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  • 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.
  • 19 Jun 2017 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
  • 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 South Korea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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
  • 12 Jun 2017 Sri Lanka
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 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
  • 08 Jun 2017 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 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 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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
  • 31 May 2017 Canada
    Nomenclature changes
    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.
  • 30 May 2017 Pakistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 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
  • 24 May 2017 Australia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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 Liberia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 May 2017 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 May 2017 Armenia
    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
  • 19 May 2017 Uzbekistan Focus: classification of goods, animal products, registration requirements and contact information.
    The import documentation for Uzbekistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of customs tariff codes) has been adjusted for the following documents of this report in accordance with the import restrictions/provisions of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of External Trade, respectively:

    Licence to Import and Deal in Narcotics, Psychotropic Agents and Precursors
    Licence to Import Specific Goods
    Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors.

    Animal Products

    In accordance with the Annex 4 to Regulation No. 139 of 15 March 2017 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the scope of commodities has been amended for the following documents of this import documentation:

    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Moreover, details of the electronic submission of documents as well as the respective information on the processing time and fee has been revised pursuant to the abovementioned legal basis. The sample of the quoted health certificate has furthermore been exchanged for a new version. Please turn to the quoted documents and to the section on Live Animals and Animal Products for more details of the importation of animal products.

    Registration Requirements

    The document entitled State Registration of Legal Persons and Sole Proprietorships has been reviewed and updated with regard to procedural amendments, i.e. the processing time and fee as well as submission of documents for the registration itself.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the state institutions listed below have been updated where applicable throughout this import report:

    State Committee for Nature Protection
    Uzbek Agency for Standardisation, Metrology and Certification (so-called UzStandard).
  • 19 May 2017 Tanzania Amendments as regards authorised economic operator (AEO), destination inspection and Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania.
    The following changes have been made:

    Authorized Economic Operator (AEO)

    As Tanzania fully implemented the East African Community (EAC) Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program, the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with procedural details. For more information thereon, please turn to the quoted section in this overview.

    Destination Inspection

    The paragraph on Destination Inspection has been newly added to this Overview of Import Procedures, providing details of the destination inspection programme. Please refer to said chapter below for particulars.

    Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. More details may be obtained from the mentioned document.
  • 19 May 2017 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 May 2017 South Africa Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, live lobsters, general labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following South Africa's adoption of the 2017 version of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Harmonized Nomenclature, which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in South Africa have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System below.

    Live Lobsters

    Information as regards the importation of live lobsters has been brought to the chapter on Fish and Crustaceans in accordance with the respective national compulsory specification, which took effect in February 2017. For specifics, please turn to the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    General Labelling Requirements

    In order to illustrate the general labelling requirements for all goods to be imported into South Africa according to the Merchandise Marks Act, a same-titled section has been newly incorporated into this overview. Further information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current News regarding goods controlled in terms of the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, please see below.
  • 18 May 2017 Sri Lanka Focus: Registration with ASYCUDA, Licence to Import Petroleum Products, renamed ministry and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Sri Lanka has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with ASYCUDA

    In order to use the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World for the electronic control of customs procedures, which allows, amongst others, for the electronic filing of the Cargo Manifest, the Customs Declaration and the Customs Value Declaration, a prior Registration with ASYCUDA is required. The document named Registration with ASYCUDA has therefore been newly added to this import report. More information may be obtained from said document and the sections on Customs Procedures and Regulations as well as Electronic Customs Clearance in this overview.

    Licence to Import Petroleum Products

    The document entitled Licence to Import Petroleum Products has been augmented in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing time and fee, validity, documents to be enclosed, and it has been equipped with a current sample application form. For further information, please see the quoted document and the chapter on Petroleum and Petroleum Products below.

    Renamed Ministry

    The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development was renamed as Ministry of Defence in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 18 May 2017 Brunei
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 May 2017 Togo Focus: Commercial Registration, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Togo has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The application form included in the document entitled Commercial Registration has been replaced by a recent version. Furthermore, the documents to be submitted in order to register a company and the processing fees pertaining to this procedure have been updated. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with information on additional products that may not be imported into Togo. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 17 May 2017 Singapore Focus: Licence to Deal in Tobacco Products, medicines and medical equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Deal in Tobacco Products

    Procedural details, i.e. the fee and documents to be enclosed have been augmented in the document named Licence to Deal in Tobacco Products. Further information may be obtained from said document and the chapter on Tobacco Products in this Overview of Import Procedures.

    Medicines and Medical Equipment

    The classification of designated commodities (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) to the following documents has been adjusted in accordance with current official lists:

    Authorisation to Import Psychotropic Substances
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Licence to Import Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Import Medical Devices
    Licence to Sell Medicinal Products
    Poisons Licence
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medicinal Products.

    Moreover, the documents entitled Authorisation to Import Psychotropic Substances and Registration of Medical Devices have been enhanced in regard to procedural details, in particular the processing time as well as fee, and equipped with current sample application forms. For more details, please turn to the corresponding documents and the sections on Medicines and Psychotropic Substances and Medical Devices below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 May 2017 Thailand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 May 2017 Pakistan Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been reviewed and adjusted in accordance with the current stipulations for goods subject to PSI. Please turn to said chapter in this overview and to the documents entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection for Wheat and Pre-Shipment Inspection for Pesticides for additional details.

    Standardisation

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. For further details, please refer to the quoted document and the section on Standardisation below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 16 May 2017 Colombia Amendments as regards nomenclature changes as well as customs procedures and regulations have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the coming into effect of the updated nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Colombia has been amended pursuant to the new Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN) Nomenclature, which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    Information on the additional documentation which is to accompany the Customs Import Declaration and to be presented to the customs officials for the clearance of commodities has been provided in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 16 May 2017 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 May 2017 Taiwan Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO), currency as well as transgenic plants have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    For the sake of a greater transparency, information on the Taiwanese AEO programme has been incorporated in a separate section in this overview. For further particulars on the prerequisites for obtaining AEO status, please turn to the new chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

    Currency

    Details of the amounts of foreign currency imported into Taiwan which are required to be declared to the Customs Administration have been added to the paragraph on Currency and Payments. In addition, information on the permit required for the importation of national currency over a certain threshold has also been provided. Specifics may be obtained from said section.

    Transgenic Plants

    The chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been augmented with information on the importation of transgenic plants. For additional details, please refer to the quoted paragraph.
  • 15 May 2017 Chile Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, live hydrobiological species, beef products, pesticides for agricultural use, electrical and fuel products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Chile has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Live Hydrobiological Species

    The document entitled Permit to Import Live Hydrobiological Species has been completely reviewed and updated in accordance with the stipulations published by the National Service for Fishery and Aquaculture (SERNAPESCA) in April 2017. It has moreover been enhanced with information on the list of species authorised for importation and on quarantine requirements.

    Importation of Beef

    Information on the specific classification and nomenclature requirements for beef and on the correlation between Chilean and European Union (EU) terminology agreed in Decree No. 146 of 2017 has been incorporated into the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Pesticides for Agricultural Use

    The application form for the document Authorisation of Pesticides for Agricultural Use has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the document has been updated with regard to further details, e.g. the documents to be enclosed, and it has been augmented with information on the import authorisation to be applied for at the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) office at the point of entry for each consignment. Please see said document for more particulars.

    Electrical and Fuel Products

    In order to depict the certification process required for marketing electrical and fuel products in Chile, a new document has been created. For more details, please see the document entitled Approval Certificate for Electric and Fuel Products and the updated chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Further documents of this report have been enhanced with regard to various details. By way of example, the document entitled Warehousing Certificate for Foodstuffs, Chemicals and Radioactive Substances has been enhanced with information on the exact list of hazardous substances subject to this measure. As fresh fruit and vegetables, amongst others, also require this certificate, the corresponding tariff codes pertaining to said measure have been assigned to the document. Moreover, the application form presented in the document entitled Permit to Import Controlled Chemical Substances has been exchanged for its current version.
    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 15 May 2017 Nicaragua
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 15 May 2017 Albania
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 May 2017 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards diamonds, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    The following changes have been made:

    Diamonds

    The paragraph entitled Diamonds has been newly added to this Overview of Import Procedures, providing information on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). 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 requirements for tobacco and tobacco products. For more information, please turn to the mentioned paragraph in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the next section.
  • 12 May 2017 Kuwait Focus: classification of goods, Revised Kyoto Convention, prohibited imports, foodstuffs of animal origin, pesticides, media items and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kuwait has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Kuwait's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Kuwait 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.

    Revised Kyoto Convention

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

    Prohibited Imports

    The scope of goods banned from importation into Kuwait as described in the paragraph on Import Prohibitions in this overview and its pertaining document entitled Prohibited Imports have been adjusted to the most recent descriptions of banned products. Amongst other items, chewing or snuffing tobacco has been defined as prohibited commodity in the member states of the GCC.

    Foodstuffs of Animal Origin

    Pursuant to the recent publication of a GCC Guide for Control on Imported Foods, the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been equipped with a current sample form reflecting the mandatory inscriptions on the sanitary attestation for animal products intended for human consumption. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information.

    Pesticides

    The following documents have been blue-pencilled and adjusted in accordance with the valid legislation, as applicable:

    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Besides the quoted documents, the section on Agricultural and Other Chemicals below may be viewed for more details regarding these measures.

    Media Items

    In addition to a Permit to Import Media for each actual consignment of printed or electronic media, a Media Licence is a mandatory requirement for all importers and traders of those goods. Consequently, the latter document has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. More information on Electronic and Printed Media may be obtained from the same-named paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 11 May 2017 Mozambique Focus: protection of plant breeders' rights, importation of pharmaceutical products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Protection of Breeders' Rights for New Plant Varieties

    Plant breeders may apply for the protection of their breeder's rights at the National Seeds Authority (ANS). In order to depict the corresponding application procedure, the document entitled Protection of New Plant Varieties has been newly created. Please turn thereto and to the updated section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for more information.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    The following documents concerning the importation of pharmaceutical products into Mozambique have been reviewed and enhanced with regard to various details:

    Activity Licence for Importers of Pharmaceutical Products
    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products
    Permit to Import Pharmaceutical Products.

    By way of example, processing fees and sample forms have been updated or added and the documents to be enclosed have been revised. The document on the registration has furthermore been augmented with information on a possible accelerated recognition procedure. For more information, the quoted documents and the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods may be viewed.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of different authorities engaged in foreign trade have been updated in the documents of this import report, where applicable. Moreover, the authorities have been renamed if necessary, e.g. the Ministry of Science and Technology, Superior and Technical-Professional Education.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 11 May 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards the import regime, importers of goods subject to veterinary control, cigarette lighters and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Regime

    The section on the Import Regime further below has been revised and updated with regard to the differentiation between goods which may be imported freely into the country and goods which require import permission as well as the relevant legislation. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Importers of Goods Subject to Veterinary Control

    The paragraph on Animals and Animal Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory registration of importers of goods which are subject to veterinary control and the prerequisites to be fulfilled therefor. For specifics, please turn to said section.

    Cigarette Lighters

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports has been augmented with details of cigarette lighters which are banned from importation into Bosnia and Herzegovina if not fulfilling the pertinent Bosnian standards. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 10 May 2017 Uganda Focus: Customs Import Declaration, customs procedures and regulations, PVoC Registration, Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uganda 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 the current national form to be completed for the customs clearance of all goods. Please refer to said document for further details.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with information on the single customs territory (SCT) import procedure and the electronic cargo tracking system (ECTS). More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    PVoC Registration

    The document entitled PVoC Registration has been updated with regard to procedural details, in particular the product registration fees. For specifics, please turn to the quoted document and the section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) further below.

    Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products

    Each consignment of animals and animal products to be imported into Uganda requires a permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. The document entitled Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products has therefore been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned document and the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 10 May 2017 Bermuda Amendments as regards labelling requirements for manufactured milk, government procurement and nomenclature changes have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Manufactured Milk

    Mandatory requirements stipulated for the labelling of manufactured milk have been introduced into the paragraph on Labelling Requirements; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Government Procurement

    The chapter on Government Procurement has been newly added to this overview in order to provide specifics of the national tendering procedure. Please turn to said section for details.

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following Bermuda's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Bermuda 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.
  • 10 May 2017 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 May 2017 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 May 2017 Sudan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, import requirements for potato seeds and other plants and plant products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Sudan's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Sudan 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 Requirements for Potato Seeds and Other Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with information on specific measures to import potato seeds into Sudan. Moreover, particulars of Sudan's pest list, i.e. the schedule of potentially harmful organisms and diseases which plants and plant products to be entered into the country must be free from, have been incorporated into the section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 09 May 2017 Albania Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs documents, the National Business Center (NBC), Company Registration, Environmental Licence, plant consignments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Albania's adoption of the 2017 version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of the European Union (EU), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Albania have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System further below have been updated accordingly.

    Customs Documents

    The documents entitled Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin and Commercial Invoice have been amended with regard to the minimum content which must duly be contained therein for the customs clearance of goods. Moreover, the document entitled Packing List has been augmented with information on its requirement when importing a single item in two or more packages. For specifics, please see the mentioned documents.

    National Business Center (NBC)

    As the National Business Center (NBC) has officially become the authority responsible for processing all licences which were previously issued by the former National Licensing Center (NLC), the concerned documents of this report have been amended accordingly.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been updated with regard to the procedural details, i.e. the processing fees, and enhanced with information on the business name reservation procedure. A sample of the current application forms from the National Business Center (NBC) has also been furnished. For further details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Environmental Licence

    Information on the requirement of a prior environment impact assessment (EIA) for projects and activities subject to an Environmental Licence has been provided in the mentioned document. Moreover, details of the processing fee and time as well as the contact details of the National Environment Agency (AKM) have also been added. Please refer to said document for specifics.

    Plant Consignments

    For the importation of certain plants and plant products which are subject to fumigation prior to their importation into Albania, a Certificate of Fumigation may be required to be submitted to the Albanian phytosanitary inspectors.
    Moreover, information on additional declarations to be made when importing certain plants and plant products, depending on the plant variety and the country of origin, has been provided in the document entitled Phytosanitary Certificate.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 08 May 2017 Qatar Focus: classification of goods, foodstuffs, contact details, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Qatar's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Qatar 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.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Food Consignment Registration and Inspection has been blue-pencilled and adjusted to new regulations. Amongst other modifications, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. Special attention is also drawn to the fact that the responsible authorities recently agreed upon the requirement of a prior permit for the importation of designated meat and further animal products, which must be obtained as of March 2017. More information thereon is contained in the quoted document. Further procedures required for the importation of Foodstuffs into Qatar may be viewed in the same-named chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the General Directorate of Civil Defense, which comes under the Ministry of Interior, has been adjusted in the document entitled Licence to Deal in Dangerous Goods. Moreover, information on the electronic portal by means of which declarations may be made online, i.e. the Qatar Clearance Single Window known as Al Nadeeb electronic system, has been added to the documents entitled Customs Import Declaration and Manifest. Please turn to the quoted documents for further details. More information on Al Nadeeb may also be obtained from the document entitled Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures.

    Prohibited Imports

    The scope of goods banned from importation into Qatar as described in the section on Used Goods and Prohibited Imports in this overview and its pertaining document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted to the most recent descriptions of banned products. Amongst other items, chewing or snuffing tobacco has been defined as prohibited commodity in the member states of the GCC.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning new requirements for fuel economy labelling and future restrictions for designated drinks and tobacco.
  • 08 May 2017 Cuba Amendments as regards communications equipment, product samples and material for promotion purposes as well as cosmetics, hygiene products and other household articles have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Communications Equipment

    Importers of communications equipment, e.g. mobile devices, are to obtain a homologation certificate which proves the compliance of the goods in question with the Cuban standards and norms. For more details, please see the newly created subsection under the paragraph entitled Standardisation further below in this overview.

    Product Samples and Material for Promotion Purposes

    Information on the provisions concerning the authorisation to import product samples and material for promotion purposes for branches of foreign companies has been added to the chapter on Commercial Samples.

    Cosmetics, Hygiene Products and Other Household Articles

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics, hygiene products and other household articles have been added to the same-named chapter; please refer thereto for further information.
  • 08 May 2017 Jamaica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 May 2017 Namibia Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, freight documents, Pro Forma Invoice, phytosanitary certification and Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Namibia's adoption of the 2017 version of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Harmonized Nomenclature, which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Namibia have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System below.

    Freight Documents

    The following freight documents have been newly incorporated into the Namibian report besides the existing Air Waybill, Bill of Lading, Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Sea Freight and Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Air Freight:

    Multimodal or Combined Transport Document
    Sea Waybill.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for more information.

    Pro Forma Invoice

    The document entitled Pro Forma Invoice has been newly created, as this document may be required for customs clearance or for other reasons by the importer or the competent authorities of the importing country. For further details, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Phytosanitary Certification

    Commodities subject to phytosanitary inspection, i.e. plants, plant parts and designated products manufactured from those, require a health attestation from the responsible plant protection authority in the country of export. If said merchandise is re-exported, both the original Phytosanitary Certificate and a Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate from the country of re-export are to be provided. Consequently, the latter document has been added to the set of documents of this report. For additional information on import requirements for goods subject to plant health measures, please turn to the documents quoted above and to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES has been equipped with the national application form and updated with regard to various details, e.g. the contact details of the competent authority and the processing fee. For specifics, please see said document.
  • 05 May 2017 Iran Amendments as regards border inspection points for plants and plant products, chemicals used in agriculture and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iran.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Border Inspection Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced with a list of customs offices of entry authorised to inspect consignments subject to plant quarantine requirements.

    Chemicals Used in Agriculture

    Import requirements for Agricultural Chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, may be viewed in the quoted section, which has been newly incorporated into this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following News section may be viewed for information on current issues related to sanctions.
  • 05 May 2017 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2017 Myanmar Amendments as regards plants and plant products, packaging and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    Myanmar applies Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) for newly imported plant varieties. The general conditions have been summarised in a new same-named chapter. For particulars, please turn to the quoted paragraph and also see the blue-pencilled section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been newly introduced into this overview and may be viewed for further details, in particular as regards the labelling requirements for seeds intended for sowing as well as for different types of foodstuffs.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following paragraph.
  • 04 May 2017 Kazakhstan Focus: nomenclature changes, temporary importation of goods, inspection of products subject to phytosanitary control, forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the coming into effect of the updated nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Kazakhstan has been amended pursuant to the new Nomenclature of the Common Customs Tariff of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017. Accordingly, tariff codes assigned to the applicable import measures in Kazakhstan have been reviewed and updated with regard to this adaptation, i.e. predominantly in the fields concerning the proof of conformity, dual-use products and hazardous waste.

    In addition, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of customs tariff codes) has been adjusted for the following documents of this report in accordance with the import restrictions and prohibitions of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC):

    Licence to Import Human Tissue and Blood
    Licence to Deal in Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Licence to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Licence to Import Poisonous Substances
    Permit to Import Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate
    Prohibited Imports
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Temporary Importation of Goods

    In the framework of the Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods, Kazakhstan applies the Carnet A.T.A. system since 1 April 2017. Therefore, the document allowing for the temporary importation of goods intended for exhibitions, commercial samples or items of professional equipment has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For more information, please see the document entitled Carnet A.T.A..

    Inspection of Products Subject to Phytosanitary Control

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate has been reviewed and modified with regard to the processing time, validity period and applicable inspection stations. For further information, please consult the aforementioned document.

    Forms

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been updated with regard to the respective application form. Moreover, the documents listed below have been equipped with the unified application form required in the EAEU for the declaration or certification of conformity:

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following paragraph.
  • 04 May 2017 Togo
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2017 Bahrain
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 May 2017 Syria Focus: Import Licence requirements, sanctions and suspension of the pre-shipment inspection programme have been brought to the import documentation for Syria.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Licence Requirements

    The document entitled Pro Forma Invoice, which is a prerequisite for the Import Licence mandatory for all commercial import transactions, has been completely revised and enhanced with additional details concerning its authentication, amongst others. For particulars, the quoted documents and the corresponding chapters on Import Licensing and on Legalisation of Documents in this overview may be consulted.

    Sanctions

    The sanctions of the European Union (EU) towards Syria have been amended by virtue of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/480 of 20 March 2017 concerning the lists of natural and legal persons against whom restrictions apply. For information on the applicable measures, please refer to the section on Embargo and Boycott below.

    Suspension of the Pre-Shipment Inspection Programme

    Due to the civil war in Syria, the pre-shipment inspection programme, which had been incorporated in mid-2010, has been suspended until further notice. Consequently, the previously required validation opinion report (VOR) as well as the certificate and declaration of conformity relating to the programme have been deleted from this import documentation.
  • 03 May 2017 Mali Focus: labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals and telecommunications equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mali has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceuticals

    The chapter entitled Labelling Requirements has been newly added to this overview and depicts information on the requirements to be adhered to for pharmaceuticals. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.

    Labelling Requirements for Telecommunications Equipment

    Information on the labelling of telecommunications equipment has also been incorporated into the mentioned new section on Labelling Requirements. For further particulars, please refer to this paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 03 May 2017 El Salvador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 03 May 2017 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 May 2017 Panama Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, chemical weapons, labelling requirements for foodstuffs and genetically modified seeds, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), of which Panama is a member, has been added to the paragraph on Agrochemicals and Other Chemical Substances in this overview. More details may be found in the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Foodstuffs and Genetically Modified Seeds

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements has been augmented with the provisions for labels of pre-packaged foodstuffs and the wording which is to be indicated on the packaging of genetically modified seeds. Please refer to the section mentioned before.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Panamanian National Bank provided in the chapter on Currency and Payments have been blue-pencilled. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news may be obtained from the following paragraph.
  • 02 May 2017 Belarus Focus: classification of goods, registration and inspection of plant varieties, contact details and procedural amendments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of customs tariff codes) has been adjusted for the following documents of this report in accordance with the import restrictions and prohibitions of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the current legal basis in the fields concerning the proof of conformity:

    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Consent to Import Human Tissue and Blood
    Licence to Import Human Tissue and Blood
    Licence to Deal in Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Licence to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Licence to Import Poisonous Substances
    Permit to Import Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate
    Prohibited Imports
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Registration and Inspection of Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate has been reviewed and modified with regard to the processing time, validity period and applicable inspection stations.
    In addition, the document entitled Registration of Plant Varieties has been furnished with the form relevant to the registration process, e.g. sample form of the variety questionnaire to be enclosed. For more details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Contact Details and Procedural Amendments

    The Ministry of Trade has been renamed Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade, which has been reflected throughout this import documentation. Additionally, the relevant documents have been furnished with current calculation units stipulated by said Ministry as the fee for single or general import licences. The processing fees have furthermore been amended in the following documents:

    State Sanitary-Hygienic Examination
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Moreover, the contact details of the Ministry of Health, the governmental enterprises named Centre for Expertise and Testing in Health Care as well as "Beltamozhservice" have accordingly been blue-pencilled during this update.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news may be found in the same-named chapter below.
  • 02 May 2017 Uzbekistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2017 Serbia Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, live animals and animal products, conformity assessment, motor vehicles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Serbia's adoption of the 2017 version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of the European Union (EU), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Serbia have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable.

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    Following the publication of the current Serbian customs tariff for 2017 and the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods related to the import procedures in Serbia has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods subject to sanitary, veterinary, phytosanitary controls as well as to goods falling under the Serbian Import Regime.

    Live Animals and Animal Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Animals and Products of Animal Origin has been equipped with new application forms specific to the type of goods to be imported, i.e. for live animals and for animal products. Details of the current processing fee have also been brought up-to-date. In addition, the documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals and Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products have been equipped with new sample certificates.

    Conformity Assessment

    The document entitled Approval of a Foreign Certificate of Conformity has been completely reviewed and revised. New information has been provided on the procedure to have foreign proofs of conformity recognised as well as on the requirement of a conformity assessment to be carried out by a nominated body in Serbia.
    In addition, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Products Causing Radio-Frequency-Disturbances has been equipped with a current application form and enhanced with other relevant details.
    Moreover, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been enhanced with the form required to be submitted to the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications in order to whether Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) to be imported into Serbia is subject to a prior conformity assessment. The contact details of the nominated conformity assessment bodies have also been updated.

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Homologation of Motor Vehicles and the chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview have been reviewed and enhanced with information regarding the different requirements for used and new motor vehicles to be imported into Serbia.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 28 Apr 2017 Montenegro Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, assignment of commodity codes to import measures, common entry document (CED), Registration of Plant Varieties, importers of pesticides and fertilisers, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Montenegro's adoption of the 2017 version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of the European Union (EU), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Montenegro have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System further below have been updated accordingly.

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    Following the publication of the current Montenegrin customs tariff for 2017 and the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods related to the import procedures in Montenegro has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods subject to sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary controls.

    Common Entry Document (CED)

    Certain feed and foodstuffs of non-animal origin imported from designated third countries of origin determined to probably contain higher contamination risks, e.g. by aflatoxins, pesticide residues and/or specific bacteria, are subject to intensified border controls and must be inspected upon arrival. For this purpose, a common entry document (CED - zajednički ulazni dokument, ZUD) exists. Consequently, the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been newly incorporated into the report.

    Registration of Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Registration of Plant Varieties has been equipped with the current application form for the registration of a foreign plant variety as well as with a sample technical questionnaire in accordance with the provisions of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention, which Montenegro is a member of. In addition, details of the competent authority, the period of validity and the list of documents to be enclosed have been revised.

    Importers of Pesticides and Fertilisers

    In accordance with a notice published by the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs at the end of November 2016, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Pesticides and Fertilisers has been enhanced with details of the prerequisites for said registration.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the authorities in Montenegro competent for administrating various import procedures have been verified and brought up to date in the concerned documents of this report where necessary.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 28 Apr 2017 Jordan Amendments as regards prohibited imports, radioactive substances and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Import Prohibitions below has been enhanced with additional information on designated goods banned from being brought into the country.

    Radioactive Substances

    For the sake of a greater transparency, the section entitled Radioactive Substances and Devices Containing Them has been newly added to this overview. Please turn thereto for further particulars concerning the importation of open or sealed sources of ionising radiation and apparatuses making use of them.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 28 Apr 2017 Sudan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2017 Ghana
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2017 Congo (Republic of)
    Nomenclature changes
  • 27 Apr 2017 Madagascar Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceuticals

    The chapter entitled Labelling Requirements has been newly added to this overview. It provides information on the labelling requirements to be adhered to for pharmaceuticals. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 27 Apr 2017 Iceland Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products, Health Certificate for Food and Feed with Aflatoxin Contamination Risk, other updated forms, Commercial Invoice and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The English form displayed for translation purposes 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.

    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 for further details.

    Updated Forms

    The following documents have been enhanced by updating the presented notification form or sample certificate, respectively:

    Notification of the Importation of Agricultural Goods
    Veterinary Certificate for Importing Sport Fishing Equipment.

    Commercial Invoice

    The document entitled Commercial Invoice has been updated in accordance with the stipulations of the Icelandic Customs Directorate. Please see the mentioned document for further specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 27 Apr 2017 Ethiopia Amendments as regards customs documentation, registration, prohibited imports as well as tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Documentation

    The list of documents which are generally required for customs clearance has been augmented in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for specifics.

    Registration

    The section on Registration has been enhanced with information on the required verification of a company name and the registration of a trade name. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    Further products the importation of which is prohibited into Ethiopia have been added to the section entitled Prohibited Imports. Additional details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Tobacco Products

    Special stipulations apply to the importation of tobacco products into Ethiopia. Therefore, a new chapter on Tobacco Products has been incorporated into this overview. Please see said paragraph for more information.
  • 27 Apr 2017 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 27 Apr 2017 Belize
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2017 Benin
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Apr 2017 Libya Focus: Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN), seeds, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The application form for the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been exchanged for a current version. Please see the quoted document for further particulars.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    The document entitled Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) has been enhanced with information concerning the charges for the issue of each ECTN and the mandatory service fee. For more details, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Seeds

    The document entitled Permit to Import Seeds and Seedlings has been furnished with details, inter alia, of the mandatory phytosanitary inspection, the minimum content of the letter of application and documents to be enclosed, in accordance with the valid regulations.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for foreign trade issues has been verified and updated, where applicable, e.g. for the Environment General Authority (EGA) and the National Centre for Plant Protection and Plant Quarantine, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Resources.

    Other

    Information on recent trade-related developments may be found in the following News paragraph.
  • 26 Apr 2017 Liberia Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, foodstuffs and food additives as well as customs procedures have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Foodstuffs and Food Additives

    Mandatory requirements stipulated for the labelling of food products and additives have been introduced into the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Customs Procedures

    The section on Customs Procedures in this overview has been enhanced with the list of documents which may be required for customs clearance. More information may be obtained in the quoted chapter below.
  • 26 Apr 2017 Mexico
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Apr 2017 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, international agreements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Kosovo's adoption of the 2017 version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of the European Union (EU), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Kosovo have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System further below have been updated accordingly.

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been reviewed in accordance with the current Kosovar Import Regime as contained in the Integrated Tariff of Kosovo (TARIK) for 2017. While some of those code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the new year 2017, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    Batch Certificate
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Licence to Deal in Narcotics
    Licence to Deal in Precursors
    Licence to Deal in Tobacco and Tobacco Products
    Licence to Import Narcotics
    Licence to Import Precursors
    Licence to Import Psychotropic Substances
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Prohibited Imports
    Registration of a Pharmaceutical Importer
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Report on Quality Control
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals
    Veterinary Inspection of Animal Products
    Veterinary Inspection of Live Animals.

    International Agreements

    The paragraph on International Agreements in this overview has been updated with regard to Kosovo's membership to the World Customs Organization (WCO). For further information thereon, please also see the News-section below. Moreover, the chapter on Preferential Treatment has been enhanced with information on the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin, which Kosovo is a party to.

    Other Changes

    Further trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 25 Apr 2017 Australia Focus: nomenclature changes, registrations, forms, the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Registrations

    The documents entitled Company Registration and Registration of a Branch Office have been modified with regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fees and times. Furthermore, the document entitled Registration with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been enhanced with information on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) registration.
    Please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapters on Registration and Customs Clearance for more details.

    Forms

    The following documents have been equipped with the current forms which must be completed for customs clearance:

    Actual Arrival Report for Aircraft and Air Cargo
    Actual Arrival Report for Vessels and Sea Cargo
    Customs Import Declaration
    Impending Arrival Report for Aircraft and Air Cargo
    Impending Arrival Report for Vessels and Sea Cargo.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Approval as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. More information on the requirements which importers must meet in order to be included in Australia's Trusted Trader programme may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 24 Apr 2017 Bahamas Amendments as regards currency, labelling requirements and government procurement have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Currency

    The section on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with details regarding the national legislation which regulates the issue and circulation of notes and coins in the Bahamas. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been completely revised and restructured by means of subheadings. Please turn to said section for particulars.

    Government Procurement

    The chapter on Government Procurement has been newly added to this overview in order to provide specifics of the national tendering procedure. Please refer thereto for details.
  • 24 Apr 2017 Brunei Focus: business and company registration, renamed authority and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brunei has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Business and Company Registration

    The documents entitled Business Registration and Company Registration have been augmented in regard to procedural details, i.e. form of submission, processing time and fee, validity, documents to be enclosed and the application form. For further details, please turn to the quoted documents and the section on Registration below.

    Renamed Authority

    The Registrar Of Companies and Business Names was renamed as Registry of Companies and Business Names Division in all concerned documents. Moreover, the contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax number have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 21 Apr 2017 South Korea Focus: animals and animal products, pest risk analysis (PRA) for plants and plant products, labelling requirements for foodstuffs and alcoholic beverages as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Animals and Animal Products

    Information as regards the procedure for getting access to the Korean market in case of first-time importations of animals or animal products has been incorporated into the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) for Plants and Plant Products

    The section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below has been enhanced with information on the processing time of pest risk analyses (PRAs) in South Korea. For more details, please consult the mentioned chapter.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs and Alcoholic Beverages

    The details related to foodstuffs and alcoholic beverages provided in the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements have been revised and blue-pencilled in accordance with the Foods Labelling Standards of 13 June 2016 of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). Further information may be consulted in the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 21 Apr 2017 United Arab Emirates Focus: classification of goods, medicinal products, medical devices and related goods, electronic application procedures, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the UAE's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in the UAE 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.

    Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Related Goods

    All documents coming under the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products and Related Goods in this overview have been completely revised, adjusted to the new contact details of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and to further particulars, as applicable, e.g. the processing time and/or fee, electronic processing of applications and documents to be enclosed. In particular, the application forms for the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Registration of Manufacturers of Medical Devices
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines.

    Moreover, the document entitled Registration of Medical Herbs and Complementary Medical Products has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional information.

    Further Electronic Application Procedures

    The respective webpages of the competent authorities for the following procedures, which may be applied for online, have been adjusted to their current versions:

    Product Registration for the Conformity Assessment Scheme
    Registration for the Organic Food Certification Scheme.

    Further information has been updated in accordance with new regulations where applicable, e.g. application fees and/or contact details. The quoted documents may be viewed for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The scope of goods banned from importation into the UAE as described in the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview and its pertaining document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted to the most recent descriptions of banned products. Amongst other items, chewing or snuffing tobacco has been defined as prohibited commodity in the member states of the GCC.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 20 Apr 2017 Indonesia Focus: nomenclature changes, assignment of commodity codes to import measures, pre-shipment inspection (PSI), Import Approval for Tyres and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

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

    Appointment as IT, i.e. IT Alcoholic Beverages, IT Alloy Steel, IT Animals and Animal Products, IT Cement, IT Colour Multifunction, IT Photocopying and Printing Machines, IT Plastic Raw Materials, IT Precursor, IT Horticultural Products, IT Mobile Phones, Hand-Held Computers and Tablets, IT Nitro Cellulose, IT Oil and Gas, IT Ozone-Depleting Substances, IT Rough Diamonds, IT Salt and IT Sugar
    Import Approvals, i.e. for Alcoholic Beverages, for Alloy Steel, for Animals and Animal Products, for Cement, for Colour Multifunction, Photocopying and Printing Machines, for Plastic Raw Materials, for Precursor, for Horticultural Products, for Mobile Phones, Hand-Held Computers and Tablets, for Nitro Cellulose, for Oil and Gas, for Ozone-Depleting Substances, for Rice, for Rough Diamonds, for Salt as well as for Sugar
    Importation of Lubricants
    Import Permit for Drugs and Food
    Kimberley Process Certificate
    Mill Test Certificate
    Notification of Cosmetics
    Recognition as IP Precursor
    Recognition as IP Textiles
    Recognition as IP Waste
    Registration of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products
    Special Importer's Identification Code Number (NPIK).

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of regulated products subject to pre-shipment inspection has been updated in the corresponding chapter. Please turn to the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Customs Inspection and the document entitled Inspection Order for further details.

    Import Approval for Tyres

    The document entitled Import Approval for Tyres has been newly added to this import report. The approval of the Ministry of Trade is a prerequisite for customs clearance of tyres. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 20 Apr 2017 Canada Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, assignment of product codes to documents, pest risk analysis (PRA), labelling requirements for foodstuffs and various trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Canada's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Canada have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System further below have been updated accordingly.

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the most recent stipulations of the competent authorities:

    Energy Efficiency Report (which is now also required for tungsten halogen lamps)
    Pre-Arrival Review System (which is now also required for certain pearls and prefabricated buildings of wood)
    Request for Documentation Review (which is now also required for certain pearls and prefabricated buildings of wood).

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in this overview has been enhanced with further specifics of the Canadian stipulations regarding the requirement of said analysis, e.g. the details to be provided in an application and the usual time period required for the analysis. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Labelling Requirements for Foodstuffs

    In December 2016, the Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours) were promulgated, which dealers in foodstuffs will be required to comply with at the latest by 14 December 2021. The chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been updated in this regard. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Various trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 19 Apr 2017 Mexico Focus: Registration of Importers, Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, Electronic Signature (e.firma), customs offices of entry, operation document for customs clearance (DODA), Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers

    The document entitled Registration of Importers has been updated in accordance with the new stipulations of the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) 2017. Further details may be found in the quoted document.

    Registration of Importers from Certain Branches

    The scope of goods requiring a Registration of Importers from Certain Branches has been augmented in the official lists contained in the RGCE 2017. By way of example, this registration now also concerns importers of steel products. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the quoted document in this import report has been updated accordingly. Moreover, the document has been adapted in accordance with further current stipulations. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Electronic Signature (e.firma)

    The advanced electronic signature (FIEL) has been replaced by the electronic signature (e.firma). Therefore, the corresponding document in this import report describing the application procedure has been reviewed and blue-pencilled. For more information on the new application form and other amended details, please see the document entitled Electronic Signature and the updated section on Registration in this overview.

    Designated Customs Offices of Entry

    As certain goods may only be entered at designated customs offices of entry, the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on these commodities. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.

    Operation Document for Customs Clearance (DODA)

    Since 19 December 2016, the use of the new operation document for customs clearance (DODA), which contains a quick response (QR) code, is obligatory for transmitting information on the Customs Import Declaration to the respective customs office in order to start the automated selection process and the customs clearance of the goods. A printout of the Customs Import Declaration is thus no longer required to be submitted. Accordingly, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been augmented with information on the DODA and may be consulted for further particulars.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been completely revised and adapted to the new regulations, e.g. as regards the processing time and fee as well as the application form. Please turn thereto and to the updated section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 19 Apr 2017 Laos Amendments as regards pesticides, waste, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Laos. The following changes have been made:

    Pesticides

    Mandatory provisions for the importation of and trade in means of plant protection have been summarised in the new chapter on Pesticides, which may now be viewed for details.

    Waste

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the importation of waste into Laos. Please refer to the new section on Waste for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Labelling Requirements has been amplified with provisions for the labelling of imported goods pursuant to the Ordinance of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) on the labelling of products in Laotian of 2015. In addition, labelling requirements specified for cosmetics have been added to the aforementioned paragraph; refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 19 Apr 2017 Hong Kong Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the Dutiable Commodities System (DCS), updated forms, Registration Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Dutiable Commodities System (DCS)

    On 27 January 2017, the Dutiable Commodities System (DCS) was put into operation by the Customs and Excise Department for the electronic submission of applications for the Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities. A transitional phase of six months is currently in place until 26 July 2017, in which hardcopy paper applications will still be accepted. The quoted document has been enhanced with information on the electronic submission via said system. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Updated Forms

    Up-to-date forms have been incorporated into the following documents:

    Animal Trader Licence
    General Declaration
    Import Permit for Hazardous Chemicals
    Import Permit for Unregistered Pesticides
    Import Permit for Waste
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Registration Certificate of Proprietary Chinese Medicine
    Registration Certificate for Traders of Rough Diamonds
    Type Approval for Radio Equipment.

    As and where applicable, the above-mentioned documents have also been updated as regards other details, e.g. the contact details of the competent authorities, current processing fees, documents to be enclosed and additional requirements.

    Registration Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products

    As of 1 January 2017, manual applications for the registration of pharmaceutical products are no longer accepted, as these must now be duly submitted electronically via the Pharmaceutical Registration System 2.0 (PRS 2.0). The document entitled Registration Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products has therefore been amended accordingly. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 19 Apr 2017 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Apr 2017 Oman Focus: classification of goods, Authorised Economic Operator, electronic application procedures, customs clearance fees, prohibited imports, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Oman's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Oman 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.

    Authorised Economic Operator

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn to the quoted document and to the paragraph on Customs Regulations in this overview for further details.

    Electronic Application Procedures

    The respective webpages of the competent authorities for the following procedures, which may be applied for online, have been adjusted to their current versions:

    Registration of Health Products
    Registration of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals
    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    More details may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Customs Clearance and Further Fees

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been enhanced with information on the mandatory clearance fee to be paid per declaration. In addition, the amount payable as a guarantee for incomplete documentation has been adjusted to the current legislation. Said amount also applies to major customs documents, e.g. the Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin. Moreover, the document entitled Registration for Online Customs Services has been amplified with the processing fee which becomes due for the application.

    Prohibited Imports

    The scope of goods banned from importation into Oman as described in the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview and its pertaining document entitled Import Prohibition has been adjusted to the most recent descriptions of banned products. Amongst other items, chewing or snuffing tobacco has been defined as prohibited commodity in the member states of the GCC.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for foreign trade issues has been verified and updated, where applicable, e.g. for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 18 Apr 2017 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, rough diamonds and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Rough Diamonds

    As Cambodia applies the requirements of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), shipments containing rough diamonds must be accompanied by a Kimberley Process Certificate. Therefore, the section on Rough Diamonds has been newly added to this overview. More information on the trade in such goods may be obtained in said chapter and in the document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted paragraph below.
  • 18 Apr 2017 Switzerland Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, assignment of commodity codes to import measures, country of origin labelling and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been amended with regard to various details. Attention is draw to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Switzerland's adoption of the 2017 version of the Swiss customs tariff, which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Switzerland 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.

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents in this report have been checked in accordance with the current Swiss import regime. While some of those code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the new year 2017, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Weapons, Ammunition and Parts Thereof
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Declaration of Conformity for Explosives
    End-User Declaration for Chemicals
    General Import Permit for Agricultural Products
    General Import Permit for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    General Import Permit for Pesticides
    General Import Permit for Petroleum Products
    General Import Permit for War Materials
    Homologation Number for Explosives and Pyrotechnics
    Import Permit for Animal Products That do not Entirely Satisfy the Import Conditions
    Import Permit for Explosives and Pyrotechnics
    Import Permit for Goods Covered by CITES
    Import Permit for Dual-Use Items and Technologies
    Import Permit for Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors
    International Import Certificate for Dual-Use Items and Technologies
    Intra-Community Movement of Explosives
    Licence for Dealing in War Materials
    Licence for Dealing in Medicinal Products
    Licence for Dealing in Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicines
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Permit to Manufacture Explosives and Pyrotechnics
    Registration of Commercial Importers of Species Coming Under CITES
    Registration of Pesticides
    Registration with ELIC.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The section on Country of Origin Labelling in this overview has been enhanced with information on the new "Swissness" legislation, which entered into force on 1 January 2017. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 18 Apr 2017 Zimbabwe
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Apr 2017 Uganda
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Apr 2017 Kenya Amendments as regards Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), prohibited imports, marking requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the documents entitled Certificate for PVoC, PVoC Licence and PVoC Registration has been updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. Please refer to the quoted documents and the section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this Overview of Import Procedures for more information on these measures.

    Prohibited Imports

    The classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports, i.e. the scope of goods to which an import prohibition applies, has been adjusted in accordance with the current official list. Please turn to said document and the updated paragraph on Prohibited Imports for further details.

    Marking Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with details of the marking requirements for beer bottles and keg containers. Particulars may be obtained from the stated paragraph in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 13 Apr 2017 Guinea Focus: classification of goods, Pro Forma Invoice, freight documents, phytosanitary certification and pesticides.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Guinea's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Guinea 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.

    Pro Forma Invoice

    In the framework of the mandatory Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Conformity Assessment Procedures, the Pro Forma Invoice must be enclosed with the documents entitled Inspection Application Sheet and Request for Certificate and has therefore been included into this report. Please refer to the mentioned documents and section for additional details.

    Freight Documents

    The following freight documents have been newly incorporated into the Guinean report besides the existing Air Waybill and Bill of Lading:

    Multimodal or Combined Transport Document
    Sea Waybill.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for more information.

    Phytosanitary Certification

    Commodities subject to phytosanitary inspection, i.e. plants, plant parts and designated products manufactured from those, require a health attestation from the responsible plant protection authority in the country of export. If said merchandise is re-exported, both the original Phytosanitary Certificate and a Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate from the country of re-export are to be provided. Consequently, the latter document has been added to the set of documents of this report. For additional information on import requirements for goods subject to plant health measures, please turn to the documents quoted above and to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Pesticide Registration

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been updated as regards the fee required for the re-registration. For additional details, the quoted document and the chapter on Hazardous Goods below may be viewed.
  • 13 Apr 2017 Cameroon Focus: Destination Inspection, Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity (PECAE) as well as import prohibitions.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Destination Inspection

    A new import verification programme is now in force in Cameroon for all goods with a FOB value of 2,000,000 XAF or higher, replacing the previous pre-shipment inspection (PVI). Instead of the pre-shipment inspection which was carried out in the country of export, inspections are now carried out by means of a scanner inspection upon arrival of the goods in Cameroon. Therefore, the document entitled Destination Inspection has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import report. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview for more details.

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity (PECAE)

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the document entitled Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been updated in accordance with the most recent product list published by the Cameroonian Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR). In addition, said document has been enhanced with further details of the different routes of verification. For more details concerning this procedure, please turn to the quoted document.

    Import Prohibitions

    The Cameroonian Ministry of Agriculture has recently enforced an import prohibition for pesticides containing metalaxyl in order to protect the quality of cocoa produced in Cameroon. Accordingly, the chapter on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.
  • 13 Apr 2017 Lebanon
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Apr 2017 Ukraine Amendments as regards the exchange rate, electronic government portal and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Exchange Rate

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the exchange rate of one calculation unit valid for 2017 in accordance with the Law on the State Budget of February 2017.

    Electronic Government Portal

    The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade introduced the electronic State Portal for Administrative Services, which enables importers to go through a number of import formalities online, e.g., registration for import licensing. Therefore, the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been amended with regard to the electronic submission of documents via the e-government platform.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 12 Apr 2017 Norway Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, preferential treatment and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Norway has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Preferential Treatment

    The section on Preferential Treatment in this overview has been enhanced with information on the agricultural free trade agreement (FTA) which is in force between Norway and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU, consisting of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland).

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 12 Apr 2017 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Pro Forma Invoice, freight documents, Manifest, Customs Import Declaration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pro Forma Invoice

    The document entitled Pro Forma Invoice has been newly created, as this document may be required by the importer or the competent authorities of the importing country. Moreover, the document is usually a prerequisite for goods which are subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection. The respective procedure is further described in the quoted document and in the pertaining section on Pre-Shipment Inspection in this overview.

    Freight Documents

    The following freight documents have been newly incorporated into the Congolese report besides the existing Air Waybill and Bill of Lading:

    Multimodal or Combined Transport Document
    Sea Waybill.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for more information.

    Manifest and Customs Import Declaration

    The documents entitled Manifest and Customs Import Declaration have been updated in accordance with new stipulations that were recently published by the General Directorate of Customs and Taxes (DGDA) and concern the Single Window for Foreign Trade (GUICE). Please refer to the mentioned documents for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 12 Apr 2017 Norway
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Apr 2017 Senegal Focus: Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products, NINEA Registration, rebar, company registration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products

    Certain plants, parts thereof and plant products are subject to an Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products in order to be imported into Senegal. More information regarding this matter may be obtained from the quoted document, which has been newly created.

    NINEA Registration

    The document entitled NINEA Registration has been updated with regard to the responsible authorities and the value of the required tax stamp pertaining to the application procedure. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Rebar

    Information on the importation and the pertaining stipulations regarding rebar have been added to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview. For further details, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Company Registration

    This overview has been enhanced with additional information on the registration procedures for companies. More details may be obtained from the section on Registration.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 11 Apr 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, preferential treatment, motor vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Macedonia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Macedonia's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Macedonia have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System further below have been updated accordingly.

    Preferential Treatment

    By virtue of Decision No. 1/2016 of the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Stabilisation and Association Council, Protocol 4 to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between Macedonia and the EU has recently been replaced by a new protocol making reference to the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin, of which Macedonia is a contracting party. The paragraph on Preferential Treatment in this Overview of Import Procedures and the document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin have been revised accordingly. Please turn to the quoted section and document for additional details.

    Motor Vehicles

    Information as regards the Euro exhaust emission standards, which motor vehicles to be imported into Macedonia must comply with, has been brought up-to-date in the chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview. Please refer to said section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 11 Apr 2017 Venezuela
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Apr 2017 China
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Apr 2017 Bermuda
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 10 Apr 2017 Botswana Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs valuation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Botswana's adoption of the 2017 version of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Harmonized Nomenclature, which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Botswana have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the Note-section as well as the chapter on the Harmonized System below.

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the valuation methods applicable in compliance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which Botswana accepted back in August 1987, has been provided in the newly incorporated section entitled Customs Value in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 10 Apr 2017 Bahrain Focus: classification of goods, electronic application procedures, fees and forms for medicinal products, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Bahrain's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Bahrain 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.

    Electronic Application Procedures

    In order to apply for central procedures required for business establishment, customs clearance and market access in Bahrain electronically, a new portal named SIJILAT (Arabic for "registration") has been created. Applications for the following procedures may be lodged online with the new portal:

    Agent Contract
    Commercial Name Registration
    Commercial Registration
    Company Registration
    Activity Licence
    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Further information has been updated in accordance with new regulations where applicable, e.g. application fees or documents to be enclosed. More details may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Application Fees and Forms for Procedures Related to Medicinal Products

    The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) recently announced a revised fee structure for applications which it processes, i.e. the following import-related measures:

    Activity Licence, if applied for in the framework of medicinal products
    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors
    Classification of Pharmaceutical and Related Goods
    Permit to Import Functional Food
    Registration of Health Products
    Registration of Pharmaceutical and Medical Products
    Registration of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals.

    In the latter two documents, the respective application forms and/or check lists for registration have been exchanged for recently updated versions. Further information on the respective measures may be viewed in the quoted documents and in the paragraph on Pharmaceutical and Health-Related Products below.

    Prohibited Imports

    The scope of goods banned from importation into Bahrain as described in the section on Import Prohibitions in this overview and its pertaining document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted to the most recent descriptions of banned products. Amongst other items, chewing or snuffing tobacco has been defined as prohibited commodity in the member states of the GCC.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 10 Apr 2017 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 10 Apr 2017 Tajikistan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Apr 2017 Ghana Focus: assignment of commodity codes, registrations with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Permit to Import Foodstuffs and By-Products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the following documents has been reviewed and adjusted in accordance with current stipulations:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Free Sale Certificate
    Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

    For further details, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Registrations with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)

    The following documents have been enhanced with regard to procedural details, i.e. the documents to be enclosed and processing fees, as applicable:

    Registration Certificate for Cosmetics
    Registration Certificate for Household Chemicals
    Registration Certificate for Medical Devices.

    In addition, the quoted documents have been equipped with current application forms. More information may be obtained from said documents and the chapter on Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics in this overview.

    Permit to Import Foodstuffs and By-Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Foodstuffs and By-Products has been updated as regards details of the processing fee and the electronic submission via the Ghana TradeNet of the Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet). Please refer to the particular document as well as the paragraph on Foodstuffs in this overview for additional information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 07 Apr 2017 Benin Amendments as regards endangered species of wild fauna and flora, waste and labelling requirements for fishery products have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    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 Benin. Please refer to the new section on Waste for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements for Fishery Products

    The paragraph newly introduced into this overview entitled Labelling Requirements contains information on the mandatory details which must appear on packagings of fishery products.
  • 07 Apr 2017 Paraguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Apr 2017 Guyana
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Apr 2017 Peru Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, specal development zones and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the coming into effect of the updated nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Peru has been amended pursuant to the new Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN) Nomenclature, which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017.

    Special Development Zones

    The paragraph on Free Trade and Special Economic Areas has been blue-pencilled with regard to special development zones (ZEDs) operated in Peru. For further details, please consult the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 06 Apr 2017 Afghanistan Focus: business registration, medicinal products and medical equipment, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Business Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been updated with regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fees. Details of the registration procedure with the Afghanistan Central Business Registry (ACBR) may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Registration in this overview.

    Medicinal Products and Medical Equipment

    In accordance with pertinent Afghan national legislation, the new document entitled Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment has been added to the list of documents for this report. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods below.

    Contact details

    The name of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) has been modified in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 05 Apr 2017 United States of America Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, the assignation of product codes to documents, automated motor vehicles, and various current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following the adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in the United States of America 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.

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

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

    Alcohol Label Approval
    Declaration for the Importation of Wildlife and Fish
    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Import Inspection
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    No Notice of FDA Action
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Food Facility
    Steel Import Licence.

    Automated Vehicles

    With regard to the publication of the Federal Automated Vehicles in September 2016, the chapter on Motor Vehicles and Nonroad Engines in this overview has been enhanced. For further specifics, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 05 Apr 2017 Saudi Arabia Focus: classification of goods, Saudi Accreditation Committee (SAC), prohibited imports, country of origin labelling and further labelling requirements as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Saudi Arabia's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Saudi Arabia 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.

    Saudi Accreditation Committee (SAC)

    The paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been augmented by information on the Saudi Accreditation Committee (SAC), which comes under the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). Inspection bodies accredited by the SAC are entitled to issue valid Certificates of Conformity (CoCs), e.g. in the framework of the Verification of Conformity procedure. Further details may be obtained from the section quoted above.

    Prohibited Imports

    Recently, the Saudi Arabian Department of Customs (SADC) issued a revised list of Import Prohibitions. Said paragraph and the document entitled Prohibited Imports have been adjusted accordingly.

    Country of Origin Labelling and Further Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Country of Origin Labelling in this overview has been enhanced with language information. Moreover, details of labelling requirements for commodities subject to designated product standards have been added to the section on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 05 Apr 2017 Ecuador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 03 Apr 2017 Singapore
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Apr 2017 Indonesia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Mar 2017 Algeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Mar 2017 Malaysia Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been enhanced with information on the requirement to obtain a permit to import GMOs. For more information, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Standardisation has been newly added to this overview, providing details of the national standards and accreditation bodies and applicable standards. Please turn to said chapter for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 29 Mar 2017 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, prohibited imports, chemical substances, labelling requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the coming into effect of the updated nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been amended pursuant to the new Nomenclature of the Common Customs Tariff of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which, in turn, is based on the Harmonized System (HS) 2017.
    In addition, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of customs tariff codes) has been adjusted accordingly for the following documents of this report:

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection Certificate
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Import Prohibitions has been equipped with provisions of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) of the EAEU. Please consult the aforementioned chapter for further information.

    Chemical Substances

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

    Labelling Requirements of the EAEU

    Information on the Eurasian conformity logo (EAC logo) as well as labelling requirements for foodstuffs have been added to the corresponding paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in order to bring national provisions in line with the applicable stipulations of the EAEU. Moreover, the appropriate legal basis as regards wood packaging material (WPM) has been included into the same-named section in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 29 Mar 2017 Guyana Amendments as regards expanded polystyrene products, the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) as well as bees and beekeepers' stock have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Expanded Polystyrene Products

    The list of goods depicted in the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced to include expanded polystyrene products, which are banned from importation in accordance with the corresponding national environmental regulations. For further details, please consult the quoted chapter.

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

    Information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), a service provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), has been incorporated into the section on Animals and Animal Products. Please turn thereto for additional details.

    Bees and Beekeepers' Stock

    Details of the requirements to import bees and beekeepers' stock under the terms of the national Importation of Bees Regulations have been added to the chapter on Animals and Animal Products in this Overview of Import Procedures. Please refer to said paragraph for particulars.
  • 28 Mar 2017 Nicaragua Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, live animals and products of animal origin, regulated plant pests and nutrition labelling for pre-packaged foodstuffs for toddlers as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the implementation of the effective nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Nicaragua 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.

    Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin

    The paragraph on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been augmented with information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). Please see said chapter for further details.

    Regulated Plant Pests

    Information on the list of regulated plant pests in Nicaragua has been added to the chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA). Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Nutrition Labelling for Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs for Toddlers

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been equipped with stipulations for the nutrition labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs for toddlers, which are based on the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) 67.01.60:10.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 28 Mar 2017 Gabon Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), invoices, used motor vehicles as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The list of goods exempted from the PVoC programme has been amended according to the most recent stipulations. Please turn to the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) for particulars.
    Moreover, the sample form included in the document entitled PVoC Registration has been replaced by an up-to-date version. The procedural details contained in the document, e.g. the documents to be enclosed, have also been updated. Please refer to the quoted document for more details.

    Invoices

    The documents entitled Commercial Invoice and Pro Forma Invoice have been enhanced with information as regards their requirement for the purpose of the PVoC. Further information may be obtained from the respective documents.

    Used Motor Vehicles

    The paragraphs on Motor Vehicles and Prohibited Goods in this overview have been updated with regard to the age restrictions for used motor vehicles to be imported into Gabon. More details may be obtained from the quoted chapters.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 28 Mar 2017 China Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, assignment of commodity codes to import measures, infant formulas, waste, medical devices and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been reviewed in accordance with the current Chinese import regime. While some of those code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the new year 2017, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the concerned documents.

    Infant Formulas

    As of 1 October 2016, the Provisions for Formula Registration of Infant Formula Milk Powder are in effect. In accordance with said provisions, all infant formula products must be registered with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) as a prerequiste for the importation and trade in China. A new document entitled Registration of Infant Formula Products has been added to the set of documents for this report in order to depict the registration procedure. For particulars, please see the quoted document. Additional information on said registration has also been included in the section on Foodstuffs and Related Goods below.

    Waste

    In accordance with Notice No. 3 of 2017 issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MPE) on 9 January 2017, certain types of waste, which were previously restricted for importation into China, are now strictly prohibited, i.e. sugar cane molasses, mica waste, waste of silicone content, scrap of vulcanised rubber and wastes of leather. Accordingly, the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Import Prohibition has been adjusted accordingly. For further information, please refer to said document as well as to the chapter on Waste in this overview.

    Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been enhanced with details of the required submission manner of the application and the documents to be enclosed. Furthermore, information on certain devices which are exempt from the requirement of clinical trials for registration has also been provided. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 28 Mar 2017 Mozambique
    Nomenclature changes
  • 27 Mar 2017 Mauritius Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017 and the assignment of tariff codes to import measures have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The assignment of tariff codes to the documents of this report, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been amended in accordance with the recently published legal stipulations of the Customs Tariff 2017. The official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents, amongst others:

    Conformity Inspection Certificate for Steel Products
    Permit to Import Animals
    Permit to Import Animal Products
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Permit to Import Radiation Sources
    Permit to Import Second-Hand Agricultural Machinery
    Pre-Market Approval for Foodstuffs
    Registration of Dangerous Chemicals
    Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products
    Registration of Pesticides
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.
  • 27 Mar 2017 Ivory Coast Focus: prohibited imports, Classification and Valuation Order, governmental reorganisation as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports has been enhanced with further information on goods that may not be imported into Côte d'Ivoire. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Classification and Valuation Order

    The General Customs Directorate has recently published new information on the submission of the Classification and Valuation Order. Therefore, the quoted document has been adapted accordingly. For more information, please also turn to the News section and to the chapter on the National Single Window for Foreign Trade (GUCE).

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The former Ministry of Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development is now called Ministry of Sanitation, Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministère de la Salubrité, de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable). The concerned documents in this import report have therefore been amended, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.