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  • 19 Nov 2018 Thailand Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), tobacco, food labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Particulars of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which Thailand is a member of have been incorporated into the section on Hazardous Substances further below. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Tobacco

    The paragraph on Tobacco and Tobacco Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Licence to Sell Tobacco and Tobacco Products. For further details of the licence as well as other import requirements of such goods, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Food Labelling

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with details of the additional labelling requirements for foodstuffs containing gingko. Please see said paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 19 Nov 2018 Iraq Focus: animal feed, aircraft as well as the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI).
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animal Feed

    For the importation of animal feed into Iraq, a Permit to Import Animal Fodder is to be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture. The actual shipment of the goods must be accompanied by the documentation listed in the chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed below, e.g. a Certificate of Dioxin Content. The mentioned documents, which have been newly incorporated into this report, and the quoted section may be viewed for specifics.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Iraq may require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the General Establishment for Civil Aviation (GECA); please turn thereto for additional details.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include goods for the care of the elderly, e.g. hygiene articles, and designated foodstuffs, e.g. chili sauce and Havarti cheese, amongst others. Hence, the importation of the newly listed goods now requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Further particulars on the programme may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.
  • 19 Nov 2018 Honduras Focus: taxpayer registration, plant varieties and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Taxpayer Registration

    As the fiscal registration procedure is to be conducted at one of the local offices of the competent authority, i.e. the Revenue Administration Service (SAR), the document entitled National Taxpayers' Register (RTN) has been updated with regard to the pertaining procedural details such as the processing time and the mode of submission of the documents required for registration. Moreover, the application form has been exchanged for its modified version. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Plant Varieties

    For illustrative purposes, the document entitled Registration of Protected Plant Varieties has been amplified with a sample of a technical questionnaire displaying the characteristics of a plant variety and which is to be submitted together with an application for the protection of plant breeders' rights. For more details, please turn to the aforementioned document.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been revised and adjusted with regard to various details, e.g. the processing time, documents to be enclosed and/or the period of validity:

    Registration of Alcohol Importers
    Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products
    Registration of Importers of Meat and Meat Products
    Registration of Importers of Milk Products
    Registration of Importers of Pesticides and Fertilisers.

    Please refer to the abovementioned documents for further information.
  • 19 Nov 2018 Georgia Focus: health certification of live animals, nuclear materials and radioactive goods as well as contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Georgia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Health Certification of Live Animals

    The sample of a veterinary health certificate has been exchanged for its new version in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Nuclear Materials and Radioactive Goods

    The following documents have been revised with regard to the mode of submission of the pertaining applications:

    Licence to Deal in Nuclear Materials, Radioactive Goods and Equipment Containing Them
    Permit to Import Nuclear Materials, Radioactive Goods and Equipment Containing Them.

    More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Ministry of Defence have been updated throughout this import documentation.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 19 Nov 2018 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Nov 2018 Jordan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Nov 2018 Haiti Focus: Import Declaration, Aircraft Manifest and contact details.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Declaration

    The document entitled Import Declaration, which is to be submitted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry prior to the arrival of goods in Haiti, has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Further information may be obtained therefrom as well as from the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Aircraft Manifest

    The document named Aircraft Manifest has been updated with specifics of its required time of submission. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have been brought up to date in the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 16 Nov 2018 Bolivia Amendments as regards aircraft, medical devices and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for particulars.

    Medical Devices

    Information on the risk classification of medical devices has been included in the product-specific paragraph entitled Medicines, Medical Devices and Narcotic Substances, which may be consulted for details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please consult the following section.
  • 16 Nov 2018 Azerbaijan Focus: electronic applications, seeds and health certification of animal products.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Applications

    Apart from the possibility to use the official governmental website www.e-gov.az in order to effect online services, designated ministries and state institutions enable registered applicants to prepare and submit electronic applications via their own online platforms. The alternative mode of submission has been reflected in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs
    Hygiene Certificate
    Activity Licence for Pharmaceuticals
    Activity Licence for Precursors
    Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of the Import Contract.

    The mentioned Hygiene Certificate has additionally been revised with regard to the documents to be enclosed.

    Seeds

    The document entitled Patent for a Plant Variety has been updated with regard to the pertaining procedural details. Moreover, the current version of the application form has been added thereto. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Health Certification of Animal Products

    The sample of a veterinary health certificate has been exchanged for its new version in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.
  • 16 Nov 2018 Angola Focus: customs clearance, electrical cables and aircraft.
    The import documentation for Angola has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance

    The application form contained in the document entitled Special Customs Clearance has been replaced for the version which is currently in use. Please turn to said document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview for further details.

    Electrical Cables

    In order to import electrical cables into Angola, an import authorisation is to be obtained from the Angolan Institute of Standardisation and Quality (IANORQ). Therefore, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Electrical Cables has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the quoted document.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and operated in Angola may require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which has been newly created for this report. Said certificate is to be obtained from the Airworthiness Division of the National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAVIC). Please refer to the mentioned document for particulars.
  • 16 Nov 2018 Bahamas
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Nov 2018 Venezuela Amendments as regards the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), Stockholm Convention, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

    The chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Further details of protective measures concerning the importation of live animals and animal products may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph further below.

    Stockholm Convention

    The contact details of the Official Contact Point (OCP) in Venezuela within the framework of the Stockholm Convention, which the country is party to, have been added to this overview. For particulars, please refer to the corresponding section on Controlled Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below.

    Currency and Payments

    In Venezuela, processing fees are sometimes stipulated in tax units. As the exchange rate of one tax unit has been raised to 17 VES on 11 September 2018, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Nov 2018 Uruguay Amendments as regards radioactive material and equipment, the Uruguayan Accreditation Body (OUA) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Radioactive Material and Equipment

    As importers and dealers of radioactive material and equipment emitting ionising radiation require an operating licence from the National Regulatory Authority for Radioprotection under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM), the section on Radioactive Materials in this overview has been updated in this regard. For details, please see the mentioned chapter.

    Uruguayan Accreditation Body (OUA)

    The paragraph on Standardisation further below has been enhanced with information on the functions and the contact details of the Uruguayan Accreditation Body (OUA). Please refer to said chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 15 Nov 2018 Fiji Focus: Permit to Import Fish and Fishery Products, governmental reorganisation and contact details, Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Fish and Fishery Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Fish and Fishery Products has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report, providing information on the requirements to import such goods. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    Following governmental reorganisation, the competencies of the former Ministry of Fisheries and Forests have been transferred to the newly established Ministry of Fisheries and Ministry of Forests. The concerned documents of this import report have been amended accordingly, also in respect of any modified contact details, where applicable.

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products

    In accordance with a Biosecurity Notice from July 2018, the document entitled Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products has been augmented with information on lists of goods maintained by the competent authority which are either subject to or exempt from the requirement of an import permit. Please turn to the mentioned document for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Nov 2018 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards product registrations, container security devices as well as the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Product Registrations

    Prior to importation, designated types of products must be registered in the so-called Catalogues of Products ("Catálogos de Productos") of the General Customs Directorate (DGA). Information thereon has been added to the chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations further below as well as in the concerned product-specific paragraphs throughout this overview. For further particulars, please see the aforementioned section.

    Container Security Devices

    In accordance with Resolution No. 24 of 2018, the DGA requires suppliers (e.g. importers) of container security devices, i.e. devices which are used for the provision of geolocation services, monitoring, tracking and the controlled opening and sealing of containers of goods to be moved within the national territory, to be registered and the concerned devices to be homologated and certified. Further details of these requirements have been incorporated into the sections on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Standardisation in this overview, which may be consulted for specifics.

    Minamata Convention

    Since the Dominican Republic ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 20 March 2018, the paragraph on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods further below has been blue-pencilled and augmented with additional information on said Convention. Please refer to the quoted chapter for details.
  • 15 Nov 2018 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Nov 2018 Turkmenistan Focus: company registration, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    For illustrative purposes, the document entitled Registration of Business and Foreign Investment has been equipped with a form displaying the information provided in an excerpt from the Single State Register, which is required for the verification of the fiscal status of the company.

    Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

    The document entitled Registration of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances has been updated with regard to the processing fee. The registration requirement also affects new combinations of priorly registered products, which has been reflected in the quoted document. For further details, please refer thereto.

    Contact Details

    The phone and fax numbers have been modified in the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Licence to Deal in Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices
    Permit to Import Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices.
  • 14 Nov 2018 Belize Focus: Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) forms, Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product as well as firearms and ammunition.
    The import documentation for Belize has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) Forms

    The application forms contained in the documents entitled Import Risk Analysis, Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products as well as Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products, which are all processed by the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), have been exchanged for their most recent versions. Please turn to the mentioned documents for more information.

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product

    The document entitled Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Belize. The certificate serves as proof that pharmaceutical goods conform to internationally acknowledged standards as stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and may be a prerequisite for the Registration of Drugs and Licence to Import Pharmaceuticals.

    Firearms and Ammunition

    The current version of the application form has been added to the document entitled Licence to Deal in Firearms and Ammunition. Furthermore, said document has been blue-pencilled according to recent legal stipulations, i.e. the Firearms (Amendment) Act 2018, e.g. with new information on an authorisation required to transport such goods. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars as well as to the paragraph on Firearms and Ammunition in this overview.
  • 14 Nov 2018 Brazil Amendments as regards free trade zones, import licensing, labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brazil. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones

    According to Decree No. 6759, certain goods are not eligible for the benefits applying to imports into the Free Zone of Manaus (ZFM). Hence, the paragraph on Free Trade Zones in this overview has been amended accordingly. For more information, please refer to said section.

    Import Licensing

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

    Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Foodstuffs

    As per Resolution RDC No. 360 of 2003, specific labelling requirements apply to prepackaged foodstuffs. Thus, the section on Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with information thereon. For particulars, please turn to the aforementioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 14 Nov 2018 Bangladesh Amendments as regards electronic customs clearance, currency and payments and the redenomination of the Ministry of Environment and Forests have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Customs Clearance

    The Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) has been implemented in its World version by the Bengali customs authorities. Thus, the section on Electronic Customs Clearance further below has been amended in this regard. For more information, please see the mentioned chapter.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with information on the Bangladesh Bank. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Redenomination of the Ministry of Environment and Forests

    The Ministry of Environment and Forests has been renamed and is now referred to as Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Said change has been reflected throughout this overview.
  • 13 Nov 2018 Papua New Guinea Focus: Import Permit for Plants, Plant Products and Biological Control Agents, Certificate of Release from Quarantine as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Import Permit for Plants, Plant Products and Biological Control Agents

    The document entitled Import Permit for Plants, Plant Products and Biological Control Agents has been enhanced with the currently used application form. Please refer to the mentioned document for further particulars.

    Certificate of Release from Quarantine

    The document named Certificate of Release from Quarantine has been newly created for this import report in accordance with the Papua New Guinean Quarantine Regulation. This measure applies to goods which are classified as subject to quarantine in the current customs tariff. Further information may be obtained from said document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Papua New Guinea Customs Service have been updated in the concerned documents throughout this import report.
  • 13 Nov 2018 Lebanon Focus: mineral water, medical devices and Declaration of Conformity.
    The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Mineral Water

    The application form of the document entitled Customs Release Certificate for Mineral Water and Soft Drinks has been exchanged for its current version. The quoted document may be viewed for particulars.

    Medical Devices

    The document entitled Permit to Import Medical Devices has been blue-pencilled, e.g. as regards the processing time and fee as well as the application form. For additional details, please turn to the mentioned document and to the section on Pharmaceuticals and Related Products in this overview.

    Declaration of Conformity

    As it may be a prerequisite for the issue of the proofs of conformity as described in the chapter on Standardisation further below, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, please refer to the quoted document and paragraph.
  • 13 Nov 2018 Jamaica Focus: trademark registration, cosmetics, used agricultural goods as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademark Registration

    Information on the requirements to register a trade mark for the protection of ownership may be obtained from the newly created document entitled Trademark Registration as well as from the chapter on Registration in this overview.

    Cosmetics

    A new document entitled Assessment of Cosmetics has been incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Jamaica. Please refer thereto for details of the assessment procedure for cosmetic products which is a prerequisite for the Permit to Import Cosmetics. Further information may also be found in the section on Pharmaceutical Products further below.

    Used Agricultural Goods

    The documents entitled Order and Clearance Permit for Motor Vehicles and Import Licence from the Trade Board Limited, respectively, have been enhanced with information on the requirement of a certificate attesting to conducted cleaning and treatment for imports of used farm vehicles, tyres and equipment (VMEs) which are to be intended for use in agriculture. Additionally, such information has also been added to the section on Used Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 13 Nov 2018 Ecuador Amendments as regards the proof of conformity, labels of designated new tyres and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Proof of Conformity

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) pertaining to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Certificate of Recognition has been adjusted in the relevant documents in accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Ecuadorian Standards Institute (INEN).

    Labels of Designated New Tyres

    Information on labelling requirements for new tyres may be found in the modified section on Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements below.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News may be found in the following chapter.
  • 12 Nov 2018 Tajikistan Focus: sanitary surveillance, precious metals and stones, aircraft as well as the national single processing system for import transactions.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Surveillance

    The applicable procedural details, e.g. the processing fee and period of validity, have been blue-pencilled in the document entitled Sanitary and Epidemiologic Certificate. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Precious Metals, Stones and Goods Containing Them has been modified with regard to the contact information of the State Inspectorate of Assay Control under the Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for trade in precious metals and stones.

    Aircraft

    The section on Aircraft has been newly incorporated into this overview and a new document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the set of documents of this report. For more information, please consult said chapter and also see the quoted document.

    National Single Processing System for Import Transactions

    Details of the national single processing system for import transactions may be viewed in the paragraph on Registration below.
  • 12 Nov 2018 Russian Federation Amendments as regards the customs value, technical regulations (TRs) and single window for foreign trade have been brought to the import documentation for Russia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    This overview has been enhanced with the inclusion of a new section on the assessment of the Customs Value of imported goods. Please refer thereto for particulars on the valuation methods applied in Russia.

    Single Window for Foreign Trade

    The paragraph on the Single Window for Foreign Trade has been newly created for this overview of import procedures. Please turn to the quoted section for specifics.

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

    The list of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the chapter on Standardisation has been updated to determine the scope of technical provisions already in effect and approved for future implementation.
  • 12 Nov 2018 Israel Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention, prohibited imports as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Israel. The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention

    Information on the authority in charge of the Minamata Convention in Israel, i.e. the national focal point, has been provided in the chapter on Industrial Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below, which may be viewed for additional details.

    Import Prohibitions

    Due to potential environmental and health concerns, the Israeli High Court of Justice approved the decision of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MOEP) to ban the importation of coal ash. In particular, coal ash contains increased concentrations of designated heavy metals. Moreover, concerns have been raised regarding the rise of the level of exposure to long-term ionising radiation resulting from the ash. The use of coal ash in Israel, e.g. in the production of cement, is allowed. The section on Prohibited Imports has been modified accordingly.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    For reasons of transparency, the paragraph on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Nov 2018 Argentina Amendments as regards import licensing, labelling requirements for low voltage electrical equipment and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities subject to either an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (stipulated by Resolution 523-E/2017) has been modified by means of Resolution No. 526/2018. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report has been updated accordingly. Please turn to said documents and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Labelling Requirements for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment

    In accordance with Resolution 171/2016, specific labelling requirements apply to low voltage electrical equipment. Thus, the section on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details thereof. For particulars, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Nov 2018 Brazil
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Nov 2018 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Nov 2018 Vietnam Focus: Declaration for Foodstuffs, chemical substances, contact details, as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration for Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Declaration for Foodstuffs has been enhanced with the Vietnamese originals of the declaration forms as well as the issued certificate. Please turn to the quoted document for particulars on this matter.

    Chemical Substances

    The document entitled Permit to Import Precursor Chemicals has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report of Vietnam. More information on the import requirements of chemical substances intended for the industrial use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances may be obtained therefrom as well as from the section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) as well as the Telecommunications Authority under the Ministry of Information and Communications has been reviewed and updated as applicable throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 09 Nov 2018 St. Lucia Focus: classification of goods, pesticides and contact details.
    The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Import Licence, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measure applies, has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations in Saint Lucia, i.e. the External Trade (Restricted Imports) Amendment Order 2018. Details of the requirements to obtain said licence may be obtained from the mentioned document and the section on Import Licensing in this overview.

    Pesticides

    The corresponding application forms of the documents entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Pesticides and Registration of Pesticides have been exchanged for their most recent versions. Please turn to the quoted documents as well as to the section on Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals in this overview for more information on the licensing and registration requirements.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following Government authorities of Saint Lucia has been reviewed and updated as accordingly in the concerned documents throughout this import report:

    Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs
    Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and Public Service.
  • 09 Nov 2018 Barbados Focus: taxpayer registration, Free Sale Certificate, ministries' denominations and contact details.
    The import documentation for Barbados has been amended with regards to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Taxpayer Registration

    The Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) has introduced a new electronic platform entitled Tax Administration Management Information System (TAMIS) at the beginning of October 2018 by means of which taxpayers are to register in order to obtain a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Particulars on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see the quoted document for further information.

    Ministries' Denominations and Contact Details

    Due to Government reorganisation, numerous Ministries have been renamed as follows:

    Ministry of Environment and Drainage to Ministry of Environment and National Beautification
    Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs to Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment
    Ministry of Health to Ministry of Health and Wellness
    Ministry of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development split into the Ministry of International Business and Industry and Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce
    Ministry of Transport and Works to Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance.

    Furthermore, the contact details of the above-mentioned authorities and their Departments have been reviewed and updated in the concerned documents throughout this import report, as and where applicable.
  • 08 Nov 2018 Nigeria Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs), solid wood packaging material (SWPM), the Minamata Convention as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    The contact details of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) and the list of currently active free trade zones (FTZs) in Nigeria have been updated in the same-named paragraph in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Solid Wood Packaging Material (SWPM)

    The chapters on Plants and Plant Products and Packaging and Marking Requirements further below have been revised with details of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS)'s requirements concerning solid wood packaging material (SWPM) used for containerised goods imported into Nigeria. Please see the stated sections for additional particulars.

    Minamata Convention

    Since Nigeria ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 1 February 2018, the chapter on Industrial, Laboratory and Agricultural Chemicals in this overview has been blue-pencilled to this effect and information on said Convention has been added thereto. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for details.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with the Revised Nigeria Bankers' Clearing System (NBCS) Rules, which are in force as of 1 September 2018, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been reviewed and modified with regard to eligible financial instruments, settlement rules and clearing procedures. Further details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 08 Nov 2018 Costa Rica Focus: sanitary monitoring of companies, biomedical equipment and material, application forms and customs procedures.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Monitoring of Companies

    The sample of a statutory declaration displayed in the document entitled Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF), which is required for the proof of companies' compliance with the requirements established by the Ministry of Health, has been exchanged in accordance with the current provisions of the Ministry. Please refer to the quoted document for further details.

    Biomedical Equipment and Material

    The document entitled Registration of Biomedical Equipment and Material has been enhanced with regard to the risk classification of the goods in question in accordance with the corresponding Regulation No. 34482-S on the Registration, Classification, Import and Control of Biomedical Equipment and Material. For more information, please consult the aforementioned document.

    Application Forms

    The application forms of the following documents have been exchanged for amended versions:

    Registration of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Raw Materials and Food Additives.

    Customs Procedures

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been revised as regards the types of customs procedures in accordance with the Central American Unitary Customs Code (CAUCA). Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 08 Nov 2018 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), agricultural chemicals as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the paragraph on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of transparency, a new chapter on Agricultural Chemicals has been added to this overview. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    As the Single Window for Customs Clearance (Guichet Unique de Dédouanement - GUD) is continuously being set up at different points all over the country, the section on Currency and Payments has been amended with regard thereto. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for further details.
  • 08 Nov 2018 Angola
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Nov 2018 Yemen Focus: animals and animal products, medicinal products and contact details.
    The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animals and Animal Products

    A document entitled Licence to Deal in Animals and Animal Products has been newly incorporated into this report. Furthermore, the document entitled Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products has been blue-pencilled and adjusted in accordance with the valid stipulations, e.g. as regards the processing fee, the period of validity, the mandatory advance notification for live animals and the documents to be enclosed with the actual shipment of the goods. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin below.

    Medicinal Products

    In accordance with a recent circular issued by the Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances (SBDMA), all company representatives intending to conduct registration procedures on behalf of their companies must be authorised by the SBDMA in advance. Furthermore, amended procedural fees have been published. The concerned documents as mentioned in the paragraph on Medicinal Products, Narcotic Drugs and Medical Devices in this overview have been modified to this effect; please turn thereto for specifics. Particular attention is also drawn to the document entitled Registration of Medical Devices, which has been completely revised in accordance with Decree No. 2 of 2018, the most recent pertaining legislation.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances (SBDMA), which comes under the Ministry of Public Health and Population, has been updated throughout this report.
  • 07 Nov 2018 El Salvador Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA), submission of documents, compliance with standards and customs procedures.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been newly added to the set of documents of the report. Please refer thereto for more information.

    Submission of Documents

    The applicable mode of submission has been reflected in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Alcohol
    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Compounds
    Import Authorisation Form for Chemical Precursors
    Permit to Import Chemical Precursors
    Registration of Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Importers of Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages
    Registration of Importers of Cosmetic and Hygienic Products
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Sanitary Registration of Pharmaceutical Products.

    The latter sanitary registration has been amended in respect of costs to be paid for an annual marketing licence. Please see the abovementioned documents for further details.

    Compliance with Standards

    The document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been enhanced with regard to the executive authorities of the National Quality Council (CNC). The current contact information has furthermore been updated.

    Customs Procedures

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been revised as regards the types of customs procedures in accordance with the Central American Unitary Customs Code (CAUCA). Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 07 Nov 2018 New Zealand Amendments as regards diamonds, prohibited imports, labelling requirements for seeds as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Diamonds

    A separate paragraph on Rough Diamonds has been newly added to this overview for reasons of clarity. Particulars on the importation of diamonds in compliance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) may now be obtained from said section.

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Goods in this overview has been enhanced with details of further goods banned from importation into New Zealand according to recent legal stipulations. Please turn thereto for more information on this matter.

    Labelling Requirements for Seeds

    Information on the labelling requirements for certified seeds has been incorporated into the newly created paragraph on Labelling of Seeds in this overview. For specifics, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 07 Nov 2018 Iceland
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Nov 2018 Bolivia
    Nomenclature changes
  • 06 Nov 2018 Mauritania Amendments as regards import prohibitions, the national currency and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania.
    The following changes have been made:

    Import Prohibitions

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent stipulations promulgated by the Mauritanian Customs Code.

    National Currency

    The new Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRU), i.e. the national currency, replaces the former Ouguiya (MRO). The section on Currency and Payments further below has been amended to this effect.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on issues related to foreign trade with Mauritania.
  • 06 Nov 2018 Moldova Amendments as regards channels for customs release, border inspection posts (BIPs) and designated chemicals have been brought to the import documentation for Moldova. The following changes have been made:

    Channels for Customs Release

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been amplified with information on the four channels existing for the customs release of goods. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more details, please see the quoted chapter.

    Designated Chemicals

    For reasons of transparency, the information on bio-destructive commodities and hazardous chemical substances contained in this overview has been incorporated into two separate paragraphs entitled Bio-Destructive Products and Toxic Chemicals. Please refer to the quoted sections for further details.
  • 06 Nov 2018 India Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention, second-hand goods and labelling requirements for tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention

    Since India ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 18 June 2018, the chapter on Hazardous Chemicals has been blue-pencilled and information on said Convention has been added. Please see said paragraph for details.

    Second-Hand Goods

    In accordance with the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2018, used plants and machinery which are imported for the electronic industry must have a residual life of at least five years. Besides, a set of documents is required for their importation. Therefore, the section on Second-Hand Goods in this overview has been amended to this regard. For further information, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Labelling Requirements for Tobacco Products

    According to the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Second Amendment Rules, 2018, specific labelling requirements apply to tobacco products. Thus, the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with a new corresponding subsection. Please refer to the quoted parapraph for particulars.
  • 06 Nov 2018 Malaysia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Nov 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: bees and bee products, alcoholic beverages as well as petroleum.
    The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bees and Bee Products

    Details of the import requirements for bees as well as bee products and supplies has been added to this import documentation in the newly created document entitled Permit to Import Bees and Bee Products. For additional information, please refer to the mentioned document and the chapters on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin and Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    A sample of an issued licence has been incorporated into the document entitled Licence to Deal in Alcoholic Beverages. Particulars on the procedure in order to obtain such licence may be obtained from the quoted document and the paragraph on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products further below.

    Petroleum

    A new document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum has been added to the set of documents for the import report of Trinidad and Tobago. For more information on the licensing requirements in order to sell such goods in the country, please turn thereto.
  • 05 Nov 2018 Philippines Amendments as regards radioactive materials, hazardous substances as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Philippines. The following changes have been made:

    Radioactive Materials

    The chapter on Radioactive Materials has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer to the quoted section for further details of the requirements for the importation and sale of radioactive substances and radiation emitting apparatus.

    Hazardous Substances

    Information on the labelling requirements of hazardous substances has been added to the paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 05 Nov 2018 Algeria Amendments as regards the documentation to be submitted for customs release purposes, cosmetics and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Algeria. The following changes have been made:

    Documentation to be Submitted for Customs Release Purposes

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with information on the commercial and customs documents which must be submitted to the customs authorities prior to or upon the arrival of the goods and their release from customs. For specifics, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Cosmetics

    The paragraph on Cosmetics in this overview has been blue-pencilled as regards the particulars of the mandatory import authorisation procedure; please turn thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on issues related to foreign trade with Algeria.
  • 05 Nov 2018 China
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 31 Oct 2018 South Africa Amendments as regards customs valuation, measuring instruments, the SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    The section on Customs Value in this overview has been revised and augmented with additional information, e.g. regarding the transaction value applied in South Africa as the primary method for customs valuation, additions and deductions of costs, conversion of prices and documents to be enclosed. For more details, please see the mentioned paragraph.

    Measuring Instruments

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Regulations under the Legal Metrology Act of 2014, which came into force on 24 August 2018, a new chapter entitled Measuring Instruments has been incorporated in this overview to provide details of the requirements to import such goods. Please refer to said section for additional information.

    SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS)

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been augmented with information on the SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS), i.e. the regional cross-border payment settlement system of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in which South Africa participates. Further particulars may be consulted therein.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 31 Oct 2018 Uzbekistan Focus: notification of arrival, procedural amendments, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uzbekistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Notification of Arrival

    The document entitled Advanced Notification of Arrival has been newly added to the set of documents of the report. For specifics, please consult the quoted document and the updated chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Procedural Amendments

    The following documents have been revised with regard to the mode and time of submission, respectively:

    Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors
    Permit to Import Living Wildlife Species of Fauna.

    Moreover, the document entitled Permit to Import Explosives has been modified with reference to the processing time and the documents to be enclosed.

    Contact Details

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources has been renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and, in addition, its contact details have been amended. This has been reflected throughout this import documentation.

    Other Changes

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes requiring the document entitled Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances, has been amended in accordance with the current provisions of the Cabinet of Ministers.
    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 31 Oct 2018 Tanzania Amendments as regards customs valuation, the mandated inspection providers as well as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the so-called Used Motor Vehicle Valuation System (UMVVS) of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), i.e. the electronic portal which may be utilised to calculate the customs value of used motor vehicles, has been added to the section on the Customs Value in this overview. For further details, please refer thereto.

    Mandated Inspection Providers

    In accordance with a recent notice issued by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), information on the inspection providers which are currently mandated to carry out the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) until August 2021 has been updated in the same-named chapter in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

    Details of the packaging and marking requirements for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) have been incorporated in the section entitled Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below. Additional particulars may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 31 Oct 2018 Peru
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Oct 2018 Togo Focus: Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, Commercial Registration, procedural details as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Togo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

    The document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection has been enhanced with an up to date technical questionnaire pertaining to this procedure. For further details, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Commercial Registration

    The document named Commercial Registration has been updated with regard to its processing fee and the options for application. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been revised in accordance with the recently published new customs law with regard to several of their procedural details, e.g. the submission requirements:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Manifest.

    Further information may be obtained from the aforementioned documents and the section on Customs Procedures below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the inspection company Cotecna, which is responsible for destination inspection procedures, and the Directorate of Fauna and Hunting under the Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources have been updated throughout this report as applicable.
  • 30 Oct 2018 Singapore Focus: classification of goods, updated application forms, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Singapore has adopted the tariff version of 2017 of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS). Therefore, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in the report, has been adjusted according to the current legal stipulations of Singapore for the following documents, including their respective certificates and data sheets, as follows:

    Authorisation to Import Psychotropic Substances
    Hazardous Substances Licence
    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste
    Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Import Permit for Sand and Granite
    Licence to Deal in Arms and Explosives
    Licence to Deal in Irradiating Apparatus
    Licence to Deal in Radioactive Materials
    Licence to Import Arms and Explosives
    Licence to Import Complementary Health Products
    Licence to Import Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Import Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Licence to Import Irradiating Apparatus
    Licence to Import Meat and Fish Products
    Licence to Import Medical Devices
    Licence to Import Medicinal Products
    Licence to Import Ornamental Fish
    Licence to Import Petroleum and Flammable Materials
    Licence to Import Radioactive Materials
    Licence to Import Sand and Granite
    Licence to Sell Medicinal Products
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    NA (CWC) Licence
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Petroleum and Flammable Materials Storage Licence
    Poisons Licence
    Post-Entry Inspection for Imported Plants
    Registration of Importers of Processed Food Products and Food Appliances
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medicinal Products
    Registration of Radio and Telecommunications Equipment
    Supplier's Declaration of Conformity
    Telecommunications Dealer's Class Licence
    Telecommunications Dealer's Individual Licence

    Updated Application Forms

    The application forms of the documents entitled Licence to Import Radioactive Materials and Licence to Deal in Radioactive Materials as well as Licence to Import Irradiating Apparatus and Licence to Deal in Irradiating Apparatus have been exchanged for their current versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has been reviewed and updated accordingly in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 30 Oct 2018 Sri Lanka Focus: trademarks, animals and animal products and x-ray apparatus.
    The import documentation for Sri Lanka has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademarks

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

    Animals and Animal Products

    The documents entitled Approval to Import Animal Semen and Approval to Import Domestic and Wild Animals have been updated as regards the procedural details. Furthermore, they have been equipped with the current version of the application forms. Please refer to the mentioned documents for specifics.

    X-Ray Apparatus

    The documents entitled Import Permit for X-ray Equipment and Vendor Licence for X-ray Equipment have been brought up to date with respect to the application procedure. Moreover, they have been furnished with a more recent version of the respective application forms. For more details, please see said documents and the chapter on Radioactive Material and X-Ray Apparatus in this overview.
  • 30 Oct 2018 El Salvador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 Oct 2018 Pakistan Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention on Mercury, currency and payments and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The responsible authority as regards the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which Pakistan is a member of, has been added to this overview. For further details, please see the section on Other Chemicals and Dangerous Goods below.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with information on the State Bank of Pakistan and its functions. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    In accordance with the Punjab Protection of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Rules 2014, foodstuffs and other designated products intended for the consumption by infants require specific labelling. Therefore, the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amended correspondingly. For more information, please turn to the quoted paragraph.
  • 29 Oct 2018 Colombia Amendments as regards foodstuffs, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and medical devices have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the risk classification of foodstuffs has been introduced into the product-specific section on Sanitary Surveillance over Medicines, Cosmetics, Foodstuffs and Other Goods, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the Multilateral Affairs Division, which is the national focal point in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been blue-pencilled in the product-specific chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

    Medical Devices

    For newly added information concerning the labelling of medical devices, please refer to the updated paragraph entitled Labelling and Packaging Requirements below.
  • 29 Oct 2018 Chile Focus: Unitary Taxpayer's Register, pesticides for sanitary and domestic use, radioactive substances and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Chile has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Unitary Taxpayer's Register

    For purposes of illustration, a sample form of the summary of the registration procedure has been enclosed into the document entitled Unitary Taxpayer's Register. For further details, please turn to said document and the section on Registration below.

    Pesticides for Sanitary and Domestic Use

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides for Sanitary and Domestic Use has been amended as regards its procedural details. Moreover, the application form contained in said document has been replaced by its current version. For more specifics, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Radioactive Substances

    In order to import radioactive substances into Chile, a notification of the Chilean Commission for Nuclear Energy (CCHEN) is necessary prior to as well as upon the arrival of the goods. Therefore, the document entitled Notification of Radioactive Substances has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. Please see the quoted document and the chapter on Radioactive Substances below, which has been enhanced to this regard, for details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 29 Oct 2018 Cambodia (Kampuchea)
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Oct 2018 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards customs valuation, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the valuation methods applicable in compliance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which Zimbabwe is party to, has been provided in the newly incorporated section entitled Customs Value in this overview. Further details may be obtained therefrom.

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    Pursuant to Statutory Instrument (SI) 154 of 2018 of 17 August 2018, several so-called Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have been brought into operation in Zimbabwe. In order to describe these zones and the benefits granted to investors established therein, the same-named paragraph on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) has been newly added to this overview. For additional information, please refer thereto.

    Norms and Standards

    This overview has been enhanced with a new chapter entitled Norms and Standards, which contains information on the national authority responsible for standardisation matters and on the types of products which are subject to compulsory norms and standards in Zimbabwe. For specifics, please turn to the mentioned section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph; please see thereto for particulars.
  • 26 Oct 2018 Taiwan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, Customs-Port Trade (CPT) Single Window, toy labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Product Certification
    Quarantine Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Products.

    Customs-Port Trade (CPT) Single Window

    Information on the Customs-Port Trade (CPT) Single Window which is administered by the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance has been added to the chapter on Customs Regulations below. Please turn thereto for particulars on the requirements to use the CPT Single Window and the procedures which may be processed via said system.

    Toy Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling requirements for toys in Taiwan have been incorporated into the section on Labelling Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for more information.
  • 26 Oct 2018 Turkey Focus: governmental reorganisation and amended contact details, CITES Import Permit, spare parts for designated vehicles and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Turkey has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Governmental Reorganisation and Amended Contact Details

    Due to a recent governmental reorganisation, the Turkish authorities responsible for the administration of import measures are henceforth the following:

    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which comprises the former Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Forestry and Water
    Ministry of Finance, which was formerly named Ministry of Treasury and Finance
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which comprises the former Ministry of the European Union
    Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, which includes the former Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Industry and Technology
    Ministry of Trade, which comprises the former Ministry of Customs and Trade and the Ministry of Economy
    Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, which has been renamed from the previous Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication

    These changes and the amended contact details have been reflected throughout this report, where appropriate. Moreover, contact information has also been updated for other authorities, e.g. the Ministry of Environment and Urban Development and the General Command of the Ministry of National Defence.

    CITES Import Permit

    Turkey is a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The competent authority is the newly established Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Consequently, the previously existing procedures for which different bodies had been responsible, have been unified to a single document entitled CITES Import Permit. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Endangered Species in this overview.

    Spare Parts for Designated Vehicles

    Spare parts for designated motor vehicles must have been manufactured in accordance with the safety and quality standards stipulated in the relevant Turkish Communiqué (Product Safety and Inspection: 2018/25). Upon their importation, they will be subject to a risk analysis, after which they obtain a TAREKS/single window reference number, provided that their conformity has been proven. For more information, please turn to the document entitled TAREKS Reference Number for Spare Parts for Designated Vehicles, which has been newly incorporated into this report, and to the chapter on Motor Vehicles and Aircraft further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 26 Oct 2018 Libya
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 25 Oct 2018 Uganda Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), destination inspection, the Distinctive Mark, the Uganda Electronic Single Window (UESW) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations, the following documents have been completely reviewed and brought up to date:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    The aforementioned Certificate for PVoC has moreover been equipped with a current sample of a request for certification and enhanced with information on the sealing of containers which is newly required as of 5 October 2018.
    For more information on these measures, please see the quoted documents as well as the corresponding chapter entitled Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview.

    Destination Inspection

    In order to depict the procedural details for the obtainment of an import clearance certificate for goods subject to Destination Inspection, as required by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (Inspection and Clearance of Imports) Regulations of 2018 and as illustrated in the same-named section in this overview, a new document entitled Certificate for Destination Inspection has been incorporated into the set of documents for this import report for Uganda. For further specifics, please turn to the mentioned document and paragraph below.

    Distinctive Mark

    In accordance with the Use of Distinctive Mark Regulations 2018, goods which are subject to compulsory standards must be certified by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and marked by the so-called Distinctive Mark prior to importation and placement on the national market. As manufacturers and importers of such products are therefore required to apply for a Permit to Use the Distinctive Mark, the quoted document has been newly created for this import documentation. Additional information may be consulted therein as well as in the blue-pencilled sections on Norms and Standards and Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.

    Uganda Electronic Single Window (UESW)

    Information on the electronic processing of certain import endorsements via the so-called Uganda Electronic Single Window (UESW) has been added to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Further details of, e.g, the participating authorities may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 25 Oct 2018 Mozambique Focus: animals and animal products, importation of fish, seeds, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as well as pharmaceutical products.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animals and Animal Products

    The application form in the document entitled Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products has been replaced by an updated version. For details, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Importation of Fish

    Importers of fish must apply for a Sanitary Inspection Certificate for Fish. After the application has been approved, a provisional inspection certificate is issued before the arrival of the goods. Hence, a sample form of said certificate has been included to the document entitled Sanitary Inspection Certificate for Fish. Please turn to said document for more information.

    Seeds

    Importers of seeds are subject to a registration with the National Seeds Authority (ANS). Thus, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Seeds has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the quoted document and the section on Plants and Plant Products below, which has been enhanced to this regard.

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products has been furnished with the current version of the registration form. Please turn to said document for particulars.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    In order to be released from customs, pharmaceutical products require a control by the National Laboratory of Quality Control of Medicines. Therefore, a new document entitled Release Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products has been created and the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview has been amended accordingly. Please turn to the mentioned document and paragraph for further details.
  • 25 Oct 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards food additives, phytopharmaceutical products as well as labelling requirements for small weapons have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Food Additives

    The chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been augmented with details of the requirements for placing food additives on the market in Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance with the Rulebook on Food Additives (BiH Službeni glasnik 33/18) from May 2018. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Phytopharmaceutical Products

    In accordance with the stipulations of the FBiH Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, the importation of phytopharmaceutical products, i.e. pesticides, into Bosnia and Herzegovina is prohibited as of 28 August 2018 if containing designated active substances, i.e. oxasulfuron or phenamidone. The section on Prohibited Imports further below has been amended to this regard and may be viewed for information on other types of goods banned in the country.

    Labelling Requirements for Small Weapons

    Details of the labelling requirements for small arms and light weapons as well as their ammunition have been brought to the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below. A general description of such arms and weapons has been provided in the paragraph on Arms, Military Equipment and Related Items. Please refer to the quoted sections for additional particulars.
  • 25 Oct 2018 Indonesia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Oct 2018 Sudan Amendments as regards trade facilitation measures and precious metals have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Trade Facilitation Measures

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on measures in accordance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, which are currently being implemented by the Sudanese Government. For additional details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Precious Metals

    Information on the importation of precious metals has been provided in the newly incorporated same-named chapter, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 24 Oct 2018 Bermuda Amendments as regards currency and payments, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Currency and Payments

    Information on and contact details of the national authority responsible for regulating the financial services sector, i.e. the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), have been added to the paragraph on Currency and Payments further below. Please turn thereto for additional particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been restructured into sub-sections for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer to the quoted section for the various labelling requirements applicable in Bermuda.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 24 Oct 2018 Albania Focus: customs declaration submission times, Binding Tariff Information, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products and scrap metal.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Declaration Submission Times

    Specifics of the required timeframes for the submission of customs declarations, i.e. of the Summary Declaration and the Single Administrative Document, have been updated in the quoted documents of this import report. For more information, please turn thereto as well as to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Binding Tariff Information

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been equipped with the current version of the application form and enhanced with information on the validity of such information in the case of different products with similar characteristics. For further details, please see the stated document.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    In accordance with the current legal stipulations of the Customs Code of the Republic of Albania, the former document entitled certification as an authorised economic operator (AEO) has been renamed as Authorisation as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). Moreover, the current application form for said authorisation has been incorporated into the document and information regarding the different types of authorisations which may be applied for has been updated. More specifics may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the corresponding chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview.

    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products

    The document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products has been completely reviewed and adjusted in accordance with the valid legal stipulations, e.g. with regard to the processing time. In addition, a sample of the current application form has also been furnished for the quoted document, which may be viewed for further particulars.

    Scrap Metal

    Although the importation of waste into Albania is prohibited, certain types of scrap metal, i.e. aluminium, iron and steel, cease to be waste under the pertinent national legal basis, i.e. Decision No. 117 of 2013 (as amended by Decision No. 52 of 2014). These types of waste may be imported into Albania for recycling and/or processing purposes if a dealer's licence has been obtained from the National Business Center (NBC). In order to depict the licensing procedure in detail, a new document entitled Licence to Deal in Metal Waste has been added to the set of documents for this import report. Additional information on the requirements to import such goods may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as the section on Waste further below.
  • 24 Oct 2018 Zimbabwe
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Oct 2018 Costa Rica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Oct 2018 Qatar Focus: agent contracts, Registration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, fertilisers and pesticides as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Agent Contracts

    Procedural details, e.g. amended fees and applicable electronic procedures, have been updated in the blue-pencilled document entitled Agent Contract Registration, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Registration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment

    The Registration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment is a prerequisite for various import procedures concerning hazardous substances. In the course of this update, said document has been revised and the application form displayed therein has been exchanged for its current version. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Fertilisers and Pesticides

    The document entitled Permit to Import Fertilisers and Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this report as this unified procedure replaces the separate measures which had previously been in force. Please turn to the mentioned document and to the chapter on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) has been blue-pencilled in this report.
  • 23 Oct 2018 Namibia Focus: Certificate of Fumigation, livestock and meat products, petroleum products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Fumigation

    In accordance with the Namibian regulations relating to the issuing of importation permits and the examination of imported plants, proof that a fumigation treatment has been carried out on the goods to be imported is a prerequisite for the Plant Import Permit. Therefore, the document entitled Certificate of Fumigation has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. For additional information, please turn to the quoted documents as well as to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Livestock and Meat Products

    In accordance with the Meat Industry Act, any person intending to import and sell controlled livestock, meat and meat products must be registered as a trader with the Meat Board of Namibia. In order to illustrate the registration in details, a new document entitled Registration as Trader in Livestock and Meat Products has been incorporated into this import documentation. More specifics may be consulted in said document and in the blue-pencilled paragraph on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin further below.

    Petroleum Products

    A new document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products has been created for this import report to depict the procedural details in order to obtain the licence which is required for the importation and wholesale of petroleum and petroleum products in Namibia. Further information may be viewed in the mentioned document as well as the chapter on Petroleum Products, which has also been newly added to this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 23 Oct 2018 Cuba Amendments as regards border inpection posts (BIPs), sanitary surveillance and tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more information, please consult the quoted paragraph.

    Sanitary Surveillance

    For reasons of transparency, the information on foodstuffs and related goods as well as on cosmetics contained in this overview has been incorporated into separate chapters entitled Foodstuffs and Consumption Goods and Cosmetics and Hygiene Products. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Tobacco Products

    For newly added information concerning the labelling of tobacco products, please refer to the updated paragraph on Labelling Requirements below.
  • 22 Oct 2018 Myanmar Amendments as regards the ASEAN registration platform, chemicals, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar. The following changes have been made:

    ASEAN Registration Platform

    Details of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) have been provided in the section entitled Registration below.

    Chemicals

    The paragraph on Hazardous Goods has been amplified with contact information of the focal point in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention). For details, please refer thereto.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments has been newly added to this overview of import procedures. Please turn to the quoted chapter for further information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please consult the following paragraph.
  • 22 Oct 2018 Kazakhstan Focus: nomenclature changes, precious metals and stones, forms and procedural amendments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Kazakhstan have been amended and adjusted in accordance with most recent stipulations for the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Importer Certificate.
    Licence to Import Dual-Use Products.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    A certificate confirming that rough diamonds to be imported have been handled in accordance with the provisions of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is required for the customs clearance of designated precious stones. In order to describe the certificate, the document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate has been newly created for this import documentation. Please see the quoted document and also refer to the product-specific chapter on Precious Metals and Stones, which has been enhanced accordingly.

    Forms and Procedural Amendments

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been equipped with the current application form and issued sample of the binding conclusion, respectively.
    Moreover, procedural amendments, e.g. mode of submission, have been reflected in the document entitled Approval of the Proposed Trade Name of a Medicinal Product. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The current contact details of the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan have been updated in this report, where appropriate.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 22 Oct 2018 Iran Amendments as regards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), import prohibitions, new currency provisions, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iran.
    The following changes have been made:

    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

    After the United States' (US) withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the coming into effect of the first sanctions on 6 August 2018, the European Commission put into force an amended version of its Blocking Statute. Please turn to the section on the JCPOA in this overview for more information.

    Import Prohibitions

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports further below has been enhanced with details of the import ban for designated olive oil products; please turn thereto for specifics.

    New Currency Provisions

    On 11 August 2018, the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI), in conjunction with several ministries (e.g. the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance and the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade), issued a new list of first-priority goods, i.e. commodities for which foreign currencies may be obtained at the official exchange rate. More information may be viewed in the section on Currency and Payments further below.

    Labelling Requirements

    Following the recent publication of a new stipulation, the mandatory information on the labels of imported cosmetic and hygienic products is henceforth required in Persian (also known as Farsi) directly on the product. The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been updated accordingly and may be consulted for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 22 Oct 2018 Ecuador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2018 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Oct 2018 Syria Focus: Prohibited Imports, Import Licence, export accompanying documents, modified fees and documents to be enclosed, Tax Registration and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The document entitled Prohibited Imports contains those goods which are not eligible to receive an Import Licence. A list of commodities requiring the licence is regularly kept up to date by the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade. By virtue of a recent change in the list of goods requiring an Import Licence, the scope of merchandise subject to Import Prohibitions has recently been redefined. Consequently, the classification of banned goods has been updated. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and chapter of this overview.

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been blue-pencilled as regards the pertaining processing time and fee, amongst other changes. For additional information, please refer to the mentioned document and to the paragraph on Import Licensing below.

    Export Accompanying Documents

    The documents entitled Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin have been adjusted in accordance with the provisions of the Syrian Customs. Moreover, the list of documents commonly required to be submitted alongside the import declaration displayed in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been brought up to date.

    Modified Fees and Documents to be Enclosed

    The fees charged for the following procedures and, if applicable, the list of documentary enclosures have been amended in accordance with the current stipulations. The documents listed hereafter may be viewed for specifics:

    Approval to Import Pharmaceutical and Related Products
    Customs Import Declaration
    Registration of Manufacturers of Pharmaceutical Products
    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products.

    Tax Registration

    The document entitled Tax Registration has been furnished with a current version of the application form; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade has been revised throughout this report.
  • 19 Oct 2018 Mali Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    As Mali is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the chapter on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

    The paragraph on Hazardous Goods has been expanded with particulars of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which Mali is a member of. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for additional information.

    Waste

    The contact details of the Malian authority responsible with regard to waste have been added to the paragraph on Waste further below. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.
  • 19 Oct 2018 Belarus Focus: nomenclature changes, radio-electronic devices and high-frequency units as well as forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Belarus have been amended and adjusted in accordance with most recent stipulations for the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    End-User Certificate
    International Import Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Strategic Goods
    Licence to Import Goods Regulated on the National Basis.

    Radio-Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units

    The following documents have been revised with regard to various administrative details, e.g. period of validity and the mode of submission of applications:

    Consent to Import Radio-Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units
    Licence to Import Radio-Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units.

    Please consult the aforementioned documents for particular amendments.

    Forms

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been equipped with the current application form and issued sample of the binding conclusion, respectively.

    Other Changes

    Information on the Unified Portal of E-Services, i.e. a platform which may be used by registered participants for the submission of e-applications, has been added to the section on Registration in this overview.
    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 19 Oct 2018 Montenegro
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Oct 2018 Egypt
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Oct 2018 Panama Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), medical devices and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more details, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Medical Devices

    Information on the risk classification of medical devices has been added to the product-specific paragraph entitled Medical Devices, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 18 Oct 2018 Montenegro Focus: electronic exchange of information (ERP), prohibited imports, nationally protected species, medicines and medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Exchange of Information (ERP)

    For the electronic submission of the Single Customs Document (JCI) via the Customs Information System (CIS), a prior approval for the electronic exchange of information (ERP) with the Customs Administration of the Republic of Montenegro must be applied for. In order to provide details of this procedure, a new document entitled Approval for the Electronic Exchange of Information has been incorporated into the set of documents of this import report. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information.

    Prohibited Imports

    In order to depict the types of goods which are prohibited from importation into Montenegro as per the current relevant legislations, the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been newly created for this report. For further information, please also refer to the chapter entitled Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Nationally Protected Species

    Endangered species of wild flora, fauna and fungus which are not protected within the framework of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) are subject to import requirements under the pertinent national regulations. A new document entitled Permit to Import Nationally Protected Species of Wild Flora, Fauna and Fungus has thus been added to the set of documents for this import report in order to depict the import permission procedure for such species. Please see the mentioned document and the chapter on Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna in this overview for further specifics.

    Medicines and Medical Devices

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Medicines and Narcotics has been completely revised as regards the procedural details, the documents to be enclosed and the application form to be completed. Moreover, a new document entitled Registration of Dealers in Medical Devices has been created. For further particulars, please refer to the mentioned documents as well as the section on Medicines, Medical Devices and Narcotics further below.

    Other Changes

    Details of the types of classic light bulbs with filament which are prohibited from importation into Montenegro as well as those which will become banned in the near future have been incorporated into the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.
  • 18 Oct 2018 Jordan Amendments as regards the Commercial Invoice, customs warehousing and the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Invoice

    In accordance with Article No. 5 of Law No. 33 of 2018 amending Article No. 31 of the Jordanian Customs Law (Law No. 20 of 1998), a certification and legalisation of the Commercial Invoice is no longer required by the Jordanian Customs Department as of 19 July 2018. It is noteworthy, however, that documentary enclosures prepared in the country of origin or export may still have to be certified by the chamber of commerce or any other competent authority and legalised by the Jordanian Embassy in the respective country upon the importer's request. The paragraph on Requirements for Import Formalities in this overview has been adjusted accordingly.

    Customs Warehousing

    The section on Warehousing below has been enhanced with information on the permissible period of storage in customs warehouses, which has been modified by virtue of Customs Communication No. 43 of 2018, thereby amending Article 107 of the above-mentioned Jordanian Customs Law. The quoted chapter may be viewed for additional details.

    Minamata Convention

    The Jordanian authority responsible for matters concerning the Minamata Convention on Mercury, i.e. the Hazardous Substances Unit, which comes under the Ministry of Environment, has been added to the paragraph on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances in this overview. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for more information.
  • 18 Oct 2018 Bangladesh
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Oct 2018 Serbia Focus: classification of goods, prohibited imports, Binding Information, updated application forms and fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the most recent official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which import measures apply in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Import Regime, including, inter alia, the following documents of this report:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Licence
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Registration of Medicines
    Trade Mark Registration.

    Prohibited Imports

    In order to depict the types of goods which are prohibited from importation into Serbia as per the current relevant legal stipulations, the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been newly created for this import report. Accordingly, the commodity codes of goods which are banned from importation are assigned to said document. For further information, please also refer to the chapter entitled Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Binding Information

    As the Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia provides for a Binding Information scheme with regard to the classification of import commodities, i.e. for the obtainment of a confirmation on the proper association with the respective tariff code(s) or the origin of the goods, a new document entitled Binding Information has been added to the set of documents for this report in order to depict the application procedure in detail. Please see the mentioned document as well as the Note-section further below for further particulars.

    Updated Application Forms and Fees

    The following documents have been brought up-to-date as regards their processing fees and equipped with the current versions of the respective application forms:

    Permit to Import Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Permit to Import Hazardous Waste
    Permit to Import Non-Hazardous Waste
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration of Importers of Fruit, Vine and Hop Planting Material
    Registration of Plant Varieties.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 17 Oct 2018 Iceland Focus: high-risk food and feed products, tobacco and tobacco products, updated application forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products

    As the respective legal basis has been amended, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measure applies, has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations.

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Importation of Tobacco has been reworked and updated for reasons of clarity. Please refer to the quoted document for further information. In addition, the labelling requirements for such goods which were formerly cotained in the document, have now been incorporated into the section on Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Updated Application Forms

    The application forms for the electronic submission of the documents entitled Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products and Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals have been exchanged for their current versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 17 Oct 2018 Ethiopia Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) as well as packaging, marking and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the paragraph on Pesticides and Further Hazardous Chemicals in this overview. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The chapter on the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) further below has been enhanced with details of the inspection providers mandated to conduct the conformity assessment procedure. Furthermore, the list of goods subject to said verification has been revised in accordance with the current stipulations. Please turn to the mentioned section for further information.

    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been restructured into sub-sections for reasons of greater transparency. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 16 Oct 2018 Madagascar Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Ministries, Departments and Control Agencies (MIDAC) module as well as the customs regime have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    As Madagascar is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the chapter on Hazardous Goods in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Ministries, Departments and Control Agencies (MIDAC) Module

    The list of authorities connected to the electronic Ministries, Departments and Control Agencies (MIDAC) module of the Malagasy TradeNet system has been augmented in the paragraph on the Electronic Single Window further below. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Customs Regime

    The information on the Malagasy customs regime depicted in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been updated in accordance with the Customs Law 2018. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 16 Oct 2018 Libya Focus: basic import regulations, Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), Certificate of Airworthiness, modified fees as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Basic Import Regulations

    By virtue of Decree No. 409 of 2018, the list of goods attached to the basic Decree No. 188 of 2012 on the import and export of goods has been modified. Instead of previously four categories of commodities, any merchandise permissible for importation is now being classified as pertaining to one of 21 different product groups. This change affects the following sections of this overview and the corresponding documents mentioned therein, which may be consulted for specifics:

    Import Monopolies
    Import Restrictions
    Import Prohibitions
    Used Goods.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The sample application form displayed in the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been exchanged for a version which is currently in use. The quoted document and the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview may be viewed for more information.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been equipped with an additional application and sample form for a type acceptance certificate, which constitutes an additional method to prove an aircraft's conformity with the valid standards and norms. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Modified Fees

    Following a communication issued by the Ministry of Finance, the processing fees for the document entitled Commercial Registration, which may be consulted for particulars, have been brought up to date.
    Moreover, by virtue of Decree No. 1300/2018 and Implementing Decree No. 1/2018, a fee of 183% of all sales of foreign currencies has been imposed on the value of said foreign currency since 9 September 2018, based on the daily list of currency exchange rates published by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL). This amendment has been reflected in the updated paragraph on Currency and Payments further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Ministry of Communications and Informatics and the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) has been amended throughout this report as applicable.
  • 16 Oct 2018 Liberia Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), waste as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    As Liberia is a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the chapter on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Waste

    The contact details of the Liberian authority responsible with regard to waste have been added to the paragraph on Waste further below. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    This overview has been enhanced with a newly created chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE). Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 15 Oct 2018 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards economic zones, foodstuffs as well as human blood, tissues and cells have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Economic Zones

    The list of economic zones established within Kosovo has been updated in the corresponding paragraph on Economic and Free Zones in this overview. In addition, the contact details of the authority responsible for controlling such zones, i.e. the Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency (KIESA), have also been brought up to date in the mentioned section. Please turn thereto for additional information.

    Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Foodstuffs has been augmented with details of the specific requirements to import designated types of foodstuffs; namely flour, honey, royal jelly and other apicultural products as well as fishery products. Moreover, information on the labelling requirements for such goods has also been provided in the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. More specifics may be consulted therein.

    Human Blood, Tissues and Cells

    Information on the restrictions to import human blood, blood components, tissues and cells has been added to the pragraph on Prohibited and Further Restricted Imports further below. Please see the quoted chapter for information on further types of goods which are restricted and banned from importation into Kosovo.
  • 15 Oct 2018 Brunei Focus: plants and plant products, trademarks and contact details.
    The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Registration as Importer of Plants and Plant Products has been added to the set of documents for the import report for Brunei Darussalam. Please refer thereto for more information on the registration with the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood in order to import such goods. Details may also be obtained from the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Trademarks

    Information on the procedures for a Trademark Registration in Brunei Darussalam has been incorporated into this import report in this newly created document. Please refer to the quoted document as well as the section on Registration below for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Royal Brunei Police Force has changed. The changes have been reflected in the relevant documents of this import report. Please turn to the documents entitled Licence to Import Arms and Licence to Import Explosives for particulars.
  • 15 Oct 2018 Australia Focus: import quarantine, pre-arrival report, electrical equipment, updated documents as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Quarantine

    The classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Permit to Import Goods Subject to Quarantine, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measure applies, has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the current stipulations. Please refer to the quoted document for more information on the importation of goods subject to the quarantine requirements through the Australian Government's Biosecurity import conditions database (BICON).

    Pre-Arrival Report

    The document entitled Pre-Arrival Report for Vessels has been blue-pencilled with regard to the contact information of the Maritime National Coordination Centre (MNCC) and the electronic submission via the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS). Please see said document for particulars.

    Electrical Equipment

    The document entitled Registration of Electrical Equipment has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for Australia. For details of the registration procedures for such goods, e.g. communication devices and radio apparatuses which are to bear the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) as a prerequisite for their market access, please refer to the quoted document and the sections on Standards and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Updated Documents

    The following documents have been revised regarding the contact information of the competent authorities, processing times and fees, the periods of validity as well as the application forms to be completed, as applicable:

    Import Licence for Explosives
    Import Permit for Firearms
    Licence to Deal in Controlled Substances
    Licence to Deal in Firearms
    Licence to Deal in Radioactive Substances and Apparatuses
    Notification of Import of Explosives
    Pre-Arrival Fertiliser Information
    Registration of Radioactive Substances and Apparatuses.

    In addition, as the responsible authority for the importation of controlled substances is no longer the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), but the Office of Drug Control, the following documents have been updated to this regard and their application forms have been exchanged for their most recent versions of said authority:

    Import Licence for Controlled Substances
    Import Permit for Antibiotics
    Import Permit for Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances
    Import Permit for Precursors.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Oct 2018 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 15 Oct 2018 Sri Lanka
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2018 South Korea Amendments as regards wood packaging material, medical devices as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    Wood Packaging Material

    The section on wood packaging material (WPM) has been enhanced with information on the treatment mark and special importing measures for countries where certain wood pests exist. Please refer to the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below for more details.

    Medical Devices

    According to the Medical Devices Act, the labelling requirements for packages and containers of medical devices have been brought up to date. For details, please turn to the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 12 Oct 2018 Bahamas Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, pharmaceuticals and fishery products have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following the adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS) in the Bahamas, the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in this import report have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable, the Note-section and the chapter on the Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Pharmaceuticals

    The chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Fishery Products

    Details of the labelling requirements for fishery products have been incorporated into the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements in this overview. Please see said paragraph for further information.
  • 12 Oct 2018 United Arab Emirates Focus: ozone-depleting substances (ODS), procedures to be applied for electronically and contact details.
    The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    As the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) is henceforth the authority responsible for the document entitled Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances, said document and the corresponding section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below have been blue-pencilled and modified accordingly; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Procedures to be Applied for Electronically

    The following documents have been blue-pencilled and adjusted to the current stipulations, e.g. as regards the processing times and fees or period of validity as well as the mandatory electronic submission of the applications:

    Approval for a Licence to Publish Magazines and Newspapers
    Approval for a Trade Licence for Media
    Customs Clearance Certificate for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment
    Licence to Deal in Arms, Ammunition, Explosive Substances and Further Hazardous Materials
    Licence to Import and Deal in Regulated Materials (Radiation Sources)
    Permit to Import Regulated Materials (Radiation Sources)
    Registration of Importers and Dealers of Radio and Telecommunications Equipment
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Federal Customs Authority, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the National Media Council and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has been revised throughout this report.
  • 12 Oct 2018 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2018 Serbia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2018 Algeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Oct 2018 Indonesia Focus: pre-shipment inspection (PSI), Registration for Agricultural Quarantine, Import Approval (PI) and Recognition as IP as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    In accordance with Regulation No. 66 of 2018 and executive Decree No. 864 of 2018 issued by the Ministry of Trade, fishery products are henceforth subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI). For further details of the required documentation and other products subject to PSI, please turn to the corresponding section in this overview.

    Registration for Agricultural Quarantine

    The document entitled Registration for Agricultural Quarantine has been added to the set of documents of this report as it is a prerequisite for the document entitled Import Permit for Plant Propagating Material in case electronic procedures are intended to be followed. For more information, please refer to the quoted document and to the chapter on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Import Approval (PI) and Recognition as IP

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the documents entitled Import Approval (PI) and Recognition as IP has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 11 Oct 2018 Hong Kong Focus: updated application forms, plants and plant products, Customs Import Declaration, Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme as well as contact information.
    The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Application Forms

    The application forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for their most recent versions:

    Animal Trader Licence
    Approval of Blasting Explosives
    Approval of Non-blasting Explosives
    CITES Import Licence
    Import Permit for Hazardous Chemicals
    Listing of Importers of Medical Devices
    Registration as Food Importer
    Registration of Plant Variety Rights (PVRs).

    Plants and Plant Products

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, the document entitled Plant Import Licence has also been furnished with its current version of the application form. Additionally, information on the electronic application procedure and the pertinent form have been incorporated into said document. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Customs Import Declaration

    The documents entitled Customs Import Declaration and Customs Import Declaration for Foodstuffs have been blue-pencilled regarding recent stipulations of the applied declaration fees. As of 1 August 2018, each declaration charge is capped at 200 HKD. Please turn to the quoted documents for further information.

    Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    As Hong Kong signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) on the authorized economic operator (AEO) programme with New Zealand in June 2018, the corresponding section on Customs Control in this overview has been updated to this effect. For particulars on further MRAs concluded by Hong Kong, please turn thereto.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Brio Electronic Commerce Ltd., i.e. one of the service providers appointed by the Customs and Excise Department, as well as those of the Medical Device Control Office (MDCO) under the Department of Health have been updated. These changes have been reflected in the concerned documents of the import report for Hong Kong.
  • 11 Oct 2018 Canada Amendments as regards sanctions, partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), toys as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Sanctions

    The chapter entitled Sanctions has been newly added to this overview to depict information on the economic sanctions imposed by Global Affairs Canada to restrict and/or prohibit trade transactions pertaining to designated countries, entities or organisations. For more details, please see the mentioned paragraph further below.

    Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs)

    As of 17 September 2018, partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), i.e. trans fats which are industrially produced instead of naturally occurring, are banned as substances contained in foodstuffs imported into and sold in Canada. The chapters on Foodstuffs and Prohibited Imports have been updated to this effect and may be consulted for specifics.

    Toys

    Details of the specific labelling requirements for toys have been incorporated into the corresponding section further below. Moreover, information on designated types of toys and other children's products which are prohibited from importation has been added to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports. Please turn to the quoted chapters for additional particulars.

    Other Changes

    Various current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for more information.
  • 11 Oct 2018 Gabon
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Oct 2018 Albania
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Oct 2018 Mexico Focus: Taxpayer Registration (RFC), Import Permit for Wildlife Species, Sanitary Licence, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Taxpayer Registration (RFC)

    The document entitled Taxpayer Registration (RFC) has been updated and enhanced with information on the electronic application procedure via the web portal of the Tax Administration Service (SAT). A sample of the current online application interface has also been furnished. For additional information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Import Permit for Wildlife Species

    The application form contained in the document entitled Import Permit for Wildlife Species has been exchanged for its current version. Please refer to said document for more specifics.

    Sanitary Licence

    Importers of goods regulated by the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) must be licensed by the quoted authority. Hence, the document entitled Sanitary Licence has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the mentioned document and the sections on Products Subject to Sanitary Surveillance and on Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances below which have been enhanced to this regard.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Tax Administration Service (SAT) have been brought up-to-date in the concerned documents of this report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 10 Oct 2018 Laos Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, border inspection posts (BIPs), labelling requirements for cosmetics and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Laos. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For further details, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Labelling Requirements for Cosmetics

    The labelling requirements for cosmetics have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer to the corresponding section further below for more information.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 10 Oct 2018 Switzerland Amendments as regards cosmetics labelling, chemical substances, products containing mercury as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Cosmetics Labelling

    The section on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements of cosmetic products. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Chemical Substances

    For reasons of clarity, the chapter on Chemicals in this overview has been restructured. More information on the necessary requirements regarding agricultural chemicals and industrial chemicals as well as on international conventions Switzerland participates in may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Products Containing Mercury

    As Switzerland is a party of the Minamata Convention, certain products containing mercury are prohibited from production, exportation and importation. The information given on such convention and, thus, on the associated bans has been updated. Please refer to the section on Chemicals for particulars.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 10 Oct 2018 India
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Oct 2018 Oman Focus: electronic proof of Commercial Registration, permits for goods to be applied for electronically and contact details.
    The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Proof of Commercial Registration

    In Oman, accomplished Commercial Registration is a prerequisite for almost all import application procedures. In general, the Omani authorities may view the status of the Commercial Registration of an applicant via their internal access to the respective data of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), i.e. a paper excerpt from the Commercial Register is no longer required and has been replaced by said electronic proof of Commercial Registration. The import documentation for Oman has been adjusted as applicable, e.g. in the relevant sections on Registration and on Customs Regulations below.

    Permits for Goods to be Applied for Electronically

    The following documents have been blue-pencilled and adjusted in accordance with the current stipulations, e.g. as regards processing times and fees as well as the mandatory electronic submission of the applications:

    Environmental Permit for Dealing with Chemical Substances and Products Containing Them
    Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them
    Permit to Import Or Use Radioactive Materials.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as well as of the Ministry of Environment and Climatic Affairs (MOECA) has been revised throughout this report.
  • 09 Oct 2018 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards channels for customs release, the customs value, labelling requirements for infant formula and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. The following changes have been made:

    Channels for Customs Release

    The chapter on Customs Procedures has been amplified with information on the four channels existing for the customs release of goods. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Customs Value

    A newly created section on the Customs Value has been added to this overview. More information may be found in the quoted paragraph below.

    Labelling Requirements for Infant Formula

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with the content to be provided on labels of food products intended for infants and young children. For further details, please refer to the aforementioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 09 Oct 2018 Cameroon Focus: Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN), registration and contact details.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

    The document entitled Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity has been equipped with a recent sample of an application form for certification which may be used within the framework of this conformity evaluation procedure. For further information, please refer to the mentioned document and the section on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    As aircraft arriving at Douala and Yaoundé Nsimalen airports are henceforth to be notified by means of an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN, Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons - BESC), the same-named document has been amended to this effect. Furthermore, it has been updated as regards the documents to be enclosed as well as the submission requirements. More details may be obtained from said document.

    Registration

    In accordance with a notice issued by the Ministry of Finance on 2 July 2018, importers must be registered in the active database of taxpayers. The chapter on Registration further below has been augmented with further information thereon. Please turn to the mentioned section for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Cameroonian Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR) have been updated in the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 09 Oct 2018 Uruguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2018 Morocco
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Oct 2018 Ukraine Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), norms and standards as well as ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more information, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph entitled Standardisation has been amplified with details of the voluntary proof of conformity applicable to goods shipped to Ukraine. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Information on the focal point acting in the framework of the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has been included into the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below. Please consult the aforesaid section for further details.
  • 08 Oct 2018 Kenya Amendments as regards the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), value-added tax (VAT) registration, prohibited imports, the Import Standardization Mark (ISM), as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Standards (Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards of Imports) Order 2018, the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview has been updated with regard to details of the types of goods which are exempt from the conformity programme as well as those which are only eligible for certification under Route A, amongst others. Additional information may be obtained from the quoted section as well as from the related paragraphs on Destination Inspection and Motor Vehicles, which have been blue-pencilled accordingly.

    Value-Added Tax (VAT) Registration

    The section on Registration further below has been augmented with information on the requirements to register for value-added tax (VAT) in case of designated taxable supplies. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Import Standardization Mark (ISM)

    The information depicted on the Import Standardization Mark (ISM), which is a sticker required to be affixed on certified goods prior to their importation into Kenya, has been brought up to date in the chapters on Standardisation and Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please refer to the mentioned sections for additional details.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and augmented with additional items which are banned from importation into Kenya, in accordance with the most recent stipulations. More particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for additional information.
  • 08 Oct 2018 Guinea Focus: Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, Licence to Import Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been enhanced with a sample application form in French language. For further information, please turn to the mentioned document.

    Licence to Import Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    As a Licence to Import Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment is to be obtained in order to import said equipment into Guinea, the same-named document has been newly created for the import documentation for Guinea. More details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Guinean Institute for Standardisation and Metrology, which comes under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Tourism and Handicraft, have been revised and updated in this import report as applicable.
  • 08 Oct 2018 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Oct 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2018 Senegal Focus: Import Declaration for Measuring Instruments, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Declaration for Measuring Instruments

    The document entitled Import Declaration for Measuring Instruments has been enhanced with a sample declaration form which is to be used upon the importation of measuring instruments into Senegal. Please refer to the mentioned document for further information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Directorate of Internal Commerce (Direction du Commerce Intérieur - DCI), which comes under the Ministry of Commerce, the Informal Sector, Consumption, Promotion of Local Products and SME, have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 05 Oct 2018 Norway Amendments as regards live animals and products of animal origin, arms and ammunition, cosmetics labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin

    The paragraph on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin further below has been enhanced with information on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). Please refer to the mentioned section for further details.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The newly created chapter on Arms and Ammunition in this overview contains details of the procedures regarding the importation and sale of firearms and ammunition in Norway. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Cosmetics Labelling

    Information on the labelling of cosmetic products which correspond to stipulations as laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1223/2009 has been incorporated into the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview. For particulars on this matter, please turn to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 05 Oct 2018 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Commercial Registration, Pre-Shipment Inspection as well as prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been enhanced with the pertaining application form of the Single Window for the Creation of Companies. In addition, details of the documents to be enclosed with the application have been updated. Please refer to said document for further information.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The documents entitled Clean Report of Findings and Pre-Shipment Inspection have been updated with regard to the documents which must be submitted in order for the inspection procedure to be conducted. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted documents and from the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection in this overview.

    Prohibited Imports

    As the importation of non-biodegradable plastic packaging materials into the Democratic Republic of the Congo is prohibited as of 30 June 2018, the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been amended to this regard. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for more information.
  • 05 Oct 2018 New Zealand
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Oct 2018 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2018 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Oct 2018 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Amendments as regards the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), prohibited detergents, packaging requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Macedonia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

    The chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been augmented with details of the Macedonian Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) which provides quick information on measures taken in response to serious risks detected in relation to such goods. Please refer thereto for more particulars.

    Prohibited Detergents

    Details of certain types of laundry detergents which are prohibited from importation into Macedonia have been added to the section on Prohibited Imports further below. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Packaging Requirements

    Information on the requirements for plastic bags used for the transportation of goods, i.e. on the types of such bags which are prohibited, has been incorporated in the chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. Further details may be consulted in the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 04 Oct 2018 Botswana Amendments as regards horticultural produce, the SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS), packaging requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Horticultural Produce

    Details of the restrictions in place for the importation of horticultural produce have been provided in the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview. For additional information, please see the mentioned paragraph.

    SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS)

    The section on Currency and Payments has been augmented with information on the SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS), i.e. the regional cross-border payment settlement system of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in which Botswana participates. Further particulars may be consulted therein.

    Packaging Requirements

    A new chapter entitled Packaging Requirements has been added to this overview to provide information on the packaging provisions for goods to be imported into Botswana. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 04 Oct 2018 Bahrain Focus: Registration of Infant Formulae, narcotic drugs, Licence to Import and Deal in Goods Subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention, aircraft and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Infant Formulae

    The document entitled Registration of Infant Formulae has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Foodstuffs below for additional details.

    Narcotic Drugs

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been blue-pencilled in accordance with the most recent pertinent legal stipulation, i.e. Decree No. 17 of 2018 of the Ministry of Health, which has recently been published. The mentioned document may be viewed for more information.

    Licence to Import and Deal in Goods Subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention

    In accordance with Decrees Nos. 1 and 2 of 2018 of the National Committee for the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, importers of chemical substances defined as being subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) require a Licence to Import and Deal in Goods Subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention in order to conduct any trade activities concerning said commodities. For particulars of the licensing procedure, the quoted document and the paragraph on Arms, Ammunition and Explosive Substances below may be consulted.

    Aircraft

    The measures concerning the importation and market access of aircraft have been revised and the most recent versions of the respective application forms have been displayed in the concerned documents, amongst other changes. Please turn to the following documents for additional details:

    Certificate of Airworthiness
    Licence to Deal in Aircraft and Parts Thereof.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for the administration of import procedures has been blue-pencilled throughout this report and brought up to date where applicable, e.g. for the Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning, the Supreme Council for the Environment and the Public Health Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Health.
  • 04 Oct 2018 Ghana
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Oct 2018 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Oct 2018 Colombia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Oct 2018 Ghana Focus: Cargo Tracking Note (CTN), business establishment, EasyPass Conformity Certificate, Certificate of Analysis, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

    On 1 July 2018, the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) System took effect in Ghana. Accordingly, all goods intended to enter the Ghanaian customs territory via vessel are to be declared prior to their intended shipment by virtue of a validated Cargo Tracking Note (CTN). To illustrate the procedural details, the same-named document has been newly created for this import report. Further information may be consulted therein as well as in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Business Establishment

    Updated details of the processing times, processing fees as well as of the electronic application procedures and the contact information of the competent authorities have been incorporated into the following documents, which are required for lawful business establishment in Ghana:

    Business Registration
    Tax Identification Number.

    EasyPass Conformity Certificate

    Following the implementation of the voluntary customs facilitation scheme, i.e. the so-called EasyPass programme, on 1 May 2018, the list of goods regulated under said programme has been expanded to include all goods apart from those controlled by the Ghanaian Food and Drugs Authority (FDA). To depict the conformity assessment and certification procedure in detail, a new document entitled EasyPass Conformity Certificate has been added to the set of documents for this report. More information thereon may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as from the blue-pencilled section on Standardisation further below.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The details of the minimum content for the document entitled Certificate of Analysis have been revised in accordance with the requirements of the Ghanaian Food and Drugs Authority (FDA). For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The following documents depicting the requirements for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) to be imported into Ghana have been enhanced with information on the electronic submission of the applications via the online portal of the National Communications Authority (NCA):

    Licence to Deal in Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph, which may be referred to for specifics.
  • 02 Oct 2018 Benin Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Further Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Benin is a party. Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the national focal point within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been added to the paragraph dealing with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview, providing information on the importation of aircraft into Benin. More details may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 02 Oct 2018 Afghanistan Focus: Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment, Fumigation Certificate and contact details.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment

    The document entitled Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment has been furnished with the pertinent application form and updated with regard to its procedural details. Please refer to the mentioned document for further specifics.

    Fumigation Certificate

    In order to be importable, designated products, e.g. plants and plant products, may have to be subjected to quarantine treatment, e.g. by means of fumigation. Therefore, the document entitled Fumigation Certificate has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Afghanistan. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Afghan authority responsible for standardisation, i.e. the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA), have been updated in the concerned documents of this report. For more information on said authority, please also see the chapter on Norms and Standards in this overview.
  • 02 Oct 2018 Madagascar
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Oct 2018 Bermuda
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Oct 2018 United States of America Amendments as regards the classification of goods, customs value, customs processing fees, Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme, labelling requirements as well as 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:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measures respectively apply, have been reviewed and adjusted in accordance with most recent stipulations for the following documents:

    Declaration for the Importation of Wildlife and Fish
    Import Inspection
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration of Food Facility.

    Customs Value

    The section entitled Customs Value in this overview has been augmented with additional information on the methods used in the United States for determining the customs value. Further details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Customs Processing Fees

    The customs processing fees established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) have been adjusted for the fiscal year 2019 and apply as of 1 October 2018. The details provided in the chapter entitled Customs Fees and Charges in this overview have been accordingly updated.

    Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Programme

    The section on Advance Notice and Manifests below has been enhanced with information on the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme, which officially went into effect on 12 June 2018. As may be further consulted in the mentioned chapter, said programme, which was previously voluntary in nature, now requires the mandatory submission of advanced air cargo information on shipments arriving from foreign locations.

    Labelling Requirements

    The list of goods subject to country of origin labelling requirements of the Agricultural Marketing Service has been amended in the corresponding paragraph on Country of Origin Marking and Labelling to include information on such requirements for honey.
    In addition, details of the labelling requirements for organic products have been added to the respective section entitled Labelling Requirements further below.
    Please turn to the quoted chapters for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Various current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Oct 2018 Saudi Arabia Focus: cosmetic products, upcoming implementation of the Carnet TIR, Registration for FASAH Services, products subject to conformity assessment procedures, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetic Products

    The document entitled Registration with the Electronic Cosmetic Notification System has been newly incorporated into this report as it is a prerequisite for the Customs Release Certificate for Cosmetic Products. More information may be obtained from the quoted documents and the sections on Pharmaceuticals, Narcotics, Medical Devices and Cosmetic Products and Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Upcoming Implementation of the Carnet TIR

    After Saudi Arabia has become the 74th contracting party to the United Nations' TIR (International Road Transport/Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, which applies to the road transport of goods across one or more frontiers without intermediate reloading, the Carnet TIR will enter into force as of 17 November 2018. Consequently, a new document entitled Carnet TIR has been incorporated into this report. Details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Registration for FASAH Services

    The document entitled Registration for FASAH Services has been blue-pencilled and equipped with an updated application form, amongst other changes; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Products Subject to Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The sample form displayed in the document entitled Verification of Conformity has been replaced with its current version. The quoted document may be viewed for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Interior has been adjusted throughout this report as applicable.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on standardisation issues.
  • 01 Oct 2018 Peru Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), foodstuffs and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more details, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the risk classification of foodstuffs has been introduced into the product-specific section on Foodstuffs, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 28 Sep 2018 Paraguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Sep 2018 Pakistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Sep 2018 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), customs value, precious metals and stones as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on BIPs operating in Kyrgyzstan. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Customs Value

    The chapter entitled Customs Value has been revised pursuant to regulations applicable in the framework of Kyrgyzstan's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

    Precious Metals and Stones

    A newly created section on Precious Metals and Stones has been introduced into this overview. Please turn to the quoted chapter for general information.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 27 Sep 2018 Papua New Guinea
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Sep 2018 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Sep 2018 Malaysia Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs), pest risk analysis (PRA), currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    The chapter entitled Free Trade Zones has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for more information on the regulations concerning FTZs in Malaysia.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    For reasons of clarity, the section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been added to this overview. Thus, details of the implementation of pest risk analysis (PRA) on new plants and plant products to be imported into Malaysia may now be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Currency and Payments

    Information on the central bank as well as the applied foreign exchange regulations in Malaysia has been added to the section on Currency and Payments. For further details of this matter, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 26 Sep 2018 Guyana Amendments as regards animal feed, commercial samples, Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) online services as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Animal Feed

    The chapter entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for animal feed. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Commercial Samples

    A new paragraph entitled Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please see the stated chapter for details of the procedures and requirements for the importation of commercial samples into Guyana.

    Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Online Services

    Information on the online services offered by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) for checking the status of a submitted Customs Import Declaration and of licences which are processed by said authority has been incorporated into the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please refer to said paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 26 Sep 2018 Philippines
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Sep 2018 Azerbaijan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Sep 2018 Gabon Focus: Licence to Deal in Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Certificate of Conformity for PVoC and responsible authorities.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Deal in Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been newly added to this import report, depicting the requirements to distribute such goods in Gabon. More information may be obtained from the aforementioned document as well as from the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview.

    Certificate of Conformity for PVoC

    The document named Certificate of Conformity for PVoC has been equipped with a sample of the currently used application forms. Please refer thereto and to the section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) further below for particulars on this measure.

    Responsible Authorities

    As the former Gabonese Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARTEL) has been renamed to Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP), the concerned documents of this report have been amended with regard thereto and with the updated contact details of said authority.
  • 25 Sep 2018 China Focus: International Single Window of the P.R. of China, implementation of the Convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Single Window of the P.R. of China

    Details of the electronic submission via the International Single Window of the P.R. of China have been added to the following documents:

    Automatic Import Licence
    Cargo Manifest
    Customs Import Declaration
    Environmental Control Release Notice for Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Pesticides
    Registration with the Chinese Customs Authorities.

    Implementation of the Convention on the International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets

    The P.R. of China has recently joined the Convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) and implemented the transit system. Consequently, a new document entitled Carnet TIR has been incorporated into this report. Details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) have been updated. These changes have been reflected throughout the documents of this import report. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Other Changes

    For further current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 25 Sep 2018 Jamaica
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2018 Nicaragua Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), foodstuffs and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more details, please consult the quoted paragraph.

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the risk classification of alimentary products has been introduced into the product-specific section on Foodstuffs and Beverages, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Commercial Samples

    The chapter on Commercial Samples has been newly created for this update. Please see below for further information.
  • 24 Sep 2018 Mauritius Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), prohibited imports and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the paragraph on Chemicals in this overview. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Prohibited Imports further below has been enhanced with regard to additional products which are banned from importation into Mauritius. For further information, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Used Goods

    Details of the age limits applying to designated second hand motor vehicles to be imported into Mauritius have been updated in the paragraph on Used Goods. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 24 Sep 2018 Singapore
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2018 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2018 Haiti
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Sep 2018 Ivory Coast Focus: Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment, Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme and Insurance Certificate.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment

    The document entitled Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment has been enhanced with the currently valid application form. Furthermore, it has been adjusted with regard to the authority which is responsible for the processing of said application. For further information, the quoted document and the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment may be viewed.

    Verification of Conformity (VoC)

    Due to the launch of the new Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme for certain goods to be imported into Côte d'Ivoire, the document entitled Verification of Conformity has been added to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire. Furthermore, the section on Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) has been blue-pencilled, e.g. as far as the list of goods exempt from said programme is concerned. Please turn to the mentioned document and the quoted chapter for further details.

    Insurance Certificate

    The document named Insurance Certificate has been updated with regard to its submission requirements. More information thereon may be obtained from said document.
  • 21 Sep 2018 Armenia Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), customs value, the enhanced partnership and co-operation agreement as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on BIPs operating in Armenia. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Customs Value

    The chapter entitled Customs Value has been revised pursuant to regulations applicable in the framework of Armenia's membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

    Enhanced Partnership and Co-Operation Agreement

    Information on the provisional application of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part has been added to the section on Preferential Treatment. For details, please refer thereto.

    Other Changes

    The chapter on Dangerous Substances and Hazardous Chemicals has been updated with regard to Armenia's ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 21 Sep 2018 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Sep 2018 Qatar
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Sep 2018 Morocco Focus: Binding Tariff Information, veterinary and phytosanitary inspection procedures, cosmetic and medicinal products as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information

    Foreign trade participants may apply for an advance ruling at the Moroccan customs authorities in order to have the customs classification (i.e. the tariff code), the origin of the goods and/or the methods of customs evaluation assessed prior to the entry of the commodities into Morocco. Consequently, the document entitled Binding Tariff Information has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Procedures

    The documents described in the following chapters have been revised and adjusted as regards various details, e.g. the processing fee and time, documents to be enclosed and/or application forms:

    Animals and Animal Products
    Plants and Plant Products.

    Furthermore, the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 regarding wood packaging material (WPM) is now fully applied in Morocco. The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below may be viewed for additional details.

    Cosmetic and Medicinal Products

    The following documents, which are mandatory requirements for the importation into and marketing of cosmetic and hygiene products in Morocco, have been newly incorporated into this import documentation:

    Declaration to Market Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Cosmetic Products.

    Moreover, the document entitled Sanitary Certificate for the Importation of Pharmaceuticals and Their Raw Materials Intended for Human Use has been enhanced with an updated application form and modified procedural requirements. For particulars, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for the administration of import procedures has been blue-pencilled throughout this report and brought up to date where applicable.
  • 20 Sep 2018 Egypt Amendments as regards the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), labelling requirements for porcelain and ceramics as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt.
    The following changes have been made:

    National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

    Information concerning the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has been newly incorporated into the chapter on Foodstuffs. For more details, please refer to the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Porcelain and Ceramics

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for porcelain tableware and ceramic tiles; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 20 Sep 2018 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Sep 2018 Bahrain
    Nomenclature changes
  • 19 Sep 2018 Paraguay Focus: live animals and genetic material, dietary supplements, measuring instruments, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals and Genetic Material

    Importers of live animals and genetic material must be registered with the General Directorate for Animal Health, Identity and Traceability (DIGESIT). Therefore, a new document entitled Registration of Importers of Live Animals and Genetic Material has been created and the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been updated accordingly. Please turn to the mentioned document and chapter for further details.

    Dietary Supplements

    According to Decree No. 3586 of 2015, dietary supplements to be imported into and marketed in Paraguay are subject to a registration with the National Directorate for Sanitary Surveillance (DNVS). Hence, the document entitled Registration of Dietary Supplements has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the quoted document and the section on Foodstuffs below which has been enhanced to this regard.

    Measuring Instruments

    In order to import measuring instruments into Paraguay, a registration of importers and manufacturers is required. Said registration also effectuates the type approval of the measuring instruments to be placed on the market in Paraguay. Thus, a new document entitled Registration of Importers of Measuring Instruments has been incorporated into the report. Moreover, the section on Measuring Instruments further below has been augmented with more details of this measure.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Institute for Technology, Normalisation and Metrology (INTN) as well as of the National Directorate for Sanitary Surveillance (DNVS) have been brought up-to-date in the concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 19 Sep 2018 Kuwait Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) as well as labelling provisions for fertilisers and the fuel economy of motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below has been newly incorporated into this overview as it provides information on mandatory risk assessment procedures for plants. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Fertiliser Labelling Requirements

    As transposed by the Fertiliser Law of 2006 and its Executive Regulation No. 20 of 2009, the Fertiliser Regulations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stipulate the labelling requirements for simple and compound chemical fertilisers as well as soil conditioners. For additional details, please refer to the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling for Motor Vehicles

    Fuel economy limits for motor vehicles to be marketed in Kuwait must comply with the requirements of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) Decision No. 42 of 2015. A corresponding label is to be affixed to all vehicles prior to their release onto the local market. More information thereon may be obtained from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 19 Sep 2018 Syria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Sep 2018 United Arab Emirates
    Nomenclature changes
  • 18 Sep 2018 Tunisia Focus: Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods, amended procedural fees, Registration of Implantable Medical Devices as well as new and amended application forms.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods

    As the Central Bank of Tunisia (Banque Centrale de la Tunisie - BCT) has prohibited the provision of currencies for the importation of consumer goods which are considered non-essential (so-called non-priority commodities) unless the importer provides securities from his own funds for the total value of the products to be imported, the document entitled Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods has been newly incorporated into this report. The classification of the quoted document, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the measure, reflects the details of the concerned products, e.g. designated foodstuffs and drinks as well as particular cosmetics and specific textiles, amongst others. For more information, also with regard to possible exemptions, please turn to the aforementioned document and to the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Amended Procedural Fees

    The processing fees for the documents entitled Import Authorisation (TCE) and Veterinary Release Certificate have recently been modified. This has been reflected in the quoted documents, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Registration of Implantable Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Implantable Medical Devices has been added to the set of documents of this report as said procedure has been newly stipulated by the competent authority, the Directorate for Pharmacy and Medicinal Products (DPM). Additional details may be obtained from the mentioned document and the section on Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Other Health Products below.

    New and Amended Application Forms

    The application form or sample letter of application, respectively, of the following documents has been exchanged for its current version or has been newly added to the concerned document, which may be consulted for specifics:

    Registration with SINDA
    Registration with Tunisie TradeNet.
  • 18 Sep 2018 Guatemala Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), foodstuffs and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). For more details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the risk classification of alimentary products has been introduced into the product-specific section on Foodstuffs, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.
  • 18 Sep 2018 Tajikistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2018 Iraq
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Sep 2018 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 17 Sep 2018 Japan Focus: classification of goods, airworthiness, aquatic animals as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods pertaining to the following documents, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measures apply, has been verified and adjusted as appropriate in accordance with current stipulations of the Japanese Tariff Schedule:

    Certification of High-Pressure Gas and Related Equipment
    Declaration on the Regular Importation of Narcotics
    Import Notification for Explosives and Fireworks
    Import Permit for Explosives and Fireworks
    Import Permit for Narcotics
    Import Quarantine Certificate for Plants and Plant Products
    Licence to Deal in Explosives and Fireworks
    Permit to Import Class I Chemical Substances
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Registration as an Importer or Manufacturer of Poisonous and Hazardous Substances
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Registration of Importers of Narcotics
    Registration of Importers of Raw Materials of Narcotics
    Report for the End-Use of Imported Narcotics
    Transfer Licence for Narcotics.

    Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been enhanced with a sample of a certificate issued in the country of export. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the paragraph on Aircraft in this overview.

    Aquatic Animals

    The Permit to Import Aquatic Animals and Products Subject to Import Quarantine has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the Japanese import report. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars on the importation of such animals as well as to the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 Sep 2018 Venezuela
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Sep 2018 Iran
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Sep 2018 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Sep 2018 Canada
    Nomenclature changes
  • 13 Sep 2018 Australia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Sep 2018 Guyana
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Sep 2018 Belize
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Sep 2018 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Sep 2018 Mexico
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Sep 2018 Barbados
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Sep 2018 Russian Federation
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Aug 2018 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Aug 2018 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation