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  • 21 Mar 2019 Paraguay Focus: Manifest, Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs, Authorisation to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Manifest

    On 20 February 2019, Resolution No. 139/2019 was published, approving the software application of the Advanced Electronic Transmission of the Manifest for Sea Freight (TEMAFLU) of the System of Fiscal Administration of Customs Duties (SOFIA) and establishing its implementation procedures. The use of the system is accordingly mandatory for the submission of the Manifest for sea freight since 25 February 2019. Therefore, the quoted document has been amended with information on the TEMAFLU. Furthermore, particulars on the different stages of the Manifest validation process have been brought up to date. For more details, refer thereto and to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below which has been enhanced to this regard.

    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs

    The current version of the application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs. More particulars on said registration may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Authorisation to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers

    In order to import pesticides, fertilisers and similar products into Paraguay, an authorisation is to be obtained from the Directorate for Agrochemicals and Agricultural Inputs of the National Service for Plant and Seeds Quality and Health (SENAVE). Hence, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. Please refer to the quoted document and the section on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 21 Mar 2019 Kuwait Amendments as regards the mandatory electronic submission of customs documents, Certificate of Conformity for ceramic tiles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait. The following changes have been made:

    Mandatory Electronic Submission of Customs Documents

    Pursuant to Customs Circular No. 132 of 2018, all customs declarations and their accompanying documentation, e.g. invoices and freight documents, are henceforth to be submitted and archived electronically in the first place. More information may be obtained from the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Certificate of Conformity for Ceramic Tiles

    By virtue of Customs Circular No. 12 of 20 January 2019, a Certificate of Conformity has been made mandatory for ceramic tiles since the beginning of this year. Consequently, this change has been reflected in the scope of commodities subject to said certificate and further documentation, i.e. the manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity and the Customs Release Certificate for Goods Subject to Conformity Measures. If facilitated product inspection is aimed at, a Technical Evaluation Report (TER) may be applied for. The responsible authority is the Public Authority for Industry (PAI). For additional details of the mentioned procedures and the Kuwait Conformity Assessment Scheme (KUCAS), please refer to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following News paragraph contains information on recent issues related to foreign trade; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 21 Mar 2019 Montenegro
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Mar 2019 Colombia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Mar 2019 Congo (Republic of)
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 20 Mar 2019 Tunisia Focus: bank restrictions abolished, Customs Export Declaration, classification of import measures, narcotic and psychotropic drugs as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Restrictions Abolished

    By virtue of Circular No. 13 of 21 December 2018, the Central Bank of Tunisia (Banque Centrale de la Tunisie - BCT) abolished the bank restrictions (i.e. the practical import bans) which had been in place since October 2017, as amended by BCT Circular No. 2018-01. In the latter, the Bank had advised banks not to finance the importation of so-called non-priority goods (mainly consumer goods, e.g. foodstuffs and beverages, cosmetics, textiles and footwear, paper and plastic articles as well as furniture, amongst others) unless the importer provided securities from his own funds for the total value of the products to be imported. The section on Currency and Payments has been modified accordingly.

    Customs Export Declaration

    As the Tunisian customs authorities may require a Customs Export Declaration and, in trade practice, said document has repeatedly been asked for, it has been newly incorporated into the report for Tunisia. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Classification of Import Measures

    The list of goods subject to conformity assessment measures requiring a Registration of Importers of Goods Subject to Product Specifications has been amplified by the Ministry of Commerce. By way of example, the following commodities have been newly included in said list: agri-food products (e.g. cheeses, fruit, sweets, chocolate, pasta, biscuits, pastries and chips, fruit and vegetable preparations as well as juices), cosmetics, soap and cleaning products, apparel and shoes, household appliances, games and mobile phones. Allegedly, the new products concerned by the measure do not exceed 3% of the total value of imports intended for free circulation. However, the specifications for the above-mentioned products have not been published yet and are foreseen to be elaborated until the end of 2019. In most cases, a Technical Import Control is furthermore mandatory for the quoted merchandise. For more information, please see the mentioned documents and also turn to the News chapter below for the practical implications of the new rules.

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs

    The document previously entitled permit to import precursors has been blue-pencilled, equipped with samples of an application form and renamed to Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors. For specifics, the quoted document and the paragraph on Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Other Health Products in this overview may be viewed.

    Other Changes

    Information on trade-related News may be found in the following section.
  • 20 Mar 2019 Guatemala Amendments as regards harmful species, pest risk analysis (PRA) and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Harmful Species

    Specifics on determined harmful species banned from entering Guatemala have been blue-pencilled in the corresponding chapter on Import Prohibitions below. For further details, the quoted paragraph may be consulted.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The denomination of the subordinate authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), which is responsible for pest risk analysis (PRA) in Guatemala, has been modified. This amendment has been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    Commercial Samples

    The section on Commercial Samples has been newly created for this overview of import procedures. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Mar 2019 Japan Focus: the classification of goods, fruit and vegetables, plant varieties, Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) certification 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 measures apply, has been verified and adjusted as appropriate in accordance with current stipulations of the Japanese Tariff Schedule:

    Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers
    Declaration of Oath for the Importation of Petroleum
    Declaration on the Regular Importation of Alcohol
    Import Notification for Food and Food Products
    Import Permit for Endangered Species Subject to CITES
    Import Quarantine Certificate for Plants and Plant Products
    Licence to Import Alcohol
    Permit to Import Sugar
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Registration of Importers of Petroleum
    Transfer Table of Alcohol.

    Fruit and Vegetables

    Information on the import restrictions concerning fruit and vegetable products in Japan has been added to the document entitled Import Quarantine Certificate for Plants and Plant Products as well as to the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Variety Registration has been blue-pencilled as regards the information to be included in the minimum content of the application letter as well as the documents which are to be enclosed therewith. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as the paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) Certification

    The sample application form displayed in the document entitled JIS Mark Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Standardisation further below for more information on the requirements to obtain said certification mark.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 19 Mar 2019 Georgia Amendments as regards the accreditation of economic operators and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Economic Operators

    The section on Customs and Trade Partnership Program (CTP) has been enhanced with future provisions for the status of a certified authorised economic operator (AEO) in Georgia. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news may be found in the following chapter.
  • 19 Mar 2019 Kyrgyzstan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Mar 2019 Thailand Focus: tobacco products, radio and telecommunications equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Licence to Sell Tobacco and Tobacco Products has been enhanced with a sample of an issued licence and its translation. More information on the sale of such goods in Thailand may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as from the section on Tobacco and Tobacco Products below.

    Radio and Teleommunications Equipment

    The document entitled Licence to Import Radio and Telecommunications Equipment has been newly created. For particulars on the requirements for the importation of such goods, please refer to the mentioned document as well as to the paragraph on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Hazardous Substances Management Division of the Department of Industrial Works under the Ministry of Industry has been blue-pencilled and updated throughout the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 18 Mar 2019 Honduras Amendments as regards aircraft, official translations and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    This overview of import formalities has been amplified with a new chapter on Aircraft. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Official Translations

    The paragraph entitled Requirements for Import Formalities has been enhanced with provisions for official translations. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Medication Addiction (IHADFA) has been reviewed and updated in the product-specific section on Cigarettes below. More details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 18 Mar 2019 Ethiopia Editorial adaption.
  • 18 Mar 2019 Bahrain
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Mar 2019 Iraq Amendments as regards the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI), foodstuffs and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include formulas for special medical purposes intended for infants and designated foodstuffs, e.g. ice cream containing vegetable fats and certain spices, 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 of the programme may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview.

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the General Company for Foodstuff Trading and the Company for Cereal Trading, which come under the Ministry of Trade, has been added to the chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Aircraft

    The section on Aircraft has been newly added to the overview of Iraqi import procedures and may be viewed for additional details of the import requirements for said goods.
  • 15 Mar 2019 Bolivia Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, ionising radiation sources and equipment as well as the Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    All customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the Bolivian customs data management system, i.e. the Single System for Customs Modernisation (SUMA) of the National Customs of Bolivia (ANB). Please also consult the blue-pencilled paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Ionising Radiation Sources and Equipment

    The document entitled Registration of Radiation Sources has been amended with regard to its purpose and the current processing fee.
    The following product-specific measures have been updated as for applications for renewal and the basis for the assessment of the processing fees, respectively:

    Import Authorisation for Radiation Sources
    Import Licence for Radiation Sources.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. For further information, please see the quoted document.
  • 15 Mar 2019 Libya Editorial adaption.
  • 15 Mar 2019 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Mar 2019 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Mar 2019 Russian Federation In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for Russia has been complemented with the rules to be followed for the acceptance of a Proof of Non-Preferential Origin.

    Besides these enhancements, the following changes have been incorporated in the previous update:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to the import licensing and conformity regime of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted.

    Updated Forms

    The forms depicted in the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicines
    Permit to Import Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors, and Narcotic Plants
    Registration of Disinfectants.

    Administrative Responsibilities

    The Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Social Development and the Ministry of Health and Social Development have been renamed as Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Ministry of Health, respectively. These amendments have been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    As the executive subordinate entity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Service of National Guard Troops (Rosgvardia) is responsible for the activity licensing procedure applicable to arms and ammunition for civil purposes. For the contact details and updated documents to be enclosed, please turn to the corresponding document entitled Licence to Deal in Arms and Ammunition for Civil Purposes.

    Procedural Details

    The processing time has been reviewed and updated for all import licences depicted in this documentation. Further documents of this import report have been amended with regard to various details, e.g. processing fee, period of validity and documents to be enclosed, amongst others:

    Consent to Import Special Technological Equipment Intended for Secret Information Interception
    Licence to Deal in Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages
    Licence to Deal in Radioactive and Nuclear Materials
    Licence to Deal in Waste
    Permit to Import Medical Devices
    Permit to Import Poisonous Substances.

    Several other documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the Unified Portal of State and Municipal Services.

    Calculation Unit for 2019

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monetary equivalent calculated for import transactions applicable in 2019. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    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.
    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Mar 2019 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards the single window approach, border inspection posts (BIPs), contact details as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    A new section on the Single Window Approach has been introduced to this overview of import procedures. For specifics, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    For reasons of transparency, the information on border inspection posts (BIPs) contained in this overview has been incorporated into a separate paragraph entitled Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies have been blue-pencilled in the section on Motor Vehicles below. Further information may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with the corresponding presidential decree, the unit of minimum wage (MW) for 2019 is fixed at 180 AZN. The chapter on Currency and Payments has been updated accordingly.
  • 14 Mar 2019 Angola Amendments as regards aircraft, labelling requirements for narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursors as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Angola.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Aircraft

    The National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAVIC) under the Ministry of Transportation is the competent authority for procedures regarding aircraft in Angola. To this regard, a new chapter entitled Aircraft has been added to this overview to depict the requirements to import such goods. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements for Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors

    According to Law. 4/99, specific labelling requirements apply to narcotic and psychotropic substances as well as their precursors. Hence, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details thereof in a new sub-section. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Single Window for Companies (GUE), i.e. of Angola's one-stop business office, have been updated in the section on Registration Requirements below. More particulars may be obtained therefrom.
  • 14 Mar 2019 China
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Mar 2019 Australia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Mar 2019 Venezuela Focus: wild fauna and flora, Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment, footwear and clothing items as well as governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Wild Fauna and Flora

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Endangered Species Subject to the Washington Convention (CITES) and Import Permit for Living Species of Wild Fauna and Products Thereof have been completely revised with regard to the contact details of the competent authority, the processing times and fees as well as the documents to be enclosed with the application. Furthermore, both documents have been equipped with the current version of the application form. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment

    Details of the processing fee of the document entitled Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment have been brought up to date. Please see the mentioned document for specifics.

    Footwear and Clothing Items

    In order to import footwear and clothing items which are subject to the Venezuelan COVENIN norms, importers are to be enrolled in the corresponding register of the National Autonomous Service for Standardisation, Quality, Metrology and Technical Regulations (SENCAMER). Thus, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Footwear and Clothing has been newly created to describe the registration procedure in detail. Particulars may be obtained from said document as well from the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    Pursuant to the creation of the Ministry of Public Power for Internal Trade, the above-mentioned SENCAMER now works under said Ministry. Therefore, the concerned documents of this import report have been updated to this respect.
  • 13 Mar 2019 Haiti Amendments as regards warehousing, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

    The chapters on Customs Procedures and Regulations and on Warehousing in this overview have been revised with regard to the maximum storage period of goods in warehouses. Further information may be obtained from the mentioned paragraphs.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) focal point in Haiti have been updated in the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) further below. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further particulars.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been newly added to this overview. Please refer thereto for more details of the importation of said goods into Haiti.
  • 13 Mar 2019 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2019 Belarus
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Mar 2019 Uruguay Focus: animal reproduction material, radioactive materials and equipment emitting ionising radiation, Certificate of Conformity and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Animal Reproduction Material

    A sample application form for an authorisation to import animal semen has been added to the document entitled Import Authorisation for Animal Embryos and Semen. Further details of the application procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Radioactive Materials and Equipment Emitting Ionising Radiation

    In order to import equipment emitting ionising radiation into Uruguay, a respective import authorisation is to be obtained from the National Regulatory Authority for Radioprotection (ARNR). Therefore, the document entitled Import Authorisation for Radioactive Materials and Equipment Emitting Ionising Radiation has been enhanced with information on the application procedure for the mentioned product group. Moreover, said document has been updated as regards the documents to be enclosed for radioactive materials and the current versions of the application forms for radioactive materials as well as for equipment emitting ionising radiation have been furnished. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Radioactive Materials further below for more particulars on these measures.

    Certificate of Conformity

    Since various types of goods, e.g., new tyres, structural steel and toys, must conform to the standards and norms applied in Uruguay, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see said document and the sections on Motor Vehicles, Tyres and Equipment, Standardisation and Toys in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brouht to the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Mar 2019 Dominican Republic Focus: Cargo Manifest, Customs Import Declaration, Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE), honey as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    As a Cargo Manifest pertains to the set of documents which are generally required for the importation of goods into the Dominican Republic, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import report. Additional particulars on this measure may be obtained from the stated document and from the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Customs Import Declaration

    As of 1 February 2019, an adjusted fee is charged by the General Customs Directorate (DGA) for the purchase and use of an import declaration form. The corresponding document of this report entitled Customs Import Declaration has been amended to this regard and may be viewed for specifics.

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    The following documents, which are now to be processed exclusively via the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) that forms a core component of the Integrated Customs Administration System (SIGA), have been updated with details of the electronic transmission procedure:

    Permit to Import Wood
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    For further particulars on the electronic system, please also see the paragraph on Electronic Customs Clearance further below.

    Honey

    In order to trade in honey in the Dominican Republic, a prior registration in the National Register of Apiculture is required. A new document entitled Registration of Traders in Honey has been created for this import report in order to depict the registration procedure in detail. For more information, please turn thereto and to the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Mar 2019 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Mar 2019 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Mar 2019 Madagascar
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Mar 2019 Fiji Amendments as regards government procurement, the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    The contact details of the Fijian authority responsible for Government Procurement have been updated in the same-named chapter in this overview. Please refer thereto for further information.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    As the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme was officially launched in Fiji on 25 January 2019, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with details thereof and may be viewed for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 11 Mar 2019 Bangladesh Focus: VAT Certificate, Trade Licence, narcotic and psychotropic substances as well as contact details.

    VAT Certificate

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled VAT Certificate has been updated as regards, e.g., the contact details and the processing fee. Furthermore, said document has been equipped with a more recent version of the application form. Please refer to the mentioned document and to the section on Registration further below for details.

    Trade Licence

    The document entitled Trade Licence has been enhanced with respect to the information to be provided and the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, said document has been furnished with the current version of the application form. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances

    Details of the application procedure as well as the documents to be enclosed depicted in the document entitled Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances have been edited. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Contact Details

    The Excise and VAT Commissionerate has been renamed and is now referred to as Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate. Furthermore, the contact details of the mentioned authority have been updated. Said changes have been reflected in the respective documents.
  • 11 Mar 2019 Mexico
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Mar 2019 India
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Mar 2019 Israel
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Mar 2019 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Mar 2019 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards seeds, means of transport and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Seeds

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with information on quarantine weed seeds. For more details, please consult the quoted product-specific section below.

    Means of Transport

    For reasons of transparency, import and registration specifications for motor vehicles and aircraft contained in this overview have been incorporated into separate chapters entitled Motor Vehicles and Aircraft. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The Turkmen State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources is an entity which undertakes surveillance of nature protection matters and supervises subordinate authorities, e.g. the national focal point in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been blue-pencilled to this regard.
  • 08 Mar 2019 Brazil Focus: import licensing, seeds and seedlings, fertilisers as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The document entitled Non-Automatic Import Licence has been updated in accordance with the current legal basis with regard to the types of imports for which the licensing may be conducted after embarkation. Furthermore, 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 refer to the stated document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars on this measure.

    Seeds and Seedlings

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Permit to Import Seeds and Seedlings has been verified and revised as regards the details of the application procedure. Namely, applications for said permit are now to be duly submitted via the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex). For more particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Fertilisers

    The current version of the application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Fertilisers. More information on the product registration may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Mar 2019 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Mar 2019 Guyana
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Mar 2019 Costa Rica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Mar 2019 Lebanon Amendments as regards free zones, the legalisation of documents and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon. The following changes have been made:

    Free Zones

    The section on Free Zones below has been blue-pencilled and may be viewed for particulars.

    Legalisation of Documents

    The chapter on Requirements for Import Formalities in this overview has been enhanced with information on the potentially required legalisation of commercial and other documents prior to the exportation of the goods. For additional details, the quoted paragraph may be consulted.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) has been updated in the section on Government Procurement and Investment below; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 07 Mar 2019 Belize Amendments as regards new plant varieties, food labelling and produce packaging requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Plant Varieties

    Details of the registration procedure for new plant varieties have been introduced to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics on this matter.

    Food Labelling

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with particulars of the labelling requirements for margarine. More information may be found in the quoted chapter.

    Produce Packaging

    Details of the packaging requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables have been newly added to this overview and may be consulted in the corresponding paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 07 Mar 2019 Guatemala
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Mar 2019 Brazil
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Mar 2019 Jamaica Amendments as regards energy drinks, poisons as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Energy Drinks

    The chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with particulars on the requirements for the importation and sale of energy drinks in Jamaica. For specifics, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.

    Poisons

    Details of the registration requirement of poison sellers in Jamaica have been introduced to the section on Pharmaceutical Products and Poisons further below. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer thereto for particulars on the applicable packaging and labelling requirements for various types of products in Jamaica.
  • 06 Mar 2019 Ecuador Focus: merger of authorities, contact and procedural details, Free Sale Certificate, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Merger of Authorities

    Due to recent changes in the governmental structure of state bodies in Ecuador, several ministries and subordinate authorities have been renamed and/or consolidated. With relevance for this import documentation, the Ministry of Industries and Productivity, the Institute for the Promotion of Exports and Investments and the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fishery have been merged into one institution, which has been renamed as the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fishery (MPCEIP). Furthermore, the former Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishery has been renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG). These amendments have been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Contact and Procedural Details

    The following documents have been reviewed and enhanced as regards the processing time, mode of submission of documents and the phone number, respectively:

    Registration of Importers of Prime Materials with the MPCEIP
    Registration of Importers of Salt with the MPCEIP
    Registration of Importers of Textiles and Footwear with the MPCEIP.

    Moreover, the document entitled Import Notification for Cosmetic Products has been amended with regard to the documents to be enclosed with the application.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    New import quotas allocated for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been stipulated for the period until 31 December 2019. For general details and legislative specifications, please turn to the updated paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News may be found in the following chapter.
  • 06 Mar 2019 Dominican Republic
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Mar 2019 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further details of the requirements to import and sell such products in Papua New Guinea.

    Norms and Standards

    As Papua New Guinea is a corresponding member of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (Organisation Internationale de Métrologie Légale - OIML), the chapter on Norms and Standards further below has been enhanced with information thereon. Please refer thereto for particulars on further international standardisation activities with the involvement of Papua New Guinea.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 05 Mar 2019 El Salvador
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 04 Mar 2019 Tajikistan Amendments as regards the single window approach, recognition certificate, consumer protection and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    A new section on the Single Window Approach has been introduced to this overview of import procedures. For specifics, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Recognition Certificate

    The paragraph entitled Norms and Standards has been enhanced with regard to the application for a recognition certificate which may be required in case of goods subject to mandatory certification. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Consumer Protection

    This overview has been enhanced with details of the Tajik legislation on the protection of consumer rights. Please consult the amplified chapter entitled Requirements for Import Formalities for specifications applicable to the documentation for technical products and Country of Origin Labelling for provisions concerning the indication of the country of manufacture.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 04 Mar 2019 Argentina Focus: the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme, Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI), registration with the National Service of Food Safety and Quality (SENASA) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    In accordance with the stipulations of General Resolution No. 4150-E of 26 October 2017, a new document entitled Accreditation as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), describing the application procedure in order to obtain AEO status, has been created for this import report. For more information, please turn to the mentioned document and the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview.

    Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI)

    According to Joint General Resolution No. 4364 of 18 December 2018, the electronic application process of the documents entitled Automatic Import Licence and Non-Automatic Import Licence via the Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI) has changed. Therefore, said documents have been amended in this regard and may be consulted for details.

    Registration with the National Service of Food Safety and Quality (SENASA)

    As per Resolution No. 76/2019 of 30 January 2019, importers of animals and animal products as well as of plants and plant products no longer require a registration with the National Service of Food Safety and Quality (SENASA). Hence, the former same-named document has been removed from the set of documents for this report and the following documents have been updated to this effect:

    Import Permit for Animal Products and By-Products
    Import Permit for Certain Live Animals
    Import Permit for Horses
    Import Permit for Live Animals for Reproduction
    Import Permit for Poultry
    Import Permit for Reproductive Material
    Import Permit for Seeds
    Phytosanitary Import Authorisation.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 04 Mar 2019 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 01 Mar 2019 Israel Focus: Licence to Import Technical Equipment, classification of goods, application fees, governmental reorganisation and contact details.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Technical Equipment

    The document entitled Licence to Import Technical Equipment has been completely reviewed. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods pertaining to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measures apply, has been brought up to date in accordance with the most recent Israeli customs tariff:

    Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs
    Free Sale Certificate
    Foodstuffs Quarantine
    Licence to Import Foodstuffs
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs.

    Application Fees

    The application fees for the following measures have been adjusted in accordance with the most recent stipulations:

    Quality Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products
    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products.

    For more information on Medicinal Products, the same-named chapter in this overview may be viewed.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    The Ministry of Economy has been renamed to the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Henceforth, the Department responsible for most import-related procedures is the Foreign Trade Administration.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Plant Quarantine Services coming under the Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS) have been blue-pencilled. The PPIS is the competent directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOAG) for import authorisations in the field of goods subject to phytosanitary inspection.
    The mentioned changes have been reflected throughout the import report for Israel where applicable.
  • 01 Mar 2019 Barbados Amendments as regards customs valuation, arms and ammunition, packaging and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the methods of customs valuation applied in Barbados in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 has been introduced to the section on Customs Value in this overview. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The chapter on Arms and Ammunition has been newly created for this overview. Particulars on the requirements for the importation and sale of firearms and ammunition in Barbados may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer to the mentioned section for the applicable packaging and labelling requirements for various types of products in Barbados.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 01 Mar 2019 Singapore
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Mar 2019 Russian Federation
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Mar 2019 Serbia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2019 Vietnam Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), importation of gold, alcoholic beverages as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Vietnam is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Importation of Gold

    The paragraph on Precious Metals and Rough Diamonds below has been enhanced with information on the requirements for the importation of raw gold material and gold coins into Vietnam. The quoted section may be viewed for specifics.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Details of the requirements of stamps on the labels of alcoholic beverages intended for the Vietnamese market have been incorporated into the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars on this matter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 28 Feb 2019 St. Lucia Amendments as regards the trademark registration, customs valuation and the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trademark Registration

    Particulars of the requirement for a trademark registration in Saint Lucia have been newly incorporated into the chapter on Registration in this overview. For further details, please turn thereto.

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the methods of customs valuation applied in Saint Lucia in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 has been introduced to the section on Customs Value below. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Minamata Convention

    Since Saint Lucia accepted the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 23 January 2019, the chapter on Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals further below has been blue-pencilled and augmented with additional information on said Convention. For details, please consult the quoted section.
  • 28 Feb 2019 Vietnam
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2019 Uruguay
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2019 Nigeria Focus: Tax Registration, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), CITES Permit, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as the Product Authentication Mark (PAM).
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tax Registration

    The document entitled Tax Registration, which is required in order to obtain a taxpayer identification number (TIN) in Nigeria, has been furnished with a more recent sample of a registration application form. For additional details of the registration procedure, please see said document.

    Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP)

    The following documents, which are required for the importation of goods subject to the SONCAP, have been completely reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent stipulations, e.g. with regard to the processing fees, the documents to be enclosed with the respective requests for certification, exempted goods and the requirement of the witnessing of loading and sealing of containers:

    Product Certificate
    SONCAP Certificate of Conformity.

    More information on these measures may be obtained from the quoted documents as well as from the corresponding chapter on Conformity Assessment in this overview.

    CITES Permit

    The document entitled CITES Permit, which is required for the importation of wildlife species and their by-products that are regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has been revised with regard to the details of the processing fee, the period of validity and the documents to be enclosed with the application. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The procedural details depicted in the documents entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment and Licence to Sell Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment have been verified and, where applicable, brought up to date. In addition, the current versions of the respective paper application forms and new information on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)'s Licence Application Portal, via which the aforementioned licence may be applied for, have also been incorporated. Further particulars on the importation of such products may be consulted in the stated documents and in the section on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE) further below.

    Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

    Information on the Product Authentication Mark (PAM), which is mandatorily required for imported goods certified under the SONCAP as of 31 December 2018, has been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Marking Requirements in this overview. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 27 Feb 2019 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Preliminary Import Declaration, Commercial Registration, Import Declaration and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preliminary Import Declaration

    The document entitled Preliminary Import Declaration has been newly incorporated into this import report as said declaration is a prerequisite for the importation of most goods into Congo as of 1 March 2019. Further details may be obtained from the aforementioned document and from the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been enhanced with the currently valid application form. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Import Declaration

    The document named Import Declaration has been updated with regard to its submission. Please refer thereto and to the section on Destination Inspection for particulars.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment has been renamed to Ministry of Forest Economy while the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Consumption is henceforth called the Ministry of Commerce, Supplies and Consumption, the concerned documents of this import report have been amended as applicable.
  • 27 Feb 2019 Tunisia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2019 Morocco
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2019 Bangladesh
    Nomenclature changes
  • 26 Feb 2019 Yemen Amendments as regards the contact details of the General Directorate of Plant Protection, medical devices and a list of notified bodies for conformity assessment procedures have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen. The following changes have been made:

    Contact Details of the General Directorate of Plant Protection

    The paragraphs on Plants and Plant Products and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures and General Importability of Goods Subject Thereto below have been enhanced with updated contact information of the authority responsible for controls of consignments of said goods, i.e. the General Directorate of Plant Protection in Aden coming under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. For further details, please turn to the quoted sections.

    Medical Devices

    For reasons of transparency, a new chapter on Medical Devices has been incorporated into this overview; please refer thereto for particulars.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), which the Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization (YSMO) is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on a GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the section on Norms and Standards further below; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 26 Feb 2019 Costa Rica Amendments as regards the import monopoly, official translations and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Import Monopoly

    Information on products which may only be imported into Costa Rica by state entities has been included in the chapter on Prohibited Imports below. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Official Translations

    The paragraph entitled Requirements for Import Formalities has been enhanced with provisions for official translations and interpretations. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The phone and fax numbers as well as the address information of the National Seeds Office (ONS), which is assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (MAG), have been updated where applicable throughout this import documentation.
  • 25 Feb 2019 El Salvador Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), aircraft and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Hazardous Substances in this overview has been enhanced with details of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which El Salvador is a party. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Aircraft

    A paragraph on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 25 Feb 2019 New Zealand Focus: updated documents, arms and explosives, CITES import fees, contact information as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Documents

    The following documents have been completely reviewed and updated with regard to various details, e.g. the processing fees, contact information, periods of validity etc., as applicable:

    Customs Client Code
    Registration as a Motor Vehicle Trader
    Registration of Agricultural Chemicals
    Registration of Importers of Food for Sale
    Registration of Vertebrate Toxic Agents.

    Moreover, the relevant application forms have been exchanged for their current versions. Further particulars may be obtained from the above-listed documents.

    Arms and Explosives

    The documents required for the importation of arms and explosives into New Zealand have been blue-pencilled regarding the application submission methods as well as processing times, as applicable. The most recent versions of the application forms have also been furnished, where applicable. For further details, please turn to the following concerned documents of this import report as well as to the section on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives in this overview:

    Import Certificate for Approved Explosives
    Import Permit for Firearms
    Licence to Deal in Firearms
    Notification of Firearms Importation.

    CITES Import Fees

    The details of the processing fees displayed in the document entitled CITES Import Permit have been updated. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information thereon as well as on the general import requirements for goods subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) as well as those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been updated throughout this overview as well as in the concerned documents of this import report for New Zealand, where and as applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 25 Feb 2019 North Macedonia Amendments as regards the country name, official languages and the classification of goods have been brought to the import documentation for North Macedonia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Country Name

    Following the entry into force of the Prespa Agreement with Greece on 12 February 2019, the conventional country name has been officially changed to the Republic of North Macedonia, i.e. North Macedonia. All references to the country in this import report have consequently been modified to this regard throughout the documentation.

    Official Languages

    On 14 January 2019, the Law on Use of Languages was published in the national Gazette. As a result, Albanian is now formally the second, i.e. the co-official, language of North Macedonia besides Macedonian. This import report has thus been updated to this effect, where applicable.

    Classification of Goods

    Particular attention is drawn to the revision and update of HS Codes related to the import procedures in North Macedonia, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, according to the updated and applied version of the European Union (EU) Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2019. Please also see the Note-section below for more information on the national customs tariff.
  • 25 Feb 2019 Turkmenistan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Feb 2019 Moldova
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Feb 2019 Mauritania Focus: classification of prohibited plants and plant products, Licence to Import Petroleum Products, exchanged application and sample forms, national currency as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Prohibited Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Prohibited Imports has been revised in regard to the most recently published scope of plants and plant products, which has been classified by the Plant Protection Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture. For more information on goods banned from importation, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview may also be viewed.

    Licence to Import Petroleum Products

    The period of validity of the Licence to Import Petroleum Products has been updated in the quoted document; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Exchanged Application and Sample Forms

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

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors
    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection
    Certificate of Airworthiness
    Registration with ASYCUDA.

    Please turn to the mentioned documents for specifics.

    National Currency

    After the new Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRU), i.e. the national currency, recently replaced the former Ouguiya, which was known as MRO, the Central Bank of Mauritania (BNM) announced the basis for the exchange of the currency, namely the division of the former currency by ten. Said amendment has been reflected throughout this import documentation as applicable.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Private Sector (Direction Générale de Promotion de Secteur Privé) and the Sahelian Pesticide Committee (Comité Sahélien des Pesticides - CSP) has been adjusted in the related documents of this report.
  • 22 Feb 2019 India Focus: Licence to Import Restricted Items, hazardous waste, pre-shipment inspection and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Restricted Items

    Details of the application procedure as well as the documents to be enclosed depicted in the document entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items have been edited. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Hazardous Waste

    In accordance with the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016, the document entitled Import Permit for Waste has been blue-pencilled and equipped with the current version of the application form. For particulars, please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste further below, which has been respectively brought up to date.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the document Pre-Shipment Inspection for Metallic Scrap and Secondary Steel has been updated. Furthermore, a more recent version of the sample contained in the mentioned document has been included. Please see the quoted document for details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Feb 2019 Pakistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Feb 2019 Benin
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Feb 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and honey have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of goods to which the respective import measures pertain) has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the most recent lists of customs procedure codes (CPCs) requiring other governmental agency (OGA) endorsements. The following documents required for such procedures are affected by said changes:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Licence to Import Toxic Chemicals
    Plant Import Permit
    Registration of New Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Particulars on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, also referred to as Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Trinidad and Tobago is a member of, have been incorporated into the chapter on Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals in this overview. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Honey

    Details of the packaging and labelling requirements for honey have been added to the sections on Packaging Requirements and Labelling Requirements further below, respectively. Specifics of the applicable requirements for such products in Trinidad and Tobago may be obtained from the quoted paragraphs.
  • 21 Feb 2019 Moldova Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, updated forms, administrative responsibilities and foodstuffs.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

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

    Authorisation to Import White Sugar and Products Thereof
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs.

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals has been enhanced with details concerning generics for veterinary use. Moreover, the processing time has been updated in accordance with the current legislation for veterinary pharmaceuticals.
    For further information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Administrative Responsibilities

    The National Centre for Public Health (CNSP) has been renamed as the National Public Health Agency (ANSP). This amendment has been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    Foodstuffs

    The section on Foodstuffs has been enhanced with regard to recommendations concerning the levels for pesticide residues and nitrates in foodstuffs. For specifics, please refer to the quoted chapter.
  • 21 Feb 2019 Haiti
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Feb 2019 Philippines Focus: proof of preferential origin, accreditation of importers, importation of meat, Licence to Import Grain, tobacco products as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and adapted accrodingly. The following changes have been made:

    Proof of Preferential Origin

    The document entitled Swiss Proofs of Preferential Origin has been added to the set of documents for the import report for the Philippines due to the application of the multilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the section on Preferential Treatment below.

    Accreditation of Importers

    The document entitled BOC Accreditation and Registration has been enhanced with information on the required documentation for the accreditation of importers. Therefore, a list of expected imports is to be submitted to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in order to ensure that only items on the approved list of goods are imported into the Philippines. Furthermore, the processing time has been blue-pencilled. For more information on the accreditation and registration with the BOC, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Importation of Meat

    The following documents regarding the importation of meat into the Philippines have been reviewed, e.g. concerning their processing times, fees, contact details, etc., and have been amended as appropriate:

    Registration of a Meat Product
    Registration of Meat Importers
    Veterinary Inspection of Meat and Meat Products.

    Please turn to the mentioned documents as well as to the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for further details for the importation of such goods.

    Licence to Import Grain

    The document entitled Licence to Import Grain has been updated in regards to the applicable fees for the importation of rice, grain and other related goods. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Tobacco Products

    Details of the requirements for the importation of tobacco products into the Philippines have been newly incorporated into this import report.Therefore, the documents entitled Accreditation and Licence to Import Tobacco and Import Clearance for Tobacco have been created. More information on the importation of such goods may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 20 Feb 2019 Algeria Focus: Suspension of Importation, cosmetic and hygiene products, modified procedures and forms as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Suspension of Importation

    By virtue of Law No. 13 of 2018 supplementing the Financial Law for 2018 (Loi n° 18-13 du 27 Chaoual 1439 correspondant au 11 juillet 2018 portant loi de finances complémentaire pour 2018), additional protective duties have been gazetted for designated goods intended for consumption in Algeria. A list of commodities to which the new measure will apply was published in January 2019, thereby partly replacing the previously implemented temporary Suspension of Importation. The applicable implementing legislation is Executive Decree No. 19-02 of 24 January 2019, which stipulates that the temporary measure will henceforth only affect assembled vehicles imported for commercial purposes. Consequently, the Import Licence, which had to be obtained for said goods, has been abolished. The mentioned changes have been incorporated in various documents of this report where applicable. By way of example, the section on Prohibited Imports below has been updated to this effect.

    Furthermore, the classification of goods, i.e. the tariff codes assigned to the corresponding documents in this report, has been modified for all import measures which have been restored due to the fact that the goods no longer fall under the aforementioned suspension. Instead, the above-mentioned tariff measures, i.e. protective duties, now apply to a range of commodities.

    Cosmetic and Hygiene Products

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Cosmetic and Hygiene Products has been newly incorporated into this report. The paragraph on Cosmetic and Hygiene Products in this overview has been adjusted accordingly; please turn thereto for further details.

    Modified Procedures and Forms

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment have been completely revised and equipped with the currently valid application forms, amongst other changes. For particulars, the quoted documents may be viewed.

    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 Feb 2019 Saudi Arabia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Feb 2019 Kuwait
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Feb 2019 Albania
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Feb 2019 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the customs query service, standardisation and currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective measure in this report) has been adjusted in the document entitled Certificate of Conformity in accordance with the mandatory Uzbek certification regime.

    Customs Query Service

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on the free interactive service, the so-called "Integrated Tariff". Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Standardisation

    Details of the membership of the Uzbek Agency for Standardisation, Metrology and Certification with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have been included in the section entitled Norms and Standards in this overview. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. UP-5553 of 13 October 2018, the exchange rate of one unit of minimum wage (MW) is fixed at 202,730 UZS. Please also consult the corresponding chapter entitled Currency and Payments for general information.
  • 19 Feb 2019 Tanzania Focus: business establishment, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and Certificate of Fumigation.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Business Establishment

    The following documents, which are required in order for companies to be established and operate in Tanzania, have been verified and updated with regard to the respective electronic application portals of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and to various procedural details, e.g. processing fees and documents to be enclosed with the application:

    Business Licence
    Commercial Registration
    Registration of the Business Name.

    In addition, where applicable, the application forms currently in use have also been newly furnished. Please also turn to the Registration-section in this overview for further details of these measures.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    More recent samples of requests for certification have been incorporated into the documents listed below, which are required for goods subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), as described in the corresponding chapter further below:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Registration
    PVoC Licence.

    Moreover, the procedural details of these measures have also been updated in accordance with the current stipulations of the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).

    Certificate of Fumigation

    As fumigation treatment may be a prerequisite for the importation of designated plants and plant products, proof thereof may be required to be submitted to the Tanzanian authorities, e.g. in the form of a Certificate of Fumigation. For this purpose, said document has been newly added to the set of documents for this report and may be viewed for more particulars.
  • 19 Feb 2019 North Macedonia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Feb 2019 South Africa Focus: customs documents, Value Added Tax Registration, classsification of goods, potato importers, waste tyres as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Documents

    In accordance with the stipulations of recently published external policies of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the following documents have been reviewed and, where applicable, blue-pencilled accordingly:

    Commercial Invoice
    Customs Import Declaration
    Inward/Outward Report of Arrival
    Manifest
    Registration for the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods.

    For current News related to the Reporting and Conveyance of Goods (RCG) scheme, please also see the corresponding paragraph below.

    Value Added Tax Registration

    The current application form has been furnished for the document entitled Value Added Tax Registration. In addition, the details of the documents to be enclosed with the application have also been updated. Please turn to the stated document as well as to the Registration-section in this overview.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the following documents has been verified and adjusted:

    Declaration of Conformity
    Letter of Authority (LOA)
    Letter of Authority for Electrical and Electronic Goods
    Letter of Authority for Vehicles
    Registration with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS).

    Additional details of these measures administrated by the NRCS may be consulted in the Standards-paragraph further below.

    Potato Importers

    As the expiration of the statutory measure establishing the requirement of a Registration of Potato Importers has been extended from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023, the quoted document has been updated to this regard. Please turn thereto for further details of the registration. For information on Statutory Measures in place for other types of agricultural goods, please refer to the corresponding chapter in this overview.

    Waste Tyres

    Importers and dealers of waste tyres, i.e. new, used, retreated or unroadworthy tyres that are not suitable to be retreated, repaired or sold as a part worn tyre and that are not fit for its original intended purpose, are required to register with the Waste Bureau of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). In order to provide details of the registration procedure, a new document entitled Registration of Importers and Dealers of Waste Tyres has been incorporated into this import report. More particulars on this measure may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Tyres further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 18 Feb 2019 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards the National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL), government procurement and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL)

    Information on the National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL) and the currently related authority, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), has been added to the section on Electronic Submission Systems. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Government Procurement

    A new chapter on Government Procurement has been created in order to describe tendering procedures for public supply. For details, please see said section.

    Waste

    The paragraph on Waste in this overview has been blue-pencilled and information on radioactive waste has been added thereto. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 18 Feb 2019 Laos
    Nomenclature changes
  • 15 Feb 2019 Togo Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), customs procedures for imports, registration as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with the contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Togo is a party. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Customs Procedures for Imports

    The section on Customs Procedures has been updated with regard to the customs procedures for imported goods as stipulated in the new customs law. Further details may be obtained therefrom.

    Registration

    The paragraph on Registration has been amplified with details of registration procedures which must be effected in order to conduct import transactions. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 15 Feb 2019 Singapore Amendments as regards radioactive materials, currency and payments, tobacco products, Networked Trade Platform (NTP) as well as trade-related news. The following changes have been made:

    Radioactive Materials

    Particulars on the importation and sale of radioactive materials has been added to the newly created corresponding paragraph. Details on the applicable measures in Singapore may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with the contact information of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), i.e. the central bank of the country. Please turn thereto for more information on this matter.

    Tobacco Products

    The details of the labelling requirements for tobacco products in Singapore have been blue-pencilled. Particulars may be obtained from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Networked Trade Platform (NTP)

    After the official launch of the Networked Trade Platform (NTP) in Singapore at the end of 2018, the name change of said platform has been reflected in this overview as well as in the concerned documents for this import report. For specifics on the NTP, please also refer to the corresponding chapter below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 15 Feb 2019 Jamaica
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Feb 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Feb 2019 Azerbaijan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Feb 2019 Pakistan Focus: plants and plant products, medical devices as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    For purposes of illustration, an issued sample form of a customs release order has been newly incorporated into the document entitled Customs Release Order for Plants and Plant Material. Particulars may be obtained from said document.

    Medical Devices

    According to the Medical Devices Rules, 2017, the Pakistani authorities must be notified of the arrival of a consignment of medical devices, accessories, components or raw materials. Hence, the document entitled Notification of the Importation of Medical Devices has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the quoted document and the section on Medical Devices below.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been updated and equipped with the current version of the application form. Please turn to the mentioned document for details.
  • 14 Feb 2019 Colombia Focus: nomenclature changes, proof of conformity, free sale certification and processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia 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 measure in Columbia have been amended and adjusted in accordance with Circular Letter No. 034 of October 2018 of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT) for the document entitled Zoosanitary Import Permit.

    Proof of Conformity

    The document entitled Declaration of Compliance for Electrical Installations has been reviewed and amended with regard to, e.g., the period of validity and the application for declaration of compliance with the technical regulation for electrical installations. Please consult the quoted document for specifics.
    As declaration of compliance of Colombian norms and standards may be required for designated toys and other similar articles which entail a moderate risk for human health, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Toys has been newly created for this import report. For particulars, please refer thereto and also see the updated section on Standardisation for general details.

    Free Sale Certification

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been amended with regard to the provisions related to its validity upon submission to the responsible Colombian authorities. Moreover, the sample of an issued certificate has been exchanged for a new version. For particulars, please consult the aforesaid document.

    Processing Fees

    The relevant documents of this import report have been reviewed and amended with regard to processing fees in accordance with the stipulations of the National Institute of Food and Drugs Monitoring (INVIMA) for 2019.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 14 Feb 2019 Algeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Feb 2019 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, dry cell batteries, controlled radio-frequency devices, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. 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 are affected by said changes:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Fumigation
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    Declaration of Conformity
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Licence for Medical Devices
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Quarantine Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Product Certification.

    Dry Cell Batteries

    For the importation and manufacture of certain dry cell batteries, i.e. those with a mercury content under the stipulated threshold, in Taiwan, a confirmation is to be obtained from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Therefore, the document entitled Confirmation to Import Dry Cell Batteries has been newly incorporated into this import report. Please turn thereto for further information on the importation of such goods.

    Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices

    The document entitled Import Permit for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices has been enhanced with sample forms of an affidavit and appointment letter, which are to be additionally furnished along with the application form when applying for said permit. Particulars on the application procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Taiwanese Ministry of Finance and the Council of Agriculture (COA) have been blue-pencilled in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Feb 2019 Chile Amendments as regards controlled chemical substances, the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Controlled Chemical Substances

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes, pertaining to the documents entitled Registration of Importers of Controlled Chemical Substances, Permit to Import Controlled Chemical Substances and End Use Certificate has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the legal basis from 8 December 2018. Please see the mentioned documents as well as the section on Controlled Chemical Substances in this overview for more information on these measures.

    Minamata Convention

    Since Chile ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 27 August 2018, the chapter on Controlled Chemical Substances further below has been blue-pencilled and augmented with additional information on said Convention. For details, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 13 Feb 2019 United States of America
    Nomenclature changes
  • 13 Feb 2019 Nicaragua
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Feb 2019 Bolivia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Feb 2019 Zimbabwe Focus: Registration as a Taxpayer, Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) registration, radioactive materials and radiation devices, Certificate of Fumigation as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration as a Taxpayer

    All importers are required to register with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) as taxpayers for customs and excise purposes in order to obtain a Business Partner Number (BPN), which is to be used as the business' identification number for all transactions with said authority. In order to provide details of the registration procedure, a new document entitled Registration as a Taxpayer has been incorporated into this import documentation. More information may be obtained from said document and the Registration-section in this overview.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) Registration

    The document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA has been equipped with the most recent version of the application form as well as enhanced with further details of the registration procedure as an ASYCUDA user with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA). Please turn thereto as well as to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below for more information on said system.

    Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices

    As the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe has recently established the so-called electronic License Application Management (eLAM) platform for the online submission of applications, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices, which is required for the importation of such goods into Zimbabwe, has been brought up to date in this regard. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Certificate of Fumigation

    As fumigation treatment may be a prerequisite for the importation of designated plants and plant products, proof thereof may be required to be submitted to the Zimbabwean authorities, e.g. in the form of a Certificate of Fumigation. For this purpose, said document has been newly added to the set of documents for this report and may be viewed for more particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Feb 2019 Turkey Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, commercial samples as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been checked with regard to the stipulations of the current Turkish import regime. While some of the code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the year 2019, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report in the following documents:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Conformity for Agricultural Products
    Certificate of Conformity for Waste
    Control Certificate for Agricultural Products
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Specific Pharmaceutical Substances and Preparations
    Declaration of Conformity
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Permit for Used or Renovated Goods
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Fertilisers
    Notification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Preliminary Import Permit for Seeds
    Pre-Notification Form for Animals and Animal Products
    Pre-Notification Form for Plant Products and Articles Used in the Food and Feed Industry
    TAREKS Reference Number for Agricultural Products Subject to Quality Control
    TAREKS Reference Number for Goods Subject to CE Conformity
    TAREKS Reference Number for Industrial Products
    TAREKS Reference Number for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    TAREKS Reference Number for Toys
    TAREKS Reference Number for Spare Parts for Designated Vehicles
    Registration of Exporters of Textiles
    Registration of Importers of Textiles.

    It is noteworthy that the previous Import Communiqué 2018/1 has been replaced by a multitude of individual measures for each type of good, e.g. for textiles and leather, as well as used goods. The documents affected by such measures have been adjusted accordingly.

    Commercial Samples

    The paragraph on Commercial Samples has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the Central Bank of Turkey (TCMB) and recent measures decreed by the Ministry of Finance in order to protect the national currency. Please refer to the quoted chapter for further details.
  • 12 Feb 2019 Tajikistan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Feb 2019 Lebanon
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Feb 2019 South Korea
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Feb 2019 Cameroon
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Feb 2019 Mozambique Amendments as regards the electronic single window (JUE), labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Single Window (JUE)

    Since the first authority has been linked to the electronic single window (JUE), a new chapter on said system has been created. For more information, please see the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

    Specific labelling requirements apply to pharmaceutical products. Hence, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with details thereof. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 11 Feb 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: the classification of goods, high risk food and feed products, the Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides, arms, military equipment and related items, motor vehicles and tyres as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Particular attention is drawn to the revision and update of HS Codes related to the import procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, according to the updated and applied version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2019.

    High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been reviewed and revised, e.g. with a more recent national sample of a common entry document (CED) and of the health certificate form that is to accompany such consignments. In addition, the classification of goods subject to this document, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measure applies, has been adjusted.

    Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides

    The document entitled Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides, which is also referred to as the Import Regime "D" permit for phytosanitary goods falling thereunder, has been equipped with the current version of the application form.

    Arms, Military Equipment and Related Items

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated as regards the processing details, i.e. processing fees, processing times, periods of validity, documents to be enclosed and contact details of the competent authority, as well as the current application forms:

    Licence to Import Arms, Military Equipment and Special-Purpose Goods
    Permit for the Movement of Arms and Military Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Arms, Military Equipment and Special-Purpose Goods

    Moreover, new sample certificates have been incorporated into the document entitled End-User Certificate.
    With respect to dual-use goods, the corresponding chapter on Arms, Military Equipment and Related Items in this overview has been modified as regards the requirements to import such goods into the country. In addition, the document entitled International Import Certificate has been enhanced with a sample application for such certificate for dual-use goods as well as with a more recent sample of such issued certificate.

    Motor Vehicles and Tyres

    As per an explanatory notice issued on 12 November 2018 by the Indirect Taxation Authority, the documents entitled Homologation of Single Motor Vehicles and Type Approval for Motor Vehicles, concerning the homologation of motor vehicles, as well as the document entitled Permit to Import Non-Hazardous Waste, which is required for the importation of used tyres, have been verified and, where required, amplified with additional details of these requirements.
  • 11 Feb 2019 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244)
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Feb 2019 Jordan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Feb 2019 Uganda Amendments as regards prohibited imports, packaging requirements, the Uganda Trade Portal, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods prohibited from importation into Uganda as depicted in the paragraph entitled Prohibited Imports in this overview has been verified and updated with information on additional products which are banned from being entered into the country. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Packaging Requirements

    The chapter on marking and labelling requirements in this overview has been renamed and enhanced to include details of the various product packaging requirements enforced in Uganda. For further particulars, please see the corresponding section now entitled Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements.

    Uganda Trade Portal

    Information on the Uganda Trade Portal and its functions has been added to the paragraph on Requirements for Import Formalities further below. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Contact Details

    Following the relocation of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to a new headquarter in December 2018, the contact details of said authority have been updated in the applicable documents throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Feb 2019 Bermuda Focus: Trader Identification Number (TIN), used machinery and Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trader Identification Number (TIN)

    The information given in the document entitled Trader Identification Number (TIN) has been blue-pencilled in regards to the processing time and validity. In addition, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information on how to obtain such number, which is also referred to as Customs Automated Processing System Identification (CAPS ID) Number in Bermuda.

    Used Machinery

    The document entitled Permit to Import Used Machinery has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Bermuda. For particulars on this measure, please refer to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Used Goods in this overview.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for more information.
  • 08 Feb 2019 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Feb 2019 Sudan Focus: radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), fertilisers as well as live animals and meat.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    As the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has been replaced by the Telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority (TPRA), the following documents have been blue-pencilled and adjusted, as applicable:

    Declaration of Conformity
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    In addition, the documents entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Radio and Telecommunications Equipment and Customs Release Certificate for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment have been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, the quoted documents and the section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview may be consulted.

    Fertilisers

    In accordance with the Sudanese Federal Fertiliser Act of 2010, said goods are to be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Consequently, the document entitled Registration of Fertilisers has been added to the set of documents of this report; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Live Animals and Meat

    Prior to the actual importation of the respective commodities, a Permit to Import Live Animals and Meat is to be obtained from the Ministry of Animal Resources. The quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import documentation and may be viewed for particulars.
  • 07 Feb 2019 Albania Amendments as regards the classification of goods, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), motor vehicles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Particular attention is drawn to the revision and update of HS Codes related to the import procedures in Albania, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, according to the updated and applied version of the European Union (EU) Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2019. Please also see the Note-section below for more information on the Albanian customs tariff.
    Also, the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been brought up to date in accordance with the official list of dual-use goods, which in turn is also based on the EU CN for 2019.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    On 18 January 2019, Albania ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which entered into force on 1 January 2019. Pursuant thereto, the Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment has enforced amended rules concerning the manufacture, importation, exportation and placing on the market of such substances as well as products and equipment which contain them. The chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below has thus been enhanced to this regard. In addition, details of the labelling requirements for such controlled substances as well as for goods containing them have been added to the corresponding paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. Please see the mentioned sections for specifics.

    Motor Vehicles

    In accordance with Decision No. 633 of 26 October 2018 and Instruction No. 15267 of 21 December 2018, amended technical requirements concerning the importation of motor vehicles, i.e. age restrictions and emission standards, have been enforced by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, which works in collaboration with the General Directorate of Customs in this matter. Additional details may be obtained from the section on Motor Vehicles, which has been reviewed and updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 07 Feb 2019 Japan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Feb 2019 Iceland
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Feb 2019 Qatar Amendments as regards the mandatory registration for excise tax purposes, Qatar's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar. The following changes have been made:

    Mandatory Registration for Excise Tax Purposes

    On 1 January 2019, the legislation to introduce a new excise tax, also referred to as selective tax, for designated commodities regarded as detrimental to public health, i.e. soft drinks, tobacco products and energy drinks, entered into force for Qatar. The corresponding framework agreement of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), besides Qatar, stipulates a 100% excise duty rate for both energy drinks and tobacco products, while a rate of 50% becomes due for other carbonated drinks. Said framework agreement has been transposed in Qatar by virtue of Law No. 25 of 2018.
    Taxable legal and natural persons, including importers of said commodities, must register with the General Tax Authority (GTA), which comes under the Ministry of Finance.
    For more details, please turn to the document entitled Taxpayer Registration and to the section on Registration below.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Qatar is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Further Chemical Substances in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 06 Feb 2019 Cuba Focus: nomenclature changes, importers of medical equipment and devices, chemicals and pesticides as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Cuba 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 measure in Cuba have been amended and adjusted in accordance with the most recent stipulations for the document entitled CITES Import Permit.

    Importers of Medical Equipment and Devices

    Importers of medical equipment and devices must be registered with the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED). Hence, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Medical Devices has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the corresponding chapter on Medicines and Medical Devices in this overview for general information concerning registration and import requirements for these commodities.

    Chemicals and Pesticides

    The document entitled Material Safety Data Sheet has been enhanced with regard to the authorities in charge of providing paticular information on the requirements for chemicals and pesticides intended for environmental, industrial and agricultural use.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 06 Feb 2019 Norway
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Feb 2019 Namibia Amendments as regards taxpayer registration, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), labelling of foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Taxpayer Registration

    The chapter on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with details of the taxpayer registration which is a prerequisite in order to conduct business in Namibia. For information on a new web portal established for this purpose, please also see the news-paragraph below.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Information on the trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and Namibia's membership in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has been incorporated in the section on Hazardous Substances further below, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements further below has been augmented with details of the labelling requirements for foodstuffs to be imported into and sold in Namibia. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Other trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Feb 2019 Iran Focus: Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Verification of Conformity (VOC), Carnet A.T.A., aircraft, currency provisions, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Verification of Conformity (VOC)

    The sample application form displayed in the following documents has been replaced with its current version:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (mandatory for most goods)
    Trade Facilitation Service (voluntary)
    Verification of Conformity (mandatory for specified goods).

    The latter document has furthermore been adjusted with regard to the currently valid scope of commodities requiring such inspection in the country of export. Said documents are required in the framework of the mandatory Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) or the conformity assessment procedure. For more information, the quoted documents and chapters may be viewed.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    Due to the United States (US) sanctions towards Iran, the Carnet A.T.A. may practically not be operable at the moment, depending on the country of exportation and the bank and reinsurance system/trust involved in the procedure. Temporary admission is nevertheless possible for designated goods and business entities. For this, a corresponding guarantee, which will be reimbursed after the correct re-exportation of the goods in question, is to be deposited with the customs authorities. The mentioned document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below may be viewed for details.

    Aircraft

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

    Currency Provisions

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the discontinuation of dealings of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) with Iranian financial institutions, amongst others. For particulars, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following authorities has been updated:

    Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre (BSCRC)
    Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI)
    Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA)
    Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA)
    Iranian National Tax Administration (INTA)
    Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs Administration (IRICA)
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 05 Feb 2019 Kenya
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 04 Feb 2019 Myanmar Focus: import licensing, pest risk analysis (PRA), controlled chemical substances, conformity of goods and updated procedural details.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The document entitled Import Licence concerning the automatic and non-automatic import licensing has been reviewed and amended with regard to the following details:

    processing time and fee
    costs for banking services
    mode of submission
    steps towards the issue of the licence.

    In addition, the period of validity and the executive authority in charge of provisions for the importation of controlled chemical substances and similar supervised products have been incorporated into the same-named document. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    By virtue of an official announcement of the Plant Protection Division assigned to the Department of Agriculture (DOA), the initiation of a pest risk analysis (PRA) is not required for a range of goods of plant origin since December 2018. Hence, the document entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been amplified with corresponding details and the same-named chapter has also been updated. For further details, please consult the aforementioned document and the measure-specific section.

    Controlled Chemical Substances

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Controlled Chemical Substances has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Moreover, the new paragraph on Controlled Chemical Substances summarises import specifications for the goods in question and the renamed one on Pesticides and Other Hazardous Goods has been restructured for reasons of transparency. For particulars, please turn to the quoted sections below.

    Conformity of Goods

    A document summarising general information on the proof of conformity has been newly created for this documentation. For information, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity may be consulted.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The documents listed below have been revised and amended with regard to the processing times and/or fees and the period of validity:

    Exporter/Importer Registration
    Seed Business Licence.
  • 04 Feb 2019 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, technical regulations (TRs), the calculation unit for 2019 and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. 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
    Licence to Import Poisonous Substances.

    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.

    Calculation Unit for 2019

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monthly calculated index (MCI) for import transactions applicable in 2019. Please refer to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 04 Feb 2019 Mauritius
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Feb 2019 Syria Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) and Syria's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Syria. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    A paragraph on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for information on goods potentially posing a phytosanitary risk. Amongst others, this holds true for plants and plant products imported into the country for the first time, from a new area of origin or for a new intended use. For further details, please see the quoted section.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Syria is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances further below.
  • 01 Feb 2019 Mali Focus: Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, Tax Identification Number (NIF), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

    The document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection has been newly added to the import documentation for Mali as the country is a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle - OAPI), at which the registration is to be applied for. Please refer to the mentioned document for further details.

    Tax Identification Number (NIF)

    The document entitled Tax Identification Number (NIF) has been newly incorporated into this import report as it is a prerequisite for certain trade-related procedures. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Directorate for Water and Forests have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 01 Feb 2019 Uganda
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Feb 2019 Tanzania
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Feb 2019 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Jan 2019 Panama Focus: fiscal registration, veterinary and phytosanitary products, medical devices, charges related to transshipment activities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fiscal Registration

    The document entitled Single Taxpayers' Register (RUC) has been equipped with the initial page of the online application interface and documents to be enclosed have been blue-pencilled pursuant to the official instructions. As the application procedure is to be conducted online, details concerning this matter have been provided accordingly.

    Veterinary and Phytosanitary Products

    Enhancements as regards the inspection costs and payments for the veterinary custody at quarantine stations have been incorporated into the document entitled Veterinary and Phytosanitary Import Licence, which may be consulted for details.

    Medical Devices

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Medical Devices and Related Items has been amplified with respect to the validity period, the processing time and fee and has furthermore been enhanced with the current application form. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Charges Related to Transshipment Activities

    The section on Electronic Customs Clearance has been enhanced with information on charges related to transshipment activities. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 31 Jan 2019 Belarus Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, technical regulations (TRs), the calculation unit for 2019 and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. 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
    Licence to Import Poisonous Substances.

    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.

    Calculation Unit for 2019

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monetary equivalent calculated for import transactions applicable in 2019. Please refer to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 31 Jan 2019 Zimbabwe
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 31 Jan 2019 Argentina
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jan 2019 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of goods, fruits and vegetables, eco design labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Montenegrin customs tariff for 2019, which is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2019, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the import procedures in Montenegro, 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 measures of this report:

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Sanitary Certificate
    End User Certificate
    Import Approval for Animals
    Import Approval for Animal Products
    International Import Certificate
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Traders of Controlled Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Fruits and Vegetables

    As specific requirements are in place for the importation and placing on the market of fruits and vegetables in Montenegro, the chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn thereto for details.

    Eco Design Labelling

    As of 1 January 2019, eco design requirements are in place for specific types of household electronics, e.g. refrigerators, washing and drying machines, dishwashers, air conditioners and electrical power supplies, amongst others. The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been augmented with details thereof and may be viewed for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 30 Jan 2019 Jordan Focus: Cargo Manifest, Customs Import Declaration, Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    Details concerning the time frames and permissible form of submission of the Cargo Manifest have been amended in said document in accordance with the most recent customs legislation. For more information, the quoted document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview may be viewed.

    Customs Import Declaration

    The Jordanian Customs Law (Law No. 20 of 1998) has recently been amended by Law No. 33 of 2018. Due to said modifications, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration, which may also be referred to as single administrative document (SAD), must henceforth be submitted electronically. A default paper version is still available in case the electronic system may not be accessed. The mentioned document may be consulted for particulars.

    Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    Documentary enclosures for the customs clearance of goods, e.g. the Commercial Invoice, may henceforth be submitted electronically. Moreover, a certification of said document and the Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, e.g. by the chamber of commerce or any other competent authority, and a subsequent legalisation by the Jordanian Embassy in the country of export are no longer required by the Jordanian Customs Department. The quoted documents have been modified accordingly and may be viewed for details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 30 Jan 2019 Ukraine
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jan 2019 Qatar
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jan 2019 Mozambique
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 29 Jan 2019 Serbia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, tobacco products, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Serbian customs tariff for 2019, which is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2019, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the import procedures 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 measures of this report:

    Certificate of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Import Licence
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Permit to Import Precursors
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Prohibited Imports
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Medicines
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Traders of Arms, Military Equipment and Dual-Use Goods
    Sanitary Certificate.

    Tobacco Products

    In accordance with the Law on Tobacco, as last amended on 8 December 2018 ("Official Gazette RS" No. 95/2018), a new chapter entitled Tobacco Products has been incorporated into this overview to provide details of the requirements for the importation of and trade in raw tobacco as well as processed tobacco products, e.g. cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and chewing tobacco. Please see the mentioned section for more information.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments has been reviewed and enhanced with information on the conduct of foreign exchange operations in Serbia, as per recent regulations of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) which are in force as of 1 January 2019. Further particulars may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 29 Jan 2019 Ethiopia Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), Commercial Invoice and contact details.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The documents entitled PVoC Conformity Licence and PVoC Registration have been equipped with more recent samples of request forms for product licensing and registration. Please turn to the quoted documents and the section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview for further details of these measures.

    Commercial Invoice

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Commercial Invoice has been exchanged for a national version. Please refer to said document for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Import and Export Goods Quality Control Directorate and the Trade Registration and Licensing Directorate under the Ministry of Trade (MOT) have been updated in the applicable documents throughout this import report.
  • 29 Jan 2019 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jan 2019 Mauritania
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jan 2019 Ecuador
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Jan 2019 Madagascar Focus: Fumigation Certificate, Tax Identification Number (NIF) and Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fumigation Certificate

    As a Fumigation Certificate may be required for the importation of certain goods, e.g. plants and plant products, into Madagascar, the same-named document has been added to this import report. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Tax Identification Number (NIF)

    The document entitled Tax Identification Number (NIF) has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for Madagascar as it is a prerequisite in order to conduct business in the country. Please turn to the quoted document and the section on Registration in this overview for further details.

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES has been updated with regard to the contact details of the responsible authority. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 28 Jan 2019 Iceland Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), cosmetics, textile labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Iceland is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Chemical and Hazardous Substances. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Cosmetics

    A new section entitled Cosmetics has been incorporated into this overview for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Further details of the importation requirements for such goods may now be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Textile Labelling

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for textile products. Please refer to the mentioned section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 25 Jan 2019 Libya Amendments as regards the abolishment of the import budget, Libya's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the upcoming general elections have been brought to the import documentation for Libya. The following changes have been made:

    Abolishment of the Import Budget

    The import budget, which applied to import transactions of the public and the private sector alike by virtue of Decree No. 378/2017 (as prolonged by means of Decree No. 1027/2018), has been abolished by the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord. The previously mandatory registration of the Libyan importer with the Ministry of Economy and Industry for budget control reasons has therefore been suspended, too. The applicable legislation is Decree No. 1300/2018. For more information on the valid Currency and Payments provisions, please turn to the quoted section in this overview and to the document entitled Letter of Credit (LC).

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with details of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Libya is a party. For information on this matter, please refer to the chapter on Further Chemical Substances and Environmental Protection further below.

    General Elections Planned for Early 2019

    The following paragraph on the Political Situation and Administrative Changes has been updated in view of the upcoming general elections, which, according to United Nations (UN) statements, are intended to be held in early 2019.
  • 25 Jan 2019 Liberia Focus: Single Administrative Document, Inspection Request Form, Permit to Import Live Fish, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Administrative Document

    The document entitled Single Administrative Document has been enhanced with the current version of the pertaining declaration form. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Inspection Request Form

    The corresponding application form has been added to the document named Inspection Request Form. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Permit to Import Live Fish

    The document entitled Permit to Import Live Fish has been updated with regard to the responsible authority in the framework of the concerned procedure. It has furthermore been complemented with a newly published application form. Please refer to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 24 Jan 2019 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: plastic bags, medicinal products, petroleum products, seeds, planting material and ornamental plants as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plastic Bags

    As per the Kosovan Import Regime, a permit issued by the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning is required for the importation of plastic, i.e. nylon, bags. In order to depict the procedure in detail, a new document entitled Permit to Import Plastic Bags has been created for this import report. For specifics, please refer thereto.

    Medicinal Products

    As applications for a Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products may be submitted electronically via the online medication system of the Kosovo Medicines Agency (KMA), the stated document has been enhanced with information on the electronic submission manner.
    In addition, the documents entitled Licence to Deal in Precursors and Licence to Deal in Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances have been equipped with the current versions of the application forms.

    Petroleum Products

    In accordance with Administrative Instruction (MTI) No. 07/2018 On the Determination of the Licensing Procedures for Entities Dealing in Petroleum Sector Activities and its Amending and Supplementing Administrative Instruction (MTI) No. 17/2018 from 5 December 2018, the document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products has been completely reviewed and updated accordingly, e.g. with regard to the documents to be enclosed with the application. Additional particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Seeds, Planting Material and Ornamental Plants

    For the importation of and trade in seeds, planting material and ornamental plants, a licence is to be obtained from the Food and Veterinary Agency. The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Seeds, Planting Material and Ornamental Plants has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for this report in order to provide details of the licensing procedure. Please see the quoted document for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be consulted for details.
  • 24 Jan 2019 Australia Amendments as regards currency and payments, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Australia. The following changes have been made:

    Currency and Payments

    Information on the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), i.e. the Australian central bank, has been added to the paragraph on Currency and Payments in this overview. Please refer to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with further details of the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) required for electrical equipment. Furthermore, particulars on the compliance labelling of electrical lighting products have also been incorporated into said chapter. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 24 Jan 2019 Sri Lanka
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Jan 2019 Bahamas Focus: Free Sale Certificate, Bahamas Electronic Single Window (BESW) system and contact details.
    The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    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 more information.

    Bahamas Electronic Single Window (BESW) System

    As the Bahamas Customs and Excise Department has implemented an electronic single window system, the document entitled Registration as a User of the Bahamas Electronic Single Window (BESW) has been newly incorporated into this import report. More information on the registration, which is required to obtain access to the system, may be obtained from the mentioned document. Furthermore, details of the electronic submission via said system have been added to the following documents:

    Air Waybill
    Bill of Lading
    Bill of Sight (Provisional Entry)
    Commercial Invoice
    Entry for Goods Imported under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement
    Entry for Temporarily Imported Goods
    Home Consumption Entry
    Preliminary Release of Goods
    Transshipment Entry
    Warehousing Entry.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Department of Inland Revenue (DIR) under the Ministry of Finance has been reviewed and updated in the applicable documents of the import report for the Bahamas.
  • 23 Jan 2019 Brunei Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), currency and payments, renamed authority as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei Darussalam. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Brunei Darussalam is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Dangerous Chemicals in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with contact information of the Brunei Monetary Authority (Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam - AMBD), i.e. the central bank of the country. Please turn thereto for particulars on this matter.

    Renamed Authority

    The former Ministry of Finance has been renamed to Ministry of Finance and Economy and several departments have been newly assigned under said Ministry. The change in denomination has already been incorporated into this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 22 Jan 2019 South Korea Focus: Advance Manifest, live animals and Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advance Manifest

    The document entitled Advance Manifest has been blue-pencilled. For purposes of illustration, samples of a manifest for sea and for air freight, respectively, have been enclosed into the aforementioned document. Please turn thereto for details.

    Live Animals

    An updated sample certificate has been included into the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. More information my be obtained from said document.
  • 22 Jan 2019 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards the adherence of the country to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), marking requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which the UAE is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Chemicals and Dangerous Goods further below.

    Marking Requirements

    The Ministry of Environment and Water (now: Ministry of Climate Change and Environment - MOCCAE) prohibited the marketing and circulation of non-biodegradable plastic products in the UAE. As detailed in the section on Standardisation below, a Product Registration for the Conformity Assessment Scheme is to be obtained for biodegradable plastic products, which must be marked accordingly. For particulars of the mark, the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements may be viewed, which has been updated to this effect.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 21 Jan 2019 Indonesia Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), Import Regulations/Licensing as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of goods subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been adjusted with regard to the currently valid scope of commodities requiring such inspection in the country of export. For particulars, please turn to the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Import Regulations/Licensing

    The assignment of commodity codes in the documents listed in the section on Import Regulations/Licensing below, i.e. the Recognition as IP, the Appointment as IT and the Import Approval (PI), has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for additional details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 21 Jan 2019 Canada Focus: classification of goods, updated forms, amended inspection fees, foodstuffs, cannabis and industrial hemp as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    As per Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has lifted the import reporting requirement for designated energy-using products. To this effect, the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Energy Efficiency Report of this import report has been adjusted accordingly.
    Moreover, medical devices which are used to deliver drugs by smoking are classified as class II medical devices as of October 2018 and are henceforth subject to a Medical Device Licence and an Establishment Licence for Medical Devices. Similarly, nicotine vaping products making health claims are considered to be prescription drugs and consequently require a Drug Identification Number (DIN) as well as an Establishment Licence for Drugs. The assignment of commodity codes to the quoted documents has thus been respectively modified.

    Updated Forms

    The following documents have been equipped with updated application forms:

    Business Number
    Drug Identification Number (DIN)
    Import Permit for Veterinary Biologics
    Medical Device Licence
    Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products
    Product Licence from the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate
    Variety Registration of Seeds.

    Amended Inspection Fees

    In accordance with the Notice Amending the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees, which is in effect as of 15 January 2019, details of the processing fees have been revised in the following documents:

    Certificate of Inspection of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Inspection of Imported Fish and Fish Products.

    Foodstuffs

    The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on 15 January 2019, repealing 14 former Regulations governing the trade in foodstuffs. Consequently, the formerly required documents entitled fish import licence and import licence for cheese have been removed from the set of documents of this report and a new document entitled Import Licence for Foodstuffs, also referred to as the Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence, has been created. Said licence is now required for the importation of nearly all foodstuffs with a few exceptions, as illustrated therein.

    Cannabis and Industrial Hemp

    Pursuant to the enforcement of the Cannabis Act and its pertinent Cannabis Regulations on 17 October 2018, new information on the importation and sale of cannabis has been incorporated into the documents entitled Import Permit for Industrial Hemp and Licence to Import Industrial Hemp. Moreover, details of the electronic application for licensing via the newly established portal entitled Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS) have also been provided.
  • 18 Jan 2019 Laos Focus: importation of animal products, Certificate of Airworthiness and pesticides.
    The import documentation for Laos has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Animal Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products has been blue-pencilled and amended with regards to the processing time of said measure as well as specifics on the submission of the application. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars on this matter.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Laos. Please turn thereto for more information on the import procedures for aircraft.

    Pesticides

    For the importation of pesticides into Laos, a prior registration with the Department of Agriculture (DOA) is required. Details of said measure may be obtained from the newly created document entitled Registration of Pesticides as well as from the section on Pesticides and Other Chemicals in this overview.
  • 18 Jan 2019 Hong Kong Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), food additive labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Hong Kong. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Contact details of the responsible national authority within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the chapter on Chemical Substances in this overview. Particulars on said convention may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Food Additive Labelling

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs containing food additives. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 17 Jan 2019 Mexico Amendments as regards strategic in-bond sites, the Automatic Import Permit, the Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico. The following changes have been made:

    Strategic In-Bond Sites

    In accordance with recent amendments to the Customs Law, the requirements to be fulfilled for the importation of goods under the customs procedure called strategic in-bond sites have changed. For particulars, please turn to the chapter on Strategic In-Bond Sites in this overview, which has been respectively brought up to date.

    Automatic Import Permit

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the document entitled Automatic Import Permit has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the legal basis. Please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Goods Controlled by the Ministry of Economy (SE) further below for more information on this requirement.

    Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA)

    The paragraph on Standards and Technical Regulations further below has been enhanced with information on the functions and contact details of the Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA). More details may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 17 Jan 2019 Switzerland Focus: assignment of commodity codes to import measures, plant varieties, updated application forms as well as trade related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents in this report have been checked in accordance with the current Swiss import regime. While some of the code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the new year 2019, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    Authorisation to Import Weapons, Ammunition and Parts Thereof
    General Import Permit for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    General Import Permit for Petroleum Products
    Import Permit for Animal Products That do not Entirely Satisfy the Import Conditions
    Import Permit for Dual-Use Items and Technologies
    International Import Certificate for Dual-Use Items and Technologies.

    Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Plant Variety Protection has been enhanced with the form for an application for a variety denomination which is to be enclosed at the time of application for the registration of seed and plant varieties with the national Swiss register. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the chapter on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Updated Application Forms

    The forms pertaining to the documents entitled Notification of the Bringing into Circulation of Infant Food and Registration of Additives have been exchanged for their most recent versions and a translation has been provided. Please turn to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 16 Jan 2019 Oman Amendments as regards the pre-export legalisation of documents, Oman's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Oman. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Legalisation of Documents

    The section on the Legalisation of Documents in this overview has been blue-pencilled in view of the responsible authority and the legalisation fees payable by the exporter, amongst others; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Oman is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods further below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 16 Jan 2019 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: classification of goods, supporting documentation and foodstuffs.
    The import documentation for Cambodia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the following documents, has been adjusted:

    Import Certificate for Medical Products and Cosmetics
    Licence to Import Medical Products and Cosmetics
    Permit to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers
    Registration of Pesticides and Fertilisers.

    In addition, the first-mentioned import certificate has been newly created for this import report. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Supporting Documentation

    The Pro Forma Invoice, which has been newly incorporated into this report, may be required by the importer or the competent authorities. In this context, the section on Customs Procedures has been blue-pencilled with respect to the mandatory supporting documents. For further details, please see the quoted document and the amplified chapter.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Licence to Import Foodstuffs has been enhanced with regard to the validity conditions.
  • 15 Jan 2019 Kenya Focus: the Inward Report, Certificate of Fumigation, radioactive materials, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kenya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Inward Report

    The current version of the form required by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to be completed for the arrival reports of imports has been incorporated into the document entitled Inward Report, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the following documents, including the classification of goods pertaining thereto (i.e. the assignment of the commodity codes to which the measures pertain), which concern the importation of goods subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), have been completely reviewed and brought up to date, e.g. with regard to the types of goods exempt from the programme:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration
    Certificate of Inspection for Consolidated Cargo.

    In addition, a new sample of a corresponding application form has also been supplied for the PVoC Licence and PVoC Registration documents. Additional information on these measures may be obtained from the listed documents as well as the related chapter in this overview.

    Certificate of Fumigation

    Depending on the type of goods to be imported into Kenya, proof of conducted fumigation treatment may be a prerequisite, e.g. in the case of seeds, cereals and second-hand clothing. For this reason, the document entitled Certificate of Fumigation has been added to the set of documents for this import report. The quoted document may be referred to for further details and a sample of such certificate.

    Radioactive Materials

    The following documents, which are required for the importation and trade in radioactive materials in Kenya, have been furnished with updated application forms of the Radiation Protection Board (RPB):

    Licence to Deal in Radiation Devices and Radioactive Materials
    Permit to Import Radiation Devices and Radioactive Materials.

    For more information on these measures, please see the quoted documents as well as the corresponding paragraph on Radioactive Materials further below.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya have been brought up to date in the concerned documents throughout this report, where applicable.

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Jan 2019 Cameroon Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Chemicals and Hazardous Goods in this overview has been enhanced with the contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Cameroon is a party. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Norms and Standards

    Information on various international organisations which Cameroon is a member of through the Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR) has been incorporated in the paragraph on Norms and Standards further below. Further particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for details.
  • 14 Jan 2019 Ukraine Focus: assignment of tariff codes, seeds, foodstuffs and fee payments.
    The import documentation for Ukraine has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The classification of commodities, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the following documents, has been adjusted:

    Common Entry Document for Foodstuffs and Feed Products of Non-Animal Origin
    Common Veterinary Entry Document
    Delivery Verification Certificate
    End-User Certificate
    International Import Certificate
    Permit to Import Arms and Military Goods
    Permit to Import Dual Use Goods
    Registration of Importers of Dual-Use Goods.

    Several other documents of this report have been enhanced with information on the phytosanitary, veterinary and sanitary inspections performed at the point of entry and which are mandatory for the free circulation within the national territory of Ukraine.

    Seeds

    The application form for the document entitled Registration Certificate for Seeds has been exchanged for its amended version.

    Foodstuffs

    For reasons of transparency, the document entitled Registration of New Foodstuffs, Food Additives, Mineral Water and Food Packaging Material has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Fee Payments

    In accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, the minimum wage (MW) and minimum subsistence (MS) units stipulated for 2019 have been revised in the corresponding chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview. For details, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 14 Jan 2019 Guinea Amendments as regards radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Information on the importation of radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) has been incorporated into a newly established chapter. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 11 Jan 2019 Norway Focus: high-risk food and feed products from designated countries, import of endangered species, updated application forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products from Designated Countries

    Pursuant to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1660 of 7 November 2018 imposing special conditions governing the import of certain food of non-animal origin from certain third countries due to the risks of contamination with pesticides residues, a health certificate is required to be obtained from the competent authority in the country of export for the stipulated types of goods prior to their consignment from designated countries. The document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has consequently been enhanced with further information and a sample of the mentioned health certificate. More information on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed to be imported may be obtained from the corresponding chapter in this overview and the mentioned document.

    Import of Endangered Species

    Information on the issuance of multi-use permits by the Norwegian Environment Agency for goods coming under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been added to the document entitled Import Permit for Goods Covered by CITES. For more information on this matter, please refer to the quoted document as well as to the section on Endangered Species in this overview.

    Updated Application Forms

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 11 Jan 2019 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The section on Hazardous Goods in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a party to. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for further particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been incorporated into the chapter on Labelling Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below, which may be viewed for more information.
  • 10 Jan 2019 Senegal Amendments as regards radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    For reasons of transparency, the information on radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) contained in this import report has been newly incorporated into a separate section. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with the contact details of the authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). More information may be obtained from the aforementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 09 Jan 2019 Botswana Focus: customs procedures, requests for certification and licensing, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures

    In accordance with the new Customs Act 2018 and Excise Duty Act 2018, which were published in the Botswana Government Extraordinary Gazette dated 27 August 2018, the following documents of this import report have been reviewed and updated, e.g. with regard to the stipulated deadlines for submission:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Report of Arrival.

    In addition, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been augmented with details of the Botswanan customs regime, i.e. the procedures for which goods may be imported, as well as of the time limit for the removal of goods from customs supervision.

    Requests for Certification and Licensing

    The following documents have been equipped with more recent samples of request forms for the certification and licensing of goods within the framework of the Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme:

    Certificate of Conformity for SIIR
    Registration for SIIR.

    Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

    As a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) may be required for the importation or placing on the market of chemical substances in Botswana, the quoted document has been newly created for this import report. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 09 Jan 2019 Bahrain Amendments as regards the implementation of the value-added tax (VAT), the scope of documents required for customs clearance as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain. The following changes have been made:

    Implementation of the Value-Added Tax (VAT)

    Bahrain ratified the Unified Agreement for Value-Added Tax (VAT) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf by virtue of Royal Decree-Law No. 47 of 2018, which was published on 6 October 2018. Pursuant to Royal Decree-Law No. 48 of 2018 published on the same day, the VAT entered into force on 1 January 2019. For more information, please turn to the section on Registration Requirements below.

    Scope of Documents Required for Customs Clearance

    For the purpose of customs clearance, the Customs Import Declaration, on whose basis customs duties and further taxes will be assessed, must be accompanied by a number of documents related to the goods to be imported and the business entities involved in a transaction. Particulars of said documents have been adjusted in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview, which may be viewed for additional details.
    Attention is furthermore drawn to the fact that a separate Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin is no longer required if the origin of the goods is clearly stated in the Commercial Invoice. In case of doubt, the customs authorities may nevertheless request the certificate to be submitted. It may also be required by other authorities involved in import procedures, e.g. in case of goods subject to quarantine regulations.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with information on the mandatory details with which infant formulae must be labelled and on the packaging requirements for fertilisers. For specifics, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 08 Jan 2019 Ghana Amendments as regards warehousing, the EasyPass programme, used electrical and electronic equipment as well as used tyres, prohibited foodstuffs and pharmaceutical products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

    Pursuant to a notice issued by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), designated goods may no longer be warehoused as of 1 November 2018. The corresponding chapter entitled Warehousing in this overview has been enhanced to this effect and may be viewed for further details of the concerned types of goods.

    EasyPass Programme

    Following the implementation of the so-called EasyPass programme as a voluntary customs facilitation scheme on 1 May 2018, the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) issued a public notice on 13 November 2018 to inform that the pre-shipment inspection and certification is mandatorily required for selected types of products classified as high-risk goods as of 1 January 2019. The section entitled Standardisation in this overview and the document entitled EasyPass Conformity Certificate have been amended to this effect. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Used Electrical and Electronic Equipment as well as Used Tyres

    As of 1 November 2018, used electrical and electronic equipment as well as used tyres are subject to an inspection in the country of export prior to their importation into Ghana. Said measure is implemented within the framework of the so-called Renovo™ programme in alignment with the Hazardous and Electronic Waste Control and Management Act of 2016. Details thereof have been newly added to the chapter on Used Goods in this overview, which may be consulted for specifics.

    Prohibited Foodstuffs and Pharmaceutical Products

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the section on Prohibited Imports further below has been augmented with particulars of certain foodstuffs and pharmaceutical goods which are now banned from importation into Ghana, including cough syrups containing codeine and products containing tramadol. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for more specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please refer thereto for details.
  • 08 Jan 2019 Benin Focus: Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Benin has been revised and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been enhanced with information on the processing fees pertaining to this procedure. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed with the application has been brought up to date. Further details may be obtained from the aforementioned document.

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    A sample application form in French language has been added to the document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the General Directorate of Customs and Indirect Taxes have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 07 Jan 2019 Peru Focus: classification of goods, procedural details and forms as well as fee payments and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to the Peruvian import regime, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted.

    Procedural Details and Forms

    The following documents have been amended with regard to procedural details and the competent authorities, respectively:

    Import Authorisation for Controlled Chemical Substances and Supervised Products
    Permit to Import Fish and Aquacultural Products
    Permit to Import Goods Subject to the Washington Convention.

    Furthermore, the sample of a veterinary health certificate has been exchanged for a current version in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Fee Payments

    Fee payments for import measures are sometimes expressed in a particular percentage of the Peruvian Tax Unit (UIT). Information on said unit has been revised in the corresponding section on Currency and Payments in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 07 Jan 2019 Afghanistan Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), government procurement as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Afghanistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Afghanistan is a party, has been added to the section on Other Industrial Chemicals and Products Containing Them in this overview. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Government Procurement

    The chapter on Government Procurement further below has been updated with regard to the contact details of the responsible authority. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 04 Jan 2019 United States of America Focus: updated forms, the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), the Alcohol Label Approval, pesticides, the Premanufacture Notice for New Chemical Substances as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States of America has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Forms

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

    Approval of New Drugs
    Controlled Substances Import Declaration
    Import Declaration for List I and II Chemicals.

    Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP)

    As the compliance to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) became mandatory on 31 December 2018 for shrimp and abalone products, the classification of goods subject to the document entitled International Fisheries Trade Permit, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measure applies, has been updated accordingly.

    Alcohol Label Approval

    The document entitled Alcohol Label Approval has been enhanced with information on the prior formula approval, which may be required depending on the type of alcohol beverage to be imported (e.g. in the case of malt beverages, beverages which have undergone certain processes or beverages which contain added flavouring or colouring substances). The corresponding application form therefor has also been incorporated into said document, which may be consulted for specifics.

    Pesticides

    As applications for the Registration of Pesticides and the Registration of Pesticide-Producing Establishments are now enabled electronically via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system, the quoted documents have been enhanced to this regard. In addition, the mentioned documents have been reviewed and augmented with additional information, e.g. with particulars of the letter of request for a company number, which is a prerequisite for the establishment registration, and with details of the types of pesticides which are exempt from the product registration requirement.

    Premanufacture Notice for New Chemical Substances

    In accordance with a final rule on the fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) issued by the EPA on 17 October 2018, details of the corresponding processing fees have been brought up to date in the document entitled Premanufacture Notice for New Chemical Substances. Furthermore, new information on significant new use notices (SNUNs) and microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), which are required for new designated significant uses as well as for the commercialisation of intergeneric microorganisms, has also been added in the stated document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 04 Jan 2019 Saudi Arabia Amendments as regards the SALEEM verification of conformity, prohibited imports, registration for value-added tax (VAT) purposes and energy efficiency requirements for lighting products have been brought to the import documentation for Saudi Arabia. The following changes have been made:

    SALEEM Verification of Conformity

    The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) is currently in the process of revising and reorganising its conformity assessment procedures for imported goods. The Saudi Product Safety Programme called SALEEM (Arabic for "in order/sound") will be implemented gradually and eventually cover most products exported to Saudi Arabia. The documents entitled Verification of Conformity and Registration for Product Conformity have been amended to this effect; please turn thereto as well as to the section on Standardisation further below for details.

    Prohibited Imports

    Additional goods whose importation into Saudi Arabia has officially been banned, i.e. hoverboards, face masks and video games, have been added to the paragraph on Import Prohibitions in this overview; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Registration for Value-Added Tax (VAT) Purposes

    The chapter on Import Regulations and Registration Requirements below has been enhanced with information on the registration requirements for VAT purposes and the annual turnover threshold which necessitates VAT registration.

    Energy Efficiency Requirements for Lighting Products

    The section on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been amplified with details of the latest Saudi norms applicable to additional lighting products, which must be fulfilled when importing bulbs and other lamps into the country since 7 December 2018. For more information, please turn to the quoted paragraph.