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  • 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.
  • 07 Aug 2017 United Arab Emirates
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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
  • 02 Aug 2017 Syria Amendments as regards the customs value as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Syria.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Value

    A new chapter on the Customs Value has been added to this overview, providing details of the rules on customs valuation in accordance with the Syrian Customs Law. Further information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    In order to specify the requirements for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) to be imported into and traded in Syria, the same-titled paragraph has been newly introduced into this overview, which may be viewed for more information.
  • 02 Aug 2017 Mali Focus: Pro Forma Invoice, Licence for the Wholesale of Pharmaceutical Products, Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products and Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA).
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pro Forma Invoice

    As the Pro Forma Invoice is a prerequisite for both the Import Declaration and the Request for Information, this document has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import report. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Licence for the Wholesale of Pharmaceutical Products

    In order to wholesale pharmaceutical products, a licence issued by the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene is required. Therefore, a new document entitled Licence for the Wholesale of Pharmaceutical Products has been added to the import documentation for Mali. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document and from the chapter on Medicinal Products in this overview.

    Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products

    The document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products has been amended with regard to the documents which must be enclosed with an application for a marketing authorisation. Please refer to said document for particulars.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)

    Pre-clearance and clearance procedures are usually to be submitted electronically through the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA, Système Douanier Automatisé - SYDONIA) World. A prior Registration with ASYCUDA is required for this purpose. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.
  • 01 Aug 2017 Panama Focus: authorisation of economic operators, fiscal registration, genetically modified maize seeds and contact details.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorisation of Economic Operators

    As the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme is applied in Panama, this report has been amplified with a relevant document describing said scheme. Please turn to the newly created document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate for particulars.

    Fiscal Registration

    The document entitled Taxpayer Identification Number (NIT) has been amended with regard to various particulars, e.g. details of the computer tax system to be used for the online submission of the application. Please turn to the aforementioned document for further details.

    Genetically Modified Maize Seeds

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Maize Seeds has been enhanced with the processing time usually necessary for the examination of the application. For more information, please consult the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The National Public Revenue Authority (ANIP) has been replaced by the General Revenue Directorate (DGI), which has been reflected throughout this import documentation.
  • 01 Aug 2017 Belarus 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 Belarus. 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.
  • 01 Aug 2017 Qatar
    Nomenclature changes
  • 28 Jul 2017 Sri Lanka
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2017 Montenegro Amendments as regards business zones, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. The following changes have been made:

    Business Zones

    In November 2016, the Decree on Business Zones entered into force, which regulates the establishment and operation of such designated zones. To this effect, the section on Free Trade Zones and Business Zones in this overview has been augmented with details thereof. For further information on the business zones in Montenegro, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.

    Labelling Requirements

    For the sake of greater transparency, the chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been restructured by means of sub-headings.
    Moreover, details of the provisions concerning the labelling of the inner and outer packagings of medicines have been newly incorporated into the quoted section. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 27 Jul 2017 Jordan Focus: classification of goods, import licensing, radioactive substances and devices containing them, exchanged forms and modified fees as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Import Licensing

    As the legal basis for the mandatory automatic and non-automatic Import Licensing procedures has been modified, the document entitled Import Licence has been adjusted accordingly. The most predominant change is the reduction of goods subject to licensing, which previously comprised virtually all commodities to be imported into Jordan. In this context, the scope of goods subject to an Import Approval Issued by the Ministry of Interior has also been updated. The quoted chapter and documents may be consulted for more information.

    Radioactive Substances and Devices Containing Them

    The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Radioactive Materials and Devices Containing Them has been newly incorporated into this report. For more details, please turn to the quoted document and to the paragraph entitled Radioactive Substances and Devices Containing Them further below.

    Exchanged Forms and Modified Fees

    The sample forms displayed in the following documents have been exchanged for more recent versions and, where applicable, the processing fees have been updated as well:

    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Jordanian authorities has been reviewed throughout the report and brought up to date, where applicable, e.g. in the case of the documents administered by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply.
  • 27 Jul 2017 South Africa
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2017 India
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2017 Congo (Republic of)
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 26 Jul 2017 Serbia Amendments as regards the Integrated Customs Tariff (TARIS), classification of goods controlled by the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS), customs offices for regulated goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Customs Tariff (TARIS)

    Information as regards the Serbian Integrated Customs Tariff (TARIS), i.e. the national adaptation of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC), has been incorporated into the Note section in this overview. Please turn thereto for more details of Serbia's customs tariff.

    Classification of Goods Controlled by the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS)

    In accordance with the most recent list of products which are subject to control by the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS), which was published on 3 May 2017, the classification of goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been reviewed and updated for the following documents:

    Free Sale Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Trade Mark Registration.

    By way of example, maternity belts are now also included in said product list and are subject to the abovementioned documents. For further specifics of the measures, please also see the chapter on Medicines and Medical Devices.

    Customs Offices for Regulated Goods

    Certain goods may only be entered through legally designated border points of entry at which the responsible customs offices are authorised to carry out the procedures, e.g. inspections, that are required for the specific types of products. Information to this effect has been provided in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 26 Jul 2017 Ethiopia Focus: Licence to Import Tobacco Products, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), Business Licence, Commercial Registration as well as Trade Name Registration.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Licence to Import Tobacco Products

    The importation of tobacco products into Ethiopia is subject to a licence which must be issued by the Ethiopian Food, Medicine and Healthcare Administration and Control Authority (FMHACA). Therefore, a new document entitled Licence to Import Tobacco Products has been created in this import report. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Tobacco Products in this overview for further details.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The scope of goods pertaining to the import measure called Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) has been amended in accordance with the most recent procedural stipulations. More information may be obtained from the aforementioned document.

    Business Licence, Commercial Registration and Trade Name Registration

    The documents entitled Business Licence, Commercial Registration and Trade Name Registration have been updated with regard to the documents to be enclosed with the respective applications according to the most recently published legal stipulations. Please refer to the mentioned documents for particulars.
  • 26 Jul 2017 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 26 Jul 2017 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jul 2017 Benin
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Jul 2017 Madagascar Focus: Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products, Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products

    The document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products has been enhanced with further information on the summary of product characteristics which must be provided for an application for a marketing authorisation. More details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention

    The document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import documentation. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Hazardous Goods and Waste for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 25 Jul 2017 Iceland Amendments as regards high risk food and feed products, packaging material and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been adjusted in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1142 of 27 June 2017. Please turn to the quoted document and to the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for more details of this measure.

    Packaging Material

    The section on Packaging and Marking Requirements below has been enhanced with information on the stipulations for packaging material. For more particulars, please consult the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the chapter below.
  • 25 Jul 2017 Belize
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jul 2017 Libya Amendments as regards customs warehousing procedures and the UNESCO convention on cultural goods have been brought to the import documentation for Libya.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Warehousing

    The paragraph on Customs Warehousing, which provides information on said customs procedure in accordance with the Libyan Customs Law No. 10 of 2010, has been newly introduced into this overview and may be viewed for more details.

    Cultural Property

    A new section containing information on the importation of Cultural Property as defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted chapter for additional information.
  • 24 Jul 2017 Liberia Focus: Destination Inspection, Pro Forma Invoice, Import Permit Declaration as well as Registration of Herbal Medicines for Human Use.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Destination Inspection

    As of April 2017, goods imported into Liberia by air are no longer subject to a pre-shipment inspection (PSI). Instead, a Destination Inspection will be carried out. Nevertheless, PSI remains in force as all importations through seaports, unless otherwise regulated by law, are subject to this inspection procedure. For more information concerning Destination Inspection and PSI, please refer to the quoted document and to the section on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Destination Inspection in this overview.

    Pro Forma Invoice

    A Pro Forma Invoice is a requirement for both the Import Permit Declaration and the Inspection Request Form, which are both documents of this import report. Therefore, a new document entitled Pro Forma Invoice has been added to the import documentation for Liberia. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Import Permit Declaration

    The scope of goods subject to an Import Permit Declaration has been amended according to the most recent legal stipulations in the same-named document. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Registration of Herbal Medicines for Human Use

    Herbal medicines for human use are to be registered prior to their importation into Liberia. Therefore, the document entitled Registration of Herbal Medicines for Human Use has been newly created and added to the import report for Liberia. The mentioned document may be consulted for more information.
  • 24 Jul 2017 Brunei
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 24 Jul 2017 Azerbaijan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Jul 2017 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: online business registration, food business operators, petroleum products, processing fees for medicinal products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Online Business Registration

    In March 2017, the Kosovo Business Registration Agency (KBRA) implemented a module for the electronic application for business registration, i.e. the Online Business Registration System. To this effect, the document entitled Certificate of Business Registration of this import report has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the mentioned document for specifics.

    Food Business Operators

    In accordance with Regulation No. 18/2016 On the Registration and Approval of Food Business Operators, a new document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs Operators has been added to the set of documents of this report. Said document may be viewed for more details of the registration and approval procedures of dealers, i.e. wholesalers, of foodstuffs.

    Petroleum Products

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products has been equipped with the most recent version of the application form. In addition, in accordance with Administrative Instruction No. 01/2017 On the Quality of Petroleum-Derived Liquid Fuels, new information on the requirements for quality assessment has been incorporated into said document. In this regard, a sample of a declaration of quality has also been furnished and the document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been updated as well. For further information, please see the quoted documents and the chapter on Petroleum Products in this overview.

    Processing Fees For Medicinal Products

    In accordance with Administrative Instruction No. 04/2017 of the Ministry of Health (MOH), which took effect on 20 June 2017, amended fees for services provided by the Kosovo Medicines Agency (KMA) have been reflected in the following documents:

    Licence to Deal in Medicinal Products and Medical Devices
    Licence to Deal in Precursors
    Licence to Import Medical Devices
    Licence to Import Medicines
    Licence to Import Medicinal Alcohol
    Licence to Import Narcotics
    Licence to Import Precursors
    Licence to Import Psychotropic Substances
    Licence to Import Radiopharmaceuticals
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Report on Quality Control.

    Contact Details

    The document entitled Registration as an Importer with the Tax Administration has been amended with the updated contact details of the Tax Administration of Kosovo.
    The contact details of the Department of Trade Control of Strategic Goods have been brought to the chapter on Strategic Goods in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 21 Jul 2017 Australia Amendments as regards trade descriptions as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Australia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Trade Descriptions

    The Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Regulation 2016 entered into force on 1 April 2017, subsequently repealing the Commerce (Imports) Regulations 1940. The affected sections on Country of Origin Labelling and on Labelling Requirements in this overview have been updated accordingly. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Jul 2017 Ethiopia
    Nomenclature changes
  • 21 Jul 2017 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Jul 2017 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Jul 2017 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Jul 2017 Bahamas Focus: electronic submission of entry documents, Registration of Drones and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Entry Documents

    The current customs legislation of the Bahamas stipulates electronic submission as the standard procedure for making entry of goods to be imported. The document entitled Home Consumption Entry and all further entry documents mentioned in the section on Customs Procedures in this overview have been amended accordingly.

    Registration of Drones

    Commercial and recreational drones to be imported must be registered with the Bahamas Civil Aviation in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Safety) Regulations. Information to this effect has been provided in the newly incorporated chapter on Drones in this overview. The related document entitled Registration of Drones has moreover been added to the set of documents of this import report and may be consulted for further particulars of this measure.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 20 Jul 2017 Brunei Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, customs value and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Customs Value

    The chapter on the Customs Value has been enhanced with 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.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 20 Jul 2017 El Salvador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Jul 2017 Philippines
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Jul 2017 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jul 2017 South Korea Focus: live animals and animal products, seeds, aircraft and parts thereof, cosmetics, country of origin labelling and contact details.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals and Animal Products

    The documents entitled Quarantine Permit for Live Animals, Quarantine Permit for Animal Products and Identification Number of Imported Beef have been updated as regards the application forms to be submitted. For more details, the mentioned documents may be consulted.

    Seeds

    The application forms depicted in the documents entitled Registration of Seeds and Import Notification for Seeds have been exchanged for their current versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for further details.

    Aircraft and Parts Thereof

    Companies intending to import aircraft or parts thereof into South Korea must apply for a prior licence at the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA). In order to depict this procedure, a new document entitled Licence to Import Aircraft and Parts Thereof has been created. Moreover, the renamed chapter on Motor Vehicles and Aircraft now contains information on this import measure. Please see the mentioned document and section for more particulars.

    Cosmetics

    The current application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Importers and Dealers of Cosmetics. Please refer to said document for further particulars.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    A document entitled Country of Origin Labelling has been newly incorporated into this overview. It is assigned to the tariff codes of the goods which, according to the official list of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, must be labelled with the country of origin. For more information on this requirement, please also see the paragraph on Country of Origin Labelling in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of various authorities have been updated in all relevant documents of this import report, e.g. of the Korea Customs Service (KCS), the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS), the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), the National Radio Research Agency (RRA), the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS), the National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation (NIFDS), the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) and the Korea Forest Service.
  • 19 Jul 2017 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards goods in temporary admission, the legalisation of commercial documents, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Goods in Temporary Admission

    The list of border entry points at which a Carnet A.T.A. is accepted in the UAE has been brought up to date in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below, which may be viewed for additional details.

    Legalisation of Commercial Documents

    Commercial documents issued in the country of export always require a chamber or notary certification and, in addition, are usually subject to a Legalisation of Documents by the Embassy of the UAE in said country. The quoted section has been blue-pencilled and adapted to new rules, as applicable; please refer thereto for more information.

    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.
  • 19 Jul 2017 Bangladesh
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jul 2017 Indonesia Amendments as regards the customs value, Import Approval for Tyres, marking requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    The chapter on the Customs Value has been newly added to this overview, outlining the rules on determining the customs value and providing a brief summary on the valuation principles of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Further information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Import Approval for Tyres

    The classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Import Approval for Tyres has been adjusted in accordance with the current official product list. Please turn to said document and the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Customs Inspection in this overview for particulars.

    Marking Requirements

    The chapter on Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with stipulations on the marking requirements of iron and steel products, as well as tyres. The quoted section may be consulted for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 18 Jul 2017 Canada Focus: the Integrated Import Declaration (IID), firearms and explosives, Energy Efficiency Report, salamanders and various trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Import Declaration (IID)

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently gave notice of its intention to eliminate the Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and release on minimum documentation (RMD) customs release options by April 2018. At said time, the use of the Integrated Import Declaration (IID) within the framework of the Single Window Initiative (SWI) will become mandatory for the electronic submission of other government department (OGD) information together with the Customs Import Declaration. As the IID is already operated by numerous participating government agencies (PGAs), this import report has been enhanced with new information thereon. The document entitled Registration as EDI Client, which is a prerequisite for obtaining access to the SWI, has been equipped with a sample of an EDI registration application form for this specific purpose. Please turn to the quoted documents as well as to the chapter on Electronic Customs Release Systems in this Overview of Import Procedures for additional details.

    Firearms and Explosives

    The following documents have been completely reviewed and updated with regard to various procedural details, e.g. the contact details of the competent authorities, periods of validity, documents to be enclosed and electronic submission systems:

    Authorisation of Explosives
    Import Permit for Explosives
    Registration of Firearms
    Firearms Licence for Businesses
    Import Permit for Arms.

    The forms required for the verification of firearms to be registered and for the transaction and annual reporting of explosives, as applicable, have also been newly furnished.

    Energy Efficiency Report

    The document entitled Energy Efficiency Report, which is required for the importation of energy-using products subject to energy efficiency standards, has been reviewed and enhanced with information on the new electronic reporting forms. To this effect, a sample of such form has been incorporated into said document.

    Salamanders

    By means of Customs Notice 17-17, an import prohibition for all species of salamanders is in effect as of 31 May 2017. According information has therefore been brought to the chapters on Wildlife and Wildlife Products and Prohibited Imports in this overview of import procedures.

    Other Changes

    Various current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 18 Jul 2017 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jul 2017 Canada Nomenclature changes. Changes of tariff rates.
  • 18 Jul 2017 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jul 2017 Laos Focus: Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Automatic and Non-Automatic Import Licences, Prohibited Imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Laos.
    The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

    The document entitled Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) has been newly added to this import report. It certifies that a manufacturing site of certain health products or cosmetics to be imported and its manufacturing methods comply with the requirements of good manufacturing practice (GMP). For further details, please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods below.

    Automatic and Non-Automatic Import Licences

    The documents named Automatic Import Licence and Non-Automatic Import Licence have been equipped with current application forms. For particulars, said documents and the section on Import Licensing in this overview may be viewed.

    Prohibited Imports

    A new document entitled Prohibited Imports has been added to this import report. It provides information on the responsible Laotian authorities imposing import bans and the scope of goods. Please refer to the particular document and the paragraph on Prohibited Imports for additional details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 17 Jul 2017 Hong Kong Amendments as regards labelling requirements for formula milk and related goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Hong Kong. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Formula Milk and Related Goods

    A revised version of the Hong Kong Code of Marketing of Formula Milk and Related Products, and Food Products for Infants and Young Children was published by the Department of Health in June 2017. The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview provides information on the labelling requirements for such goods and has been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 17 Jul 2017 Oman
    Nomenclature changes
  • 17 Jul 2017 Georgia
    Nomenclature changes
  • 17 Jul 2017 Australia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Jul 2017 Mexico Amendments as regards commercial samples, seeds and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Commercial Samples

    A new chapter on Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for further information on the import requirements for goods of such nature.

    Seeds

    The section on Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with details of the provisions regarding the labelling of seeds. For further particulars, please see the mentioned paragraph.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 14 Jul 2017 Switzerland Focus: Binding Tariff Information (BTI), sea fishing products, plant varieties, importation of plants, novel foodstuffs, animal feed, high risk food and feed products and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    As recently announced by the Swiss Federal Customs Administration, applications for a Binding Tariff Information (BTI) may henceforth only be submitted via e-mail. Moreover, it is no longer necessary to submit samples of the goods in question. Therefore, the mentioned document of this import report has been amended accordingly and equipped with the new version of the application form. The information on BTI in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has also been blue-pencilled.

    Sea Fishing Products

    The chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been enhanced with information on new stipulations for importing sea fishing products. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Registration of Seed and Plant Varieties has been completely revised. Moreover, a new document entitled Plant Variety Protection has been created. Please see the mentioned documents and the updated section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for further information.

    Importation of Plants

    A new document entitled Common Health Entry Document for Plants and Plant Products (CHED-PP) has been incorporated into this import report. Please turn thereto and to the revised chapter on Plants and Plant Products for more details. In addition, the forms for the Permit to Market Plants and the Permit to Market Plants from Third Countries have been exchanged for their current version, respectively. Moreover, the tariff codes assigned to the documents entitled Phytosanitary Certificate and Plant Passport as well as to further pertaining documents related to plants have been updated in accordance with the current stipulations of the Federal Plant Protection Service under the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG).

    Novel Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Registration of Novel Foodstuffs has been completely revised and blue-pencilled. By way of example, a current application form is now depicted in this document.

    Animal Feed

    The forms displayed in the documents entitled Registration of Dealers of Feed Materials and Notification of Feed Materials have been updated. For more details, the quoted documents may be consulted.

    Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations. For more information on this measure, please see the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 14 Jul 2017 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Jul 2017 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Jul 2017 Thailand
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Jul 2017 China
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2017 Oman Amendments as regards chemicals used in agriculture, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Oman. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemicals Used in Agriculture

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

    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 section contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 13 Jul 2017 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: Business Registration Certificate, prohibited imports, pesticides and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. The following changes have been made:

    Business Registration Certificate

    The document entitled Business Registration Certificate has been newly added to this import report. It is a prerequisite for the establishment of a company and for market access. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Registration.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods banned for importation has been reviewed and updated in the section on Prohibited Imports. Furthermore, a same-named document has been added, providing specific information on product bans. Please refer to the quoted document as well as the corresponding chapter below for further details.

    Pesticides

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Pesticides and Pesticide Registration Certificate, which is a prerequisite for the latter, have been newly added to this import report. They are required for the customs clearance and market access of pesticides. More information may be obtained from said documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted paragraph below.
  • 13 Jul 2017 New Zealand
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2017 Egypt
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2017 Cuba
    Nomenclature changes
  • 12 Jul 2017 Kenya Focus: seeds, sugar, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kenya has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Seeds

    The documents entitled Registration Certificate for Seed Merchants and Seed Seller's Licence have been equipped with updated application forms. Please turn to the quoted documents for further details.

    Sugar

    The list of documents to be enclosed and the application form have been augmented in the document entitled Permit to Import Sugar and By-Products. For particulars, please refer to said document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 12 Jul 2017 Cameroon Amendments as regards the single form for foreign trade operations (e-Force), phytosanitary entry points as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. The following changes have been made:

    Single Form for Foreign Trade Operations (e-Force)

    As the so-called single form for foreign trade operations (Formulaire unique des opérations du commerce extérieur; e-Force) is currently in the process of being implemented in Cameroon, the chapter on the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations in this Overview of Import Procedures has been updated with information thereon. The mentioned paragraph may be consulted for specifics.

    Phytosanitary Entry Points

    The chapter on Plants, Plant Products and Means of Plant Protection has been enhanced with information on the phytosanitary entry points in Cameroon. Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Norms and Standards

    As Cameroon participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the paragraph on Norms and Standards has been augmented in this regard. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 12 Jul 2017 Turkmenistan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 12 Jul 2017 Nicaragua
    Nomenclature changes
  • 11 Jul 2017 Ukraine Focus: classification of goods, foodstuffs, contact details, commercial registration, waste and electronic submission of documents as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ukraine has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and the Declaration of Conformity, has been enhanced according to the list of goods subject to mandatory certification in Ukraine.
    Moreover, the list of goods subject of phytosanitary control has also been amended by law and the classification of the corresponding products has been adapted in the relevant documents of this report.

    Foodstuffs

    As a registration of the premises for the selling and storage of imported foodstuffs is mandatory, this procedure has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Please refer to the document entitled Premises Registration for Foodstuffs for more information and also turn to the updated section on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The functions of the former responsible Sanitary Epidemiological Service have been assigned to the State Service for Foodstuff Safety and Consumer Protection. Therefore, the affected document entitled Sanitary Epidemiological Certificate has been modified accordingly.

    In addition, the contact information of the State Service of Export Control has been updated where applicable throughout the import documentation of Ukraine.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. current application form and documents to be enclosed. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Waste

    The list of documents to be enclosed with the Permit to Import Hazardous Waste has been verified and enhanced pursuant to the provisions of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. For further information, please consult the quoted document.

    Electronic Submission of Documents

    As the transmission of applications via the corresponding portal, i.e. the Unified State Portal for Administrative Services, has been launched in Ukraine, the following documents have been amplified with relevant details of it:

    Automatic Import Licence
    Licence to Import Raw Cane Sugar
    Special Import Licence
    Special Import Permit.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following chapter.
  • 11 Jul 2017 Guinea Amendments as regards permissible border entry points for plants and plant products, endangered species of wild fauna and flora as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Permissible Border Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below has been augmented with a list of the Guinean customs offices of entry which are entitled to control goods subject to phytosanitary inspection. These commodities may only be entered through the offices named in said section, which may be viewed for more details.

    Wildlife Species

    The chapter on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has been newly added to this overview. Please turn thereto for more information on import requirements for wildlife species.

    Waste

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the importation of waste into Guinea. Please refer to the new section on Waste for particulars.
  • 10 Jul 2017 Norway Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Commercial Invoice, Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products, food and feed with aflatoxin contamination risk, radio equipment and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Norway 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 current version of the European single administrative document (SAD), which is displayed as a translation reference for the Bokmål version of the form. Please refer to said document for further particulars.

    Commercial Invoice

    The minimum content to be provided in the Commercial Invoice has been adapted in accordance with the current Norwegian Regulations to the Act on Customs Duties and Movement of Goods (Customs Regulations). For more information, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The English form displayed in the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the assignment of tariff codes to this document has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations. For more information on this measure, please see the quoted document.

    Food and Feed with Aflatoxin Contamination Risk

    The document entitled Health Certificate for Food and Feed with Aflatoxin Contamination Risk has been newly incorporated into this import report in order to depict the special conditions to be adhered to for the import of certain feed and food from specific countries due to a contamination risk by aflatoxins. Please turn thereto and to the updated chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed in this overview for further details.

    Radio Equipment

    In 2016, Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment-Directive 1999/5/EC was repealed and replaced by the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment. The stipulations of the new Directive, which is EEA-relevant and thus applicable in Norway, have been reflected accordingly in this import report. Please turn to the updated section on Radio Equipment in this overview and the new document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Radio Equipment for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 10 Jul 2017 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards customs value, labelling requirements for pre-packaged foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    This Overview of Import Procedures 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.

    Labelling requirements

    The section on Labelling Requirements has been newly added to this overview, depicting information on the requirements for the labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs to be imported. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 10 Jul 2017 Myanmar
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Jul 2017 Senegal Amendments as regards standardisation, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    As Senegal is a participant of the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Standardisation in this overview has been amended accordingly. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    Further goods which may not be imported into Senegal have been added to the chapter on Prohibited Imports. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 07 Jul 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Focus: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), biocidal products, arms, ammunition and explosives.
    The import documentation for Macedonia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Approval as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been enhanced by incorporating a sample of an issued AEO certificate. More information on the approval may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview of import procedures.

    Biocidal Products

    In order to market biocidal products in Macedonia, e.g. disinfectants, preservatives and products used for the control of pests, a specific authorisation must be applied for. For this purpose, the document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Biocidal Products has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. Said document may be consulted for procedural details.

    Arms, Ammunition and Explosives

    The following documents have been completely reviewed with regard to the procedural details, i.e. the processing fees, processing times and periods of validity, as applicable:

    Permit to Import Arms, Ammunition and Explosives
    Permit to Transport Arms and Ammunition
    Permit to Transport Explosives.

    The current paper application forms for the documents listed above have also been furnished.
    In addition, a new document entitled Licence to Supply Explosives has been created to depict the authorisation required by entities who bring in any explosive material to Macedonia.
    For further details, please turn to the mentioned documents.
  • 07 Jul 2017 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Jul 2017 Tajikistan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Jul 2017 Pakistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Jul 2017 Botswana Focus: Import Licence, pre-shipment inspection as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE).
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licence

    As the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) enables various online services, inter alia the electronic application for an Import Licence as defined by the Control of Goods (Import Control) Regulations, the quoted document has been enhanced with a sample of the electronic application form. Please turn to said document for particulars. Additional information on said licence may also be obtained from the section on Import Licensing in this Overview of Import Procedures.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The document entitled Certificate of Conformity for SIIR, which is issued upon conclusion of the Route A certification procedure for goods subject to the Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme, has been equipped with a more recent sample of a request form for a certificate of conformity. Moreover, the document entitled Registration for SIIR, which is open to frequent exporters for homogeneous exports, i.e. within the framework of the Route B certification procedure, has been newly incorporated into this report. Specifics of the two routes have also been added to the corresponding paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection below. Please refer thereto and to the quoted documents for further clarification.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    All radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) to be marketed in Botswana must be registered for type approval with the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). For this purpose, a new document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been added to the set of documents for this report. Please turn thereto as well as to the chapter on Norms and Standards further below for more details.
  • 06 Jul 2017 Bahrain Amendments as regards customs fees, documents required for customs clearance, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Fees

    By virtue of Decree No. 80/2017 of the Ministry of Interior, which is superordinate to the Customs Affairs, the fees which are due for all services rendered by the Customs Affairs, have been adjusted. This affects, e.g., fees due for off-hour or expedited services, customs declarations, the sealing of containers and procurement of lost documents. By way of example, a fee of 10 BHD has been stipulated for the customs inspection of any container, lorry or van by virtue of fix scanning devices. The Decree was published on 25 May this year and thereby abrogated the previous Decree No. 21/2007. For more information on levies charged for customs declarations and for the temporary storage of goods under customs supervision, please refer to the updated document entitled Customs Import Declaration and the section on Free Trade Zones, Warehousing and Temporary Storage in this overview.

    Documents Required for Customs Clearance

    Since 23 June 2017, the presentation of a Delivery Order and a Packing List to the Bahrain Customs Affairs for every importation is no longer obligatory in line with Decree No. 8/2017. Further details may be obtained from the updated chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced by 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.
  • 06 Jul 2017 Libya
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Jul 2017 Guyana
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Jul 2017 Ghana Amendments as regards rough diamonds, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    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 Ghana is a participant. More details may be obtained from the quoted section below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the labelling provisions for seed consignments. For specifics, please turn to the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 05 Jul 2017 Benin Focus: Revised Kyoto Convention, Registration for the Issue of Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes and hazardous chemicals.
    The import documentation for Benin has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Revised Kyoto Convention

    As Benin acceded to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (as amended) (Revised Kyoto Convention), the section on International Agreements in this overview has been augmented accordingly.

    Registration for the Issue of Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes

    As it is a prerequisite for the issue of an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN), which is a mandatory document upon each shipment of goods (as detailed in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations), the document entitled Registration for the Issue of Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn thereto for additional details.

    Hazardous Chemical Substances

    Benin is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention. 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 terms of the actual shipment of a product, information about the characteristics of the chemical must be provided and labelling requirements adhered to, thus guaranteeing the sound handling of such substance.
    In case a company is seeking to export chemicals which are covered by the Convention (i.e. the pesticides and industrial chemicals listed in Annex III of the Convention) or which are subject to national regulatory action (i.e. bans or severe restrictions in the importing country's own territory), 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 incorporated into this import report.
  • 04 Jul 2017 Peru Focus: prohibited imports, gambling equipment, importers of chemical pesticides, procedural details and forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of customs tariff codes) has been adjusted for the document entitled Prohibited Imports according to current provisions of the National Superintendency of Customs and Tax Administration (SUNAT).

    Gambling Equipment

    The following documents have been updated concerning the authority in charge of the import formalities for gambling equipment:

    Homologation Certificate for Gambling Equipment
    Permit to Import Gambling Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Gambling Equipment.

    Importers of Chemical Pesticides

    In order to display that importers of chemical pesticides must be registered with the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA), a document entitled Registration of Importers of Chemical Pesticides has been newly added to the set of documents of this documentation. For further information, please consult the cited document.

    Procedural Details and Forms

    The documents mentioned below have been revised with regard to the respective processing fee pursuant to the requirements as established in the Single Text of Administrative Procedures (TUPA) of the General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs (DIGEMID):

    Sanitary Registration of Cosmetic and Personal Hygiene Products
    Sanitary Registration of Galenical Products
    Sanitary Registration of Medicines
    Import Authorisation for Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors
    Sanitary Registration of Sanitary Products and Products for Domestic Hygiene
    Sanitary Registration of Surgical and Dental Medical Devices.

    In addition, the former documents entitled phytosanitary inspection and zoosanitary inspection have been merged and renamed Inspection of Pesticides, Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Products. It now combines the inspection requirement upon arrival of the products in question. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 04 Jul 2017 Afghanistan Amendments as regards chemicals used in agriculture, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Afghanistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    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.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have been blue-pencilled throughout this overview, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 03 Jul 2017 United States of America Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Prior Notice of Food Imports, drugs and medical devices, alcohol and tobacco, Steel Import Licence, motor vehicles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The form for the declaration of a consignee when an entry is submitted by an agent has been exchanged for its current version in the respective document entitled Customs Import Declaration.

    Prior Notice of Food Imports

    In accordance with amended legal requirements of 30 March 2017, the document entitled Prior Notice of Food Imports has been reviewed and updated, e.g. with regard to the diverse electronic submission systems and the minimum content to be provided.

    Drugs and Medical Devices

    The processing fees for the fiscal year 2017 have been updated in the following documents:

    Approval of New Animal Drugs
    Approval of New Drugs
    Premarket Approval for Medical Devices
    Premarket Notification for Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices Establishment.

    In addition, the aforesaid Approval of New Drugs has been enhanced with the current application form as well as with a certificate of compliance of clinical trials form. Also, the document entitled Agent Letter for Drug Master Files has been enhanced with an agent appointment letter template.

    Alcohol and Tobacco

    The following documents have been enhanced with regard to the electronic application submission systems operated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB):

    Alcohol Label Approval
    Alcohol Dealer Registration
    Import Permit for Alcohol
    Import Permit for Tobacco Products.

    Furthermore, an updated application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Alcohol Label Approval and the Import Permit for Alcohol has been enhanced with a form for the signing authority for cooperate and limited liability company (LLC) officials.

    Steel Import Licence

    The Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system has recently been extended until 21 March 2022. As a consequence, the document entitled Steel Import Licence has been brought up-to-date with new information, e.g. regarding the number of products covered under a licence as well as the low value licence. The current application form and a sample of the Online Steel Licensing System user registration form have also been furnished.

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles has been equipped with the current application form and amended with regard to various details, e.g. the current processing fee and the contact details of the competent authority.

    Other Changes

    Current News regarding the documents entitled Statement of Imported Radiofrequency Devices and Equipment Authorisation as well as other trade-related topics have been provided in the following section.
  • 03 Jul 2017 Saudi Arabia Amendments as regards the taxpayer registration, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saudi Arabia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Taxpayer Registration

    Following the introduction of a new excise tax for designated goods (the following News section may be viewed for particulars), the chapter on Import Regulations and Registration Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory registration of individuals and companies trading in those goods.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced by 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.
  • 03 Jul 2017 South Korea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 30 Jun 2017 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jun 2017 Indonesia
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jun 2017 Algeria Amendments to tariff nomenclature, tariff rates and additional duties.
  • 28 Jun 2017 Malaysia Focus: nomenclature changes, prohibited imports, Company Registration, renamed authority and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Malaysia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods banned for importation has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order, 2017. Namely, the importation of honeycomb or pieces thereof is no longer permitted. Please refer to the chapter on Prohibited Imports for particulars.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been updated as regards the processing fee and has been equipped with a current sample application form. More details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Renamed Authority

    The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB) was renamed as National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 28 Jun 2017 Kyrgyzstan Focus: inspection of plant products, pharmaceuticals and feed supplements for animal use, forms and labelling of fur articles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Inspection of Plant Products

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate has been reviewed and modified with regard to the processing time, validity period and applicable inspection stations. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Pharmaceuticals and Feed Supplements for Animal Use

    Importers of supplements for animal forage must apply for a state registration with the Center for Registration and Certification of Veterinary Medicines, Animal Feed and Feed Supplements. The document entitled Registration of Animal Feed Supplements has therefore been newly incorporated into this report.
    Furthermore, the document entitled Registration of Veterinary Medicines has been amended with regard to its electronic submission and the authority in charge of the state registration of said commodities.
    For a summary of requirements, please also consult the newly added paragraph on Veterinary Medicines, Animal Feed and Feed Supplements in this overview.

    Forms

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

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    In addition, the sample of the health certificate has been exchanged for a new version in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    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 and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please consult the aforementioned chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following chapter.
  • 27 Jun 2017 Guyana Focus: animals and animal products, veterinary biological products, steel and steel products, goods subject to Guyanese compulsory standard specifications, used tyres and used motor vehicles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guyana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animals, Animal Products and Veterinary Biological Products

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Terrestrial and Aquatic Animals and Animal Products and Import Permit for Veterinary Biological Products have been reviewed and updated where appropriate, inter alia with regard to the payable fees in accordance with the Animal Health Fees Regulations 2016. Please see the quoted documents for details.

    Steel and Steel Products

    A new section on the importation of Steel and Steel Products has been added to this overview of import procedures. Moreover, the related document entitled Mill Test Certificate, which is required for the purpose of verifying the proper classification of steel and steel products as either alloy steel or as non-alloy steel, has been newly included in the set of documents of this report. For more information, please refer to said section and document.

    Goods Subject to Guyanese Compulsory Standard Specifications

    The scope of goods which are subject to Guyanese compulsory standard specifications has recently been amended, i.e. used tyres, which may no longer be imported separately (see also the paragraph below), animal feed, paints, bicycles and gold jewellery are no longer monitored by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) within the framework of the standards compliance programme conducted by the Metrology and Standards Compliance Department (MSCD). Consequently, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document entitled Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards and to the related document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been updated accordingly. The application form attached to the aforesaid registration document has moreover been exchanged for the currently used version.

    Used Tyres and Used Motor Vehicles

    Since 1 April 2017, the importation of individual used tyres into Guyana is no longer permissible. This import report has been amended accordingly. Information on the importation of used tyres attached to motor vehicles may be found in the section on Used Goods below. Moreover, said chapter has been enhanced with information on restrictions in relation to used motor vehicles. The chapter on Prohibited Imports has also been updated to this effect. Please turn to said paragraphs for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 27 Jun 2017 Gabon Amendments as regards standardisation, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and phytosanitary entry points have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    As the Gabonese Agency for Standardisation (AGANOR) is a member of both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with according information. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of greater transparency, a separate paragraph entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly incorporated into this overview of import procedures. Please refer to the mentioned section for further details.

    Phytosanitary Entry Points

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with details of the phytosanitary entry points in Gabon. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 26 Jun 2017 Nicaragua Focus: live animals, type approval for telecommunications equipment and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals

    In accordance with Administrative Resolution No. 031-2016, importers of one-day-old chicks and hatching eggs must obtain a preliminary permit from the Institute for Agricultural Protection and Health (IPSA) to introduce the products in question. In order to display this import procedure, a new document entitled Permit to Import One-Day-Old Chicks and Hatching Eggs has been added to the set of documents of this import documentation. For more information, please refer thereto.

    Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    As a homologation procedure is required for the importation of telecommunications equipment, registered importers are to present a Type Approval Certificate for Telecommunications Equipment. This document has been newly created for this report and may be viewed for particulars.
    In addition, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Telecommunications Equipment has been updated with regard to the processing fee payable for the procedure. For more details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents of this report have been updated with regard to the website address provided for the electronic submission of the respective documents:

    Registration of Importers of Animals and Animal Products
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products.

    Importers of seeds who are at the same time entitled to distribute the goods in question must pay a higher processing fee for their registrations. This procedural detail has been added to the document entitled Registration of Importers of Seeds.
  • 26 Jun 2017 China Amendments as regards the labelling of infant formula and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the P.R. of China. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Infant Formula

    Additional information on the labelling of infant formula has been included in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements of this import report. Please see said section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 Jun 2017 Mauritius Focus: No-Objection Certificate for Onions and Potatoes, Permit to Import Explosives, electronic payment, Import Permit for Controlled Goods as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    No-Objection Certificate for Onions and Potatoes

    The application form which must be submitted in order to be allocated a quota for the importation of onions or potatoes into Mauritius has been exchanged for a recent version. Further details may be obtained from the document entitled No-Objection Certificate for Onions and Potatoes.

    Permit to Import Explosives

    Among other requirements that must be met, the importation of explosives into Mauritius is subject to an import permit. Therefore, a new document entitled Permit to Import Explosives has been added to the set of documents pertaining to this import report. Please turn thereto and to the section on Arms and Explosives in this overview for particulars.

    Electronic Payment

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been updated with recently published information by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) concerning the payment of customs duties and taxes. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

    The scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Import Permit for Controlled Goods has been updated with regard to the recent corresponding regulations. The mentioned document may be viewed for more details of the respective measure.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 Jun 2017 Ivory Coast Amendments as regards standardisation, hatching eggs and farmyard poultry chicks as well as medicinal products have been brought to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    As Côte d'Ivoire is a participant of the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Standardisation in this overview has been amended accordingly. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Hatching Eggs and Farmyard Poultry Chicks

    The chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products has been enhanced with information on the regulations which must be observed by importers of hatching eggs and farmyard poultry chicks. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned section.

    Medicinal Products

    Specifics on medicinal products have been added to the paragraph entitled Pharmaceuticals and Related Products. Please turn thereto for more information.
  • 23 Jun 2017 Ecuador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jun 2017 Morocco Amendments as regards points of entry for plants and plant products, medical devices as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco.
    The following changes have been made:

    Points of Entry for Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products has been updated with regard to the permissible points of entry for such goods in Morocco. Please turn to the quoted section for more information.

    Medical Devices

    New information on the importation of medical devices into Morocco has been added to the paragraph dealing with Medicinal Products and Medical Devices in this overview. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22 Jun 2017 Armenia Focus: inspection of plant products, forms, foreign currency transactions and labelling of fur articles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Armenia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Inspection of Plant Products

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection has been reviewed and modified with regard to the processing time, validity period and applicable inspection stations. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Forms

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

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Foreign Currency Transactions

    Importers are required to verify the details of trade transactions payable in foreign currencies by means of a Passport of Deal, which has been newly created for this report. For further information, please refer to the quoted document and also consult the corresponding paragraphs on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Currency and Payments in this overview.

    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 and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please consult the aforementioned chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 21 Jun 2017 Paraguay Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the assignment of commodity codes to the Registration of Importers and the Import Licence, prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Paraguay's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (AEC) of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Paraguay 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.

    Registration of Importers and Import Licence

    The scope of products subject to a Registration of Importers and an Import Licence has recently been augmented by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) by means of different Decrees and Regulations. As the mentioned documents are now also required for specific lamps, plastic bags and biodegradable bags (i.e. bags made out of paper or biodegradable plastic) as well as particular telephone sets, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to these documents has been adapted accordingly. For further information on these measures, please consult the chapter on Import Licensing.

    Prohibited Imports

    For the purpose of clarity, the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been restructured. Moreover, it has been enhanced with further details of prohibited pesticides. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 21 Jun 2017 Iraq Focus: pre-shipment inspection (PSI), sanctions, goods subject to plant protection requirements as well as contact information.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of commodities subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), i.e. the scope of products coming under the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI), is regularly being updated. Consequently, the description of the types of goods and examples thereof contained in the quoted document has been blue-pencilled and may be viewed for further details.

    Sanctions

    Recently, the applicable embargo measures of the European Union (EU) concerning the provision of economic resources and financial assets to certain persons, entities or organisations in Iraq have been modified. By virtue of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/441 of 13 March 2017, the entries in the list of natural and legal persons against whom said sanctions apply have been reduced. For additional information, please turn to the chapter on Sanctions in this overview.

    Goods Subject to Plant Protection Requirements

    Importers of designated agricultural goods, i.e. seeds, fertilisers and pesticides, must obtain an agricultural licence in order to be authorised to bring these commodities into the country and deal in them.
    Moreover, seeds may have to be fumigated in order to be importable.
    Consequently, the following documents have been newly incorporated into this report and may be consulted for further details:

    Certificate of Fumigation
    Licence to Import and Deal in Agricultural Goods.

    In addition, the document entitled Permit to Import Fertilisers and Pesticides has been blue-pencilled and adjusted, as applicable.
    More information on Plants and Plant Products as well as on Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods, including fertilisers and pesticides, may also be obtained from the quoted paragraphs below.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture have been updated in all documents of this report concerning plants, plant products, fertilisers and pesticides.
  • 21 Jun 2017 Kenya
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Jun 2017 Hong Kong
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Jun 2017 Turkey Focus: Binding Tariff Information, Laboratory Analysis, plants and seeds, fertilisers, consumer products, chemical substances, products which affect workers' health and work security.
    The import documentation of Turkey has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information

    As the application for a Binding Tariff Information may now be submitted electronically, the quoted document in this import report has been updated accordingly and equipped with a screen shot of the application interface.

    Laboratory Analysis

    Specific goods may be subject to a Laboratory Analysis by the customs authorities in order to verify, e.g., the identity or the customs tariff number of the goods. Therefore, a new document has been added to this import report, depicting further details of these controls.

    Plants and Seeds

    The documents entitled Plant Operator Registration and Preliminary Import Permit for Seeds have been enhanced as regards various details. Furthermore, the application form for the latter document has been exchanged for its current version. The tariff codes assigned to the Phytosanitary Certificate have been updated in accordance with the current Turkish Regulation on Plant Quarantine.

    Fertilisers

    The current forms which must be submitted electronically in order to obtain a Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Fertilisers have been added to the quoted document. Further details, such as the processing time, have also been updated.

    Consumer Products

    A new section on the Risk-Based Import Control System "İRİS", via which the application for an Import Permit for Consumer Products (İRİS) must be submitted, has been created in this overview. Moreover, the mentioned document has been equipped with a sample of the electronic application interface.

    Chemical Substances

    The letter of commitment displayed in the Registration of Importers of Chemical Substances has been exchanged for a current sample form. Furthermore, the application forms for the Control Certificate for the Importation of Chemical Substances as well as the Permit to Import Substances Listed in the Annexes to the Convention on the Control of Chemical Weapons have been updated.

    Products Which Affect Workers' Health and Work Security

    The application form depicted in the document Products Which Affect Workers' Health and Work Security has been updated and supplemented with a letter of commitment, which must also be submitted. Additional details, such as the processing fee, have also been revised.

    Other Changes

    Further documents of this report have been updated with regard to various particulars, e.g. the processing fees. Moreover, the contact details of several authorities, e.g. the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) and the Ministry of Customs and Trade, have been updated in all concerned documents of this import report.
  • 20 Jun 2017 Tunisia Amendments as regards cement, Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) and Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Cement

    A chapter concerning the importation of Cement into Tunisia has been newly added to this overview of import procedures. Please refer to the quoted section for further details.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    This overview of import procedures has been enhanced with information on Pest Risk Analysis. More information regarding this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of transparency, the information on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) contained in the chapter on Chemical Substances has been incorporated into a new paragraph entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS). Please refer to the mentioned section for further details.
  • 20 Jun 2017 Guatemala Focus: electronic portal of the SAT, pharmaceuticals, procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guatemala has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Portal of the SAT

    The Superintendency of Fiscal Administration (SAT) provides for an interface for the use of digital services. In order to use this electronic portal, a registration is to be made beforehand. Therefore, a Registration as a User of the e-SAT System has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Pharmaceuticals

    The document entitled Permit to Import Pharmaceuticals has been newly incorporated into this import documentation and may be viewed for more information.

    Procedural Details

    The procedural details, i.e. the processing time and fees, of the following documents have been verified and amended accordingly:

    Phytosanitary Import Permit for Seeds, Plants and Plant Products
    Sanitary Import Authorisation for Animal Products
    Sanitary Import Authorisation for Live Animals.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 20 Jun 2017 Morocco
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Jun 2017 Honduras
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jun 2017 Thailand Amendments as regards customs procedures, labelling and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures

    The chapter on Customs Procedures has been enhanced with information on the possibility to facilitate import procedures via advance ruling. More details may be obtained from the quoted section below.

    Labelling

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been updated in accordance with the Cosmetic Product Act. For further information, please turn to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 19 Jun 2017 Japan Amendments as regards customs valuation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Japan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    The chapter on Customs Valuation in this overview has been reviewed and enhanced with further details. Particulars may be found in the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 19 Jun 2017 Georgia Focus: customs clearance channels, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, dual-use goods and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Georgia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

    Information on the four customs clearance channels operating in Georgia has been restructured and amplified in the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Hygiene Certificate for Foodstuffs has been amended with regard to various details, e.g. information on sample-taking and analysis procedures, if deemed necessary.

    Pharmaceuticals

    Procedural details concerning the renewal and recognition of a foreign pharmaceutical product already authorised for market access abroad have been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals.

    Dual-Use Goods

    Importers of dual-use goods must apply for an Import Recommendation for Dual-Use Goods prior to the actual importation of the commodities in question. The quoted document has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For more information on this administrative procedure, please refer to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 14 Jun 2017 Honduras Focus: seed importers, meat and meat products and procedural amendments of the SENASA as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Seed Importers

    The document entitled Registration of Seed Importers has been reviewed and amended with regard to the procedural details, i.e. the period of validity and the documents to be enclosed with the application, as well as the current version of the application form as provided by the Seed Certification Department (CERTISEM). For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Meat and Meat Products

    Importers of meat and meat products are required to be registered with the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA) if the total import volume per year exceeds 10,000 kg. In order to describe this formality, a document entitled Registration of Importers of Meat and Meat Products has been newly created for this report. Please refer to the aforementioned document and also consult the revised chapter on Sanitary Surveillance in this overview.

    Procedural Amendments of the SENASA

    The documents listed below have been updated with regard to the procedural details, e.g. the processing time and fees, as stipulated by the SENASA:

    Registration of Fertilisers and Raw Materials
    Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products
    Registration of Living Modified Organisms
    Registration of Protected Plant Varieties
    Registration of Veterinary Products.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Jun 2017 Egypt Focus: Single Administrative Document (SAD), Importer Card, registration for tax purposes and new currency provisions.
    The import documentation for Egypt has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Single Administrative Document (SAD)

    In accordance with Decree No. 40 of 2017, a new declaration form has been made mandatory for the document entitled Single Administrative Document. Consequently, said document has been blue-pencilled and equipped with a corresponding form. In addition, the fee for the form has been modified. For more information, the quoted document and the pertaining section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview may be viewed.

    Importer Card

    As stipulated by Law No. 7 of 2017, amending the provisions of the basic Law No. 121 of 1982 on the register of importers, foreigners may now hold a share of up to 49% of an importing company, provided that its managers are Egyptian nationals. Said Law also stipulates procedural adjustments, e.g. concerning the period of validity of the Importer Card and the application fees. Both the chapter on Registration below and the quoted document may be consulted for deeper insight.

    Registration for Tax Purposes

    Pursuant to the introduction of a value-added tax (VAT) in Egypt, the application form for the VAT-part of the mandatory Tax Registration Card has been newly added to the quoted document, which may be viewed for further details.

    New Currency Provisions

    In order to facilitate foreign trade and suppress black market activities, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) recently adopted a freely floating exchange rate based on supply and demand. For more information, please refer to the paragraph on Currency and Payments in this overview.
  • 14 Jun 2017 Bolivia Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, labels of seeds and foodstuffs and the national authority for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

    A three-tiered channel system is used in order to assign imported goods to an adequate clearance. Details of the customs clearance channels in Bolivia have been added to the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Labels of Seeds and Foodstuffs

    The chapter entitled Labelling and Packaging Requirements has been augmented with information on imported foodstuffs packaged in Bolivia. Furthermore, details on a required statement on genetically modified foodstuffs to be included on their packaging have been provided in the mentioned chapter. For more information, please refer to the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    National Authority for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The responsible authority in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been amended in the section entitled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Please see the aforementioned chapter further below.

    Other Changes

    The paragraph on the Virtual Window for Importations has been updated with regard to the competent authorities which make use of this electronic system for import authorisations and certificates.
  • 14 Jun 2017 Saudi Arabia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Jun 2017 Costa Rica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jun 2017 Haiti Focus: Sanitary Permit to Import Horses, Free Sale Certificate and contact details.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Permit to Import Horses

    The importation of horses into Haiti is subject to special import requirements, amongst those a Sanitary Permit to Import Horses. Therefore, the quoted document has been newly added to this import report. Please refer thereto and to the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin for more information.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample of a Free Sale Certificate contained in the corresponding document has been replaced by a more recent version. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of both the General Customs Administration (AGD) and the General Tax Administration (DGI) have been updated. Accordingly, the concerned documents of this import report have been amended as applicable.
  • 13 Jun 2017 Azerbaijan Focus: procedural requirements, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Procedural Requirements

    The following documents have been revised with regard to various procedural formalities, e.g. the processing fees and times:

    Activity Licence for Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products
    Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Medicinal Products.

    Further information may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Contact Details

    The functions of the former State Commission on the Test and Protection of Selection Novelty under the Ministry of Agriculture have been assigned to the State Service for Control of Plant Varieties and Seed Registration. Therefore, the affected documents of this import report have been modified accordingly.
    Furthermore, the phone and fax numbers of the Ministry of Finance have been updated where applicable throughout the import documentation of Azerbaijan.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Jun 2017 Angola Focus: pharmaceutical products, Revised Kyoto Convention and waste.
    The import documentation for Angola has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pharmaceutical Products

    This report has been enhanced with regard to the import measures for pharmaceuticals. In this context, the following three documents have been newly created:

    Licence for Importers of Pharmaceutical Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products
    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product.

    Furthermore, the section on Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices has been updated accordingly. Please turn thereto and to the mentioned documents for further details.

    Revised Kyoto Convention

    As Angola acceded to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (as amended) (Revised Kyoto Convention), information thereon has been added to the section on International Agreements in this overview.

    Waste

    On 7 May 2017, the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal entered into force for Angola. Therefore, the paragraph on Waste in this overview has been updated accordingly. It has moreover been augmented with details of the classification of hazardous or non-hazardous waste in Angola. Please see the mentioned chapter for further details.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Ministry of Environment and its pertaining departments have been updated in all related documents, where applicable.
    Moreover, current trade-related news may be found in the News section below.
  • 13 Jun 2017 Russian Federation
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jun 2017 Iceland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Jun 2017 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Jun 2017 Venezuela Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the assignment of commodity codes in accordance with the Venezuelan import regime and standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Venezuela's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (AEC) of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Venezuela 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.

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents in this report have been verified in accordance with the current Venezuelan import regime as contained in the customs tariff for 2017. While some of those code lists have remained unchanged, the official modifications have been incorporated into all concerned documents, e.g. pertaining to fish products, controlled chemical substances, medical devices, motor vehicles as well as prohibited imports.

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with information on the requirements of the National Autonomous Service of Normalisation, Quality, Metrology and Technical Regulations (SENCAMER) for the importation of products falling under the legal regimes no. 20 and 21. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.
  • 12 Jun 2017 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), pharmaceutical products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been enhanced with additional information, e.g. on the requirement of said measure during the regionalisation process between countries with commercial activities, the different stages of the PRA process, policies on the control of introducing pests into the country, the details to be contained in the letter of request for a PRA and the account of the results of conducted PRAs. For specifics, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    The chapter on Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetic Products in this overview has been completely reviewed and augmented with details of the specific requirements for the importation of particular types of medicines, i.e. new products, products with a high level of complexity, prime materials, semi-manufactured products, bulk products, unregistered products as well as microorganisms and parasites. Information on the mandatory trade mark or trade name registration of medicines as well as the certificate of sanitary examination for customs purposes has also been provided.
    Moreover, particulars of the import prohibitions for medical devices in poor condition and/or with defects as well as for certain raw materials intended for use in pharmaceutical products have been brought to the section on Import Prohibitions.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    New information as regards the import prohibition of certain refrigerant gases which deplete the ozone layer and equipment containing such refrigerant gases has been incorporated into the corresponding chapters in this overview in accordance with Resolution No. 012/2017, which was issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources on 30 March 2017. For further details, please consult the sections entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and Import Prohibitions.

    Other Changes

    For various trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 12 Jun 2017 Panama
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Jun 2017 Uruguay Amendments as regards commercial samples, free trade zones and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Commercial Samples

    The section on Commercial Samples in this overview has been revised and augmented in accordance with the stipulations currently in force since 2016. Please see the mentioned chapter for further procedural information on the importation of samples.

    Free Trade Zones

    The contact details of the authority responsible for free trade zones in Uruguay, i.e. the Free Zones Area of the Ministry of Economy and Finances, have been added to the chapter on Free Trade Zones below. Moreover, by virtue of General Resolution No. 12/2017, which is in force since April 2017, the electronic systems of the Free Zones Area and of the National Customs Authority (DNA) are now interconnected. More information thereon may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 09 Jun 2017 Fiji Focus: Registration of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, tax identification number (TIN) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import report. For more information concerning the registration of the aforementioned products, please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Medicines and Poisons in this overview.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World

    The application form to be submitted for the Registration of a User of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World has been replaced by the current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    The documents entitled Registration of Regular Importers with the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority and Registration of One-Time Importers with the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority have been updated with regard to the registration of the tax identification number (TIN) via the Fiji Integrated Taxation System (FITS), which has recently been integrated with the ASYCUDA World.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 09 Jun 2017 Montenegro
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jun 2017 Turkmenistan Focus: importers' and dealers' licences, contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importers' and Dealers' Licences

    The following documents have been updated with regard to various procedural details in compliance with the Law on the Licensing of Certain Types of Activities:

    Licence to Import and Deal in Alcohol and Tobacco Products
    Licence to Deal in Motor Vehicles
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    More information may be obtained from said documents.

    Contact Information

    Due to the consolidation of the Association of the Cattle-Breeding Joint Stock Companies "Turkmenmallary" and the Ministry of Agriculture into the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, the following documents have been modified with regard to contact details of the responsible authority:

    Licence to Import and Deal in Veterinary Medicines
    Quarantine Import Permit
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate
    Registration of Plant Varieties
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Additionally, the contact information of the Main State Revenue Service and the Ministry of Communication has been updated where applicable throughout the import documentation of Turkmenistan.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 08 Jun 2017 Bangladesh Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    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 section below.

    Prohibited Imports

    The assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current official classifications. Namely, the importation of polypropylene bags, certain insecticides and petroleum products, motorcycles that are older than three years and above 155 cc as well as chassis and double-stroke engines of three-wheel vehicles is no longer permitted. Please turn to said document and the paragraph on Prohibited Imports for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 08 Jun 2017 Ukraine
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Jun 2017 Lebanon Focus: classification of goods, meat and meat products, veterinary medicines, pesticides, precious metals and stones as well as chamber registration.
    The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Meat and Meat Products

    Foreign manufacturers of meat and meat products intending to export their products to Lebanon are subject to a preliminary listing in the country as trustworthy producers. Consequently, the document entitled Registration of Foreign Meat Manufacturers has been newly incorporated into this report. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview.

    Veterinary Medicines

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for Medicines Intended for Veterinary Purposes has been blue-pencilled and updated, as applicable. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. The paragraph on Pharmaceuticals and Related Products below provides a summary of procedural requirements for said product group.

    Pesticides

    As detailed in the chapter on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview, a Licence to Import Pesticides is one of the prerequisites for the importation of plant protection means into Lebanon. Said document has been revised in view of the current Lebanese stipulations; please turn thereto for more details.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The Hallmarking of Precious Metals and Stones is mandatory for the importation of such commodities into Lebanon and their placing on the local market alike. The same-named document has therefore been added to the set of documents of this report and the section on Precious Metals and Stones in this overview has been modified accordingly; both of which may be consulted for more information.

    Chamber Registration

    The Registration with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is a major prerequisite for import approvals and for other application procedures. The quoted document has been revised and equipped with current information on, inter alia, mandatory documentation to be enclosed with the application. Please turn thereto and to the paragraph on Registration below for further details.
  • 07 Jun 2017 Belize Focus: customs brokers, Pest Risk Analysis, Import Risk Analysis, Authorisation for the Allocation of Foreign Exchange, labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belize has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Brokers

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview as well as the related document entitled Customs Broker Licence have been enhanced with information on the threshold values for the commercial value of goods for which the service of a customs broker is required. Please turn to said chapter and document for details.

    Pest Risk Analysis and Import Risk Analysis

    Belize conducts Pest Risk Analysis on new plants and plant products to be imported. The same-titled document has been newly included in this import documentation in order to provide further procedural details.
    Moreover, the document entitled Import Risk Analysis has been reviewed and, inter alia, furnished with the current version of the application form. Further information on these measures may be found in the chapters on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin, Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) and Plants and Plant Products below.

    Authorisation for the Allocation of Foreign Exchange

    The document entitled Authorisation for the Allocation of Foreign Exchange has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. The application for this authorisation is to be handed in to the Central Bank of Belize or a dealer authorised by said Bank for approval and the issued document is to be presented to the customs authorities upon arrival of the goods. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document and the corresponding section on Currency and Payments below.

    Labelling of Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs

    Information on the labelling requirements for pre-packaged foodstuffs has been included in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below. Further specifics may be obtained in said paragraph of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 07 Jun 2017 Brazil Amendments as regards import licensing, import bans, labelling of foodstuffs and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brazil. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Automatic Import Licence

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence has been updated in accordance with the current official lists of the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services. Please turn to the mentioned document and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information on the respective measure.

    Import Bans

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Prohibited Imports have also been adapted to the official lists mentioned above. Furthermore, the section on Prohibited Goods has been augmented with additional information on, e.g., the import ban for soil.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    The paragraph on Marking and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with details of the requirements for foodstuffs containing lactose as prescribed by Law No. 13.305 of 4 July 2016. Please consult the quoted chapter for more particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 07 Jun 2017 Turkey
    Nomenclature changes
  • 07 Jun 2017 Brazil
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Jun 2017 Papua New Guinea Focus: medicinal herbs, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Medicinal Herbs

    The import report for Papua New Guinea has been enhanced with a new document depicting the permit required for the importation of herbs, i.e. dried or fresh leaves, intended for medical purposes. Please refer to the document entitled Permit to Import Medicinal Herbs and to the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products and Narcotic Drugs in this overview for further details.

    Prohibited Imports

    The assignment of goods pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports, i.e. the scope of goods to which an import prohibition applies, has been adjusted. More particulars may be obtained from the quoted document and the same-titled paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section.
  • 06 Jun 2017 Jamaica Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Registration with ASYCUDA World, Special Declaration for Motor Vehicles, contact details and trade-related news. The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been reviewed and updated, inter alia with regard to the electronic submission procedure. A sample of the electronic version of the form as used in the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World has also been attached. Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    Registration with ASYCUDA World

    An account activation form is to be handed in for the purpose of the Registration with ASYCUDA World. Said document has been enhanced accordingly and may be referred to for further information.

    Special Declaration for Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Special Declaration for Motor Vehicles has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. It is to be submitted in addition to the Customs Import Declaration in case of the importation of motor vehicles. Please turn to the mentioned document for details.

    Contact Details

    The former Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has been renamed Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. The affected documents of this import report have been amended accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 06 Jun 2017 Ecuador Amendments as regards labels of lubricating oil and fuel filters as well as importers of plants and vegetable products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Labels of Lubricating Oil and Fuel Filters

    The section on Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with provisions for the labels of lubricating oil and fuel filters. Please see the updated chapter for particulars.

    Importers of Plants and Vegetable Products

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Plants and Vegetable Products has been updated with the current processing fee stipulated for this formality.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 02 Jun 2017 Russian Federation Amendments as regards goods delivered by air freight, intellectual property rights (IPR) and labelling of fur articles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Russia. The following changes have been made:

    Goods Delivered by Air Freight

    Since 1 April 2017, carriers of goods transported by aircraft are required to notify the customs authorities in advance. Information to be provided for this prior notice has been added to the paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations and may be viewed for further details.

    Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

    For commodities protected by intellectual property rights (IPR), a seperate customs declaration must be provided to the customs authorities. The required information has been incorporated into the corresponding chapter in this overview.

    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

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 02 Jun 2017 Argentina Amendments as regards import licensing, market regulation, prohibited imports, animal products, artificial nail systems and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Licences

    The scope of commodities subject to an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (originally stipulated by Resolution No. 5/2015) has been modified by means of Resolution No. 152-E/2017. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report has been updated accordingly. Please turn to said documents and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Market Regulation

    The section on Market Regulation below has been revised and enhanced with information on, e.g., the competences of the Unit for the Tracking and Tracing of Foreign Exchange Operations. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    As electronic cigarettes and accessories thereof as well as seed lots containing insects and/or live phytophagous mites are banned from being imported and marketed in Argentina, the section on Prohibited Imports has been augmented accordingly.

    Animal Products

    The paragraph on Animals and Animal Products has been enhanced with further details of the pre-listing of European exporters of animal products. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Artificial Nail Systems

    In accordance with Disposition No. 249 of 11 January 2017 of the National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT), artificial nail systems are subject to a Registration of Personal Hygiene Products, Cosmetics and Perfumes of Category II as well as a Registration of Importers of Personal Hygiene Products, Cosmetics and Perfumes. This also applies to certain substances which are only allowed for professional use in artificial nail systems but prohibited as ingredients in other cosmetic products (i.e. benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone and hydroquinone methylether). Therefore, the commodity codes pertaining to the quoted documents have been updated accordingly.
    The mentioned Disposition also contains new stipulations for the labelling of artificial nail systems, which have been included in the chapter on Labelling Requirements further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been incorporated into the following section.
  • 01 Jun 2017 Tajikistan Focus: endangered species, medicinal products and contact details.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Endangered Species

    As Tajikistan is party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES has been added to the import report. Moreover, the chapter on Endangered Wildlife Species has been newly created in this overview.

    Medicinal Products

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate required for medicinal and related products has been equipped with the current sample of said certificate.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Committee of Environmental Protection has been updated where applicable.
  • 01 Jun 2017 Israel Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, customs value and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Israel.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Customs Value

    The chapter on the Customs Value has been enhanced with details on rules on determining the customs value according to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Further information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 01 Jun 2017 Uruguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Jun 2017 Japan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 31 May 2017 St. Lucia Focus: procedural details, Company Registration and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been updated with regard to various procedural details as well as equipped with the samples of forms, where applicable:

    Import Permit for Meat and Seafood
    Import Permit for Soil
    Plant Import Permit.

    For specifics, please see the listed documents.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been equipped with an application form required for the name search and reservation. More information on the registration procedure may be obtained from the quoted document and from the chapter on Registration in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 31 May 2017 Barbados Focus: Electronic Single Window (ESW), trademarks and contact details.
    The import documentation for Barbados has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Single Window (ESW)

    Since January 2017, due to the implementation of the Electronic Single Window (ESW), importers have been able to submit applications for, e.g., import permits electronically. Therefore, the document entitled Registration as User of Electronic Single Window (ESW) has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information on creating an account in the e-government system, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Trademarks

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been added to the list of documents depicting, inter alia, the application form required to be submitted. Further details of said procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as from the section on Registration.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Pesticides Control Board under the Ministry of Agriculture has been updated where applicable throughout the import documentation of Barbados.
  • 31 May 2017 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 May 2017 Vietnam Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), Declaration of Conformity, standardisation, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorisation as AEO has been newly added to this import report, providing information on the voluntary approval required for facilitated customs clearance. For further details, please see the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures below.

    Declaration of Conformity

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document named Declaration of Conformity has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. For particulars, the mentioned document may be viewed.

    Standardisation

    This overview has been enhanced with a chapter on Standardisation, giving information on product standards, conformity certificates and state quality inspections. Please see the corresponding section below for more details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax number of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) and the Ministry of Transport have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 30 May 2017 Nigeria Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs), labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria.
    The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    The list of operated free trade zones (FTZs) within Nigeria has been updated in the corresponding section in this overview. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter below.

    Labelling Requirements

    For the purpose of a greater transparency, a separate paragraph on Labelling Requirements has been newly incorporated. Please turn thereto for details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 30 May 2017 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards radioactive sources, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Radioactive Sources

    Special requirements apply to the importation of radioactive sources into Congo. More information may be obtained from the newly created section entitled Radioactive Sources in this overview of import requirements.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Congo is a party. For further details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Chemicals and Hazardous Goods.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 29 May 2017 Yemen Focus: plants and plant products, fertilisers, medicinal and related products as well as sanctions.
    The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The documents required for the importation of Plants and Plant Products have been blue-pencilled. As the valid legal stipulations have been revised, the procedural details have been adjusted, where applicable. Moreover, the contact details have been modified. The document entitled Certificate of Fumigation, which is a mandatory requirement for imported seeds, has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, please turn to the quoted section of this overview and the documents mentioned therein as well as to the document entitled Packing List, which has been enhanced with details concerning mandatory inscriptions for plant consignments.

    Fertilisers

    Agricultural fertilisers to be imported into and marketed in Yemen require a prior Registration of Fertilisers with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigiation. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. In addition, a Plant Quarantine Inspection is to be conducted on all imported consignments. For additional details, the mentioned documents and the paragraph on Chemicals Used in Agriculture below may be viewed. Attention is also drawn to the fact that untreated natural organic fertilisers are prohibited from being entered into the country.

    Medicinal and Related Products

    The sample form of the document entitled Free Sale Certificate required for medicinal and related products, e.g. cosmetics or medical devices, has been replaced by a current version of said certificate. The quoted certificate may be consulted for further information.

    Sanctions

    The lists of natural and legal persons in Yemen against whom EU embargo measures apply are regularly adjusted, e.g. by virtue of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/628 of 3 April 2017 amending Regulation (EU) No 1352/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Yemen. Details of applicable measures may be viewed in the updated chapter on Embargo and Boycott Measures below.
  • 29 May 2017 Costa Rica Focus: nomenclature changes, genetically engineered goods, procedural amendments, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the implementation of the effective nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Costa Rica has been amended pursuant to the Nomenclature of the Central American Customs System (SAC) of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017.
    By way of example, the tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Prohibited Imports have been adjusted in accordance with the aforementioned nomenclature, including the country-dependent classification of goods.
    Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been amended accordingly.

    Genetically Engineered Goods

    In order to describe the requirements for the importation and release of living modified organisms (LMOs) into the environment of Costa Rica, a new document entitled Registration of Companies Engaged in LMO Activities has been created for this report. Please turn thereto and also refer to the updated chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview.

    Procedural Amendments

    The documents listed below have been updated with regard to the procedural details, i.e. the processing fees as annually prescribed by the National Phytosanitary Service (SFE) and the National Seeds Office (ONS), respectively:

    Import Registration of Seeds
    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)
    Phytosanitary Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Agricultural Pesticide and Fertiliser Companies
    Registration of Fertilisers for Agricultural Use
    Registration of Pesticides for Agricultural Use
    Registration of Seeds Importers
    Variety Registration of Seeds.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the national focal point in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been verified and updated in the corresponding section in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 24 May 2017 El Salvador Focus: nomenclature changes, plant varieties, arms and ammunition as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the implementation of the effective nomenclature basis, the import documentation for El Salvador has been amended pursuant to the Nomenclature of the Central American Customs System (SAC) of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017.
    Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been amended accordingly.

    Plant Varieties

    The following documents have been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the application form to be submitted for the registration of the goods in question and the procedural details:

    Registration of Importers of Seeds
    Variety Registration of Seeds.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The Ministry of National Defence (MDN) is responsible for the issue of a special import permit for the entry of arms, ammunition and related commodities into El Salvador. In order to depict this procedure, a document entitled Special Permit to Import Arms, Ammunition and Similar Items has been newly created for this report. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 24 May 2017 New Zealand Amendments as regards chemical weapons, nomenclature changes and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which New Zealand is party, has been added to the paragraph on Hazardous Substances in this overview. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 24 May 2017 India Amendments as regards rough diamonds, commercial samples and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Rough Diamonds

    The chapter on Rough Diamonds has been newly added to this Overview of Import Procedures, providing details of the procedures for the importation of rough diamonds. Please refer to said section for additional information.

    Commercial Samples

    The paragraph on Commercial Samples has been reviewed and updated in regard to value limits. For particulars, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 24 May 2017 Jordan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 May 2017 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 May 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: dogs and cats, taxpayer registration, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Dogs and Cats

    As a special Permit to Import Dogs and Cats is required for the importation of such animals, a document under the same title has been added to the list of documents for this report. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and from the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview.

    Taxpayer Registration

    The document entitled BIR File Number has been amended with regard to information on the requirements which must be met by certain types of business under the Value Added Tax Act. Furthermore, a sample of the application form, which must be completed for the registration of companies and organisations, has been added to said document. Please turn thereto as well as to the chapter on Registration below for further information.

    Contact Details

    The former Ministry of Food Production has been renamed into the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF). Therefore, the affected documents of this import report have been modified accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 May 2017 Mauritania Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), norms and standards as well as aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Norms and Standards

    As Mauritania is a correspondent member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and a member of the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended accordingly. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Aircraft

    The overview on import requirements for Mauritania has been enhanced with information on the importation of Aircraft into Mauritania. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.
  • 23 May 2017 Moldova Amendments as regards the pest risk analysis (PRA), labels of seed potatoes, chemicals and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Moldova. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The details concerning the legal basis regulating special requirements for the first-time importation of plants and plant products have been incorporated into the section entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA). Please see the aforementioned paragraph for specifics.

    Labels of Seed Potatoes

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements has been amplified with provisions applicable to the labels of seed potatoes. For more information, please turn to the quoted section.

    Chemicals

    The contact details of the Moldovan Official Contact Point (OCP) for goods covered by the Stockholm Convention have been included into the product-specific chapter. Moreover, the information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Moldova is a member, has been added to this overview. For particulars, please see the updated paragraph entitled Further Chemical Substances.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 23 May 2017 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 22 May 2017 Philippines Amendments as regards waste and recyclable materials, prohibited goods, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Philippines.
    The following changes have been made:

    Waste and Recyclable Materials

    The list of hazardous substances that require a Registration of Importers of Recyclable Materials Containing Hazardous Substances and an Importation Clearance for Recyclable Materials Containing Hazardous Substances has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent classifications. Please turn to the paragraph on Waste and Recyclable Materials in this overview for more information.

    Prohibited Goods

    Finished firecrackers and fireworks are not permitted to be imported into the Philippines and have therefore been added to the list of items banned for import. For further details, please refer to the chapter on Prohibited Goods below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with labelling requirements for foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). For particulars, please turn to the section below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 May 2017 Algeria Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, import licensing and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Algeria. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    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.
  • 22 May 2017 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation