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  • 20 Oct 2017 Syria Focus: prohibited imports, amended application fees and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been amplified with information on items of animal origin banned from being entered into Syria; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Amended Application Fees

    The updated fees which are charged for the mandatory Registration with the Chamber of Commerce have been reflected in the quoted document. Information on the requirement of this document may also be consulted in the chapter on Registration below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Syrian authorities responsible for foreign trade measures, e.g. of the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment and the Syrian Arab Organization for Standardization and Metrology (SASMO), has been blue-pencilled and adjusted, where applicable throughout the documents of this report.
  • 20 Oct 2017 Mali Amendments as regards the labelling of matches, the Rotterdam Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Matches

    The chapter on Labelling and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with information on the prescribed labelling of matches. Further details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Rotterdam Convention

    As Mali is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention, the chapter on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with details thereon. Please turn to the mentioned section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 20 Oct 2017 Belarus Focus: advanced notification of arrival, classification of goods, application forms, pest risk analysis (PRA), labels of grain and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    For reasons of clarity, the former preliminary declaration has been completely reviewed and renamed Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft, which has been amplified with additional requirements for notifications to be made if goods are transported by aircraft. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in the relevant documents of this report pursuant to the import regime and conformity regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), i.e. referring to all product groups listed in the paragraphs on Import Licences and Standardisation in this overview.

    Application Forms

    The documents listed below have been equipped with the unified application form required in the EAEU for the certification or declaration of conformity:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.
    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the EAEU.

    Labels of Grain

    Provisions for the labels of grain have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please see the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 20 Oct 2017 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2017 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2017 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Oct 2017 Panama Amendments as regards free trade zones, norms and standards, labels of pesticides and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The chapter entitled Free Trade Zones has been completely revised and enhanced with various details, e.g. concerning the authority responsible for the development and management of such zones. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Standardisation has been amplified with information on Panama's membership to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Labels of Pesticides

    Labelling Requirements for pesticides intended for professional use have been added to the same-titled section in this overview. For details, please refer to the aforementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 19 Oct 2017 Montenegro Focus: food and feed of non-animal origin, Registration of Foodstuffs Objects, agricultural chemicals, tobacco products, contact details.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Food and Feed of Non-Animal Origin

    As of 1 September 2017, new requirements are in effect for the importation of food and feed of non-animal origin into Montenegro. As a result, the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been completely reviewed and enhanced accordingly. For additional information, please see the mentioned document.

    Registration of Foodstuffs Objects

    The document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs Objects has been verified and updated, e.g. with regard to the processing fees and documents to be enclosed, in accordance with the most recent stipulations from July 2017.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    On 12 September 2017, the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs issued an appeal for importers of pesticides to ensure that their products are registered with said authority. Similarly, fertilisers to be imported are also subject to a prior registration. In order to provide particulars of the registration procedures, the documents entitled Registration of Pesticides and Registration of Fertilisers have been added to the set of documents for this report. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Tobacco Products

    As all importers dealing in tobacco, processed tobacco and tobacco products must be registered in Montenegro, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products has been newly incorporated into this report. For further details of the respective registration procedure, please refer to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The documents entitled Company Registration and Opening of a Company Representation have been updated with the new address details of the Central Registry of Commercial Entities (CRPS). Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Oct 2017 Jordan Amendments as regards commodities related to internal security, animal feed and Jordan's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Commodities Related to Internal Security

    A new chapter on Commodities Related to Internal Security has been added to this overview in order to summarise the measures applicable to the importation of such merchandise. The quoted section below may be viewed for more information.

    Animal Feed

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which the country is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances below.
  • 19 Oct 2017 El Salvador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Oct 2017 Mali
    Nomenclature changes
  • 19 Oct 2017 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Oct 2017 Serbia Focus: denonimations of Ministries, Phytosanitary Inspection, endangered wildlife species, especially dangerous chemicals, waste and eGovernment Portal.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Denonimations of Ministries

    The competencies of the former Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection have been transferred over to the newly nominated Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and Ministry of Environmental Protection. The concerned documents of this import report have been amended accordingly and, where applicable, updated with the contact details.

    Phytosanitary Inspection

    The list of border crossing points through which plants and plant products may be entered into Serbia has been updated in the document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Endangered Wildlife Species

    The current application forms have been furnished into the documents entitled CITES Permit and Permit to Import Nationally Protected Species of Wild Flora, Fauna and Fungus. The details of the processing fees have also been brought up to date in said documents. Please see the quoted documents for more particulars.

    Especially Dangerous Chemicals

    The list of dangerous chemical substances which are exempt from a Licence to Deal in Especially Dangerous Chemicals has been amended in the quoted document in accordance with the Ordinance on the licences for the conduct of trade activities, i.e. licences for the use of especially dangerous chemicals ("Official Gazette RS", no. 6/17) from February 2017. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed has also been verified and updated accordingly. The corresponding document may be consulted for additional details.

    Waste

    The document entitled Permit to Import Non-Hazardous Waste has been completely reviewed and brought up to date, e.g. with regard to the processing fee, the validity for multiple shipments and the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, the document entitled Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Non-Hazardous Waste has been equipped with a Serbian version of the form.
    To depict the procedure for importing certain types of hazardous waste which may be imported into Serbia as secondary raw materials, the document entitled Permit to Import Hazardous Waste has been newly added to the set of documents for this report.

    eGovernment Portal

    The Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS) is one of the authorities which enable certain procedures to be carried out electronically via the Serbian eGovernment Portal. Accordingly, the documents entitled Registration of Medicines and Registration of Medical Devices have been enhanced with details of the electronic application procedures. The latter document has also been amplified with information regarding the registration of medical devices intended for veterinary purposes.
  • 18 Oct 2017 Iceland Focus: live animals, medical devices, firearms and ammunition as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals has been enhanced with a sample certificate for the importation of dogs into Iceland. Please see the mentioned document for more details.

    Registration of Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been updated as regards the application form and the procedural details. Further information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Firearms and Ammunition

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Licence to Import and Trade in Firearms and Ammunition has been exchanged for its current version. For further details, please refer to said document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the chapter below.
  • 18 Oct 2017 Ethiopia Amendments as regards the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and packaging and labelling requirements for tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

    As Ethiopia is a member of the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the chapter on Standards in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Ethiopia is a party, has been added to the section entitled Pesticides and Further Hazardous Chemicals. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements for Tobacco Products

    Details concerning the packaging and labelling requirements for tobacco products have been depicted in the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 18 Oct 2017 Uzbekistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Oct 2017 Bangladesh
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Oct 2017 Madagascar Amendments as regards plants and plant products, alcohol and tobacco products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph entitled Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with a list of entry points at which phytosanitary controls may be effected at the time of importation. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Alcohol and Tobacco Products

    The section on Alcohol and Tobacco Products has been newly integrated into this overview, depicting import requirements for said goods. Please turn to the aforementioned paragraph for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 17 Oct 2017 Libya Focus: import budget, Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), exchanged sample forms and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Budget

    By virtue of Decree No. 378/2017, the Ministry of Economy and Industry (previously Ministry of Economy) published an import budget, which applies to import transactions of the public and the private sector alike. In the private sector, it aims at a better allocation of currencies and refers to imports for which a Letter of Credit (LC) or documents against payment have been agreed upon as methods of payment of the goods. The value of the budget amounts to 10.6 billion of USD, 6.7 billion USD of which are intended for the private sector and the remaining 3.9 billion USD for government expenditures. As to private-sector imports, an exact allocation of currencies with respect to commodity groups, e.g. foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals or products used in the oil and gas industry, is provided for in Article No. 2 of said Decree.
    Decree No. 50/2017 stipulates that LCs are to be submitted by post to the representative of the Ministry, i.e. the head of the newly established Inspection Committee. The inspector is to provide his final confirmation on each LC in conformity with the rules of Decree No. 51/2017, which stipulates the documents to be enclosed with the submission of the LCs.
    Since mid-July 2017, companies of the private sector are to register with the Ministry under www.me.eidc.gov.ly in order to participate in the budget.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The sample application form for the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been exchanged for a version currently in use. Moreover, said document has been enhanced with an additional sample of an issued certificate of inspection as provided by one of the permissible inspection providers, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). Besides SGS, further international inspection companies, e.g. Bureau Veritas, Cotecna, Intertek and TÜV Rheinland, have been mandated by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) to conduct PSI.

    Exchanged Sample Forms

    The document entitled Pre-Shipment Declaration of Conformity has been equipped with a version of the sample declaration form currently in use.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    By virtue of Decree No. 1/2017 of the Ministry of Economy and Industry (previously Ministry of Economy), the Commercial Registration Committee coming under the Companies and Commercial Registration Administration has been newly created under said Ministry as the Libyan body which is now responsible for the development of a new companies law. It is therefore the new managing authority for the documents entitled Commercial Registration and Excerpt from the Commercial Register. The latter is a mandatory document for the application of various import procedures.
  • 17 Oct 2017 Liberia Amendments as regards norms and standards, the customs value as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The chapter on Norms and Standards in this overview has been enhanced with the address details of the Liberia Division of Standards (LDS) and the National Standards Laboratory (NSL) in Liberia. Please turn to the mentioned section for further information.

    Customs Value

    A new paragraph entitled Customs Value has been added to the import documentation for Liberia, outlining the rules on determining the customs value of imported goods. Further details may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 17 Oct 2017 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Oct 2017 United Arab Emirates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2017 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards customs stations, the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, wine and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Stations

    A list of the border crossing points (BCPs) and information on inland customs clearance terminals established within the customs territory of Kosovo has been depicted in the paragraph entitled Customs Stations, which has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for additional particulars.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    A new chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been added to this overview in order to provide information on the trader scheme in Kosovo. For specifics, please turn to the quoted section.

    Wine

    Details of the requirements for the importation of wine have been included in a new paragraph in this overview. Please see the chapter entitled Wine for more information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 16 Oct 2017 Brunei Focus: Company Registration, Notification of Cosmetic Products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been enhanced in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fee and documents to be enclosed. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration for particulars.

    Notification of Cosmetic Products

    An updated application form has been added to the document named Notification of Cosmetic Products. Furthermore, the documents to be enclosed have been augmented in accordance with most current specifications. The mentioned document as well as the section on Medicinal Products and Cosmetics may be viewed for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax numbers of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services and the Food Safety and Quality Control Division have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 16 Oct 2017 Australia Focus: Advance Ruling, medicines and medical devices, Registration as a Responsible Supplier of Electrical Equipment, labelling of caffeinated beverages as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    The document entitled Advance Ruling has been newly included in this import report. For more information on obtaining binding confirmation as regards the tariff, valuation or origin classification of goods, please refer to said document and the chapter on Customs Clearance in this overview.

    Medicines and Medical Devices

    The processing fees payable in relation to the following documents have been updated:

    Confirmation of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Import Approval for Medical Devices.
    The former document has also been revised with regard to the documents to be enclosed. In this context, the document entitled Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please see the quoted documents for details.

    Registration as a Responsible Supplier of Electrical Equipment

    Importers intending to use the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) on their electrical equipment must be registered in the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). Particulars of said registration may be obtained from the document entitled Registration as a Responsible Supplier of Electrical Equipment, which has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Please also refer to the updated paragraph on Labelling Requirements below for additional information.

    Labelling of Caffeinated Beverages

    The section on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for caffeinated beverages. Please turn thereto for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 16 Oct 2017 Zimbabwe
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2017 Georgia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Oct 2017 South Korea Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs), pest risk analysis (PRA) and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    The chapter on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in this overview has been augmented with further details. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Information on the three different stages of a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in South Korea has been added to the mentioned section. For further particulars, please refer thereto.

    International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below has been enhanced by introducing the contact details of the Korean authorities responsible in the framework of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). Further particulars may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 13 Oct 2017 Bahamas Amendments as regards the labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the requirements for labels of pre-packaged foodstuffs. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Oct 2017 United Arab Emirates Focus: mandatory Taxpayer Registration, exchanged application and sample forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Mandatory Taxpayer Registration

    Following the introduction of a new excise tax for designated goods with effect from 1 October 2017 by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), which had been established in 2016, the document entitled Taxpayer Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. The quoted document may be viewed for further details of the mandatory registration of individuals and companies trading in the respective goods, i.e. energy and carbonated drinks as well as tobacco and tobacco products. General information on Registration requirements may be found in the same-named section below.
    Since the third quarter of 2017, the abovementioned registration may also be conducted by importers and traders liable to the value-added tax (VAT), which is intended to be introduced as of the beginning of 2018. Registration for VAT purposes will then become compulsory by the end of 2017 for businesses of an annual threshold turnover of at least 375,000 AED.

    Exchanged Application and Sample Forms

    The application or sample forms of the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof
    Registration with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
    Veterinary Certificate for Horses.

    For more information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 13 Oct 2017 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Oct 2017 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2017 Indonesia Focus: Appointments as IT, Recognitions as IP and Import Approvals, Trade Business Licence (SIUP), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Appointments as IT, Recognitions as IP and Import Approvals

    The following documents have been amended in regard to procedural details, i.e. the documents to be enclosed:

    Appointment as IT Alcoholic Beverages
    Appointment as IT Cement
    Appointment as IT Diamonds
    Appointment as IT Mobile Phones, Hand-Held Computers and Tablets
    Appointment as IT Nitro Cellulose
    Appointment as IT Oil and Gas
    Appointment as IT Other Fuels
    Appointment as IT Plastic Raw Materials
    Appointment as IT Precursors
    Recognition as IP Precursors
    Import Approval for Animals and Animal Products
    Import Approval for Alloy Steel
    Import Approval for Colour Multifunction, Photocopying and Printing Machines
    Import Approval for Horticultural Products
    Import Approval for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Import Approval for Salt
    Import Approval for Sugar
    Import Approval for Used Capital Goods.

    Moreover, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the following documents has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products:

    Appointment as IT Precursors
    Recognition as IP Precursors
    Import Approval for Horticultural Products
    Import Approval for Precursors.

    Trade Business Licence (SIUP)

    The Trade Business Licence (SIUP) is now valid for an unlimited period of time. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the phone and fax numbers of the Director General of Customs and Excise have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 12 Oct 2017 Hong Kong Focus: Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities, CITES Import Licence, exchanged forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities

    The document entitled Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities has been reviewed and updated concerning the manner of submission. Please see said document for details.

    CITES Import Licence

    The document entitled CITES Import Licence has been amended with regard to the form and the requirements for completing and submitting said application.

    Exchanged Forms

    The forms depicted in the documents listed below have been exchanged for the respective versions as currently in use:

    Import Permit for Frozen or Chilled Meat, Poultry and Game Meat
    Import Statement on Dutiable Commodities
    Import Statement for Liquors
    Import Statement for Methyl Alcohol
    Import Statement for Tobacco
    Kimberley Process Import Certificate
    Pre-Arrival Notification of Commercial Vessels.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 12 Oct 2017 Canada Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, mutual recognition agreements (MRAs), prohibited tobacco products, food products treated with high pressure processing (HPP) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    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 certain machinery, e.g. bulldozers, angledozers, scrapers, tamping machines, road rollers, piledrivers, snowploughs and snowblowers, as of 28 August 2017.

    Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)

    The chapter on Customs Release Options in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) which Canada concluded with Israel and Australia in July 2017 within the framework of the Partners in Protection (PIP) programme. For details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Prohibited Tobacco Products

    As of 2 October 2017, the sale of cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars which contain menthol is strictly prohibited in Canada. The section on Prohibited Imports has been accordingly enhanced with details on such products as well as other tobacco products which are banned from importation into Canada. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Food Products Treated with High Pressure Processing (HPP)

    In accordance with a guidance document issued by the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in July 2017, food products treated with high pressure processing (HPP) are no longer subject to the requirements applicable to novel foods. The chapter on Foodstuffs has been updated in this regard. For additional details, please see the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 12 Oct 2017 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Oct 2017 Mexico Focus: Registration of Importers, Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, protection of plant variety rights, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration of Importers and Registration of Importers from Certain Branches

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers and Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, which must be applied for via the web portal of the Tax Administration Service (SAT), have been equipped with a sample of the electronic application interface, respectively. Please see the quoted documents and the chapter on Registration in this overview for further details of these procedures.

    Protection of Plant Variety Rights

    A new document entitled Protection of Plant Breeder's Rights has been created for this import report. For more information on this measure, please refer to the mentioned document and to the updated section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Service of Inspection and Certification of Seeds (SNICS) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) have been updated in all concerned documents of the report.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 11 Oct 2017 Laos Amendments as regards advance ruling, customs value as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Laos.
    The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on the possibility to facilitate import procedures via advance ruling. More details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Customs Value

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

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the labelling provisions for tobacco products. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 11 Oct 2017 Switzerland Amendments as regards commercial samples, labelling of products of animal origin as well as of radio equipment and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Samples

    A chapter on Commercial Samples has been newly created for this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Labelling of Products of Animal Origin

    The section on Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced by adding information on the identification mark required for animal products. For further particulars, the quoted paragraph may be consulted.

    Labelling of Radio Equipment

    Information on the mandatory requirements for the labels of radio equipment have been included in the section on Labelling Requirements. More details may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Oman Focus: pesticides and fertilisers, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), air conditioners and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pesticides and Fertilisers

    Means of plant protection must be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in order to be imported into and marketed in Oman. In addition, importers and traders of pesticides require a corresponding licence from said Ministry. Consequently, the following documents have been newly incorporated into this report:

    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Moreover, the following documents have been completely revised and adjusted to the currently valid regulations, e.g. as regards the mandatory documents to be enclosed with the application or the payable service fees, amongst other changes:

    Permit to Import Fertilisers
    Permit to Import Pesticides
    Release Approval for Agricultural Commodities.

    For additional details, please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter entitled Agricultural Chemicals in this overview.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Pursuant to recently published decisions and guidelines, the documents required for the importation of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) have been blue-pencilled. The modifications concern, e.g., the fee structure and the mandatory information to be inscribed on the labels of the devices. More information may be obtained from the section quoted above and the documents listed therein as well as from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below.

    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 Oman in accordance with Standard No. 2530 on the requirements of energy efficiency labels and the minimum energy efficiency performance standards (MEPS) for air conditioners of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional details.

    Other Changes

    The following News section contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards pesticides, standardisation as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pesticides

    A new chapter on Pesticides has been added to this overview, providing information on the importation of and trade in plant protection products. For specifics, please see the quoted paragraph further below.

    Standardisation

    Details of the national standards body of Cambodia, i.e. the Institute of Standards of Cambodia (ISC) are presented in the newly added section on Standardisation. Please turn to the mentioned chapter in this overview for particulars.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with provisions on the labelling requirements for cosmetics. Further details may be obtained from said chapter below.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Cameroon Focus: Registration in the Importer File, Registration with e-FORCE, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration in the Importer File

    The document entitled Registration in the Importer File has been updated with regard to the processing fee pertaining to this particular procedure. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Registration with e-FORCE

    In order to access the newly established so-called Single Form for Foreign Trade Operations (= Formulaire Unique des Opérations du Commerce Extérieur), also referred to as e-FORCE, which is a tool within the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations (GUCE), a prior Registration with e-FORCE is necessary. The quoted document has been added to the set of documents for this report to depict the details of the registration procedure. Please turn thereto and to the enhanced chapter on the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations for further information. Moreover, all documents of this report which may be submitted electronically via the e-FORCE have been amended accordingly.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations (GUCE) have been updated in all concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Morocco
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Oct 2017 Ukraine Amendments as regards the application of an accredited electronic key, chemical weapons and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Accredited Electronic Key

    For the use of the Unified State Portal for Administrative Services, business entities are required to possess an electronic digital signature (EDS). In Ukraine, the Accredited Key Certification Center is responsible therefore. For general information on the quoted portal and for contact details of the institution in charge, please turn to the corresponding paragraph on Registration below, which has been enhanced with relevant particulars.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Ukraine is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following chapter.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Kenya Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following Kenya's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Kenya 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.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    As of 1 September 2017, all imported pharmaceutical goods, i.e. medical devices, food supplements, medical cosmetics and herbal products, are inspected under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme. The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the following documents has therefore been reviewed and updated as appropriate:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    The quoted documents and the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) may be consulted for further details.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the newly implemented ban on plastic carrier and flat bags, 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.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Guinea Focus: Insurance Certificate, hazardous chemicals and Certificate of Analysis.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Insurance Certificate

    When clearing goods from customs, the Customs Import Declaration is to be accompanied by documents proving the nature of the goods and the transaction. An Insurance Certificate is amongst those documents which may be required by the Guinean customs authorities and has therefore been added to the set of documents of this import report. For more information on this and further requirements, please turn to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Hazardous Chemical Substances

    Pursuant to the Guinean Mining Code, the National Directorate of Mines is to give its approval to the importation of and trade in designated explosives. Consequently, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Explosive Substances for Civil Use has been newly incorporated into this import documentation. Please refer to the quoted document and to the updated chapter on Hazardous Goods for particulars.

    Moreover, Guinea is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade. This Convention undertakes to ensure that exports of designated chemical substances may only take place with the consent of the importing party. By means of the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure, information is gathered and disseminated as to whether an importing party wishes to receive future shipments of a certain chemical and to ensure the compliance with that decision by the exporting party.
    In case a company is seeking to export chemicals which are covered by the Convention or which are subject to national regulatory action, an Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention must be sent to the Designated National Authority (DNA) of the importing country nominated to this effect in order to obtain prior consent. For further information, the quoted document may be consulted, which has been newly introduced into this report.

    Certificate of Analysis

    Depending on the nature of commodities, a document certifying that microbiological and physical/chemical tests have been carried out by an appropriate laboratory in the country of export may be a prerequisite for a Request for Certificate (RFC) in the framework of the mandatory Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Conformity Assessment Procedures detailed in the same-named section below. In order to depict the obtainment of such a Certificate of Analysis, said document has been newly created and may be viewed for additional details.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Sri Lanka
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Oct 2017 Norway Amendments as regards the nutrition declaration for foodstuffs, high risk food and feed and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway. The following changes have been made:

    Nutrition Declaration for Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with details of the mandatory nutrition declaration for foodstuffs. For more information, please turn to the quoted section.

    High Risk Food and Feed

    As new stipulations have been published concerning the scope of products subject to an increased level of official controls on imports, the tariff codes assigned to the documents Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products and Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) have been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 06 Oct 2017 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: phytosanitary certification, Insurance Certificate, Export Notification for Goods Coming Under the Rotterdam Convention, Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product and Declaration of Conformity.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Phytosanitary Certification

    If commodities subject to phytosanitary control are re-exported, both the original Phytosanitary Certificate and a Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate are to be provided. Consequently, the latter document has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn to the documents quoted above and to the section on Plants and Plant Products for specifics.

    Insurance Certificate

    An Insurance Certificate is amongst the documents which may be required by the Congolese customs authorities and has therefore been added to this import documentation. Please also refer to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations for particulars.

    Export Notification for Goods Coming Under the Rotterdam Convention

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, which undertakes to ensure that exports of designated chemical substances may only take place with the consent of the importing party. If a company seeks to export chemicals covered by the Convention or subject to national regulatory action, an Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention must be submitted. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    In order to import narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an authorisation is to be obtained. For more details, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors may be viewed.

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The importation of telecommunications equipment is subject to a Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment. Therefore, this import report has been enhanced with a newly created document of the same name. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product

    As a Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product may be required for the registration of pharmaceuticals, the same-named document has been added to this report and may be consulted for more details.

    Declaration of Conformity

    The conformity of certain goods must be proved in order for them to be importable. A means of attestation of conformity may be a Declaration of Conformity. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document.
  • 06 Oct 2017 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Oct 2017 Tajikistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Oct 2017 Pakistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2017 Senegal Focus: Approval for the Importation of Telecommunications Equipment, Preliminary Declaration of Fishery Products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval for the Importation of Telecommunications Equipment

    The application form for the Approval for the Importation of Telecommunications Equipment contained in the same-named document has been replaced by the currently used version. Furthermore, the document has been reviewed and amended with regard to the stipulated processing time and fee. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information.

    Preliminary Declaration of Fishery Products

    The document entitled Preliminary Declaration of Fishery Products has been enhanced with the application form which is to be submitted by the importer prior to the importation of fishery products. The quoted document may be viewed for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 05 Oct 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Amendments as regards customs valuation, technological industrial development zones (TIDZs), gas cylinders intended for installation in motor vehicles, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Macedonia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the customs valuation methods applied in Macedonia has been provided in the newly added chapter entitled Customs Value in this overview. Further details may be consulted in the quoted paragraph.

    Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZs)

    A new section on Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZs) has been incorporated into this overview to provide details of such zones in Macedonia and of the benefits granted to investors operating therein. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Gas Cylinders Intended for Installation in Motor Vehicles

    Details of the requirements to import gas cylinders which are intended for installation in motor vehicles have been added to the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Equipment further below. Please refer to said chapter for information thereon.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News may be obtained from the following chapter.
  • 05 Oct 2017 Bahrain Focus: reduction of mandatory accompanying documents for goods delivered to Bahrain, air conditioners, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Reduction of Mandatory Accompanying Documents for Goods Delivered to Bahrain

    By virtue of Decree No. 8/2017 of the Customs Affairs, the documents entitled Delivery Order and Packing List are no longer to be enclosed with every delivery of goods shipped to Bahrain. Said documents may, however, occasionally be requested by the customs authorities. For more information on the scope of mandatory documents for customs clearance, please turn to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    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 Bahrain in accordance with Decree No. 70/2015, promulgating the Regulation on Energy Labelling and Minimum Energy Performance Requirements for Air Conditioners. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional details.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Two new legal stipulations, i.e. Resolutions No. 7/2017 and No. 9/2017, have recently been published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), pursuant to which the type approval procedure, the fee structure and the application forms related to said procedure have been reviewed. Please refer to the document entitled Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 04 Oct 2017 Ghana Focus: registration of importers with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products and contact details.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)

    The following documents have been newly added to this import report:

    Registration of Importers of Cosmetics and Household Chemical Substances
    Registration of Importers of Food Supplements, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products
    Registration of Importers of Medical Devices.
    Please turn to the quoted documents and the corresponding chapters on Foodstuffs, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics as well as Pesticides, Chemicals and Hazardous Goods for more information on the registration requirements.

    Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products

    The current application form has been incorporated in the document entitled Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products. For further details, please consult said document and the section on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities have been updated in all concerned documents throughout this import report:

    Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
    Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC)
    Ministry of Energy
    National Petroleum Authority
    Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD).
  • 04 Oct 2017 Botswana Amendments as regards sources of radiation as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana. The following changes have been made:

    Sources of Radiation

    The section on Hazardous Substances and Waste in this overview has been enhanced with details of the requirements for the importation of radioactive material, radioactive substances as well as equipment generating ionising radiation. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Currency and Payments

    A new chapter entitled Currency and Payments has been added to this overview, in order to provide information on the national currency and on the payment methods of import transactions. For details, please turn to the quoted section.
  • 04 Oct 2017 Benin Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hazardous pesticides and chemicals as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    If genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are contained in commodities of agricultural or forestal origin, import measures may deviate from the procedures depicted in the corresponding paragraphs of this overview or are to be followed additionally. Consequently, a chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) describing the relevant provisions has been added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Hazardous Pesticides and Chemicals

    Information with regard to hazardous pesticides and chemicals covered by international conventions has been added to this overview. For further details, please refer to the paragraph on Hazardous Goods.

    Contact Details

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been updated in regard of the current contact details of the Plant Protection and Phytosanitary Control Service; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 29 Sep 2017 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), radiofrequency equipment and various current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of July 2017:

    Alcohol Label Approval
    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Import Inspection
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Food Facility
    Steel Import Licence.
    Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)

    The chapter on Foodstuffs and Feed in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), the compliance with which has started to become mandatory as of 30 May 2017. Moreover, details of the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which is foreseen to begin in January 2018, has also been provided. Please turn to the quoted section for specifics.

    Radiofrequency Equipment

    On 13 July 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted amended rules regarding the authorisation and importation of radiofrequency equipment, in particular on the elimination of FCC form 740 and on the permitted self-approval procedures for the Equipment Authorisation. As a result, the former document entitled statement of imported radiofrequency devices has been removed from the set of documents for this import report and the chapter on Standards in this overview has been updated accordingly. For additional information, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Various current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Saudi Arabia Focus: mandatory taxpayer registration, exchanged application form, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Mandatory Taxpayer Registration

    Following the introduction of a new excise tax for designated goods, the document entitled Registration with the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has been newly created and may be viewed for further information on the mandatory registration of individuals and companies trading in the respective goods, i.e. energy and carbonated drinks as well as tobacco and tobacco products.
    As of 20 December 2017, said registration will also become compulsory for importers and traders liable to value-added tax (VAT), which is intended to be introduced as of 2018.

    Exchanged Application Form

    The application form of the document entitled Licence to Deal in Arms and Ammunition has been exchanged for its current version. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Saudi authorities have been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Peru Amendments as regards labels of seeds, chemical weapons and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Labels of Seeds

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with particular provisions with regard to the colour labelling of classified seeds and additional indications to be included on labels of treated seeds. For further details, please turn to the aforementioned section.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Peru is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Controlled Chemical Substances below. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following paragraph.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Afghanistan Focus: customs release for agricultural chemicals, dangerous goods declarations and contact details.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Release for Agricultural Chemicals

    The document entitled Customs Release Certificate for Agricultural Fertilisers and Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this import report. For additional details thereon, the quoted document and the section on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview may be viewed.

    Dangerous Goods Declarations

    If dangerous goods are being brought to Afghanistan via railway or road, the shipper must hand a declaration corresponding to the method of shipment to the carrier or his agent prior to the delivery of the goods. Consequently, the following documents have been newly added to the set of documents of this report:

    Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Railway
    Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Road.
    Please turn to the quoted documents for further information.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 Sep 2017 China
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 28 Sep 2017 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 27 Sep 2017 South Korea
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Sep 2017 Malaysia Amendments as regards commodity codes, rough diamonds as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes to the following documents has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current official classifications:

    Certificate of Approval for Construction Materials
    Certificate of Approval for Iron and Steel Products
    Import Permit for Nicotine and its Substitutes
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    Rough Diamonds

    The paragraph entitled Rough Diamonds has been newly added to this Overview of Import Procedures, providing information on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) of which Malaysia is a participant. Please refer to the particular chapter below for more details.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    For the purpose of clarity, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been completely revised and restructured by means of subheadings. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter below.
  • 26 Sep 2017 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards goods delivered via motorised vehicles, pest risk analysis (PRA), classification of goods, labels of grain and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Goods Delivered via Motorised Vehicles

    Carriers of goods delivered via motorised vehicles are required to notify the customs authorities in advance. Therefore, the information on this prior notice has been added to the paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations and may be viewed for further details.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in accordance with the current official list for the following documents in this report:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Moreover, the corresponding section on Norms and Standards has been amplified with a list of technical regulations (TRs) already effective in Kyrgyzstan.

    Labels of Grain

    Labelling requirements for grain have been added to the corresponding paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. For further details, please consult the aforementioned section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following chapter.
  • 25 Sep 2017 Guyana Amendments as regards labelling requirements for gold jewellery as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Gold Jewellery

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for gold jewellery in accordance with the applicable Guyanese standard specification. Details may be found in the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 25 Sep 2017 Gabon Focus: Homologation of Pesticides, denominations of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Homologation of Pesticides

    As Gabon is a member of the Inter-states Pesticides Committee of Central Africa (CPAC), the document entitled Homologation of Pesticides has been amended to this effect, e.g. by furnishing corresponding samples of the application form. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Denominations of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economy

    The former Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Food Safety has changed its denomination to Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Head of the Implementation of the Seed Project, while the former Ministry of Sustainable Development, Economy, Investment Promotion and Prospective is now called the Ministry of Economy, Prospective and Development Programming. The concerned documents in this import report have been amended accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22 Sep 2017 Nicaragua Amendments as regards foodstuffs, chemicals and hazardous goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The paragraph on Foodstuffs and Beverages has been amplified with general details of the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) applied in Nicaragua. Please see the quoted chapter for further information.

    Chemicals and Hazardous Goods

    The section on Pesticides and Fertilisers has been restructured. For reasons of clarity, details of other chemical substances and dangerous products may now be obtained from the newly created chapter on Chemicals and Hazardous Goods in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 22 Sep 2017 China Focus: Enterprise Categorisation, Registration of Infant Formula Products and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Enterprise Categorisation

    The status as authorised economic operator (AEO) is part of the Chinese enterprise categorisation scheme. The document entitled Enterprise Categorisation has been restructured and updated with regard to various procedural details. The chapter on Registration has also been amended. The quoted document and paragraph of this overview may be consulted for further information. Information on the mutual recognition of secure trader schemes with New Zealand is moreover provided in the News (please see the chapter below).

    Registration of Infant Formula Products

    The document entitled Registration of Infant Formula Products has been completely revised. Inter alia, the relevant application form has been provided. Please turn to said document for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Sep 2017 Mauritius Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), jewellery and packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The import documentation for Mauritius has been enhanced with information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Mauritius is a party. For further details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Chemicals.

    Jewellery

    The section on Jewellery has been newly created in this overview, providing information on the importation of jewellery into Mauritius. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the marking of jewellery imported for sale into Mauritius. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for particulars.
  • 21 Sep 2017 Ivory Coast Focus: Licence to Deal in Gold and Diamonds, change of denomination as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Deal in Gold and Diamonds

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Gold and Diamonds has been updated in accordance with the respective stipulations for the importation of gold and diamonds into Côte d'Ivoire. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Change of Denomination

    The former Pharmacy and Medicines Department (Direction de la Pharmacie et du Médicament - DPM) under the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene has changed its denomination to the Department of Pharmacy, Medicines and Laboratories (Direction de la Pharmacie, du Médicament et des Laboratoires - DPML). The concerned documents in this import report have been amended accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 21 Sep 2017 Canada
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Sep 2017 Morocco Focus: Import Licence, Licence to Deal in Means of Plant Protection, Registration of Means of Plant Protection, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been enhanced with an additional sample of an information sheet regarding an Import Licence for cut and thrust weapons. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Import Regulations in this overview.

    Means of Plant Protection

    Part of the sample forms contained in the documents entitled Licence to Deal in Means of Plant Protection and Registration of Means of Plant Protection have been exchanged for more recent versions. Furthermore, the respective documents have been adapted with regard to the responsible authority. Please refer to the mentioned documents for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Directorate of Medicine and Pharmacy under the Ministry of Health have been updated in the corresponding documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 20 Sep 2017 Armenia Amendments as regards goods delivered via aircraft and motorised vehicles, pest risk analysis (PRA), the licensing system, classification of goods, labels of grain and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Goods Delivered via Aircraft and Motorised Vehicles

    Carriers of goods delivered via aircraft and motorised vehicles are required to notify the customs authorities in advance. Therefore, the information on this prior notice has been added to the paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations and may be viewed for further details.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

    Licensing System

    Details of amendments to the licensing procedure as announced by the Armenian Government have been added to the paragraph on Activity and Import Licensing below. Please refer thereto for more information.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in accordance with the current official list for the following documents in this report:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Moreover, the corresponding section on Norms and Standards has been amplified with a list of technical regulations (TRs) already effective in Armenia.

    Labels of Grain

    Labelling requirements for grain have been added to the corresponding chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. For further details, please consult the aforementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Please turn to the following section for trade-related news.
  • 19 Sep 2017 Paraguay Focus: Declaration of Dutiable Value, Import Licence, Registration of Importers, customs agents, importers of seeds, foodstuffs, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration of Dutiable Value

    Details as regards the electronic submission of the Declaration of Dutiable Value have been added to the mentioned document of this report. Moreover, a new declaration form, which has been introduced by virtue of Resolution No. 156 of 2017, has been furnished in the document.

    Import Licence and Registration of Importers

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents entitled Import Licence and Registration of Importers have been augmented in accordance with Decree No. 7427 of 6 July 2017, which prescribes these measures for liquefied petroleum gas, propane and butane. Please see the quoted documents for more information on the procedures. Furthermore, both documents have been equipped with a corresponding sample application form applicable in the case of clothing products.

    Customs Agents

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with information on the required authorisation of customs agents.

    Importers of Seeds

    The document entitled Registration as a Seed Merchant has been reviewed and updated, e.g. as regards the documents to be enclosed with the application as well as the application form.

    Foodstuffs

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs and Additives has been exchanged for a current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been blue-pencilled as regards the documents to be enclosed with the application. The quoted document may be viewed for more particulars.

    Other Changes

    Enhancements have also been made in the documents entitled Registration of Importers of Animal Products, Authorisation to Import Animal Products and Authorisation to Import Live Animals and Genetic Material.
    Moreover, for current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 19 Sep 2017 Iraq Amendments as regards the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI), agricultural chemicals, legalisation of commercial documents and country of origin labelling have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified to include the following products, amongst others:

    seamless carbon steel boilers and superheater tubes
    copper-alloy stopvalves for potable water supply in buildings
    asphalt used in roofing
    gas cylinders
    creamy cheese
    cooked cured chopped meat
    ice tea beverages.

    The importation of the 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 paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.

    Chemicals Used in Agriculture

    For reasons of greater transparency, the chapter entitled Agricultural Chemicals has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for information on import requirements for fertilisers and pesticides.

    Legalisation of Commercial Documents

    The section on Requirements for Import Formalities further below has been amplified with recent information on the legalisation policy of Iraqi embassies, which act on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this respect. The quoted chapter may be viewed for specifics.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The paragraph on Country of Origin Labelling below has been enhanced with information on the mandatory country of origin labelling for products subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI). Please refer to the quoted section for additional details.
  • 19 Sep 2017 Honduras
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Sep 2017 Turkey Amendments as regards the "LARA" system, country of origin labelling and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. The following changes have been made:

    "LARA" System

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with details of the system "LARA", via which declarants may consult the status and the results of the Laboratory Analysis. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for further information.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The chapter on Country of Origin Labelling below has been augmented with additional particulars. For more information, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 18 Sep 2017 Tunisia Focus: adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), preliminary monitoring as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the 2017 Version of the Harmonized System (HS)

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

    Preliminary Monitoring

    The Tunisian Ministry of Industry and Commerce recently published new stipulations regarding products which are subject to Preliminary Monitoring. Therefore, the scope of commodity codes assigned to the respective document of this import documentation has been amended accordingly. The goods included in the newly published list are road tractors for semi-trailers, motor vehicles for the transport of 10 or more persons, including the driver, and motor vehicles for the transport of goods. For further information concerning Preliminary Monitoring, please refer to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 18 Sep 2017 Uganda
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2017 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Sep 2017 Japan Focus: Import Quarantine Certificate for Animal Products, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, free trade and foreign access zones, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Quarantine Certificate for Animal Products

    An Import Quarantine Certificate for Animal Products is required for a range of animal products to be imported, including meat and raw milk. As of 1 November 2017, it is also effective for dairy products other than raw milk. Procedural details of the importation of meat which were previously depicted in the former document entitled import quarantine certificate for meat and meat products have been included in the newly created document entitled Import Quarantine Certificate for Animal Products. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been equipped with a new sample form. Please refer to the quoted document for more information.

    Free Trade and Foreign Access Zones

    The section on Free Trade and Foreign Access Zones in this overview has been enhanced with information on Japan's special free trade zone. Particulars may be obtained in said chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Office for Government Procurement Challenge System have been updated in the chapter on Government Procurement below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 15 Sep 2017 Guatemala Amendments as regards the digital platform for trade transactions, chemical weapons and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Digital Platform for Trade Transactions

    For general information on the Virtual Window for Importations, which allows for the electronic submission of applications for import authorisations and permits, please turn to the newly introduced chapter in this overview.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Guatemala is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Hazardous Goods below. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 15 Sep 2017 Algeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Sep 2017 Thailand Focus: advance ruling, authorised economic operator (AEO) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Thailand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    A new document entitled Advance Ruling has been added to this import report. It may be used to determine the correct tariff classification of imported goods. For further details, please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures further below.

    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 Import Clearance Procedures in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 14 Sep 2017 Georgia Amendments as regards plants and plant products, chemical weapons, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    Information on the import measure for timber and timber products has been added to the chapter on Plants and Plant Products, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons

    The information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Georgia is a member of, has been added to the updated paragraph entitled Further Chemicals and Hazardous Substances in this overview. More details may be obtained in the quoted section.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been amended in the corresponding chapter on Government Procurement and Foreign Investment. The address details of the National Bank of Georgia have also been verified and rectified accordingly. Please consult the section on Currency and Payments further below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Sep 2017 Australia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Sep 2017 Honduras Amendments as regards foodstuffs, chemical weapons and nutrition labelling have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    As the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) are applicable in the Honduran food system, general details of these principles have been reflected in the corresponding paragraph entitled Sanitary Surveillance further below. For particulars, please refer to the aforementioned section.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Honduras is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview. More details may be obtained in the quoted chapter.

    Nutrition Labelling

    Details of the mandatory nutrition labelling for pre-packaged foodstuffs have been introduced into the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please consult the quoted chapter for further information.
  • 13 Sep 2017 Egypt Amendments as regards motor vehicles, metal detectors, introduction of new product standards, currency transfers, energy efficiency and further labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Motor Vehicles

    The Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) issued price list directives for several vehicle manufacturers. For more information, the updated chapters on the Customs Value and on Motor Vehicles and Spare Parts Thereof in this overview may be viewed.

    Metal Detectors

    By virtue of Decree No. 459 of 2017, the Ministry of Trade and Industry announced the addition of metal detectors to the list of items restricted upon importation as contained in Decree No. 770 of 2005, i.e. the executive regulations for the Egyptian Law on Import and Export. Said devices are now subject to an approval from the Egyptian Mineral Resources Authority (EMRA) prior to their importation. For further details, the section on Products Regulated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources further below may be consulted.

    Introduction of New Product Standards

    The paragraph on the Assessment of Product Conformity has been enhanced with information on the regular publication of new product norms in the Egyptian Official Gazette and the transitional period that will usually be granted to manufacturers in order to comply with the amended standards.

    Currency Transfers

    In June 2017, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) abrogated its regulations of 2014 on the maximum amount of allowable foreign currency transfers, which had been limited to annually 100,000 USD or its equivalent per customer. For more information on currency provisions, please refer to the amended paragraph on Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Energy Efficiency and Further Labelling Requirements

    The information provided on the mandatory energy efficiency labelling of household equipment in the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with details of the approval of the label and the legal basis, amongst others. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Moreover, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade recently stipulated that the labels of packages of rice and sugar sold to final consumers must feature two prices in Arabic, i.e. the Ex Works (EXW) price and the price of sale to the final consumer. As the corresponding Decree refers to both locally produced and imported products, said information has been added to the abovementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    The following News section contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 13 Sep 2017 Bolivia Focus: Application Sheet for Phytosanitary Requirements, narcotics, psychotropic substances and their precursors, Virtual Window for Importations as well as updated forms and other amendments.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Application Sheet for Phytosanitary Requirements

    The minimum content to be provided in the letter of request has been verified and enhanced in the document Application Sheet for Phytosanitary Requirements, which is required in the case of new imports of plants and plant products into Bolivia for which no phytosanitary provisions exist yet.

    Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors

    A Registration of Importers of Controlled Substances has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. It is a prerequisite for the document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation for Controlled Substances, which has also been revised. For further details, please turn to the quoted documents and also to the corresponding chapter on Medicines, Medical Devices and Narcotic Substances further below.

    Virtual Window for Importations

    The following documents have been amended with regard to the electronic submission of applications via the Virtual Window for Importations (Ventanilla Virtual de Importaciones):

    Certificate of Conformity
    Obligatory Sanitary Notification for Cosmetic Products
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Devices
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Drugs
    Registration of Importers of Cosmetics
    Registration of Importers of Medical Drugs and Devices.

    For general information, please also turn to the corresponding paragraph on Virtual Window for Importations in this overview.

    Updated Forms and Other Amendments

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

    Food Safety Import Permit
    Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Permit
    Preliminary Import Authorisation for Designated Apparel Items and Furniture.

    The last-mentioned document has also been augmented with various details, e.g. with regard to the processing fee and documents to be enclosed.
  • 13 Sep 2017 Saudi Arabia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Sep 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Sep 2017 Costa Rica
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Sep 2017 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS), import prohibitions and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of clarity, the paragraph entitled Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods has been restructured. Resulting from that, a new chapter on regulations concerning the importation of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been created for this overview. Please refer to the aforementioned paragraphs for particulars.

    Import Prohibitions

    The section on Prohibited Goods has been restructured and updated with a detailed list of banned imports. For more information, please turn to the quoted chapter below.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph may be consulted for trade-related news.
  • 12 Sep 2017 Angola Amendments as regards the import monopoly, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been brought to the import documentation for Angola. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Monopoly

    A new chapter entitled Import Monopoly has been added to this overview. Please refer to said section for further particulars.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    As Angola is a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and Other Hazardous Goods in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. More details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Labelling of Pharmaceuticals

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been augmented with details as regards the labels of pharmaceuticals. For further information, please turn to the quoted chapter.
  • 12 Sep 2017 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Sep 2017 Venezuela Focus: foreign exchange control, tax unit, veterinary and phytosanitary certification, seeds, processing fees of the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS), petroleum, standardisation, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foreign Exchange Control

    The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been completely revised and updated with regard to the foreign exchange control in Venezuela. In accordance with Resolution No. 17-05-01, the new authority competent for the management and regulation of the allocation of foreign currency is the Committee for Foreign Exchange Auctions of the Venezuelan Central Bank. As the National Centre of Foreign Trade (CENCOEX) is no longer responsible for the allocation of foreign exchange, the former documents regarding the authorisation for acquisition of foreign currency and authorisation for liquidation of foreign currency have been abolished. The Committee for Foreign Exchange Auctions administrates the new Complementary Floating Exchange Market Rate System (DICOM), via which importers may take part in auctions in order to obtain foreign currency.

    Tax Unit

    As the tax unit has been augmented to 300 VEF in February 2017, the chapter on Currency and Payments below has been adjusted accordingly.

    Veterinary and Phytosanitary Certification

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products and Phytosanitary Certificate have been updated in accordance with the current stipulations.

    Seeds

    Information on further import requirements for seeds stipulated by the Venezuelan Seeds Law has been added to the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Processing Fees of the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS)

    In accordance with new tariff lists published by the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS), the corresponding documents in this import report related to foodstuffs, medical devices and cosmetics have been updated as regards the processing fees.

    Petroleum

    A new document entitled Import Permit from the Ministry of Public Power for Petroleum, which is required, e.g., for petroleum oils and containers for liquefied petroleum gas, has been incorporated into this import report.

    Standardisation

    In order to depict the registration procedures for products falling under the legal regimes no. 20 and 21 of the Venezuelan customs tariff, two new documents have been created. For more details, please consult the documents entitled Registration Certificate for COVENIN Norms and Registration Certificate for Technical Regulations.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of different authorities have been updated, e.g. of the new Ministry of Public Power for Economy and Finances.
  • 11 Sep 2017 Haiti Amendments as regards Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), petroleum products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of goods exempt from Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been enhanced with additional products which are excluded from this requirement. More information may be obtained from the quoted section in this overview.

    Petroleum Products

    The chapter entitled Petroleum Products has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of the import requirements for such goods.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 08 Sep 2017 Uruguay Focus: live animals and animal products, live hydrobiological species and fish products, foodstuffs, medicines, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals and Animal Products

    The documents depicting the import procedures in the field of animals and animal products have been revised in accordance with current stipulations. For more details, please refer to the following documents:

    Import Authorisation for Animal Embryos and Semen
    Import Authorisation for Animal Products
    Import Authorisation for Live Animals
    Notice of Arrival of Meat and By-Products.

    Live Hydrobiological Species and Fish Products

    In order to depict the import procedure for live fish, a new document entitled Import Certificate for Live Hydrobiological Species has been incorporated into this import report.
    Moreover, the documents entitled Certification of Imported Fish Products and Registration of Importers of Fish Products have been reviewed and updated, e.g. as regards the documents to be respectively enclosed with the applications. Please see the mentioned documents for further details.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Certification of Imported Foodstuffs has been enhanced with additional details of the inspection to be conducted on the commodities. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Medicines

    The current application form for the Registration of Importers of Medicines is now depicted in said document. The quoted document as well as the document entitled Registration and Authorisation for the Sale of Medicines have also been blue-pencilled with regard to further procedural details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), the General Health Directorate under the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM) and the General Directorate of Livestock Farmers (DGSG) of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery (MGAP) have been updated in all concerned documents of the report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 08 Sep 2017 Dominican Republic Focus: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MICM), Commercial Registration, petroleum products, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) and used motor vehicles.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Ministry of Industry, Trade and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MICM)

    By virtue of Law 37-17, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has recently been renamed as Ministry of Industry, Trade and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MICM). This import report has been accordingly updated, where applicable.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been enhanced with additional information, e.g., regarding the processing fees and times as well as the simplified registration procedure of micro enterprises. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Petroleum Products

    The document entitled Licence to Import Petroleum Products has been completely reviewed and amended, e.g. with respect to the documents to be enclosed, technical inspections, transportation requirements and quality standards. As an Environmental Licence is required for the importation of such goods, said document has also been enhanced to this effect. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents and to the blue-pencilled chapter on Petroleum Products in this overview.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    In order to market radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) in the Dominican Republic, a homologation certificate is to be obtained from the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (INDOTEL). In order to illustrate said procedure, the document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. Please turn thereto for specifics. Moreover, newly added information on the certificate of no-objection to import such goods may be viewed in the paragraph on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE) in this overview.

    Used Motor Vehicles

    As of 1 July 2017, the importation of used motor vehicles more than five years old is strictly prohibited. Accordingly, the information portrayed in the concerned chapters on Motor Vehicles, Import Prohibitions and Used Goods has been modified.
  • 08 Sep 2017 Montenegro
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Sep 2017 Fiji Amendments as regards prohibited imports, the denomination of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been updated with regard to the types of motor vehicles which may not be imported into Fiji. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Denomination of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority

    On 1 August 2017, the former Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority changed its name to Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS). This overview has been adapted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section.
  • 07 Sep 2017 Bangladesh Focus: nomenclature changes, advance ruling and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following Bangladesh's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Bangladesh 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.

    Advance Ruling

    A new document entitled Advance Ruling has been added to this import report. It may be used in order to determine the correct tariff classification of imported goods. For further details, please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 07 Sep 2017 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Sep 2017 Ukraine
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Sep 2017 Serbia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Sep 2017 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards measuring instruments, chemical weapons and labelling requirements for consumer goods have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Measuring Instruments

    The section entitled Norms and Standards has been amplified with information on the type approval and registration of measuring instruments. For further details, please turn to the aforementioned chapter.

    Chemical Weapons

    The information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Turkmenistan is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Other Chemical Substances in this overview. More details may be obtained in the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Consumer Goods

    The relevant paragraph in this overview has been enhanced with packaging and labelling requirements for foodstuffs and non-food products. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.
  • 06 Sep 2017 Brazil Focus: import licensing, Packing List, products of animal origin, processing fees of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), medicines and medical products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Licensing

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence 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 for further details of this measure.

    Packing List

    The document entitled Packing List has been adapted to the current stipulations of the Secretariat of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB). Please turn thereto for further details.

    Products of Animal Origin

    The section on Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been adapted to the new stipulations of Decree No. 9013 of 2017, which introduces new requirements for products of animal origin. Moreover, the document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs of Animal Origin has been reviewed and updated, as it must now be applied for via the new Agricultural Management Platform-Management Information System of the Federal Inspection Service (PGA-SIGSIF).

    Processing Fees of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA)

    The processing fees for the procedures administrated by the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) under the Ministry of Health have been updated in all concerned documents of this report.

    Medicines, Medical Products and Related Goods

    The documents in the field of medicines and medical products controlled by the ANVISA have been revised and updated, where necessary. Moreover, a new document describing the registration procedure for medical products has been created. Please turn to the updated section on Medicines and Medical Products in this overview and to the following documents for more information:

    Operating Permit for Trade in Medicines, Medical Products and Related Goods
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice for Higher Risk Medical Products
    Registration of Medical Products
    Registration of Medicines.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) and its subordinate Technical Commission for Biosafety (CTNBio) as well as of the Department of Inspection of Products of Animal Origin (DIPOA) and the Animal Health Department (SDA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA) have been updated in all documents concerned.
  • 06 Sep 2017 Tanzania
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Sep 2017 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Sep 2017 Brazil
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Sep 2017 Lebanon Amendments as regards prohibited imports, Seed Testing Certificate as well as marketing restrictions and labelling requirements for tobacco and tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Prohibitions

    The section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with information on further items that are banned from importation into Lebanon. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Seed Testing Certificate

    By virtue of Decree No. 1038/1 of 2011, certain exemptions exist from the otherwise mandatory test certificates for imported seed lots. For more details, the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview may be consulted, which has been updated to this effect.

    Marketing Restrictions and Labelling Requirements for Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    The paragraph on Alcohol, Tobacco and Related Goods further below has been amplified with details of valid marketing restrictions for tobacco and tobacco products.
    Moreover, newly added information on the mandatory health warnings and further labelling provisions for tobacco and tobacco products may be found in the chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview.
  • 05 Sep 2017 Belize Amendments as regards prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with detailed information on prohibited firearms and related goods as defined in Statutory Instrument No. 70 of 2008. Please turn to said section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 05 Sep 2017 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 04 Sep 2017 Jamaica Amendments as regards packaging and labelling requirements for sugar as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements for Sugar

    Since 1 July 2017, revised standards pertaining to the packaging and labelling of sugar are in place. Please turn to the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview, which has been enhanced to this effect.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 04 Sep 2017 Ecuador Focus: classification of goods, business establishment as well as narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    As of recently, the Ecuadorian customs tariff is based on the Harmonized System (HS) version of 2017. Related information may be found in the updated sections on Note and Harmonized System further below. With respect to the changing to the HS 2017, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this report) has been adjusted accordingly.

    Business Establishment

    Companies wishing to conduct commercial activities in Ecuador must be enrolled at the Commercial Registry. In order to depict this procedure, a new document entitled Commercial Registration has been added to the set of documents of the report. Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

    The documents related to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances have been reviewed and updated, e.g. with regard to the prior notification, which is required for the import of these goods. Furthermore, the document depicting the registration of importers has been equipped with current application forms. Please refer to the following documents for more information:

    Preliminary Import Authorisation for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
    Prior Notice of Arrival of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
    Registration of Importers of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

    Other Changes

    The following documents have been updated with regard to their procedural details, e.g. processing fees and period of validity:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)
    Phytosanitary Import Permit
    Zoosanitary Import Permit.
  • 04 Sep 2017 Russian Federation
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Sep 2017 Russian Federation Focus: advanced notification of arrival, classification of goods, seeds, certification of end users for dual-use goods, labels of grain and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    For reasons of clarity, the former preliminary declaration has been completely reviewed and renamed Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft, which has been amplified with additional requirements for notifications to be made if goods are transported by aircraft. For more details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in accordance with the current official lists for the following documents in this report:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Delivery Verification for Dual-Use Goods
    Import Certificate for Dual-Use Goods
    Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Licence to Deal in Medicinal Products and Pharmaceutical Substances
    Licence to Import Radio Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Seeds

    The document entitled Release Certificate for Seeds has been completely revised. As a result, the period for submission and the application form required by law have been introduced into the updated document. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Certification of End Users for Dual-Use Goods

    The provisions for the submission of the Certificate of End User for Dual-Use Goods have been reviewed and amended in accordance with the amended legislation, i.e. Regulation No. 522 of 4 May 2017, which has been reflected in the quoted document.

    Labels of Grain

    Labelling requirements for grain have been added to the corresponding chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below. For more information, please consult the aforementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Type Approval Certificate for Measuring Instruments has been equipped with the current application form.
  • 01 Sep 2017 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), payment of import duties as well as labelling of tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Payment of Import Duties

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been updated with regard to the currently permitted payment methods of import duties and taxes in Papua New Guinea. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Labelling of Tobacco Products

    Information on the labelling requirements for tobacco products has been added to the section entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview. The mentioned chapter may be viewed for further details.
  • 01 Sep 2017 Tunisia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Sep 2017 Panama
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Sep 2017 Guatemala
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 31 Aug 2017 Tajikistan Amendments as regards the e-Registry for business licenses and permits, labelling requirements for biocidal products and contact details of the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    e-Registry for Business Licences and Permits

    The information on the search database named Single State Electronic Registry (e-Registry) has been reflected in the corresponding sections on Foreign Investments and Activity and Import Licensing. The contact details of the State Committee have furthermore been verified and updated in this overview. The latter paragraph has moreover been restructured for reasons of clarity. Please turn to the quoted chapters for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements for Biocidal Products

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been amplified with labelling provisions for biocidal products, e.g. mineral and organic fertilisers, pesticides. For more details, please refer to the respective section.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol, i.e. the National Biodiversity and Biosafety Center, have been checked and revised in the chapter entitled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Please turn thereto for further information.
  • 31 Aug 2017 Argentina Focus: import licences, Customs Import Declaration, foodstuffs, Sworn Declaration on the Product Composition, contact details, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Licences

    On 6 July 2017, Resolution No. 523-E/2017 entered into force as the new legal basis for the Automatic Import Licence and Non-Automatic Import Licence. The former Resolution No. 5/2015 has therefore been repealed. Accordingly, the two mentioned documents in this import report have been revised and adapted to the new stipulations, e.g. as regards the minimum content to be entered into the Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI). Please turn to said documents and the updated chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been enhanced with details of the processing fee to be paid for each customs procedure and/or operation processed via the computerised system Malvina (SIM), as stipulated by General Resolution 4040-E/2017.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Certificate of Free Circulation has been reviewed and updated, e.g. as regards the application form to be submitted. Please turn thereto for further details. Moreover, the documents entitled Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs and Registration of Foodstuffs have been enhanced with regard to the procedural details.

    Sworn Declaration on the Product Composition

    In accordance with Resolution No. 404 - E/2016, which has been amended by Resolution No. E 70/2017, the document entitled Sworn Declaration on the Product Composition for textile products and footwear has been completely reviewed and updated. Amongst others, the tariff codes assigned to said document have been adjusted in accordance with the current product list. Moreover, the document has been equipped with a screenshot of the current application interface in the Integrated Trade System (SISCO).

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information to be provided on the labels of canned beverages and beverages containing caffeine and taurine. Please refer to said section for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been incorporated into the following section.
  • 31 Aug 2017 Uruguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Aug 2017 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Aug 2017 Israel Focus: Company Registration, Declaration of Conformity, updated contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been updated in regard to procedural details, in particular the processing fee. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration in this overview for more details.

    Declaration of Conformity

    An updated application form has been added to the document named Declaration of Conformity. Please turn thereto as well as to the section on Standardisation below for additional information.

    Contact Details

    The Department of Public Health was renamed as Public Health Services and the Pharmaceutical Administration was renamed as Pharmacy Department in all concerned documents. Moreover, the contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax number of the Pharmacy Department have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 30 Aug 2017 Barbados Amendments as regards a newly implemented foreign exchange fee (FXF) as well as other trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Implementation of a Foreign Exchange Fee (FXF)

    The section on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with information on a foreign exchange fee (FXF) implemented by the Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) in accordance with the Exchange Control Act. Said fee is in place for cash, bank drafts and wire transfers since 17 July 2017, and for credit, debit and travel cards as of 1 September 2017. Please turn to said chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 30 Aug 2017 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Aug 2017 Bahamas
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Aug 2017 Vietnam Amendments as regards payments, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam.
    The following changes have been made:

    Payments

    Additional information concerning the recommended terms of payment has been added to the section on Currency and Payments. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for pre-packed genetically modified foods. Please turn to said paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 29 Aug 2017 St. Lucia Amendments as regards the contact details of the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), border control activities of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS), labelling of tobacco products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)

    The contact details of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in Saint Lucia within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been updated. Please see the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview for particulars. Further information regarding the importation of GMOs in connection with Saint Lucia's intended biosafety framework is provided in the News-section below.

    Border Control Activities of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS)

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with information on the border control activities conducted by the SLBS. Please turn thereto for details.

    Labelling of Tobacco Products

    Since 16 August 2017, a revised standard on the labelling of tobacco products in line with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization (WHO) is in place in Saint Lucia. The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been amended accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 28 Aug 2017 Nigeria Focus: Form M, proof of non-preferential origin, Company Registration, Prohibited Imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Form M

    The current electronic application form has been added to the document entitled Form M which is used to commence importation of any goods into Nigeria and for purposes of foreign exchange regulation. Please turn to said document and to the chapter on Import Procedures in this overview for additional information thereon.

    Proof of Non-Preferential Origin

    The documents entitled Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, EU Certificate of Origin and Swiss Certificate of Origin have been newly added to this import report, substituting, in combination with the Proof of Preferential Origin, the former combined certificate of value and origin (CCVO/C16) for the purpose of origin confirmation. For further details, please turn to the mentioned documents and to the News-section below.

    Company Registration

    The document named Company Registration has been equipped with the current application form and augmented with additional procedural details, i.e. with regard to the electronic submission, the processing fee and the documents to be enclosed. Please see the quoted document and the sections on News and Registration in this overview for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and updated in accordance with current classifications. Namely, sanitary wares and furniture are no longer part of the so-called Import Prohibition List.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 28 Aug 2017 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Authorisation to Import Radioactive Sources, terminal and radio equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorisation to Import Radioactive Sources

    In order to import radioactive sources into Congo, an authorisation issued by the Ministry of Mines and Geology is required. Therefore, a new document entitled Authorisation to Import Radioactive Sources has been created. Please refer thereto and to the chapter on Radioactive Sources in this overview for more information.

    Terminal and Radio Equipment

    As new stipulations concerning the importation of terminal and radio equipment into Congo will soon apply, the chapter on Terminal and Radio Equipment has been newly created in this overview. Further details may be obtained from the quoted section below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 28 Aug 2017 Iceland
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Aug 2017 Philippines
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Aug 2017 Cameroon
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 24 Aug 2017 Yemen Amendments as regards the shelf-life conditions for foodstuffs, drugs and similar goods, mandatory importation of spare parts for imported machinery and similar goods, registration requirements for seeds, labelling requirements for both seeds and fertilisers as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Shelf-Life Conditions for Foodstuffs, Drugs and Similar Goods

    The Law on Foreign Trade (Law No. 16 of 2007) sets conditions for the shelf-life of foodstuffs, medicinal products and other goods having a defined expiry date. Information thereon has been added to the chapter on Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview, which may be viewed for more details.

    Mandatory Importation of Spare Parts for Imported Machinery and Similar Goods

    The section on Motor Vehicles, Machinery, Equipment and Tyres below has been enhanced with information on the mandatory importation of spare parts when bringing any goods requiring regular maintenance into the country.

    Seed Registration Requirements

    Particulars of the mandatory registration of seeds and seedlings to be imported into and marketed in Yemen have been incorporated into the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements for Seeds and Fertilisers

    The paragraph on Marking and Labelling Requirements below has been amplified with the details to be inscribed on the labels of seeds and fertilisers.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 24 Aug 2017 Costa Rica Amendments as regards foodstuffs, labels of infant food and dietary supplements as well as national norms have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The paragraph entitled Foodstuffs has been amplified with general details of the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) applied in Costa Rica. Please see the quoted chapter for further information.

    Labels of Infant Food and Dietary Supplements

    Information on the mandatory nutrition labelling for pre-packaged foodstuffs for children has been added to the section on Labelling and Marking Requirements. Furthermore, the quoted chapter has been augmented with labelling details for dietary supplements according to the provisions of Executive Decree No. 36134-S of 10 May 2010.

    National Norms

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards has been reviewed and the contact details of the Costa Rican Institute for Technical Standards (INTECO) have been updated. As the INTECO is a member of the ISO, this information has also been included.

    Other Changes

    For the purpose of clarity, the sections on Medicines, Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors and Cosmetics have been restructured.
  • 24 Aug 2017 Mozambique
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Aug 2017 Kenya
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Aug 2017 El Salvador Amendments as regards the consultation of the country-wise animal health status, principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and nutrition labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Consultation of the Country-Wise Animal Health Status

    The chapter entitled Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin below has been enhanced with information regarding animals and animal products which may be prohibited for importation due to disease outbreaks in the countries of export as reported by the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). Please refer to said section for additional details of the WAHIS.

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

    The paragraph entitled Foodstuffs and Beverages has been amplified with general details of the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). Moreover, a report on the content of beverages is to be submitted by importers of certain beverages. This information has also been reflected in the quoted section, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Nutrition Labelling

    Information on the mandatory nutrition labelling for pre-packaged foodstuffs for children has been added to the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please consult the quoted chapter for further details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 23 Aug 2017 New Zealand Focus: Vessel Ballast Water Reporting, animals and animal products, CITES Import Permit, pharmaceutical goods, Health Permit for Graphic Materials, updated forms and contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Vessel Ballast Water Reporting

    The document entitled Vessel Ballast Water Reporting has been completely revised and updated as appropriate with regard to the procedural details and the applicable forms to be submitted in order to provide the New Zealand authorities with information on ballast water carried on a vessel. Please see the quoted document for further information.

    Animals and Animal Products

    The following documents have been amended with regard to the respective processing fees and the current application forms:

    Import Permit for Animal Semen or Embryos
    Import Permit for Live Animals Subject to Quarantine.

    CITES Import Permit

    The contact details of the competent authority, information on the manner of submission, the documents to be enclosed and the application form depicted in the document named CITES Import Permit have been updated. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Pharmaceutical Goods

    The responsibility for several licensing procedures concerning pharmaceutical goods has been handed over from the Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) to Medicines Control. The chapter on Medicines, Controlled Drugs and Psychoactive Substances in this overview as well as the following documents have been adjusted accordingly:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Licence to Deal in Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Import Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Sell Medicines by Wholesale.

    Health Permit for Graphic Materials

    The document entitled Health Permit for Graphic Materials has been amended with regard to various details, i.e. the responsible authority, the manner of submission, the processing time and the application form.

    Updated Forms

    In addition to those already mentioned above, the forms depicted in the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Biosecurity Authority/Clearance Certificate (BACC)
    Exemption for Prohibitions under the Ozone Layer Protection Act
    Master's Declaration
    Registration of a New Medicine for Human Use.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the New Zealand Customs Service have been updated in all affected documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 Aug 2017 India Focus: Bill of Entry, Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN), Permanent Account Number (PAN), Company Registration, CITES Permit, tariff classification of several documents, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bill of Entry

    The document entitled Bill of Entry has been furnished with an updated sample form. Please turn thereto for additional information.

    Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN)

    The document named Goods and Service Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) has been newly added to this import report. It is required for customs clearance. For more details, please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on News below.

    Permanent Account Number (PAN)

    The document entitled Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been updated in regards to procedural details, i.e. the processing fee. Moreover, the PAN will supersede the importer/exporter code as of 1 Octber 2017. For particulars, the mentioned document may be consulted.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been newly added to this import report. The registration is a requirement for the establishment of a company in India. Please turn to the quoted document for additional details.

    CITES Permit

    The document entitled CITES Permit has been equipped with an updated application form. Please turn to the mentioned document for further information.

    Tariff Classification

    The assignment of commodity codes to the following documents has been updated:

    Imports through Designated State Trading Enterprises
    Licence to Import Restricted Items
    Prohibited Imports.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Jewellery Export Promotion Council have been updated throughout this import report. Furthermore, the Ministry of Agriculture has been renamed as Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 23 Aug 2017 Jordan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Aug 2017 Botswana
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 22 Aug 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    A new chapter on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products has been included in this overview. In addition, the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with information on the packaging requirements for such goods. The latter paragraph has moreover been restructured for reasons of clarity. Please turn to the quoted chapters for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Aug 2017 Mauritania Focus: Registration for Company Establishment, Certificate of Airworthiness as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration for Company Establishment

    The document entitled Registration for Company Establishment has been enhanced with a newly published registration form, depicting the company establishment process. The so-called Single Request Form for Company Establishment combines different procedures of company establishment within a single form. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    In order for aircraft to be registered in Mauritania, a Certificate of Airworthiness must be issued by the National Agency for Civil Aviation (ANAC). More information may be obtained from the newly created quoted document and from the chapter on Aircraft below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22 Aug 2017 Moldova Focus: goods subject to phytosanitary control, medical devices, liquefied gas and petroleum products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Goods Subject to Phytosanitary Control

    The document entitled Import Notification for Plants and Plant Products has been equipped with the current application form.
    The contact details and managing directorates under the National Food Safety Agency (ANSA) have been added to the documents Seed Lot Certificate, Phytosanitary Passport and Preliminary Certificate of Quality for Seeds and Seedlings. In the latter case, the procedures of the preliminary and final quality certification have been reviewed and enhanced with regard to the processing times and fees. For particulars, please see the quoted documents.

    Medical Devices

    Information on the risk categories for medical devices has been introduced into the document entitled Registration Certificate for Medical Devices. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Liquefied Gas and Petroleum Products

    The legal provisions as regards the importation of and trade in liquefied gas and petroleum products have been incorporated into the corresponding licence. Please refer to the updated document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Liquefied Gas or Petroleum Products for more information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 22 Aug 2017 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Aug 2017 Iran
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Aug 2017 Barbados
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Aug 2017 Philippines Focus: Single Administrative Document (SAD), BIR Importer Clearance Certificate, Import Permit for Genetically Modified Food and Feed and other changes.
    The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Administrative Document (SAD)

    The document entitled Single Administrative Document (SAD) has been newly added to this import report. It is the official form for the customs clearance of goods and replaces the former Customs Import Declaration. Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    BIR Importer Clearance Certificate

    The document named BIR Importer Clearance Certificate, confirming the registration of the importer with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), has been equipped with updated application forms and has been augmented in regards to procedural details, i.e. the processing time. More details may be obtained from said document and the chapter on Registration in this overview.

    Import Permit for Genetically Modified Food and Feed

    The application form of the document entitled Import Permit for Genetically Modified Food and Feed has been replaced. Furthermore, the processing time and documents to be enclosed have been updated in accordance to current stipulations. Please refer to the mentioned document and the paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) further below.

    Other Changes

    The following documents of this report have been augmented with regard to various particulars, e.g. the processing time and fees as well as documents to be enclosed:

    Clearance for Release of Imported Sugar
    Import Permit for Milk and Other Dairy Products
    Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Import Permit for Spare Parts of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Chemicals
    Registration of Feed.

    Moreover, the contact details of the Biosafety Clearing House have been updated in this import report.
  • 21 Aug 2017 Algeria Focus: bank domiciliation, import licensing as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Domiciliation of Certain Goods

    The Algerian Professional Association of Banks and Financial Institutions (Association Professionelle des Banques et des Etablissements Financiers - ABEF) has advised banks that the bank domiciliation for certain goods is to be suspended. As the means of payment in a foreign currency must be applied for at a bank which is accredited by the National Bank of Algeria (Banque Nationale d'Algérie - BNA), this measure is a practical import prohibition. Please turn to the document entitled Suspension of Domiciliation and to the chapter on Currency and Payments below for further details.

    Import Licensing

    The Algerian Ministry of Trade recently published a list of additional products which are subject to import licensing. For more information, please refer to the chapter on Import Licensing. Furthermore, the product codes assigned to the document entitled Import Licence, i.e. the scope of goods to which this measure applies, have been revised in accordance with the aforementioned recent legal stipulations.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 21 Aug 2017 Namibia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Aug 2017 Uzbekistan Amendments as the regards electronic processing system, free trade zones and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Processing System

    Information on the Uzbek single portal of interactive public services (EPIGU) has been summarised in a new paragraph on the Electronic Processing System. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Free Trade Zones

    Following the creation of four new industrial economic zones (FIEZs) operating in Uzbekistan, the section on Free Trade Zones has been updated with their names. For further details, please consult the aforementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 18 Aug 2017 Tanzania Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection, Registration of Importers of Meat Products, registrations with the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator Accreditation has been newly added to this import report. The accreditation provides benefits during the customs clearance process. For further information, please turn to the quoted document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. Namely, certain animal, vegetable, mineral and chemical fertilisers are now subject to destination inspection. Furthermore, the document has been updated as regards the processing fee and equipped with an application form. More details may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Registration of Importers of Meat Products

    The document named Registration of Importers of Meat Products has been augmented in regard to procedural details, in particular the payable fee, and an application form has been added to the document. Please consult said document for additional information.

    Registrations with the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA)

    The processing fee in the following documents has been updated in accordance with current stipulations:

    Registration of Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Human Medicinal Products
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 18 Aug 2017 Madagascar
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Aug 2017 Fiji
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Aug 2017 South Africa Focus: agricultural goods, liquor distributors, goods controlled under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Goods

    The document entitled Import Permit for Agricultural Goods has been enhanced with various details regarding the quantity of goods which may be covered under one permit depending on their specific type and the offices where applications may be submitted.
    Moreover, the documents entitled Recognition of a Plant Variety and Registration of Plant Breeder's Rights have also been revised with details of the specific submission dates of crops of plant species intended to be registered.
    Furthermore, information regarding the management plan for the maintenance of consignments to be adhered to by importing businesses has been brought to the document entitled Registration of Seed Business Premises.
    All abovementioned documents have also been updated with the current processing fees. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information.

    Liquor Distributors

    The document entitled Registration of Liquor Distributors has been enhanced with details of the processing fees with respect to the expected annual turnover of the distributing company. Moreover, a sample interface for electronic registration has also been furnished. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Goods Controlled under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act

    Information as regards the electronic submission requirement has been added to the documents entitled Registration with the Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Import Permit for Goods Controlled under the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act. Please refer to said documents for further details.

    Processing Fees

    In accordance with the current stipulations, the processing fees have been brought up to date in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Propagating Material of Unlisted Varieties
    Certificate of Removal for Liquors
    Import Certificate for Liquors
    Import Permit for Animals and Genetic Material under the Animal Improvement Act
    Import Permit for Poultry and Eggs under the Animal Improvement Act
    Licence for the Wholesale and Distribution of Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Import Medicines and Medical Devices
    Permit to Import Genetically Modified Organisms
    Registration of Agricultural Remedies
    Registration of Feeds
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Registration of Human Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Stock Remedies
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines
    Veterinary Import Permit for Animals and Animal Products.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 Aug 2017 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards export processing zones (EPZs), pest risk analysis (PRA) and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Processing Zones (EPZs)

    The list of export processing zones (EPZs) pertaining to the paragraph on Free Trade Zones has been reviewed and updated, as appropriate. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    For reasons of clarity, a separate chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been incorporated into this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Labelling and Packaging Requirements below has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for beverages. The quoted chapter may be consulted for additional details.
  • 17 Aug 2017 Ivory Coast
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Aug 2017 Togo Amendments as regards the customs value, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    This overview has been enhanced with a new paragraph entitled Customs Value, outlining the rules on determining the customs value of imported goods. Further information may be obtained from said chapter.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    As Togo is a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the section on Hazardous Goods in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. More details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Norms and Standards

    A new chapter entitled Norms and Standards has been created in this overview, depicting the Togolese authorities related to standardisation and normalisation. Please turn thereto for further information.
  • 16 Aug 2017 Singapore Amendments as regards the customs value, free trade zones (FTZs), prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    A new chapter on the Customs Value has been added to this overview, providing details of rules on determining the customs value according to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Further information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    The list of free trade zones (FTZs) has been reviewed and updated, as appropriate. Please turn to the section on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) below for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of items banned for import in the chapter Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current official classifications. Namely, rhinoceros horn, imitating tobacco products and certain telecommunication equipment are not permitted. For more information, the mentioned paragraph may be viewed.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 15 Aug 2017 Pakistan Focus: nomenclature changes, pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and type approval.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following Parkistan's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Pakistan 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.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    For the purpose of improved clarity, a new document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection has been added to this import report, replacing the previous documents pre-shipment inspection for pesticides and pre-shipment inspection for wheat. Furthermore, the section on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been updated accordingly. Please turn to the quoted document and said paragraph further below for additional details.

    Type Approval

    The document named Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been augmented in regard to procedural details, i.e. the payable fee as well as documents to be enclosed, and has been equipped with an additional application form. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document and the chapter on Electronic Media, Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment in this overview.
  • 15 Aug 2017 Colombia Focus: registration of imports, medical devices, recognition of foreign conformity certificates and security equipment.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Imports

    The document entitled Preliminary Import Registration has been checked and updated as regards the processing fee as well as the documents to be enclosed with the application.

    Medical Devices

    Information on the risk categories stipulated for medical devices has been introduced into the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Medical Devices. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Recognition of Foreign Conformity Certificates

    Importers of goods subject to mandatory certification who have a foreign certificate of conformity may consult the Superintendency of Industry and Trade (SIC) for a certificate of recognition instead of applying for a Certificate of Conformity in Colombia. Please consult the newly created document entitled Recognition Certificate for more information.

    Security Equipment

    The document entitled Import Approval for Security Equipment has been reviewed and updated with regard to various details, i.e. the application form for the import approval and details of restricted and similar equipment as well as the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document).
  • 14 Aug 2017 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, controlled telecommunications radio-frequency devices, labelling requirements for animal feed.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this report) has been adjusted according to current changes in the Taiwanese import regime. The following documents are affected by said changes:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Fumigation
    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    Import Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices
    Import Licence for Food Additives
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Operation Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Quarantine Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Products
    Quarantine Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Product Certification.

    Controlled Telecommunications Radio-Frequency Devices

    Licences pertaining to controlled telecommunications radio-frequency devices may be obtained from the National Communications Commission (NCC) or the Directorate General of Communications under the Ministry of Transportations and Communications. The documents entitled Import Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices and Operation Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices have been amended to this effect.

    Labelling Requirements for Animal Feed

    The section on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information regarding the labels of animal feed in accordance with the Animal Protection Act as amended. The mentioned chapter may be consulted for particulars.
  • 14 Aug 2017 Chile Amendments as regards free trade zones, hazardous waste, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones

    The section on Free Trade Zones in this overview has been augmented with additional information. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Hazardous Waste

    Information on the import prohibitions or regulations concerning hazardous waste, which vary depending on the intended use, has been added to the chapters on Prohibited Goods and Waste in this overview. Moreover, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been updated accordingly. Please see the quoted sections for more particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Chilean Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) and the Official Contact Point (OCP) within the framework of the corresponding Conventions have been updated throughout this overview. For more specifics, please consult the sections on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Controlled Chemical Substances below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 11 Aug 2017 Zimbabwe Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Registration of Importers, Import Licence and Sanctions.
    The documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been equipped with a new sample form. Please turn to the quoted document for particulars.

    Registration of Importers

    A new document named Registration of Importers has been added to this import report. The registration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is a requirement for customs clearance and market access. More details may be obtained from said document and the chapter on Registration.

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been newly incorporated in this import report. It is required for the importation of certain goods subject to import licensing by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. For further information, the mentioned document may be viewed.

    Sanctions

    A new paragraph on Sanctions has been added to this overview, providing information on restrictive measures against Zimbabwe, applied by the Council of the European Union (EU). Please refer to the chapter below for further details.
  • 11 Aug 2017 Kuwait Amendments as regards sources of radiation, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Sources of Radiation

    Information on the importation of sources of ionising radiation and devices emitting such radiation as well as of equipment containing non-ionising radiation has been summarised in the section on Radioactive Substances, which has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for additional details.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced by adding information on mandatory health warnings for energy drinks. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 10 Aug 2017 Mozambique Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    A new section describing the registration requirements for importers of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products has been incorporated into this overview. Please turn to the quoted chapter for further details.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been augmented with information on the control seal which must be affixed to tobacco products since 17 March 2017 and to alcoholic beverages since 16 May 2017. Beer and ready-to-drink beverages will be subject to the obligatory sealing as of 17 November 2017. For more information on the control seal, the mentioned section may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 10 Aug 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: customs offices for carnet procedures, the veterinary information system, sources of radiation, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Offices for Carnet Procedures

    The documents entitled Carnet A.T.A. and Carnet TIR have been revised and updated with regard to the customs offices where the respective procedures may be conducted. Please turn to the mentioned documents for further information on the corresponding procedures.

    Veterinary Information System

    As the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently commenced the operation of the new veterinary information system, the following documents have been updated with information thereon as well as with details of the amended requirements and necessary documents in order to be entered into said system:

    Registration of Importers with the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Registration of Objects with the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for further particulars.

    Sources of Radiation

    In order to import sources of radiation and devices containing or emitting such sources, a prior dealer's licence must be obtained. To provide details of said licence, a new document entitled Licence to Deal in Radiation Sources has been added to the set of documents for this import report. Further information on the requirements to import such goods may be consulted in the quoted document as well as in the chapter on Sources of Radiation in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bosnian authorities have been verified throughout the report. The contact details of the following authorities have been brought up to date:

    BiH Authority for Plant Health Protection
    Agriculture and Food Sector under the FBiH Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry
    Department of Environmental Protection under the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations
    Food Safety Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 10 Aug 2017 Senegal
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Aug 2017 Uganda Amendments as regards customs procedures, customs value, prohibited imports, hazardous goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with details of the automatic categorisation of consignments via the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World for customs control and processing purposes. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Customs Value

    The section on Customs Value has been newly added to this overview, outlining the customs valuation methods in accordancee with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), to which Uganda is a contracting party. Further information may be obtained from said chapter.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of items banned from importation into Uganda depicted in the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been reviewed and updated in accordance with current official classifications. Namely, certain types of steel products are no longer permitted. Please refer to the mentioned section for more details.

    Hazardous Goods

    For the purpose of greater transparency, the chapter on hazardous goods has been divided into the following two sections:

    Agricultural Chemicals
    Radioactive Devices and Materials.

    For specifics for the import requirements for the abovelisted products, the relevant chapters may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 09 Aug 2017 Bermuda Focus: Bermuda Customs Declaration, salesman's permits, Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment and government fees.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bermuda Customs Declaration

    While the presentation of the Bermuda Customs Declaration as a paper version is still permissible, electronic submission via the Customs Automated Processing System (CAPS) or via Web Trader is the preferred mode. A manual input fee is due in case of paper submissions. The document entitled Bermuda Customs Declaration has been adjusted accordingly and may be viewed for particulars.

    Salesman's Permits

    The fees payable for the Salesman's Permit (Monthly) and the Salesman's Permit (Yearly) have been updated in the pertaining documents. Moreover, information on the electronic filing of the application for the monthly permit has been included in said document.

    Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment has been reviewed and amended with regard to the processing fee and the application form. Please turn to the quoted document for details.

    Government Fees

    The Government Fee Regulations define fees payable for various government services. The current version thereof stipulates changed processing fees for the following documents, which have been modified to this effect:

    Company Registration
    Import Permit for Fireworks
    Permit to Import Fish.
  • 08 Aug 2017 Sudan Focus: airworthiness requirements, modified forms and contact information.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Airworthiness Requirements

    A Certificate of Airworthiness is a prerequisite for the importation of civil aircraft into Sudan and their registration for operation in the country. The document has consequently been added to the set of documents of this report.

    Modified Application and Declaration Forms

    The sample application, certificate or declaration forms shown in the following documents have been replaced by their current versions or enhanced with additional pages, respectively:

    Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Declaration of Conformity
    Request for Information (RFI).

    The two latter documents are required in the framework of the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VOC). For more details, the quoted documents and chapter may be viewed.

    Contact Information

    The contact information provided in the documents of this report has been reviewed and modified, where applicable, e.g. with regard to the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC).
  • 08 Aug 2017 Albania Amendments as regards the customs code, Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Code

    The Customs Code of the Republic of Albania, i.e. Law No. 102/2014, which was approved in July 2014 and gradually implemented since, entered completely into force on 1 June 2017. The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this Overview of Import Procedures has been updated to this effect. Please turn thereto as well as to the News-section below for further information on the new customs legislation.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Albania is party to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Information on the Convention, imports subject thereto and the competent authorities has been provided in the chapter on Arms, Military Equipment, Dual Use Goods and Explosives; please refer thereto for details.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with information on the responsibilities as well as contact details of the Bank of Albania. Please consult the quoted paragraph for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 07 Aug 2017 Qatar Amendments as regards permissible customs points of entry, labelling and packaging requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Permissible Customs Points of Entry

    The list of border posts approved for the entry of goods into Qatar contained in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been modified in accordance with official sources.

    Labelling and Packaging Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced by adding information on the compulsory use of pallets for all sea freight, on mandatory health warnings for energy drinks as well as on obligatory fuel economy labels for motor vehicles. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 07 Aug 2017 Cuba Focus: Customs Import Declaration, medical devices as well as contact details and processing fees of the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED).
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been enhanced with additional details regarding its submission procedure. Please turn to the mentioned document for further particulars.

    Medical Devices

    The documents entitled Registration of Manufacturers of Medical Devices and Registration of Medical Devices have been completely revised, e.g. as regards the applications forms to be submitted and the documents to be enclosed. Please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Medicines and Medical Devices in this overview for further details.

    Contact Details and Fees of the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED)

    The documents of this import report related to procedures administrated by the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED) have been updated with respect to the contact details of said authority. Moreover, the processing fees of the respective documents have been adjusted in accordance with the current stipulations.
  • 04 Aug 2017 Namibia Amendments as regards export controls, customs documents and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. The following changes have been made:

    Export Controls

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

    Customs Documents

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with details of the customs documents which are to be presented for customs clearance of all goods to be imported into Namibia. For specifics, please turn to the mentioned paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 04 Aug 2017 Iran Focus: exchanged forms, import prohibitions and used goods, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Exchanged Forms

    The sample forms displayed in the following documents have been exchanged for more recent versions or enhanced with additional sheets, as applicable:

    End-Use Certificate for Dual-Use Goods/Statement for Nuclear Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Import Prohibitions and Used Goods

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been amplified with information on technological goods which have recently been banned from importation into Iran. Moreover, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Used Goods has been blue-pencilled in view of permissible large-engined second-hand machinery. Please turn to the quoted chapter and document for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Iranian authorities has been revised throughout the report and, where applicable, updated for the current data, e.g. in the case of the documents administered by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Other Changes

    The following News section may be viewed for information on current issues related to sanctions.
  • 03 Aug 2017 Myanmar Focus: Declaration of Dutiable Value, Import Licence, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration of Dutiable Value

    The document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been newly added to this import report. It is a requirement for customs clearance and contains all information for the assessment of the dutiable value of a shipment. For further details, please refer to said document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Import Licence

    The document named Import Licence has been equipped with a current sample application form. Furthermore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the quoted document has been updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. Please turn to the mentioned document and the section on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    A new document entitled Prohibited Imports has been included in this import report, providing information on the responsible Burmese authority imposing import bans and the scope of goods. More details my be obtained from said document and the updated chapter on Prohibited Imports below.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following paragraph.
  • 03 Aug 2017 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards goods delivered by air freight, rough diamonds, labelling of fur articles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Goods Delivered by Air Freight

    Carriers of goods transported by aircraft are required to notify the customs authorities in advance. Therefore, the information on this prior notice has been added to the paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations and may be viewed for further details.

    Rough Diamonds

    A newly created chapter on Rough Diamonds has been introduced into this overview. Please turn thereto for general information.

    Labelling of Fur Articles

    The details of the mandatory labelling of fur items with a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip have been summarised in the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please see the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please turn to the section below.
  • 03 Aug 2017 Bahrain
    Nomenclature changes
  • 01 Aug 2017 Qatar
    Nomenclature changes
  • 27 Jul 2017 Congo (Republic of)
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 26 Jul 2017 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 26 Jul 2017 Benin
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Jul 2017 Belize
    Amendments to the internal taxation

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  • 24 Jul 2017 Brunei
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 24 Jul 2017 Azerbaijan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates