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  • 22 Oct 2018 Myanmar Amendments as regards the ASEAN registration platform, chemicals, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar. The following changes have been made:

    ASEAN Registration Platform

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

    Chemicals

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Other Changes

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

    Nomenclature Changes

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

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

    Precious Metals and Stones

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

    Forms and Procedural Amendments

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

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

    Import Prohibitions

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

    New Currency Provisions

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Import Licence

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

    Export Accompanying Documents

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

    Modified Fees and Documents to be Enclosed

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

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

    Tax Registration

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

    Contact Details

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

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

    Waste

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

    Nomenclature Changes

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

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

    Radio-Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units

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

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

    Please consult the aforementioned documents for particular amendments.

    Forms

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

    Other Changes

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Medical Devices

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

    Other Changes

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

    Electronic Exchange of Information (ERP)

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Nationally Protected Species

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

    Medicines and Medical Devices

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

    Other Changes

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

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

    Commercial Invoice

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

    Customs Warehousing

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

    Minamata Convention

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Binding Information

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

    Updated Application Forms and Fees

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products

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

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

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

    Updated Application Forms

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

    Other Changes

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

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

    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Ministries, Departments and Control Agencies (MIDAC) Module

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

    Customs Regime

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

    Basic Import Regulations

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

    Import Monopolies
    Import Restrictions
    Import Prohibitions
    Used Goods.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    Certificate of Airworthiness

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

    Modified Fees

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

    Contact Details

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Waste

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

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

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

    Economic Zones

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

    Foodstuffs

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

    Human Blood, Tissues and Cells

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

    Plants and Plant Products

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

    Trademarks

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

    Contact Details

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

    Import Quarantine

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

    Pre-Arrival Report

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

    Electrical Equipment

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

    Updated Documents

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

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

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

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Oct 2018 South Korea Amendments as regards wood packaging material, medical devices as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    Wood Packaging Material

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

    Medical Devices

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

    Other Changes

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

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Pharmaceuticals

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

    Fishery Products

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Procedures to be Applied for Electronically

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    Registration for Agricultural Quarantine

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

    Import Approval (PI) and Recognition as IP

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

    Other Changes

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

    Updated Application Forms

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

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

    Plants and Plant Products

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

    Customs Import Declaration

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

    Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

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

    Contact Information

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

    Sanctions

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

    Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs)

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

    Toys

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

    Other Changes

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

    Taxpayer Registration (RFC)

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

    Import Permit for Wildlife Species

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

    Sanitary Licence

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Nomenclature Changes

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Labelling Requirements for Cosmetics

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

    Other Changes

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

    Cosmetics Labelling

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

    Chemical Substances

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

    Products Containing Mercury

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

    Other

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

    Electronic Proof of Commercial Registration

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

    Permits for Goods to be Applied for Electronically

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Channels for Customs Release

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

    Customs Value

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

    Labelling Requirements for Infant Formula

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

    Other Changes

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

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

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

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

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

    Registration

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

    Contact Details

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Norms and Standards

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

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

    Value-Added Tax (VAT) Registration

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

    Import Standardization Mark (ISM)

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Other Changes

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

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

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

    Licence to Import Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

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

    Contact Details

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

    Import Declaration for Measuring Instruments

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin

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

    Arms and Ammunition

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

    Cosmetics Labelling

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

    Other Changes

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

    Commercial Registration

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

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

    Prohibited Detergents

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

    Packaging Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Horticultural Produce

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

    SADC Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS)

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

    Packaging Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Registration of Infant Formulae

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

    Narcotic Drugs

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

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

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

    Aircraft

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

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

    Business Establishment

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

    Business Registration
    Tax Identification Number.

    EasyPass Conformity Certificate

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

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

    Aircraft

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

    Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment

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

    Fumigation Certificate

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Afghan authority responsible for standardisation, i.e. the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA), have been updated in the concerned documents of this report. For more information on said authority, please also see the chapter on Norms and Standards in this overview.
  • 01 Oct 2018 United States of America Amendments as regards the classification of goods, customs value, customs processing fees, Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) programme, labelling requirements as well as various current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Customs Value

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

    Customs Processing Fees

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

    Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Programme

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Cosmetic Products

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

    Upcoming Implementation of the Carnet TIR

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

    Registration for FASAH Services

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

    Products Subject to Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Foodstuffs

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

    Other Changes

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Customs Value

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

    Precious Metals and Stones

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 26 Sep 2018 Malaysia Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs), pest risk analysis (PRA), currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

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

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Other Changes

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

    Animal Feed

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

    Commercial Samples

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

    Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Online Services

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

    Other Changes

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

    Licence to Deal in Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

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

    Certificate of Conformity for PVoC

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

    Responsible Authorities

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

    International Single Window of the P.R. of China

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

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

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Foodstuffs

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

    Commercial Samples

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Used Goods

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

    Approval to Import Radio-Electrical Equipment

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

    Verification of Conformity (VoC)

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

    Insurance Certificate

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Customs Value

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

    Enhanced Partnership and Co-Operation Agreement

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

    Other Changes

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

    Binding Tariff Information

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

    Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Procedures

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

    Animals and Animal Products
    Plants and Plant Products.

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

    Cosmetic and Medicinal Products

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

    Declaration to Market Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Cosmetic Products.

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

    Contact Details

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

    National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

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

    Labelling Requirements for Porcelain and Ceramics

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

    Other

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

    Live Animals and Genetic Material

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

    Dietary Supplements

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

    Measuring Instruments

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Fertiliser Labelling Requirements

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

    Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling for Motor Vehicles

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

    Bank Restrictions for Imported Goods

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

    Amended Procedural Fees

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

    Registration of Implantable Medical Devices

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

    New and Amended Application Forms

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

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

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Foodstuffs

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

    Aircraft

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Airworthiness

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

    Aquatic Animals

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 Sep 2018 Georgia Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), aircraft and the merger of ministries have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The renamed paragraph on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) has been restructured for reasons of transparency and a recently opened crossing point has been added thereto. For particulars, please turn to the quoted section below.

    Aircraft

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

    Merger of Ministries

    The former Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture were merged into a single authority. Its new denomination is the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, which has been reflected throughout this import documentation. Amongst other responsibilities, said Ministry now monitors the national body responsible for the safety of foodstuffs, i.e. the National Food Agency (NFA).
  • 14 Sep 2018 Thailand Focus: tobacco and tobacco products, veterinary health certificates, contact information and denominations as well as trade-related news.
    The import document for Thailand has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Licence to Sell Tobacco and Tobacco Products has been incorporated into the set of documents of the import report for Thailand. For particulars on the necessary requirements for the sale of such goods, please turn thereto.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The health certificates as depicted in the corresponding documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products and Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars. For further information on the importation of animals and products of animal origin, please refer to the same-named section in this overview.

    Contact Information and Denominations

    The contact information of the following Government authorities has been blue-pencilled throughout the import documentation for Thailand:

    Department of Agriculture and its Plant Varieties Protection Division
    Department of Disease Control
    Department of Fisheries
    Department of Livestock Development
    Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI).

    Furthermore, the denominations of the Industrial Waste Management Division and the Hazardous Substances Management Division under the Ministry of Industry have changed in addition to the respective phone numbers. These changes have been reflected in the concerned documents. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 14 Sep 2018 Honduras Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), zones allowing special treatment and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Zones Allowing Special Treatment

    The chapter on Free Trade Zones has been restructured and updated with regard to the number of such areas established in Honduras and the contact details of the Association of Free Trade Zones of Honduras (AZAFRANCA). Please see below for further details.

    Commercial Samples

    Information on the applicable legal provision has been introduced into the blue-pencilled chapter on Commercial Samples. For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned section.
  • 13 Sep 2018 Iraq Amendments as regards border entry points for plants and plant products, Iraq's membership in the regional plant protection organisation and the legalisation of documents in the country of export have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq.
    The following changes have been made:

    Border Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below has been enhanced with details of the border inspection posts through which consignments of plants and plant products may legally be imported into Iraq; please turn thereto for more information.

    Iraq's Membership in the Regional Plant Protection Organisation

    The section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below has been augmented with information on Iraq's membership in the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO). Please refer to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Legalisation of Documents

    A chapter on the Legalisation of Documents has been added to this overview, providing details of the certification and legalisation procedures stipulated by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which are carried out by the respective Embassy in the country of export. The mentioned section may be viewed for further information.
  • 13 Sep 2018 Bolivia Focus: medical drugs and related goods as well as motor vehicles, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Medical Drugs and Related Goods

    The renamed document entitled Sanitary Registration of Medical Drugs and Related Goods has been modified with regard to the processing fees charged for designated pharmaceuticals and preparations as well as reference to additional costs which may arise for tests.

    Motor Vehicles

    An Authorisation to Import Motor Vehicles has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. It is a special control measure which has recently been implemented by the Vice Ministry of Transports under the Ministry of Public Works, Services and Housing (MOPSV). For further details, please refer to the quoted document and also see the updated section on Motor Vehicles in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances has been amended with regard to the application form required for certain ODS and products thereof. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Vice Ministry of Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Forest Management and Development (VMABCCGDF) and its managing subordinate authorities have been amended, which has been reflected in this country report, where applicable.
  • 12 Sep 2018 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), aircraft and organic agricultural products have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been amplified with information on designated border inspection posts (BIPs) for the entry of goods. For further information, please turn to the quoted section in this overview.

    Aircraft

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

    Organic Agricultural Products

    Information to be shown on the labels of organic agricultural products has been added to the corresponding section entitled Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 12 Sep 2018 Angola Amendments as regards the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, prohibited imports, customs processing times as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Angola.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Angola's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Angola have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the chapters entitled Note and Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly. Please turn thereto for in-depth information on the HS.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the stipulations of the new customs tariff of Angola, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been revised and enhanced with additional information on the types of goods banned from importation into the country. For further particulars, please see the quoted chapter below.

    Customs Processing Times

    The means of transportation by which goods are consigned into Angola are subject to an inspection upon arrival. Details of the processing times for these procedures, respective of the type of conveyance, have been incorporated in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    For the purpose of greater clarity and transparency, the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been split up into product-specific subsections. Please see said paragraph for details.
  • 11 Sep 2018 Venezuela Focus: Sanitary Certificate, cosmetics, medical materials and equipment, currency and payments, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Certificate

    According to Decree No. 2647 of 2016, foodstuffs and other designated products, e.g. residues and waste from the food industries, tobacco products, human hair as well as certain used textile goods, must be accompanied by a Sanitary Certificate issued in the country of export. Thus, the mentioned document has been newly created for this import report and the sections on Foodstuffs, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and Used Goods in this overview have been amended correspondingly. The mentioned document and chapters may be viewed for further details.

    Cosmetics

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Cosmetics has been equipped with the application form currently in use. Furthermore, the list of documents to be enclosed with the application has been updated. For more information, please see the quoted document.

    Medical Materials and Equipment

    For the importation of medical materials and equipment a permit is to be obtained. Therefore, a new document entitled Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment has been added to the set of documents for this report. Please refer to the stated document and the blue-pencilled chapter on Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Materials and Equipment for further particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    In Venezuela, processing fees are sometimes stipulated in tax units. As the exchange rate of one tax unit has been raised to 0,012 VES, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been updated accordingly. Moreover, said section has also been blue-pencilled with respect to the introduction of Venezuela's new currency as described in the paragraph on News below.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism and Water (MINEA) has been renamed as the Ministry of Public Power for Ecosocialism (MINEC). Therefore, this change has been reflected in the concerned documents of this report.
    Furthermore, the responsible authority for the control of rough diamonds to be imported within the framework of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has changed and is now the Central Bank of Venezuela. Hence, the corresponding document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate has been accordingly brought up-to-date. Please see said document and the section on Diamonds further below for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 11 Sep 2018 Haiti Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, cement and construction products as well as customs procedures and regulations have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Cement and Construction Products

    A new paragraph on Cement and Construction Products has been incorporated into this overview to provide details of the recently published import requirements for such goods. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    In accordance with the new stipulations of the Haitian Ministry of Commerce and Industry regarding the obligatory submission of an import declaration, which are in force as of 29 June 2018, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been brought up to date. More information may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 10 Sep 2018 Uruguay Focus: household cleaning products, medical devices, Declaration of Conformity and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Household Cleaning Products

    In order to be importable, household cleaning products must first be registered with the Ministry of Public Health (MSP). Thus, a new document entitled Registration of Household Products has been created to depict the procedural details. Please see the section on Medicines, Cosmetic Products and Other Health-Related Products in this overview and said document for further information.

    Medical Devices

    The application form contained in the document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been replaced by a more recent version. For more specifics, please refer to said document.

    Declaration of Conformity

    In order to import certain goods into Uruguay, their compliance with the norms applied in Uruguay is to be proven. Therefore, a new document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been created as an example of such evidence. For additional information, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the blue-pencilled chapter on Standardisation further below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 10 Sep 2018 Dominican Republic Focus: Customs Import Declaration, importers' registrations, Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE), foodstuffs, pharmaceutical goods, pesticides, petroleum products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been amended according to the new requirements of the General Customs Directorate (DGA) which are in force as of 2 August 2018.

    Importers' Registrations

    The following documents have been completely verified and updated with regard to various details, e.g. the processing times, processing fees, contact of the responsible authority and documents to be enclosed:

    Registration of Importers
    Registration with the SIGA.

    The latter has also been equipped with a new application form.

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    As of August 2018, a number of documents are to be processed via the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE). The concerned documents of this report have been enhanced with information on the electronic processing and, where applicable, the documents to be enclosed with the electronic application.

    Foodstuffs

    A permit is to be obtained from the General Directorate of Drugs, Foods and Sanitary Products (DIGEMAPS) for the importation of finished foodstuffs and their primary materials. To depict the procedure in detail, a new document entitled Permit to Import Foodstuffs has been created.

    Pharmaceutical Goods

    The document entitled Permit to Import Controlled Drugs and Substances has been completely revised with regard to, e.g., the authority responsible for its issuance, the categorisation of products and the required registration certificate. Moreover, a new document entitled Permit to Import Health Products has been created, which is required for the importation of all other types of drugs as well as cosmetic, sanitary and natural products.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been enhanced with details of the electronic application via the National System for the Registration of Pesticides and Marketing Companies and Services (Sistema Nacional de Registro de Plaguicidas y Empresas de Mercadeo y Servicios - SINARE). Additional information has been incorporated in said document on required testings and inspections as well as in the document Import Certificate for Pesticides on the requirements for products to be imported with an expiration date under one year.

    Petroleum Products

    Information on the newly established Virtual Window of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises ("Ventanilla Virtual MICM") has been added to the document entitled Licence to Import Petroleum Products. Said document has also been modified with regard to the phone numbers of the competent ministerial department as well as the processing times and fees.
  • 07 Sep 2018 Fiji Amendments as regards chemicals and other hazardous goods, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Chemicals and Other Hazardous Goods

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

    Prohibited Imports

    The section on Prohibited Imports further below has been enhanced with regard to the types of goods which are banned from importation into Fiji. Further information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 07 Sep 2018 Bangladesh Focus: registration, customs procedures and regulations, prohibited imports, pharmaceutical products, standardisation, Bill of Entry and Packing List.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration

    The document entitled Import Registration Certificate (IRC) has been brought up-to-date as regards the information to be provided and the documents to be enclosed. Furthermore, the sample of an application form has been changed. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    According to the Import Policy Order (IPO) 2015-2018, the list of goods which do not require a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin has been extended. Therefore, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been updated accordingly. Please see the mentioned paragraph for details.

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced in conformity with the IPO 2015-2018, and the list of prohibited items has been amplified. For details, please see said section.

    Pharmaceutical Products

    Upon the Registration of Medicinal Products, evidence that the drugs may be freely sold in the country of export is to be provided. This may be done by submitting a Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product (CPP) which has been newly created. Moreover, the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products has been blue-pencilled correspondingly. Please turn to the quoted document and paragraph further below for more information.

    Standardisation

    The document entitled Licence to Use the Standard Mark has been edited, e.g. with respect to the possibility to release goods without prior testing if certain documents are submitted. Moreover, the documents to be enclosed have been revised. Please see the mentioned document for further details.

    Bill of Entry

    An updated version of the Bill of Entry sample form has been attached to said document. For further details, please see the quoted document.

    Packing List

    In accordance with the Prescribed Bill of Entry and Bill of Export Form Order, a Packing List must always be submitted for customs release. Hence, the document Packing List has been updated and may be viewed for more information.
  • 06 Sep 2018 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards free economic zones, aircraft and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Free Economic Zones

    The section on Free Trade Zones has been enhanced with general information on trade and the competent authority in charge of developing the national policy concerning free trade zones. Please refer to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Aircraft

    The renamed chapter on Aircraft and Motor Vehicles has been amplified with information on control measures applicable for aircraft to be imported into Turkmenistan. Please turn to the mentioned section for further details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 06 Sep 2018 Brazil Focus: Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex), import licensing, fertilisers, seeds and seedlings, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex)

    In accordance with Normative Instruction RFB No. 1745 of 2017, the document entitled Registration of the Legally Responsible Person in Siscomex has been updated with details of the electronic application submission. Please see the mentioned document and the section on Registration in this overview for more information on the Siscomex.

    Import Licensing

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence has 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. For more information on this measure, please refer to said document and the chapter on Import Licensing below.

    Fertilisers

    In accordance with Decree No. 4954 of 2004, fertilisers, correctives, inoculants, biofertilisers, remineralisation substances and substrates for plants to be imported into Brazil must be previously registered in the country. Thus, a new document entitled Registration of Fertilisers has been created and the section on Plants and Plant Products further below has been blue-pencilled to this regard. For details, please see the quoted document and paragraph.

    Seeds and Seedlings

    The sample of the application form for the registration of plant species contained in the document entitled Variety Registration of Seeds and Seedlings has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the stated document for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Division for Similarity Operations and Used Material (DISIM) and of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services have been updated in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the section below.
  • 05 Sep 2018 Lebanon Amendments as regards aircraft and goods intended for industrial purposes have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been added to this overview, providing details of the importation of said commodities into Lebanon. The mentioned paragraph may be viewed for further information.

    Goods Intended for Industrial Purposes

    A section on Machinery and Other Goods Intended for Industrial Purposes has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be consulted for additional details of import requirements for designated machines, equipment and parts thereof as well as raw materials intended for industrial purposes.
  • 05 Sep 2018 Belize Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs procedures and regulations as well as carbonated beverages have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Belize's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Belize have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section and the chapter on the Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with information on the electronic submission of permits and licences required for the importation of goods via the Belize Electronic Licences and Permits System (BELAPS). More information, e.g. on the participating government agencies, may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Carbonated Beverages

    Details of the labelling requirements for carbonated beverages have been incorporated into the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 04 Sep 2018 Jamaica Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs procedures and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Jamaica's adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Jamaica have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. Moreover, the Note-section and the chapter on the Harmonized System in this overview have been updated accordingly.

    Customs Procedures

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with information on the pre-clearance risk assessment verification lanes of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World. For particulars on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.

    Used Goods

    The paragraph entitled Used Goods has been newly incorporated into this overview. Information on the requirements to import goods in a used condition may be obtained from the quoted section.
  • 04 Sep 2018 Ecuador Focus: standardised products, three-wheeled electric vehicles, procedural amendments and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Standardised Products

    The document entitled Certificate of Recognition has been equipped with the current application form. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicles

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicles has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn to the quoted document for further information and also refer to the corresponding chapter on Motor Vehicles below.

    Procedural Amendments

    The procedural details, i.e. reference to the processing fee and the period of validity, have been blue-pencilled in the document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation for Motor Vehicles, which may be viewed for particulars.
    Moreover, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Prime Materials with the MIPRO has been amplified with designated information on the electronic submission as well as the period of validity and the processing fee for the application.

    Other Changes

    The applicable legal basis regulating the procedure as displayed in the document of this report entitled Authorisation to Import Products from Forest Plantations has been added thereto.
    Trade-related news may be found in the following section.
  • 03 Sep 2018 Russian Federation Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, diamonds and precious metals as well as forms and procedural details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    All customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the Russian information system ED-2 of the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS). Please also consult the corresponding paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Diamonds and Precious Metals

    For the free circulation of diamonds and precious metals within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a corresponding inspection certificate is required. In order to describe the procedure of inspection at the customs border, a document entitled Inspection Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones has been newly created for this import documentation. For further information, please refer to the quoted document and also view the revised section on Precious Metals and Stones below.

    Forms and Procedural Details

    The following documents have been equipped with current application forms or issued samples, respectively:

    Binding Tariff Information
    Licence to Deal in Medicinal Products and Pharmaceutical Substances
    Permit to Import Dangerous Waste
    Veterinary Import Permit.

    In the latter case, the processing time and mode of submission of documents have been updated. Moreover, procedural details concerning the enclosures to the corresponding applications and the processing fee have been amended in the document entitled Permit to Import Dangerous Waste.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 03 Sep 2018 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, hazardous goods as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Hazardous Goods

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the section on Hazardous Goods in this overview. For further specifics of said Convention, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been updated with regard to the methods of payment which may be used in order to settle customs duties and taxes. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 30 Aug 2018 Tajikistan Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), veterinary pharmaceuticals as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    The paragraphs on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin and Plants and Plant Products have been amplified with information on designated border inspection posts (BIPs) established for vetereinary and phytosanitary control, respectively. For specifics, please consult the quoted sections in this overview.

    Veterinary Pharmaceuticals

    For reasons of transparency, the information on pharmaceuticals intended for veterinary use contained in this overview has been incorporated into a separate chapter entitled Veterinary Pharmaceuticals. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with details of chemical substances used in the household. Please refer to the quoted paragraph below for particulars.
  • 30 Aug 2018 Argentina Focus: foodstuffs, low voltage electrical equipment, processing fees, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    In accordance with Disposition No. 10174 of 2017, a new document entitled Import and Marketing Authorisation for Foodstuffs, which is required for the importation of all foodstuffs to be commercialised in Argentina, has been created. Furthermore, the section on Foodstuffs in this overview has been blue-pencilled with additional details of the new document. Please see said paragraph and document for further information.

    Low Voltage Electrical Equipment

    As per the stipulations of Resolution No. 207-E/2017, amending the requirements for the importation of low voltage electrical equipment into Argentina, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Low Voltage Electrical Equipment has been brought up-to-date as regards, e.g., the types of products subject to this measure respective of their voltage and intended use as well as the different certification routes. In addition, an updated sample of the application form has been incorporated. For further details, please refer to the chapter on Norms and Standards further below as well as to the quoted document.

    Processing Fees

    Details of the processing fees for the documents entitled Registration of Foodstuffs and Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs have been modified. Please see the mentioned documents for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Production have been updated in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 29 Aug 2018 Israel Focus: import licensing, Company Registration, Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs, Permit to Import Non-Registered Pharmaceutical Preparations and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The licence application form pertaining to the following documents has been exchanged for its current version:

    General Import Licence
    Import Licence for Goods from Designated Countries.

    The mentioned documents and the section on Import Regulations below may be viewed for additional details.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been blue-pencilled and equipped with the most recent version of the application form, amongst other changes. For further information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs

    As an obligation sheet is now required to be enclosed with the Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs, said document has been modified to this effect and information on its mandatory electronic submission has furthermore been provided. The document may be viewed for particulars.

    Permit to Import Non-Registered Pharmaceutical Preparations

    The document entitled Permit to Import Non-Registered Pharmaceutical Preparations has been revised and equipped with an updated application form. For specifics, the mentioned document and the paragraph on Medicinal Products in this overview may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents of this report have been modified, e.g. as regards the processing fee or time or available online tools.
    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 29 Aug 2018 Barbados Amendments as regards used goods, denominations and contact details as well as solid wood packaging material (SWPM) have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Used Goods

    The chapter entitled Used Goods has been newly incorporated into this overview. Information on the requirements to import goods in a used condition may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Denominations and Contact Details

    The Ministry formerly entitled Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management has been renamed to Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Additionally, the name of the Pesticides Control Board, a department of said Ministry, has also been changed to Pesticides Control Unit. These modifications, including the updated contact information of the stated Ministry and its departments, have been reflected throughout this overview.

    Solid Wood Packaging Material (SWPM)

    The contact information of the plant health authority in charge of regulating the use of solid wood packaging material (SWPM) for goods to be imported into Barbados has been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 28 Aug 2018 Vietnam Amendments as regards motor vehicles and motorcycles, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. The following changes have been made:

    Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

    The paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles has been restructured for reasons of clarity. More information on the requirements for the importation of such goods into Vietnam and the conformity standards which are to be met may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for cosmetics in accordance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Directive regarding the labelling of such goods. Please refer thereto for more information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 28 Aug 2018 St. Lucia Amendments as regards the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), motor vehicles and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

    Details of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), which Saint Lucia is a member of, have been incorporated into the section on Preferential Treatment in this overview. Please see the quoted paragraph for more information on this matter.

    Motor Vehicles

    The paragraph on Motor Vehicles further below has been blue-pencilled and enhanced with specifics on the requirements to import and deal in such goods. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Specific labelling requirements apply to garments and textiles in Saint Lucia. More information thereon has been provided in the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements, which has additionally been restructured for reasons of clarity.
  • 27 Aug 2018 Nigeria Focus: Cargo Manifest, Registration with the Nigerian Shippers' Council, Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), trade facilitation measures, Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    In accordance with a notice issued by the Nigerian Shippers' Council on 16 April 2018, the document entitled Cargo Manifest has been enhanced with information on the parameters for risk management which are to be inscribed therein. Also, new details of the application procedure for access to the electronic manifest interface (EMI), e.g. the list of documents to be enclosed, have been added.

    Registration with the Nigerian Shippers' Council

    The document entitled Registration with the Nigerian Shippers' Council has been verified and adjusted with the currently used application form, details of the electronic application interface and the processing fee, amongst others.

    Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS)

    A number of documents of this import report have been enhanced with information regarding their submission via the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS), i.e. the single window for trade maintained by the Federal Government of Nigeria as the national adapted version of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA).

    Trade Facilitation Measures

    In accordance with the trade facilitation measures of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), which were implemented between February and April 2018, the following documents have been updated regarding the processing times and documents to be enclosed:

    Business Permit from the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission
    Company Registration
    Tax Registration

    Moreover, as the processing time for any product registration applied for at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is now 90 days, the concerned documents of the report have been amended to this effect as well as with information on the NAFDAC Automated Product Administration and Monitoring System (NAPAMS).
    In addition, the document entitled Import Permit for Petroleum Products has been enhanced with details of the electronic application via the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)'s Electronic Licensing and Permit System (ELPS) which was launched in March 2018.

    Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations, the following documents, which are required within the framework of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), have been reviewed and adjusted:

    Product Certificate
    SONCAP Certificate of Conformity

    A new sample of a request for certification has also been incorporated into the abovelisted documents.
  • 27 Aug 2018 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, Declaration of Conformity and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted 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. For further details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Declaration of Conformity

    As a Declaration of Conformity may be a potential means to prove the conformity of a product, the same-named document has been added to the import documentation for Congo. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Finance, Budget and Public Portfolio has changed its denomination to Ministry of Finance and Budget, the documents in this import report have been amended to this effect, as applicable.
  • 24 Aug 2018 Yemen Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), aircraft and pesticide labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen.
    The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Aircraft

    The section on Aircraft has been added to the overview of Yemeni import procedures and may be viewed for additional details of the import requirements for said goods.

    Pesticide Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph entitled Marking, Labelling and Packaging Requirements has been enhanced with information on the mandatory inscriptions on containers of pesticides, as stipulated by virtue of the Law Regulating the Distribution of Pesticides No. 25 of 1999 and its implementing regulations. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.
  • 24 Aug 2018 Costa Rica Amendments as regards border inspection posts (BIPs), arms and ammunition and chemical weapons have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

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

    Arms and Ammunition

    The chapter on Arms and Ammunition has been newly created for this overview of import procedures. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Chemical Weapons

    Costa Rica is a party to 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). Information on this Convention and the competent authority have been provided in the chapter on Hazardous Chemicals and Related Goods further below; please refer thereto for details.
  • 23 Aug 2018 El Salvador Amendments as regards medical devices, standardisation and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Medical Devices

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

    Standardisation

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with regard to various details, e.g. information on the membership of the Salvadoran standardisation agency in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Commercial Samples

    The legal provision included in the chapter on Commercial Samples has been blue-pencilled. For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned section.
  • 23 Aug 2018 New Zealand Focus: Trade Single Window (TSW), pharmaceuticals, updated forms, processing fees, contact information as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Trade Single Window (TSW)

    As the Customs Import Declaration may now be solely submitted via the Trade Single Window (TSW) due to recent changes to said system, the document has been updated accordingly. Additionally, the former document entitled registration as a user of the customs computerised entry processing system has been replaced by the document entitled Registration as a User of the Trade Single Window (TSW). Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Customs Clearance and Clearance Fees below. For details of the electronic submission of Pre-Arrival Reports and Inward Declarations, please refer to the corresponding section.

    Pharmaceuticals

    The documents concerning the importation and sale of pharmaceuticals in New Zealand have been blue-pencilled regarding their processing times and the application forms to be submitted. Furthermore, the dealers' licences documents have been enhanced with details of the requirement of a police clearance certificate which is also to be enclosed. More information may be obtained from the relevant documents as follows:

    Licence to Deal in Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Import Controlled Drugs
    Licence to Sell Medicines by Wholesale
    Registration of a New Medicine for Human Use.

    Updated Forms

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

    Allocation of an IRD Number
    Biosecurity Clearance of Agricultural Compounds or Veterinary Medicines
    Catch Certificate for Toothfish
    Import Health Standard for Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Import Health Standard for Non-Biological Items.

    Furthermore, the document entitled Catch Certificate for Southern Bluefin Tuna has been enhanced with an additional catch tagging form which is to be submitted to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) as a prerequisite for the sale of such fish in New Zealand.

    Processing Fees

    Details of the processing fee for the Import Certificate for Approved Explosives have been adjusted. Please see the quoted document for particulars.
    Aditionally, according to recent changes to the biosecurity fee structure in New Zealand, the document entitled Biosecurity Authority/Clearance Certificate (BACC) has been updated regarding the levy charged for the entry of the concerned goods upon border clearance. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Office of Radiation Safety under the Ministry of Health have been blue-pencilled in the concerned documents of the report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Aug 2018 Mauritania Focus: import monopoly abolished, new Customs Code in force, Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Those as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Monopoly Abolished

    The import monopoly, which had previously been in force for designated staple foods and had been administered by the National Import and Export Agency (Société Nationale d'Importation et d'Exportation - SONIMEX), has recently been abolished. The description of said procedure has consequently been removed from this report. For further details of the import requirements in force for foodstuffs, please turn to the section on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed below.

    New Customs Code in Force

    The Mauritanian Customs Code which had been published in the Official Journal No. 1403 of 30 December 2017 (Loi n° 2017-035 instituant le code des douanes) has meanwhile come into effect, thereby replacing the previous Customs Code of 1966. The paragraphs on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Warehousing have been adjusted accordingly.

    Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Those

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Those has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Mauritania. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Mauritanian authorities responsible for the administration of import procedures have been reviewed throughout this report and modified, as applicable.
  • 22 Aug 2018 India Focus: international road transport, registration, arrival manifest, medical devices and drugs, tariff codes, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Road Transport

    India is the 71st country which has ratified the Convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of Carnets TIR (TIR Convention). This Convention allows the transit of goods in vehicles without reloading. Thus, the paragraph on International Agreements has been updated and a new document entitled Carnet TIR has been created. Please turn to said document and chapter for more information on the TIR Convention.

    Registration

    The Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules have been amended. It is now required to submit the know your customer (KYC) form electronically to the Central Government. In addition, the form for the registration of companies has been edited. In this regard, the document entitled Company Registration has been updated and the new sample form has been included. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Arrival Manifest

    The document entitled Arrival Manifest has been amended. In accordance with these changes, the document Registration for Submission of the Arrival Manifest has been blue-pencilled, e.g as regards the registration procedure. For details, please refer to said documents.

    Medical Devices and Drugs

    According to the currently valid medical devices rules, medical devices are no longer regulated as pharmaceuticals but now require a Licence to Import Medical Devices which has been newly created. The document entitled Licence to Import Drugs has been adjusted accordingly. In addition, the processing fee in the last mentioned document as well as a form have been updated. Moreover, the following documents have been updated as regards the tariff codes:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Permit to Import New Drugs
    Registration Certificate for Drugs and Medical Devices
    Wholesale Licence for Drugs and Medical Devices.

    Please see the section on Pharmaceutical Products, Medical Devices and Health-Related Goods as well as the quoted documents for particulars.

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    A new Indian customs tariff has been published. Hence, the assignment of tariff codes to the documents entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items and Prohibited Imports have been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the current classification.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Therefore, the corresponding documents have been updated accordingly. The address of the CBIC and the contact details of the AEO Programme Manager have been updated as well.
  • 21 Aug 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS), currency and payments, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview has been enhanced with the contact information of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) which is responsible for ensuring the phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in Trinidad and Tobago. For particulars, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter entitled Currency and Payments has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for more information on the functions of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago as well as on the country's foreign exchange regulations.

    Labelling Requirements

    Details of the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages and brewery products have been added to the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Aug 2018 Moldova Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), company registration, plant protection products and fertilisers as well as procedural details.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been equipped with the valid application form and the documents to be enclosed have been revised in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova. Please see the quoted document for further details.

    Company Registration

    As legislative novelities of May 2018 amending the Law on the State Registration of Legal Persons and Individual Entrepreneurs have been published, the corresponding document entitled Company Registration has been updated with regard to the application form and the processing times and fees. For details, please consult the aforementioned document.

    Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers

    The document entitled Notification of the Import of Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers has been augmented with respect to the current application form. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been amended pursuant to the provisions for the importation of species of wild flora and fauna:

    Permit to Import Endangered Species Subject to CITES
    Permit to Import Wild Species of Fauna and Flora.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Strategic Goods has been blue-pencilled as for the documents to be enclosed and the electronic submission of data.
  • 17 Aug 2018 Tanzania Focus: Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS), Insurance Certificate, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), used motor vehicles, destination inspection, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS)

    For facilitated customs clearance of imports to the mainland of Tanzania, preclearance documents, e.g. the Customs Import Declaration, the Declaration of Dutiable Value and the Manifest, may be submitted electronically via the Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS), i.e. the national adapted version of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA). The document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA/TANCIS, which is required for access to the electronic system, has accordingly been augmented with additional information thereon, including the national application form.

    Insurance Certificate

    In accordance with the Insurance Act 2009 as amended by the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2017, all imports into Tanzania, regardless of whether by air, road, rail or sea, must be insured by a locally registered insurance company as of 1 January 2018. Information on the subsequently required upload of the purchased insurance policy via the Tanzanian Imports Insurance Portal (TIIP) for purposes of customs clearance has been incorporated into the document entitled Insurance Certificate which may be viewed for details.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The classification of goods subject to Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), i.e. the scope of goods to which the scheme applies, has been modified for the following documents in accordance with the most recent stipulations:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Registration
    PVoC Licence.

    These documents have also been amended with regard to further details of, e.g., the list of goods exempted from the scheme and additional fees which may accrue.

    Used Motor Vehicles

    As the PVoC procedure for used motor vehicles differs from the documents required for other types of PVoC goods listed above, e.g. with regard to the inspection providers, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Used Motor Vehicles has been completely revised and equipped with a new sample request for a PVoC certificate for this product group.

    Destination Inspection

    The document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Destination Inspection has been enhanced with the current version of the application form and with information on the conditional release of goods. Also, the assignment of commodity codes to said document has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent product list from 25 May 2018.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for administrating import procedures in Tanzania have been verified and updated throughout the report, where applicable.
  • 17 Aug 2018 Philippines Focus: Accreditation of importers, Company Registration, firearms and explosives, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Importers

    Due to structural changes of the Government, the responsible authority for the accreditation and registration of importers in the Philippines is no longer the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), but the Bureau of Customs (BOC) instead. Therefore, the document formerly entitled BIR Importer Clearance Certificate has been reworked and blue-pencilled. Furthermore, the quoted document has been renamed to BOC Accreditation and Registration. More information on such procedure may be obtained from said document and from the sections on Registration and e-Customs in this overview.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been enhanced with information on the online registration procedure via the Company Registration System (CRS). For more information, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Registration below.

    Firearms and Explosives

    The required documents for the importation and sale of firearms and explosives have been blue-pencilled:

    Import Permit for Explosives
    Licence to Deal in Explosives
    Licence to Deal in Firearms and Ammunition
    Import Permit for Firearms and Ammunition.

    Additionally, the application forms have been updated for their current version, where applicable. Please refer to the quoted documents for more information on the import requirements of firearms and explosives into the Philippines.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities have been updated:

    Bureau of Customs (BOC)
    Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority
    National Food Authority (NFA)
    Optical Media Board
    Philippine National Police (PNP)
    Tariff Commission.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 Aug 2018 Algeria Focus: temporary suspension of importation, Free Sale Certificate, Application for Binding Tariff Information as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Temporary Suspension of Importation

    By virtue of Executive Decree No. 18-139 of 21 May 2018, the Algerian Ministry of Commerce has published an amended list of goods which are currently suspended from importation. The temporary measure is expected to last until the equilibrium of the balance of payments has been reestablished. The scope of goods pertaining to the document entitled Suspension of Importation has been amended accordingly, currently containing 877 tariff lines instead of the previously included 851 commodity groups. By way of example, designated sugars are henceforth importable, whereas bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits and other bakers' wares have been newly banned. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and the paragraph on Prohibited Imports below.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been furnished with a new sample certificate in French and English, the form and contents of which have been agreed upon between the Algerian authorities and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Eurochambres). In a Verbal Note dated 10 May 2018, the Algerian authorities officially confirmed that the form is acceptable. Said certificate is a prerequisite for the allocation of foreign currencies, i.e. the domiciliation procedure, for a variety of goods as detailed in the section on Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Application for Binding Tariff Information

    The document entitled Application for Binding Tariff Information has been blue-pencilled and adjusted, as applicable. Besides a modified application form, the processing time and period of validity pertaining to the quoted procedure have been subject to changes; please turn thereto for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Algerian General Customs Directorate has been updated throughout this report.
  • 16 Aug 2018 South Africa Focus: Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG), Accreditation as Preferred Trader, marine fish, updated forms and processing fees, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG)

    As of 20 April 2018, the amended rules under section 8 of the Customs and Excise Act 1964 are in force. In accordance with the newly established Reporting and Conveyance of Goods (RCG) scheme, the documents entitled Inward/Outward Report of Arrival and Manifest have been updated with regard to the prescribed timelines of submission and the minimum content of the respective cargo reports. Moreover, as the Cargo Processing System (CPS) replaces the former Manifest Processing System (MPR) for the electronic submission of said documents, the document entitled Registration for the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods has been newly created for this report and the document on the registration with the MPR has consequently been removed.

    Accreditation as Preferred Trader

    The document entitled Accreditation as Preferred Trader has been augmented with details of the documents to be enclosed in accordance with Notice No. R.430 from 20 April 2018 and of the requirement of the customs sufficient knowledge (CSK) test which became mandatory under the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP) as of 11 May 2018. As illustrated in the section on Registration in this overview, said test is now also required for customs brokers and agents.

    Marine Fish

    The document entitled Import Permit for Marine Fish has been enhanced with information regarding the period of validity, the documents to be enclosed, the import notification and the monthly import summary as well as with the updated application form.

    Updated Forms

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

    Import Permit for Agricultural Goods
    Import Permit for Chemicals
    Import Permit for Goods Subject to Import Control
    Import Permit for Medicine and Biological Products for Veterinary Use
    Import Permit for Precious Metals
    Licence to Deal in Rough Diamonds.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The annual processing fees in effect as of April 2018 have been updated, where applicable, in all documents administered by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

    Contact Details

    The Medicines Control Council (MCC) was replaced by the so-called South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) in February 2018. The concerned documents of this report, which are now regulated by the SAHPRA, have been amended accordingly with the new contact details.
    Also, the contact details of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) have been revised in the applicable documents throughout the report.
  • 16 Aug 2018 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards the submission of customs declarations, currency and payments as well as standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Submission of Customs Declarations

    The chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations has been updated concerning the submission of customs declarations via the Automatic Information System for the Electronic Declaration of Goods (AISEDT). For specifics, please consult the quoted paragraph below.

    Standardisation

    The section entitled Norms and Standards has been amplified with details of the pre-shipment inspection applicable to goods shipped to Uzbekistan. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. UP-5469 of 2 July 2018, the exchange rate of one unit of minimum wage (MW) is fixed at 184,300 UZS. Please also refer to the corresponding chapter entitled Currency and Payments for general information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following section.
  • 16 Aug 2018 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, prohibited imports and entry points for plants and plant products have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

    Information on customs clearance channels has been added to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Prohibited Imports

    As certain pesticides are banned from importation into Sri Lanka, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with according information. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The section on Plants and Plant Products further below has been augmented with details of the entry points via which plants and plant products may be imported into Sri Lanka. For further particulars, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 15 Aug 2018 Togo Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the local Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) have been updated in the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Please turn thereto for further information.

    Norms and Standards

    The section on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with additional information on the international standardisation organisations which Togo is a party to. More details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 15 Aug 2018 Singapore Amendments as regards labelling requirements, pesticides as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore.
    The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Pesticides

    A new chapter entitled Pesticides has been incorporated into this overview. Details of the requirements regarding the importation and registration procedure of such goods may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 14 Aug 2018 Pakistan Focus: plants, medical devices, arms and ammunition and contact details.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants

    For purposes of illustration, a sample of an issued import permit has been enclosed into the document entitled Import Permit for Plants and Plant Material. For further details, please turn to said document and the section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Medical Devices

    A new chapter entitled Medical Devices has been added to this overview. In addition, two new documents entitled Licence to Import Medical Devices and Enlistment and Registration of Medical Devices have been created. For more information, please turn to the quoted paragraph and documents.

    Arms and ammunition

    The section on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives in this overview as well as the document entitled Licence to Import Arms and Ammunition have been blue-pencilled, e.g. as regards the responsible authorities for arms and ammunition. Moreover, the said document has been updated with respect to the processing time and fee and in accordance with amendments in the new import policy order. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) have been updated.
  • 14 Aug 2018 Colombia Focus: classification of goods, used machinery, equipment and vehicles as well as procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to the following documents, has been enhanced in accordance with Circular Letter No. 20 of June 2018 issued by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT):

    Certificate of Conformity
    Permit to Import Agricultural and Livestock Products and Raw Materials
    Preliminary Import Licence
    Preliminary Import Registration
    Recognition Certificate
    Registration of Agricultural and Livestock Products and Raw Materials
    Registration of Importers of Products Subject to Compliance with Standards.

    Used Machinery, Equipment and Vehicles

    By virtue of Resolution No. 26690 of 15 May 2018, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) established phytosanitary import measures for the importation and inspection of machinery, equipment and/or vehicles introduced in used condition. Following this legislative novelty, the document entitled Permit to Import Used Machinery, Equipment and Vehicles has been newly created for this import report. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics and also turn to the updated section on Used Goods in this overview.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been amended with regard to the current processing fees, respectively:

    Patent for a New Plant Variety
    Registration of Importers of Seeds Intended for Sowing
    Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products and Genetic Material of Animal Origin
    Zoosanitary Import Permit.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 13 Aug 2018 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, controlled telecommunications radio-frequency devices (CTRFD), Certificate of Airworthiness as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Approval for Certain Controlled Drugs
    Import Licence for Food Additives
    Import Licence for Medicines
    Import Licence for Toxic Chemicals
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Material Safety Data Sheet.

    Controlled Telecommunications Radio-Frequency Devices (CTRFD)

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices and Operation Licence for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices have been blue-pencilled. Furthermore, the application forms have been exchanged for their current versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for details of the import requirements of such goods. More information may also be obtained from the chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment in this overview.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    A sample of a Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the same-named document. Please refer thereto for particulars of the Taiwanese airworthiness requirements as well as to the paragraph on Aircraft further below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Aug 2018 Chile Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, temporary admission and entry points for agricultural products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    A new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been added to this overview. Please see said section for more information on the prerequisites and the benefits.

    Temporary Admission

    The paragraph on Temporary Admission has been included into this overview. For more information, please turn thereto.

    Entry Points for Agricultural Products

    The sections on animals and plants as well as products thereof, seeds, pesticides and fertilisers have been enhanced with information on the entry points for agricultural products. Please refer to the mentioned chapters for more details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 08 Aug 2018 Zimbabwe Focus: Customs Import Declaration, waterway freight, Insurance Certificate, Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES, Ministry denominations and contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    In accordance with the Customs and Excise (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2018, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been updated with details of the stipulations concerning the preclearance procedure of goods transported by road.
    Information on further documents which may be required for customs clearance depending on the type of products to be imported, as per the mentioned Regulations, has been incorporated in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Waterway Freight

    For goods imported into Zimbabwe by waterway transport, i.e. through the customs ports of Binga and Kariba, appropriate freight documents are required for customs clearance purposes. The following documents have thus been newly added to the set of documents for this report:

    Bill of Lading
    Declaration for Dangerous Goods Shipped via Sea Freight
    Sea Waybill.

    In addition, the document entitled Manifest has been equipped with a sample form of a cargo declaration for waterway freight.

    Insurance Certificate

    As an Insurance Certificate may be required by the customs authorities in Zimbabwe, e.g. in order to assess the correct customs value of goods, said document has been created for this import documentation and may be viewed for further details.

    Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES has been enhanced with information on the processing fees, the documents to be enclosed with the application and the contact details of the responsible authority.

    Ministry Denominations and Contact Details

    The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development were recently renamed as the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development and the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, respectively. The concerned documents of this report, which are administrated by said Ministries, have been updated to this effect.
    Particular attention has been given to the current contact details of the office under the Department of Research and Specialist Services which is responsible for the issue of the Import Permit for Pesticides.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) have been brought up to date where applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 08 Aug 2018 Turkey Amendments as regards proofs of origin, appliances burning gaseous fuels as well as motor vehicles and related goods have been brought to the import documentation of Turkey. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Proofs of Origin

    The information on designated proofs of origin to be provided to the Turkish customs authorities for goods subject to trade policy measures which is depicted in the document entitled Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin has been adjusted in accordance with Communiqué 2017/10926. Please see the quoted document for further details.

    Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels

    The section on Fuels and Related Goods has been augmented with information on appliances burning gaseous fuels. For more information, please see the mentioned paragraph further below.

    Motor Vehicles and Aircraft

    A new chapter on the importation of motor vehicles and aircraft has been added to this overview. Please turn to the same-named section for more details.
  • 07 Aug 2018 Mozambique Amendments as regards the electronic single window (JUE), temporary importation and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Single Window (JUE)

    Since the end of April 2018, the former Trade Information Management System (TIMS) has definitely been replaced by the electronic single window (JUE) at all Mozambican customs offices. The document entitled Customs Import Declaration as well as the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview have therefore been updated accordingly.

    Temporary Importation

    The information on temporary importation in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been reviewed and updated in accordance with Decree 9/2017. Please turn to the quoted section for more information.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been revised and blue-pencilled with regard to various details. Please turn thereto for more particulars.
  • 07 Aug 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: classification of goods, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), veterinary medicinal products, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    In accordance with the official lists of goods subject to control, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measures apply, has been verified and adjusted for the following documents as well as other pertinent documents:

    Mandatory Hygiene Inspection
    Mandatory Quality Inspection
    Mandatory Phytosanitary Inspection
    Veterinary Inspection for Animal Products
    Veterinary Inspection for Live Animals.

    Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

    The document entitled Permit to Import Species Regulated by CITES, which is required for the importation of goods falling under said Convention, has been completely reviewed and updated with details of, e.g., the pertinent legal basis, the processing time and the documents to be enclosed with the application, as per the stipulations of the Decision on conditions and procedures of implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bosnia and Herzegovina ("Official Gazette of BiH", No. 31/18). In addition, a sample of a national application form has been furnished. The quoted document and the blue-pencilled section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in this overview may be viewed for more information.

    Veterinary Medicinal Products

    For veterinary medicinal products, i.e. medicines, raw materials and pharmaceutical substances therefor, medical devices, biological products, pharmaceutical premixes and feed additives, a registration of said products must be applied for at the competent authority in the respective entity in order to obtain an authorisation to place the goods on the market in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, only entities who have obtained a corresponding licence may deal in such products. In order to depict these measures in detail, the following two documents have been newly added to the set of documents for this report:

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicinal Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Medicinal Products.

    Further specifics on the requirements to import these products may be consulted in the chapter on Animals and Animal Products further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Department for Environment Protection under the BiH Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations and the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices have been brought up to date in the concerned documents throughout this report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 06 Aug 2018 Uganda Amendments as regards export controls, destination inspection, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Export Controls

    Information with regard to export controls, which may refer to designated goods, countries of (final) destination or certain legal or natural persons involved in the respective transactions, has been added to this overview. For further details, please refer to the new chapter on Export Controls below.

    Destination Inspection

    In accordance with the provisions of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (Inspection and Clearance of Imports) Regulations of 25 May 2018, a new section entitled Destination Inspection has been incorporated into this overview to provide information on goods subject to this requirement. Additional particulars may be consulted in the quoted paragraph.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods banned from importation into Uganda as depicted in the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been augmented with information on certain cosmetic products containing hydroquinone. Please see the mentioned section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the paragraph below.
  • 06 Aug 2018 Bermuda Focus: prohibited imports, intoxicating liquors, updated fees and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The document entitled Prohibited Imports has been added to the set of documents of the import report for Bermuda. For more information on this matter, please turn thereto as well as to the corresponding paragraph in this overview.

    Intoxicating Liquors

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors has been newly incorporated into this import report. Particulars of the requirements for obtaining such a licence in order to be eligible to sell beer, wine, spirits, etc. in Bermuda as well as the necessary application form may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Updated Fees

    Due to the recently published amendment to the Government Fees Act, several fees regarding licences, permits, etc. have been changed. Therefore, the fees of the following documents in this report have been blue-pencilled:

    Company Registration
    Licence to Deal in Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
    Licence to Import Firearms and Ammunition
    Permit to Import Nursery Stock.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following Government authorities has been reviewed and adapted accordingly in all documents concerned:

    Department of Immigration under the Ministry of National Security
    Department of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Economic Development
    Department of Works and Engineering under the Ministry of Public Works
    Environmental Health Unit of the Department of Health under the Ministry of Health
    Registrar of Companies under the Ministry of Finance.
  • 03 Aug 2018 Sudan Focus: Request for Information (RFI), Tax Identification Number (TIN), aircraft and Delivery Order.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Request for Information (RFI)

    The sample application form displayed in the document entitled Request for Information (RFI), which is required in the framework of the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VOC), has been replaced with its current version. For more information, the quoted document and chapter may be viewed.

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    The document entitled Tax Identification Number (TIN) has been amended with regard to the portal which is to be used for electronic applications and has been adjusted with regard to the contact information; please refer to the quoted document for additional details.

    Aircraft

    An internationally recognised sample of a Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the same-named document for further clarification; please turn thereto and to the paragraph on Aircraft further below for particulars.

    Delivery Order

    A Delivery Order, i.e. a document containing the formal obligation of its issuer to deliver the denominated parts of the shipment to its bearer, is usually required by the Sudanese customs authorities for goods arriving via air or sea freight. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 03 Aug 2018 Albania Amendments as regards customs agents, plastic bags, labelling requirements for medicinal goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Agents

    Information on the appointment of customs agents for the representation in customs formalities has been incorporated in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Further particulars may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Plastic Bags

    In accordance with a decision adopted by the Albanian Council of Ministers on 26 April 2018, the importation of lightweight plastic bags into Albania is prohibited as of 4 July 2018. The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been amended to this effect and may be consulted for further information on the types of bags prohibited.

    Labelling Requirements for Medicinal Goods

    Details of the labelling requirements for medicines intended for human use have been provided in the paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 02 Aug 2018 Qatar Amendments as regards temporary admission, aircraft and agricultural chemicals have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Temporary Admission

    As Qatar recently became a member of the Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods (A.T.A. Convention), goods intended for exhibitions may be imported temporarily by means of a Carnet A.T.A.. The Carnet A.T.A. is a document enabling the temporary importation of commodities with simplified customs procedures, i.e. without having to adhere to the requirements of a complete Customs Import Declaration.
    Consequently, the quoted document has been added to the set of documents of this report. However, the procedure does currently not apply to commercial samples or items of professional equipment. Further special conditions have been announced so that neither partial shipments nor an importation in split consignments are accepted by the General Directorate of Customs. The responsible organisation in Qatar is the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), which may be reached as follows: Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), Member Affairs Department, P.O. Box 402, Qatar Chamber Building, C Ring Road, Hilal Street, Al Osseiri Area, QA-Doha, phone numbers: +974 44559111, 44555885, fax numbers: +974 44661693, 44661697. For additional details, please refer to the mentioned document and to the modified section on International Agreements below.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been added to this overview, providing details of the importation of said commodities into Qatar. The mentioned paragraph may be viewed for further information.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of transparency, a section on Agricultural Chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 02 Aug 2018 Cuba Focus: medicines for human use, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), pesticides and other controlled chemicals as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Medicines for Human Use

    The provisions of the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED) have been reviewed and, as a result, the application form of the renamed document entitled Import Authorisation for Medicines for Human Use has been exchanged for its current version. For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Allocation of Import Quota for Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For further information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Pesticides and Other Controlled Chemicals

    The chapter entitled Pesticides and Other Controlled Chemicals has been updated with regard to the Official Contact Point (OCP) of the Stockholm Convention and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Said paragraph may be consulted for more details.

    Contact Details

    In order to inform on the regulating institution, i.e. the Office for Environmental Regulation and Nuclear Safety (ORASEN), the following documents have been amended accordingly considering the contact details of said authority:

    CITES Import Permit
    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention
    Import Permit for Hazardous Chemicals
    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste
    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Waste
    Notification Document for Transboundary Movements of Waste
    Radiation Certificate.
  • 01 Aug 2018 Namibia Amendments as regards motor vehicles, country of origin labelling, the NamBizOne Portal as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Motor Vehicles

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been augmented with information on the prohibition to import designated types of motor vehicles into Namibia. Please turn to said section for a list of goods banned from importation.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    A new paragraph entitled Country of Origin Labelling has been added to this overview to provide details of the mandatory origin labelling requirement for imported goods. The quoted chapter may be consulted for additional specifics.

    NamBizOne Portal

    Details of the NamBizOne Portal, which provides a one-stop single point of access portal for the obtainment of information on the administrative and legal requirements for investors, has been incorporated in the section on Requirements for Import Formalities further below. Please see the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto.