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  • 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.
  • 25 Apr 2017 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Apr 2017 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Apr 2017 Sri Lanka
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 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 Pakistan
    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.
  • 06 Apr 2017 South Korea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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 Tanzania
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Apr 2017 Ecuador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 04 Apr 2017 Haiti
    Nomenclature changes
  • 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 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 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.
  • 27 Mar 2017 Armenia Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, labelling requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    Following the coming into effect of the updated nomenclature basis, the import documentation for Armenia 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:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors
    Licence to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Prohibited Imports
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    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

    For trade-related news, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 24 Mar 2017 Paraguay Focus: importers of cosmetic products, product registration of cosmetics, household cleaning agents and contact details.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and amended with regard to various details. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Importers of Cosmetic Products

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Cosmetics has been enhanced as regards the application form and specific procedural details, e.g. the period of validity and documents to be enclosed.

    Product Registration of Cosmetics

    As cosmetic products are categorised into class I and class II products, the document entitled Registration of Cosmetics has been enhanced with information thereon. Moreover, a current sanitary notification form, which must be presented for class I products, as well as further procedural details have been incorporated in the document.

    Household Cleaning Agents

    The form displayed in the document entitled Registration of Household Cleaning Agents has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the document has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. information on the specific requirements for class I and class II products, the processing times, the period of validity and the documents to be respectively enclosed. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Contact Details

    The phone number of the National Directorate for Sanitary Surveillance (DNVS) has been updated in all concerned documents of this report.
  • 24 Mar 2017 Morocco Amendments as regards the adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), tariff classification, Import Licence as well as prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco.
    The following changes have been made:

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

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

    Tariff Classification

    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 recent legal stipulations published by the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration of Morocco. The official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Import Authorisation for Explosives
    Import Licence
    Manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste.

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been enhanced with another sample form that has been added to the document. Please turn thereto for further details. A summary of information on the licensing system in Morocco may also be obtained from the paragraph on Import Regulations below.

    Prohibited Imports

    New information on goods that may not be imported into Morocco has been added to the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Please refer to the aforementioned section for specifics.
  • 24 Mar 2017 Iraq Amendments as regards embargo measures, the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI), the regional centre responsible for waste issues as well as contact information have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Embargo Measures

    Recently, the applicable European Union (EU) Sanctions 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 Regulations (EU) 2016/2363 of 21 December 2016, 2017/44 of 10 January 2017 and 2017/184 of 1 February 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 quoted above.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    parboiled rice
    crude sunflower oil
    essential spearmint oil
    knitted cotton drawers
    vitreous sanitary appliances
    air conditioners
    railway elevators.

    The importation of the listed goods now requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Further particulars on the programme may be viewed in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The section on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.

    Contact Information

    The chapter on Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with information on the authority responsible for the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure, which is required for designated chemicals in the framework of the so-called Rotterdam Convention before they are eligible for shipment from the country of export.
  • 23 Mar 2017 Turkey Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017 and the assignment of commodity codes to import measures have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Turkey's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Turkey 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 checked in accordance with the current Turkish 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:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Conformity for Agricultural Products
    Certificate of Conformity for High Density Sweetener
    Certificate of Conformity for Waste
    Control Certificate for Agricultural Products
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Products Subject to the Control of the Ministry of Health
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Products Which Affect Workers' Health and Work Security
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Specific Pharmaceutical Substances and Preparations
    Declaration of Conformity
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Permit for Consumer Products
    Import Permit for Used or Renovated Goods
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Fertilisers
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Motor Vehicles
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Valuable Papers
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Notification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Pre-Notification Form for Plant Products and Articles Used in the Food and Feed Industry
    Prohibited Imports
    TAREKS Reference Number for Agricultural Products Subject to Quality Control
    TAREKS Reference Number for Construction Materials
    TAREKS Reference Number for Goods Subject to CE Conformity
    TAREKS Reference Number for Industrial Products
    TAREKS Reference Number for Medical Devices
    TAREKS Reference Number for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.
  • 23 Mar 2017 Tunisia Amendments as regards the Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention, import prohibitions, restrictive measures, governmental reorganisation and contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention

    The document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import documentation. Please turn to the respective document and the paragraph on Chemical Substances for more details.

    Import Prohibitions

    The chapter on Import Prohibitions has been enhanced with further information on goods which may not be imported into Tunisia. Please turn to the aforementioned section for particulars.

    Restrictive Measures

    The section on Sanctions has been amended with information on Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/149 of 27 January 2017. For further details, please refer to said section in this overview.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    The contact details included in this import report have been reviewed and updated where necessary in the respective documents. Furthermore, the denominations of several Tunisian ministries and institutions have been changed so that the concerned documents in the import documentation for Tunisia have been amended as applicable. The new denominations of ministries include the following:

    Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fishery
    Ministry of Industry and Commerce

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 Mar 2017 Guatemala Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, foodstuffs, nutrition labelling for pre-packaged foodstuffs for toddlers, and used vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Foodstuffs has been enhanced with information on the priorly required inspection in the exporting country. Furthermore, details concerning the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) have been added to said chapter. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Nutrition Labelling for Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs for Toddlers

    The section on Packaging, Marking 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.

    Used Vehicles

    Additional documentation, e.g. proof of the vehicle ownership, is mandatory for the importation of vehicles introduced in a use condition. Therefore, the paragraph entitled Used Goods has been augmented with applicable information on supportive documents for used vehicles.
  • 22 Mar 2017 Japan Focus: nomenclature changes, plant variety registration, tuna species, electronic government portal as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Plant Variety Registration

    The document entitled Variety Registration has been furnished with a sample form of the technical questionnaire in accordance with the provisions of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Convention. For particulars, please refer to said document and to the section on Plants and Plant Products.

    Tuna Species

    The document entitled Permit to Import Frozen Tuna, which is required to import frozen tuna species by vessels, has been added to the list of documents of this report. Further details of said measure may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as the enhanced paragraph on Foodstuffs below.

    Electronic Government Portal

    As the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) enables importers to submit, e.g., import notifications electronically via the e-government (e-Gov) portal, the following documents have been amended with regard to the submission procedure:

    Import Notification for Chemicals
    Import Notification for Cosmetics
    Import Notification for Food and Food Products.

    More details may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Mar 2017 Georgia Amendments as regards customs crossing points, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and further hazardous products as well as contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Crossing Points

    The section on Border Crossing Points has been amended in accordance with the official list of border entry points.

    Ozone-Depleting Substance (ODS)

    The paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly included into this overview. The quoted section may be consulted for more information.

    Contact Details

    All contact details in this overview have been verified and the information on the National Bank of Georgia has been updated as a result. For further details, please refer to the corresponding chapter entitled Currency and Payments.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 22 Mar 2017 Nicaragua
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Mar 2017 Thailand Focus: Certificate of Conformity, CITES Authorisation, Notification for Cosmetic Products and contact details.
    The import documentation for Thailand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Conformity

    The assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current classifications. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Standardisation below.

    CITES Authorisation

    The document entitled CITES Authorisation has been added to this import report. It is a requirement to import species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and products thereof. For additional details, please see the document and the paragraph on Endangered Species in this overview.

    Notification for Cosmetic Products

    To place cosmetic products on the Thai market, a notification to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required. Therefore, the document entitled Notification for Cosmetic Products has been newly added to this import report. Please refer to said document and the chapter on Cosmetics for further information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Department of Foreign Trade have been updated throughout this import report.
  • 21 Mar 2017 Honduras Amendments as regards the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products, nomenclature changes and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

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

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

    The chapter entitled Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been equipped with stipulations for the labels of pharmaceutical products, which are based on the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) 11.01.02:04. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for further information.

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 21 Mar 2017 Morocco
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Mar 2017 Honduras
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2017 Egypt Focus: product conformity requirements, foodstuffs, energy effiency labelling, the regional centre responsible for waste issues and contact details.
    The import documentation for Egypt has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Product Conformity Requirements

    The documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Declaration of Conformity have been revised and equipped with current samples of the application or declaration form, amongst other changes. Special attention is also drawn to the fact that additional commodities require conformity inspection, namely wheat grain, maize intended as animal fodder and soy bean seeds. Moreover, a Registration of Foreign Manufacturers Qualified to Export Their Products to Egypt is mandatory for these strategic agricultural goods. For more information, the quoted documents and the pertaining section on Assessment of Product Conformity in this overview may be viewed.

    Foodstuffs

    In January 2017, the Egyptian Parliament approved Law No. 1/2017 establishing the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA). The authority will gradually take over control tasks for any foodstuffs consumed, distributed, marketed or produced in Egypt, in particular as regards internationally recognised principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). In accordance with the new Law, new measures also affecting the importation of foodstuffs, e.g. food handling licences, may be expected to be created in the near future. The existing measures, which are described in the chapter on Foodstuffs below, comprise, amongst others, an Inspection of Agricultural Products, Foodstuffs and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with These, which is administered by the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC).
    Depending on the country of origin/exportation, foodstuffs may have to undergo a radioactivity inspection prior to their shipment. The same applies to all irradiated foodstuffs. Consequently, the document entitled Certificate of Radioactivity Inspection has been newly incorporated into this report. Further details may be obtained from the abovementioned section and document.

    Energy Effiency Labelling

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the mandatory energy efficiency labelling for designated household appliances. Please turn thereto for additional details.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been augmented with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC), which is located in Egypt.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA), the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (EOS) and the Ministry of Interior have been adjusted throughout this report.
    Trade-related News may be found in the following section.
  • 20 Mar 2017 Bolivia Focus: nomenclature changes, authorisation of textiles, clothing and furniture as well as phytosanitary requirements and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Bolivia 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 Bolivia 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.

    Authorisation of Textiles, Clothing and Furniture

    An import authorisation must be obtained from the Ministry of Productive Development and Plural Economy (MDPyEP) for particular apparel items and wooden furniture. In order to depict this import formality, a new document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation for Designated Apparel Items and Furniture has been created for this report; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Phytosanitary Requirements

    Importers of goods subject to phytosanitary control may be required to apply for phytosanitary requirements at the National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety (SENASAG). This measure applies only for new imports and imports of products for which no requirements have been published by the Service. Please see the newly added document entitled Application Sheet for Phytosanitary Requirements for more information.

    Procedural Details

    Several other documents of this report have been updated with regard to the processing fee and the period of validity as established in the corresponding Annex to the Law of Agricultural Health and Food Safety of September 2016.
  • 20 Mar 2017 Chile
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2017 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards the exchange rate, medicinal products and chemical weapons have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Exchange Rate

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been revised with regard to the exchange rate of one calculation unit valid for 2017 in accordance with Presidential Order No. 3112 "On Increase of the Minimum Wage" of January 2017.

    Medicinal Products

    The packaging requirements for medicine have been amended in the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. Please refer to said chapter for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons

    The information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Azerbaijan is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview. More details may be obtained in the quoted section.
  • 17 Mar 2017 Angola Amendments as regards temporary importation, entry points for plants and plant products as well as tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Angola. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Temporary Importation

    A new chapter on Temporary Importation has been added to this overview. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for further details.

    Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced by the addition of the entry points via which plants and plant products may be imported into Angola.

    Tobacco and Related Products

    Information on the importation of Tobacco and Related Products is now presented in the quoted section, which has been newly created. For specifics, please turn to said chapter.
  • 17 Mar 2017 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244)
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2017 Panama
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2017 Iceland
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Mar 2017 Venezuela Focus: import monopoly of the Venezuelan Government, fish and fish products, animal fodder, seeds, Import Permit from the Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism and Water, ionising radiation sources and other changes.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adpated accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Monopoly of the Venezuelan Government

    As certain goods, e.g. gambling equipment, may only be imported by the Venezuelan Government, the document entitled Import Monopoly of the Venezuelan Government has been newly created and the section on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon.

    Fish and Fish Products

    As the Socialistic Institute for Fishery and Aquaculture (INSOPESCA) is now assigned to the Ministry of Public Power for Fishery and Aquaculture, the following documents have been updated accordingly: Import Permit for Hydrobiological Resources and Fish and Aquaculture Products and Registration with the INSOPESCA.

    Import Permit for Animal Fodder

    The document entitled Import Permit for Animal Fodder has been amended as regards the processing fee and the documents to be enclosed. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Seeds

    The form displayed in the document entitled Registration of Importers of Seeds has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the documents to be enclosed have been updated as stipulated by the National Seeds Commission, which is currently the responsible authority.

    Products Controlled by the Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism and Water (MINEA)

    A new document entitled Import Permit from the Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism and Water has been created in order to depict the permit required by said Ministry for designated products, e.g. ozone-depleting substances (ODS), asbestos, halogenated derivatives of hydrocarbons and metal waste and scrap. Please turn to the mentioned document and to the updated sections on Ozone-Depleting Substances and Radioactive Substances and Waste for more information.

    Ionising Radiation Sources

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Ionising Radiation Sources has been adapted to the current stipulations of the Ministry of Public Power for Electrical Energy, e.g. with respect to the processing time and period of validity. Please refer thereto for further details. Furthermore, the contact details of the Ministry of Public Power for Electrical Energy have been blue-pencilled throughout the report, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    As the Ministry of Public Power for Agriculture and Land has been renamed as Ministry of Public Power for Productive Agriculture and Land (MPPAT), all concerned documents of this import report have been updated accordingly.
  • 16 Mar 2017 Haiti Amendments as regards horses, norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Horses

    The chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin has been enhanced with details of the import requirements for horses. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Norms and Standards

    Information on Haiti's memberships and affiliations with international standards organisations has been added to the section on Norms and Standards. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 15 Mar 2017 Uruguay Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, registrations for foodstuffs, cosmetic products and household cleaning products, medical devices as well as contact details.
    Tthe import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adpated accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Uruguay'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 Uruguay 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.

    Importers of Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Household Cleaning Products

    A new document entitled Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Household Cleaning Products has been created, describing the corresponding registration procedure for importers and displaying the application form. For more particulars, please turn to the mentioned document.

    Foodstuffs

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs has been exchanged for its current version. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed has been updated and details of the processing fee and period of validity have been added. Please turn to said document for further details.

    Cosmetic Products

    The document entitled Registration of Cosmetic Products has been completely revised and updated, e.g. as regards the application form and an explanation of the product categorisation. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Medical Devices

    The new application form as well as information on the processing fee and period of validity have been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Importers of Medical Devices. Moreover, the document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been enhanced as regards the procedural details.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the General Directorate of Renewable Natural Resources (RENARE) under the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery (MGAP) have been updated in all concerned documents of this report.
  • 15 Mar 2017 Dominican Republic Focus: classification of goods, Commercial Registration, Environmental Licence, seeds, processing fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been equipped with a current sample of an application form and amended with regard to the period of validity. For more details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Environmental Licence

    In accordance with the General Law on Environment and Natural Resources (64-00) of 18 August 2000, any project, labour or activity, which may affect the national environment and natural resources (e.g. the importation of any substances which are toxic, harmful, explosive, radioactive, inflammable, corrosive, reactive or otherwise dangerous), must be authorised by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in order to be carried out. In order to depict the application procedure, the document entitled Environmental Licence has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For additional information, please refer to the mentioned document.
    Furthermore, all documents of this report which fall under the administration of the abovementioned Ministry have been updated with regard to the contact details of said authority.

    Seeds

    The following documents have been enhanced with information on specific requirements for seeds to be imported into the Dominican Republic:

    Certificate of Fumigation
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Phytosanitary No-Objection Certificate.

    For specifics, please turn to the quoted documents.

    DIGEMAPS Processing Fees

    The processing fees required to be paid for procedures of the General Directorate of Drugs, Foods and Sanitary Products (DIGEMAPS) have been updated in the following documents:

    Registration of Cosmetic and Hygienic Products
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals and Natural Products
    Registration of Sanitary Products.

    In addition, the processing times have also been amended in the listed documents, i.e. with regard to the simplified electronic registration procedures, where applicable, as well as in the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 15 Mar 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Mar 2017 Costa Rica
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Mar 2017 Fiji Amendments as regards classification of goods, norms and standards as well as registration of medicinal products have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Norms and Standards

    Information on Fiji's affiliations and memberships with various international standards organisations has been added to the chapter on Norms and Standards. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Registration of Medicinal Products

    The section on Medicines and Poisons in this overview has been enhanced with information on the registration requirements for medicinal products, medical devices and poisons. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 14 Mar 2017 Bangladesh Focus: Conformity Inspection Certificate, Registration of Seed Dealers and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Conformity Inspection Certificate

    The sample form displayed in the document entitled Conformity Inspection Certificate has been replaced by a recent version. For further details, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Verification of Conformity below.

    Registration of Seed Dealers

    The document entitled Registration of Seed Dealers has been updated with a current application form. More information may be obtained from said document and the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following institutions have been updated throughout this import report:

    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
    Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) under the Ministry of Planning
    Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) under the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA)
    Department of Livestock Services (DLS) under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MOFL).

    Moreover, the Board of Investment (BOI) was renamed as Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) in all concerned documents.
  • 14 Mar 2017 Russian Federation
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Mar 2017 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2017 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards the customs export declaration, alcoholic beverages and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Export Declaration

    The chapters on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Customs Value have been amended with regard to the list of documents which must be presented to the customs officials for customs clearance, containing a customs export declaration, amongst others. Further details may be obtained in the quoted sections.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Packaging requirements for alcoholic beverages have been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please refer to said chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News regarding the Automated System for Customs (ASYCUDA) World and customs export declaration, please see the following section.
  • 13 Mar 2017 Brazil Focus: Harmonized System (HS) 2017, import licensing, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Brazil'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 Brazil have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the section on the Harmonized System below.

    Import Licensing

    The official code lists published by the Department for Foreign Trade Operations (DECEX) of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services have been restructured by the authority. Therefore, the concerned documents related to licensing in this import report and the paragraph on Import Licensing in this overview have been amended accordingly. Please turn to the following documents and the quoted chapter for further details:

    Automatic Import Licence
    Non-Automatic Import Licence.

    Prohibited Imports

    As the scope of products banned from importation into Brazil has been amended, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been updated accordingly. Moreover, said document has been enhanced with a clarification as regards distinctions ("destaques") specified in the official code list.

    Other Changes

    Please see the section below for current trade-related News.
  • 13 Mar 2017 Dominican Republic
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Mar 2017 Lebanon Amendments as regards government procurement and investment, the regional centre responsible for waste issues as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Government Procurement and Investment

    The section entitled Government Procurement and Investment has been newly incorporated into this overview in order to provide a summary of public tendering and foreign investment in Lebanon. For more information, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.

    Other Changes

    For News regarding foreign trade matters, please turn to the same-named chapter below.
  • 10 Mar 2017 Belize Amendments as regards prohibited imports, customs documents and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods depicted in the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been revised and extended. For further information on goods banned from importation into Belize, please see the mentioned chapter.

    Customs Documents

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with regard to the set of documents which must accompany the Customs Import Declaration. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Used Goods

    The chapter on Used Goods has been newly added to this overview in order to provide specifics of the importation of goods in used condition. More details may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 10 Mar 2017 Montenegro
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Mar 2017 Guatemala
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Mar 2017 Jamaica Amendments as regards cosmetics, pesticides and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

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

    Pesticides

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been updated with regard to the labelling requirements for pesticides. Please consult the quoted paragraph for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Environmental and Risk Management Division (ERMD) under the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change has been updated in the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
  • 09 Mar 2017 Ecuador Focus: procedural amendments, classification of goods, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Procedural Amendments

    The documents listed below have been updated with regard to the current processing time and fee and/or application forms, respectively:

    Import Notification for Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Pesticides for Agricultural Use
    Registration of Pesticides for Domestic Use
    Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs
    Sanitary Registration of Hygiene Products.

    Amongst others, the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Medical Devices has been equipped with information concerning the pre-classification of these commodities. In particular, a device must be assigned to a particular type and is furthermore to be categorised into an appropriate risk level. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted for the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Certificate of Recognition.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Agency of Sanitary Regulation, Control and Surveillance (ARCSA) have been verified and amended in all concerned documents of this report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 09 Mar 2017 Ukraine
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Mar 2017 Serbia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Mar 2017 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Mar 2017 Russian Federation Focus: nomenclature changes, certification and movement of plant varieties, procedural details and forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia 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 Russia 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:

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

    Certification and Movement 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.
    Additionally, specified conditions stipulated for the market access of seed varieties have been added to the document entitled Release Certificate for Seeds. The list of documents to be enclosed has furthermore been amended in accordance with the national instructions.

    Procedural Details and Forms

    Several other documents of this report have been updated with regard to the processing fee as established by the competent authority, e.g. the Ministry of Industry and Trade or the Federal Supervisory Natural Resources Management Service.
    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

    For trade-related news, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 08 Mar 2017 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards packaging and labelling requirements, medicinal herbs as well as pet food have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with further information on the packaging and labelling requirements for certain types of medicinal products. Please turn to the mentioned section for more details.

    Medicinal Herbs

    New information as regards the importation of medicinal herbs into Papua New Guinea has been added to this overview. Specifics may be obtained from the paragraph on Pharmaceutical Products and Narcotic Drugs.

    Pet Food

    The section on Foodstuffs and Animal Feedstuffs has been augmented with information on the importation of pet food into Papua New Guinea. Please refer to the aforementioned chapter for particulars.
  • 08 Mar 2017 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Mar 2017 Tajikistan Amendments as regards government procurement, chemical weapons and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    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 further details.

    Chemical Weapons

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 07 Mar 2017 Argentina Focus: import licensing, wild fauna and flora species, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), used machinery, motor vehicles and processing fees.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licences

    The document entitled Non-Automatic Import Licence has been enhanced with details of the additional information which must be submitted via the website of the Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP) depending on the specific type of goods to be imported. Moreover, the scope of commodities subject to an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence, which had originally been stipulated by Resolution No. 5/2015, has been modified by means of Resolution No. 301 - E/2016. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report has been updated accordingly. Please turn to said documents or the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Wild Fauna and Flora Species

    The application forms displayed in the documents listed below have been exchanged for their current versions. Moreover, the procedural details have been updated, where applicable. Please turn to the following documents for further particulars:

    Import Permit for Wild Fauna Species and Products Thereof
    Import Permit for Wild Flora Species and Products Thereof
    Registration of Importers of Wild Fauna Species and Products Thereof.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances and Import Licence for Ozone-Depleting Substances have been completely revised and blue-pencilled, e.g. as regards the application forms.

    Used Machinery

    As the import conditions for used machinery goods have been loosened, the document entitled Import Certificate for Used Machinery has been adapted to the new stipulations. The chapter on Used Goods has also been revised and augmented with information on the importation of used production lines. Further information may be obtained from the quoted document and chapter.

    Motor Vehicles

    In accordance with Resolution 692 - E/2016, which is in force since 1 February 2017, and with further current stipulations, the chapter on Motor Vehicles has been equipped with information on the licence required for new motor vehicles to be marketed in Argentina. The section has also been enhanced with details of the laboratories which must issue the test reports in this context. Please turn to the quoted chapter for more particulars.

    ANMAT Processing Fees

    Increased processing fees for the procedures of the National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) entered into force on 8 February 2017. Therefore, the documents in this import report concerning, e.g., foodstuffs, medicines, cosmetics and perfumes, have been amended accordingly.
  • 07 Mar 2017 Fiji
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Mar 2017 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Mar 2017 Israel Focus: Registration of Pharmaceutical Products, radioactive materials, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products

    The document entitled Registration of Pharmaceutical Products has been augmented in regard to procedural details, i.e. the application fee and documents to be enclosed. For further details, please see the quoted document and also turn to the section on Medicinal Products below.

    Radioactive Materials

    The application form in the document entitled Import Permit for Radioactive Materials has been exchanged for its current version. Furthermore, the application fees have been updated in the document entitled Licence to Deal in Radioactive Materials. More details may be obtained from said documents and the paragraph on Radioactive Materials in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Finance have been augmented in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 06 Mar 2017 Barbados Amendments as regards government procurement, cats and dogs as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    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 particulars.

    Cats and Dogs

    Details of the importation requirements for cats and dogs have been provided in the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin. More information may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Contact Details

    Contact information of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, which is inter alia the local Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in Barbados within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol, has been updated where applicable throughout this overview.
  • 06 Mar 2017 Tunisia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Mar 2017 El Salvador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Mar 2017 Vietnam Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO), rough diamonds and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam.
    The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    As Vietnam implemented the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme for trade facilitation, the paragraph on Customs Procedures has been augmented with corresponding details. Further information may be obtained from said section below.

    Rough Diamonds

    The chapter on Rough Diamonds has been newly added to this overview. It provides details about the import procedure of rough diamonds in accordance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). For particulars, please turn to the quoted paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 03 Mar 2017 St. Lucia Amendments as regards government procurement, tobacco products and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    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 further details.

    Tobacco Products

    Mandatory requirements stipulated for the labelling of tobacco products with health hazard warnings have been introduced into the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of prohibited goods depicted in the section on Prohibited Imports has been revised and extended. For further information on goods banned from importation into Saint Lucia, please see the mentioned chapter.
  • 03 Mar 2017 Moldova
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Mar 2017 Nigeria Focus: Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP)

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Product Certificate and SONCAP Certificate of Conformity have been replaced by a recent version. Furthermore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the quoted documents has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the current list of regulated products. Please turn to said documents and the chapter on Conformity Assessment below for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following institutions have been updated throughout this import report:

    Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
    Federal Ministry of Environment
    National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
    National Sugar Development Council (NSDC)
    Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS)
    Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)
    Nigerian Shippers' Council.

    Moreover, the National Automotive Council (NAC) was renamed as National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 02 Mar 2017 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Authorisation to Import Explosive Substances, governmental reorganisation and contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Congo has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Authorisation to Import Explosive Substances

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Explosive Substances has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to the import documentation for Congo. Please refer to the chapter on Chemicals and Hazardous Goods and the aforementioned document for further details.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    The denominations of several Congolese ministries have been changed due to a recent governmental reorganisation. Therefore, they have been updated throughout this import documentation in the concerned documents. Furthermore, the contact details of several authorities have been amended as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 02 Mar 2017 Uruguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Mar 2017 Yemen Amendments as regards agricultural chemicals, labelling requirements for toys and consumer devices as well as the regional centre responsible for waste issues have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemicals Used in Agriculture

    For the sake of a greater transparency, the chapter on Chemicals Used in Agriculture has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for more information on import requirements for pesticides and fertilisers.

    Labelling Requirements for Toys and Consumer Devices

    Labels of electrical and electronic devices as well as of toys subject to Gulf conformity marking (also referred to as G mark) must contain a quick response (QR) code. The exact scope of goods and details of the contents of said code may be viewed in the section on Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. The responsible authority is the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). Authorities involved in the control of the respective products (e.g. customs and market surveillance authorities) are intended to be equipped with appropriate devices for evaluating the authenticity of the QR code in order to prevent misuse and fraud.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.
  • 01 Mar 2017 Costa Rica Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, labelling requirements for pesticides for domestic use and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    The authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme is applicable in Costa Rica. Details thereof have been summarised in the newly created paragraph on Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview, which may viewed for more information.

    Labelling Requirements for Pesticides for Domestic Use

    The section on Labelling and Marking Requirements has been equipped with stipulations for the labels of pesticides for domestic use, which are based the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) 65.03.57:10.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI) have been verified and updated. Please refer to the amended chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview.
  • 01 Mar 2017 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Mar 2017 Kuwait
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 28 Feb 2017 El Salvador Amendments as regards agricultural products, labelling requirements for hazardous chemical substances and waste as well as wood packaging material (WPM) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Products

    In accordance with the Law on Plant and Animal Health, consignments of animal and plant origin may only be imported into El Salvador if the General Directorate of Plant Health (DGSV) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) has preliminarily evaluated and approved the inspection systems, veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance of pests and diseases in the country of origin or provenance. Information on this obligation has been added to the product-specific sections in this overview.

    Labelling Requirements for Hazardous Chemical Substances and Waste

    The section entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been equipped with the stipulations for hazardous substances and waste. For more information, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    A newly created chapter entitled Wood Packaging Material (WPM) has been incorporated into this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Registration as a Taxpayer has been amended with regard to the current processing fee.
  • 28 Feb 2017 New Zealand Focus: hazardous substances, Import Health Standards (IHSs), rubber hot water bottles and asbestos.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Hazardous Substances

    In July 2016, the measure entitled Advice on the Status of a Substance became legally binding for all substances, including pesticides and veterinary medicines. The quoted document has been updated accordingly and equipped with a new application form.
    Moreover, the documents entitled Approval of New Hazardous Substances (Rapid Assessment) and Approval of New Hazardous Substances (Full Release) have been modified with regard to procedural details and current application forms. For more information on the import requirements, please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Hazardous Substances in this overview.

    Import Health Standards (IHSs)

    The following documents have been amended with regard to the processing times and fees:

    Import Health Standard for Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Import Health Standard for Non-Biological Items
    Import Health Standard for Plants and Plant Products.

    For specifics, please see the listed documents.

    Rubber Hot Water Bottles

    The document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Rubber Hot Water Bottles has been modified in accordance with the new Unsafe Goods (Hot Water Bottles) Permanent Prohibition Notice 2016. A new sample of a declaration of conformity has also been furnished. Please turn to the mentioned document and to the chapter on Standards further below for details.

    Asbestos

    The document under the title Import Permit for Asbestos and Asbestos-Containing Products has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. More information on the importation of said goods may also be obtained in the chapter on Asbestos.
  • 28 Feb 2017 Jordan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2017 Bolivia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2017 Mauritania Focus: explosive substances, approval from the free trade zone of Nouadhibou and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Explosive Substances

    Importers wishing to import explosive substances into Mauritania must be authorised to run a repository for said goods. In this respect, additional information on repositories for explosive substances has been added to this import report. Please turn to the document entitled Repository for Explosive Substances for further details.

    Approval from the Free Trade Zone of Nouadhibou

    The document concerning the Request for Approval from the Free Zone of Nouadhibou has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import documentation. For further details on this procedure, please refer to the aforementioned document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The tasks formerly belonging to the scope of the Ministry of Rural Development have been transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Livestock, respectively. The concerned documents have been amended as applicable.
  • 27 Feb 2017 India Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), Pre-Shipment Inspection for Metallic Scrap and Secondary Steel, prohibited imports and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    India employs the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme that offers the advantage of facilitated customs procedures. To participate in the scheme, a prior approval is required. Please see the newly added document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and the chapter on Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview for particulars.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection for Metallic Scrap and Secondary Steel

    The sample form displayed in the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection for Metallic Scrap and Secondary Steel has been replaced by a recent version. Please refer to the quoted document as well as the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection for further details.

    Prohibited Imports

    The assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current classifications.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 27 Feb 2017 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2017 Australia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 24 Feb 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards tobacco products, prohibited imports as well as ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco Products

    Mandatory requirements stipulated for the labelling of tobacco products with health hazard warnings have been introduced into the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods depicted in the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been revised and extended. For further information on goods banned from importation into Trinidad and Tobago, please see the mentioned chapter.
    Furthermore, the classification of designated commodities (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted in accordance with the official list contained in the Customs Act.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been modified with regard to information on the restrictions to import methyl bromide. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for details.
  • 24 Feb 2017 Moldova Focus: preferential treatment, phytosanitary control, medicines as well as amendments of contact and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    As Moldova is a contracting party to the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin, the document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been furnished with a sample of the Movement Certificate EUR-MED, which is to be submitted as proof of origin if cumulation with the countries participating in the aforesaid Regional Convention is applied. Please turn to the quoted document for additional details.

    Phytosanitary Control

    An Import Notification for Plants and Plant Products, which has been newly added to this report, must be forwarded 24 hours before the actual arrival of these goods at the customs office of entry. In the case of plant propagating material, the importer is then required to request a Preliminary Certificate of Quality for Seeds and Seedlings. Said procedure has been reviewed and enhanced in accordance with the approved import instructions for the goods in question. A corresponding Phytosanitary Passport will be issued for the movement of the goods after a positive phytosanitary inspection. Please see the quoted documents for particulars.

    Medicines

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products has been updated with regard to the processing time for regular registration, the processing fee payable for the registration of active substances as well as the costs for expertise and laboratory tests charged in case of a simplified registration of pharmaceutical drugs. Moreover, the quoted document has been equipped with the current application form.

    Contact Details

    Several documents of this report have been amended with regard to new contact details of government authorities, e.g. the Ministry of Environment and the National Commission on Biological Security.
    Furthermore, the Agroindustrial Wine Agency, the so-called "Moldova Vin" no longer exist. The procedure for the issue of the Preliminary Permit to Import Ethyl Alcohol is now regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry.

    Procedural Details

    The documents entitled Authorisation to Import and Deal in Animals and Products of Animal Origin and the Registration of Food Additives have been augmented concerning the amendment of their validity period stipulated for the issued certificate/licence.

    Other Changes

    The Moldovan Government amended the trade licensing system previously required for chemical and biological pesticides. As a consequence, the former document entitled licence to deal in chemical and biological means of plant protection and growth support has been removed from this report based on the amended Law on the Regulation of the Entrepreneurship Activity Licensing.
  • 24 Feb 2017 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Feb 2017 Liberia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Feb 2017 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Feb 2017 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Feb 2017 Philippines Focus: Import Commodity Clearance, medical devices and spare parts of motor vehicles.
    The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Commodity Clearance

    The document entitled Import Commodity Clearance has been updated in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing time. For further details, please turn to the quoted document and the paragraph on Product Standards below.

    Medical Devices

    The following documents have been enhanced respecting the procedural details, in particular the contact information, documents to be enclosed and a current sample form:

    Licence to Operate a Medical Device Establishment
    Registration of Medical Devices.

    More information on medical devices may be obtained from said documents and the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products, Cosmetic Products and Medical Devices in this overview.

    Spare Parts of Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Import Permit for Spare Parts of Motor Vehicles has been augmented as regards the contact details, processing time and the application form. For additional details, the mentioned document may be viewed as well as the section on Motor Vehicles.
  • 23 Feb 2017 Algeria Focus: Declaration of Investment, assignment of product codes to documents, importation of alcohol and contact details.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration of Investment

    The application form required to certify that foreign companies intending to invest in Algeria are registered with the responsible regional office of the National Agency for the Development of Investments (Agence National de Développement de l'Investissement - ANDI) has been exchanged for a current version. Please turn to the document entitled Declaration of Investment for more information.

    Classification

    The product codes assigned to the document entitled Import Prohibition, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with recent legal stipulations.

    Importation of Alcohol

    New information concerning the importation of ethyl alcohol has been added to the document containing details of the Importation of Alcohol. Please turn to the aforementioned document for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details included in the import documentation for Algeria have been reviewed and updated where necessary in the concerned documents.
  • 23 Feb 2017 Papua New Guinea
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Feb 2017 Peru
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Feb 2017 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Feb 2017 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards genetically modified foodstuffs, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Foodstuffs

    The information on genetically modified products has been added to the section on Alimentary Goods. Please turn thereto as well as to the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly incorporated into this overview. The quoted section may be consulted for details regarding the conventions which Uzbekistan is a member of and import formalities for such goods.

    Contact details

    The contact details of the Uzbek Agency for Standardisation, Metrology and Certification (UzStandard) have been updated in this overview.
  • 22 Feb 2017 Tanzania Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The following documents have been enhanced in regard to procedural details, i.e. documents to be enclosed, and equipped with a current sample application form:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Registration
    PVoC Licence.

    For information on the requirement of these documents, please refer to the section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The document entitled Permit to Import Genetically Modified Organisms has been newly added to this import report, providing information on the import procedure for GMOs. Please see the quoted document and the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Division of Environment and of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 22 Feb 2017 Thailand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Feb 2017 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Feb 2017 South Africa Focus: Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS), agricultural goods, letters of authority (LOAs) and liquor products.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS)

    With respect to the incentives granted to approved customs and excise clients in the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between South Africa and the European Union (EU), the application form depicted in the document entitled Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has been exchanged for an updated version.

    Agricultural Goods

    The document entitled Import Permit for Agricultural Goods has been amended with regard to the processing time, documents to be enclosed as well as the scope of goods which require said permit in order to be imported.
    Moreover, in accordance with the Agricultural Product Standards Act, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has recently designated three assignees responsible for the inspection of imported animal and other processed agricultural products at the ports of entry as well as throughout the value chain, e.g. at factories, processing facilities, distribution centres and/or sale points, in order to ensure the quality of the products and consumer safety. A new document entitled Inspection of Animal and Processed Agricultural Goods has been added to the set of documents for this import report in order to depict the inspection procedure of the respective goods.
    Please turn to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Letters of Authority (LOAs)

    The following documents, which are required for the importation of products subject to compulsory safety standards in South Africa, as depicted in the chapter on Standards in this overview, have been completely reviewed and revised, e.g. by furnishing current versions of the paper application forms:

    Letter of Authority for Electrical and Electronic Goods
    Letter of Authority for Vehicles.

    Liquor Products

    In order to depict the registration procedure of traders who distribute liquor to other liquor licence holders, the document entitled Registration of Liquor Distributors has been newly incorporated into the report.
    Moreover, the document entitled Import Certificate for Liquors has been amended with regard to the current processing fee and application form. A sample of an electronic application via the Wine Online System has also been newly added. In addition, the document entitled Certificate of Removal for Liquors has been enhanced with details of the procedure to remove liquor from customs supervision. For further information, please refer to said documents.
  • 21 Feb 2017 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards rough diamonds, hazardous waste and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka.
    The following changes have been made:

    Rough Diamonds

    The section on Precious Metals, Gems and Jewellery has been enhanced with details of the procedures for the importation of rough diamonds. Please refer to said chapter for additional information.

    Hazardous Waste

    The paragraph on Waste has been complemented with information on the import of hazardous waste. For further details, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the phone and fax numbers of the following institutions have been updated in this Overview of Import Procedures:

    Board of Investment (BOI)
    Exchange Control Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka
    Ministry of Petroleum Industries.
  • 21 Feb 2017 Madagascar
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Feb 2017 Cambodia (Kampuchea)
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Feb 2017 Cameroon
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Feb 2017 Togo Focus: used goods, prohibited imports and preferential treatment.
    The import documentation for Togo has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Used Goods

    The chapter on Used Goods has been newly added to the set of chapters of this overview. The mentioned section may be consulted for more details.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph dealing with goods that may not be imported into Togo has been updated with further information. Please turn to the chapter entitled Prohibited Imports for particulars.

    Preferential Treatment

    The chapter on Preferential Treatment has been revised and enhanced with additional information. Please refer to the quoted section for further details.
  • 20 Feb 2017 Singapore Amendments as regards prohibited imports, rough diamonds and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore.
    The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    To give an overview of applicable import bans, the chapter on Prohibited Imports has been newly added to this Overview of Import Procedures. For more details, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Rough Diamonds

    The paragraph on Rough Diamonds has been introduced to this overview, providing details of the procedures for the importation of rough diamonds. Please refer to said chapter for additional information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 17 Feb 2017 Pakistan Focus: classification of goods, pesticides and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Prohibited Imports
    Prohibited Imports of Used Products
    Permit to Import Arms and Ammunition
    Licence to Import Arms and Ammunition.

    Pesticides

    As the importation of pesticides requires a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) certificate, the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection for Pesticides has been newly added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted document and the updated sections on Pesticides and Fertilisers and Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview for further details.
    Moreover, the following documents have been updated in regard to various procedural details, inter alia the respective processing time, fee, validity, documents to be enclosed and the sample form:

    Import Permit for Pesticides Registered Abroad
    Licence to Deal in Pesticides
    Registration of Pesticides
    Special Import Permit for Pesticides Without a Trade Name.

    In addition, the labelling requirements for pesticides have been augmented in the corresponding chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 17 Feb 2017 Colombia Focus: classification of goods, plants and plant products, homologation procedure for communications equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the following documents, has been enhanced according to the stipulations of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA):

    Permit to Import Agricultural and Livestock Products and Raw Materials
    Phytosanitary Import Permit
    Zoosanitary Import Permit.

    Plants and Plant Products

    Information on entry points for the introduction of plants and plant products has been added to the document entitled Phytosanitary Import Permit.
    Importers of the abovementioned goods may be required to apply for phytosanitary requirements at the General Directorate of Plant Health (DGSV). This measure is necessary to find out whether the commodity is prohibited from being imported, e.g. for reasons of quarantine, or subject to an import regulation. Please see the newly added document entitled Application Sheet for Phytosanitary Requirements for more information.
    Further documents of this report, e.g. the Patent for a New Plant Variety, Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products and Genetic Material of Animal Origin as well as the Registration of Dealers of Seeds and Further Agricultural Goods, have been amended with regard to the processing time and/or fee, respectively.

    Homologation Procedure for 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 Colombian standards and norms. This area is regulated by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MINTIC). A new document entitled Type Approval for Communications Equipment has been created to depict this procedure; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 17 Feb 2017 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Feb 2017 Laos
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 17 Feb 2017 Guinea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Feb 2017 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, freight documents, quarantine fees, BSE Certificate and news regarding automobile tyres.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Freight Documents

    The following documents, which are required for customs clearance and port surveillance of goods to be imported into Taiwan, have been completely reviewed and revised, e.g. with regard to the submission times and the minimum content to be provided:

    Import Cargo Manifest for Aircraft
    Import Cargo Manifest for Vessels
    Pre-Entry Form for Vessels
    Registration of the Carrier.

    For further clarification, please refer to the listed documents.

    Quarantine Fees

    Specific information on the fees to be paid for the importation of plants and animals and/or products thereof which are subject to quarantine has been incorporated into the following documents:

    Quarantine Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Products
    Quarantine Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products.

    BSE Certificate

    As the importation of bovine animals and products originating from bovine animals, e.g. animal feedstuffs, into the country is strictly prohibited from countries infected by the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the document entitled BSE Certificate has been newly created for this report. This certificate may be required to be submitted to the Taiwanese authorities in addition to the applicable veterinary health certificate to prove that the goods to be imported are not BSE-infected. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News regarding the importation of automobile tyres, please turn to the following section.
  • 16 Feb 2017 Chile Amendments as regards prohibited imports, warning signs for foodstuffs and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    As certain meat products are banned from importation into Chile, the chapter on Prohibited Goods in this overview has been equipped with details thereof. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for further particulars.

    Warning Signs for Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been augmented with detailed information on the warning signs required for foodstuffs as regards their content of sodium, sugar, saturated fats and calories. Further details may be found in the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 16 Feb 2017 Albania
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Feb 2017 Zimbabwe Focus: nomenclature changes, Declaration of Dutiable Value, Registration with ASYCUDA and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been complemented with information on the Harmonized System in view of the change of this important basic nomenclature in international trade.

    Declaration of Dutiable Value

    The document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been newly added to the import documentation for Zimbabwe. Please see the quoted document for further details.

    Registration with ASYCUDA

    The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) uses the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA). As a prior registration with the system is compulsory, the document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA has been incorporated into this import report. For more details, please turn to said document and to the updated section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 15 Feb 2017 Kuwait Amendments as regards labelling requirements for toys and consumer devices, the regional centre responsible for waste issues as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Labelling Requirements for Toys and Consumer Devices

    Labels of electrical and electronic devices as well as of toys subject to Gulf conformity marking (also referred to as G mark) must contain a quick response (QR) code. The exact scope of goods and details of the contents of said code may be viewed in the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. The responsible authority is the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). Authorities involved in the control of the respective products (e.g. customs and market surveillance authorities) are intended to be equipped with appropriate devices for evaluating the authenticity of the QR code in order to prevent misuse and fraud.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning market access issues.
  • 15 Feb 2017 Senegal
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Feb 2017 Mauritania
    Nomenclature changes
  • 14 Feb 2017 Mozambique Amendments as regards preferential treatment, customs valuation and labelling of tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Preferential Treatment

    The section on Preferential Treatment in this overview has been enhanced with further details of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group and the European Union (EU), which Mozambique is expected to ratify in 2017. Please turn to the quoted chapter for more particulars.

    Customs Valuation

    The chapter entitled Customs Value has been augmented with particulars as regards the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for further information.

    Labelling Requirements for Tobacco Products

    Information on the labelling of tobacco products has been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Further details may be found in said chapter.
  • 14 Feb 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: preferential treatment, the Border Inspection Management System (BIMS), as well as plants and plant products.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    As Bosnia and Herzegovina is a contracting party to the Regional Convention on pan-Euro-Mediterranean preferential rules of origin, the chapter on Preferential Treatment in this Overview of Import Procedures has been revised correspondingly. Moreover, the document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been furnished with a sample of a Movement Certificate EUR-MED, which is to be submitted as proof of origin if cumulation with the countries participating in the aforesaid Regional Convention is applied or intended.

    Border Inspection Management System (BIMS)

    The Federal Inspection Institute (FUZIP) recently implemented the so-called BIMS, which enables registered users to electronically submit applications for the cross-border controls of goods. The document entitled Registration of a User of the BIMS has been newly created to depict the registration procedure. Furthermore, the following documents concerning the respective cross-border controls have been amended with regard to the BIMS and equipped with a new application form:

    Mandatory Hygiene Inspection
    Mandatory Phytosanitary Inspection
    Mandatory Quality Inspection.

    In addition, the classification of the abovelisted documents, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measures apply, has been revised in accordance with the Unified list of goods subject to inspection control, which was recently issued by the Federal Inspection Institute. Further information on the BIMS may now also be consulted in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Plants and Plant Products

    For the importation of certain plants and plant products which are subject to fumigation prior to their importation into Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Certificate of Fumigation may be required to be submitted to the phytosanitary inspectors. The quoted document has been equipped with information on another type of proof of fumigation which is required in the case of lucerne (alfalfa) seeds to be imported.
    Furthermore, information on the national database which may be consulted for a list of varieties which are currently contained in the national list has been provided in the document entitled Registration of Plant Species.
    Details of the measures taken by the competent authority in cases where the conditions do not allow for an appropriate Mandatory Phytosanitary Inspection of goods to be conducted, e.g. in cases where there is no adequate space at the border point of entry to do so accurately, have been provided in the quoted document. Specifics of the monitoring of the health status of designated plant varieties upon the planting at the end user's location have also been incorporated into said document.
  • 13 Feb 2017 Uganda Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, classification of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The import documentation for Uganda has been complemented with information on the Harmonized System (HS) in view of the change of this important basic nomenclature in international trade.

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certificate of Conformity for PVoC
    PVoC Conformity Licence
    PVoC Conformity Registration.

    For further information on the abovementioned documents, please see the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 13 Feb 2017 Bermuda Focus: insects, fish and fish products, waste as well as application forms.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Insects

    The document entitled Permit to Import Insects, featuring, inter alia, the required application form, has been newly incorporated into the import documentation of Bermuda. More information may be obtained from said document and in the section Animals and Animal Products in this overview.

    Fish and Fish Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Fish has been added to the list of documents of this report. Further particulars regarding the procedure may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Waste

    In order to deliver waste into Bermuda, a notification must be submitted to the responsible authority. Therefore, a document entitled Waste Notification has been created, demonstrating procedural requirements. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Waste for additional information.

    Application Forms

    The following documents have been modified with regard to the application form required to be submitted:

    Permit to Import Birds
    Permit to Import Cattle.
  • 13 Feb 2017 Saudi Arabia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Feb 2017 Azerbaijan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Feb 2017 Sudan Focus: medicinal products and medical devices, Verification of Conformity (VOC) and waste.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Medicinal Products and Medical Devices

    The section on Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Cosmetic Products in this overview and the documents described therein have been blue-pencilled and adjusted to new regulations, where applicable.
    Attention is drawn to the fact that designated essential medicines are regularly supplied to the Sudanese Government via official tender procedures. Potential bidders interested in a participation in such tenders must be registered with the competent authority, the National Medical Supplies Fund. Consequently, the document entitled Registration of Medical Suppliers has been newly incorporated into this report. In addition, new application forms have been brought to the document entitled Registration of Veterinary Medicines.
    Moreover, the forms of the following documents have been exchanged for the most recent versions:

    Declaration of Conformity for Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals.

    Verification of Conformity (VOC)

    The sample forms displayed in the following documents have been replaced by current models, as used by the company responsible for conducting the pre-shipment conformity inspection procedures, Cotecna:

    Declaration of Conformity
    Request for Information.

    More information on the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VOC) may be viewed in the quoted chapter.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.
  • 10 Feb 2017 Albania Amendments as regards the National Business Center (NBC), pest risk analysis (PRA), energy sources as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. The following changes have been made:

    National Business Center (NBC)

    The competencies of the former National Licensing Center (NLC) and the National Registration Center (NRC) have been officially reorganised under the National Business Center (NBC). Information in this regard has been updated in the concerned sections on Registration and Licensing in this Overview of Import Procedures for Albania.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    A new paragraph on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been added to this overview to provide information on said measure, which may be required when importing new plant varieties. For further specifics, please turn thereto.

    Energy Sources

    The chapter on Energy Sources has been augmented with information on the licences which are required to trade in natural gas, e.g. liquefied natural gas (LNG), and electric energy. Please turn to the quoted section for more specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 10 Feb 2017 Egypt
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 10 Feb 2017 Brazil
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Feb 2017 Qatar Amendments as regards labelling requirements for toys and consumer devices, the regional centre responsible for waste issues as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Labelling Requirements for Toys and Consumer Devices

    Labels of electrical and electronic devices as well as of toys subject to Gulf conformity marking (also referred to as G mark) must contain a quick response (QR) code. The exact scope of goods and details of the contents of said code may be viewed in the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. The responsible authority is the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). Authorities involved in the control of the respective products (e.g. customs and market surveillance authorities) are intended to be equipped with appropriate devices for evaluating the authenticity of the QR code in order to prevent misuse and fraud.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning market access issues.
  • 09 Feb 2017 Cuba Focus: plants and plant products, contact details, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and forms.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The entry points for the introduction of plants and plant products have been communicated by means of an official list. Updated information has therefore been incorporated into the corresponding paragraph on Plants and Plant Products in this overview and may be viewed for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The National Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene has been renamed as National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM) and, in addition, its contact details have been amended. This modification has been reflected throughout this report.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    As a prerequisite for the Sanitary Registration, technical information on designated commodities must be submitted to the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM) under the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). In case of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Technical Form for the Registration of Biotechnology-Derived Products, which has been newly created for this import documentation, must be submitted to the aforementioned institute. Please see the new document for more details and also turn to the relevant chapter on Sanitary Registration below.

    Forms

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

    Sanitary Registration (sample of an application form to be submitted for modification purposes)
    Technical Form for the Registration of Foodstuffs
    Technical Form for the Registration of Tobacco
    Technical Form for the Registration of Toys.
  • 09 Feb 2017 Jamaica
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Feb 2017 United Arab Emirates
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Feb 2017 Namibia Amendments as regards the customs value, nomenclature changes, registration as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    A new section on the Customs Value has been provided in this overview with details of the methods which are applied for customs valuation in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994, which Namibia is a member of. For particulars, please turn to said chapter below.

    Nomenclature Changes

    The import documentation for Namibia has been complemented with information on the Harmonized System in view of the change of this important basic nomenclature in international trade.

    Registration

    Information on further requirements for business establishment has been incorporated in the section on Registration in this overview. Please refer to said chapter for additional details.

    Norms and Standards

    The chapter on Norms and Standards has been augmented with the contact details of the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI), information on its membership to international organisations as well as on the scope of goods which fall under prescribed national standards. Please consult the quoted paragraph for specifics.
  • 08 Feb 2017 Iran Focus: letters of commitment, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), dual-use goods, hazardous waste as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Letters of Commitment

    In several fields, an Agent Contract with an Iranian representative of the exported goods is mandatory and a letter of commitment to Iranian standards must therefor be signed by the foreign supplier, e.g. for medical devices (for additional details thereon, the document entitled Medical Devices Commitment Letter may be viewed). Similar commitment letters are required in the framework of importations of the following items:

    industrial, agricultural and road construction machinery
    electrical and electronic equipment, including home appliances, audio-visual and telecommunication devices
    heavy and light motor vehicles as well as tyres.

    Consequently, the document entitled Equipment Commitment Letter has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn to the quoted document and to the following chapters in this overview for more information:

    Agency Agreements
    Standards and Conformity
    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)
    Motor Vehicles.

    The document entitled Agent Contract, has futhermore been adjusted to current regulations.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Approval to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been blue-pencilled and equipped with an application form, amongst other changes. Additional information may be obtained from the mentioned document and the section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview.

    Dual-Use Goods

    For dual-use goods, i.e. commodities which may be used for military and civil purposes alike, including software and technologies, an End-Use Certificate for Dual-Use Goods is to be presented to the export control authorities prior to the exportation of said commodities. The quoted document has hence been added to the set of documents of this report and may be viewed for further details. The corresponding paragraphs on Export Controls, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Sanctions and on Other Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods may furthermore be consulted.

    Hazardous Waste

    The document entitled Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste has been completely revised and enhanced with a list of documents to be presented to the responsible Iranian authority in order to obtain permission to import the goods in question. Additional details of the international trade in Waste may be found in the corresponding paragraph and the documents mentioned therein.

    Other Changes

    The former Institute of Standard and Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) has been renamed the Iranian National Standards Organization (INSO), which has been reflected in all pertaining documents of this report.
  • 08 Feb 2017 Bahrain
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Feb 2017 Myanmar Focus: nomenclature changes, foodstuffs, phytosanitary certification, plant varieties and contact details.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The import documentation for Myanmar has been complemented with information on the Harmonized System in view of the change of this important basic nomenclature in international trade.

    Foodstuffs

    As a prerequisite for the Import Licence for alimentary goods, including food additives, a special authorisation requirement for the entry of the goods in question is compulsory. For this, a Recommendation Letter to Import Foodstuffs must be obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more information, please see the quoted document which has been newly created for this report.

    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 corresponding section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Plant Varieties

    For plants and plant products to be newly imported into Myanmar, a mandatory requirement entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) applies since 1 January 2017. Details of this measure have been displayed in a newly incorporated document. New varieties are furthermore subject to an adaptability test maintained by the Technical Seed Committee. Relevant specifications of this test have been added to the appropriate document entitled Seed Business Licence. Please refer to the aforementioned documents for more information.

    Contact Details

    The phone and fax numbers of the Myanmar Customs Department have been verified and updated throughout this import documentation.
  • 07 Feb 2017 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards the activity licensing, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), national system for the electronic submission of documents and further chemical products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Activity Licensing

    The section entitled Activity Licensing has been newly created for clarification purposes. For particulars, please refer to the aforementioned paragraph.

    Ozone-Depleting Substance (ODS) and Further Chemical Products

    The section on Chemical Products has been restructured and augmented with information on the Stockholm Convention to which Kazakhstan is a party. Furthermore, the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly included into this overview. The quoted sections may be consulted for details.

    National System for the Electronic Submission of Documents

    Applications for activity and import licences as well as further permissive documents may be lodged electronically by using the Kazakh software system entitled E-License. More details have been summarised in the new chapter on Electronic Processing System.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 07 Feb 2017 Togo
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Feb 2017 Syria Amendments as regards sanctions, agricultural chemicals and the Copyright Law have been brought to the import documentation for Syria.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Sanctions

    The sanctions of the European Union (EU) towards Syria have been amended by virtue of the following regulations, e.g. concerning the lists of natural and legal persons against whom restrictions apply as well as exemptions from the applicable sanctions:

    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1735 of 29 September 2016
    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1893 of 27 October 2016
    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1984 of 14 November 2016
    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1996 of 15 November 2016
    Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2137 of 6 December 2016.

    For information on the applicable measures, please refer to the section on Embargo and Boycott below.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    The Syrian authority responsible for Chemicals Used in Agriculture is the Plant Protection Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, as detailed in the chapter on Plants and Plant Products. Information on the competence has been provided in the quoted sections.

    Copyright Law

    The Syrian Copyright Law of 2012 stipulates the right of patent owners to prevent others from importing, using, selling or distributing a product or method protected under their inventions, amongst others. Information in this respect has been added to the paragraph on Registration in this overview.
  • 06 Feb 2017 Mali Focus: nomenclature changes, freight documents, Insurance Certificate and phytosanitary certification.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The import documentation for Mali has been complemented with information on the Harmonized System in view of the change of this important basic nomenclature in international trade.

    Freight Documents

    The following freight documents have been newly incorporated into the Malian 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.

    Insurance Certificate

    The document entitled Insurance Certificate has been newly created, as it must be enclosed with the application for an Import Declaration. Further details and a sample certificate may be found in 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.
  • 06 Feb 2017 Switzerland
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Feb 2017 Panama Focus: genetically modified seeds, classification of goods, procedural amendments and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Seeds

    The importation of genetically modified maize seeds and hybrids thereof must be authorised by the National Directorate of Plant Health (DNSV) under the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA). This measure has been described in the newly created document entitled Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Maize Seeds; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the tariff codes) requiring the following documents has been amended in accordance with the current legal basis:

    Registration of Veterinary Biological Products
    Registration of Veterinary Chemical Products.

    Procedural Amendments

    The documents listed below have been amended with regard to procedural details such as the validity period, processing time and additional payments charged for the approval of application, respectively:

    Sanitary Registration of Cosmetics and Similar Products
    Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs
    Sanitary Registration of Pharmaceutical Products.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 03 Feb 2017 Belarus Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, the calculation unit for 2017 and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Calculation Unit for 2017

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monetary equivalent calculated for import transactions applicable since 1 January 2017. Please refer to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News may be found in the same-named chapter below.
  • 03 Feb 2017 Uzbekistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Feb 2017 Qatar
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 02 Feb 2017 Montenegro Amendments as regards the Integrated Customs Tariff, animals and products of animal origin as well as sources of ionising radiation have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Customs Tariff

    Information as regards the national Integrated Customs Tariff of Montenegro has been incorporated into the Note section in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Animals and Products of Animal Origin

    Depending on the country of origin and the health status thereof, certain animals and products of animal origin may be prohibited from importation into Montenegro. The chapter on Animals and Products of Animal Origin has been augmented with information on additional guarantees which may be required for shipments originating in areas that are not under constraint in an infected country. For further details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Sources of Ionising Radiation

    Details of the labelling requirements for sources of ionising radiation have been introduced in the chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. General information on the importation of such goods may be consulted in the corresponding section on Sources of Radiation.
  • 02 Feb 2017 Jordan Focus: radioactive substances and equipment containing them, chemicals banned from importation, contact details and the regional centre responsible for waste issues.
    The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Radioactive Substances and Equipment Containing Them

    The competencies of the former Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) have been reorganised under the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) and the application forms have been exchanged by more recent versions. Said changes have been reflected in the chapter on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances in this overview as well as in the following documents:

    Permit to Import Devices Using Radioactivity
    Permit to Import Radioactive Material.

    Prohibited Imports

    Designated chemical substances are banned from importation into Jordan. The section on Import Prohibitions below has been modified accordingly.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Health as well as of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has been blue-pencilled throughout this report.

    Regional Centre Responsible for Waste Issues

    The paragraph on Waste below has been enhanced with information on the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Training and Technology Transfer for Arab States, which is located in Egypt.
  • 01 Feb 2017 Serbia Amendments as regards the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme, free trade zones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    A new chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme has been included in this overview to provide information on the accreditation of economic operators in Serbia. For information on the certification requirements and the benefits of the scheme, please refer to the stated section.

    Free Trade Zones

    The list of the currently established Free Trade Zones within Serbia has been updated in the corresponding chapter in this overview. Consequently, the contact details of the various zones have been brought up to date, where necessary. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for specifics.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been enhanced with information on the requirements to deal in organisms of such sort in Serbia. Said chapter may be consulted for, e.g., details of the documents which are mandatory therefor.
  • 01 Feb 2017 Ghana
    Nomenclature changes