the documents of this report has been verified and updated accordingly.
    Particular attention is drawn to the scope of goods subject to the following measures, which is based on the current Common Dual-Use and Military Lists of the EU:

    End-User Certificate
    International Import Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Arms and Military Equipment
    Permit to Import Arms and Military Equipment
    Permit to Transport Arms and Military Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Arms and Military Equipment.

    Please also see the Note-section in this overview for more information on the Bosnian customs tariff.

    Animals and Animal Products

    The paragraphs on Animals and Animal Products and Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below have been enhanced with information on specific requirements which apply to the importation of certain animals and products of animal origin. For further information, please refer to the mentioned chapters.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    A new chapter entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been incorporated into this overview in order to depict details of the requirements to import such substances and equipment containing them. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 08 May 2018 Ivory Coast
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 May 2018 Sudan Amendments as regards Sudan's membership in the regional plant protection organisation, motor vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Sudan's Membership in the Regional Plant Protection Organisation

    The section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below has been enhanced with information on Sudan's membership in the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO). Please refer to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Motor Vehicles

    A new chapter on Motor Vehicles has been introduced into this overview in order to depict requirements for the importation of new and used vehicles. For additional details, the mentioned section may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 07 May 2018 Qatar Focus: air conditioners, fertilisers and other chemicals, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Air Conditioners

    In the framework of the mandatory energy efficiency label for air conditioners, a Registration of Air Conditioners for Energy Labelling with the Qatar General Organization for Standardization (QS) is a prerequisite for the marketing of said goods in Qatar. Consequently, the mentioned document has been added to the set of documents of this report and may be viewed for additional details. The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview has also been amended accordingly.

    Fertilisers and Other Chemicals

    The document Registration of Fertilisers has been added to the import documentation for Qatar as it is mandatory in order to apply for a Permit to Import Fertilisers. Moreover, a Registration with the Ministry of Interior must be conducted in order to obtain a company ID, which is obligatory in order to apply for any measures administered by said Ministry. For more information, please turn to the mentioned documents and to the section on Chemical Substances below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the authority responsible for metrology issues and norms in Qatar, the Qatar General Organization for Standardization (QS), which comes under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, have been adjusted throughout the report.

    Other Changes

    The following News paragraph contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 07 May 2018 Albania Focus: Single Administrative Document, fertilisers, medical devices, arms, military goods and dual-use goods, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Administrative Document

    In accordance with Order Number 4978 of 26 February 2018, customs import declarations which are electronically submitted by customs agents are now to be certified by means of a digital signature. The document entitled Single Administrative Document has been enhanced to this regard. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Fertilisers

    In accordance with Law No. 10390, "On fertilisers for use in vegetation", fertilisers to be placed on the Albanian market must be registered with the National Food Authority unless adequate proof is provided that they are EC Fertilisers, i.e. a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin and a Certificate of Analysis. To this effect, the document entitled Registration of Fertilisers has been newly added to the set of documents for this report and the aforementioned documents have been accordingly amended. Moreover, further information has also been brought to the chapter on Pesticides, Fertilisers and Other Hazardous Chemicals in this overview.

    Medical Devices

    Medical devices to be imported into and traded in Albania must comply with the applicable standards and be registered with the National Agency of Drugs and Medical Devices (AKBPM). In order to depict the details of the registration procedure, a new document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been incorporated into this import report. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods further below.

    Arms, Military Goods and Dual-Use Goods

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated with regard to various procedural details, i.e. the processing fees and periods of validity:

    Licence to Import Arms and Military Goods
    Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Registration of Importers of Arms and Military Goods.

    Also, the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Licence to Import Arms and Military Goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been brought up to date in accordance with the official list of military goods, which in turn is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2018.
    Moreover, the document entitled End User Certificate, which may be required for export approval, has been enhanced with a recent sample of an issued certificate.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of all Albanian authorities responsible for regulating import procedures have been verified and updated in the documents of this report where applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section. Please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 07 May 2018 Senegal
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2018 Namibia Focus: animals and animal products, agricultural remedies, radioactive and nuclear materials, as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animals and Animal Products

    The importation of animals and animal products is subject to a permit issued by the Directorate of Veterinary Services under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. A new document entitled Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products has been created to provide procedural information on its obtainment requirements. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview.

    Agricultural Remedies

    In order to be importable and marketed in Namibia, agricultural remedies, including pesticides, must be previously registered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The document entitled Registration of Agricultural Remedies has been newly added to the set of documents of this report to depict the details of the registration procedure. For more information, please see the mentioned document and the updated section on Hazardous Substances further below.

    Radioactive and Nuclear Materials

    The document entitled Import Licence for Radioactive and Nuclear Material has been completely reviewed and revised with regard to, e.g., the processing time and fee and the documents to be enclosed. Information on the pre-licensing generic safety assessment, the details to be included in the notification, requirements to maintain the licence and on certain exemptions from the licence requirement has furthermore been incorporated into the document. For additional particulars, please turn to said document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 04 May 2018 Iran Amendments as regards foreign exchange issues, radiation sources and motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Iran.
    The following changes have been made:

    Foreign Exchange Issues

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the unification of the two different foreign exchange rates, which was decided upon by the Iranian Government in early April 2018. The Government has been working for years to gradually increase the official exchange rate and approximate it to the so-called free market rate. In order to reach that goal, it has been shrinking the list of imported items eligible to receive foreign currencies at official rates, amongst other details. Additional information, e.g. the applicable exchange rate, may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Radiation Sources

    A new chapter on Radiation Sources has been added to this overview. For further details of the requirements for the importation of sources of ionising and non-ionising radiation and equipment emitting radiation, please turn to the quoted paragraph and to the document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Radiation Sources.

    Motor Vehicles

    In the course of the last months, the Iranian Government has implemented a range of tariff and non-tariff measures in order to further reduce vehicle importations and foster local production. By way of example, designated cars defined as luxury vehicles have been classified as Prohibited Imports (please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars). A summary of applicable import restrictions may furthermore be viewed in the section on Motor Vehicles below.
  • 04 May 2018 Cuba Amendments as regards the classification of goods, standardisation and labels of pre-packaged foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The Customs General of the Republic of Cuba adopted the Harmonized System (HS) tariff version of 2017. Following the change to the HS 2017, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in the report) has been adjusted accordingly. Related information may also be found in the updated chapters on Note below and the section on Harmonized System with general information.

    Standardisation

    As the national standardisation agency named National Office of Standardisation (ONN) is an associate member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the chapter entitled Standardisation in this overview has been amended to this effect. For further details, please turn thereto.

    Labels of Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs

    The section on Labelling Requirements has been amplified with the applicable provisions for labels of pre-packaged foodstuffs. For more information, please refer to the quoted paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please consult the following chapter.
  • 04 May 2018 Brazil In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for Brazil has been complemented with information on the details to be contained in the Commercial Invoice.

    Besides these enhancements, the following changes have been incorporated in the previous update:

    Import Licensing

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence (i.e. the classification of goods to which said document pertains) have been updated in accordance with the official list recently published by the Department for Foreign Trade Operations (DECEX) of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services. Please see the mentioned document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further details of this measure.

    Beverages

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Beverages has been updated in regard to procedural details, i.e. the documents to be enclosed. Please turn to said document and the section on Foodstuffs further below for additional details.

    Higher Risk Medical Products

    In accordance with Resolution RDC No. 183/2017, the document entitled Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice for Higher Risk Medical Products has been updated, in particular the documents to be enclosed. For further details, please refer to the quoted document and the paragraph on Medicines and Medical Products in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 04 May 2018 Pakistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2018 Mozambique
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2018 China
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 May 2018 Myanmar Amendments as regards persistent organic pollutants (POPs), labelling requirements and wood packaging material (WPM) have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar.
    The following changes have been made:

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    Information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention) have been added to this chapter on Hazardous Goods. For further details, please refer to the quoted section in this overview.

    Labelling Requirements

    Stipulations on the labelling requirements for cosmetic products have been included into the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please turn to said chapter further below.

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    Details of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 concerning wood packaging material (WPM) have been added to the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Additional information may be obtained from the particular paragraph below.
  • 03 May 2018 Kazakhstan Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, diamonds and precious metals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    The following customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the automated system called "ASTANA-1" of the Kazakh State Revenue Committee:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival
    Authorised Economic Operator
    Binding Tariff Information
    Customs Import Declaration
    Declaration of Dutiable Value.

    For reasons of transparency and completeness, the documents entitled Manifest and Registration with ASYCUDA have been newly added to the set documents of the report.

    Diamonds and Precious Metals

    For the free circulation of diamonds and precious metals within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a corresponding inspection certificate is required. In order to describe the procedure of inspection at the customs border, a document entitled Inspection Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones has been newly created for this import documentation. For further information, please refer to the quoted document and also consult the revised section on Precious Metals and Stones below.

    Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Equipment

    The former documents registration of medical devices and products and registration of medicinal products have been merged into one for reasons of transparency. Updated procedural details with respect to the processing time as well as the responsible authority, i.e. the Pharmacy Committee, may be found in the newly created document entitled Registration of Medicines and Medical Devices.

    Moreover, the document entitled Approval to Import Pharmaceuticals, Para-Pharmaceuticals, Medical Products and Devices has been eqquipped with the current processing time. The contact information of the Committee has furthermore been added thereto as well as throughout the report, where applicable. Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the State Revenue Committeee have been brought up to date where applicable.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 03 May 2018 El Salvador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 02 May 2018 Syria Focus: import licencing fee, Tax Registration, pharmaceutical products and media items.
    The import documentation for Syria has been revised and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licencing Fee

    The processing fee for the document entitled Import Licence has been adjusted in accordance with the valid legislation. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics.

    Tax Registration

    The authority responsible for Tax Registration and the documents to be enclosed with the application have been modified in said blue-pencilled document, which may be consulted for additional details.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    A new document entitled Price Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products has been added to the set of documents of this report. For more information, please turn to the mentioned document and to the section on Pharmaceuticals and Related Products in this overview.

    Media Items

    The document named Approval to Import and Publish Media has been newly incorporated into this report. For particulars, the quoted document and the paragraph on Media further below may be viewed.
  • 02 May 2018 Mali Amendments as regards waste, sanctions as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    The chapter on Waste has been newly added to this overview, depicting information on the importation of waste into Mali. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Sanctions

    The import report for Mali has been enhanced with a new section on Sanctions, providing details of restrictive measures against Mali applied by the Council of the European Union (EU). For more information, the mentioned chapter may be viewed.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 27 Apr 2018 Panama Amendments as regards free trade zones, standardisation, labels of pharmaceutical products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The number of currently existing free trade zones in Panama has been verified and revised downwards. For particulars, please refer to the corresponding chapter on Free Trade Zones below.

    Standardisation

    As the national standardisation agency named Panamanian Commission for Industrial and Technical Standards (COPANIT) participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please consult the quoted chapter for further information.

    Labels of Pharmaceutical Products

    The labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products have been incorporated into the same-named paragraph. For more details, please see the respective section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 27 Apr 2018 Montenegro Focus: Sanitary Certificate, arms, military and dual-use goods, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), petroleum oils, as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Certificate

    In accordance with the official list of goods subject to health-sanitary control, which was published on 26 February 2018, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, related to the document entitled Sanitary Certificate has been adjusted.

    Arms, Military and Dual-Use Goods

    The following documents have been completely reviewed and updated with regard to various details, e.g. the documents to be enclosed, and equipped with a sample of a letter of request:

    Permit to Import Arms and Military Equipment
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Import Non-Military Lethal Goods.

    Also, the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Permit to Import Arms and Military Equipment, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been brought up to date in accordance with the official list of military goods, which in turn is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2018.
    Moreover, the document entitled End User Certificate, which may be required for export approval, has been enhanced with a recent sample of an issued certificate.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    As per the stipulations of the Rulebook on Radio Equipment (Official Gazette CG, 45/17), which started to apply as of 1 January 2018, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) may be freely circulated on the Montenegrin market if their compliance with the applicable requirements is proven, i.e. by means of a declaration of conformity by the manufacturer. To this effect, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For further details, please see the quoted document as well as the section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview, which has been updated accordingly.

    Petroleum Oils

    Information on the conformity requirements for certain petroleum oils with the pertinent quality standards has been incorporated into the document entitled Declaration of Conformity. For specifics, please refer to said document and the chapter on Standardisation further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 27 Apr 2018 Belarus Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, procedural details, diamonds and precious metals, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    The following customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the National Automated System of Electronic Declaration (NASED):

    Advanced Notification of Arrival
    Binding Tariff Information
    Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator
    Customs Import Declaration
    Declaration of Dutiable Value.

    A document entitled Manifest has furthermore been added to the set documents of the report. Said document is to be presented upon the arrival of a consignment. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Procedural Details

    The document entitled Authorisation to Transport Goods by Road has been reviewed and modified in respect of the managing authority, i.e. the so-called Transport Inspection, and the corresponding road tolls payable for the processing.

    Additionally, the document entitled State Sanitary-Hygienic Examination has been amended with regard to the processing fee and documents to be enclosed with the application. Moreover, the contact information of the Republican Centre for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health has been updated accordingly.

    Diamonds and Precious Metals

    For the free circulation of diamonds and precious metals within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a corresponding inspection certificate is required. In order to describe the procedure of inspection at the customs border, a document entitled Inspection Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones has been newly created for this import documentation. For further information, please refer to the quoted document and also consult the revised section on Precious Metals and Stones below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Committee of State Control of the Republic of Belarus have been verified and amended where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 27 Apr 2018 Saudi Arabia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2018 Sri Lanka
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2018 Ecuador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 27 Apr 2018 Algeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Apr 2018 Serbia Focus: assignment of commodity codes to import measures, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), Company Registration, processing fees, controlled, military and dual-use goods as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    Following the publication of the most recent official national lists of controlled items and in accordance with the Decision on Amendments and Supplements to the Decision on Determining Goods Subject to the Issuance of Specific Documents the Importation, Exportation and Transit ("Official Gazette RS" 29/2018), which entered into force on 21 April 2018, the classification of goods to the applicable documents of this report, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, has been verified and adjusted accordingly for the concerned documents.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    As economic operators may apply for an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certificate at the Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia in order to benefit from various customs and security simplifications, a new document entitled Certification as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been added to this import report. Further details on the Serbian Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme may be obtained from the quoted document and the corresponding paragraph in this overview.

    Company Registration

    At the beginning of January 2018, the Business Registers Agency (APR) launched the new electronic services portal for Company Registration. The quoted document has been reviewed and updated to this effect, including with a screenshot of the intial user registration interface.

    Processing Fees

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Law on Republic Administrative Taxes ("Official Gazette RS" 113/2017 and 3/2018), the documents of this report have been verified with regard to the processing fees and modified where applicable.

    Controlled, Military and Dual-Use Goods

    The following documents have been completely reviewed and amended with regards to various details, e.g. the contact details of the responsible authority and the current application forms:

    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Permit to Import Arms and Military Equipment
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Registration of Traders of Arms, Military Equipment and Dual-Use Goods.

    Moreover, the document entitled End User Certificate, which may be required for export approval of the mentioned goods, has been enhanced with a recent sample of an issued certificate.

    Other Changes

    In accordance with the Regulation on the Importation of Motor Vehicles ("Official Gazette RS" 5/2018), the information depicted on the conditions to import motor vehicles has been updated in the chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview.
    Further current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 26 Apr 2018 Jordan Amendments as regards import licences for carpets and rugs, applicable legislation, plastic grain manufactured from virgin material as well as packaging, labelling and marking requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Import Licences for Carpets and Rugs

    By virtue of Circular No. 402 of 2017, carpets and rugs have become subject to an Import Licence. For more information on this procedure, the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing below may be viewed.

    Applicable Legislation

    The following sections of this overview have been augmented with details of the applicable legal stipulations for the respective goods subject to specific import requirements; please turn thereto for specifics:

    Free Trade Zones
    Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
    Foodstuffs
    Medicinal Products
    Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursor Chemicals
    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)
    Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances
    Waste.

    Plastic Grain Manufactured from Virgin Material

    In accordance with Circular No. 1098 of 2017 on the importation of plastic grain manufactured from virgin material, said material may only be released onto the local market after it has been found to be in conformity with the applied norms, in particular as regards the adherence to environmental standards. To this effect, the Ministry of Environment requires either a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin attesting to the status of the goods (i.e. being virgin material not having been used before) or a Commercial Invoice containing a statement on said status, duly stamped by the issuing company. Otherwise, the Ministry is to receive testing samples of the goods in order to perform quality tests on them at the expense of the importer. Recycled plastic grain is henceforth subject to an import prohibition.

    Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been enhanced with information on the labelling provisions for fertilisers. For reasons of transparency, said section has moreover been reorganised.
  • 26 Apr 2018 Ethiopia Amendments as regards the customs value, standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on the Customs Value. Please refer thereto for particulars on the valuation methods applied in Ethiopia.

    Standards

    The chapter on Standards has been augmented with the contact details of the Ethiopian Standards Agency (ESA), which is the national body responsible for the development and supervision of standards. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for further information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 26 Apr 2018 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 26 Apr 2018 Montenegro
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Apr 2018 Madagascar Amendments as regards norms and standards, waste as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been enhanced with details of Madagascar's membership to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Waste

    The chapter on Waste has been newly added to this overview, depicting information on the importation of waste into Madagascar. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 25 Apr 2018 Libya Focus: registration for the participation in the import budget, Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration for the Participation in the Import Budget

    In order to participate in the annually announced import budget, companies are to register with the Ministry of Economy and Industry in advance. Said budget was announced by virtue of Decree No. 378/2017, which stipulates the allocation of currencies for any import transactions for which a Letter of Credit (LC) or documents against payment have been agreed upon as methods of payment for the goods. Consequently, the document entitled Registration with the Ministry of Economy and Industry has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information on the budget and on the procedural details of the registration, the abovementioned documents and the section on Currency and Payments further below may be viewed.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of authorised inspection providers, i.e. international inspection companies mandated by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) to carry out on-site inspections for the Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) procedure, has been adjusted in the mentioned document. Moreover, the sample application form of said document has been exchanged for a version which is currently in use. The quoted document and the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview may be consulted for additional details.

    Contact Details

    As the contact information of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Resources has changed, all documents of this report describing the procedures administered by said Ministry have been adjusted accordingly. Moreover, the phone numbers of the General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL) have been modified; please refer to the document entitled Registration with the General Electric Company of Libya for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 25 Apr 2018 Iceland Focus: Customs Import Declaration, high-risk food and feed products, cosmetic products, plant protection products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    As announced by the Icelandic Customs Directorate, the implementation of a new Customs Import Declaration format, i.e. the single administrative document (SAD) as used in the European Union (EU), has been postponed to mid-2018 and will be applied in stages in order to provide companies with an option to duly upgrade and test their software. Information in this respect and the currently valid forms may be viewed in the quoted document.

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High-Risk Food and Feed Products has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations. By way of example, table grapes are no longer subject to an increased level of official controls as these commodities have shown a satisfactory degree of compliance with the relevant safety requirements. For dried grapes, however, it has been pointed up that they are also controlled if they are cut or crushed into a paste without any further treatment.

    Cosmetic Products

    Prior to the first marketing in the European Economic Area (EEA), cosmetic products must be notified via the EU Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP). In order to depict the procedural details, a new document entitled Cosmetic Products Notification has been incorporated into this import report. Moreover, the section on Pharmaceuticals and Related Products in this overview has been adapted accordingly. For more information, please see the mentioned document and paragraph.

    Plant Protection Products

    A document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Plant Protection Products has been newly created for this import report, describing the application procedure as prescribed by the Environment Agency of Iceland (UST). The chapter on Chemical and Hazardous Substances below has also been updated. Please refer to the quoted document and section for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 25 Apr 2018 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 24 Apr 2018 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been reviewed in accordance with the current Kosovar Import Regime as contained in the Integrated Tariff of Kosovo (TARIK) for 2018. The classification of goods pertaining to the following documents has been adjusted accordingly:

    Batch Certificate
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Free Sale Certificate
    Licence to Import Medicines
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Prohibited Imports
    Registration of a Pharmaceutical Importer
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Report on Quality Control
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals
    Veterinary Inspection of Animal Products
    Veterinary Inspection of Live Animals.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    In accordance with the Technical Regulation for Radio Equipment, which entered into force on 31 December 2017, the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview has been reviewed and updated accordingly. Moreover, details of the marking requirements of such goods have been added to the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. The quoted paragraphs may be consulted for more information.

    Currency and Payments

    Information on the means of settling international payments and on the Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK) has been added to the section on Currency and Payments further below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 24 Apr 2018 Liberia Amendments as regards hazardous goods, waste as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Hazardous Goods

    The section on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with details of Liberia's adherence to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, also referred to as the Rotterdam Convention. More information may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Waste

    The chapter on Waste has been newly added to this overview, depicting information on the importation of waste into Liberia. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 24 Apr 2018 Australia Focus: import permits, denominations and contact details, industrial chemicals, updated forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Permits

    Due to changes in the requirements when applying for an import permit for goods subject to quarantine, the following documents have been removed from the set of documents for Australia:

    Import Permit for Agricultural Products
    Import Permit for Biological Material
    Import Permit for Live Fish and Drosophila
    Import Permit for Live Horses and Alpacas
    Import Permit for Plant Materials
    Import Permit for Reproductive Materials
    Import Permit for Zoo Animals, Lab Animals, Birds and Eggs.

    Instead of the former separated procedures listed above, applications may now, overall, be submitted via the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database (BICON). Therefore, a new document entitled Permit to Import Goods Subject to Quarantine has been added to the import report. Please turn thereto for further details of the necessary steps to be taken during the application process. Furthermore, these changes have been incorporated within the relevant paragraphs in this overview.

    Denominations and Contact Details

    The denominations and contact details of the following government departments and authorities have changed:

    Act Office of Fair Trading
    Department of Home Affairs
    Department of the Environment and Energy
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

    These changes have been reflected in the concerned documents of this report as well as in this overview.

    Industrial Chemicals

    The processing fees applicable to imports of industrial chemicals which are required to be registered with the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) have been updated in the documents entitled Notification of New Industrial Chemicals and Registration with NICNAS. Furthermore, new information on an online registration procedure has been introduced. Please head to the relevant documents for particulars. More information on the importation of industrial chemicals may also be obtained from the section on Chemical Substances in this overview.

    Updated Forms

    The forms of the documents entitled Certificate of Fumigation, Live Ornamental Fish Notification and New Plant Introduction have been exchanged for their current versions. Please refer thereto for more information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 24 Apr 2018 Mexico
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 24 Apr 2018 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Apr 2018 Bahamas Amendments as regards commercial samples, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Samples

    A new paragraph entitled Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please see said chapter for more information on the procedures and requirements for the importation of commercial samples into the Bahamas.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with the contact information of the Central Bank of the Bahamas. Furthermore, details of the country's exchange controls have been incorporated. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 Apr 2018 Brunei Focus: electronic submission, authorised economic operator (AEO), foodstuffs, processing fees, renamed authorities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brunei has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission

    The documents entitled Customs Import Declaration and Manifest are now to be submitted via the Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW). Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document named Authorisation as AEO has been newly incorporated into this import report. The voluntary approval is required for facilitated customs clearance. Please turn to said document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview for more information.

    Foodstuffs

    A new document entitled Registration of Processed Food Products has been added to the Bruneian import report. For additional details, please refer to the particular document and the paragraph on Foodstuffs further below.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the documents named Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products as well as Import Permit for Rice and Sugar have been updated. More information may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Renamed Authorities

    The Plant Quarantine Unit was renamed as Biosecurity Division. Moreover, the Animal Health and Quarantine Unit was renamed as Livestock and Veterinary Services Division in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 23 Apr 2018 United Arab Emirates Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), air conditioners, aircraft, restriction of hazardous substances and procedural details.
    The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    In April 2018, the newly implemented programme of the authorised economic operator (AEO) has fully entered into force. Potential participants are to register with the Federal Customs Authority in order to benefit from the programme. Therefore, the document entitled Registration of Authorised Economic Operators has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below may be consulted.

    Air Conditioners

    In the framework of the mandatory energy efficiency label for air conditioners, a Registration of Air Conditioners for Energy Labelling is a prerequisite for the marketing of said goods in the UAE. Consequently, the mentioned document has been added to the set of documents of this report and may be viewed for additional details. The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview has also been amended accordingly.

    Aircraft

    In order to import aircraft into the UAE and operate them in the country, a Certificate of Airworthiness is required as proof of their adherence to national and international norms. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document, which has been newly created for this report.

    Restriction of Hazardous Substances

    Besides the general conformity requirements for electrical and electronic devices, e.g. low voltage equipment, lighting products and electric storage water heaters, further goods coming under the control scheme to restrict the use of hazardous materials in such goods require a Product Registration for the Conformity Assessment Scheme. The section on Standardisation further below has been adapted to this effect; please refer thereto for specifics.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been revised and adjusted with regard to various details, e.g. the processing time or fee, the competent authority, the documents to be enclosed and/or the scope of products requiring the respective measure:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Manifest
    Permit to Import Medicinal Products, Their Raw Materials and Medical Devices
    Product Registration for the Conformity Assessment Scheme
    Registration of Manufacturers of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Taxpayer Registration
    Value Determination of Used Vehicles.
  • 23 Apr 2018 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Apr 2018 Japan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Apr 2018 South Korea Amendments as regards the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), recyclable packaging material, livestock products labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

    Details of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), a service provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), have been incorporated into the section on Live Animals and Animal Products. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Recyclable Packaging Material

    For reasons of clarity, the requirements regarding recyclable packaging material formerly listed in the section on Waste have now been added to the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please head to the quoted chapter for further details.

    Livestock Products Labelling

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been augmented with information on the labelling requirements of livestock products. Particulars may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 20 Apr 2018 Indonesia Focus: pre-shipment inspection (PSI), registration with the Ministry of Trade, fishery products, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    In accordance with the Ministry of Trade Decree No. 84/M-DAG/PER/11/2017, tobacco products are now subject to pre-shipment inspection. For further details on products subject to PSIs, please turn to the same-named chapter in this overview.

    Registration with the Ministry of Trade

    For the purpose of clarity, the documents entitled Recognition as IP, Appointment as IT and Import Approval (PI) have been completely revised and blue-pencilled. Please refer to said documents for particulars.

    Fishery Products

    The document entitled Import Permit for Fishery Products has been amended with regard to the documents to be enclosed and has been equipped with the current sample of an issued permit. For additional information, please refer to said document and the paragraph on Animals and Products of Animal Origin further below.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    The current application form has been added to the document entitled Registration of Pharmaceutical Products. Moreover, the document has been augmented in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fee and the documents to be enclosed. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document and the section on Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Products.

    Cosmetics

    The document entitled Notification of Cosmetics has been equipped with a sample of the notification form. Please turn to said document and the paragraph on Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Products below for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 20 Apr 2018 Canada Amendments as regards nuclear and radioactive materials, standardisation matters, the Government information portal BizPaL as well as current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Nuclear and Radioactive Materials

    This overview has been enhanced with a new chapter entitled Nuclear and Radioactive Materials which contains specifics of the requirements to import the mentioned goods. For further information, please see the quoted paragraph.

    Standardisation Matters

    The chapter on Standards in this overview has been augmented with information on the various bilateral and international mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) concluded by Canada. More specifics may be obtained from the mentioned section.

    BizPaL

    Information on the online Government portal named BizPaL, which provides business with information on the necessary permits and licences, has been added to the section on Requirements for Import Formalities further below. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 20 Apr 2018 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Apr 2018 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Apr 2018 Laos Amendments as regards export controls, warehousing and chemicals have been brought to the import documentation for Laos.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Controls

    A new section entitled Export Controls has been added to this overview. For further details, please turn to the quoted paragraph below.

    Warehousing

    Stipulations on the different types of warehouses have been laid down in the newly added chapter on Warehousing. For additional information, please refer to said section further below.

    Chemicals

    Details of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) have been added to the paragraph on Pesticides and other Chemicals. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Apr 2018 Hong Kong Focus: application forms, applicable fees, cosmetics as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Application Forms

    The application forms displayed in the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Antibiotics Permit
    Import Permit for Animals
    Import Permit for Frozen or Chilled Meat, Poultry and Game Meat
    Import Permit for Unregistered Pesticides
    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Poisons Wholesale Licence
    Registration Certificate for Pesticides
    Wholesale Dealer's Licence for Dangerous Drugs.

    Additionally, the contact details of the responsible authorities have been updated, where applicable.

    Applicable Fees

    The fees which are charged during the application progress regarding the following import licence documents have been updated:

    Import Licence from the Chinese Medicine Division
    Import Licence from the Customs and Excise Department
    Import Licence from the Drug Office
    Import Licence from the Environmental Protection Department
    Import Licence from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
    Import Licence from the Plant and Pesticides Regulatory Division
    Import Licence from the Radiation Health Unit
    Import Licence from the Trade and Industry Department.

    Cosmetics

    The section on Chemical Substances in this overview has been enhanced with new information on the import requirements for cosmetic products. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 19 Apr 2018 Serbia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Apr 2018 Bahrain
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Apr 2018 Mexico Focus: Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, Binding Tariff Information (BTI), animal and plant products, hazardous substances and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers from Certain Branches

    The scope of goods requiring a Registration of Importers from Certain Branches has been augmented in the official lists contained in the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) 2018. By way of example, this registration now also concerns importers of certain vehicles. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the quoted document in this import report has been updated accordingly. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information (BTI) has been revised in accordance with current legal stipulations. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Animal and Plant Products

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Wildlife Species, Permit for Environmental Release of Genetically Modified Organisms and Import Certificate for Forest Plants and Products have been updated as regards the processing fee. Moreover, the latter document has been equipped with the current application form. More information on animal and plant products may be obtained from said documents and the chapters on Live Animals and Animal Products, Plants and Plant Products, Wildlife Species as well as on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview.

    Hazardous Substances

    The current application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Import Authorisation for Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances. Furthermore, the processing fees of the quoted document and the documents entitled Import Permit for Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances and Import Authorisation for Waste have been augmented. For additional details, please turn to the particular documents as well as to the sections on Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances and Waste further below.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 18 Apr 2018 Switzerland Amendments as regards the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

    Details of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), a service provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), have been incorporated into the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Switzerland is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Chemicals below.

    Other

    The following News chapter may be viewed for current issues relating to potential future free trade agreements (FTAs) with Swiss participation.
  • 18 Apr 2018 Lebanon
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Apr 2018 Gabon
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Apr 2018 Belarus
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 17 Apr 2018 Oman Focus: pharmaceutical products, fertilisers and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pharmaceutical Products

    The documents mentioned in the paragraph on Medicinal Products, Narcotic Drugs and Medical Devices have been completely revised, e.g. as regards the method of submission, the documents to be enclosed with the application and/or the contact details of the responsible authority, i.e. the Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Drug Control. Particular attention is drawn to the following documents, the application forms of which have been newly added or exchanged for their current versions, respectively:

    Registration of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals
    Licence to Import and Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors.

    Furthermore, the document entitled Price Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products has been newly incorporated into this report as it is a prerequisite for the registration of said products. For particulars, please refer to the quoted documents and section in this overview.

    Fertilisers

    The document Registration of Fertilisers has been added to the set of documents of this report as it is mandatory in order to apply for a Permit to Import Fertilisers. Please turn to the mentioned documents for further specifics of the corresponding procedures.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 17 Apr 2018 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards advance ruling, waste and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    Importers may apply for an advance ruling at the General Department of Customs and Excise. For further information, please turn to the chapters on Note and Customs Procedures in this overview.

    Waste

    A new section on Waste has been added to this overview, providing information on the import stipulations for hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Additional details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph further below.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pesticides and fertilisers have been added to the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please refer to the mentioned section in this overview.
  • 17 Apr 2018 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Apr 2018 Armenia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 Apr 2018 Kenya Amendments as regards the single customs territory (SCT), Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) inspection and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya.
    The following changes have been made:

    Single Customs Territory (SCT)

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on the East African single customs territory (SCT). Particulars may be obtained from the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) inspection

    Details of the Kenya Bureau of Standards' (KEBS) appointment of Cotecna as an inspection provider for the PVoC procedure as well as information on the importation via the so-called Route D have been added to the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC). Moreover, the tariff codes assigned to the documents entitled Certificate for PVoC, PVoC Registration and PVoC Licence (i.e. the classification of goods to which said documents pertain) have been updated. For further details, please turn to the particular paragraph further below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 16 Apr 2018 Cameroon Focus: Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Free Sale Certificate, Certificate of Conformity as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    As terminal equipment is subject to a type approval of the responsible authority prior to its importation into Cameroon, a new document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been added to this import report. Please refer thereto and to the newly created chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview for further details.

    Free Sale Certificate

    In order for pharmaceutical products to be registered in Cameroon, a Free Sale Certificate issued in the country of export is a prerequisite. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods further below.

    Certificate of Conformity

    The application form for a Certificate of Conformity has been exchanged for the version which is currently in use. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 16 Apr 2018 Uruguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Apr 2018 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Apr 2018 Australia
    Nomenclature changes
  • 13 Apr 2018 Ukraine Amendments as regards the customs value, foreign trade transactions, norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    A newly created section on the Customs Value has been added to this overview. More information may be found in the quoted paragraph below.

    Foreign Trade Transactions

    For reasons of transparency, the information on the Ukrainian single window for foreign trade transactions contained in this overview has been incorporated into a separate chapter entitled Single Window for Foreign Trade. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Standardisation below has been enhanced with information on the membership of the Ukrainian standardisation agency in international organisations competent for conformity assessment. Please turn to the quoted chapter for further information on Ukraine's international standardisation activities.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 13 Apr 2018 Guinea Focus: pre-shipment inspection (PSI) programme discontinued, Commercial Registration, plant variety protection, combustibles, medicinal products and further chemical substances, aircraft and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) Programme Discontinued

    As the Guinean Government cancelled the contract with the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) provider Bureau Veritas/Bivac International, the programme, which had previously been set up for all shipments of goods to Guinea with a FOB value equal to or exceeding 3,500 USD, has been discontinued. The report for Guinea has been amended to this effect.

    A future collaboration of the authority responsible for the control of consumer goods, i.e. the National Quality Control Office (Office National de Contrôle de Qualité - ONCQ), with Bivac International is nevertheless aimed at. The details of such a cooperation have, however, not yet been decided upon.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been furnished with the currently valid application form. For more information, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Plant Variety Protection

    Guinea is a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle - OAPI). Consequently, the document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection has been added to the set of documents of this report. Further details may be obtained from said document.

    Combustibles

    The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Combustibles has been newly incorporated into this report and may be consulted for particulars.

    Medicinal Products and Further Chemical Substances

    In order to be importable into Guinea, medicinal products must receive a marketing authorisation from the National Directorate of Pharmacy and Laboratories beforehand. Certificates to prove the quality of the goods are to be submitted in the process of the application for a marketing authorisation. The authority responsible for the licensing of chemical dealers and importers is the National Directorate of the Environment. Please turn to the following newly created documents for further information:

    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Licence to Import and Deal in Chemical Substances.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Guinea require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the National Directorate of Civil Aviation. For additional details, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 13 Apr 2018 Bahamas
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Apr 2018 Bermuda
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Apr 2018 Norway Amendments as regards customs valuation, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    The chapter on the Customs Value in this overview has been enhanced with information outlining the customs valuation methods in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). For particulars, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been expanded with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Norway is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Hazardous and Other Chemicals below.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter may be viewed for current issues relating to potential future free trade agreements (FTAs) with Norwegian participation.
  • 12 Apr 2018 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Certificate of Analysis, Fumigation Certificate, Free Sale Certificate, BSE Certificate and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

    A Certificate of Analysis may be required for the importation of certain products, e.g. pharmaceutical products. More details may be obtained from the mentioned document, which has been newly added to the report.

    Fumigation Certificate

    In order to be importable, designated products, e.g. used textile articles, may be subjected to quarantine treatment, e.g. by means of fumigation. Therefore, the document entitled Fumigation Certificate has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Free Sale Certificate

    As a Free Sale Certificate is usually a prerequisite for the Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products, the same-named document has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please turn thereto and to the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods for additional information.

    BSE Certificate

    A BSE Certificate may be required for the importation of designated commodities of bovine origin into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This import report has thus been enhanced with said document, which may be viewed for more particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 12 Apr 2018 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Apr 2018 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Apr 2018 Senegal Focus: Authorisation to Import Radioactive Sources, Preliminary Import Declaration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorisation to Import Radioactive Sources

    As an Authorisation to Import Radioactive Sources is required for the importation of said goods into Senegal, the same-named document has been added to the set of documents pertaining to the import documentation for Senegal. Please refer thereto and to the chapter on Radioactive Sources for more details.

    Preliminary Import Declaration

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Preliminary Import Declaration has been exchanged for the version which is currently in use. Please turn to the quoted document and to the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) for further information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 11 Apr 2018 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Amendments as regards tobacco products, precious metals, batteries and accumulators as well as current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Macedonia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Tobacco Products

    A new chapter entitled Tobacco has been added to this overview in order to depict details of the requirements to import and market tobacco and tobacco products. More specifics may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Precious Metals

    Information on the marking requirements for precious metals, i.e. items made of gold, silver or platinum, to be imported and marketed in Macedonia has been incorporated into the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below. Please refer to said chapter for further particulars.

    Batteries and Accumulators

    As batteries and accumulators containing certain types of hazardous substances are prohibited from being placed on the Macedonian market, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been enhanced to this effect. Please turn thereto for additional details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 11 Apr 2018 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Apr 2018 Botswana Amendments as regards prohibited goods, labelling requirements, payments of import duties as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Goods

    The list of products banned from importation into Botswana has been expanded in the corresponding section entitled Prohibited Imports in this overview and now includes details of bee products, certain weeds and goods originating in designated countries. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Labelling Requirements

    This overview has been enhanced with a new chapter on Labelling Requirements, which contains details of the stipulations concerning the general labelling of products as well as specific requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs to be imported into Botswana. Please refer to the mentioned section for more information.

    Payments of Import Duties

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments has been enhanced with information on the means of payment of import duties as well as on the pricing of goods. For specifics, please see the mentioned chapter further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 10 Apr 2018 Bahrain Focus: mandatory Taxpayer Registration, medical devices, pesticides, application fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Mandatory Taxpayer Registration

    On 29 December 2017, the legislation to introduce a new excise tax, also referred to as selective tax, for designated commodities regarded as detrimental to public health, i.e. soft drinks, tobacco products and energy drinks, entered into force for Bahrain. Consequently, the document entitled Taxpayer Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. The quoted document may be viewed for further details of the mandatory registration for individuals and companies trading in the respective goods, i.e. energy and carbonated drinks as well as tobacco and tobacco products. General information on Registration Requirements may be found in the same-named section below.

    Medical Devices

    Medium and high-risk medical devices as well as companies dealing in them in Bahrain must be registered with the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA). Therefore, the following documents have been added to the set of documents of this report:

    Registration of Medical Device Companies
    Registration of Medical Devices.

    The chapter on Pharmaceutical and Health-Related Products in this overview has been adjusted accordingly and may be viewed for additional details of, inter alia, the documents to accompany the applications for the abovementioned registration procedures.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been enhanced with a model of a dossier containing data to support an application for the registration of said products. Moreover, the fees charged for the registration procedure have been updated. Please turn to the quoted document for additional details.

    Application Fees for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Services

    The fees payable for the following application procedures have been amended in accordance with Decrees No. 122 and 123 of 2017 issued by the Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning:

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal By-Products
    Permit to Import Horses
    Permit to Import Pesticides
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Fertilisers.

    The quoted documents may be viewed for more information.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 10 Apr 2018 Iraq
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Apr 2018 Ghana Focus: nomenclature changes, Manifest, radioactive sources and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and apapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following Ghana's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Ghana have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as appropriate. Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Manifest

    Information on the electronic submission of manifests via the Ghana Integrated Cargo Clearance System (GICCS) has been added to the document entitled Manifest. Moreover, the submission time has been enhanced and an illustration sample of air freight manifests has been added. Please refer to said document for further details.

    Radioactive Sources

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Permit to Import Radioactive Sources has been exchanged for its most current version. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 09 Apr 2018 Benin Amendments as regards petroleum products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Petroleum Products

    A new chapter on Petroleum Products has been created for this overview in order to depict the procedural requirements for the importation of said goods. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The newly incorporated paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) contains information on Benin's adherence to international conventions as well as on the import requirements for substances detrimental to the ozone layer. For further details, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 09 Apr 2018 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Apr 2018 Kyrgyzstan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Apr 2018 Peru Amendments as regards norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Standardisation has been completely revised and updated with regard to the Peruvian standardisation agency National Institute of Quality (INACAL) and its membership in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Furthermore, the contact details of the Institute have been amended throughout the report, where applicable. Please see the quoted section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following chapter.
  • 06 Apr 2018 Afghanistan Focus: Binding Tariff Information (BTI), aircraft as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE).
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information (BTI) has been newly incorporated into this report. BTI may be applied for in case of any uncertainties as to the correct classification of a commodity to be imported into Afghanistan. Please turn to the quoted document and to the Note section below for more information.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Afghanistan require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA). For additional details, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been blue-pencilled in accordance with the currently valid regulations, e.g. as regards the contact details, the processing and licensing fees as well as the documents to be enclosed with the licence application. For further information, please refer to the above-mentioned document and to the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview.
  • 06 Apr 2018 Kazakhstan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Apr 2018 Ethiopia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Apr 2018 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of product codes to documents, children's toys and child care articles, marine mammal parts as well as various current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of 2018:

    Import Inspection
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration of Food Facility
    Steel Import Licence.

    Children's Toys and Child Care Articles

    In accordance with recent stipulations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), children's toys and child care articles are prohibited from importation if made of plastic containing specified phthalates. The section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been updated to this effect. Moreover, information on the testing requirements of such products has been added to the chapter on Standards further below. Please turn to the mentioned paragraphs for more specifics.

    Marine Mammal Parts

    Details of the requirements to import parts of marine mammals, e.g. bones, teeth, baleen, cell lines, treated pelt, etc., have been brought to the chapter on Wildlife and Other Regulated Species in this overview. Please see the stated section for more information.

    Other Changes

    For various current trade-related News please see the following section.
  • 05 Apr 2018 Saudi Arabia Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), air conditioners, registration of articles made from plastic, products subject to conformity assessment procedures.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been amplified with information on the newly implemented programme of the authorised economic operator (AEO).

    Air Conditioners

    In the framework of the mandatory energy efficiency label for air conditioners, a Registration of Air Conditioners for Energy Labelling is a prerequisite for the marketing of said goods in Saudi Arabia. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional details.

    Registration of Articles Made From Plastic

    In order to be eligible for importation, all articles made from plastic falling under the restrictions of Technical Regulation No. M.A-156-16-03-03 must be oxo-biodegradable, i.e. they must bear the oxo-biodegradable logo defined by the Saudi Arabian Standardisation Organisation (SASO). A prior Registration of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Articles is mandatory in order to obtain the right, i.e. a licence, to use the logo. Otherwise, the articles will be banned from being entered into Saudi Arabia. Please also turn to the following sections in this overview for more information:

    Standardisation
    Import Prohibitions
    Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements.

    Products Subject to Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The sample forms displayed in the following documents have been replaced with their current versions:

    Registration for Product Conformity
    Verification of Conformity.

    Moreover, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity (CoC) has been enhanced with information on the mandatory recognition certificate required by the responsible authority, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), to accompany the CoC. For additional details, the quoted documents and the paragraph on Standardisation further below may be viewed.
  • 05 Apr 2018 Sudan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 03 Apr 2018 Paraguay
    Nomenclature changes
  • 03 Apr 2018 Guyana
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Mar 2018 Malaysia Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes, strategic goods, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the respective import measures, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) Order 2018:

    Import Licence for Scheduled Waste
    Import Licence from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

    For additional details, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Strategic Goods

    A new chapter entitled Strategic Goods has been added to this overview, providing information on the specific import requirements for strategic goods as stipulated in the Strategic Trade Act of 2010. For particulars, please turn to said section further below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for cosmetic products have been updated. Please refer to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview for additional details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 29 Mar 2018 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards the food safety system, motor vehicles, labels of explosives and pyrotechnical products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Food Safety System

    General information on the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) applicable for the food safety system in Kyrgyzstan has been added to the product-specific paragraph on Foodstuffs, which may be consulted for specifics.

    Motor Vehicles

    The chapter on Motor Vehicles has been completely revised and updated in accordance with the provisions of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Please see below for particular information.

    Labels of Explosives and Pyrotechnical Products

    Labelling requirements for explosives and pyrotechnical products as stipulated in the corresponding TR TS 028/2012 have been summarised in the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements, which may be viewed for further details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 29 Mar 2018 Turkmenistan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 29 Mar 2018 Russian Federation
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 Mar 2018 Papua New Guinea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Mar 2018 Guyana Amendments as regards antibiotics, currency and payments, textile labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Antibiotics

    Details of the requirements which apply during the importation of antibiotics have been incorporated into this overview, where applicable. Please refer to the paragraphs on Drugs and Medical Devices and Packaging and Labelling Requirements for more information.

    Currency and Payments

    Particulars as regards the national currency of Guyana, the Bank of Guyana and on dealing in currency have been provided in the newly created chapter on Currency and Payments.

    Textile Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with new information on the mandatory labelling of textiles. Further details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 28 Mar 2018 Gabon Focus: Kimberley Process Certificate, Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Kimberley Process Certificate

    As of 14 December 2017, Gabon has been conditionally admitted as a Kimberley Process participant. Therefore, a new document named Kimberley Process Certificate has been added to the set of documents pertaining to this import report. Please refer thereto and to the chapter on Precious Metals and Stones for further details.

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been enhanced with a sample application form in French language. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 28 Mar 2018 China Focus: Tariff classification, organic products, restricted solid waste, fertilisers, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tariff Classification

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of the goods pertaining to the respective import measures) to the following documents has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current stipulations:

    Automatic Import Licence
    Automatic Import Licence for New and Used Mechanical and Electronic Appliances
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Clearance Certificate for Lawfully Captured Fish
    Commodity Inspection Certificate
    Customs Quota Certificate for Agricultural Products
    Customs Quota Certificate for Fertilisers
    Environmental Control Release Notice for Toxic Chemicals
    Import Licence
    Import Prohibition
    Import Quota for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Inspection Certificate for Medicines
    Licence to Import Dual Use Goods
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Permit to Import Anabolic Agents and Peptide Hormones
    Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof
    Permit to Import Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Restricted Solid Waste
    Prohibition to Import Certain Used Machinery and Electrical Equipment
    Registration as an Overseas Supplier of Rubbish Material
    Registration of Environmental Management on Import/Export of Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Medicines
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Organic Products

    The document entitled Certification of Organic Food has been incorporated into the set of documents for the P.R. of China. Particulars on the certification procedures for such goods may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the paragraph on Foodstuffs and Related Goods below.

    Restricted Solid Waste

    The application form of the document entitled Permit to Import Restricted Solid Waste has been exchanged for its current version. Furthermore, said document has been blue-pencilled where applicable. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Fertilisers

    The document entitled Customs Quota Certificate for Fertilisers has been reintroduced to this report. Please turn to said document for more information on the importation of fertilisers as well as to the relevant sections on Import Regulations and Agricultural Chemical Substances in this overview.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with additional details of general product labelling and infant formula labelling as well as details of the labelling requirements of health foods. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.
  • 28 Mar 2018 Venezuela
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Mar 2018 United Arab Emirates
    Nomenclature changes
  • 27 Mar 2018 Nicaragua Amendments as regards standardisation, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    Information on the membership of the Nicaraguan standardisation agency in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been added to the corresponding section on Norms and Standards below. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new paragraph entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS), outlining the import provisions for designated ODS and products containing them. Further information may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 27 Mar 2018 Mauritius Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, warehousing as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The assignment of tariff codes to the documents of this report, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been amended in accordance with the recently published legal stipulations of the Customs Tariff 2018. The official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents, amongst others:

    Catch Document
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Conformity
    Conformity Inspection Certificate for Steel Products
    Declaration of Conformity
    Licence to Import and Deal in Radio and Telecommunications Equipment
    Licence to Import Dangerous Chemicals
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Mill Test Certificate
    Notification of Fish Imports
    Notification of the Importation of Dangerous Chemicals
    Permit to Import Animals
    Permit to Import Animal Products
    Permit to Import Extremely Dangerous Chemicals
    Permit to Import Fish and Fish Products
    Permit to Import Pesticides
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Permit to Import Radiation Sources
    Permit to Import Second-Hand Agricultural Machinery
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Pre-Market Approval for Foodstuffs
    Registration of Dangerous Chemicals
    Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products
    Registration of Pesticides
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    Warehousing

    The chapter on Warehousing has been updated with regard to the stipulated maximum period of warehousing. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 27 Mar 2018 Ivory Coast Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme, radio-electrical and telecommunications terminal equipment, tax registration, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Côte d'Ivoire's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Côte d'Ivoire have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the sections on the Harmonized System and Note below.

    Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme

    As of 16 April 2018 (date of the bill of lading), goods to be imported into Côte d'Ivoire with a FOB value of 1,000,000 XOF and above and which are not exempt from this requirement will be subject to a Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme prior to the exportation of the goods. For further details, please turn to the newly created chapter entitled Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC).

    Radio-Electrical and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval of Radio-Electrical and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been enhanced with the up-to-date application form. Furthermore, the details concerning the responsible authority and the application fees have been updated in said document. Please refer thereto for more information.

    Tax Registration

    Part of the registration form contained in the document entitled Tax Registration has been replaced by the version which is currently in use. Specifics may be obtained from said document.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been updated with regard to the goods which may not be imported into Côte d'Ivoire. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 27 Mar 2018 Tajikistan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 26 Mar 2018 Morocco Focus: application forms, digitisation of customs procedures, international agreements, stamp duty as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Application Forms

    The application or sample form contained in the following documents has been exchanged for the version which is currently in use:

    Approval to Import Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Bovine Sanitary Card of Animals for Reproduction to Morocco.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for further details.

    Digitisation of Customs Procedures

    By virtue of Circular No. 5746/312, the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration has announced the proceeding digitisation of customs procedures, in particular with regard to the Customs Import Declaration and documents to be attached to it. More information on this measure may be found in the mentioned document.
    In this view, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT) recently signed a convention with both the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration and PortNet. Please refer to the section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) for particulars.

    International Agreements

    Following Morocco's return to the African Union (AU), the section on International Agreements below has been updated with regard thereto. The quoted chapter may be viewed for more information on Morocco's participation in international treaties and agreements.

    Stamp Duty

    As of 1 January 2018, vehicles imported into Morocco in both used and new condition, except for vehicles imported by authorised dealers, are subject to stamp duty associated to the first registration of the imported vehicle in Morocco. Further details of these new stipulations may be viewed in the document entitled Customs Release Certificate for Vehicles.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 26 Mar 2018 Egypt Amendments as regards free trade zones, labelling of foodstuffs, import transactions by non-residents, lifting of currency limitations and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones

    The chapter on Free Trade Zones below has been enhanced with information on the new Investment Law (Law No. 72/2017), which recently entered into force. Moreover, the list of free zones in operation in Egypt has been updated. For more details, please turn to the quoted section.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    As of 2018, all foodstuffs must be labelled with the price for the final consumer in Arabic. The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been adjusted accordingly.

    Import Transactions by Non-Residents

    In general, importers must meet the Registration requirements in order to be eligible to carry out import transactions. For non-residents, however, new provisions in view of the so-called fiscal agent have been published and may be consulted in the quoted chapter.

    Lifting of Currency Limitations

    By virtue of its Circular of 28 November 2017, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) lifted the limitations for permissible foreign currency deposits for companies importing non-essential goods. In 2016, said limitations had already been lifted for companies importing priority goods (i.e. foodstuffs, machinery, equipment and spare parts, intermediary products and production inputs as well as medicinal products, vaccines and their chemical precursors). These changes have been included in the paragraph on Currency and Payments further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 26 Mar 2018 Armenia Amendments as regards chemical weapons, measuring devices, labels of explosives and pyrotechnical products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons

    The chapter on Dangerous Substances and Hazardous Chemicals has been amplified with information on Armenia's membership in the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). For further details, please see the quoted paragraph below.

    Measuring Devices

    Information on the responsible national authority , i.e. the National Institute of Metrology (NIM), and its tasks has been brought up to date in the product-specific chapter on Measuring Devices in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labels of Explosives and Pyrotechnical Products

    Labelling provisions for explosives and pyrotechnical products as stipulated in the corresponding TR TS 028/2012 have been summarised in the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements, which may be viewed for further details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 26 Mar 2018 Egypt
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Mar 2018 Paraguay Focus: Customs Import Declaration, cargo manifest, Registration with the Customs Authorities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    Details of the generation of an electronic signature which is mandatory for the submission of the Customs Import Declaration have been added to the quoted document. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Cargo Manifest

    Information on the electronic submission of manifests has been verified. Consequently, the document entitled Manifest has been amplified with regard to established systems, i.e. the System of Fiscal Administration of Customs Duties (SOFIA) and the Electronic Transmission of the Advanced Manifest (TEMA). For further details, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Registration with the Customs Authorities

    The application interface for the Registration with the Customs Authorities has been updated. For additional information, please turn to said document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 Mar 2018 Kuwait Amendments as regards chemical substances, Kuwait's ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Substances

    For reasons of transparency, the sections on Agricultural Chemicals and on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods have been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for more information on chemical substances intended for various uses.

    Ratification of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

    In summer 2017, Kuwait acceded to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and ratified the agreement later on that year. The paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below has been adjusted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 23 Mar 2018 Zimbabwe
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Mar 2018 Tunisia Focus: confirmation of homologation for fertilisers and pesticides, revised procedural details, governmental reorganisation, currency and payments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Confirmation of Homologation for Fertilisers and Pesticides

    The document named Confirmation of Homologation for Fertilisers and Pesticides has been furnished with the corresponding application form. For more information thereon, the mentioned document may be consulted.

    Revised Procedural Details

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Radioactive Elements and Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances have been revised and updated with regard to their procedural details such as the responsible authorities and their contact details. Please refer to the quoted documents for further details of the respective requirements.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The former Ministry of Industry and Commerce is now called the Ministry of Commerce. The concerned documents throughout this import report have been amended to this effect.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been updated with information on restrictions for the opening of letters of credit. Please refer thereto for more details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22 Mar 2018 Guatemala Amendments as regards norms and standards, information on the responsible professional and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    As Guatemala's Ministry of Economy participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), amongst others, the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Guatemala's international standardisation activities.

    Responsible Professional

    The involvement of a responsible professional (regente professional) is mandatory for most import measures. Therefore, importing companies are required to authorise the respective person who is then entitled to apply for importer's and product registration. For reasons of transparency, the information on this matter has been summarised in a separate paragraph on the Responsible Professional in this overview. Please refer thereto for details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 21 Mar 2018 Japan Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, importation of sugar, Free Sale Certificate as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for Japan. Please turn thereto for more information about the import procedures for aircraft.

    Importation of Sugar

    A new document entitled Permit to Import Sugar has been created. Details of the importation of specified sugar may be obtained from the quoted document and in the paragraph on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample of an issued Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please head to the quoted document for further information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Mar 2018 Georgia Amendments as regards norms and standards, wood packaging material (WPM) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    As Georgia participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), amongst others, the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Georgia's international standardisation activities.

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    For reasons of transparency, the information on WPM contained in this overview has been incorporated into a separate paragraph entitled Wood Packaging Material (WPM). Please turn thereto for enhanced details.

    Other Changes

    For further current trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 21 Mar 2018 Nicaragua
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2018 Thailand Focus: Commercial Registration, alcoholic beverages as well as tobacco and tobacco products.
    The import documentation for Thailand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been equipped with the initial page of the online registration interface of the Department of Business Development. Further information may be obtained from the particular document in this import report.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    The following documents have been augmented in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fee, and have been equipped with the current application form:

    Import Permit for Alcoholic Beverages
    Licence to Sell Alcoholic Beverages

    For additional details, please turn to the quoted documents and the chapter on Alcoholic Beverages in this overview.

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Import Permit for Tobacco and Tobacco Products has been newly added to this import report, in accordance with the Excise Tax Act, 2560 [2017]. It substitutes the former import permits for cigarettes, for tobacco seeds, plants, leaves and chewing tobacco and for shredded tobacco and other tobacco. For more information, please refer to said document and the updated section on Tobacco and Tobacco Products further below.
  • 20 Mar 2018 Honduras Amendments as regards the single window for foreign trade, norms and standards as well as contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window for Foreign Trade

    A chapter on the Single Window of Foreign Trade of Honduras (VUCEH) has been newly created for this overview in order to depict general information on the electronic platform. For more details, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Norms and Standards

    As the Honduran Standards Organization (OHN) participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Honduras' international standardisation activities.

    Contact Details

    The Honduran customs authority formerly entitled Executive Directorate of Revenues (DEI) has been renamed to Deputy Directorate of Customs Revenues (DARA). Consequently, this amendment has been reflected throughout the report.
    The updated contact information on the Directorate may also be found in this overview under the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 20 Mar 2018 Vietnam
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2018 Iraq Amendments as regards customs valuation, the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure for hazardous chemicals, the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and Iraq's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    A new paragraph on the assessment of the Customs Value of goods has been incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Hazardous Chemicals

    As Iraq joined the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention, in mid-2017, the chapter on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with additional details of the Rotterdam Convention. More information may be obtained from the quoted section and the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified to include the putty for use on window glass and plastic boxes for preserving packaged foodstuffs or beverages, 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 chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Iraq is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods below.
  • 19 Mar 2018 Bolivia Focus: commercial invoice, foodstuffs and beverages, apparel items and furniture, controlled substances as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Invoice

    The document entitled Commercial Invoice has been updated in accordance with the provisions of the National Customs of Bolivia (ANB). Amongst others, modifications have been made to the customary minimum content. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

    Information on the electronic processing system called "GRAN PAITITÍ" for the Preliminary Import Authorisation for Designated Alimentary Products and Beverages has been added to the aforementioned document. In addition, the list of documents to be enclosed has been revised in accordance with Administrative Resolution SENASAG No. 05/2018 of 15 January 2018. For further details, please consult the quoted document.

    Moreover, the processing time for the preliminary decision approving the label of pre-packaged foodstuffs has been amended in the corresponding document entitled Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs Label Approval.

    Apparel Items and Furniture

    By virtue of the applicable legal basis establishing the authorisation procedure for goods listed in the corresponding Annex of the Supreme Decree No. 2752 of May 2016, the document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation for Designated Apparel Items and Furniture has been rectified with regard to the processing time applicable to the products concerned.

    Controlled Substances

    The following documents have been reviewed and augmented with various procedural details, e.g. with regard to the submission of application documents by electronic means and documents to be enclosed:

    Preliminary Import Authorisation for Controlled Substances
    Registration of Importers of Controlled Substances.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for more information.

    Other Changes

    The SIDUNEA/ASYCUDA ++ form contained in the document entitled Customs Import Declaration for illustrative purposes has been exchanged for its current version.

    For trade-related news, please consult the following section.
  • 19 Mar 2018 Haiti
    Nomenclature changes
  • 16 Mar 2018 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The Azerbaijani State Customs Committee adopted the Harmonized System (HS) tariff version of 2017. Following the change to the HS 2017, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this report) has been adjusted accordingly. Related information may also be found in the updated paragraph on Note below and the section on Harmonized System with general information.

    Standardisation

    As Azerbaijan participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and its national standardisation agency is a full member to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for general information on Azerbaijan's conformity assessment regulations.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 16 Mar 2018 Angola Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and the Angolan authority responsible for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Angola.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been amplified with information on the documents to be submitted with the Customs Import Declaration of goods intended for free circulation. The quoted paragraph may be consulted for additional details.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of greater transparency, a chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly added to this overview; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Angolan Authority Responsible for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The paragraph on Further Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with information on the national authority responsible for matters in view of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Angola is a party. For the contact details of the Ministry of National Defence, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 16 Mar 2018 Laos
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Mar 2018 Venezuela Focus: Single Register of Persons who Develop Economic Activities (RUPDAE), tobacco products, medical materials and equipment, processing fees, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Register of Persons who Develop Economic Activities (RUPDAE)

    In accordance with the Organic Law on Fair Prices of 2014, any natural or legal person intending to carry out economic and commercial activities in Venezuela, including those conducted electronically, must be entered in the Single Register of Persons who Develop Economic Activities (RUPDAE). To illustrate details of the registration procedure, the document entitled Registration of Business Entities in the RUPDAE has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. Please turn thereto and to the section on Registration further below for specifics.

    Tobacco Products

    As a prerequisite to import tobacco products into Venezuela, importers must be duly registered with the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS) assigned to the Ministry of Public Power for Health (MPPS). The new document entitled Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products has been incorporated into this import report to provide details of the registration procedure. More information may thus be consulted in the mentioned document as well as in the corresponding chapter on Foodstuffs, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco in this overview.

    Medical Materials and Equipment

    The application forms contained in the documents entitled Registration of Importers of Medical Materials and Equipment and Sanitary Registration of Medical Materials and Equipment have been exchanged for their current versions. Please see the stated documents for particulars.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS) for the year 2018 have been updated in the following documents of this report:

    Registration of Importers of Cosmetics
    Registration of Importers of Medical Materials and Equipment
    Sanitary Import Permit for Foodstuffs
    Sanitary Registration of Alcoholic Beverages
    Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Materials and Equipment.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with Resolution No. 531, the importation of incandescent light bulbs of a conventional type with a stipulated power supply is prohibited as of 5 January 2018. In addition, the marketing and sale of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited in Venezuela. To this effect, the list of goods banned from importation depicted in the chapter on Import Prohibitions below has been accordingly enhanced.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Mar 2018 Haiti Amendments as regards hazardous goods, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Hazardous Goods

    The chapter on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with additional information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Haiti is a party to. Please turn to the quoted section for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been updated with regard to the goods which may not be imported into Haiti. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 15 Mar 2018 Tanzania
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Mar 2018 Uruguay Focus: fertilisers, packaging and packaging material and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fertilisers

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Fertilisers has been enhanced with details of the online application via the registration portal of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery (MGAP) and has been augmented as regards the processing fee. For particulars, please refer to said document and the section on Fertilisers and Pesticides in this overview.

    Packaging and Packaging Material

    The following documents have been updated in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fee:

    Note of Participation in the PGE
    Registration of Importers of Packaging and Packaging Material
    Registration of Importers of Products Packaged for Retail Sale.

    For additional information, please turn to the quoted documents and the chapter on Packaging Material further below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Mar 2018 Dominican Republic Focus: Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE), wildlife species, wood, seed traders and prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    As per new regulations of the General Customs Directorate (DGA), numerous import endorsements, e.g. permits and certificates, are now to be applied for via the VUCE. In this regard, corresponding documents of this report have been modified accordingly.
    For more details on the electronic system, please also refer to the blue-pencilled chapter on Electronic Customs Clearance below.

    Wildlife Species

    The document entitled Permit to Import Wildlife Species has been completely revised and updated with regard to various procedural details, e.g. the processing time, period of validity and documents to be enclosed. Moreover, the contained application form has been exchanged for its current version. Please see the mentioned document for particulars.

    Wood

    The procedural details depicted in the document entitled Permit to Import Wood, e.g. the minimum content to be contained in the letter of request as well as the processing time and fee, have been amended in the quoted document. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Seed Traders

    In order to deal in seeds in the Dominican Republic, the entity intending to carry out the respective activities must be registered with the Department of Seeds under the Ministry of Agriculture. Therefore, the document entitled Registration of Seed Traders has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. Please turn thereto and also to the chapter on Plants and Plant Products for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods banned from importation into the Dominican Republic has been amended in the chapter on Import Prohibitions in this overview. The classification of goods pertaining to the corresponding document entitled Prohibited Imports, i.e. the assignment of the applicable tariff codes, has also been revised to this effect. The concerned goods include, inter alia, motor vehicles classified as salvage, certain species of sharks, rays, sea urchins and their derivatives as well as designated ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
  • 13 Mar 2018 Fiji Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), tobacco products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Fiji is a party to. For further details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods.

    Tobacco Products

    A new paragraph on Tobacco Products has been added to this overview. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 13 Mar 2018 Bangladesh Focus: Import Registration Certificate (IRC), Trade Licence and medicinal products.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Registration Certificate (IRC)

    The document entitled Import Registration Certificate (IRC) has been updated as regards the procedural details, i.e. the documents to be enclosed with the application. For further details, please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration in this overview.

    Trade Licence

    The document named Trade Licence has been enhanced in regard to various procedural details, i.e. the processing time and fee as well as the documents to be enclosed. More information may be obtained from said document and the section on Registration further below.

    Medicinal Products

    With the implementation of the online registration portal of the Directorate General of Drug Administration, the document entitled Registration of Medicinal Products has been newly added to this import report, combining the former drug registration certificate and the registration of alternative medicines. For further details thereon, please refer to the particular document and the paragraph on Pharmaceutical Products.
  • 13 Mar 2018 Ghana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Mar 2018 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards foodstuffs, standardisation as well as precious metals and stones have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The paragraph entitled Foodstuffs has been amplified with general details of the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) applied in Turkmenistan. Please see the quoted chapter for further information.

    Standardisation

    As Turkmenistan participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), amongst others, the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Turkmenistan's international standardisation activities.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The chapter on Precious Metals and Stones has been newly incorporated into this overview. The quoted section may be consulted for details regarding the import measures for such goods.
  • 09 Mar 2018 Lebanon Amendments as regards animal feed and Lebanon's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Animal Feed

    For reasons of greater transparency, the section entitled Animal Feed has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for information on the import requirements for fodder.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Lebanon is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Other Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below.
  • 09 Mar 2018 Belize Amendments as regards free zones, commercial samples, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Free Zones

    This overview has been enhanced with information on free zones in Belize. For further details, please turn to the newly created paragraph on Free Zones.

    Commercial Samples

    A new chapter entitled Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Details on the procedures which apply during the importation of commercial samples into Belize may be obtained from the quoted section further below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details on the labelling requirements of tobacco products. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 09 Mar 2018 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 09 Mar 2018 Turkey
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Mar 2018 Jamaica Amendments as regards commercial samples, firearms, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Commercial Samples

    A new paragraph entitled Commercial Samples has been incorporated into this overview. Please see said section for more information on the procedures and requirements for the importation of commercial samples into Jamaica.

    Firearms

    A new chapter entitled Arms and Ammunition has been added to this report. Particulars on the import procedures applying to the importation of firearms and ammunition may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with further details on the labelling requirements for tobacco products. Additionally, information on the labelling requirements for furniture have been added to the same section. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 08 Mar 2018 Ecuador Focus: forest products, motor vehicles, proof of origin, standardisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Forest Products

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Products from Forest Plantations, which is to be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishery (MAGAP), has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For further details, please refer to the quoted document. Please also consult the corresponding section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for information on general import requirements established for the goods concerned.

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Homologation Certificate for Motor Vehicles has been equipped with the current application form. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Proof of Origin

    In accordance with Ministerial Agreement No. 035-2017 of 9 November 2017, repealing Ministerial Agreement No. 026-2017 of 28 July 2017, importers of merchandise originating in the European Union (EU) are no longer entitled to present a notarised sworn declaration to the National Customs Service of Ecuador (SENAE) instead of Movement Certificate EUR.1 as a formal Proof of Preferential Origin in the framework of the multilateral Trade Agreement between Ecuador, Colombia and Peru and the EU. The import report has been updated accordingly.

    Standardisation

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) pertaining to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Certificate of Recognition has been adjusted in the relevant documents in accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Ecuadorian Standards Institute (INEN).

    Other Changes

    The documents entitled Phytosanitary Import Permit and Zoosanitary Import Permit have been amended with regard to the documents to be enclosed.

    In addition, trade-related news may be found in the following chapter.
  • 07 Mar 2018 Russian Federation Focus: electronic application platform, updated forms, dual-use goods, pesticides and agrochemicals, labels of explosives and pyrotechnical products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been amended and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Application Platform

    Several documents of this report have been updated with regard to the electronic application procedure via the so-called "Support for Participants of Foreign Trade Activities" platform which is operated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

    Updated Forms

    The following documents have been equipped with the current application forms:

    Binding Tariff Information
    Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator.

    Dual-Use Goods

    As per the latest stipulations of the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control, the document entitled Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods has been updated with regard to the processing time. In addition, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of customs tariff codes to this document) has been adjusted accordingly. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Pesticides and Agrochemicals

    Procedural details pursuant to the most recent stipulations of the Ministry of Agriculture have been amended in the document entitled Registration of Pesticides and Agrochemicals. Please refer to the quoted document for further information.

    Labels of Explosives and Pyrotechnical Products

    Labelling provisions for explosives and pyrotechnical products as stipulated in the corresponding TR TS 028/2012 have been summarised in the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements, which may be viewed for further details.

    Other Changes

    According to new regulations of the Ministry of Justice, a passport of deal is no longer required for customs clearance as of 1 March 2018. The corresponding document has therefore been deleted from this report. Instead, the importer is required to register the commercial contract (i.e. when its value eceeds 50,000 USD) with an authorised bank.

    Futher trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 07 Mar 2018 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards norms and standards, packaging and labelling requirements as well as tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    As Papua New Guinea participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the quoted chapter for further information on Papua New Guinea's affiliation to standardisation organisations.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been updated with regard to the labelling requirements which are in place for radio and telecommunications equipment. More details may be obtained from the mentioned section.

    Tobacco Products

    This overview has been enhanced with a new chapter on Tobacco Products. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 07 Mar 2018 Jordan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Mar 2018 Tajikistan Amendments as regards free trade zones, pesticides and fertilisers as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The section on Free Trade Zones has been amplified with two more zones for special economic treatment operating in Tajikistan. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Pesticides and Fertilisers

    A paragraph on Pesticides and Fertilisers has been newly added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for general information on import measures applicable for the goods in question.

    Standardisation

    Information on the catalogue of national norms and technical regulations as well as on the membership of the Tajik Agency for Standardisation, Metrology, Certification and Trade Inspection in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been included in the chapter entitled Norms and Standards in this overview.
  • 06 Mar 2018 Argentina Focus: classification of goods, import licensing, electronic procedures, Tax Payer Registration Code, used machinery, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Argentina's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (AEC) of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Argentina have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the section on the Harmonized System below.

    Import Licensing

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Secretary of Trade under the Ministry of Production, the documents entitled Automatic Import Licence and Non-Automatic Import Licence have been enhanced with details of the electronic processing via the Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI). The latter document has moreover been updated with regard to further information and documents which may be required for non-automatic licensing. In addition, the scope of commodities subject to these licences, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the mentioned documents, has been adjusted in accordance with the stipulations of Resolutions Nos. 898-E/2017 and 5-E/2018. Please turn to said documents as well as to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for more information on these measures.

    Electronic Procedures

    In accordance with recent stipulations, all documents which are now required to be processed via the platform Procedures at a Distance (TAD) have been updated to this effect.

    Tax Payer Registration Code

    The document entitled Tax Payer Registration Code has been enhanced with information on the electronic application and the documents required to be enclosed in order to obtain the Tax Payer Registration Code (CUIT). Please turn to the quoted document for additional information.

    Used Machinery

    In case of used machinery that has been used in agricultural, forestry, horticultural or gardening activities and which may pose phytosanitary risks, a Phytosanitary Certificate is required for the issue of an Import Certificate for Used Machinery. The stated documents have been amended accordingly.

    Other Changes

    As of 15 November 2017, the importation of the chemical substance melathion is strictly prohibited if intended for use as a therapeutic agent for the control of human diseases or for the control of vectors of importance for public health as well as if contained in the formulation of pesticides. The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been updated to this effect.

    Further current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 06 Mar 2018 Uzbekistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Mar 2018 Israel Focus: used agricultural, horticultural and forestry machines, radioactive materials, technical equipment and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Used Agricultural, Horticultural and Forestry Machines

    The current application form has been added to the document entitled Import Permit for Used Agricultural, Horticultural, and Forestry Machines. Please refer to said document and to the section on Plants, Plant Products and Agricultural Machines in this overview for particulars of this measure.

    Radioactive Materials

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Radioactive Materials has been completely reviewed and equipped with the current application form. For further information, please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Radioactive Materials further below.

    Technical Equipment

    The electronic application interface of the Ministry of Economy has been supplied for the document entitled Licence to Import Technical Equipment. Please see the mentioned document and the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Technical Equipment for additional details of the licence.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 05 Mar 2018 Barbados Amendments as regards trademarks, commercial samples, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trademarks

    The chapter on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with further information on the requirements that are to be adhered to when registering a trademark. For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Commercial Samples

    A new paragraph entitled Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please see said chapter for specifics on the procedures and requirements for the importation of commercial samples into Barbados.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details on the labelling requirements of tobacco products. More information on this matter as well as the labelling requirements of other goods can be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 05 Mar 2018 Uganda
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 02 Mar 2018 Vietnam Amendments as regards standardisation, motor vehicles and motorcycles, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    Information on Vietnams's membership to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has been added to the section on Standardisation in this overview. Moreover, the classification of designated commodities (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) to the document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been adjusted in accordance with the current official list. For more information, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the particular chapter below.

    Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

    The import stipulations for motor vehicles have been updated in accordance with Decree No. 116/2017/ND-CP. Please turn to the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles below for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for drugs have been updated in accordance with current official stipulations. For further information, please turn to the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 02 Mar 2018 St. Lucia Amendments as regards free zones, chemical weapons and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Free Zones

    A new paragraph on Free Zones has been added to this overview. For particulars on free zone activities as well as contact information of the responsible authority, please turn thereto.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Saint Lucia is a member of, has been added to the paragraph entitled Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals in this overview. More details may be obtained in the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with further details on the general labelling requirements in Saint Lucia as well as labelling requirements for tobacco products and pesticides. Please turn to the quoted section for more information on this matter.
  • 02 Mar 2018 Brazil
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 02 Mar 2018 Argentina
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Mar 2018 Nigeria Focus: Form M, Business Permit from the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Form M

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Revised Import Guidelines of December 2017, the document entitled Form M has been updated, e.g. regarding the period of validity. Please turn thereto and to the blue-pencilled paragraph on Import Procedures in this overview for additional information.

    Business Permit from the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)

    The document entitled Business Permit from the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) has been enhanced in regard to procedural details, i.e. the documents to be enclosed, and has been equipped with a current sample form that is to be included in the application. For further information, please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 01 Mar 2018 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Free Sale Certificate, Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, Fumigation Certificate as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Free Sale Certificate

    As a Free Sale Certificate may be required for the importation of certain goods, e.g. medicinal products, into Congo, the same-named document has been added to the set of documents for this import report. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

    The sample forms contained in the document named Certificate for Plant Variety Protection have been exchanged for their current versions. Please refer to said document for specifics.

    Fumigation Certificate

    In order to be importable, designated products, e.g. plants and plant products, may have to be subjected to quarantine treatment, e.g. by means of fumigation. Therefore, the document entitled Fumigation Certificate has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Congo. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 01 Mar 2018 Costa Rica
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Mar 2018 Congo (Republic of)
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2018 Yemen Amendments as regards information on companies registered in Yemen, the country's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), marking, labelling and packaging requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen.
    The following changes have been made:

    Information on Companies Registered in Yemen

    In particular for first-time export transactions with importers in Yemen, information on the potential trade partner is crucial. Therefore, details of the Yemen Business Index, which is administered by the Federation of Yemen Chambers of Commerce and Industry and which lists companies registered in the country and their respective fields of activity, have been added to the chapter on Registration below; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Yemen is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below.

    Marking, Labelling and Packaging Requirements

    The section on Marking, Labelling and Packaging Requirements in this overview has been blue-pencilled and re-structured for reasons of transparency.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 28 Feb 2018 Costa Rica Amendments as regards norms and standards, import prohibitions, labels of used textile products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    As Costa Rica participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Costa Rica's international standardisation activities.

    Import Prohibitions

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and enhanced with regard to the import prohibition of bromacil and its lithium salts intended for agricultural purposes. For further items banned from importation, please turn to the aforementioned chapter.

    Labels of Used Textile Products

    Details of the labelling requirements for textile products imported in used condition have been added to the section entitled Labelling and Marking Requirements further below. Please refer thereto for more details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 27 Feb 2018 El Salvador Amendments as regards prohibited imports, petroleum products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with information on additional products that may not be imported into El Salvador. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Petroleum Products

    A new paragraph entitled Petroleum Products has been incorporated into this overview. More information on the requirements to import the concerned products may be found in the quoted chapter further below.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 27 Feb 2018 New Zealand Focus: classification of goods, radio and telecommunications equipment (RTTE), sodium fluoroacetate, scheduled chemicals, updated forms and fees as well as trade related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to which the respective measures of this report apply) has been adjusted according to the current customs tariff of New Zealand for 2018 for the following documents:

    Biosecurity Authority/Clearance Certificate (BACC)
    Exemption for Prohibitions under the Ozone Layer Protection Act
    Import Health Standard for Non-Biological Items.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE)

    A new document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment has been included in the set of documents for this report. For further details of this measure and other requirements for the importation of RTTE, please head to the section on Standards in this overview.

    Sodium Fluoroacetate

    The document entitled Import Certificate for Sodium Fluoroacetate, which is required for the importation and collection of compound 1080, has been added to the import documentation of New Zealand. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document and from the chapter on Hazardous Substances below.

    Scheduled Chemicals

    The details of the procedure to import scheduled chemicals contained in the document entitled Import Permit for Scheduled Chemicals have been updated. Additionally, the current version of the application form has been incorporated. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document.

    Updated Forms and Fees

    The following documents have been blue-pencilled according to their processing details, e.g. fees, times and documents to be enclosed:

    Consent to the Importation of Radioactive Materials
    Import Certificate for Approved Explosives
    Import Permit for Certain Animal Products
    Import Permit for Grain and Seeds for Processing and Consumption
    Import Permit for High Value Crops
    Import Permit for Live Animals not Subject to Quarantine
    Import Permit for Non-Propagable Forestry Products
    Import Permit for Nursery Stock
    Import Permit for Products or Stockfood of Plant Origin.

    Moreover, forms have been exchanged for their current versions in the abovelisted documents, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 27 Feb 2018 Indonesia
    Amendments to the internal taxation