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  • 13 Dec 2017 Thailand
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Dec 2017 Nigeria
    Nomenclature changes
  • 12 Dec 2017 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Dec 2017 Belarus
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Dec 2017 El Salvador
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Dec 2017 Israel
    Nomenclature changes
  • 11 Dec 2017 Armenia
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Dec 2017 United States of America
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Dec 2017 Morocco
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 07 Dec 2017 Mexico
    Nomenclature changes
  • 07 Dec 2017 China
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Dec 2017 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Dec 2017 Georgia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Dec 2017 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Dec 2017 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Dec 2017 Brazil
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 04 Dec 2017 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
  • 04 Dec 2017 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Dec 2017 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Dec 2017 Russian Federation
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Dec 2017 Lebanon
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 01 Dec 2017 South Korea
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 28 Nov 2017 Indonesia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Nov 2017 Ecuador
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Nov 2017 Malaysia Focus: wildlife, plants and plant products, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), iron and steel products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Malaysia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Wildlife

    The documents entitled Import Licence for Wildlife Animals and Import Permit for Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES have been newly added to this import report. Please turn to the quoted documents and the chapter on Wildlife Species for more information.

    Plants and Plant Products

    In order to import plants and plant products, a permit issued by the Department of Agriculture is required. Therefore, the document named Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products has been included into this import report. Please turn thereto and the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)

    The document entitled Import Licence for HCFCs has been newly added to this import report as the licence is required for customs clearance and market access. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned document and the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below.

    Iron and Steel Products

    A new application form has been attached to the document entitled Certificate of Approval for Iron and Steel Products. Please turn thereto and to the section on Iron and Steel Products in this overview for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax number of the Department of Environment, Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) Berhad and the SIRIM QAS International Sendirian Berhad have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 24 Nov 2017 Kyrgyzstan Focus: advanced notification of arrival, import prohibitions, used tyres and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    For reasons of clarity, the former notification of arrival has been completely revised and renamed Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft, which has been amplified with additional requirements for notifications to be made if goods are transported by designated means of transport. For more details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Import Prohibitions

    Pursuant to the import regime of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), i.e. referring to all product groups listed in the enhanced paragraph on Import Prohibitions, the same-named document has been newly added to the set of documents of this report.

    Used Tyres

    The actual importation of used pneumatic tyres intended for recovery operations must be accompanied by an import permit. Therefore, the new document entitled Permit to Import Waste Tyres has been created for this import documentation and may be consulted for specifics. For general information on the importation of waste, please refer to the product-specific section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 24 Nov 2017 Guyana Focus: prohibited imports, Import Permit for Meat and Meat Products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited imports

    A new document entitled Prohibited Imports has been added to the documentation of Guyana to complement the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Import Permit for Meat and Meat Products

    The document entitled Permit for Meat and Meat Products has been newly included in the set of documents of this report. Please refer to said document for particulars of the application process and the related fees for the importation of meat and meat products into Guyana. For more information on this matter and on import requirements for other animal products, please turn to the chapter on Animals and Animal Products in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 24 Nov 2017 Tunisia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Nov 2017 Myanmar
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Nov 2017 Nicaragua Focus: agricultural products, pesticides and medicines for human use.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Products

    The following documents have been modified with respect to, e.g., the online submission of applications and accompanying documents through the single window of the Institute for Agricultural Protection and Health (IPSA):

    Permit to Import One-Day-Old Chicks and Hatching Eggs
    Phytosanitary Import Permit
    Registration of Importers of Animals and Animal Products
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Sanitary Import Permit for Animals and Animal Products.

    Furthermore, all concerned documents of the report have been updated with the current contact details of the mentioned IPSA.

    Pesticides

    For the actual entry of pesticides, a prior import authorisation must be obtained from the National Commission for the Registration and Control of Toxic Substances. In order to depict this measure, the new document entitled Permit to Import Pesticides has been added to the set of documents of this import report. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and to the corresponding section on Pesticides and Fertilisers in this overview.

    Medicines for Human Use

    The document entitled Sanitary Registration of Pharmaceutical Products has been amended with regard to the processing fee, additional costs for the analysis of the product sample(s) and the issue of the registration certificate as well as the current processing time. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 23 Nov 2017 Mauritius Focus: Permit to Import Fish and Fish Products, Customs Import Declaration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Fish and Fish Products

    As a Permit to Import Fish and Fish Products is required to import said products into Mauritius, the same-named document has been newly created. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been enhanced with regard to its submission requirements. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 Nov 2017 Gabon Amendments as regards standardisation, packaging requirements as well as rough diamonds have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with regard to the international standardisation organisations which Gabon is a party of. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Packaging Requirements

    Details of the requirements for wood packaging material (WPM) have been added to the section entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Rough Diamonds

    The paragraph on Precious Metals and Stones has been augmented with information on Gabon's candidacy to take part in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) for rough diamonds. For additional details, please turn to the quoted chapter.
  • 23 Nov 2017 China Amendments as regards the Commodity Inspection Certificate, labelling of organic products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the P.R. of China. The following changes have been made:

    Commodity Inspection Certificate

    The scope of goods subject to a Commodity Inspection Certificate has been enhanced by way of Notice No. 70 of 2017 issued by the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). Accordingly, the tariff classification of said document, i.e. the range of commodities to which the procedure relates, has been amended to include perfumes and toilet waters.

    Labelling of Organic Products

    The section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been amplified with information on labelling requirements for products which are to be marketed as organic in the P.R. of China. Please turn to said chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For further current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 Nov 2017 Mozambique
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Nov 2017 Kuwait
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Nov 2017 Iceland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Nov 2017 Costa Rica
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Nov 2017 Morocco Amendments as regards advance ruling, standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco.
    The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on advance ruling, which may be used to determine the tariff classification or the origin of the goods, for example. More details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation has been blue-pencilled, and Morocco's adherence to various international and regional standardisation organisations, e.g. the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), has been incorporated, amongst other changes. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22 Nov 2017 Iraq Focus: hazardous chemical substances, endangered species and products thereof, scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and contact details.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Hazardous Chemical Substances

    In 2017, Iraq acceded to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention. This Convention undertakes to ensure that exports of designated chemical substances may only take place with the consent of the importing party. By means of the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure, information is gathered and disseminated as to whether an importing party wishes to receive future shipments of a certain chemical and to ensure the compliance with that decision by the exporting party.
    In case a company is seeking to export chemicals which are covered by the Convention (i.e. the pesticides and industrial chemicals listed in Annex III of the Convention) or which are subject to national regulatory action (i.e. bans or severe restrictions in the importing country's own territory), an Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention must be sent to the Designated National Authority (DNA) of the importing country nominated to this effect in order to obtain prior consent. For further information, the quoted document may be consulted, which has been newly incorporated into this import report.

    Endangered Species and Products Thereof

    The document entitled Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products has been blue-pencilled and, amongst other changes, equipped with the current application form as required by the Iraqi authorities. More details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    filter sands and filter gravels for water purification filters
    double-skin metal for insulating sandwich panels
    apple and guava juice preserved by physical means
    designated ready-made clothes.

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

    Contact Details

    The contact information contained in the documents pertaining to the import measures administered by the Ministry of Environment has been adjusted throughout this report.
  • 22 Nov 2017 Ivory Coast Amendments as regards standardisation, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Standardisation has been updated with regard to the international standardisation organisations which Côte d'Ivoire is a member of. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been enhanced with information regarding the payment of customs duties and taxes as well as any other fees related to foreign trade. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 22 Nov 2017 Armenia Focus: advanced notification of arrival, cargo manifest, arms and ammunition as well as contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Armenia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    A cargo notification must be presented by the carries of goods transported by motor vehicles or air freight to the customs authorities in advance. In order to summarise this stipulation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a document entitled Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft has been newly created for this report. Please see the quoted document and also refer to the corresponding chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview for particulars.

    Cargo Manifest

    The document entitled Manifest has been reviewed and updated with respect to the competent authority in Armenia and means of data transmission. For further information, please consult the aforementioned document.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Arms and Ammunition has been blue-pencilled and the contact details of the Police of the Republic of Armenia as well as specifics applicable to the renewal of the import licence have been included in the corresponding document.

    Contact Details

    As a result of a merger of responsibilities, the contact details of the Customs Service and Tax Service, which now both come under the responsibility of the State Revenue Committee, have been renewed throughout this import documentation.

    Other Changes

    The section on Prohibited Imports has been updated with the specified parts of the single list of goods the importation of which into the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is banned.
  • 22 Nov 2017 Kazakhstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 22 Nov 2017 Bolivia
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Nov 2017 Turkey Focus: Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product, Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention and trade-related news.
    The import documentation of Turkey has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product

    A Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product may be helpful for obtaining a Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products for Human Use. Said document has therefore been included into this import report and may be referred to for particulars.

    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 21 Nov 2017 Tunisia Amendments as regards the Revised Kyoto Convention, import prohibitions, packaging, marking and labelling requirements, standardisation, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Revised Kyoto Convention

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

    Import Prohibitions

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

    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements

    Details on the labelling requirements for school articles have been added to the paragraph depicting Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. More information may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation has been enhanced with information on the import requirements for measuring instruments which are subject to legal metrological inspection at the time of their importation into Tunisia. Please refer to said chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 21 Nov 2017 Paraguay Amendments as regards safety headgear, labelling of sugar and sweeteners as well as of tobacco products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Safety Headgear

    By means of Decree No. 7621/2017 of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC), safety helmets intended to be used by conductors and attendants of motorised bicycles, tricycles and quadricycles in the tourism industry now fall under the control of the aforementioned Ministry. As a result, the documents entitled Import Licence and Registration of Importers are prerequisites for the importation of such goods and have been amended with respect to their tariff classification. The section on Import Licensing further below has also been updated to this effect and may be viewed for further details.

    Labelling of Sugar and Sweeteners

    The chapter entitled Labelling and Packaging Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for sugar and sweeteners. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Labelling of Tobacco Products

    In accordance with the stipulations of Decree No. 7605/2017, details of the labelling requirements for tobacco products, e.g. with health warnings, have also been added to the abovementioned paragraph on Labelling and Packaging Requirements. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 21 Nov 2017 Guatemala Focus: pest risk analysis (PRA), phytosanitary import permit and updated procedural details.
    The import documentation for Guatemala has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The document entitled Import Requirements for Seeds, Plants and Plant Products has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the official categories into which plants and plant products are classified based on the level of phytosanitary risks associated with the importation. Please refer to the quoted document for further information. Additionally, the corresponding chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in this overview may also be viewed for product-specific modifications.

    Phytosanitary Import Permit

    The document entitled Phytosanitary Import Permit for Seeds, Plants and Plant Products has been equipped with the current version of the required application form. For specifics, please turn to the aforementioned document.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents of this import report have been updated with respect to the relevant processing times and fees as well as the documents to be enclosed:

    CITES Import Permit
    Import Permit for Unprocessed Foodstuffs of Animal and Hydrobiological Origin
    Permit to Import Veterinary Products.
  • 21 Nov 2017 Kyrgyzstan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Nov 2017 Barbados
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Nov 2017 Thailand Amendments as regards standardisation, payments and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    Information on Thailand's membership to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has been added to the section on Standardisation in this overview. For further details of standardisation matters in Thailand, please turn to the quoted paragraph below.

    Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been updated in line with the Relaxation under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Reform of the Bank of Thailand (BOK). Further details may be obtained from the mentioned section in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 20 Nov 2017 Japan Amendments as regards the labelling of tobacco products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Japan. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of tobacco products

    The chapter entitled Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the requirements for labels of tobacco products. Please turn to said section for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    A new paragraph entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been added to this overview of import procedures for Japan. More details of the requirements to import such substances may be consulted in the quoted chapter. In addition, the section on Prohibited Imports has been enhanced with information on the import prohibition of particular ODS.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 20 Nov 2017 Honduras Focus: seeds, foodstuffs, living modified organisms (LMOs) as well as pesticides and fertilisers.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Seeds

    The document entitled Registration of Seed Importers has been completely reviewed and amended concerning, e.g., the period of validity. Furthermore, specific references to the applicable legislation and details of the inspection of the premises have been incorporated into the quoted document, which may be consulted for further details. In addition, information on the colour coding for labels of seeds has been introduced into the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. For specifics, please turn to the aforementioned section.

    Foodstuffs

    For the importation of foodstuffs in general, an authorisation which certifies that foreign foodstuffs manufacturers have been authorised by the competent authority in the country of export and comply with the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) may be submitted instead of a Free Sale Certificate. The document entitled Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers has been newly added to the set of documents of this report in order to display such measure; for particulars, please refer thereto.

    Living Modified Organisms (LMOs)

    As LMOs must be registered and authorised prior to importation into Honduras, the corresponding document entitled Registration of Living Modified Organisms has been verified and enhanced pursuant to the applicable legal basis. More details may be found in the quoted document.

    Pesticides and Fertilisers

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers and Registration of Importers of Pesticides and Fertilisers have been updated with regard to the processing times and/or the periods of validity as stipulated by the competent authority, e.g. the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA). Said documents may be turned to for additional information.
  • 20 Nov 2017 Georgia Focus: fiscal and business registration, hygiene certification and registration of pharmaceuticals.
    The import documentation for Georgia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fiscal and Business Registration

    The former documents entitled taxpayer registration and company registration have been merged into one. Information on the fiscal and business registration has been revised by this means. Additional details may be found in the new document entitled Tax and Business Registration.

    Hygiene Certification

    The corresponding details concerning the processing time as well as the sample-taking measure have been added to the document entitled Hygiene Certificate for Foodstuffs, which may be viewed for specifics. Please also refer to the relevant section on Foodstuffs for general information on sanitary control measures applicable in Georgia.

    Registration of Pharmaceuticals

    The document entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals has been equipped with the current version of required application form.
  • 20 Nov 2017 Peru
    Nomenclature changes
  • 20 Nov 2017 Panama
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 17 Nov 2017 Egypt Focus: financing of imports and related electronic procedures, importation of metal detectors, modified sample forms, seed testing certificates and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Egypt has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Financing of Imports in Foreign Currencies and Related Electronic Procedures

    The threshold value for imports requiring a formal Request to Finance Imports in Foreign Currencies has been lowered from 5,000 USD to 1,000 USD by virtue of Decree No. 835/2017. The paragraph on Currency and Payments in this overview has been modified to this effect. Said Decree furthermore stipulates the electronic form of the approval, which is now to be forwarded by the concerned bank directly to the customs office of entry instead of providing it to the importer for presenting it to the customs authorities.
    Likewise, the customs authorities will now be informed electronically about the validity of the mandatory Importer Cards and the scope of goods permissible for importation, which is inscribed on the card. The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been amended accordingly.
    For additional procedural details, please turn to the quoted documents and chapters.

    Importation of Metal Detectors

    Pursuant to Decree No. 459/2017 issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, an Import Approval for Metal Detectors is mandatory for the actual importation of said devices. The quoted document has therefore been newly incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for specifics. A summary of measures for Products Regulated by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources may furthermore be consulted in the quoted section of this overview.

    Modified Sample Forms

    The sample forms displayed in the following documents have been exchanged for their current version:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Declaration for Milk and Milk Products
    Registration of Foreign Manufacturers Qualified to Export Their Products to Egypt.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for more details.

    Seed Testing Certificates

    By virtue of Decree No. 1160 of 2017 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the list of seeds exempted from the document entitled Seed Testing Certificate has been revised and procedures have been stipulated for consignments arriving without said certificate. Consequently, the quoted document has been adjusted to this effect and may be viewed for additional information.

    Other Changes

    The following News section contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 17 Nov 2017 Bolivia Amendments as regards standardisation, the Cartagena Protocol and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    Information on the catalogue of Bolivian norms and standards as well as on the membership of the Bolivian Institute of Normalisation and Quality (IBNORCA) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been included in the paragraph entitled Norms and Standards in this overview.

    Cartagena Protocol

    The contact details of the national focal points of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) have been verified and updated in the corresponding section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) further below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following chapter.
  • 17 Nov 2017 Angola Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Loading Certificate, Cargo Manifest as well as Currency and Payments.
    The import documentation for Angola has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Import Declaration

    By virtue of Decree No. 67/17, the Ministry of Finance approved a new model for the form displayed in the document entitled Customs Import Declaration, the so-called Documento Único (single document, i.e. Customs Import Declaration - DU) in Angola. Information on said form and, in particular, on the transitional phase for the coexistence of the existing and the new versions has been provided in the quoted document, which may be viewed for more details.

    Loading Certificate

    The mandatory Loading Certificate is to be presented to the Angolan customs authorities at the border point of entry and must be issued in advance in the country of export. The same-named document has been enhanced with respect to agents who are authorised to act on behalf of the responsible authority, the National Shippers' Council (Conselho Nacional de Carregadores - CNC), in the countries of export. Moreover, information on the possible electronic submission of the application has been provided. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Cargo Manifest

    A form for air cargo has been added to the document entitled Cargo Manifest in order to depict the mandatory information to be provided for airport and customs management in the case of air freight; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments in this overview has been amplified with information on the exchange rates of the fiscal correction unit (UCF) and the minimum wage (salário mínimo nacional), which may both be used by the Angolan Government as calculation units instead of the national currency, the Angolan Kwanza (AOA).
  • 17 Nov 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 Nov 2017 Venezuela Amendments as regards genetically modified seeds, petroleum products and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Genetically Modified Seeds

    In accordance with the Seeds Law, the trade in genetically modified seeds is strictly prohibited in Venezuela. The corresponding sections on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Import Prohibitions in this overview have been enhanced to this effect. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted paragraphs.

    Petroleum Products

    In order to depict the import requirements for petroleum and petroleum products, a new chapter entitled Petroleum Products has been added to this overview. For particulars of the respective requirements, please see the mentioned section.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    As Venezuela is a member of 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), the section on Controlled Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview has been augmented with information thereon. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further details.
  • 16 Nov 2017 Haiti Focus: narcotic and psychotropic drugs and their precursors, live animals as well as soup, stew and broth preparations.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been enhanced with a sample application form in French as provided by the Vienna Convention. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics.

    Live Animals

    The details of the minimum content to be provided in the application and the documents to be enclosed for an Authorisation to Import Live Animals have been updated. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Soup, Stew and Broth Preparations

    In order to import soup, stew and broth preparations into Haiti, importers must apply for a prior authorisation at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Please turn to the newly created document entitled Authorisation to Import Soup, Stew and Broth Preparations for further details of the procedure.
  • 16 Nov 2017 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, milk and dairy products as well as alcoholic beverages and tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    For reasons of greater transparency, a separate paragraph on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been newly added to this overview. Further details of the respective programme may be consulted in said section.

    Milk and Dairy Products

    Additional information on the requirements to import milk and dairy products has been provided in the chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feedstuffs in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    As of 7 November 2017, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in a quantity exceeding the stipulated thresholds and imported by couriers are subject to a licence to be issued by the General Directorate for Internal Taxes (DGII). The corresponding sections on Tobacco Products and Foodstuffs and Animal Feedstuffs have been updated accordingly.
    Moreover, details of the certificate of non-objection which is mandatory for the importation of alcoholic beverages as of 1 August 2017 have also been incorporated.
    More particulars may be obtained from the quoted paragraphs further below.
  • 16 Nov 2017 Azerbaijan Focus: classification of goods, administrative and regulatory responsibilities, seeds, narcotics and dual-use goods.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted for the following documents of this report pursuant to the Azerbaijani import regime for phytosanitary, veterinary and sanitary measures:

    Hygiene Certificate
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Quarantine Import Permit
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals
    Veterinary Import Permit for Animal Products
    Veterinary Import Permit for Live Animals.

    In addition, the processing time and fee as well as the period of validity have been amended in the document listed above entitled Hygiene Certificate. For particulars, please refer the quoted document.

    Administrative and Regulatory Responsibilities

    The responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers has been checked and rectified throughout this import report and overview, e.g. in the document entitled Activity Licence for Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products. Moreover, the former Ministry of Industry and Economy has been renamed into the Ministry of Economy. The Ministry of Defence Industry has additionally been established. These administrative reorganisations have been incorporated into this documentation, where applicable.

    Seeds

    The sample form of a genetic passport required for the application dossier for the issue of a Patent for a Plant Variety has been newly added thereto. Please consult the aforementioned document for further information.

    Narcotics

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs has been blue-pencilled and details with regard to the responsibility as well as the terms of the Vienna Convention of 1971 have been included in the corresponding document.

    Dual-Use Goods

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Dual-Use Goods has been amended with regard to the responsible authority, processing fee and other procedural details, e.g. concerning the documents to be enclosed with the application for authorisation; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Nov 2017 Uruguay Amendments as regards endangered species, labelling requirements for fish products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Endangered Species

    For reasons of greater transparency, details of the requirements for the importation of endangered animal and plant species and products thereof have now been provided in the section entitled Endangered Species, which has been newly added to this overview. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Labelling Requirements for Fish Products

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements has been reviewed and revised with details of the labelling requirements for fish products. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the chapter below.
  • 15 Nov 2017 Turkmenistan Focus: pesticides, radio-electric and high-frequency devices as well as the merger of ministries and contact details.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pesticides

    For means of plant protection to be imported into Turkmenistan, the compliance with national requirements for safety and environment protection must be proven by means of a corresponding registration, which approves the safe use of these goods. In order to summarise the formal procedure for application, the description of said Registration of Pesticides has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document and consult the corresponding chapter on Pesticides and Fertilisers below for general information.

    Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices

    The following product-specific documents have been updated with regard to the responsibility as well as procedural details and/or documents to be enclosed:

    Licence to Deal in Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices
    Permit to Import Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices.

    Please also refer to the blue-pencilled section on Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices (REDs and HFDs) in this overview.

    Merger of Ministries

    In accordance with the corresponding decree of the Cabinet of Ministers from a plenum session in October 2017, the merger of the former Ministry of Economy and Development and the Ministry of Finance has been legally settled establishing the new Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan. A temporary unavailability of services may occur due to the fusion of responsibilities.
    Moreover, the former Main State Revenue Service has been renamed into Tax Service and is now assigned to the newly created Ministry mentioned above. These amendments have been reflected throughout this import report.

    Contact Details

    For reasons of clarity, the contact details of the statistical authority, i.e. the State Committee on Statistics of Turkmenistan, have been incorporated into the document entitled Registration Certificate of an Importer, which may be consulted for more information.
  • 15 Nov 2017 Fiji Focus: denomination of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority, the scan document feature as well as Import Permit for Telecommunications Equipment.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Denomination of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority

    On 1 August 2017, the former Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority changed its name to Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS). All concerned documents of this import report have been adapted accordingly.

    Scan Document Feature

    Upon the integration of the so-called "scan document feature" in the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World at several ports in Fiji, among those Suva Port, Nadi Port and Lautoka Port, in June 2017, all supporting documents related to the Single Administrative Document (SAD) are to be uploaded as scanned or PDF copies using the described tool. The respective documents of the report, which are listed in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview, have been updated to this effect.

    Import Permit for Telecommunications Equipment

    The application form depicted in the document entitled Import Permit for Telecommunications Equipment has been exchanged for the version which is currently in use. Furthermore, details of the application fee have been updated in accordance with the valid procedural regulations. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.
  • 15 Nov 2017 Bangladesh Amendments as regards standardisation, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation has been enhanced with information on the participation of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). For further details of applicable standards in Bangladesh, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Labelling Requirements

    Additional information on the labelling requirements for pesticides has been included in the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 15 Nov 2017 Uruguay
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 15 Nov 2017 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Nov 2017 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 14 Nov 2017 Lebanon Focus: registration for tax purposes, Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals, phytosanitary requirements and contact details.
    The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration for Tax Purposes

    The document entitled Registration with the Ministry of Finance, which is required for tax purposes, has been blue-pencilled and revised, e.g. in terms of the contact details, mandatory documents to be enclosed with the application and electronic submission of the application. Moreover, the document has been enhanced with the initial screenshot page for online registration and its translation. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Registration below.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals has been equipped with a current version of a certificate sample.

    Phytosanitary Requirements

    A Seed Testing Certificate pertains to the documentation mandatory for the importation of agricultural seeds. However, in accordance with Decree No. 1038/1 of 2011, certain exemptions exist for designated seeds. The quoted document has been enhanced to this effect and may be viewed for more information. For a summary of applicable import measures for Plants and Plant Products, please refer also to the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of various authorities responsible for foreign trade matters has been verified and adjusted, where applicable, e.g. of the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Directorate of Preventive Health Care coming under the Ministry of Public Health.
  • 14 Nov 2017 Jamaica Focus: foodstuffs, Permit to Import Firearms, contact information as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    A new chapter entitled Foodstuffs has been included in this overview. In addition to requirements for milk powder and sugar, new information on regulated agricultural commodities and processed food has been added. The documents entitled Approval for Processed Food and Licence to Import and Deal in Regulated Agricultural Commodities have been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Jamaica. Please refer to said section and documents for further particulars.

    Permit to Import Firearms

    The document entitled Permit to Import Firearms has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please see the quoted document for more information.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Veterinary Services Division and the Plant Quarantine Unit have been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 14 Nov 2017 Belize Focus: prohibited imports, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, contact information, renamed Ministries as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    A new document entitled Prohibited Imports has been newly added to the documentation for Belize in order to supplement the information provided in the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Please also turn thereto for a list of goods banned from importation into Belize.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been updated with a more up to date sample of a respective certificate.

    Contact information

    The contact information of the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) has been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable. Please also turn to the section on Norms and Standards for further details.

    Renamed Ministries

    As several Ministries in Belize, e.g. the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Trade, Investment, Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, have been renamed; these changes have been reflected in the concerned documents of this report.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 14 Nov 2017 Brazil Amendments as regards import licensing, prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brazil.
    The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

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

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Goods further below has been enhanced with information on the prohibition to import harmful and contaminated plants, plant parts, insects, pests, bacteria and fungi. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for more details of import bans.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Nov 2017 Guinea
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Nov 2017 Russian Federation Amendments as regards the classification of goods, pest risk analysis, rough diamonds and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Russia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in the relevant documents of this report pursuant to the import regime of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), i.e. referring to all product groups listed in the enhanced paragraphs on Prohibited Imports and Import Licensing in this overview.
    In accordance with Regulation No. 1292 of 25 October 2017, the list of goods subject to temporary import prohibitions for designated products originating in countries applying certain economic sanctions against Russia has been amplified in the document entitled Temporary Import Prohibition in this import documentation. By way of example, particular live swine and pig fat are now subject to this measure.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the EAEU and may be consulted for particulars.

    Rough Diamonds

    A newly created chapter on Rough Diamonds has been introduced into this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for general information.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 13 Nov 2017 Papua New Guinea Focus: Type Approval of Radio Devices, Permit to Import Fresh Cut Flowers as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval of Radio Devices

    The application form contained in the document entitled Type Approval of Radio Devices has been replaced with the version which is currently in use. Furthermore, certain procedural details, e.g. the processing time and fee, as well as information on the accepted submission manners have been updated. Please refer to the mentioned document for further details.

    Permit to Import Fresh Cut Flowers

    The document entitled Permit to Import Fresh Cut Flowers has been newly added to the set of documents pertaining to this import documentation and depicts the particular import requirements for fresh cut flowers. For more information, the quoted document may be consulted. For general import requirements for Plants and Plant Products, please turn to the respective chapter below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section.
  • 13 Nov 2017 Ecuador Amendments as regards the classification of goods, proof of origin, forest products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), labels of medical devices for human use as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certificate of Conformity
    Certificate of Recognition
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Devices.

    Proof of Origin

    The section on Customs Procedures has been amplified with information on the sworn declaration which may be submitted by importers of goods originating in the European Union (EU). For further details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Forest Products

    In accordance with COMEX Resolution No. 002-2017, a preliminary authorisation must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishery (MAGAP) for the actual entry of designated forest products. More information on import procedures for other products of plant origin may be founded in the updated paragraph on Plants and Plant Products.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    By virtue of COMEX Resolution No. 023-2017, an automatic licence is mandatory for the importation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This measure has been reflected in the corresponding chapter on Import Licensing below. A newly created chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has furthermore been introduced into this overview. Please turn thereto for general information on the requirements to import such substances.

    Labels of Medical Devices for Human Use

    The labelling requirements for medical devices intended for human use have been newly incorporated into the corresponding chapter on Labelling, Packaging and Marking Requirements below. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Official Contact Point (OCP) within the framework of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions have been verified and amended in the respective paragraph on Hazardous Chemicals, which may be viewed for details.
  • 13 Nov 2017 Argentina Amendments as regards customs valuation, worn clothing and other worn articles, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    As Argentina is a member of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and applies the customs valuation methods of said agreement, the chapter on Customs Value further below has been enhanced with additional details on the respective methods. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Worn Clothing and Other Worn Articles

    By means of Decree 333/2017, the Ministry of Production has enforced a temporary import prohibition for worn clothing and other worn articles. The section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been updated accordingly and may be viewed for further information thereon.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News concerning electronic procedures and trade talks have been incorporated into the following section.
  • 13 Nov 2017 Honduras
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Nov 2017 Guatemala
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Nov 2017 Tajikistan Focus: classification of goods, procedural amendments and chemicals.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Recently, the Tajik customs authority adopted the Harmonized System (HS) tariff version of 2012. Related information may also be found in the updated paragraph on Note below and the section on Harmonized System with general information. Following the change to the HS 2012, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this report) has been adjusted accordingly.

    Procedural Amendments

    The following documents have been completely revised and adjusted to the current provisions, e.g. as regards the period of validity, documents to be enclosed with the application or the payable service fees, amongst other changes:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products
    Registration of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals.

    Apart from the amendments mentioned above, the document entitled Permit to Import Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Products and Cosmetics has additionally been equipped with the valid sample of the application form.

    Chemicals

    Information as regards an appropriate proof of the safety of chemicals and their potential hazards has been summarised in the newly created document entitled Material Safety Data Sheet. Said document may be consulted for specifics.
  • 10 Nov 2017 Israel Amendments as regards the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), petroleum and petroleum products as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Israel.
    The following changes have been made:

    Authorized Economic Operator

    Information on the mutual recognition agreement (MRA) of the AEO scheme between Israel and Canada has been included in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations. Please turn thereto for more details of the AEO system.

    Petroleum and Petroleum Products

    A new paragraph on Petroleum and Petroleum Products has been added to overview, giving information on the import provisions of the mentioned products. For more information, please refer to the quoted section below.

    Labelling Requirements

    Stipulations for the labeling requirements for tobacco products have been added to the chapter on Packaging and Marking Requirements. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph in this overview for additional details.
  • 10 Nov 2017 Barbados Focus: Electronic Single Window (ESW), Taxpayer Identification Number, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Barbados has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Single Window (ESW)

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with information on the electronic application for some documents required for importation through the ESW. Please turn thereto for details.

    Taxpayer Identification Number

    The document entitled Taxpayer Identification Number has been changed in regard to the threshold value of taxable supplies which determines whether a business entity is required to be registered for taxation purposes. The quoted document may be consulted for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Veterinary Services and the Barbados Customs and Excise Department have been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 10 Nov 2017 Liberia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Nov 2017 Vietnam Focus: quality inspection, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Quality Inspection

    The assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled State Quality Inspection of Imported Goods has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with current classifications. Please turn thereto for further information on the responsible authorities.

    Cosmetics

    In order to notify the responsible authority of the intent to place cosmetic products on the Vietnamese market, a notification is required. The document entitled Notification for Cosmetic Products has therefore been newly added to this import report. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Medicines and Cosmetics in this overview.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    The document entitled Import Licence for Alcoholic Beverages has been newly incorporated into this import report, as the licence is mandatory to import and deal with alcoholic beverages in Vietnam. For particulars, please turn to said document and the chapter on Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages below for further information on alcoholic beverages.

    Contact Details

    In accordance with the adjustments of area codes in Vietnam, the phone and fax numbers of all authorities have been augmented throughout this import report. Moreover, the contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax number of the Vietnamese Academy of Forests Sciences and the Vietnam Chemicals Agency have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 09 Nov 2017 Nigeria Amendments as regards standardisation, payments and packaging requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria.
    The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    Information on Nigeria's membership to the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has been added to the section on Standardisation in this overview. For more information on standardisation matters in Nigeria, please turn to the quoted paragraph below.

    Payments

    Details of items valid for foreign exchange in Nigeria have been included in the chapter on Currency and Payments. Please see the mentioned section for particulars.

    Packaging Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with information on import requirements for containerised cargo. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 09 Nov 2017 St. Lucia Focus: change of ministry names, contact information, prohibited imports, Licence to Sell Intoxicating Liquors. The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Change of Ministry Names

    Throughout the documentation of Saint Lucia, the name of the former Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development has been updated to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives. The former Veterinary Services and Livestock Division and the Plant Protection Quarantine Unit, Research and Development Division have been merged into Agricultural Division.

    Contact Information

    The contact information of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives and its Divisions has been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.

    Prohibited Imports

    A new document entitled Prohibited Imports has been created to accompany the information provided in the same-titled chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Licence to Sell Intoxicating Liquors

    The document entitled Licence to Sell Intoxicating Liquors has been equipped with a sample of an issued licence. Please turn to said document for more information.

    Other Changes

    For further trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 09 Nov 2017 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards phytosanitary control points, norms and standards as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Phytosanitary Control Points

    The section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced with a list of phytosanitary control points in Congo. Please turn to the quoted chapter for more information.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards has been newly incorporated into this overview, providing information on norms and standardisation organisations in Congo. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned section.

    Waste

    The authority in charge of the management of waste as well as the corresponding contact details have been added to the chapter providing information on the importation of Waste into Congo. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 09 Nov 2017 Afghanistan
    Nomenclature changes
  • 08 Nov 2017 Yemen Focus: Seed Registration, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Seed Registration

    In order to depict procedural details of the mandatory registration of certified seeds to be imported into and marketed in Yemen, a document entitled Seed Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn thereto for specifics. For further information on Plants and Plant Products, the same-named section in this overview may be viewed.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of various authorities responsible for foreign trade matters has been verified and blue-pencilled, where applicable, e.g. as regards the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances (SBDMA).

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 08 Nov 2017 El Salvador Focus: binding tariff information (BTI), foodstuffs and beverages, hazardous chemicals and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    Importers may apply for a BTI at the Tariff Department of the General Customs Directorate (DGA) in case of doubts in terms of the correct classification of their goods. The details of this procedure have been amended in the corresponding document entitled Product Tariff Information, e.g. with regard to the additional documentation to be enclosed as well as the costs payable for laboratory analyses and the current version of the application form.

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

    The document entitled Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs and Beverages has been reviewed with regard to the applicable procedural details and its legal basis. As a result, information on the risk classification of products, which is based on the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) 67.04.50:08, has been newly incorporated into the quoted document.

    Additionally, enhancements as regards details of the documents to be enclosed and their mutual recognition have been introduced into the document entitled Permit to Import Foodstuffs and Beverages. Moreover, the document formerly entitled import notification for oil has been completely revised concerning the product scope and documents to be enclosed with the application for this special notification, and renamed Import Notification for Designated Products of the Food Sector.
    General information on applicable import measures for foodstuffs and beverages may be found in the same-named section below. For specifics, please turn to the aforementioned documents.

    Hazardous Chemicals

    The document entitled Technical Approval of Hazardous Chemicals has been modified with respect to the processing time and electronic data submission. Please consult the quoted document for details and also turn to the corresponding chapter on Hazardous Substances in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The authority formerly denominated Environmental Health Unit of the Ministry of Health (MINSAL) has been reorganised and renamed the Environmental Health Directorate. Consequently, this amendment has been reflected throughout the report.
  • 08 Nov 2017 New Zealand Amendments as regards the labelling of radio and telecommunications equiment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Radio and Telecommunications Equiment (RTTE)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on labelling requirements with regard to radio and telecommunications equiment (RTTE) as well as to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic emission (EME). Please refer to the newly incorporated chapter entitled Labelling of Radio and Telecommunications Equiment (RTTE) further below for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 08 Nov 2017 Costa Rica Focus: seeds, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Free Sale Certificate as well as updated procedural details and forms.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Seeds

    The details concerning the documents to be enclosed and the processing time have been enhanced in the document entitled Registration of Protected Plant Varieties, which may be viewed for further information.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The importation, movement and release into the environment of genetically modified material is only feasible by means of a Certificate for Commercial Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Subsequently, the prerequisite procedure depicted in the document entitled Registration of Companies Engaged in LMO Activities has been updated. Please see the quoted documents and the corresponding chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for particulars.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been amended with regard to provisions related to its validity period when submitted to the responsible Costa Rican authorities. For more information, please consult the mentioned document.

    Updated Procedural Details and Forms

    In accordance with stipulations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (MAG), several other documents of this import documentation have been updated with respect to the relevant processing times and fees as well as the periods of validity.

    Moreover, the following documents have been equipped with the current versions of required forms:

    Registration of Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Pesticides for Domestic and Industrial Use and Fertilisers for Domestic Use.
  • 07 Nov 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: customs procedures, Food Approval, Age Certificate for Alcoholic Beverages, Certification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures

    The section on Customs Procedures in this overview has been enhanced with further information on the lanes which form part of the automatic selectivity process via the Customs Border Control System (CBCS). Please see said chapter for particulars.

    Food Approval

    Additional details of the payable processing fees has been included in the document entitled Food Approval. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics.

    Age Certificate for Alcoholic Beverages

    The document entitled Age Certificate for Alcoholic Beverages has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. It is required for particular kinds of brandy and may also be required for other alcoholic beverages. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Certification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The application form depicted in the document entitled Certification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been exchanged for its current version. For details of the procedure, please turn to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 07 Nov 2017 Mauritania Amendments as regards packaging and labelling requirements, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania. The following changes have been made:

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling requirements for telecommunications terminal equipment have been included in the section depicting Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports has been enhanced with regard to additional goods which may not be imported into Mauritania. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section.
  • 07 Nov 2017 Moldova Amendments as regards labels of seeds, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), precious metals and stones as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Moldova. The following changes have been made:

    Labels of Seeds

    Legally stipulated colour coding for the labels of seeds have been introduced into the chapter entitled Labelling Requirements. Please refer to the quoted section for particulars.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been enhanced, amongst other details, with provisions of the Directorate for Seeds Control concerning the GMO tolerance in seeds imported for commercial use. For further information, please turn to the aforementioned paragraph below.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The chapter on Precious Metals and Stones has been newly incorporated into this overview. The quoted section may be consulted for details regarding the import measures for such goods.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 07 Nov 2017 India Amendments as regards prohibited imports, fertilisers and motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the newly implemented ban on red sandalwood, the classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted. Please also refer to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports below for more information on import bans.

    Fertilisers

    The chapter on Fertilisers, Pesticides and Insecticides has been enhanced with details of the import stipulations for fertilisers. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted section in this overview.

    Motor Vehicles

    The list of ports authorised for the importation of new motor vehicles has been updated. Please turn to the paragraph on Motor Vehicles for further details.
  • 07 Nov 2017 Jordan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Nov 2017 Uzbekistan Focus: national sanitary certification, registration of import contracts, procedural amendments and contact details in accordance with the single portal of interactive public services (EPIGU) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uzbekistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    National Sanitary Certification

    By virtue of Law No. ZRU-429 of 18 April 2017, the document required for the national sanitary certification has been renamed. In that regard, the former document entitled hygiene certificate has been equipped with a sample of an issued sanitary certificate and renamed accordingly into Sanitary-Epidemiological Conclusion. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Registration of Import Contacts

    In accordance with the guidelines published by the Uzbek State Customs Committee, import contracts are subject to an official registration procedure, which enables a better monitoring of customs activities. The document entitled Registration of an Import Contract has been therefore added to the set of documents of this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Procedural Amendments

    The documents listed below have been equipped with details of the possibility to submit the application electronically:

    Licence for Wholesale Trade in Certain Goods
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products
    Permit to Import Living Wildlife Species
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    State Registration of Legal Persons and Sole Proprietorships.
    Additionally, the document entitled Registration of a Digital Signature has been amended with regard to the processing fee and enhanced with information on a specific application module offered by the single portal of interactive public services (EPIGU).

    Contact Details

    The State Committee for Nature Protection has been renamed State Committee of the Republic Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection, which has been reflected throughout this import documentation.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 06 Nov 2017 Tanzania Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the following documents have been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    For further details of the PVoC, please refer to the mentioned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 06 Nov 2017 Philippines Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, special economic zones (SEZs) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Philippines.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    A new section on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) has been added to this overview, providing information on the existing SEZs in the Philippines. More information may be obtained from said paragraph below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 06 Nov 2017 Algeria Amendments as regards the bank domiciliation for certain goods, verification of conformity, phytosanitary entry points as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Algeria. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Domiciliation for Certain Goods

    The document entitled Suspension of Domiciliation, providing information on the suspension of the bank domiciliation for certain goods as advised by the Algerian Professional Association of Banks and Financial Institutions (Association Professionelle des Banques et des Etablissements Financiers - ABEF), has been revised regarding the scope of goods subject to this measure in accordance with recently published lists of the aforementioned authority. Please refer to the quoted document for further details.

    Verification of Conformity

    The chapter on Verification of Conformity has been enhanced with regard to the appointed inspection providers who may carry out the respective controls. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for more information.

    Phytosanitary Entry Points

    This overview has been updated concerning the phytosanitary entry points which exist in Algeria. Further details may be obtained from the chapter on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 03 Nov 2017 South Africa Amendments as regards special economic zones (SEZ), waste tyres and used tyre casings as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

    As the Industrial Development Zones (IDZ) programme was replaced by the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) programme, the corresponding paragraph in this overview has been completely reviewed and revised. Additional details of the operation of such zones established within South Africa have also been provided. Please refer to the quoted section for more information.

    Waste Tyres and Used Tyre Casings

    In accordance with the Waste Tyre Regulations 2017 issued on 29 September 2017, information regarding the importation of such tyres has been added to the chapter on Motor Vehicles and Tyres further below. Furthermore, said section has also been enhanced with details of the control of second-hand tyre casings by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). More particulars may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph further below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News concerning amendments to the Companies Act, please see the following section.
  • 03 Nov 2017 Togo Focus: Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, Type Approval for Radio Terminal Equipment, governmental reorganisation as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Togo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been enhanced with a sample application form in French language. Please refer to the quoted document for further details.

    Type Approval for Radio Terminal Equipment

    The document dealing with the Type Approval for Radio Terminal Equipment has been amended with regard to several submission details, e.g. the contact details of the responsible authority, amongst others. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    Due to a governmental reorganisation, the following ministries have changed their denominations:

    Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries to Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Hydraulics
    Ministry of Health to Ministry of Health and Social Care
    The concerned documents in this import report have been adapted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 03 Nov 2017 Sri Lanka Focus: prohibited imports, modified application forms, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Sri Lanka has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the newly implemented ban on plastic bags and food containers, wrappers, plates, cups and spoons made of polyethylene, the classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted. Please also turn to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports below for more information on import bans.

    Modified Application Forms

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers and Registration of Importers of HCFC Refrigerants have been equipped with current application forms. For particulars, please refer to said documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment as well as the Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation Ltd. have been updated in all concerned documents. Moreover, the former Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Regulatory Authority has been renamed as National Medicines Regulatory Authority, which is reflected throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 02 Nov 2017 Singapore Focus: Classifications of Goods and Import Certificate for Strategic Goods, endangered species and products subject to CITES, animals and foodstuffs, pesticides, motor vehicles, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classifications of Goods and Import Certificate for Strategic Goods

    The documents entitled Classification of Goods and Import Certificate for Strategic Goods have been furnished with current application forms. Please see the quoted documents and the chapters on Note and on Strategic Goods below for further information.

    Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES has been newly added to this import report, substituting the former CITES permits to import flora and fauna. For particulars, please turn to said document.

    Animals and Foodstuffs

    The following documents have been enhanced in regard to procedural details and equipped with current application forms:

    Licence to Import Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Licence to Import Meat and Fish Products
    Licence to Import Ornamental Fish
    Registration of Foreign Meat Exporters
    Registration of Importers of Processed Food Products and Food Appliances.

    Moreover, the document entitled Licence to Import Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics has been newly integrated into this import report.

    Pesticides

    The current application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Pesticides. Moreover, the document has been enhanced in regard to procedural details, i.e. the validity and documents to be enclosed. For more details, please consult said document.

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Declaration of Facts for Assessment of Motor Vehicles has been equipped with an updated application form. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax numbers of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 02 Nov 2017 Pakistan Amendments as regards prohibited imports, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted in accordance with the current official list and the list of items banned for import in the chapter Prohibited Imports has been updated. Namely, shisha tobacco and related substances are no longer permitted. For more information on import bans, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on labelling requirements for halal products has been added to the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please refer to said paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been incorporated into the following section.
  • 02 Nov 2017 Colombia Amendments as regards agricultural and hazardous chemicals, labels of footwear and fine leather goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural and Hazardous Chemicals

    The section on Agricultural Pesticides and Fertilisers has been restructured. For reasons of clarity, information on the importation of other types of chemical substances may now be obtained from the newly added chapter on Further Hazardous Chemicals in this overview.

    Labels of Footwear and Fine Leather Goods

    The corresponding paragraph in this overview has been enhanced with details of the labelling and packaging requirements for footwear and fine leather goods. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following chapter.
  • 02 Nov 2017 Chile Focus: pesticides for sanitary and domestic use, radioactive substances, currency and payments as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Chile has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pesticides for Sanitary and Domestic Use

    The processing fees depicted in the document entitled Registration of Pesticides for Sanitary and Domestic Use have been updated in accordance with current provisions of the Institute of Public Health (ISP). Please refer to the quoted document for more information.

    Radioactive Substances

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Authorisation to Import Radioactive Substances has been exchanged for its current version. Furthermore, the document has been updated regarding the documents to be enclosed with the application. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Currency and Payments

    The document entitled Exchange-Related Report on Import Operations has been reviewed and updated, e.g. as regards the portrayed information sheet on foreign exchange flows and balances per import operation which must be submitted to the Central Bank of Chile.
    Moreover, the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with information on the development units (UF), in which certain fees may be calculated in Chile.
    Please see the quoted document and section for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 27 Oct 2017 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards export controls, customs procedures and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Controls

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Export Controls, giving a summary on international export control provisions. More details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter below.

    Customs Procedures

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been complemented with information on the electronic cargo tracking system. Please turn to the quoted section below for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages have been included in the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements. Please refer to said paragraph for additional details.
  • 27 Oct 2017 Taiwan Amendments as regards foodstuffs, the track and trace system for medicinal products as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Foodstuffs

    Particular foodstuffs require that the management system for the control of food safety in the exporting country is approved and found to be equivalent to that in Taiwan prior to importation as stipulated by the Regulations for Systematic Inspection of Imported Food. The range of goods subject to this measure has recently been expanded. The section on Foodstuffs below has been amended accordingly.

    Track and Trace System in Place for Medicinal Products

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare put a pharmaceutical track and trace system into operation in July 2017. So far, it applies only to blood preparations, vaccines and botulinum toxin products, but the scope of goods subject to this measure is to be further extended. The section on Cosmetics, Medicines and Medical Devices in this overview has been enhanced with information on said system and may be consulted for further particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    Information on the threshold value for national currency entering the country which requires a permit from the Central Bank of Taiwan has been updated in the chapter on Currency and Payments below. Please turn there for more information.
  • 27 Oct 2017 Kuwait Focus: Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures, Commercial Registration, accession of Kuwait to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, pesticides, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kuwait has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures

    The document entitled Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures, which is a prerequisite for the electronic submission of customs declarations, amongst others, has been newly incorporated into this report. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been blue-pencilled and modified, as applicable. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for its current version and the processing fee has been specified. For particulars, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Accession of Kuwait to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

    Following the country's accession in late August 2017, the paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below has been enhanced with information on Kuwait's status of participation in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been enhanced with a model of a dossier containing data to support an application for registration. Please turn to the quoted document for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Kuwait General Administration of Customs (KGAC) and the Environment Public Authority (EPA) has been adjusted throughout the import documentation for Kuwait.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 26 Oct 2017 Uganda Focus: nomenclature changes, prohibited imports and newly incorporated documents.
    The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of items banned for import depicted in the chapter on Prohibited Imports has been expanded by one item. Namely, fishing nets of all kinds are no longer permitted for entry into Uganda.

    Newly Incorporated Documents

    The following documents have been newly added to this import report:

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Company Registration
    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention
    Free Sale Certificate
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate
    Pro Forma Invoice
    Registration of Human and Veterinary Drugs
    Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).
    Please turn to the listed documents for further information on the respective measures.
  • 26 Oct 2017 Mozambique Focus: Single Certified Document, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Single Certified Document

    The sample form depicted in the document entitled Single Certified Document has been exchanged for a current version. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    A new document entitled Registration of Importers of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products has been created for this import report. For more information, please refer to this document and to the updated section on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Institute for Communications of Mozambique (INCM) and the Centre for Medicines and Medical Articles under the Ministry of Health (MISAU) have been updated in all concerned documents.
  • 26 Oct 2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards customs valuation, customs offices for regulated goods, used pneumatic tyres and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the customs valuation methods applied in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been provided in the newly added chapter entitled Customs Value in this overview. Further details may be consulted in the quoted paragraph.

    Customs Offices for Regulated Goods

    Certain goods may only be entered into Bosnia and Herzegovina through legally designated border points of entry at which the responsible customs offices are authorised to carry out the procedures, e.g. inspections, that are required for the specific types of products. Information to this effect has been added in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Furthermore, the paragraph on Chemicals and Dangerous Goods has been enhanced with regard to the border crossing points through which ozone-depleting substances (ODS) may be entered. Please refer to the quoted chapters for particulars.

    Used Pneumatic Tyres

    Details of the requirements for the importation of used pneumatic tyres have been incorporated into the corresponding paragraphs on Motor Vehicles and Tyres and Used Goods further below. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News regarding Bosnia and Herzegovina's accession to the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) have been provided in the following section.
  • 26 Oct 2017 Ghana
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Oct 2017 Sudan Amendments as regards aircraft, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) and Sudan's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Aircraft

    A section on Aircraft has been newly incorporated into this overview in order to depict the requirements for the importation of airplanes into Sudan. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    For reasons of enhanced transparency, the chapter entitled Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been introduced into this overview. Please turn thereto for information on conformity requirements for RTTE, including type approvals for said equipment and mandatory authorisations for wireless equipment.

    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 country is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Further Hazardous Goods below.
  • 25 Oct 2017 Bermuda Amendments as regards controlled chemicals and pesticides, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Controlled Chemicals and Pesticides

    The section on Controlled Chemicals and Pesticides in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which applies to Bermuda by way of extension. Please refer to said chapter for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Prohibited Imports below has been specified in regard to prohibited offensive weapons. Particulars may be found in said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 25 Oct 2017 Albania Focus: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), biocidal substances and contact details.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    In accordance with the Customs Code 2014, which entered completely into force on 1 June 2017, and its implementing regulations, a new document entitled Certification as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been added to the set of documents for this report. For additional information, please refer to the quoted document as well as to the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview.

    Biocidal Substances

    The importation of biocidal products intended to be traded and used for disinfection, disinfestation and deratisation (DDD) purposes in the public health sector and for the treatment of drinking water in Albania is subject to permission from the Directorate of Public Health under the Ministry of Health. To depict the details of the procedure to obtain said permit, the document entitled Permit to Import Biocidal Products has been incorporated into this import report. Please see said document and the blue-pencilled chapter on Pesticides, Fertilisers and Other Hazardous Chemicals for further particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the authorities responsible for import formalities in Albania have been verified. Contact details have been changed accordingly in documents administrated by the following authorities:

    General Directorate of Customs
    National Food Authority
    Veterinary Directorate working under the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Resources.
  • 25 Oct 2017 Malaysia
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Oct 2017 Gabon
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Oct 2017 Benin
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Oct 2017 Qatar Focus: Binding Tariff Information (BTI), Taxpayer Registration, Insurance Certificate, Phytosanitary Certificate, pesticides, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Binding Tariff Information (BTI)

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Information (BTI) has been newly incorporated into this report in order to depict how to obtain the correct commodity code in the case of uncertainties as to the classification of any good. The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been modified accordingly.

    Taxpayer Registration

    Following the decision to introduce a new excise tax for designated goods by the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the document entitled Taxpayer Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. The quoted document may be viewed for further details of the registration of natural and legal persons intending to trade in the respective goods, i.e. energy and carbonated drinks as well as tobacco and tobacco products. General information on Registration requirements may be found in the same-named section below.

    Insurance Certificate

    The document entitled Insurance Certificate has been amplified with information on the customs valuation practised in Qatar in the case of missing documentation as to the insurance of imported goods.

    Phytosanitary Certificate

    The Qatari International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) official contact point, i.e. the Plant Protection and Quarantine Section under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, recently published a notice pertaining to attachments to phytosanitary certificates, in particular treatment certificates accompanying exported consignments to Qatar. Such certificates must be in compliance with Article No. 1.3 of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 12 (guidelines for phytosanitary certificates). Consequently, the document entitled Phytosanitary Certificate has been amplified with information in this respect and may be viewed for additional information.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been enhanced with a model of a dossier containing data to support an application for registration. Please turn to the quoted document for more details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the General Directorate of Customs and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has been adjusted throughout the import documentation for Qatar.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 24 Oct 2017 Namibia Focus: Commercial Registration, Carnet A.T.A., Insurance Certificate, radio and telecommunications equipment as well as hazardous chemical substances.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    As all entities wishing to conduct business in Namibia must be entered into the Registrar of Companies and Close Corporations, this import documentation now also contains a new document entitled Commercial Registration. For additional particulars of business establishment in the country, please see said document and the chapter on Registration in this overview.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    As Namibia is party of the Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods, i.e. the A.T.A. Convention, as illustrated in the paragraph on International Agreements in this overview, the corresponding document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been added to the set of documents for this report. For specifics, the mentioned document may be consulted.

    Insurance Certificate

    For the customs clearance of goods, the Customs Import Declaration is to be accompanied by a set of documents proving the nature of the goods and the transaction. An Insurance Certificate is amongst those documents which may be required by the Namibian customs authorities and has therefore been incorporated into this report. Information on other documents which may be required for the customs clearance of goods may be obtained from the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

    As a Declaration of Conformity from the importer, manufacturer or supplier is a prerequisite for the Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment, the set of documents for Namibia's import report has been expanded by the former document. Please see the quoted documents for additional information.

    Hazardous Chemical Substances

    In accordance with the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention, which Namibia is a member of, a company seeking to export chemicals which are covered by said Convention must notify the Designated National Authority (DNA) of the importing country accordingly thereof in order to obtain a prior informed consent (PIC) from the importing party. The document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention depicts this procedure in detail.
    In addition, a Material Safety Data Sheet, containing details of chemical substances or products with regard to their potential hazards and providing instructions for the handling of the goods, may also be required for the importation or placing on the market of chemical substances.
    The above-mentioned documents, which have been newly added to this report, may be referred to for further details.
  • 24 Oct 2017 Cuba Amendments as regards temporary importation, labelling requirements for medical devices and the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Temporary Importation

    A new section entitled Temporary Importation has been incorporated into this overview and may now be viewed for further particulars of this type of customs procedure.

    Labelling of Medical Devices

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with the details to be provided on the labels of medical devices. Please turn to said section for more information.

    Central Bank of Cuba (BCC)

    The contact details of the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) have been newly added to the paragraph on Currency and Payments below. For further particulars, please see the mentioned section.
  • 24 Oct 2017 Vietnam
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Oct 2017 Syria
    Nomenclature changes
  • 23 Oct 2017 Myanmar Amendments as regards export controls, sanctions, the customs value and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Controls

    This overview has been enhanced with a new section on Export Controls, giving a summary on international export control provisions. More details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter below.

    Sanctions

    A new paragraph on Sanctions has been added to this overview, providing information on restrictive measures against Myanmar, applied by the Council of the European Union (EU). Please refer to the quoted section for further details.

    Customs Value

    The section on Customs Value has been newly added to this overview, outlining the customs valuation methods in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). For particulars, please turn to said chapter below.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following paragraph.
  • 23 Oct 2017 Kazakhstan Focus: advanced notification of arrival, classification of goods, pest risk analysis (PRA), labels of grain, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    For reasons of clarity, the former preliminary declaration has been completely reviewed and renamed Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft, which has been amplified with additional requirements for notifications to be made if goods are transported by aircraft. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in the relevant documents of this report pursuant to the import regime and conformity regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), i.e. referring to all product groups listed in the paragraphs on Import Licences and Standardisation in this overview.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the EAEU.

    Labels of Grain

    Provisions for the labels of grain have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please see the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following state bodies have been amended, which have been reflected in the relevant documents of the report:

    Committee for Environmental Regulation and Control
    Department of Waste Management
    Ministry of Energy
    National Centre for the Complex Processing of Mineral Raw Materials.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 23 Oct 2017 Iran Amendments as regards the classification of goods, sanctions as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iran.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Sanctions

    The paragraph on Sanctions in this overview has been enhanced with information on the legal source stipulating the equipment, technology or software banned from being exported to Iran for reasons that it might be used for internal repression or for monitoring telecommunications.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 23 Oct 2017 Congo Democratic Republic of
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Oct 2017 Azerbaijan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2017 Syria Focus: prohibited imports, amended application fees and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been amplified with information on items of animal origin banned from being entered into Syria; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Amended Application Fees

    The updated fees which are charged for the mandatory Registration with the Chamber of Commerce have been reflected in the quoted document. Information on the requirement of this document may also be consulted in the chapter on Registration below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Syrian authorities responsible for foreign trade measures, e.g. of the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment and the Syrian Arab Organization for Standardization and Metrology (SASMO), has been blue-pencilled and adjusted, where applicable throughout the documents of this report.
  • 20 Oct 2017 Mali Amendments as regards the labelling of matches, the Rotterdam Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Matches

    The chapter on Labelling and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with information on the prescribed labelling of matches. Further details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Rotterdam Convention

    As Mali is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention, the chapter on Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with details thereon. Please turn to the mentioned section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 20 Oct 2017 Belarus Focus: advanced notification of arrival, classification of goods, application forms, pest risk analysis (PRA), labels of grain and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    For reasons of clarity, the former preliminary declaration has been completely reviewed and renamed Advanced Notification of Arrival for Vehicles and Aircraft, which has been amplified with additional requirements for notifications to be made if goods are transported by aircraft. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the corresponding section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in the relevant documents of this report pursuant to the import regime and conformity regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), i.e. referring to all product groups listed in the paragraphs on Import Licences and Standardisation in this overview.

    Application Forms

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

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union.
    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The chapter entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been revised pursuant to regulations in the framework of the EAEU.

    Labels of Grain

    Provisions for the labels of grain have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. For particulars, please see the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 20 Oct 2017 Colombia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Oct 2017 Panama Amendments as regards free trade zones, norms and standards, labels of pesticides and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The chapter entitled Free Trade Zones has been completely revised and enhanced with various details, e.g. concerning the authority responsible for the development and management of such zones. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Standardisation has been amplified with information on Panama's membership to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Labels of Pesticides

    Labelling Requirements for pesticides intended for professional use have been added to the same-titled section in this overview. For details, please refer to the aforementioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 19 Oct 2017 Montenegro Focus: food and feed of non-animal origin, Registration of Foodstuffs Objects, agricultural chemicals, tobacco products, contact details.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Food and Feed of Non-Animal Origin

    As of 1 September 2017, new requirements are in effect for the importation of food and feed of non-animal origin into Montenegro. As a result, the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been completely reviewed and enhanced accordingly. For additional information, please see the mentioned document.

    Registration of Foodstuffs Objects

    The document entitled Registration of Foodstuffs Objects has been verified and updated, e.g. with regard to the processing fees and documents to be enclosed, in accordance with the most recent stipulations from July 2017.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    On 12 September 2017, the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs issued an appeal for importers of pesticides to ensure that their products are registered with said authority. Similarly, fertilisers to be imported are also subject to a prior registration. In order to provide particulars of the registration procedures, the documents entitled Registration of Pesticides and Registration of Fertilisers have been added to the set of documents for this report. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Tobacco Products

    As all importers dealing in tobacco, processed tobacco and tobacco products must be registered in Montenegro, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products has been newly incorporated into this report. For further details of the respective registration procedure, please refer to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The documents entitled Company Registration and Opening of a Company Representation have been updated with the new address details of the Central Registry of Commercial Entities (CRPS). Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Oct 2017 Jordan Amendments as regards commodities related to internal security, animal feed and Jordan's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Commodities Related to Internal Security

    A new chapter on Commodities Related to Internal Security has been added to this overview in order to summarise the measures applicable to the importation of such merchandise. The quoted section below may be viewed for more information.

    Animal Feed

    For reasons of greater transparency, the paragraph entitled Animal Feed has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for information on import and marketing requirements for fodder.

    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 country is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances below.
  • 19 Oct 2017 Mali
    Nomenclature changes
  • 19 Oct 2017 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Oct 2017 Serbia Focus: denonimations of Ministries, Phytosanitary Inspection, endangered wildlife species, especially dangerous chemicals, waste and eGovernment Portal.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Denonimations of Ministries

    The competencies of the former Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection have been transferred over to the newly nominated Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and Ministry of Environmental Protection. The concerned documents of this import report have been amended accordingly and, where applicable, updated with the contact details.

    Phytosanitary Inspection

    The list of border crossing points through which plants and plant products may be entered into Serbia has been updated in the document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Endangered Wildlife Species

    The current application forms have been furnished into the documents entitled CITES Permit and Permit to Import Nationally Protected Species of Wild Flora, Fauna and Fungus. The details of the processing fees have also been brought up to date in said documents. Please see the quoted documents for more particulars.

    Especially Dangerous Chemicals

    The list of dangerous chemical substances which are exempt from a Licence to Deal in Especially Dangerous Chemicals has been amended in the quoted document in accordance with the Ordinance on the licences for the conduct of trade activities, i.e. licences for the use of especially dangerous chemicals ("Official Gazette RS", no. 6/17) from February 2017. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed has also been verified and updated accordingly. The corresponding document may be consulted for additional details.

    Waste

    The document entitled Permit to Import Non-Hazardous Waste has been completely reviewed and brought up to date, e.g. with regard to the processing fee, the validity for multiple shipments and the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, the document entitled Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Non-Hazardous Waste has been equipped with a Serbian version of the form.
    To depict the procedure for importing certain types of hazardous waste which may be imported into Serbia as secondary raw materials, the document entitled Permit to Import Hazardous Waste has been newly added to the set of documents for this report.

    eGovernment Portal

    The Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS) is one of the authorities which enable certain procedures to be carried out electronically via the Serbian eGovernment Portal. Accordingly, the documents entitled Registration of Medicines and Registration of Medical Devices have been enhanced with details of the electronic application procedures. The latter document has also been amplified with information regarding the registration of medical devices intended for veterinary purposes.
  • 18 Oct 2017 Iceland Focus: live animals, medical devices, firearms and ammunition as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals has been enhanced with a sample certificate for the importation of dogs into Iceland. Please see the mentioned document for more details.

    Registration of Medical Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been updated as regards the application form and the procedural details. Further information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Firearms and Ammunition

    The application form displayed in the document entitled Licence to Import and Trade in Firearms and Ammunition has been exchanged for its current version. For further details, please refer to said document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the chapter below.
  • 18 Oct 2017 Ethiopia Amendments as regards the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and packaging and labelling requirements for tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

    As Ethiopia is a member of the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the chapter on Standards in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Ethiopia is a party, has been added to the section entitled Pesticides and Further Hazardous Chemicals. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements for Tobacco Products

    Details concerning the packaging and labelling requirements for tobacco products have been depicted in the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 18 Oct 2017 Bangladesh
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Oct 2017 Madagascar Amendments as regards plants and plant products, alcohol and tobacco products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph entitled Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with a list of entry points at which phytosanitary controls may be effected at the time of importation. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Alcohol and Tobacco Products

    The section on Alcohol and Tobacco Products has been newly integrated into this overview, depicting import requirements for said goods. Please turn to the aforementioned paragraph for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 17 Oct 2017 Libya Focus: import budget, Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI), exchanged sample forms and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Budget

    By virtue of Decree No. 378/2017, the Ministry of Economy and Industry (previously Ministry of Economy) published an import budget, which applies to import transactions of the public and the private sector alike. In the private sector, it aims at a better allocation of currencies and refers to imports for which a Letter of Credit (LC) or documents against payment have been agreed upon as methods of payment of the goods. The value of the budget amounts to 10.6 billion of USD, 6.7 billion USD of which are intended for the private sector and the remaining 3.9 billion USD for government expenditures. As to private-sector imports, an exact allocation of currencies with respect to commodity groups, e.g. foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals or products used in the oil and gas industry, is provided for in Article No. 2 of said Decree.
    Decree No. 50/2017 stipulates that LCs are to be submitted by post to the representative of the Ministry, i.e. the head of the newly established Inspection Committee. The inspector is to provide his final confirmation on each LC in conformity with the rules of Decree No. 51/2017, which stipulates the documents to be enclosed with the submission of the LCs.
    Since mid-July 2017, companies of the private sector are to register with the Ministry under www.me.eidc.gov.ly in order to participate in the budget.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The sample application form for the document entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been exchanged for a version currently in use. Moreover, said document has been enhanced with an additional sample of an issued certificate of inspection as provided by one of the permissible inspection providers, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS). Besides SGS, further international inspection companies, e.g. Bureau Veritas, Cotecna, Intertek and TÜV Rheinland, have been mandated by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL) to conduct PSI.

    Exchanged Sample Forms

    The document entitled Pre-Shipment Declaration of Conformity has been equipped with a version of the sample declaration form currently in use.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    By virtue of Decree No. 1/2017 of the Ministry of Economy and Industry (previously Ministry of Economy), the Commercial Registration Committee coming under the Companies and Commercial Registration Administration has been newly created under said Ministry as the Libyan body which is now responsible for the development of a new companies law. It is therefore the new managing authority for the documents entitled Commercial Registration and Excerpt from the Commercial Register. The latter is a mandatory document for the application of various import procedures.
  • 17 Oct 2017 Liberia Amendments as regards norms and standards, the customs value as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The chapter on Norms and Standards in this overview has been enhanced with the address details of the Liberia Division of Standards (LDS) and the National Standards Laboratory (NSL) in Liberia. Please turn to the mentioned section for further information.

    Customs Value

    A new paragraph entitled Customs Value has been added to the import documentation for Liberia, outlining the rules on determining the customs value of imported goods. Further details may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 17 Oct 2017 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2017 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards customs stations, the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, wine and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Stations

    A list of the border crossing points (BCPs) and information on inland customs clearance terminals established within the customs territory of Kosovo has been depicted in the paragraph entitled Customs Stations, which has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for additional particulars.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    A new chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been added to this overview in order to provide information on the trader scheme in Kosovo. For specifics, please turn to the quoted section.

    Wine

    Details of the requirements for the importation of wine have been included in a new paragraph in this overview. Please see the chapter entitled Wine for more information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 16 Oct 2017 Brunei Focus: Company Registration, Notification of Cosmetic Products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been enhanced in regard to procedural details, i.e. the processing fee and documents to be enclosed. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration for particulars.

    Notification of Cosmetic Products

    An updated application form has been added to the document named Notification of Cosmetic Products. Furthermore, the documents to be enclosed have been augmented in accordance with most current specifications. The mentioned document as well as the section on Medicinal Products and Cosmetics may be viewed for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the address, phone and fax numbers of the Department of Pharmaceutical Services and the Food Safety and Quality Control Division have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 16 Oct 2017 Australia Focus: Advance Ruling, medicines and medical devices, Registration as a Responsible Supplier of Electrical Equipment, labelling of caffeinated beverages as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    The document entitled Advance Ruling has been newly included in this import report. For more information on obtaining binding confirmation as regards the tariff, valuation or origin classification of goods, please refer to said document and the chapter on Customs Clearance in this overview.

    Medicines and Medical Devices

    The processing fees payable in relation to the following documents have been updated:

    Confirmation of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Import Approval for Medical Devices.
    The former document has also been revised with regard to the documents to be enclosed. In this context, the document entitled Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please see the quoted documents for details.

    Registration as a Responsible Supplier of Electrical Equipment

    Importers intending to use the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) on their electrical equipment must be registered in the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). Particulars of said registration may be obtained from the document entitled Registration as a Responsible Supplier of Electrical Equipment, which has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Please also refer to the updated paragraph on Labelling Requirements below for additional information.

    Labelling of Caffeinated Beverages

    The section on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for caffeinated beverages. Please turn thereto for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 16 Oct 2017 Zimbabwe
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Oct 2017 South Korea Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs), pest risk analysis (PRA) and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    The chapter on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in this overview has been augmented with further details. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Information on the three different stages of a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in South Korea has been added to the mentioned section. For further particulars, please refer thereto.

    International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below has been enhanced by introducing the contact details of the Korean authorities responsible in the framework of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). Further particulars may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 13 Oct 2017 Bahamas Amendments as regards the labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling of Pre-Packaged Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the requirements for labels of pre-packaged foodstuffs. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Oct 2017 United Arab Emirates Focus: mandatory Taxpayer Registration, exchanged application and sample forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Mandatory Taxpayer Registration

    Following the introduction of a new excise tax for designated goods with effect from 1 October 2017 by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), which had been established in 2016, the document entitled Taxpayer Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. The quoted document may be viewed for further details of the mandatory registration of individuals and companies trading in the respective goods, i.e. energy and carbonated drinks as well as tobacco and tobacco products. General information on Registration requirements may be found in the same-named section below.
    Since the third quarter of 2017, the abovementioned registration may also be conducted by importers and traders liable to the value-added tax (VAT), which is intended to be introduced as of the beginning of 2018. Registration for VAT purposes will then become compulsory by the end of 2017 for businesses of an annual threshold turnover of at least 375,000 AED.

    Exchanged Application and Sample Forms

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

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof
    Registration with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
    Veterinary Certificate for Horses.

    For more information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 12 Oct 2017 Indonesia Focus: Appointments as IT, Recognitions as IP and Import Approvals, Trade Business Licence (SIUP), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Appointments as IT, Recognitions as IP and Import Approvals

    The following documents have been amended in regard to procedural details, i.e. the documents to be enclosed:

    Appointment as IT Alcoholic Beverages
    Appointment as IT Cement
    Appointment as IT Diamonds
    Appointment as IT Mobile Phones, Hand-Held Computers and Tablets
    Appointment as IT Nitro Cellulose
    Appointment as IT Oil and Gas
    Appointment as IT Other Fuels
    Appointment as IT Plastic Raw Materials
    Appointment as IT Precursors
    Recognition as IP Precursors
    Import Approval for Animals and Animal Products
    Import Approval for Alloy Steel
    Import Approval for Colour Multifunction, Photocopying and Printing Machines
    Import Approval for Horticultural Products
    Import Approval for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Import Approval for Salt
    Import Approval for Sugar
    Import Approval for Used Capital Goods.

    Moreover, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the following documents has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products:

    Appointment as IT Precursors
    Recognition as IP Precursors
    Import Approval for Horticultural Products
    Import Approval for Precursors.

    Trade Business Licence (SIUP)

    The Trade Business Licence (SIUP) is now valid for an unlimited period of time. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Registration for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details, i.e. the phone and fax numbers of the Director General of Customs and Excise have been updated in all concerned documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 12 Oct 2017 Hong Kong Focus: Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities, CITES Import Licence, exchanged forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities

    The document entitled Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities has been reviewed and updated concerning the manner of submission. Please see said document for details.

    CITES Import Licence

    The document entitled CITES Import Licence has been amended with regard to the form and the requirements for completing and submitting said application.

    Exchanged Forms

    The forms depicted in the documents listed below have been exchanged for the respective versions as currently in use:

    Import Permit for Frozen or Chilled Meat, Poultry and Game Meat
    Import Statement on Dutiable Commodities
    Import Statement for Liquors
    Import Statement for Methyl Alcohol
    Import Statement for Tobacco
    Kimberley Process Import Certificate
    Pre-Arrival Notification of Commercial Vessels.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 12 Oct 2017 Canada Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, mutual recognition agreements (MRAs), prohibited tobacco products, food products treated with high pressure processing (HPP) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA):

    Pre-Arrival Review System
    Request for Documentation Review.

    As a result, these measures are now also applicable to certain machinery, e.g. bulldozers, angledozers, scrapers, tamping machines, road rollers, piledrivers, snowploughs and snowblowers, as of 28 August 2017.

    Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)

    The chapter on Customs Release Options in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) which Canada concluded with Israel and Australia in July 2017 within the framework of the Partners in Protection (PIP) programme. For details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Prohibited Tobacco Products

    As of 2 October 2017, the sale of cigarettes, blunt wraps and most cigars which contain menthol is strictly prohibited in Canada. The section on Prohibited Imports has been accordingly enhanced with details on such products as well as other tobacco products which are banned from importation into Canada. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Food Products Treated with High Pressure Processing (HPP)

    In accordance with a guidance document issued by the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in July 2017, food products treated with high pressure processing (HPP) are no longer subject to the requirements applicable to novel foods. The chapter on Foodstuffs has been updated in this regard. For additional details, please see the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 12 Oct 2017 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Oct 2017 Mexico Focus: Registration of Importers, Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, protection of plant variety rights, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration of Importers and Registration of Importers from Certain Branches

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers and Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, which must be applied for via the web portal of the Tax Administration Service (SAT), have been equipped with a sample of the electronic application interface, respectively. Please see the quoted documents and the chapter on Registration in this overview for further details of these procedures.

    Protection of Plant Variety Rights

    A new document entitled Protection of Plant Breeder's Rights has been created for this import report. For more information on this measure, please refer to the mentioned document and to the updated section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Service of Inspection and Certification of Seeds (SNICS) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) have been updated in all concerned documents of the report.

    Other

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 11 Oct 2017 Laos Amendments as regards advance ruling, customs value as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Laos.
    The following changes have been made:

    Advance Ruling

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on the possibility to facilitate import procedures via advance ruling. More details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Customs Value

    The section on Customs Value has been newly added to this overview, outlining the customs valuation methods in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). For particulars, please turn to said chapter below.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the labelling provisions for tobacco products. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 11 Oct 2017 Switzerland Amendments as regards commercial samples, labelling of products of animal origin as well as of radio equipment and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Samples

    A chapter on Commercial Samples has been newly created for this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Labelling of Products of Animal Origin

    The section on Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced by adding information on the identification mark required for animal products. For further particulars, the quoted paragraph may be consulted.

    Labelling of Radio Equipment

    Information on the mandatory requirements for the labels of radio equipment have been included in the section on Labelling Requirements. More details may be obtained from said chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Oman Focus: pesticides and fertilisers, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), air conditioners and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pesticides and Fertilisers

    Means of plant protection must be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in order to be imported into and marketed in Oman. In addition, importers and traders of pesticides require a corresponding licence from said Ministry. Consequently, the following documents have been newly incorporated into this report:

    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Moreover, the following documents have been completely revised and adjusted to the currently valid regulations, e.g. as regards the mandatory documents to be enclosed with the application or the payable service fees, amongst other changes:

    Permit to Import Fertilisers
    Permit to Import Pesticides
    Release Approval for Agricultural Commodities.

    For additional details, please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter entitled Agricultural Chemicals in this overview.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Pursuant to recently published decisions and guidelines, the documents required for the importation of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) have been blue-pencilled. The modifications concern, e.g., the fee structure and the mandatory information to be inscribed on the labels of the devices. More information may be obtained from the section quoted above and the documents listed therein as well as from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below.

    Air Conditioners

    In the framework of the mandatory energy efficiency label for air conditioners, a Registration of Air Conditioners for Energy Labelling is a prerequisite for the marketing of said goods in Oman in accordance with Standard No. 2530 on the requirements of energy efficiency labels and the minimum energy efficiency performance standards (MEPS) for air conditioners of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO). Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional details.

    Other Changes

    The following News section contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards pesticides, standardisation as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pesticides

    A new chapter on Pesticides has been added to this overview, providing information on the importation of and trade in plant protection products. For specifics, please see the quoted paragraph further below.

    Standardisation

    Details of the national standards body of Cambodia, i.e. the Institute of Standards of Cambodia (ISC) are presented in the newly added section on Standardisation. Please turn to the mentioned chapter in this overview for particulars.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with provisions on the labelling requirements for cosmetics. Further details may be obtained from said chapter below.
  • 10 Oct 2017 Cameroon Focus: Registration in the Importer File, Registration with e-FORCE, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration in the Importer File

    The document entitled Registration in the Importer File has been updated with regard to the processing fee pertaining to this particular procedure. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Registration with e-FORCE

    In order to access the newly established so-called Single Form for Foreign Trade Operations (= Formulaire Unique des Opérations du Commerce Extérieur), also referred to as e-FORCE, which is a tool within the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations (GUCE), a prior Registration with e-FORCE is necessary. The quoted document has been added to the set of documents for this report to depict the details of the registration procedure. Please turn thereto and to the enhanced chapter on the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations for further information. Moreover, all documents of this report which may be submitted electronically via the e-FORCE have been amended accordingly.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Single Window for Foreign Trade Operations (GUCE) have been updated in all concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Ukraine Amendments as regards the application of an accredited electronic key, chemical weapons and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Accredited Electronic Key

    For the use of the Unified State Portal for Administrative Services, business entities are required to possess an electronic digital signature (EDS). In Ukraine, the Accredited Key Certification Center is responsible therefore. For general information on the quoted portal and for contact details of the institution in charge, please turn to the corresponding paragraph on Registration below, which has been enhanced with relevant particulars.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Ukraine is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been incorporated into the following chapter.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Kenya Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya.
    The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    As of 1 September 2017, all imported pharmaceutical goods, i.e. medical devices, food supplements, medical cosmetics and herbal products, are inspected under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme. The assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the following documents has therefore been reviewed and updated as appropriate:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    The quoted documents and the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) may be consulted for further details.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the newly implemented ban on plastic carrier and flat bags, the classification of designated commodities pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted. Please also turn to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports below for more information on import bans.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Guinea Focus: Insurance Certificate, hazardous chemicals and Certificate of Analysis.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Insurance Certificate

    When clearing goods from customs, the Customs Import Declaration is to be accompanied by documents proving the nature of the goods and the transaction. An Insurance Certificate is amongst those documents which may be required by the Guinean customs authorities and has therefore been added to the set of documents of this import report. For more information on this and further requirements, please turn to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Hazardous Chemical Substances

    Pursuant to the Guinean Mining Code, the National Directorate of Mines is to give its approval to the importation of and trade in designated explosives. Consequently, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Explosive Substances for Civil Use has been newly incorporated into this import documentation. Please refer to the quoted document and to the updated chapter on Hazardous Goods for particulars.

    Moreover, Guinea is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade. This Convention undertakes to ensure that exports of designated chemical substances may only take place with the consent of the importing party. By means of the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure, information is gathered and disseminated as to whether an importing party wishes to receive future shipments of a certain chemical and to ensure the compliance with that decision by the exporting party.
    In case a company is seeking to export chemicals which are covered by the Convention or which are subject to national regulatory action, an Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention must be sent to the Designated National Authority (DNA) of the importing country nominated to this effect in order to obtain prior consent. For further information, the quoted document may be consulted, which has been newly introduced into this report.

    Certificate of Analysis

    Depending on the nature of commodities, a document certifying that microbiological and physical/chemical tests have been carried out by an appropriate laboratory in the country of export may be a prerequisite for a Request for Certificate (RFC) in the framework of the mandatory Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Conformity Assessment Procedures detailed in the same-named section below. In order to depict the obtainment of such a Certificate of Analysis, said document has been newly created and may be viewed for additional details.
  • 09 Oct 2017 Sri Lanka
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Oct 2017 Norway Amendments as regards the nutrition declaration for foodstuffs, high risk food and feed and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway. The following changes have been made:

    Nutrition Declaration for Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with details of the mandatory nutrition declaration for foodstuffs. For more information, please turn to the quoted section.

    High Risk Food and Feed

    As new stipulations have been published concerning the scope of products subject to an increased level of official controls on imports, the tariff codes assigned to the documents Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products and Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) have been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 06 Oct 2017 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: phytosanitary certification, Insurance Certificate, Export Notification for Goods Coming Under the Rotterdam Convention, Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product and Declaration of Conformity.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Phytosanitary Certification

    If commodities subject to phytosanitary control are re-exported, both the original Phytosanitary Certificate and a Phytosanitary Re-Export Certificate are to be provided. Consequently, the latter document has been newly incorporated into this report. Please turn to the documents quoted above and to the section on Plants and Plant Products for specifics.

    Insurance Certificate

    An Insurance Certificate is amongst the documents which may be required by the Congolese customs authorities and has therefore been added to this import documentation. Please also refer to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations for particulars.

    Export Notification for Goods Coming Under the Rotterdam Convention

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, which undertakes to ensure that exports of designated chemical substances may only take place with the consent of the importing party. If a company seeks to export chemicals covered by the Convention or subject to national regulatory action, an Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention must be submitted. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    In order to import narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an authorisation is to be obtained. For more details, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors may be viewed.

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The importation of telecommunications equipment is subject to a Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment. Therefore, this import report has been enhanced with a newly created document of the same name. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product

    As a Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product may be required for the registration of pharmaceuticals, the same-named document has been added to this report and may be consulted for more details.

    Declaration of Conformity

    The conformity of certain goods must be proved in order for them to be importable. A means of attestation of conformity may be a Declaration of Conformity. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document.
  • 06 Oct 2017 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Oct 2017 Tajikistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 06 Oct 2017 Pakistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2017 Senegal Focus: Approval for the Importation of Telecommunications Equipment, Preliminary Declaration of Fishery Products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval for the Importation of Telecommunications Equipment

    The application form for the Approval for the Importation of Telecommunications Equipment contained in the same-named document has been replaced by the currently used version. Furthermore, the document has been reviewed and amended with regard to the stipulated processing time and fee. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information.

    Preliminary Declaration of Fishery Products

    The document entitled Preliminary Declaration of Fishery Products has been enhanced with the application form which is to be submitted by the importer prior to the importation of fishery products. The quoted document may be viewed for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 05 Oct 2017 Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Amendments as regards customs valuation, technological industrial development zones (TIDZs), gas cylinders intended for installation in motor vehicles, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Macedonia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the customs valuation methods applied in Macedonia has been provided in the newly added chapter entitled Customs Value in this overview. Further details may be consulted in the quoted paragraph.

    Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZs)

    A new section on Technological Industrial Development Zones (TIDZs) has been incorporated into this overview to provide details of such zones in Macedonia and of the benefits granted to investors operating therein. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Gas Cylinders Intended for Installation in Motor Vehicles

    Details of the requirements to import gas cylinders which are intended for installation in motor vehicles have been added to the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Equipment further below. Please refer to said chapter for information thereon.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News may be obtained from the following chapter.
  • 05 Oct 2017 Bahrain Focus: reduction of mandatory accompanying documents for goods delivered to Bahrain, air conditioners, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Reduction of Mandatory Accompanying Documents for Goods Delivered to Bahrain

    By virtue of Decree No. 8/2017 of the Customs Affairs, the documents entitled Delivery Order and Packing List are no longer to be enclosed with every delivery of goods shipped to Bahrain. Said documents may, however, occasionally be requested by the customs authorities. For more information on the scope of mandatory documents for customs clearance, please turn to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Air Conditioners

    In the framework of the mandatory energy efficiency label for air conditioners, a Registration of Air Conditioners for Energy Labelling is a prerequisite for the marketing of said goods in Bahrain in accordance with Decree No. 70/2015, promulgating the Regulation on Energy Labelling and Minimum Energy Performance Requirements for Air Conditioners. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for additional details.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Two new legal stipulations, i.e. Resolutions No. 7/2017 and No. 9/2017, have recently been published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), pursuant to which the type approval procedure, the fee structure and the application forms related to said procedure have been reviewed. Please refer to the document entitled Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 04 Oct 2017 Ghana Focus: registration of importers with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products and contact details.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)

    The following documents have been newly added to this import report:

    Registration of Importers of Cosmetics and Household Chemical Substances
    Registration of Importers of Food Supplements, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products
    Registration of Importers of Medical Devices.
    Please turn to the quoted documents and the corresponding chapters on Foodstuffs, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics as well as Pesticides, Chemicals and Hazardous Goods for more information on the registration requirements.

    Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products

    The current application form has been incorporated in the document entitled Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products. For further details, please consult said document and the section on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities have been updated in all concerned documents throughout this import report:

    Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana
    Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC)
    Ministry of Energy
    National Petroleum Authority
    Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD).
  • 04 Oct 2017 Botswana Amendments as regards sources of radiation as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana. The following changes have been made:

    Sources of Radiation

    The section on Hazardous Substances and Waste in this overview has been enhanced with details of the requirements for the importation of radioactive material, radioactive substances as well as equipment generating ionising radiation. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Currency and Payments

    A new chapter entitled Currency and Payments has been added to this overview, in order to provide information on the national currency and on the payment methods of import transactions. For details, please turn to the quoted section.
  • 04 Oct 2017 Benin Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hazardous pesticides and chemicals as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    If genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are contained in commodities of agricultural or forestal origin, import measures may deviate from the procedures depicted in the corresponding paragraphs of this overview or are to be followed additionally. Consequently, a chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) describing the relevant provisions has been added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Hazardous Pesticides and Chemicals

    Information with regard to hazardous pesticides and chemicals covered by international conventions has been added to this overview. For further details, please refer to the paragraph on Hazardous Goods.

    Contact Details

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been updated in regard of the current contact details of the Plant Protection and Phytosanitary Control Service; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 29 Sep 2017 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), radiofrequency equipment and various current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

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

    Alcohol Label Approval
    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Import Inspection
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Food Facility
    Steel Import Licence.
    Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP)

    The chapter on Foodstuffs and Feed in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), the compliance with which has started to become mandatory as of 30 May 2017. Moreover, details of the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP), which is foreseen to begin in January 2018, has also been provided. Please turn to the quoted section for specifics.

    Radiofrequency Equipment

    On 13 July 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted amended rules regarding the authorisation and importation of radiofrequency equipment, in particular on the elimination of FCC form 740 and on the permitted self-approval procedures for the Equipment Authorisation. As a result, the former document entitled statement of imported radiofrequency devices has been removed from the set of documents for this import report and the chapter on Standards in this overview has been updated accordingly. For additional information, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Various current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Saudi Arabia Focus: mandatory taxpayer registration, exchanged application form, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Mandatory Taxpayer Registration

    Following the introduction of a new excise tax for designated goods, the document entitled Registration with the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has been newly created and may be viewed for further information on the mandatory registration of individuals and companies trading in the respective goods, i.e. energy and carbonated drinks as well as tobacco and tobacco products.
    As of 20 December 2017, said registration will also become compulsory for importers and traders liable to value-added tax (VAT), which is intended to be introduced as of 2018.

    Exchanged Application Form

    The application form of the document entitled Licence to Deal in Arms and Ammunition has been exchanged for its current version. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Saudi authorities have been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.

    The following News chapter contains information on recent developments concerning foreign trade issues.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Peru Amendments as regards labels of seeds, chemical weapons and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Labels of Seeds

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with particular provisions with regard to the colour labelling of classified seeds and additional indications to be included on labels of treated seeds. For further details, please turn to the aforementioned section.

    Chemical Weapons

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Peru is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Controlled Chemical Substances below. More details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following paragraph.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Afghanistan Focus: customs release for agricultural chemicals, dangerous goods declarations and contact details.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Release for Agricultural Chemicals

    The document entitled Customs Release Certificate for Agricultural Fertilisers and Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this import report. For additional details thereon, the quoted document and the section on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview may be viewed.

    Dangerous Goods Declarations

    If dangerous goods are being brought to Afghanistan via railway or road, the shipper must hand a declaration corresponding to the method of shipment to the carrier or his agent prior to the delivery of the goods. Consequently, the following documents have been newly added to the set of documents of this report:

    Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Railway
    Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Road.
    Please turn to the quoted documents for further information.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have been blue-pencilled throughout this report, where applicable.
  • 29 Sep 2017 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 21 Sep 2017 Canada
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 18 Sep 2017 Uganda
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation