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  • 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 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 Jul 2018 Australia
    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 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 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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.
  • 04 Jul 2018 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 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.
  • 03 Jul 2018 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 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.
  • 02 Jul 2018 Russian Federation
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2018 South Korea
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 02 Jul 2018 China
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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 Saudi Arabia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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.
  • 27 Jun 2018 United Arab Emirates
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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 Tajikistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jun 2018 Libya
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 25 Jun 2018 Ivory Coast Amendments as regards verification of conformity (VoC), Insurance Certificate as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.
    The following changes have been made:

    Verification of Conformity (VoC)

    The starting date of the Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme for certain goods to be imported into Côte d'Ivoire, which was initially scheduled for 16 April 2018 (date of the Bill of Lading), has been changed to 16 July 2018. During this three-month period, certificates of conformity in the scope of the programme may be applied for on a voluntary basis. More information on the VoC requirements as well as the implementation status of the programme may be obtained from the appointed inspection providers and from the section on Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC), which has been amended with regard to the envisaged starting date.

    Insurance Certificate

    The chapter on the National Single Window for Foreign Trade (GUCE) has been enhanced with information on the submission requirements for the Insurance Certificate. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 Jun 2018 Armenia Focus: binding confirmation of the customs tariff numbers, electronic submission of customs-related information, import licensing, precious metals and stones and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Armenia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Confirmation of Customs Tariff Numbers

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been newly added to the set of documents of this report and may be consulted for specifics.

    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 customs system Trade World Manager (TWM).

    Import Licensing

    The national import licensing provisions have been replaced by procedures compliant with the legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which Armenia is a member of. In this context, the document entitled Licence to Import Cryptographic and Special Technological Equipment has been newly incorporated 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.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    Obligations for the free circulation of precious metals and stones within the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) have been summarised in the new document entitled Inspection Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones. Please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the updated section on Precious Metals and Stones for details.

    Other Changes

    Additional documentation and information on goods, which is to be provided in advance, have been verified and reflected accordingly in the chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations.
    Moreover, trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 25 Jun 2018 Singapore
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Jun 2018 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 25 Jun 2018 Belize
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jun 2018 Morocco Amendments as regards electronic customs clearance procedures, border points of entry for shipments subject to veterinary or phytosanitary control as well as currency and payment issues have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco.
    The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Customs Clearance Procedures

    By virtue of Circular No. 5774/311 of 30 March 2018, the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration (Administration des Douanes et Impôts Indirects - ADII) has announced the electronic forwarding of the results of the food control procedures conducted by the National Health Security Office for Foodstuffs (Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits Alimentaires - ONSSA) at various border entry points via the national single window system known as PortNet. It is to be borne in mind, however, that further border inspection posts are yet to join the system. In the current transitory stage, the ONSSA will continue to issue paper clearance certificates, e.g. as far as the Certificate of Phytosanitary Inspection and the Certificate of Veterinary Release are concerned. More information on the PortNet may be found in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Border Points of Entry for Shipments Subject to Veterinary or Phytosanitary Control

    The lists of permissible customs offices of entry for shipments subject to veterinary and phytosanitary controls displayed in the chapters on Animals and Animal Products and on Plants and Plant Products in this overview have been modified in accordance with the latest legal provisions. The quoted paragraphs may be consulted for particulars.

    Currency and Payment Issues

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been blue-pencilled and enhanced with information on the Central Bank of Morocco (Bank Al-Maghrib - BKAM) and the mandatory domiciliation of payments; please refer to the quoted paragraph for additional details.
    Moreover, in accordance with Circular No. 5780/300 of 11 April 2018, details of the means of payment for customs duties, taxes and fees offered by the ADII have been brought to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 22 Jun 2018 Egypt Focus: Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator, electronic submission of documents, import requirements for potato seeds, used electric motor vehicles, drones and other aircraft, import prohibitions and the lifting of currency limitations.
    The import documentation for Egypt has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator

    The document entitled Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator has been newly incorporated into this report, thereby replacing the formerly applicable account management service. The information contained in the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been adjusted accordingly.

    Electronic Submission of Documents

    The following documents have been updated as regards their mandatory electronic submission and may be viewed for specifics:

    Manifest
    Single Administrative Document.

    Import Requirements for Potato Seeds

    The document entitled Technical Import Approval for Seed Potatoes has been enhanced with information on the current import requirements for said seeds. For further details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Used Electric Motor Vehicles

    In accordance with Decree No. 255 of 8 April 2018 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, used electric motor vehicles may be imported if they were produced up to three years ago, whereas the applicable age threshold for petrol-driven second-hand cars is one year. Consequently, the section on Motor Vehicles and Spare Parts Thereof in this overview has been modified to this effect.

    Drones and Other Aircraft

    For any import and trade activity concerning unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, a prior approval is to be obtained from the Ministry of Defense. The paragraph on Aircraft below has been amended accordingly.
    Furthermore, an internationally recognised sample of a Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the same-named document for further clarification; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Import Prohibitions

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports further below has been amplified with information on the ban of polyols containing the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) known as R141b, as published in Customs Circular No. 4 of 2018.

    Lifting of Currency Limitations

    By virtue of its Circular of 3 May 2018, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has introduced two facilitations. First, it lifted the requirement stating that the commercial bank of the importer had to collect all documents pertaining to an import transaction in the original. Secondly, small and medium-sized enterprises working in the field of basic foodstuffs supply are not required to provide a 100% cash guarantee to insure the payment of their obligations anymore.
    The aforementioned changes have been included in the paragraph on Currency and Payments further below.
  • 22 Jun 2018 Zimbabwe
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jun 2018 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Jun 2018 Paraguay Amendments as regards direct customs clearance, the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, warehousing and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. The following changes have been made:

    Direct Customs Clearance

    In accordance with Resolution No. 284 of 24 May 2018, the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been augmented with additional information on direct customs clearance, which is obligatory for goods the storage of which poses a risk to human or environmental health as well as for other commodities of sensitive nature, e.g. live animals and perishables. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    Details of the national authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, which has recently been launched in Paraguay, have been incorporated into the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations. For more information, please see the quoted chapter.

    Warehousing

    A new section containing information on the customs procedure of warehousing has been incorporated into this overview. Further particulars may be obtained from the chapter entitled Warehousing further below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Jun 2018 Kuwait Focus: legalisation of commercial documents, Permit to Import Pesticides, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kuwait has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Legalisation of Commercial Documents

    Commercial documents prepared by the exporter require a chamber certification and frequently a subsequent Embassy legalisation in the country of export. This particularly affects the following commercial documents which belong to the mandatory documentation for customs purposes:

    Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin
    Commercial Invoice
    Packing List.

    In trade practice, the legalisation requirement may be waived by the Kuwait General Administration of Customs (KGAC). It is thus advisable to have the Kuwaiti importer enquire in advance. The abovementioned documents and the chapter on the Legalisation of Documents in this overview have been adjusted to this effect and may be viewed for additional details. It is to be borne in mind, however, that product-specific certificates issued in the country of export, e.g. health or phytosanitary certificates as quoted in the corresponding sections below, are usually subject to legalisation.

    Permit to Import Pesticides

    The document entitled Permit to Import Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the paragraph on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the competent Kuwaiti authorities for import procedures has been reviewed throughout this report and has been blue-pencilled for the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) and the Ministry of Finance.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 21 Jun 2018 Venezuela
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Jun 2018 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Jun 2018 Tunisia Amendments as regards Preliminary Monitoring, agricultural chemicals, measuring instruments, bank restrictions and further currency provisions as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Preliminary Monitoring

    The scope of commodities subject to Preliminary Monitoring has been amended in accordance with a Notice of the Ministry of Commerce published in the Official Journal of the Tunisian Republic (Journal Officiel de la République Tunisienne - JORT) No. 30 of 9 March 2018, thereby replacing the former Notice issued in the JORT No. 33 of 25 April 2017. The classification of the goods pertaining to the quoted document has therefore been updated so as to newly comprise motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons, besides other types of motor vehicles. For procedural information on the monitoring requirement, the abovementioned document and the section on Import Regulations below may be consulted.

    Agricultural Chemicals

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

    Measuring Instruments

    By virtue of a Ministerial Decree of 6 April 2018 (Arrêté du Ministre du Commerce du 6 avril 2018 fixant la liste des instruments de mesure soumis au contrôle métrologique légal à l'importation), tachographs have been added to the devices requiring a mandatory quality and technical control upon their entry into the Tunisian customs territory. The scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Information Card for the Import of Measuring Instruments has been adjusted accordingly. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Bank Restrictions and Further Currency Provisions

    The Central Bank of Tunisia (Banque Centrale de la Tunisie - BCT), which had advised banks in Tunisia to restrict the opening of letters of credit (L/Cs) for the importation of consumer goods which are considered non-essential (so-called non-priority commodities) already in late 2017, has published an amended list by virtue of a Circular dating 1 March 2018. Said list details the concerned products, e.g. designated foodstuffs and drinks as well as particular cosmetics and specific textiles, amongst others. Henceforth, banks are not allowed to open an L/C for these goods anymore unless the importer provides securities from his own funds for the total value of the products to be imported. The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been updated with information on the new Circular, also with regard to possible exemptions. The quoted paragraph has moreover been blue-pencilled and enhanced, e.g., with the contact information of the BCT and may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 20 Jun 2018 Guatemala Focus: aircraft, live animals and foodstuffs.
    The import documentation for Guatemala has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Guatemala require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics. The mentioned document has therefore been added to this import report. For more details, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Live Animals

    The document entitled Sanitary Import Authorisation for Live Animals has been amended with regard to the current application form. Please refer to the aforementioned document for particulars.

    Foodstuffs

    The processing time and the costs for laboratory analysis have been verified and revised in the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Processed Foodstuffs, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 20 Jun 2018 Syria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Jun 2018 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jun 2018 Japan Amendments as regards aircraft, goods containing mercury, arms and ammunition as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Japan. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    The chapter entitled Aircraft has been newly incorporated into this overview. Details of the conformity requirements for the importation of aircraft may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Goods Containing Mercury

    The paragraph on Poisonous and Hazardous Substances in this overview has been enhanced with a list of products containing mercury which have already been banned from importation, exportation and production in Japan. Please head to the quoted section for more information.

    Arms and Ammunition

    Information on the requirements to import firearms, ammunition and swords has been newly added to the chapter on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives further below. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 19 Jun 2018 Georgia Focus: aircraft as well as phytosanitary and veterinary surveillance, registration with the Georgian chamber of commerce and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Georgia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Phytosanitary and Veterinary Surveillance

    The following documents have been revised and amended in accordance with Governmental Decree No. 145 of 27 March 2018 approving processing fees and specified costs charged for the examination of documents, inspection of goods and potential sample taking:

    Prior Notification for Live Animals
    Prior Notification for Plants and Plant Products
    Prior Notification for Veterinary Products
    Quarantine Import Permit
    Veterinary Import Permit.

    Please consult the quoted documents for specifics.

    Registration

    The chapter entitled Registration has been amplified with regard to legal provisions for a registration with the Georgian chamber of commerce. For particulars, please turn to the aforementioned paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 19 Jun 2018 Iran
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Jun 2018 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jun 2018 Thailand Amendments as regards authorised economic operators (AEOs), labelling requirements as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs)

    The chapter on Import Clearance Procedures in this overview has been enhanced with details of countries Thailand has signed mutual recognition agreements of AEO statuses with. Please head thereto for more information.

    Labelling Requirements

    Particulars on the labelling requirements for foodstuffs containing aloe vera have been incorporated into the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Additionally, the labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Currency and Payments

    Contact details of the Bank of Thailand (BOT) have been added to the paragraph entitled Currency and Payments. Please refer to the quoted section for further details.
  • 18 Jun 2018 Honduras Focus: importers of fish and fish products, sanitary surveillance and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importers of Fish and Fish Products

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products has been newly added to the set of documents of the report. Please turn to the mentioned document for more details.

    Sanitary Surveillance

    As the General Directorate for Sanitary Regulation (DGRS) has been renamed as Agency of Sanitary Regulation (ARSA), modifications with regard to the contact information have been made throughout the documentation and import measures controlled by the ARSA have been checked. Consequently, the documents entitled Sanitary Licence and Sanitary Registration have been amplified by adding the respective processing time.

    Procedural Amendments

    The following documents displaying the registration measures for meat and milk products supervised by the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA) have been updated concerning the procedural details, i.e. processing time and fees as well as documents and conditions of the submitted application dossier:

    Registration of Importers of Meat and Meat Products
    Registration of Importers of Milk Products.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for specifics.
  • 15 Jun 2018 Iraq Focus: foodstuffs, radioactive substances, the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers has been newly incorporated into this report. Please refer thereto and to the paragraph on Foodstuffs below for additional information.

    Radioactive Substances

    The document entitled Permit to Import Radioactive Sources and Equipment Containing Them has been blue-pencilled and equipped with a current application form, amongst other changes. For more details, please turn to the mentioned document and to the section on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods in this overview.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include child-care articles, e.g. baby soothers, and designated flavouring or seasoning, e.g. sweet chili sauce for chicken and fish or canned apple sauce, amongst others. Hence, the importation of the newly listed goods now requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Further particulars on the programme may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Environment have been amended throughout the report, where applicable.
  • 15 Jun 2018 Bolivia Amendments as regards motor vehicles, standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Motor Vehicles

    In accordance with instructive Circular Letter No. 090/2018 of the National Customs of Bolivia (ANB), the authorisation requirement for new motor vehicles to be imported into Bolivia has legally been approved. In this context, further details have been reflected in the product-specific section on Motor Vehicles in this overview.

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards below has been enhanced with information on the membership of the Bolivian standardisation agency in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Please turn to the quoted chapter for further information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please consult the following section.
  • 15 Jun 2018 Malaysia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Jun 2018 Azerbaijan Focus: aircraft, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and other regulated goods as well as telecommunications equipment and hazardous waste.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and Other Regulated Goods

    As the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources limits the importation of certain commodities, e.g. certain ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and genetically modified plant material, the document entitled Authorisation for the Release for Free Circulation of Restricted Products has been newly added to the set of documents of the report. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Telecommunications Equipment

    The documents to be enclosed with the application for a Certificate of Conformity for Telecommunications Equipment have been enhanced in accordance with legal provisions. Furthermore, the former ministry responsible for communications has been renamed as the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, which has been rectified throughout this import report.

    Hazardous Waste

    The document entitled Activity Licence for Hazardous Waste has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the application dossier and current version of the application form. Please refer to the quoted document for further information.
  • 14 Jun 2018 Angola Focus: Binding Tariff Information (BTI), Customs Import Declaration, measuring instruments, contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Angola has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information (BTI) has been enhanced in accordance with current information published by the General Tax Administration (AGT). Please turn thereto for more information.

    Customs Import Declaration

    A sample of the new Customs Import Declaration form (also referred to as "single administrative document" - SAD), which is to be fully implemented in Angola after a transitional trial period, has been incorporated into the same-named document. Moreover, an English version has been added for the purpose of translation. For more details, please refer the quoted document.

    Measuring Instruments

    The application form for the document entitled Verification of Conformity of Measuring Instruments has been exchanged for a current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Angolan Institute of Standardisation and Quality (IANORQ) have been updated in the documents entitled Declaration of Conformity and Verification of Conformity of Measuring Instruments.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 14 Jun 2018 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Jun 2018 Mexico
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Jun 2018 Japan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Jun 2018 Venezuela Amendments as regards sanctions, samples, the tax unit, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    Sanctions

    A new chapter containing information on the sanctions against Venezuela enforced by the European Union (EU) has been added to this overview. Please turn to the section entitled Sanctions for further details.

    Samples

    A section on the importation of Samples into Venezuela has been newly incorporated into this overview. For more information, please refer to the same-named paragraph.

    Tax Unit

    In Venezuela, processing fees are sometimes stipulated in tax units. As the exchange rate of one tax unit has been raised to 500 VEF, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been updated accordingly.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the products to which special labelling provisions apply has been introduced into the paragraph on Labelling Requirements below. Please see said chapter for more details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 13 Jun 2018 Haiti Focus: Arrival Notice for Vessels, Professional Identification Card as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Arrival Notice for Vessels

    The forms contained in the document named Arrival Notice for Vessels have been exchanged for their current versions. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Professional Identification Card

    The document entitled Professional Identification Card has been enhanced with information on the launch of its digital version. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section.
  • 13 Jun 2018 Congo Democratic Republic of
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Jun 2018 Uruguay Amendments as regards the electronic single window for foreign trade (VUCE), the qualified economic operator (OEC) programme, optical and ophthalmic medical devices, dietary supplements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    In order to inform about the electronic single window which is in use in Uruguay, a chapter entitled Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) has been newly created for this overview. For more information, please turn thereto.

    Qualified Economic Operator (OEC) Programme

    A new section on the Qualified Economic Operator (OEC) Programme in Urguguay, i.e. the national authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, has been added to this overview. Please see the quoted paragraph for further details.

    Optical and Ophthalmic Medical Devices

    The chapter on Medicines, Cosmetic Products and Other Health-Related Products further below has been enhanced with information on the importation of optical and ophthalmic medical devices and on the requirements for the market access of sunglasses, which have been enforced by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) in January 2018. Further information may be obtained from the mentioned section.

    Dietary Supplements

    The paragraph on Foodstuffs and Alcoholic Beverages has been equipped with information on the requirements for the importation of dietary supplements, which have been implemented in November 2017. For more details, please see the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 12 Jun 2018 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards customs release authorisations, motor vehicles, labelling requirements for animal feedstuffs, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Release Authorisations

    In case of designated substances and goods which are under strict control, e.g. explosive substances, firearms and drugs, an authorisation must be obtained from the General Customs Directorate (DGA) for the customs release thereof after the necessary import endorsements have been obtained from the competent national authorities. The chapters on Customs Procedures and Regulations, Narcotics and Controlled Substances and Arms, Explosives and Pyrotechnic Products have been augmented to this regard. For more information, please see the mentioned sections.

    Motor Vehicles

    Information on provisions concerning the importation of motor vehicles which function on non-conventional energy sources has been added to the paragraph on Motor Vehicles in this overview. In addition, details of the required registration of vehicles to be imported with the General Customs Directorate (DGA) have been incorporated. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for further particulars.

    Labelling Requirements for Animal Feedstuffs

    The section on Labelling Provisions further below has been enhanced with details of the information required to be contained on the labels of animal feedstuffs. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 11 Jun 2018 Fiji Focus: Pro Forma Invoice, Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products as well as Customs Agent Licence.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Pro Forma Invoice

    As a Pro Forma Invoice may be required for customs purposes or by the importer or the competent authorities in Fiji for other reasons, the same-named document has been added to the import documentation for Fiji. Please turn thereto for further information and to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview for other required customs-related documents.

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products has been equipped with the application form which is currently in use. Moreover, the processing time for this procedure has been updated. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Plants and Plant Products further below.

    Customs Agent Licence

    The list of documents to be enclosed with the application for a Customs Agent Licence has been revised in the aforementioned document. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 11 Jun 2018 Bangladesh Amendments as regards the customs documentation, authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme and labelling of foodstuffs have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Documentation

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been augmented with a list of the documents which must be submitted along with the Bill of Entry for all types of imports. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    As the National Board of Revenue is currently developing an authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme in Bangladesh, the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced by adding information in this regard. More details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    In accordance with the Food Safety (Labeling) Regulations of 2017, specific details must be provided on the labels of foodstuffs. Information thereon has been incorporated into the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. For further particulars, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 11 Jun 2018 Thailand
    Nomenclature changes
  • 11 Jun 2018 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jun 2018 Turkmenistan Focus: assignment of tariff codes, prohibited imports and contact details.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    Designated commodities, e.g. precious metals and stones, are subject to specific import licensing in accordance with the provisions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. Therefore, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Import Licence for Specific Products has been updated accordingly.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods banned from importation has been amplified pursuant to the latest provisions of the customs authorities, e.g. hair highlighting and bleaching chemicals are prohibited from being imported into Turkmenistan.

    Contact Details

    The phone numbers of the State Committee on Environment Protection and Land Resources have been amended throughout the report, where applicable.
  • 08 Jun 2018 Brazil Amendments as regards import licensing, the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, temporary admission, antique vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brazil. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Licensing

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    The chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been updated with information on the authorities involved in the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador econômico autorizado - OEA) scheme in Brazil. After the first integration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) at the end of 2016, a new partnership has recently been signed with the Brazilian Army in order to facilitate import procedures for arms, ammunition and chemical products. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Temporary Admission

    The paragraph on Temporary Admission further below has been reviewed and revised in accordance with recent modifications made to the pertinent legal basis, i.e. to Normative Instruction No. 1600 of 14 December 2015. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for more information.

    Antique Vehicles

    The scope of antique vehicles which may be imported in a used condition if they are older than 30 years has been extended and now also comprises, e.g., tractors, motor vehicles intended for the transport of ten or more persons or for the transport of goods as well as special purpose motor vehicles. Therefore, the section on Used Goods has been enhanced to this regard.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 08 Jun 2018 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jun 2018 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Jun 2018 Lebanon Focus: conformity assessment of imported goods, aircraft and industrial commodities.
    The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Conformity Assessment of Imported Goods

    A revised datasheet for exporters and importers of goods subject to mandatory international or Lebanese norms has been issued by Bivac International, which is the company mandated to carry out conformity assessment procedures for goods to be imported by the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), the responsible Lebanese authority for conformity assessment procedures. In accordance with the amendments made, the following documents of this report have been adjusted, e.g. as regards details of the fee calculation basis for the pre-shipment conformity assessment and mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) for standardisation issues with other countries:

    Certificate of Conformity Issued in the Country of Destination
    Verification of Conformity in the Country of Export.

    Moreover, the scope of goods subject to conformity verification has been amended so as to contain child-care articles, e.g. baby soothers, amongst others. For additional information, please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Standardisation further below.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Lebanon require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which comes under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. For further details, the mentioned document, which has been newly added to this import documentation, may be consulted.

    Industrial Commodities

    The procedure described in the document entitled Permit to Import Certain Industrial Commodities or Equipment is an import requirement made mandatory by the Ministry of Industry in order to supervise the trade flows of designated industrial goods. As aluminium profiles, rods and angles coming under the Harmonized System (HS) Code number 7604 have recently been included in the scope of products requiring said document, the classification of goods pertaining to the mentioned document has been amplified accordingly. For more information on the procedural requirements, please turn to the quoted document.
  • 07 Jun 2018 Belize Focus: the Belize Electronic Licenses and Permits System (BELAPS), trademarks, pharmaceuticals as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Belize Electronic Licenses and Permits System (BELAPS)

    Information on the electronic submission of applications for import-related licences and permits via the Belize Electronic Licenses and Permits System (BELAPS) has been added to the following documents of this report:

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to the CITES Convention
    Dealer's Licence for Wildlife
    Import Risk Analysis
    Licence to Import Veterinary Drugs, Veterinary Pesticides and Animal Feed
    Permit to Import Fish and Fishery Products
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Permit to Import Processed Food Products
    Pest Risk Analysis.

    Trademarks

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been added to the set of documents for the import report for Belize. Please turn thereto for details of the registration procedure of trademarks and to the corresponding section on Registration in this overview for information on its requirement.

    Pharmaceuticals

    A new document entitled Registration of Drugs has been incorporated into this import report. Details of the registration requirement and procedure may be obtained from the quoted document and the paragraph on Pharmaceuticals further below. Additionally, the document entitled Licence to Import Pharmaceuticals has been blue-pencilled, i.e. with the current version of the application form and details of the processing fee and period of validity. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 06 Jun 2018 Jamaica Focus: Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate for Used Motor Vehicles, regulated agricultural commodities, pesticides as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate for Used Motor Vehicles

    As of 1 February 2018, used motor vehicles, which are imported from certain countries designated by the Trade Board Limited, are subject to a pre-shipment inspection as a prerequisite to obtain the Import Licence from the Trade Board Limited and the Order and Clearance Permit for Motor Vehicles. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Motor Vehicles and Parts Thereof in this overview for further particulars.

    Regulated Agricultural Commodities

    For reasons of clarity, the former document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Regulated Agricultural Commodities has been split into two separate documents, namely the Licence to Import Regulated Agricultural Commodities and the Licence to Deal in Regulated Agricultural Commodities. Please refer to the quoted documents for more information on the two licencing procedures regarding regulated agricultural commodities, i.e. coffee, cocoa, coconut and spices, as well as to the section on Foodstuffs further below.

    Pesticides

    A new document entitled Licence to Deal in Pesticides has been added to the set of documents for Jamaica. Details of said licence, which is required in order to sell restricted pesticides, may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the corresponding paragraph on Pesticides in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 06 Jun 2018 Ecuador Amendments as regards the accreditation of trade operators, import quotas for designated ozone-depleting substances (ODS), electric three-wheeled vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Trade Operators

    The National Customs Service of Ecuador (SENAE) is responsible for the accreditation of authorised economic operators (AEOs, operadores económicos autorizados - OEAs), who benefit from a privileged treatment in Ecuador. The applicable provisions have been summarised in a separate chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) below. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Import Quotas for Designated Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    As the Ministry of Industry and Productivity (MIPRO) establishes import quotas for certain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), i.e. the maximum value and quantity which may be imported into Ecuador within a stipulated period of time, the section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been updated accordingly.

    Electric Three-Wheeled Vehicles

    The chapter on Motor Vehicles has been amplified with the registration requirements for importers of electric three-wheeled vehicles in accordance with Ministerial Agreement No. 004-2018. For further details, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news may be found in the following section.
  • 05 Jun 2018 Russian Federation Amendments as regards customs regulations, precious metals and stones and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Russia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Regulations

    Information on goods to be provided in advance and additional documentation have been verified and reflected accordingly in the chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations. For further details, please turn to the quoted section in this overview.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The paragraph on Precious Metals and Stones has been amplified with details of obligations for the free circulation of of the goods within the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Please refer to the aforementioned section for more information.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 05 Jun 2018 Papua New Guinea Focus: Permit to Import Sand, Stone and Gravel, procedural details, Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Sand, Stone and Gravel

    The document entitled Permit to Import Sand, Stone and Gravel has been enhanced with the corresponding application form. Please turn to said document for specifics.

    Procedural Details

    Several amendments to the procedural details, e.g. the processing time, processing fee or contact details of the responsible authority, as applicable, have been made in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora Subject to CITES
    Certificate of Introduction from the Sea
    Import Approval for Biological Control Agents
    Import Permit for Plants, Plant Products and Biological Control Agents
    Permit to Import Animals and Biological Products
    Permit to Import Foodstuffs of Animal Origin
    Permit to Import Pesticides
    Permit to Import Radioactive Substances and Equipment Containing Them.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)

    Due to the fact that a new version of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), i.e. ASYCUDA World, is being implemented at different customs offices throughout the country, this import report has been modified with regard thereto. Namely, the documents entitled Customs Import Declaration and Inward Report have been updated with details of the electronic submission via ASYCUDA World. More information may be obtained from said documents.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section.
  • 05 Jun 2018 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 04 Jun 2018 Tajikistan Focus: fiscal and commercial registration, halal certification, contact details as well as the assignment of tariff codes.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fiscal and Commercial Registration

    The documents entitled Taxpayer Registration and Commercial Registration have been reviewed and updated with procedural details, e.g. processing fees and/or electronic submission of the application. For further information, please see the quoted documents.

    Halal Certification

    Since the State Veterinary Supervision Service prohibits the importation and sale of non-halal meat and meat products into Tajikistan, these goods must be accompanied by a corresponding certificate confirming that they have been manufactured according to the Islamic rules, the document entitled Halal Certificate has been revised accordingly. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is the national authority in charge of the importation of designated chemical substances, has been amended in the section on Further Chemical Substances below.

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The list of goods subject to mandatory conformity assessment has been legally rectified by Governmental Resolution No. 456 on 29 September 2017. Therefore, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been adjusted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Registration of Pharmaceutical Products has been updated with respect to the submission of electronic request letters.
  • 04 Jun 2018 Argentina Amendments as regards import licensing, the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, free trade zones and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities subject to either an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (stipulated by Resolution 523-E/2017) has been modified by means of Resolution No. 170/2018. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report has been updated accordingly. Please turn to said documents and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    A new paragraph on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in Argentina has been incorporated into this overview. For more information on the accreditation procedure and requirements, please refer to the quoted section.

    Free Trade Zones

    The list of Argentina's free trade zones and their respective phone numbers has been verified and updated in the same-named chapter below. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the paragraph below.
  • 04 Jun 2018 Haiti
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 May 2018 Israel Amendments as regards the mutual recognition of Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs), used goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Israel. The following changes have been made:

    Mutual Recognition of Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs)

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been amplified with information on Israel's mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) with Hong Kong, Madagascar and Mexico in the framework of their respective Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) schemes. Said MRAs aim at facilitating foreign trade. Further details may be obtained from the aforementioned section.

    Used Goods

    The paragraph on Used Goods further below has been enhanced with information on the mandatory Import Permit for Used Agricultural, Horticultural, and Forestry Machines. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 30 May 2018 Barbados Focus: Electronic Single Window (ESW), Certificate of Airworthiness, denominations and contact details of authorities, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation of Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Single Window (ESW)

    Since the launch of the Electronic Single Window (ESW) in Barbados in 2017, various documents required for import transactions, i.e. licences, certificates and permits which are processed by Participating Government Agencies (PGAs), may be submitted via said platform. The following concerned documents of this report have been enhanced with details of the submission via the ESW and may be viewed for specifics:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Certificate of Roadworthiness
    Import Licence
    Licence to Import and Deal in Firearms
    Licence to Import Drugs and Therapeutic Substances
    Licence to Import Narcotic Drugs
    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Permit to Import Animal Products
    Permit to Import Dogs and Cats
    Permit to Import Live Animals
    Permit to Import Plants and Planting Material
    Permit to Import Tobacco
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Import Inspection
    Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate
    Telecommunications Dealer's Class Licence
    Telecommunications Dealer's Individual Licence
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness , which is required as proof that aircraft to be imported comply with the standards applied in Barbados, has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for Barbados. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Denominations and Contact Details of Authorities

    The new denominations and 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:

    Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management
    Ministry of Environment and Drainage
    Ministry of Transport and Works
    Royal Barbados Police Force.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph.
  • 30 May 2018 Brazil
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 30 May 2018 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 May 2018 Vietnam Focus: classification of goods, foodstuffs, motor vehicles, contact information as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Vietnam has adopted the tariff version 2017 of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS). Following the change to the HS 2017, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in the report) has been adjusted accordingly. Related information may also be found in the updated chapter on Note below and the section on Harmonized System with general information.

    Foodstuffs

    A new document entitled Product Declaration for Foodstuffs has been added to the set of documents for Vietnam. Please turn to the quoted document for more information on the product declaration for imported foodstuffs and the corresponding issued certificate as well as to the section on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Motor Vehicles

    In order to import motor vehicles into Vietnam, an Import Licence for Motor Vehicles is to be obtained. For further details of the necessary requirements as well as the corresponding application form, please refer to the newly created quoted document and to the related section on Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles below.

    Contact Information

    The contact information of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Customs has been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 29 May 2018 St. Lucia Focus: ministerial denominations, narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, Company Registration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Ministerial Denominations

    The denominations of the following government ministries have changed:

    Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs to Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs
    Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations to Ministry of Health and Wellness
    Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport to Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour
    Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal to Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation.

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

    Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors

    A new document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been added to the set of documents for this report. Details of the authorisation requirement in order to import drugs in accordance with the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, which Saint Lucia is a participant of, may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Drugs and Poisons further below.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been enhanced with two additional forms, i.e. the forms for the notice of directors and notice of address, which are to be enclosed with the application for said registration. Please refer to the mentioned document for more information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 29 May 2018 Jordan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 28 May 2018 Nigeria Amendments as regards the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), government procurement, palletisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of the requirements within the framework of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), the information depicted in the section on Conformity Assessment in this overview has been verified and updated, e.g. with regard to the current independent accredited firms (IAFs) for the verification of goods, the conformity assessment methods as well as life-endangering, i.e. high-risk/sensitive, products, amongst others. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for more information.

    Government Procurement

    Subsequent to the enforcement of Presidential Executive Order 05-2018 from 2 February 2018, the chapter on Government Procurement has been augmented with new information concerning the procurement of content in the science, engineering and technology sectors. Additional particulars may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Palletisation

    The paragraph on Packaging and Marking Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of exemptions from the palletisation requirement in accordance with the Nigerian Palletization Policy. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 28 May 2018 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards the Revised Kyoto Convention, endangered species as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Revised Kyoto Convention

    As Congo recently acceded to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (as amended) (Revised Kyoto Convention), the chapter on International Agreements in this overview has been amended to this effect.

    Endangered Species

    For reasons of transparency, the information on Congo's membership to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) contained in this overview has been incorporated into a newly created paragraph named Endangered Species. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 May 2018 Yemen Focus: Licence to Deal in Pesticides, aircraft and contact details.
    The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Deal in Pesticides

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this report as it is a mandatory prerequisite to import and deal in means of plant protection. The mentioned document and the section on Chemicals Used in Agriculture below may be consulted for more information.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Yemen require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority (CAMA). For additional details, the quoted document, which has been newly added to this import documentation, may be viewed.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the General Directorate of Plant Protection, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, has been amended throughout this report. Moreover, the contact details of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) have been adjusted in the document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them. Besides the quoted document, the following chapters of this overview and the documents mentioned therein may be consulted for particulars:

    Plants and Plant Products
    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
    Chemicals Used in Agriculture.
  • 25 May 2018 Costa Rica Focus: accreditation of trade operators, plants, plant products and other regulated commodities as well as the sanitary registration of foodstuffs and cosmetics.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Trade Operators

    The General Customs Directorate (DGA) is responsible for the accreditation of authorised economic operators (AEOs, operadores económicos autorizados - OEAs), who benefit from a privileged treatment in Costa Rica. In order to depict the application procedure, the document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been newly added to the set of documents of the report. For more details, please refer to the corresponding document.

    Plants, Plant Products and Other Regulated Commodities

    The documents of this import report related to procedures administrated by the National Phytosanitary Service (SFE) and National Seeds Office (ONS), respectively, have been updated with respect to the current processing fees established by the aforementioned authorities.

    Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs and Cosmetics

    Provisions for low-risk foodstuffs and cosmetic products have been added to the following documents:

    Registration of Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Foodstuffs.

    These documents as well as the document Sanitary Inscription of Foodstuffs have furthermore been amended with regard to the processing time. Moreover, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Cosmetic Products has been reviewed and enhanced with, e.g., details of the current electronic registration system. Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars.
  • 24 May 2018 El Salvador Focus: foodstuffs, drugs and chemical precursors as well as the assignment of tariff codes.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    Food manufacturers and operators must prove the quality of their imported products. Therefore, a document proving that manufacturers have been authorised in the country of export may have to be submitted for importation and market access. Consequently, the document entitled Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers has been newly incorporated into this documentation. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Drugs and Chemical Precursors

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

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Compounds
    Import Authorisation Form for Chemical Precursors
    Permit to Import Chemical Precursors.

    The aforementioned documents have also been updated as regards various details, e.g. with regard to the processing fees, where applicable, and the authority in charge of the import surveillance.

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    Designated commodities, e.g. ephedrine and its salts, are prohibited from importation in accordance with the provisions of the General Customs Directorate (DGA). Therefore, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Chemical, Cosmetic and Hygienic Products has been updated with respect to the processing time and the competent unit under the National Directorate for Medicines (DNM). For specifics, please refer to the quoted document.
  • 24 May 2018 New Zealand Amendments as regards radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), tobacco standardised packaging, the customs value as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    A new paragraph entitled Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been added to this overview. Please refer to the quoted section for details regarding conformity standards as well as the applicable import procedures for such goods.

    Tobacco Standardised Packaging

    The chapter on Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products further below has been enhanced with details of the standardised packaging requirements, which were enforced on 14 March 2018 in New Zealand. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Customs Value

    Information on the methods of customs valuation applied in New Zealand in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 have been introduced to the section on Customs Value in this overview. For further details, please turn thereto.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 24 May 2018 Costa Rica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 May 2018 Chile
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 May 2018 Mauritania Amendments as regards the Directorate for Standardisation and Quality Promotion, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania. The following changes have been made:

    Directorate for Standardisation and Quality Promotion

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Plant Import Permit

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

    Trademarks

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

    Alcoholic Beverages

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

    Other Changes

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

    Labels of Bottled Alcoholic Beverages

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Single Customs Territory (SCT)

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

    Minerals

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

    Other Changes

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

    Optical Media and Reproduction Machines

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

    Standardisation

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Suspension of Domiciliation

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Exclusion from the Suspension of Importation

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

    Other Changes

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

    Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG)

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

    Motor Vehicles

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Proof of Ecological Sustainability

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

    Endangered Species

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

    Updated Forms

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

    Licence to Import Specific Goods
    Quarantine Import Permit.

    Administrative Responsibilities

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Plants and Plant Products

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

    Medicinal Goods

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

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

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

    Commodity Codes

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

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)

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

    Fumigation Certificate

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

    Other Changes

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

    National Trade Platform (NTP)

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

    Registration with Singapore Customs

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

    Veterinary Biologics

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

    Hazardous Substances

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Veterinary Drugs

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

    Labels of Energy Drinks

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

    Contact Details

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

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

    Measuring Instruments and Metrology

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

    GICONA Electronic Processing System for Health-Related Products

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

    Medical Devices

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

    Foodstuffs, Chemicals and Radioactive Substances

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

    Contact Information

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

    Other Changes

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

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    TAREKS Reference Number

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

    Alcohol and Tobacco

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

    Fuels

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

    Chemicals

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

    Contact Information

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    Preliminary Import Declaration
    Request for Information
    Single Certified Document.

    Commercial Invoice

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Importation of Fish

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

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

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

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

    Agricultural Chemicals

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Other Changes

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

    Trademarks

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

    Disease and Pest Identification

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

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

    Animals and Animal Products

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Other Changes

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

    Sudan's Membership in the Regional Plant Protection Organisation

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

    Motor Vehicles

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

    Other Changes

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

    Air Conditioners

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

    Fertilisers and Other Chemicals

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Single Administrative Document

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

    Fertilisers

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

    Medical Devices

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

    Arms, Military Goods and Dual-Use Goods

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

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Animals and Animal Products

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

    Agricultural Remedies

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

    Radioactive and Nuclear Materials

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

    Other Changes

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

    Foreign Exchange Issues

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

    Radiation Sources

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

    Motor Vehicles

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Standardisation

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

    Labels of Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please consult the following chapter.
  • 04 May 2018 Mozambique
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 May 2018 Myanmar Amendments as regards persistent organic pollutants (POPs), labelling requirements and wood packaging material (WPM) have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar.
    The following changes have been made:

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

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

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

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

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

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

    Diamonds and Precious Metals

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

    Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Equipment

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

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

    Other Changes

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

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

    Import Licencing Fee

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

    Tax Registration

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

    Pharmaceutical Products

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

    Media Items

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

    Waste

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

    Sanctions

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

    Other Changes

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

    Free Trade Zones

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

    Standardisation

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

    Labels of Pharmaceutical Products

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

    Other Changes

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

    Sanitary Certificate

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

    Arms, Military and Dual-Use Goods

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

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

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

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

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

    Petroleum Oils

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

    Other Changes

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

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

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

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

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

    Procedural Details

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

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

    Diamonds and Precious Metals

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Company Registration

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

    Processing Fees

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

    Controlled, Military and Dual-Use Goods

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

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Import Licences for Carpets and Rugs

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

    Applicable Legislation

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

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

    Plastic Grain Manufactured from Virgin Material

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

    Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements

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

    Customs Value

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

    Standards

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

    Other Changes

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

    Norms and Standards

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

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

    Registration for the Participation in the Import Budget

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Import Declaration

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

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products

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

    Cosmetic Products

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

    Plant Protection Products

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

    Other Changes

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

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

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

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Hazardous Goods

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

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

    Import Permits

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

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

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

    Denominations and Contact Details

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

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

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

    Industrial Chemicals

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

    Updated Forms

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

    Other Changes

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

    Commercial Samples

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Other Changes

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

    Electronic Submission

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Foodstuffs

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

    Processing Fees

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

    Renamed Authorities

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

    Other Changes

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Air Conditioners

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

    Aircraft

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

    Restriction of Hazardous Substances

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

    Procedural Details

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

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

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

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

    Recyclable Packaging Material

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

    Livestock Products Labelling

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.