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  • 21 Sep 2018 Ivory Coast Focus: Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment, Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme and Insurance Certificate.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment

    The document entitled Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment has been enhanced with the currently valid application form. Furthermore, it has been adjusted with regard to the authority which is responsible for the processing of said application. For further information, the quoted document and the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment may be viewed.

    Verification of Conformity (VoC)

    Due to the launch of the new Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme for certain goods to be imported into Côte d'Ivoire, the document entitled Verification of Conformity has been added to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, the section on Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) has been blue-pencilled, e.g. as far as the list of goods exempt from said programme is concerned. Please turn to the mentioned document and the quoted chapter for further details.

    Insurance Certificate

    The document named Insurance Certificate has been updated with regard to its submission requirements. More information thereon may be obtained from said document.
  • 21 Sep 2018 Armenia Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), customs value, the enhanced partnership and co-operation agreement as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on BIPs operating in Armenia. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Customs Value

    The chapter entitled Customs Value has been revised pursuant to regulations applicable in the framework of Armenia's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

    Enhanced Partnership and Co-Operation Agreement

    Information on the provisional application of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part has been added to the section on Preferential Treatment. For details, please refer thereto.

    Other Changes

    The chapter on Dangerous Substances and Hazardous Chemicals has been updated with regard to Armenia's ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 21 Sep 2018 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Sep 2018 Qatar
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Sep 2018 Morocco Focus: Binding Tariff Information, veterinary and phytosanitary inspection procedures, cosmetic and medicinal products as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information

    Foreign trade participants may apply for an advance ruling at the Moroccan customs authorities in order to have the customs classification (i.e. the tariff code), the origin of the goods and/or the methods of customs evaluation assessed prior to the entry of the commodities into Morocco. Consequently, the document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Procedures

    The documents described in the following chapters have been revised and adjusted as regards various details, e.g. the processing fee and time, documents to be enclosed and/or application forms:

    Animals and Animal Products
    Plants and Plant Products.

    Furthermore, the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 regarding wood packaging material (WPM) is now fully applied in Morocco. The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below may be viewed for additional details.

    Cosmetic and Medicinal Products

    The following documents, which are mandatory requirements for the importation into and marketing of cosmetic and hygiene products in Morocco, have been newly incorporated into this import documentation:

    Declaration to Market Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Cosmetic Products.

    Moreover, the document entitled Sanitary Certificate for the Importation of Pharmaceuticals and Their Raw Materials Intended for Human Use has been enhanced with an updated application form and modified procedural requirements. For particulars, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for the administration of import procedures has been blue-pencilled throughout this report and brought up to date where applicable.
  • 20 Sep 2018 Egypt Amendments as regards the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), labelling requirements for porcelain and ceramics as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt.
    The following changes have been made:

    National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

    Information concerning the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has been newly incorporated into the chapter on Foodstuffs. For more details, please refer to the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Porcelain and Ceramics

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for porcelain tableware and ceramic tiles; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 20 Sep 2018 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Sep 2018 Bahrain
    Nomenclature changes
  • 19 Sep 2018 Paraguay Focus: live animals and genetic material, dietary supplements, measuring instruments, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals and Genetic Material

    Importers of live animals and genetic material must be registered with the General Directorate for Animal Health, Identity and Traceability (DIGESIT). Therefore, a new document entitled Registration of Importers of Live Animals and Genetic Material has been created and the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been updated accordingly. Please turn to the mentioned document and chapter for further details.

    Dietary Supplements

    According to Decree No. 3586 of 2015, dietary supplements to be imported into and marketed in Paraguay are subject to a registration with the National Directorate for Sanitary Surveillance (DNVS). Hence, the document entitled Registration of Dietary Supplements has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the quoted document and the section on Foodstuffs below which has been enhanced to this regard.

    Measuring Instruments

    In order to import measuring instruments into Paraguay, a registration of importers and manufacturers is required. Said registration also effectuates the type approval of the measuring instruments to be placed on the market in Paraguay. Thus, a new document entitled Registration of Importers of Measuring Instruments has been incorporated into the report. Moreover, the section on Measuring Instruments further below has been augmented with more details of this measure.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Institute for Technology, Normalisation and Metrology (INTN) as well as of the National Directorate for Sanitary Surveillance (DNVS) have been brought up-to-date in the concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 19 Sep 2018 Kuwait Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) as well as labelling provisions for fertilisers and the fuel economy of motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below has been newly incorporated into this overview as it provides information on mandatory risk assessment procedures for plants. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Fertiliser Labelling Requirements

    As transposed by the Fertiliser Law of 2006 and its Executive Regulation No. 20 of 2009, the Fertiliser Regulations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stipulate the labelling requirements for simple and compound chemical fertilisers as well as soil conditioners. For additional details, please refer to the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling for Motor Vehicles

    Fuel economy limits for motor vehicles to be marketed in Kuwait must comply with the requirements of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) Decision No. 42 of 2015. A corresponding label is to be affixed to all vehicles prior to their release onto the local market. More information thereon may be obtained from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 19 Sep 2018 Syria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Sep 2018 United Arab Emirates
    Nomenclature changes
  • 18 Sep 2018 Tunisia Focus: Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods, amended procedural fees, Registration of Implantable Medical Devices as well as new and amended application forms.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods

    As the Central Bank of Tunisia (Banque Centrale de la Tunisie - BCT) has prohibited the provision of currencies for the importation of consumer goods which are considered non-essential (so-called non-priority commodities) unless the importer provides securities from his own funds for the total value of the products to be imported, the document entitled Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods has been newly incorporated into this report. The classification of the quoted document, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the measure, reflects the details of the concerned products, e.g. designated foodstuffs and drinks as well as particular cosmetics and specific textiles, amongst others. For more information, also with regard to possible exemptions, please turn to the aforementioned document and to the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Amended Procedural Fees

    The processing fees for the documents entitled Import Authorisation (TCE) and Veterinary Release Certificate have recently been modified. This has been reflected in the quoted documents, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Registration of Implantable Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Implantable Medical Devices has been added to the set of documents of this report as said procedure has been newly stipulated by the competent authority, the Directorate for Pharmacy and Medicinal Products (DPM). Additional details may be obtained from the mentioned document and the section on Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Other Health Products below.

    New and Amended Application Forms

    The application form or sample letter of application, respectively, of the following documents has been exchanged for its current version or has been newly added to the concerned document, which may be consulted for specifics:

    Registration with SINDA
    Registration with Tunisie TradeNet.
  • 18 Sep 2018 Guatemala Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), foodstuffs and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the risk classification of alimentary products has been introduced into the product-specific section on Foodstuffs, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.
  • 18 Sep 2018 Tajikistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2018 Iraq
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Sep 2018 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 17 Sep 2018 Japan Focus: classification of goods, airworthiness, aquatic animals as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods pertaining to the following documents, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measures apply, has been verified and adjusted as appropriate in accordance with current stipulations of the Japanese Tariff Schedule:

    Certification of High-Pressure Gas and Related Equipment
    Declaration on the Regular Importation of Narcotics
    Import Notification for Explosives and Fireworks
    Import Permit for Explosives and Fireworks
    Import Permit for Narcotics
    Import Quarantine Certificate for Plants and Plant Products
    Licence to Deal in Explosives and Fireworks
    Permit to Import Class I Chemical Substances
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Registration as an Importer or Manufacturer of Poisonous and Hazardous Substances
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Registration of Importers of Narcotics
    Registration of Importers of Raw Materials of Narcotics
    Report for the End-Use of Imported Narcotics
    Transfer Licence for Narcotics.

    Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been enhanced with a sample of a certificate issued in the country of export. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the paragraph on Aircraft in this overview.

    Aquatic Animals

    The Permit to Import Aquatic Animals and Products Subject to Import Quarantine has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the Japanese import report. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars on the importation of such animals as well as to the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 Sep 2018 Georgia Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), aircraft and the merger of ministries have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The renamed paragraph on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) has been restructured for reasons of transparency and a recently opened crossing point has been added thereto. For particulars, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.

    Merger of Ministries

    The former Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture were merged into a single authority. Its new denomination is the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, which has been reflected throughout this import documentation. Amongst other responsibilities, said Ministry now monitors the national body responsible for the safety of foodstuffs, i.e. the National Food Agency (NFA).
  • 17 Sep 2018 Venezuela
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Sep 2018 Iran
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Sep 2018 Thailand Focus: tobacco and tobacco products, veterinary health certificates, contact information and denominations as well as trade-related news.
    The import document for Thailand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Licence to Sell Tobacco and Tobacco Products has been incorporated into the set of documents of the import report for Thailand. For particulars on the necessary requirements for the sale of such goods, please turn thereto.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The health certificates as depicted in the corresponding documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products and Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars. For further information on the importation of animals and products of animal origin, please refer to the same-named section in this overview.

    Contact Information and Denominations

    The contact information of the following Government authorities has been blue-pencilled throughout the import documentation for Thailand:

    Department of Agriculture and its Plant Varieties Protection Division
    Department of Disease Control
    Department of Fisheries
    Department of Livestock Development
    Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI).

    Furthermore, the denominations of the Industrial Waste Management Division and the Hazardous Substances Management Division under the Ministry of Industry have changed in addition to the respective phone numbers. These changes have been reflected in the concerned documents. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 14 Sep 2018 Honduras Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), zones allowing special treatment and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more information, please consult the quoted paragraph.

    Zones Allowing Special Treatment

    The chapter on Free Trade Zones has been restructured and updated with regard to the number of such areas established in Honduras and the contact details of the Association of Free Trade Zones of Honduras (AZAFRANCA). Please see below for further details.

    Commercial Samples

    Information on the applicable legal provision has been introduced into the blue-pencilled chapter on Commercial Samples. For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned section.
  • 14 Sep 2018 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
  • 14 Sep 2018 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Sep 2018 Iraq Amendments as regards border entry points for plants and plant products, Iraq's membership in the regional plant protection organisation and the legalisation of documents in the country of export have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq.
    The following changes have been made:

    Border Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below has been enhanced with details of the border inspection posts through which consignments of plants and plant products may legally be imported into Iraq; please turn thereto for more information.

    Iraq's Membership in the Regional Plant Protection Organisation

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

    Legalisation of Documents

    A chapter on the Legalisation of Documents has been added to this overview, providing details of the certification and legalisation procedures stipulated by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which are carried out by the respective Embassy in the country of export. The mentioned section may be viewed for further information.
  • 13 Sep 2018 Bolivia Focus: medical drugs and related goods as well as motor vehicles, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Medical Drugs and Related Goods

    The renamed document entitled Sanitary Registration of Medical Drugs and Related Goods has been modified with regard to the processing fees charged for designated pharmaceuticals and preparations as well as reference to additional costs which may arise for tests.

    Motor Vehicles

    An Authorisation to Import Motor Vehicles has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. It is a special control measure which has recently been implemented by the Vice Ministry of Transports under the Ministry of Public Works, Services and Housing (MOPSV). For further details, please refer to the quoted document and also see the updated section on Motor Vehicles in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances has been amended with regard to the application form required for certain ODS and products thereof. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Vice Ministry of Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Forest Management and Development (VMABCCGDF) and its managing subordinate authorities have been amended, which has been reflected in this country report, where applicable.
  • 13 Sep 2018 Canada
    Nomenclature changes
  • 13 Sep 2018 Australia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Sep 2018 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), aircraft and organic agricultural products have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been amplified with information on designated border inspection posts (BIPs) for the entry of goods. For further information, please turn to the quoted section in this overview.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.

    Organic Agricultural Products

    Information to be shown on the labels of organic agricultural products has been added to the corresponding section entitled Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 12 Sep 2018 Angola Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, prohibited imports, customs processing times as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Angola.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Angola's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Angola have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly. Please turn thereto for in-depth information on the HS.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the stipulations of the new customs tariff of Angola, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been revised and enhanced with additional information on the types of goods banned from importation into the country. For further particulars, please see the quoted chapter below.

    Customs Processing Times

    The means of transportation by which goods are consigned into Angola are subject to an inspection upon arrival. Details of the processing times for these procedures, respective of the type of conveyance, have been incorporated in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    For the purpose of greater clarity and transparency, the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been split up into product-specific subsections. Please see said paragraph for details.
  • 12 Sep 2018 Guyana
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Sep 2018 Belize
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Sep 2018 Venezuela Focus: Sanitary Certificate, cosmetics, medical materials and equipment, currency and payments, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Certificate

    According to Decree No. 2647 of 2016, foodstuffs and other designated products, e.g. residues and waste from the food industries, tobacco products, human hair as well as certain used textile goods, must be accompanied by a Sanitary Certificate issued in the country of export. Thus, the mentioned document has been newly created for this import report and the sections on Foodstuffs, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and Used Goods in this overview have been amended correspondingly. The mentioned document and chapters may be viewed for further details.

    Cosmetics

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Cosmetics has been equipped with the application form currently in use. Furthermore, the list of documents to be enclosed with the application has been updated. For more information, please see the quoted document.

    Medical Materials and Equipment

    For the importation of medical materials and equipment a permit is to be obtained. Therefore, a new document entitled Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment has been added to the set of documents for this report. Please refer to the stated document and the blue-pencilled chapter on Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Materials and Equipment for further particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    In Venezuela, processing fees are sometimes stipulated in tax units. As the exchange rate of one tax unit has been raised to 0,012 VES, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been updated accordingly. Moreover, said section has also been blue-pencilled with respect to the introduction of Venezuela's new currency as described in the paragraph on News below.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism and Water (MINEA) has been renamed as the Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism (MINEC). Therefore, this change has been reflected in the concerned documents of this report.
    Furthermore, the responsible authority for the control of rough diamonds to be imported within the framework of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has changed and is now the Central Bank of Venezuela. Hence, the corresponding document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate has been accordingly brought up-to-date. Please see said document and the section on Diamonds further below for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 11 Sep 2018 Haiti Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, cement and construction products as well as customs procedures and regulations have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Cement and Construction Products

    A new paragraph on Cement and Construction Products has been incorporated into this overview to provide details of the recently published import requirements for such goods. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    In accordance with the new stipulations of the Haitian Ministry of Commerce and Industry regarding the obligatory submission of an import declaration, which are in force as of 29 June 2018, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been brought up to date. More information may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 11 Sep 2018 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 10 Sep 2018 Uruguay Focus: household cleaning products, medical devices, Declaration of Conformity and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Household Cleaning Products

    In order to be importable, household cleaning products must first be registered with the Ministry of Public Health (MSP). Thus, a new document entitled Registration of Household Products has been created to depict the procedural details. Please see the section on Medicines, Cosmetic Products and Other Health-Related Products in this overview and said document for further information.

    Medical Devices

    The application form contained in the document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been replaced by a more recent version. For more specifics, please refer to said document.

    Declaration of Conformity

    In order to import certain goods into Uruguay, their compliance with the norms applied in Uruguay is to be proven. Therefore, a new document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been created as an example of such evidence. For additional information, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the blue-pencilled chapter on Standardisation further below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 10 Sep 2018 Dominican Republic Focus: Customs Import Declaration, importers' registrations, Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE), foodstuffs, pharmaceutical goods, pesticides, petroleum products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been amended according to the new requirements of the General Customs Directorate (DGA) which are in force as of 2 August 2018.

    Importers' Registrations

    The following documents have been completely verified and updated with regard to various details, e.g. the processing times, processing fees, contact of the responsible authority and documents to be enclosed:

    Registration of Importers
    Registration with the SIGA.

    The latter has also been equipped with a new application form.

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    As of August 2018, a number of documents are to be processed via the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE). The concerned documents of this report have been enhanced with information on the electronic processing and, where applicable, the documents to be enclosed with the electronic application.

    Foodstuffs

    A permit is to be obtained from the General Directorate of Drugs, Foods and Sanitary Products (DIGEMAPS) for the importation of finished foodstuffs and their primary materials. To depict the procedure in detail, a new document entitled Permit to Import Foodstuffs has been created.

    Pharmaceutical Goods

    The document entitled Permit to Import Controlled Drugs and Substances has been completely revised with regard to, e.g., the authority responsible for its issuance, the categorisation of products and the required registration certificate. Moreover, a new document entitled Permit to Import Health Products has been created, which is required for the importation of all other types of drugs as well as cosmetic, sanitary and natural products.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been enhanced with details of the electronic application via the National System for the Registration of Pesticides and Marketing Companies and Services (Sistema Nacional de Registro de Plaguicidas y Empresas de Mercadeo y Servicios - SINARE). Additional information has been incorporated in said document on required testings and inspections as well as in the document Import Certificate for Pesticides on the requirements for products to be imported with an expiration date under one year.

    Petroleum Products

    Information on the newly established Virtual Window of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ("Ventanilla Virtual MICM") has been added to the document entitled Licence to Import Petroleum Products. Said document has also been modified with regard to the phone numbers of the competent ministerial department as well as the processing times and fees.
  • 10 Sep 2018 Thailand
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Sep 2018 Fiji Amendments as regards chemicals and other hazardous goods, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the chapter on Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Prohibited Imports further below has been enhanced with regard to the types of goods which are banned from importation into Fiji. Further information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 07 Sep 2018 Bangladesh Focus: registration, customs procedures and regulations, prohibited imports, pharmaceutical products, standardisation, Bill of Entry and Packing List.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration

    The document entitled Import Registration Certificate (IRC) has been brought up-to-date as regards the information to be provided and the documents to be enclosed. Furthermore, the sample of an application form has been changed. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    According to the Import Policy Order (IPO) 2015-2018, the list of goods which do not require a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin has been extended. Therefore, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been updated accordingly. Please see the mentioned paragraph for details.

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced in conformity with the IPO 2015-2018, and the list of prohibited items has been amplified. For details, please see said section.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    Upon the Registration of Medicinal Products, evidence that the drugs may be freely sold in the country of export is to be provided. This may be done by submitting a Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product (CPP) which has been newly created. Moreover, the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products has been blue-pencilled correspondingly. Please turn to the quoted document and paragraph further below for more information.

    Standardisation

    The document entitled Licence to Use the Standard Mark has been edited, e.g. with respect to the possibility to release goods without prior testing if certain documents are submitted. Moreover, the documents to be enclosed have been revised. Please see the mentioned document for further details.

    Bill of Entry

    An updated version of the Bill of Entry sample form has been attached to said document. For further details, please see the quoted document.

    Packing List

    In accordance with the Prescribed Bill of Entry and Bill of Export Form Order, a Packing List must always be submitted for customs release. Hence, the document Packing List has been updated and may be viewed for more information.
  • 07 Sep 2018 Algeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Sep 2018 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards free economic zones, aircraft and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Free Economic Zones

    The section on Free Trade Zones has been enhanced with general information on trade and the competent authority in charge of developing the national policy concerning free trade zones. Please refer to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Aircraft

    The renamed chapter on Aircraft and Motor Vehicles has been amplified with information on control measures applicable for aircraft to be imported into Turkmenistan. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 06 Sep 2018 Brazil Focus: Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex), import licensing, fertilisers, seeds and seedlings, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex)

    In accordance with Normative Instruction RFB No. 1745 of 2017, the document entitled Registration of the Legally Responsible Person in Siscomex has been updated with details of the electronic application submission. Please see the mentioned document and the section on Registration in this overview for more information on the Siscomex.

    Import Licensing

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence has 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. For more information on this measure, please refer to said document and the chapter on Import Licensing below.

    Fertilisers

    In accordance with Decree No. 4954 of 2004, fertilisers, correctives, inoculants, biofertilisers, remineralisation substances and substrates for plants to be imported into Brazil must be previously registered in the country. Thus, a new document entitled Registration of Fertilisers has been created and the section on Plants and Plant Products further below has been blue-pencilled to this regard. For details, please see the quoted document and paragraph.

    Seeds and Seedlings

    The sample of the application form for the registration of plant species contained in the document entitled Variety Registration of Seeds and Seedlings has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the stated document for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Division for Similarity Operations and Used Material (DISIM) and of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services have been updated in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 06 Sep 2018 Mexico
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Sep 2018 Lebanon Amendments as regards aircraft and goods intended for industrial purposes have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been added to this overview, providing details of the importation of said commodities into Lebanon. The mentioned paragraph may be viewed for further information.

    Goods Intended for Industrial Purposes

    A section on Machinery and Other Goods Intended for Industrial Purposes has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be consulted for additional details of import requirements for designated machines, equipment and parts thereof as well as raw materials intended for industrial purposes.
  • 05 Sep 2018 Belize Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs procedures and regulations as well as carbonated beverages have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Belize's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Belize have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section and the chapter on the Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with information on the electronic submission of permits and licences required for the importation of goods via the Belize Electronic Licences and Permits System (BELAPS). More information, e.g. on the participating government agencies, may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Carbonated Beverages

    Details of the labelling requirements for carbonated beverages have been incorporated into the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 05 Sep 2018 Barbados
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Sep 2018 Jamaica Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs procedures and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Jamaica's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Jamaica have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section and the chapter on the Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Customs Procedures

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with information on the pre-clearance risk assessment verification lanes of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World. For particulars on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.

    Used Goods

    The paragraph entitled Used Goods has been newly incorporated into this overview. Information on the requirements to import goods in a used condition may be obtained from the quoted section.
  • 04 Sep 2018 Ecuador Focus: standardised products, three-wheeled electric vehicles, procedural amendments and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Standardised Products

    The document entitled Certificate of Recognition has been equipped with the current application form. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicles

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicles has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn to the quoted document for further information and also refer to the corresponding chapter on Motor Vehicles below.

    Procedural Amendments

    The procedural details, i.e. reference to the processing fee and the period of validity, have been blue-pencilled in the document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation for Motor Vehicles, which may be viewed for particulars.
    Moreover, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Prime Materials with the MIPRO has been amplified with designated information on the electronic submission as well as the period of validity and the processing fee for the application.

    Other Changes

    The applicable legal basis regulating the procedure as displayed in the document of this report entitled Authorisation to Import Products from Forest Plantations has been added thereto.
    Trade-related news may be found in the following section.
  • 04 Sep 2018 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 03 Sep 2018 Russian Federation Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, diamonds and precious metals as well as forms and procedural details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    All customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the Russian information system ED-2 of the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS). Please also consult the corresponding paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    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 view the revised section on Precious Metals and Stones below.

    Forms and Procedural Details

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

    Binding Tariff Information
    Licence to Deal in Medicinal Products and Pharmaceutical Substances
    Permit to Import Dangerous Waste
    Veterinary Import Permit.

    In the latter case, the processing time and mode of submission of documents have been updated. Moreover, procedural details concerning the enclosures to the corresponding applications and the processing fee have been amended in the document entitled Permit to Import Dangerous Waste.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 03 Sep 2018 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, hazardous goods as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Hazardous Goods

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the section on Hazardous Goods in this overview. For further specifics of said Convention, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been updated with regard to the methods of payment which may be used in order to settle customs duties and taxes. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 03 Sep 2018 Russian Federation
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Sep 2018 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Sep 2018 India
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Aug 2018 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Aug 2018 Tajikistan Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), veterinary pharmaceuticals as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraphs on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin and Plants and Plant Products have been amplified with information on designated border inspection posts (BIPs) established for vetereinary and phytosanitary control, respectively. For specifics, please consult the quoted sections in this overview.

    Veterinary Pharmaceuticals

    For reasons of transparency, the information on pharmaceuticals intended for veterinary use contained in this overview has been incorporated into a separate chapter entitled Veterinary Pharmaceuticals. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with details of chemical substances used in the household. Please refer to the quoted paragraph below for particulars.
  • 30 Aug 2018 Argentina Focus: foodstuffs, low voltage electrical equipment, processing fees, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    In accordance with Disposition No. 10174 of 2017, a new document entitled Import and Marketing Authorisation for Foodstuffs, which is required for the importation of all foodstuffs to be commercialised in Argentina, has been created. Furthermore, the section on Foodstuffs in this overview has been blue-pencilled with additional details of the new document. Please see said paragraph and document for further information.

    Low Voltage Electrical Equipment

    As per the stipulations of Resolution No. 207-E/2017, amending the requirements for the importation of low voltage electrical equipment into Argentina, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment has been brought up-to-date as regards, e.g., the types of products subject to this measure respective of their voltage and intended use as well as the different certification routes. In addition, an updated sample of the application form has been incorporated. For further details, please refer to the chapter on Norms and Standards further below as well as to the quoted document.

    Processing Fees

    Details of the processing fees for the documents entitled Registration of Foodstuffs and Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs have been modified. Please see the mentioned documents for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Production have been updated in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 30 Aug 2018 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Aug 2018 China
    Nomenclature changes
  • 29 Aug 2018 Israel Focus: import licensing, Company Registration, Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs, Permit to Import Non-Registered Pharmaceutical Preparations and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The licence application form pertaining to the following documents has been exchanged for its current version:

    General Import Licence
    Import Licence for Goods from Designated Countries.

    The mentioned documents and the section on Import Regulations below may be viewed for additional details.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been blue-pencilled and equipped with the most recent version of the application form, amongst other changes. For further information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs

    As an obligation sheet is now required to be enclosed with the Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs, said document has been modified to this effect and information on its mandatory electronic submission has furthermore been provided. The document may be viewed for particulars.

    Permit to Import Non-Registered Pharmaceutical Preparations

    The document entitled Permit to Import Non-Registered Pharmaceutical Preparations has been revised and equipped with an updated application form. For specifics, the mentioned document and the paragraph on Medicinal Products in this overview may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents of this report have been modified, e.g. as regards the processing fee or time or available online tools.
    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 29 Aug 2018 Barbados Amendments as regards used goods, denominations and contact details as well as solid wood packaging material (SWPM) have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Used Goods

    The chapter entitled Used Goods has been newly incorporated into this overview. Information on the requirements to import goods in a used condition may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Denominations and Contact Details

    The Ministry formerly entitled Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management has been renamed to Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Additionally, the name of the Pesticides Control Board, a department of said Ministry, has also been changed to Pesticides Control Unit. These modifications, including the updated contact information of the stated Ministry and its departments, have been reflected throughout this overview.

    Solid Wood Packaging Material (SWPM)

    The contact information of the plant health authority in charge of regulating the use of solid wood packaging material (SWPM) for goods to be imported into Barbados has been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 29 Aug 2018 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 Aug 2018 Brazil
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Aug 2018 Vietnam Amendments as regards 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:

    Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

    The paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles has been restructured for reasons of clarity. More information on the requirements for the importation of such goods into Vietnam and the conformity standards which are to be met may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for cosmetics in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer thereto for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 28 Aug 2018 St. Lucia Amendments as regards the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), motor vehicles and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

    Details of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), which Saint Lucia is a member of, have been incorporated into the section on Preferential Treatment in this overview. Please see the quoted paragraph for more information on this matter.

    Motor Vehicles

    The paragraph on Motor Vehicles further below has been blue-pencilled and enhanced with specifics on the requirements to import and deal in such goods. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Specific labelling requirements apply to garments and textiles in Saint Lucia. More information thereon has been provided in the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements, which has additionally been restructured for reasons of clarity.
  • 28 Aug 2018 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 27 Aug 2018 Nigeria Focus: Cargo Manifest, Registration with the Nigerian Shippers' Council, Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), trade facilitation measures, Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    In accordance with a notice issued by the Nigerian Shippers' Council on 16 April 2018, the document entitled Cargo Manifest has been enhanced with information on the parameters for risk management which are to be inscribed therein. Also, new details of the application procedure for access to the electronic manifest interface (EMI), e.g. the list of documents to be enclosed, have been added.

    Registration with the Nigerian Shippers' Council

    The document entitled Registration with the Nigerian Shippers' Council has been verified and adjusted with the currently used application form, details of the electronic application interface and the processing fee, amongst others.

    Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS)

    A number of documents of this import report have been enhanced with information regarding their submission via the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), i.e. the single window for trade maintained by the Federal Government of Nigeria as the national adapted version of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA).

    Trade Facilitation Measures

    In accordance with the trade facilitation measures of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), which were implemented between February and April 2018, the following documents have been updated regarding the processing times and documents to be enclosed:

    Business Permit from the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission
    Company Registration
    Tax Registration

    Moreover, as the processing time for any product registration applied for at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is now 90 days, the concerned documents of the report have been amended to this effect as well as with information on the NAFDAC Automated Product Administration and Monitoring System (NAPAMS).
    In addition, the document entitled Import Permit for Petroleum Products has been enhanced with details of the electronic application via the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)'s Electronic Licensing and Permit System (ELPS) which was launched in March 2018.

    Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations, the following documents, which are required within the framework of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), have been reviewed and adjusted:

    Product Certificate
    SONCAP Certificate of Conformity

    A new sample of a request for certification has also been incorporated into the abovelisted documents.
  • 27 Aug 2018 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, Declaration of Conformity and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    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. For further details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Declaration of Conformity

    As a Declaration of Conformity may be a potential means to prove the conformity of a product, the same-named document has been added to the import documentation for Congo. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Finance, Budget and Public Portfolio has changed its denomination to Ministry of Finance and Budget, the documents in this import report have been amended to this effect, as applicable.
  • 27 Aug 2018 Jordan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Aug 2018 Bangladesh
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Aug 2018 Yemen Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), aircraft and pesticide labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below has been newly incorporated into this overview as it provides information on mandatory risk assessment procedures for plants. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Aircraft

    The section on Aircraft has been added to the overview of Yemeni import procedures and may be viewed for additional details of the import requirements for said goods.

    Pesticide Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph entitled Marking, Labelling and Packaging Requirements has been enhanced with information on the mandatory inscriptions on containers of pesticides, as stipulated by virtue of the Law Regulating the Distribution of Pesticides No. 25 of 1999 and its implementing regulations. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.
  • 24 Aug 2018 Costa Rica Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), arms and ammunition and chemical weapons have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more information, please consult the quoted paragraph.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The chapter on Arms and Ammunition has been newly created for this overview of import procedures. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons

    Costa Rica is a party to 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). Information on this Convention and the competent authority have been provided in the chapter on Hazardous Chemicals and Related Goods further below; please refer thereto for details.
  • 23 Aug 2018 El Salvador Amendments as regards medical devices, standardisation and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Medical Devices

    Information on the risk classification of medical devices, including the purpose categories, has been added to the product-specific paragraph entitled Medical Devices, which may be consulted for details.

    Standardisation

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with regard to various details, e.g. information on the membership of the Salvadoran standardisation agency in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Commercial Samples

    The legal provision included in the chapter on Commercial Samples has been blue-pencilled. For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned section.
  • 23 Aug 2018 New Zealand Focus: Trade Single Window (TSW), pharmaceuticals, updated forms, processing fees, contact information 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:

    Trade Single Window (TSW)

    As the Customs Import Declaration may now be solely submitted via the Trade Single Window (TSW) due to recent changes to said system, the document has been updated accordingly. Additionally, the former document entitled registration as a user of the customs computerised entry processing system has been replaced by the document entitled Registration as a User of the Trade Single Window (TSW). Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Customs Clearance and Clearance Fees below. For details of the electronic submission of Pre-Arrival Reports and Inward Declarations, please refer to the corresponding section.

    Pharmaceuticals

    The documents concerning the importation and sale of pharmaceuticals in New Zealand have been blue-pencilled regarding their processing times and the application forms to be submitted. Furthermore, the dealers' licences documents have been enhanced with details of the requirement of a police clearance certificate which is also to be enclosed. More information may be obtained from the relevant documents as follows:

    Licence to Deal in Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Import Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Sell Medicines by Wholesale
    Registration of a New Medicine for Human Use.

    Updated Forms

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

    Allocation of an IRD Number
    Biosecurity Clearance of Agricultural Compounds or Veterinary Medicines
    Catch Certificate for Toothfish
    Import Health Standard for Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Import Health Standard for Non-Biological Items.

    Furthermore, the document entitled Catch Certificate for Southern Bluefin Tuna has been enhanced with an additional catch tagging form which is to be submitted to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) as a prerequisite for the sale of such fish in New Zealand.

    Processing Fees

    Details of the processing fee for the Import Certificate for Approved Explosives have been adjusted. Please see the quoted document for particulars.
    Aditionally, according to recent changes to the biosecurity fee structure in New Zealand, the document entitled Biosecurity Authority/Clearance Certificate (BACC) has been updated regarding the levy charged for the entry of the concerned goods upon border clearance. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Office of Radiation Safety under the Ministry of Health have been blue-pencilled in the concerned documents of the report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Aug 2018 Mauritania Focus: import monopoly abolished, new Customs Code in force, Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Those as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Monopoly Abolished

    The import monopoly, which had previously been in force for designated staple foods and had been administered by the National Import and Export Agency (Société Nationale d'Importation et d'Exportation - SONIMEX), has recently been abolished. The description of said procedure has consequently been removed from this report. For further details of the import requirements in force for foodstuffs, please turn to the section on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed below.

    New Customs Code in Force

    The Mauritanian Customs Code which had been published in the Official Journal No. 1403 of 30 December 2017 (Loi n° 2017-035 instituant le code des douanes) has meanwhile come into effect, thereby replacing the previous Customs Code of 1966. The paragraphs on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Warehousing have been adjusted accordingly.

    Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Those

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Those has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Mauritania. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Mauritanian authorities responsible for the administration of import procedures have been reviewed throughout this report and modified, as applicable.
  • 22 Aug 2018 India Focus: international road transport, registration, arrival manifest, medical devices and drugs, tariff codes, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Road Transport

    India is the 71st country which has ratified the Convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of Carnets TIR (TIR Convention). This Convention allows the transit of goods in vehicles without reloading. Thus, the paragraph on International Agreements has been updated and a new document entitled Carnet TIR has been created. Please turn to said document and chapter for more information on the TIR Convention.

    Registration

    The Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules have been amended. It is now required to submit the know your customer (KYC) form electronically to the Central Government. In addition, the form for the registration of companies has been edited. In this regard, the document entitled Company Registration has been updated and the new sample form has been included. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Arrival Manifest

    The document entitled Arrival Manifest has been amended. In accordance with these changes, the document Registration for Submission of the Arrival Manifest has been blue-pencilled, e.g as regards the registration procedure. For details, please refer to said documents.

    Medical Devices and Drugs

    According to the currently valid medical devices rules, medical devices are no longer regulated as pharmaceuticals but now require a Licence to Import Medical Devices which has been newly created. The document entitled Licence to Import Drugs has been adjusted accordingly. In addition, the processing fee in the last mentioned document as well as a form have been updated. Moreover, the following documents have been updated as regards the tariff codes:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Permit to Import New Drugs
    Registration Certificate for Drugs and Medical Devices
    Wholesale Licence for Drugs and Medical Devices.

    Please see the section on Pharmaceutical Products, Medical Devices and Health-Related Goods as well as the quoted documents for particulars.

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    A new Indian customs tariff has been published. Hence, the assignment of tariff codes to the documents entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items and Prohibited Imports have been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the current classification.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Therefore, the corresponding documents have been updated accordingly. The address of the CBIC and the contact details of the AEO Programme Manager have been updated as well.
  • 22 Aug 2018 Haiti
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Aug 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS), currency and payments, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview has been enhanced with the contact information of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) which is responsible for ensuring the phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in Trinidad and Tobago. For particulars, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter entitled Currency and Payments has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for more information on the functions of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago as well as on the country's foreign exchange regulations.

    Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages and brewery products have been added to the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Aug 2018 Moldova Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), company registration, plant protection products and fertilisers as well as procedural details.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been equipped with the valid application form and the documents to be enclosed have been revised in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova. Please see the quoted document for further details.

    Company Registration

    As legislative novelities of May 2018 amending the Law on the State Registration of Legal Persons and Individual Entrepreneurs have been published, the corresponding document entitled Company Registration has been updated with regard to the application form and the processing times and fees. For details, please consult the aforementioned document.

    Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers

    The document entitled Notification of the Import of Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers has been augmented with respect to the current application form. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been amended pursuant to the provisions for the importation of species of wild flora and fauna:

    Permit to Import Endangered Species Subject to CITES
    Permit to Import Wild Species of Fauna and Flora.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Strategic Goods has been blue-pencilled as for the documents to be enclosed and the electronic submission of data.
  • 21 Aug 2018 Bahamas
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Aug 2018 Tanzania Focus: Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS), Insurance Certificate, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), used motor vehicles, destination inspection, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS)

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

    Insurance Certificate

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

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

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

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Registration
    PVoC Licence.

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

    Used Motor Vehicles

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

    Destination Inspection

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

    Contact Details

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

    Accreditation of Importers

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

    Company Registration

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

    Firearms and Explosives

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

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

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities have been updated:

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

    Other Changes

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

    Temporary Suspension of Importation

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Application for Binding Tariff Information

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

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Algerian General Customs Directorate has been updated throughout this report.
  • 17 Aug 2018 Botswana
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 Aug 2018 South Africa Focus: Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG), Accreditation as Preferred Trader, marine fish, updated forms and processing fees, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG)

    As of 20 April 2018, the amended rules under section 8 of the Customs and Excise Act 1964 are in force. In accordance with the newly established Reporting and Conveyance of Goods (RCG) scheme, the documents entitled Inward/Outward Report of Arrival and Manifest have been updated with regard to the prescribed timelines of submission and the minimum content of the respective cargo reports. Moreover, as the Cargo Processing System (CPS) replaces the former Manifest Processing System (MPR) for the electronic submission of said documents, the document entitled Registration for the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods has been newly created for this report and the document on the registration with the MPR has consequently been removed.

    Accreditation as Preferred Trader

    The document entitled Accreditation as Preferred Trader has been augmented with details of the documents to be enclosed in accordance with Notice No. R.430 from 20 April 2018 and of the requirement of the customs sufficient knowledge (CSK) test which became mandatory under the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP) as of 11 May 2018. As illustrated in the section on Registration in this overview, said test is now also required for customs brokers and agents.

    Marine Fish

    The document entitled Import Permit for Marine Fish has been enhanced with information regarding the period of validity, the documents to be enclosed, the import notification and the monthly import summary as well as with the updated application form.

    Updated Forms

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

    Import Permit for Agricultural Goods
    Import Permit for Chemicals
    Import Permit for Goods Subject to Import Control
    Import Permit for Medicine and Biological Products for Veterinary Use
    Import Permit for Precious Metals
    Licence to Deal in Rough Diamonds.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The annual processing fees in effect as of April 2018 have been updated, where applicable, in all documents administered by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

    Contact Details

    The Medicines Control Council (MCC) was replaced by the so-called South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) in February 2018. The concerned documents of this report, which are now regulated by the SAHPRA, have been amended accordingly with the new contact details.
    Also, the contact details of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) have been revised in the applicable documents throughout the report.
  • 16 Aug 2018 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards the submission of customs declarations, currency and payments as well as standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Submission of Customs Declarations

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations has been updated concerning the submission of customs declarations via the Automatic Information System for the Electronic Declaration of Goods (AISEDT). For specifics, please consult the quoted paragraph below.

    Standardisation

    The section entitled Norms and Standards has been amplified with details of the pre-shipment inspection applicable to goods shipped to Uzbekistan. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. UP-5469 of 2 July 2018, the exchange rate of one unit of minimum wage (MW) is fixed at 184,300 UZS. Please also refer to the corresponding chapter entitled Currency and Payments for general information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 16 Aug 2018 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, prohibited imports and entry points for plants and plant products have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

    Information on customs clearance channels has been added to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Prohibited Imports

    As certain pesticides are banned from importation into Sri Lanka, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with according information. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The section on Plants and Plant Products further below has been augmented with details of the entry points via which plants and plant products may be imported into Sri Lanka. For further particulars, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 16 Aug 2018 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Aug 2018 Nigeria
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Aug 2018 Togo Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the local Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) have been updated in the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Please turn thereto for further information.

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with additional information on the international standardisation organisations which Togo is a party to. More details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 15 Aug 2018 Singapore Amendments as regards labelling requirements, pesticides as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore.
    The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer to the corresponding section further below for more information. Additionally, the quoted chapter has been restructured for reasons of clarity.

    Pesticides

    A new chapter entitled Pesticides has been incorporated into this overview. Details of the requirements regarding the importation and registration procedure of such goods may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 14 Aug 2018 Pakistan Focus: plants, medical devices, arms and ammunition and contact details.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants

    For purposes of illustration, a sample of an issued import permit has been enclosed into the document entitled Import Permit for Plants and Plant Material. For further details, please turn to said document and the section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Medical Devices

    A new chapter entitled Medical Devices has been added to this overview. In addition, two new documents entitled Licence to Import Medical Devices and Enlistment and Registration of Medical Devices have been created. For more information, please turn to the quoted paragraph and documents.

    Arms and ammunition

    The section on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives in this overview as well as the document entitled Licence to Import Arms and Ammunition have been blue-pencilled, e.g. as regards the responsible authorities for arms and ammunition. Moreover, the said document has been updated with respect to the processing time and fee and in accordance with amendments in the new import policy order. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) have been updated.
  • 14 Aug 2018 Colombia Focus: classification of goods, used machinery, equipment and vehicles as well as procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the following documents, has been enhanced in accordance with Circular Letter No. 20 of June 2018 issued by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT):

    Certificate of Conformity
    Permit to Import Agricultural and Livestock Products and Raw Materials
    Preliminary Import Licence
    Preliminary Import Registration
    Recognition Certificate
    Registration of Agricultural and Livestock Products and Raw Materials
    Registration of Importers of Products Subject to Compliance with Standards.

    Used Machinery, Equipment and Vehicles

    By virtue of Resolution No. 26690 of 15 May 2018, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) established phytosanitary import measures for the importation and inspection of machinery, equipment and/or vehicles introduced in used condition. Following this legislative novelty, the document entitled Permit to Import Used Machinery, Equipment and Vehicles has been newly created for this import report. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics and also turn to the updated section on Used Goods in this overview.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been amended with regard to the current processing fees, respectively:

    Patent for a New Plant Variety
    Registration of Importers of Seeds Intended for Sowing
    Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products and Genetic Material of Animal Origin
    Zoosanitary Import Permit.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 14 Aug 2018 Cuba
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Aug 2018 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, controlled telecommunications radio-frequency devices (CTRFD), Certificate of Airworthiness as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended 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 changes in the Taiwanese import regime. The following documents are affected by said changes:

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Approval for Certain Controlled Drugs
    Import Licence for Food Additives
    Import Licence for Medicines
    Import Licence for Toxic Chemicals
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Material Safety Data Sheet.

    Controlled Telecommunications Radio-Frequency Devices (CTRFD)

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices and Operation Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices have been blue-pencilled. Furthermore, the application forms have been exchanged for their current versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for details of the import requirements of such goods. More information may also be obtained from the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment in this overview.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    A sample of a Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the same-named document. Please refer thereto for particulars of the Taiwanese airworthiness requirements as well as to the paragraph on Aircraft further below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Aug 2018 Chile Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, temporary admission and entry points for agricultural products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    A new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been added to this overview. Please see said section for more information on the prerequisites and the benefits.

    Temporary Admission

    The paragraph on Temporary Admission has been included into this overview. For more information, please turn thereto.

    Entry Points for Agricultural Products

    The sections on animals and plants as well as products thereof, seeds, pesticides and fertilisers have been enhanced with information on the entry points for agricultural products. Please refer to the mentioned chapters for more details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 13 Aug 2018 Fiji
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Aug 2018 Cameroon
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 10 Aug 2018 Congo Democratic Republic of
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Aug 2018 Kenya
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Aug 2018 Angola
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Aug 2018 Zimbabwe Focus: Customs Import Declaration, waterway freight, Insurance Certificate, Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES, Ministry denominations and contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    In accordance with the Customs and Excise (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been updated with details of the stipulations concerning the preclearance procedure of goods transported by road.
    Information on further documents which may be required for customs clearance depending on the type of products to be imported, as per the mentioned Regulations, has been incorporated in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Waterway Freight

    For goods imported into Zimbabwe by waterway transport, i.e. through the customs ports of Binga and Kariba, appropriate freight documents are required for customs clearance purposes. The following documents have thus been newly added to the set of documents for this report:

    Bill of Lading
    Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Sea Freight
    Sea Waybill.

    In addition, the document entitled Manifest has been equipped with a sample form of a cargo declaration for waterway freight.

    Insurance Certificate

    As an Insurance Certificate may be required by the customs authorities in Zimbabwe, e.g. in order to assess the correct customs value of goods, said document has been created for this import documentation and may be viewed for further details.

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES has been enhanced with information on the processing fees, the documents to be enclosed with the application and the contact details of the responsible authority.

    Ministry Denominations and Contact Details

    The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development were recently renamed as the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, respectively. The concerned documents of this report, which are administrated by said Ministries, have been updated to this effect.
    Particular attention has been given to the current contact details of the office under the Department of Research and Specialist Services which is responsible for the issue of the Import Permit for Pesticides.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) have been brought up to date where applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 08 Aug 2018 Turkey Amendments as regards proofs of origin, appliances burning gaseous fuels as well as motor vehicles and related goods have been brought to the import documentation of Turkey. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Proofs of Origin

    The information on designated proofs of origin to be provided to the Turkish customs authorities for goods subject to trade policy measures which is depicted in the document entitled Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin has been adjusted in accordance with Communiqué 2017/10926. Please see the quoted document for further details.

    Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels

    The section on Fuels and Related Goods has been augmented with information on appliances burning gaseous fuels. For more information, please see the mentioned paragraph further below.

    Motor Vehicles and Aircraft

    A new chapter on the importation of motor vehicles and aircraft has been added to this overview. Please turn to the same-named section for more details.
  • 08 Aug 2018 Iceland
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Aug 2018 Bolivia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Aug 2018 Mozambique Amendments as regards the electronic single window (JUE), temporary importation and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Single Window (JUE)

    Since the end of April 2018, the former Trade Information Management System (TIMS) has definitely been replaced by the electronic single window (JUE) at all Mozambican customs offices. The document entitled Customs Import Declaration as well as the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview have therefore been updated accordingly.

    Temporary Importation

    The information on temporary importation in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been reviewed and updated in accordance with Decree 9/2017. Please turn to the quoted section for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been revised and blue-pencilled with regard to various details. Please turn thereto for more particulars.
  • 07 Aug 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: classification of goods, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), veterinary medicinal products, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    In accordance with the official lists of goods subject to control, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measures apply, has been verified and adjusted for the following documents as well as other pertinent documents:

    Mandatory Hygiene Inspection
    Mandatory Quality Inspection
    Mandatory Phytosanitary Inspection
    Veterinary Inspection for Animal Products
    Veterinary Inspection for Live Animals.

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

    The document entitled Permit to Import Species Regulated by CITES, which is required for the importation of goods falling under said Convention, has been completely reviewed and updated with details of, e.g., the pertinent legal basis, the processing time and the documents to be enclosed with the application, as per the stipulations of the Decision on conditions and procedures of implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bosnia and Herzegovina ("Official Gazette of BiH", No. 31/18). In addition, a sample of a national application form has been furnished. The quoted document and the blue-pencilled section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in this overview may be viewed for more information.

    Veterinary Medicinal Products

    For veterinary medicinal products, i.e. medicines, raw materials and pharmaceutical substances therefor, medical devices, biological products, pharmaceutical premixes and feed additives, a registration of said products must be applied for at the competent authority in the respective entity in order to obtain an authorisation to place the goods on the market in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, only entities who have obtained a corresponding licence may deal in such products. In order to depict these measures in detail, the following two documents have been newly added to the set of documents for this report:

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicinal Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Medicinal Products.

    Further specifics on the requirements to import these products may be consulted in the chapter on Animals and Animal Products further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Department for Environment Protection under the BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations and the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices have been brought up to date in the concerned documents throughout this report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 06 Aug 2018 Uganda Amendments as regards export controls, destination inspection, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Export Controls

    Information with regard to export controls, which may refer to designated goods, countries of (final) destination or certain legal or natural persons involved in the respective transactions, has been added to this overview. For further details, please refer to the new chapter on Export Controls below.

    Destination Inspection

    In accordance with the provisions of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (Inspection and Clearance of Imports) Regulations of 25 May 2018, a new section entitled Destination Inspection has been incorporated into this overview to provide information on goods subject to this requirement. Additional particulars may be consulted in the quoted paragraph.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods banned from importation into Uganda as depicted in the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been augmented with information on certain cosmetic products containing hydroquinone. Please see the mentioned section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 06 Aug 2018 Bermuda Focus: prohibited imports, intoxicating liquors, updated fees and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The document entitled Prohibited Imports has been added to the set of documents of the import report for Bermuda. For more information on this matter, please turn thereto as well as to the corresponding paragraph in this overview.

    Intoxicating Liquors

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors has been newly incorporated into this import report. Particulars of the requirements for obtaining such a licence in order to be eligible to sell beer, wine, spirits, etc. in Bermuda as well as the necessary application form may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Updated Fees

    Due to the recently published amendment to the Government Fees Act, several fees regarding licences, permits, etc. have been changed. Therefore, the fees of the following documents in this report have been blue-pencilled:

    Company Registration
    Licence to Deal in Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
    Licence to Import Firearms and Ammunition
    Permit to Import Nursery Stock.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following Government authorities has been reviewed and adapted accordingly in all documents concerned:

    Department of Immigration under the Ministry of National Security
    Department of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Economic Development
    Department of Works and Engineering under the Ministry of Public Works
    Environmental Health Unit of the Department of Health under the Ministry of Health
    Registrar of Companies under the Ministry of Finance.
  • 06 Aug 2018 Uganda
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Aug 2018 Tanzania
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Aug 2018 Sudan Focus: Request for Information (RFI), Tax Identification Number (TIN), aircraft and Delivery Order.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Request for Information (RFI)

    The sample application form displayed in the document entitled Request for Information (RFI), which is required in the framework of the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VOC), has been replaced with its current version. For more information, the quoted document and chapter may be viewed.

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    The document entitled Tax Identification Number (TIN) has been amended with regard to the portal which is to be used for electronic applications and has been adjusted with regard to the contact information; please refer to the quoted document for additional details.

    Aircraft

    An internationally recognised sample of a Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the same-named document for further clarification; please turn thereto and to the paragraph on Aircraft further below for particulars.

    Delivery Order

    A Delivery Order, i.e. a document containing the formal obligation of its issuer to deliver the denominated parts of the shipment to its bearer, is usually required by the Sudanese customs authorities for goods arriving via air or sea freight. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 03 Aug 2018 Albania Amendments as regards customs agents, plastic bags, labelling requirements for medicinal goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Agents

    Information on the appointment of customs agents for the representation in customs formalities has been incorporated in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Further particulars may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Plastic Bags

    In accordance with a decision adopted by the Albanian Council of Ministers on 26 April 2018, the importation of lightweight plastic bags into Albania is prohibited as of 4 July 2018. The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been amended to this effect and may be consulted for further information on the types of bags prohibited.

    Labelling Requirements for Medicinal Goods

    Details of the labelling requirements for medicines intended for human use have been provided in the paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 02 Aug 2018 Qatar Amendments as regards temporary admission, aircraft and agricultural chemicals have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Temporary Admission

    As Qatar recently became a member of the Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods (A.T.A. Convention), goods intended for exhibitions may be imported temporarily by means of a Carnet A.T.A.. The Carnet A.T.A. is a document enabling the temporary importation of commodities with simplified customs procedures, i.e. without having to adhere to the requirements of a complete Customs Import Declaration.
    Consequently, the quoted document has been added to the set of documents of this report. However, the procedure does currently not apply to commercial samples or items of professional equipment. Further special conditions have been announced so that neither partial shipments nor an importation in split consignments are accepted by the General Directorate of Customs. The responsible organisation in Qatar is the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), which may be reached as follows: Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), Member Affairs Department, P.O. Box 402, Qatar Chamber Building, C Ring Road, Hilal Street, Al Osseiri Area, QA-Doha, phone numbers: +974 44559111, 44555885, fax numbers: +974 44661693, 44661697. For additional details, please refer to the mentioned document and to the modified section on International Agreements below.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been added to this overview, providing details of the importation of said commodities into Qatar. The mentioned paragraph may be viewed for further information.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of transparency, a section on Agricultural Chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 02 Aug 2018 Cuba Focus: medicines for human use, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), pesticides and other controlled chemicals as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Medicines for Human Use

    The provisions of the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED) have been reviewed and, as a result, the application form of the renamed document entitled Import Authorisation for Medicines for Human Use has been exchanged for its current version. For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Allocation of Import Quota for Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For further information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Pesticides and Other Controlled Chemicals

    The chapter entitled Pesticides and Other Controlled Chemicals has been updated with regard to the Official Contact Point (OCP) of the Stockholm Convention and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Said paragraph may be consulted for more details.

    Contact Details

    In order to inform on the regulating institution, i.e. the Office for Environmental Regulation and Nuclear Safety (ORASEN), the following documents have been amended accordingly considering the contact details of said authority:

    CITES Import Permit
    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention
    Import Permit for Hazardous Chemicals
    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste
    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Waste
    Notification Document for Transboundary Movements of Waste
    Radiation Certificate.
  • 02 Aug 2018 El Salvador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Aug 2018 Namibia Amendments as regards motor vehicles, country of origin labelling, the NamBizOne Portal as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Motor Vehicles

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been augmented with information on the prohibition to import designated types of motor vehicles into Namibia. Please turn to said section for a list of goods banned from importation.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    A new paragraph entitled Country of Origin Labelling has been added to this overview to provide details of the mandatory origin labelling requirement for imported goods. The quoted chapter may be consulted for additional specifics.

    NamBizOne Portal

    Details of the NamBizOne Portal, which provides a one-stop single point of access portal for the obtainment of information on the administrative and legal requirements for investors, has been incorporated in the section on Requirements for Import Formalities further below. Please see the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 01 Aug 2018 Iran Focus: Prohibition of Import Registration and further foreign exchange issues, commercial cards, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibition of Import Registration and Further Foreign Exchange Issues

    The Iranian Government has implemented a new instrument for the allocation of currencies for imported commodities. According to the new multi-tier system, imports will receive their foreign currency at different rates, based on their priority. Imported commodities are now being classified into four groups, to which different measures and/or exchange rates apply.
    The least important class of imported goods, which are deemed "luxurious", i.e. non-essential consumer goods, also referred to as group 4 commodities, faces an outright ban by virtue of Decree No. 82567/60 of 20 June 2018 published by the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade. Henceforth, the listed merchandise will no longer be eligible for an Import Registration/Import Licence. Consequently, a document entitled Prohibition of Import Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. For further details of the mentioned import measures, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Additional details on Currency and Payment issues may be obtained from the quoted paragraph further below. The latest developments concerning the availability of currencies for imported commodities in Iran have been summarised in the following News chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Commercial Cards

    Due to an amendment of Article 10 of the Executive Order of the Export-Import Regulation Act of 18 July 2018, the prescribed limits for the goods' value which may be imported during the first and second year of the commercial card's period of validity have been subject to changes, amongst other modifications. The document entitled Registration with the Chamber of Commerce, which is the procedure to be effected in order to obtain a commercial card, has been adjusted accordingly and may be viewed for particulars, including information on the Exceptional Import Permit for importers who are exempt from the application for a commercial card.

    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

    On 8 May, the United States (US) decided to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reinstate all sanctions which had previously been imposed on Iran and which had been lifted or waived as a result of this agreement. These sanctions, including secondary sanctions against companies and banks, will come into effect after a "wind-down" period, i.e. by 6 August or 4 November 2018, depending on the kind of activity.
    For more information on the JCPOA as well as on the recent reactions of the European Commission to the US withdrawal, the highlighted sections in this overview may be viewed.
  • 01 Aug 2018 Mali
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Jul 2018 Myanmar Focus: business registration, pharmaceutical drugs, contact details, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Business Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration Certificate has been newly added to the set of documents of the report following the entry into force of the Companies Law of 2018 as described in the News section below. Please turn to the quoted document for more information on the registration procedure and also consult the updated chapter on Registration in this overview.

    Pharmaceutical Drugs

    As the Guidelines on Drug Registration Application of February 2018 have come into force, the corresponding document entitled Drug Registration Certificate has been modified accordingly, e.g. concerning the pre-approval assessment and prescribed application forms. For specifics, please turn to the aforementioned document.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Department of Trade under the Ministry of Commerce has been verified and the phone numbers have been amended in the relevant documents of this import report.

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer to the corresponding paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below for particulars.
  • 31 Jul 2018 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards the customs value, border inspection posts (BIPs), zones allowing special treatment and and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    This overview has been enhanced with the inclusion of a new section on the assessment of the Customs Value of imported goods. Please refer thereto for particulars on the valuation methods applied in Kazakhstan.

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraphs on Live Animals and Animal Products and Plants and Plant Products have been amplified with information on designated border inspection posts (BIPs) established for vetereinary and phytosanitary control, respectively. For specifics, please turn to the quoted sections in this overview.

    Zones Allowing Special Treatment

    The section on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) has been updated with regard to the denominations and number of SEZs established in Kazakhstan. Please see below for more details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 30 Jul 2018 Syria Amendments as regards the classification of goods, Import Licence and packaging requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Syria.
    The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Syria's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the classification of commodities, i.e. the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Syria, has been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please also refer to the section on the Harmonized System below.

    Import Licence

    In accordance with the executive guide concerning the Import Licence recently issued by the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, the scope of goods subject to Import Licensing has been defined in terms of the applicable commodity codes of those goods which require a mandatory Import Licence. Consequently, the classification of merchandise subject to licensing has been updated. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and chapter of this overview.

    Packaging Requirements

    For reasons of transparency, a paragraph on Packaging Requirements has been newly incorporated into this overview. Moreover, the chapter on Labelling and Marking Requirements has been restructured. Please turn to the mentioned sections further below for particulars.
  • 30 Jul 2018 Mali Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been enhanced with a more recent version of a sample health certificate for said goods. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Rural Development has ceased to exist, the following documents have been amended in this regard:

    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Registration of Pesticides
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.
  • 30 Jul 2018 Indonesia
    Nomenclature changes
  • 30 Jul 2018 Costa Rica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2018 Togo
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2018 Georgia
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jul 2018 Panama Focus: goods declaration, freight documents, certification and marketing of medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Goods Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been equipped with a sample of the application interface of the Integrated System of Customs Treatment (Sistema Integrado de Gestión Aduanera, SIGA). Other customs-related documents have also been amplified with details of their electronic submission. Moreover, the contact details of the National Union of Customs Brokers distributing official paper forms of the declaration have been amended accordingly. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Freight Documents

    The corresponding freight documents of this import report have been revised and amplified with regard to the minimum content as stipulated by Article 324 of the Central American Unitary Customs Code Regulation (RECAUCA). The document entitled Cargo Manifest has furthermore been modified with respect to the period of data transmission.

    Medical Devices

    The renamed document entitled Certificate of Technical Verification has been blue-pencilled concerning the documents to be enclosed and information to be provided in the instruction manual for medical devices. Moreover, the application form and the issued sample of the certificate have been exchanged for their current versions.
    In accordance with Resolution No. 72 of February 2018, operating licences enabling the market access of the products in question must be obtained from the responsible Regulation and Surveillance Department for Medical Technologies of the Ministry of Health (MINSA). Please see the newly created document entitled Licence to Deal in Medical Devices and Related Items, which displays the provisions for the market access.

    Other Changes

    The section on Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Fireworks has been enhanced with information on possible temporary import bans on firearms and equipment therefor. Please consult the quoted paragraph below for information.
    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 26 Jul 2018 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of goods, simplified customs procedures, dairy products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the most recent official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which import measures apply in Montenegro, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Import Regime, including, inter alia, the following documents of this report:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotics
    Authorisation to Import Precursors
    End User Certificate
    End User Declaration for Precursors
    International Import Certificate
    Licence for Dealing in Medicines, Medical Devices and Medical Aids
    Licence for Dealing in Precursors
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicines
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration of Foodstuffs Objects
    Registration of Traders of Controlled Goods
    Sanitary Certificate.

    Simplified Customs Procedures

    Information on simplified customs procedures authorised by the Customs Administration of the Republic of Montenegro has been incorporated in the corresponding section on Customs Procedures in this overview. Please consult said paragraph for additional details thereof.

    Dairy Products

    The chapter on Foodstuffs further below has been enhanced with details of specific requirements for the importation of raw milk and colostrum as well as products derived therefrom. For further particulars, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 26 Jul 2018 Belarus Amendments as regards the customs value, norms and standards, radio-electronic devices and high-frequency units as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    This overview has been enhanced with the inclusion of a new section on the assessment of the Customs Value of imported goods. Please refer thereto for particulars on the valuation methods applied in Belarus.

    Norms and Standards

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

    Radio-Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units

    For reasons of transparency, the section entitled Encryption and Information Interception Technology has been restructured. Resulting from that, a new chapter on regulations concerning the importation of Radio-Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units has been created for this overview. Please refer to the aforementioned paragraphs for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 26 Jul 2018 Ecuador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 25 Jul 2018 Serbia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, customs offices, simplified customs procedures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the most recent official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which import measures apply in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Import Regime, including, inter alia, the following documents of this report:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Medicines
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Sanitary Certificate.

    Customs Offices

    The list of goods which may only be cleared for customs at designated points of entry in Serbia has been expanded in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Further particulars thereon, including on the newest pertinent legislation, may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Simplified Customs Procedures

    Information on simplified customs procedures authorised by the Serbian Customs Administration has been incorporated in the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below. Please consult said chapter for additional details thereof.

    Other Changes

    Further current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 25 Jul 2018 Jordan Focus: import licences, chemical substances and further goods coming under the control of the Ministry of Environment, Inclusion in the Golden List Programme, procedural requirements and applicable legislation as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licences

    The scope of products subject to an Import Licence has been adjusted in the quoted document in order to newly comprise, amongst other goods, degradable plastic shopping bags, carpets and rugs as well as plastic grain manufactured from virgin material. For more information on this procedure, the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing below may be consulted.

    Chemical Substances and Further Goods Coming Under the Control of the Ministry of Environment

    The Jordanian Ministry of Environment recently published new stipulations concerning the import requirements for chemical substances and designated plastic articles. Consequently, the following documents have been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars:

    Approval to Import Chemical Substances
    Approval to Import Degradable Plastic Shopping Bags
    Approval to Import Plastic Grain Manufactured from Virgin Material.

    Further details may also be obtained from the amended section on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances in this overview.

    Inclusion in the Golden List Programme

    The document entitled Inclusion in the Golden List Programme, which belongs to the procedures for Customs Facilitation available in Jordan, has been blue-pencilled and adjusted to current stipulations as regards, e.g., the mandatory check list and the electronic submission of the application. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the highlighted paragraph.

    Procedural Requirements and Applicable Legislation

    Several other documents of this report have been amended with regard to various details, e.g. as far as the procedural requirements, the current application form and/or the applicable legislation are concerned. Special attention is drawn to the following documents; please refer thereto for specifics:

    Import Approval for Certain Ozone-Depleting Substances and Equipment Containing Them
    Permit to Import Endangered Species of Wild Animals or Plants and Products Thereof
    Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Customs Department, which comes under the Ministry of Finance, and of the Ministry of Environment has been updated throughout this report where applicable.
  • 25 Jul 2018 Ethiopia Focus: Certificate of Conformity for PVoC, Declaration of Conformity as well as Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to the CITES.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Certificate of Conformity for PVoC

    The sample form of a request for certification contained in the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for PVoC has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to said document and to the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview for further information on this measure.

    Declaration of Conformity

    As a Declaration of Conformity may be a means to prove the conformity of a product to be placed on the Ethiopian market, the same-named document has been added to this import report. Please refer thereto and to the section on Standards further below for more particulars.

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to the CITES

    The contact details of the authority in charge for issuing the Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to the CITES have been blue-pencilled in the quoted document. Further details may be obtained therefrom and from the paragraph on Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora Subject to CITES in this overview.
  • 25 Jul 2018 Montenegro
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Jul 2018 Liberia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jul 2018 Madagascar Focus: Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products, Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World and Cargo Manifest.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products

    A sample form of a record of inspection and interception of plants and plant products has been added to the document named Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World

    As the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA, Système Douanier Automatisé - SYDONIA) ++ is currently in the process of being replaced by the new version of the system, i.e. ASYCUDA World, the import report has been amended accordingly. By way of example, the document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA, has been furnished with the application form for registration with the new version. Please see the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below for further particulars.

    Cargo Manifest

    The document entitled Cargo Manifest has been updated in accordance with the stipulations of the Customs Law 2018. Please turn thereto and to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations for further information.
  • 24 Jul 2018 Iceland Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), labelling requirements for medicinal and cosmetics products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview has been augmented with information on the authorisation required from the Environment Agency of Iceland (UST) for the importation into and marketing of GMOs in Iceland. For more details, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.

    Labelling of Medicinal Products

    The labelling requirements for medicinal products presented in this overview have been revised and blue-pencilled in accordance with Regulation No. 141/2011 on Marketing Authorisations for Proprietary Medicinal Products, their Labelling and Package Leaflets (as amended). Please refer to the chapter on Labelling Requirements for more information. For reasons of clarity, the quoted paragraph has moreover been structured by means of further subtitles.

    Requirements for Labels of Cosmetics

    The section on Labelling Requirements has furthermore been enhanced by adding the details to be provided on the containers and packagings of cosmetics. Please turn thereto for more particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 24 Jul 2018 Honduras
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Jul 2018 Libya Amendments as regards Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), pricing of goods for the Libyan market, agricultural chemicals and political situation have been brought to the import documentation for Libya.
    The following changes have been made:

    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. The quoted document and the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview may be consulted for additional details of the procedure.

    Pricing of Goods for the Libyan Market

    By virtue of a Circular issued by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, an exact schedule for the price calculation for imported goods has been provided for the goods subject to Decree No. 378/2017 as detailed in the section on Currency and Payments further below. The calculation schedule concerns commodities imported in the framework of the import budget, which are subject to both price restrictions and a distribution schedule. The sales price of the merchandise must have been communicated to the authorities in advance in order to enable the pricing committee to assess both the wholesale and the retail price of the goods for the Libyan market. Amongst other elements of the price calculation, the Circular fixes the exact permissible profit margins for importers, wholesalers and retailers. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of transparency, a new chapter on Agricultural Chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Political Situation

    Information on the current Political Situation and Administrative Changes, in particular in view of the planned general elections, has been brought to the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 23 Jul 2018 Liberia Focus: Tax Identification Number (TIN), Single Administrative Document as well as processing times.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    As a Tax Identification Number (TIN) is necessary in order to conduct customs procedures, the same-named document has been added to this import report. For further details, please turn thereto.

    Single Administrative Document

    The document entitled Single Administrative Document has been enhanced with details of the means by which it may be submitted. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Processing Times

    The processing times contained in the documents named Destination Inspection and Clean Report of Findings have been updated in accordance with the most recently published pertaining stipulations. Please refer to the mentioned documents for further information.
  • 23 Jul 2018 Jamaica
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Jul 2018 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: fresh raw milk, business registration, End-User Certificate, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), non-automatic weighing instruments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fresh Raw Milk

    As raw milk is subject to analysis with regard to its organoleptic, physical, chemical and microbiologic quality, the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been updated to this regard. For further requirements concerning milk, please also see the chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Business Registration

    The document entitled Certificate of Business Registration has been equipped with a sample form of the electronic application via the Online Business Registration System of the Kosovo Business Registration Agency (KBRA). For specifics, please see the quoted document.

    End-User Certificate

    A new document entitled End-User Certificate, which is a prerequisite for the Licence to Deal in Strategic Goods and may also be required for export approval of other types of goods, has been added to the set of documents for this report. Further particulars may be obtained from the stated document and the corresponding section in this overview entitled Strategic Goods.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Technical Regulation for Radio Equipment, which is in force since 31 December 2017, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been completely reviewed and updated with information on, e.g., the required content of such declaration and on the various accepted conformity assessment procedures. A new sample form of the declaration has also been incorporated into the quoted document, which may be consulted for additional specifics.

    Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments

    As per Regulation (MTI) No. 04/2018 from 6 June 2018, non-automatic weighing instruments to be placed on the market in Kosovo must have been subjected to a conformity assessment with regard to the pertinent standards and be identified with a conformity mark. The assignment of commodity codes subject to a Declaration of Conformity, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been adjusted to this effect. The information depicted in the sections on Standardisation and Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements have also been augmented accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for additional information.
  • 20 Jul 2018 Australia Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, customs value, country of origin labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Australia. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    The chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) concluded by Australia with various countries with regard to their respective AEO programmes. Please head thereto for more particulars. In addition, News on this matter have been provided in the corresponding section below.

    Customs Value

    The paragraph entitled Customs Value in this overview has been modified with regard to the customs valuation methods applied in Australia in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1994). More information may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The details of the origin labelling requirements for foodstuffs have been blue-pencilled in the section on Country of Origin Labelling in accordance with the provisions which have taken effect on 1 July 2018. Please turn to the quoted paragraph further below for more information on this matter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 20 Jul 2018 Philippines
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jul 2018 Bahamas Focus: fishery resources, trademarks, the Online Tax Administration System (OTAS) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fishery Resources

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Fishery Resources has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for the Bahamas. More details of the licensing procedure may be obtained from the quoted document. Please also refer to the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for information on its requirement.

    Trademarks

    A sample of an issued registration certificate has been furnished for the document entitled Trademark Registration. Please turn to the mentioned document and the Registration-section further below for particulars on the registration procedure of trademarks in the Bahamas.

    Online Tax Administration System (OTAS)

    A new document entitled Registration as User of the Online Tax Administration System (OTAS), which is a prerequisite for the electronic application for a Tax Identification Number and Business Licence, has been incorporated into this import report. Information on the registration with the online system may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 19 Jul 2018 Brunei Amendments as regards free trade zones, labelling requirements, trademarks and a renamed authority have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei Darussalam. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The chapter entitled Free Trade Zones has been newly incorporated into this overview. Particulars on the provisions regarding such area in Brunei Darussalam may be obtained from the quoted section in this overview.

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer to the corresponding paragraph further below for further information.

    Trademarks

    The section on Registration below has been enhanced with information on trademark registration in Brunei Darussalam. Please turn thereto for the necessary requirements for such registration.

    Renamed Authority

    Due to a recent announcement of the Bruneian Government, the Energy and Industry Department has been upgraded in status and therefore renamed to Ministry of Energy and Industry (MEI). This change has been reflected throughout this overview.
  • 19 Jul 2018 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jul 2018 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jul 2018 South Korea Focus: assignment of commodity codes to import measures, plant variety protection, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents of this report have been checked in accordance with the current Korean import regime. While some of the code lists have remained unchanged, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report in the following documents:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certification of Broadcasting and Communications Equipment
    Certificate of Component
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Certification of Electrical Appliances
    Entry Notice for Cosmetics
    Examination of Functional Cosmetics
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Declaration for Foodstuffs
    Import Notification for Medical Equipment
    Import Notification for Seeds
    Import Permit for Goods Subject to the Washington Convention (CITES)
    Import Permit for Medical Equipment
    Import Permit for Pharmaceuticals
    Import Permit for Products of Animal Origin
    Import Permit for Specific Chemicals and Chemical Agents
    Import Permit for Raw Materials for Pharmaceutical Products
    Import Permit for Wild Animals
    Licence to Deal in Medical Equipment
    Licence to Import Chemical Substances
    Licence to Import Pharmaceutical Products
    Notification of Transfer or Takeover for Specific Chemicals and Chemical Agents
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Quarantine and Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Quarantine Permit for Animal Products
    Quarantine Permit for Aquatic Animals
    Quarantine Permit for Live Animals
    Registration of a Seed Business
    Registration of Broadcasting and Communications Equipment
    Registration of Foreign Manufacturers of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Importers and Dealers of Cosmetics
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Seeds
    Safety Certification of Industrial Products
    Safety Confirmation of Used Electrical Appliances
    Safety Self-Assurance of Industrial Products
    Supplier's Confirmation of Conformity.

    Plant Variety Protection

    A new document depicting the application procedure for the protection of plant breeders' rights has been incorporated into this import report. Please turn to the document entitled Plant Variety Protection for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Korea Forest Service and of the Korea Environment Corporation has been updated in all documents concerned.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 18 Jul 2018 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards aircraft, temporary admission as well as labelling provisions for the fuel economy of motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
    The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.

    Temporary Admission

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been amplified as an additional port has been nominated in which the Carnet A.T.A. will be accepted. The Carnet A.T.A. is a document enabling the temporary importation of commodities with simplified customs procedures, i.e. without having to adhere to the requirements of a complete Customs Import Declaration. It is noteworthy that in the UAE, the Carnet is only applicable to goods intended for exhibitions.

    Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling for Motor Vehicles

    Fuel economy limits for motor vehicles to be marketed in the UAE must comply with the requirements of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) Decision No. 42 of 2015. A corresponding label is to be affixed to all vehicles prior to their release onto the local market. More information thereon may be obtained from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 18 Jul 2018 Serbia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jul 2018 Indonesia Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), alcoholic beverages, endangered species of wild fauna and flora, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    In accordance with the following Regulations and the corresponding executive Decrees issued by the Ministry of Trade, the goods mentioned below are now subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI):

    Regulation No. 86 of 2017 and executive Decree No. 675 of 2018: electric cigarettes
    Regulation No. 29 of 2018 and executive Decree No. 595 of 2018: saccharin, cyclamate, and preparations of alcohol-containing odour
    Regulation No. 30 of 2018 and executive Decree No. 458 of 2018: hand tools, i.e. tools primarily intended for agriculture, forestry and horticulture.

    For further details of the required documentation and other products subject to PSI, please turn to the same-named section in this overview.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    By virtue of Regulation No. 47 of 2018 on the control and supervision of alcoholic beverages, the Ministry of Trade has abolished the requirement of the import quota, which had previously been in effect for said drinks. Nevertheless, an Import Approval (PI), as detailed in the chapter on Foodstuffs below, is continued to be applied; please refer to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

    Indonesia is a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and products thereof. For reasons of transparency, a section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer to the corresponding paragraph further below for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 17 Jul 2018 Canada Focus: assignment of tariff codes to import measures, medical devices, processing fees, the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) programme as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    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 most recent stipulations of the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA):

    Pre-Arrival Review System
    Request for Documentation Review.

    As a result, these measures are now also applicable to, inter alia, peat (including peat litter), municipal waste and sewage sludge, vegetable textile fibres (e.g. flax, true hemp, jute, paper yarn, etc.), articles of stone, plaster, cement and mica as well as additional types of organic and inorganic chemicals, as of 7 May 2018.

    Medical Devices

    As of 16 March 2018, Health Canada regulates high-level disinfectant and sterilant solutions intended for use on medical devices, e.g. contact lens disinfectants, as Class II medical devices subject to the requirements of the Medical Devices Regulations. Accordingly, such goods are no longer subject to the provisions pertaining to antimicrobial agents under the Food and Drug Regulations. This import documentation, in particular the document entitled Medical Device Licence, has been amended to this effect, e.g. with regard to the documents to be enclosed and the current licensing fees.

    Processing Fees

    In accordance with the annual fees in force as of 1 April 2018, the following documents administrated by Health Canada have been brought up to date with regard to the processing fee:

    Drug Identification Number (DIN)
    Establishment Licence for Drugs
    Establishment Licence for Medical Devices.

    Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) Programme

    In accordance with Customs Notice 18-06 from 20 June 2018, the fees for the importation of motor vehicles registered with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) have been updated in the following documents:

    Import Form for Vehicles Imported for Parts
    Registration under the Pre-Clearance Programme for Motor Vehicles
    Vehicle Import Form.

    Other Changes

    Various current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 16 Jul 2018 Laos Focus: foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
    The import documentation for Laos has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs has been modified with information on a "risk account" established by the Food and Drug Department (FDD) responsible for the registration procedure of high-risk food products. For more details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Pharmaceuticals

    Provisions concerning the registration measures for medicines intended for human use have been revised and updated with regard to the documents to be enclosed and application for renewal. Please see the amended document of this report entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly added to the set of documents of this country report. Moreover, the section on Pesticides and Other Chemicals has been amplified with general information thereon. For particulars, please turn to the above-mentioned document and also consult the corresponding chapter below.
  • 16 Jul 2018 Hong Kong Amendments as regards standards, radio equipment as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Hong Kong. The following changes have been made:

    Standards

    The list of goods subject to standardisation in the section on Standards has been enhanced by adding further items. Additionally, information on the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) has been added. More information on standardisation in Hong Kong may be obtained from said paragraph.

    Radio Equipment

    A new chapter entitled Radio Equipment has been created for reasons of clarity. Please refer to the quoted section for more information on the conformity requirements for such goods.

    Currency and Payments

    The contact information of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has been incorporated into the chapter on Currency and Payments below. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 16 Jul 2018 Sri Lanka
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Jul 2018 Afghanistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2018 Mexico Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, animals and animal products, the Automatic Import Permit and Advance Import Permit, packaging of alcoholic beverages as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview has been enhanced with details of the benefits granted under this programme and the mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) concluded by Mexico. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Animals and Animal Products

    Information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), a service provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has been incorporated into the paragraph on Live Animals and Animal Products further below. Please see the mentioned chapter for further particulars.

    Automatic Import Permit and Advance Import Permit

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the documents entitled Automatic Import Permit and Advance Import Permit has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the legal basis. Please see the mentioned documents as well as the section on Goods Controlled by the Ministry of Economy (SE) in this overview for more information on these requirements.

    Packaging of Alcoholic Beverages

    The paragraph on Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements further below has been augmented with specifics of the packaging requirements for alcoholic beverages. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 13 Jul 2018 Switzerland Focus: Business Identification Number (UID), Registration as an E-Dec User, sea fishery products, feed materials, importers of wine, labelling of foodstuffs and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and adpated accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Business Identification Number (UID)

    The document entitled Business Identification Number (UID) has been completely reviewed and blue-pencilled in accordance with the current provisions of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). In this context, the current application form has been added to the document. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the updated section on Registration in this overview.

    Registration as an E-Dec User

    As the Registration as an E-Dec User must be submitted electronically to the Customs Client Administration of the Swiss Federal Customs Administration, a current screenshot of the electronic application interface has been incorporated into the document. Further particulars may be viewed in the mentioned document.

    Sea Fishery Products

    In order to prevent the importation of products stemming from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) has implemented a control scheme for sea fishery products. A catch certificate proving that the products have been legally caught must be submitted to the authority before the arrival of a consignment. Further information may now be viewed in the newly created document entitled Catch Certificate for Sea Fishery Products.

    Feed Materials

    The application forms displayed in the documents entitled Registration of Dealers of Feed Materials and Notification of Feed Materials have been exchanged for their current versions. Please refer to the quoted documents for more details of these measures.

    Importers of Wine

    A current sample of the online application interface for the Registration of Wine Importers and Traders has been added to the same-named document. Please see the quoted document for more information.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    The details to be contained on labels of foodstuffs, which are presented in the chapter on Labelling Requirements, have been updated and augmented with the specific requirements for certain foodstuffs, e.g. beverages and fish products, in accordance with the Regulation Regarding the Information on Foodstuffs, the Regulation on Beverages and the Regulation on Foodstuffs of Animal Origin. For more information, please refer to the mentioned section.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 13 Jul 2018 Uruguay
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Jul 2018 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2018 Brunei
    Nomenclature changes
  • 12 Jul 2018 Oman Amendments as regards documentary enclosures for customs clearance, arms and explosives as well as labelling provisions for the fuel economy of motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Oman.
    The following changes have been made:

    Documentary Enclosures for Customs Clearance

    The list of documents to accompany the Customs Import Declaration contained in the chapter on Customs Regulations has been updated in accordance with the currently valid stipulations; please turn to the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Arms and Explosives

    A new section on Arms and Explosives has been created for this overview in order to depict the procedural requirements for the importation of said goods. For additional details, please refer thereto.

    Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling for Motor Vehicles

    Fuel economy limits for motor vehicles to be marketed in Oman must comply with the requirements of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) Decision No. 42 of 2015. A corresponding label is to be affixed to all vehicles prior to their release onto the local market. More information thereon may be obtained from the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 12 Jul 2018 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: binding tariff information, taxpayer registration, foodstuffs as well as contact details and labelling requirements.
    The import documentation for Cambodia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information

    As the binding tariff information, also referred to as advance ruling, may facilitate the customs clearance and offer transparency, the document entitled Advance Ruling on Tariff Classification, Customs Valuation and Origin of the Goods has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn to the quoted document for particulars.

    Taxpayer Registration

    The information to be provided to the General Department of Taxation for the mandatory fiscal registration has been summarised in the new document entitled Tax Registration Certificate. For more information, please see the aforementioned document.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Licence to Import Foodstuffs has been modified with regard to procedural details and the minimum content of the application. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) have been revised in this documentation, where applicable.

    Labelling Requirements

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer to the corresponding paragraph further below for further information.
  • 12 Jul 2018 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Jul 2018 Kenya Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), destination inspection, Personal Identification Number (PIN) Certificate, Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kenya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The following documents, which are required under the respective routes within the framework of the Kenyan pre-shipment inspection programme, i.e. the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) assessment programme, have been completely verified and updated in accordance with the most recent stipulations as well as equipped with new samples of the application form:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    Moreover, a new document entitled Certificate of Inspection for Consolidated Cargo, i.e. for the procedure under Route D of the PVoC, which became mandatory for such cargo as of 1 June 2018, has been added to the set of documents for this report.

    Destination Inspection

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) concerning the inspection of imported used motor vehicles, mobile equipment and spare parts, which took effect as of 15 April 2018, the document entitled Certificate for Destination Inspection has been brought up to date with regard to the list of countries falling under the respective inspection arrangement. Moreover, information on the scope of destination inspection, the documents to be enclosed as well as of its requirement in the case of high-risk products has also been incorporated. Please also see the paragraph on Destination Inspection for more details.

    Personal Identification Number (PIN) Certificate

    The document entitled Personal Identification Number (PIN) Certificate has been completely reviewed and brought up to date, i.e. with regard to its requirements and the application forms to be completed.

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been equipped with the application form currently in use and enhanced with information on the documents to be enclosed and the requirements for non-compliant equipment.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), reusable sanitary pads are banned from importation into Kenya as of 7 May 2018. The assignment of commodity codes to the corresponding document entitled Prohibited Imports have been amended accordingly. In addition, the list of banned goods contained in the paragraph entitled Prohibited Imports in this overview has been augmented to this effect as well as with details of illicit goods as prohibited by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 11 Jul 2018 Cameroon Amendments as regards norms and standards, public procurement as well as inspection and conformity evaluation procedures have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been enhanced with the contact details of the Cameroonian authority responsible for standardisation matters, i.e. the Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR). Further information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Public Procurement

    The paragraph on Public Procurement further below has been augmented with information on the pertinent applicable legislation which was newly enforced on 20 June 2018 as well as on the means by which tenders may be accessed. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures

    The section on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview has been updated in accordance with newly published provisions concerning the Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity (PECAE). Please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 11 Jul 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2018 Ukraine Focus: application forms, entry documents for goods subject to veterinary control and food and feed products of non-animal origin, sanitary inspection and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ukraine has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Application Forms

    The application forms for the following documents have been exchanged for amended versions:

    Foreign Trade Registration Card
    Licence to Deal in Encryption Technology
    Licence to Deal in Special Technological Equipment Intended for Secret Information Interception
    Licence to Deal in Non-Military Arms and Ammunition and Self-Defence Items
    Licence to Deal in Natural Gas
    Permit to Import Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors
    Quarantine Certificate.

    Additionally, the documents to be enclosed and the contact information of the responsible authorities have been updated, where applicable.

    Entry Documents for Goods Subject to Veterinary Control and Food and Feed Products of Non-Animal Origin

    Following the entry into force of the Law on the State Control over Compliance with Food Legislation, Feed, Animal by-Products, Animal Health and Welfare, the documents listed below have been newly added to the set of documents of this import report:

    Common Entry Document for Foodstuffs and Feed Products of Non-Animal Origin.
    Common Veterinary Entry Document.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for more information and also turn to the corresponding paragraphs on Animals and Animal Products and Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Sanitary Inspection

    The document entitled Sanitary Epidemiological Certificate has been revised in accordance with the amended legislative scope.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents of this report have been blue-pencilled with regard to procedural details, e.g. measures concerning the importation of narcotics, psychotropic substances and their precursors as well as the activity licensing of sources of ionising radiation.
    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 10 Jul 2018 Guinea Amendments as regards aircraft, norms and standards as well as petroleum products have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards below has been enhanced with the contact details of the national standardisation organisation in Guinea. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Petroleum Products

    A new paragraph on Petroleum Products has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto in order to obtain more information.
  • 10 Jul 2018 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2018 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2018 Norway Focus: high-risk food and feed products, medicinal products, pesticides, hazardous chemicals and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    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.

    Medicinal Products

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Licence to Deal in Medicinal Products as a Wholesale Trader has been exchanged for a current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for more details.

    Pesticides

    A new document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Plant Protection Products has been added to this import report, describing the application procedure as prescribed by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Furthermore, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Plant Protection Products has been newly created. The chapter on Hazardous and Other Chemicals below has also been updated. Please refer to the quoted documents and section for further details.

    Hazardous Chemicals

    The document entitled Registration/Declaration of Hazardous Chemicals has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the depicted application form. Moreover, the application form for the electronic declaration of chemicals has been added to the document. The form for the Notification of Biocidal or Plant Protection Products has also been exchanged for an up-to-date version. For more information, the quoted documents may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 09 Jul 2018 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The section on Pre-Shipment Inspection in this overview has been amended in accordance with the most recent stipulations. For further information, please refer to the quoted chapter further below.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods which are generally prohibited from importation into the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been updated in the paragraph on Prohibited Imports. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 06 Jul 2018 Senegal Amendments as regards pharmaceutical products and dangerous drugs, standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Pharmaceutical Products and Dangerous Drugs

    Additional information on obligatory inspections has been added to the paragraph on Pharmaceutical Products and Dangerous Drugs in this overview. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation has been enhanced with further information regarding Senegal's adherence to standardisation organisations. Please turn to said section for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 06 Jul 2018 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Focus: veterinary preparations, medicinal products, chemical substances, Certificate of Analysis as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Macedonia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Preparations

    The documents pertaining to the measures required for the importation of and trade in veterinary preparations have been completely reviewed. A new document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Preparations has been created, which replaces the former registration of veterinary preparations and is required for the placing on the market of such goods. Moreover, the documents entitled Approval to Import Veterinary Preparations and Licence to Deal in Veterinary Preparations have been equipped with the application forms which are currently in use and modified with updated details of the processing times and fees. For more specifics, please see the mentioned documents.

    Medicinal Products

    Information on the electronic submission of the application for a Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products via the electronic portal of the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (MALMED) as well as on the documents which are to be enclosed with said application has been enhanced in the quoted document. In addition, a new application form currently in use has been furnished for the document entitled Dealer's Licence for Medicines and Medical Devices, which has also been updated with regard to the processing fee and the list of documents to be enclosed with the application.

    Chemical Substances

    The following documents, which are required for the actual importation of different types of chemical substances, have been reviewed and amended with regard to the documents which are required to be enclosed with the respective applications:

    Permit to Import Chemical Products
    Permit to Import Industrial Chemicals
    Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Precursors.

    Certificate of Analysis

    For the importation of designated goods, e.g. flour, medicinal goods and chemicals, proof that corresponding tests have been carried out by an appropriate laboratory in the country of export may be a prerequisite. For this purpose, the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. The stated document may be viewed for a sample of said certificate.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 06 Jul 2018 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Jul 2018 Botswana Focus: Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme, radiation sources, hazardous chemical substances, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) Conformity Programme

    In accordance with the most recent list of goods subject to the Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme, as issued by the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) in June 2018, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the scope of goods subject to the pertaining measures, has been adjusted for the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity for SIIR
    Registration for SIIR
    SIIR Certificate of Compliance.

    In addition, the list of recognised bodies within the framework of the SIIR scheme has been updated in the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for SIIR. For more information on said conformity programme, please see the mentioned documents and the section on Pre-Shipment Inspection in this overview.

    Radiation Sources

    In order to import and sell radioactive material, radioactive substances as well as equipment generating ionising radiation, a licence to deal in such goods must be obtained from the Radiation Protection Inspectorate under the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST). To depict the licensing procedure in details, a new document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Radioactive Sources and Devices has been incorporated into the set of documents of this import report. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Hazardous Chemical Substances

    In accordance with the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention, which Botswana is a member of, a company seeking to export chemicals which are covered by said Convention must notify the Designated National Authority (DNA) of the importing country accordingly thereof in order to obtain a prior informed consent (PIC) from the importing party. The document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention, which depicts this procedure in detail, has been newly added to this report and may be referred to for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details and/or denominations, as applicable, of the following authorities responsible for administrating import procedures in Botswana have been verified and updated in the concerned documents of the report as well as throughout this overview:

    Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security
    Ministry of Health and Wellness
    Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI)
    Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 05 Jul 2018 Bahrain Amendments as regards new import requirements for infant formulae, recent stipulations for medicinal and related products, import licensing for chemicals coming under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as labelling provisions for the fuel economy of motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain.
    The following changes have been made:

    New Import Requirements for Infant Formulae

    By virtue of Decree No. 7 of 2018 of the Ministry of Health, a registration certificate is henceforth mandatory for the importation of infant formulae, i.e. breast milk substitutes. Please turn to the section on Foodstuffs below for additional details. Importers of the goods in question have been granted a transitional period of six months, i.e. until mid-September 2018, in order to fully comply with the new regulations.

    Recent Stipulations for Medicinal and Related Products

    The Ministry of Health and its executive body, the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA), have issued a number of new rules which recently became effective. The chapters on Pharmaceutical and Health-Related Products and on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview have been updated accordingly; please refer thereto for specifics.

    Import Licensing for Chemicals Coming Under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    In accordance with Decrees Nos. 1 and 2 of 2018 of the National Committee for the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, importers of chemical substances defined as being subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) require a licence in order to conduct any trade activities concerning said commodities. For particulars of the licensing procedure, the paragraph on Arms, Ammunition and Explosive Substances below may be consulted.

    Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling for Motor Vehicles

    Fuel economy limits for motor vehicles to be marketed in Bahrain must comply with the requirements of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) Decision No. 42 of 2015. A corresponding label is to be affixed to all vehicles prior to their release onto the local market. More information thereon may be obtained from the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 04 Jul 2018 Ghana Amendments as regards the EasyPass Programme, government procurement and various trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    EasyPass Programme

    As a means to facilitate customs clearance, the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has implemented the so-called EasyPass Programme on 1 May 2018. Said programme is voluntary in nature and provides for a fast track acceptance of designated goods on arrival on the basis of a corresponding certificate of conformity issued upon a pre-shipment inspection in the country of export. Detailed information on the programme has been newly incorporated into the chapter on Standardisation in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Government Procurement

    The section on Government Procurement further below has been enhanced with information on the registration in the Centralized Supplier's Database, which became a prerequisite to participate in government tenders as of 11 June 2018. For additional details, please see the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 04 Jul 2018 Benin Focus: Commercial Registration, Certificate of Analysis as well as customs procedures and regulations.
    The import documentation for Benin has been revised and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The application form contained in the document entitled Commercial Registration has been replaced by the version which is currently in use. For additional details, the mentioned document may be viewed.

    Certificate of Analysis

    In order to be placed on the Beninese market, pharmaceutical products for human use require a Certificate of Analysis. The certificate is furthermore obligatory for the registration of nutritional supplements. Therefore, the same-named document has been added to the import report for Benin. Further information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on documents which may be required for customs clearance. Furthermore, the registration document for the Single Window for Foreign Trade has been enhanced with the current application form and has additionally been updated with regard to procedural details and documents to be enclosed with the application. Please turn to the document entitled Registration with GUCE as well as to the mentioned chapter for specifics.
  • 03 Jul 2018 Peru Focus: assignment of commodity codes to import measures, food additives, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and gambling equipment.
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents in this report have been reviewed in accordance with Presidial Resolution No. 162-2017 of the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA). The official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    Import Authorisation for Chemical Pesticides
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Post-Entry Quarantine Surveillance
    Registration of Chemical Pesticides
    Registration of Fodder
    Registration of Importers of Biological Products for Agricultural Use
    Registration of Importers of Chemical Pesticides
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products Subject to Quarantine
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Food Additives

    Additional legal provisions concerning the application for the Marketing Authorisation for Food Additives have been incorporated into the quoted document, which may be viewed for more details.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The procedural details of the documents entitled Import Authorisation for Ozone-Depleting Substances and Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances have been checked and updated according to the requirements of the Technical Department for Ozone (OTO).

    Gambling Equipment

    The document entitled Homologation Certificate for Gambling Equipment has been amplified with the current version of the application form provided by the managing Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR). Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.
  • 03 Jul 2018 Afghanistan Amendments as regards aircraft, norms and standards as well as used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Afghanistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been added to this overview, providing details of the importation of said commodities into Afghanistan. Please turn to the mentioned section for further information.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards below has been enhanced with the contact details of the Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA), which is the responsible authority for standardisation in Afghanistan. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Used Goods

    The section on Used Goods has been newly incorporated into the Overview of Import Procedures for Afghanistan. Please refer thereto for more information.
  • 02 Jul 2018 United States of America Focus: updated forms, Steel Import Licence, natural gas, wooden products, electronic procedures, exemptions from requirements, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Forms

    The forms contained in the following documents concerning general requirements have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Customs Bond
    Customs Import Declaration
    Employer Identification Number
    Manifest for Aircraft
    Manifest for Vessels
    Registration as EDI User
    Transportation Entry.

    In addition, a number of product-specific documents of this report have also been equipped with updated application forms.

    Steel Import Licence

    The assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled Steel Import Licence has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent list published by the International Trade Administration (ITA) in March 2018.

    Natural Gas

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Natural Gas has been reviewed and updated, e.g. with regard to the documents to be enclosed and the electronic application interface.

    Wooden Products

    As the formaldehyde emission standards under Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for wooden composite products came into force on 1 June 2018, the document entitled Commercial Invoice has been enhanced with the information which is to be contained on said document for imports of such products.

    Electronic Procedures

    The following documents have been enhanced with details of their electronic submission procedures via the respectively established systems:

    Approval of New Animal Drugs via the CVM Electronic Submission System
    Hazardous Waste Manifest via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s e-Manifest System
    Import Permit for Firearms, Ammunition and Certain Military Equipment and Notice of Firearms Imported via the eForms platform of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
    Registration of New Plant Varieties via the Electronic Plant Variety Protection (ePVP) system
    Cosmetic Product Ingredient Statement and Registration of Cosmetic Product Establishment via the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) online platform.

    Exemptions from Requirements

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Animal-Source Materials and Import Permit for Veterinary Biologics have been augmented with regard to designated goods which are exempt from the requirement of a veterinary import permit.
    In addition, the document entitled Registration of Food Facility has been enhanced with information on food establishments which are exempt from the registration requirement.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of various authorities responsible for administrating import procedures have been brought up to date where applicable throughout the report.
  • 02 Jul 2018 Saudi Arabia Amendments as regards agricultural chemicals, features of the oxo-biodegradable logo and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saudi Arabia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of transparency, a new chapter on Agricultural Chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Features of the Oxo-Biodegradable Logo

    Following the mandatory Registration of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic Articles, the corresponding logo owned by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) is to be affixed to such articles. Information on the features of said logo has been newly incorporated into the paragraph on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview and may be viewed for particulars. Moreover, transitional provisions exist for designated plastic articles; please refer to the News section below for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent provisions for cosmetic products as well as articles made from plastic and the upcoming implementation of carnets for international road transports.
  • 29 Jun 2018 Paraguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 Jun 2018 Pakistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Jun 2018 Malaysia Focus: pest risk analysis (PRA), flour and flour products, pesticides as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Malaysia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Malaysia conducts Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) on new plants and plant products to be imported. The same-titled document has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for this import report. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars as well as to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Flour and Flour Products

    The document entitled Import Permit for Flour and Flour Products has been enhanced with further information on such measure regarding the additional required application for a certificate of approval (COA). Please turn thereto for particulars and to the paragraph on Foodstuffs and Related Goods below.

    Pesticides

    The application form of the Licence to Deal in Pesticides has been exchanged for its current version. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities have been blue-pencilled in the concerned documents of this report as well as throughout this overview, where applicable:

    Department of Veterinary Services
    Domestic Trade Division
    Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS)
    Medical Device Authority
    Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
  • 28 Jun 2018 Kyrgyzstan Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, import and activity licensing as well as contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    The customs-related documents of this report have been revised with regard to the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the single window information system (SWIS), which is managed by the Single Window Center for Foreign Trade Operations.

    Import and Activity Licensing

    The national import licensing provisions have been replaced by procedures compliant with the legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which Kyrgyzstan is a member of. In this context, the document entitled Licence to Import Hazardous Waste has been newly added to the report and several other documents have been adjusted to the changed conditions. The revised section on Activity and Import Licensing may be consulted for the applicable legal requirements.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry (SAEPF) has been revised and adapted throughout this documentation, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations has been updated with additional documentation supporting the Customs Import Declaration and information on goods to be provided in advance.
    Moreover, trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 28 Jun 2018 Papua New Guinea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 27 Jun 2018 Guyana Focus: contact details of authorities, updated forms, animal semen and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guyana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Contact Details of Authorities

    The contact details and, as applicable, the denominations of the following authorities have been blue-pencilled in the concerned documents of this report as well as throughout this overview, where appropriate:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Food and Drug Administration under the Ministry of Public Health
    Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA)
    Guyana Police Force (GPF) under the Ministry of Public Security
    Ministry of Natural Resources.

    Updated Forms

    The application forms contained in the documents entitled Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards and Permit to Sell Mobile Phones have been exchanged for their current versions. Please refer to the quoted documents and the section on Standards in this overview for more information on these measures.

    Animal Semen

    The document entitled Import Permit for Animal Semen has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for Guyana. Please turn thereto for particulars on the import requirements for such material as well as on the application procedure. Further information may also be obtained from the chapter on Animals and Animal Products further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 27 Jun 2018 Gabon Amendments as regards standardisation, free zones as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with information on Gabon's membership to the African Telecommunications Union (ATU). Particulars on standardisation matters may be viewed in the quoted section.

    Free Zones

    The contact details of both the Mandji Island Free Zone (ZFIM) and the Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ) have been updated in the corresponding chapter on Free Zones further below. Please refer thereto for further information on such zones established in Gabon.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 27 Jun 2018 China Amendments as regards state authorities, authorised economic operators (AEOs), packaging, marking and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the P.R. of China. The following changes have been made:

    State Authorities

    Due to recent changes in the structure of the Government of the P.R. of China, several authorities have been renamed or consolidated. Regarding this import report, the following relevant authorities have been renamed:

    Ministry of Environmental Protection to Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE)
    Ministry of Agriculture to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

    Furthermore, among others, the former authorities such as the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) as well as the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) have been consolidated to form a new authority entitled State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). Under the SAMR, the functions of the former CFDA are now assigned to the authority entitled State Drug Administration. Additionally, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the P.R. of China (CNCA) will also be operating under the newly created SAMR, however, its name will be temporarily retained. These changes have been reflected throughout this overview, where applicable.

    Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs)

    The chapter on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with details of countries the P.R. of China has signed mutual recognition agreements of AEO statuses with. Please head thereto for more information.

    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of clarity, the paragraph formerly entitled Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been split up into two separate chapters. Please refer to the newly created sections in this overview on Packaging and Marking Requirements as well as Product Labelling Requirements for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.

Older than 90 days updates

  • 26 Jun 2018 Nicaragua Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, goods declaration, licensing procedure for importing or distributing establishments and contact details.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    For reasons of completeness, the document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA has been newly added to the set documents of this report. Please see the quoted document for specifics.
    Moreover, the corresponding customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the mentioned registration as a prerequisite for the electronic submission.

    Goods Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been enhanced as regards the procedural details, e.g. the time of submission. For more information, please turn to the aforementioned document.

    Licensing Procedure for Importing or Distributing Establishments

    Several documents of this report which are all to be applied for at the Ministry of Health have been merged into one. Based on similarity of the provisions and the respective authority responsible for foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic and hygiene products, chemical substances and their precursors as well as pesticides, the document entitled Sanitary Operating Licence has been newly created and may be viewed for further information.

    Other Changes

    The contact information of the Pharmacy Directorate has been revised throughout the documentation.
  • 26 Jun 2018 Mauritius Focus: Customs Import Declaration, fish and fish products and Import Permit for Controlled Goods.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been amended with regard to the timeframe during which all applicable duties in respect of said declaration are to be deposited. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Fish and Fish Products

    The contact details of the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, which is responsible for regulating the importation of fish and fish products into Mauritius, have been amended in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Fish and Fish Products
    Catch Document
    Notification of Fish Imports
    Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products.

    Furthermore, information on the electronic submission of the application for an Authorisation to Import Fish and Fish Products, which became mandatory on 1 May 2018, has been added to the quoted document.
    The abovementioned documents and the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview may be viewed for further details of the respective measures.

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled Import Permit for Controlled Goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been amended in accordance with the most recent corresponding legal stipulations. In addition, the details of the processing fees have also been brought up to date in the quoted document. More information thereon may also be obtained from the section on Import Licensing further below.
  • 26 Jun 2018 Libya
    Changes of tariff rates