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  • 25 May 2020 Yemen Focus: Halal Certificate as well as contact details. The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Halal Certificate

    The sample form of a Halal Certificate confirming with the GSO standards has been updated to a more recent version. Please refer to the quoted document for further details of this matter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Culture have been brought up to date throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 25 May 2020 New Zealand Amendments as regards the Secure Exports Scheme (SES), currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Secure Exports Scheme (SES)

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapter on the Secure Exports Scheme (SES) has been newly created in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics of the quoted scheme.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with details of the central bank of the country, i.e. the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.
  • 25 May 2020 Costa Rica Focus: updated processing fees and veterinary health certificates.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees contained in the documents listed below have been adjusted in accordance with the fees stipulated by the National Phytosanitary Service (SFE):

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)
    Phytosanitary Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Agricultural Pesticide and Fertiliser Companies
    Registration of Fertilisers for Agricultural Use
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The following veterinary health certificates have been equipped with a more recent version of the sample certificate:

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 25 May 2020 Montenegro Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 May 2020 Libya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 May 2020 Israel Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 May 2020 Indonesia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 May 2020 El Salvador Focus: nomenclature changes, commercial registration, Cargo Tracking Note and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for El Salvador 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 El Salvador have been adjusted in accordance with the most recent regulations of the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration in Central America (COMIECO).

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been enhanced with various details, e.g. the processing time stipulated for the review of the application dossier. More specifications may be obtained therefrom.

    Cargo Tracking Note

    Information on the period of validity has been added to the document entitled Cargo Tracking Note. The quoted document may be consulted for details.
  • 20 May 2020 India Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, pre-shipment inspection and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for India.
    The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items and Imports through Designated State Trading Enterprises has been reviewed and updated in accordance with Notification No. 51/2015-2020 from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Please turn to the mentioned documents for specifics.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection in this overview has been brought up to date as regards the ports via which metallic waste and scrap may be imported from safe countries, i.e. Australia, Canada, the European Union (EU) Member States, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA), without the requirement of a pre-shipment certificate. For more information on this matter, please see the quoted section.
  • 20 May 2020 Taiwan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 May 2020 Papua New Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 May 2020 Nigeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 May 2020 Mexico Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rate
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 May 2020 Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 May 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: Registration of New Plant Varieties as well as contact details. The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of New Plant Varieties

    A new document entitled Registration of New Plant Varieties has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please refer thereto as well as to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for further details on the registration of new plant varieties in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have been brought up to date throughout this import report.
  • 19 May 2020 Mauritania Amendments as regards medicinal products have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania. The following changes have been made:

    Medicinal Products

    The chapter on Medicinal Products has been amended with information on the Central Purchasing Agency for Medicines, Medical Equipment and Consumables (CAMEC). Please refer to the quoted chapter as well as to the section on Public Procurement for further details of this matter.
  • 19 May 2020 Moldova Amendments as regards the biosafety clearing house (BCH) and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Moldova. The following changes have been made:

    Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)

    The contact information of the Moldovan body reporting to the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), i.e. the national focal point in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has been updated in the product-specific section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. Please turn to the quoted chapter for specifics.

    Aircraft

    The paragraph on Aircraft has been newly created in this overview. More details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 19 May 2020 Uruguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 May 2020 Kazakhstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 May 2020 Cuba Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 May 2020 Switzerland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 May 2020 Congo (Republic of) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 May 2020 Tanzania Amendments as regards aircraft as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    The chapter on Aircraft below has been newly introduced to this overview and may be viewed for details of the requirements for said goods.

    Standardisation

    The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Tanzania, is a member of several international standardisation organisations. Details thereof have been added to the paragraph on Norms and Standards below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 18 May 2020 Philippines Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Philippines. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    As the Philippines have recently implemented a pilot authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, the corresponding section has been newly created in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements below has been enhanced with details of the requirements for the labelling of irradiated foodstuffs. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 18 May 2020 Algeria Amendments as regards currency regulations and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Algeria. The following changes have been made:

    Currency Regulations

    By virtue of the Budgetary Law (Loi de Finances) of 2020, foreign currencies must be declared to the customs authorities when entering or leaving the country for amounts of 5,000 EUR or above, or its equivalent in other foreign currencies, instead of the former amount of 1,000 EUR. This information has been added to the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview.
  • 18 May 2020 Madagascar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 May 2020 Gabon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 May 2020 Cameroon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 May 2020 Argentina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 May 2020 South Africa Amendments as regards waste, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. South Africa already ratified the Amendment in 2016. For further information on this matter, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.

    Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, specifics on labelling requirements applicable in South Africa may now be viewed in the newly created same-named paragraph and its pertaining subsections further below. Please see the mentioned chapter for particulars.
  • 15 May 2020 Uzbekistan Focus: updated procedural details and forms, contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uzbekistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Procedural Details and Forms

    The following documents have been brought up to date with respect to various details, e.g. the mode of submission of documents, processing fees and forms to be submitted for application/customs clearance as well as documents to be enclosed, respectively:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Customs Import Declaration
    Registration of a Digital Signature
    Sanitary-Epidemiological Conclusion.

    For specifics, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Contact Information

    The phone number of the State Veterinary Committee has been amended throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 15 May 2020 Venezuela Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 May 2020 Ukraine Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 May 2020 Japan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 May 2020 China Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 May 2020 Barbados Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 May 2020 Togo Focus: Commercial Registration, waste, fiscal marking and contact details.
    The import documentation for Togo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been updated with regard to the pertaining processing fees. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed with said registration has been modified in accordance with the most recently published corresponding regulations. Please turn to the quoted document for additional details.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Togo is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.

    Fiscal Marking

    Details of the obligatory fiscal marking, which certain goods to be imported into Togo are subject to and which came into force on 1 May 2020, have been provided in the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.
  • 14 May 2020 Sri Lanka Focus: pharmaceutical products, motor vehicles and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Sri Lanka has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pharmaceutical Products

    The application forms displayed in the documents entitled Licence to Import Drugs and Licence to Import Free Trade Samples of Drugs have been replaced by more recent versions. Please see said documents for particulars.

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Motor Vehicles has been revised with respect to, inter alia, the contact details of the competent authority, i.e. the Department of Motor Traffic, the corresponding processing fee as well as the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, information on circumstances in which a Licence to Import Used Motor Vehicles is not required for the importation of used motor vehicles has been included in the same-named document. In addition, both documents have been equipped with the current version of their pertaining application form. For details of this matter, please refer to the quoted documents.
  • 14 May 2020 Jamaica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 May 2020 Iraq Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 May 2020 Dominican Republic Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 May 2020 Costa Rica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 May 2020 Singapore Focus: classification of goods, Approval of Cigarette Labels as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective document in this import report, has been reviewed and adjusted according to the current legal stipulations of Singapore for the document entitled Hazardous Substances Licence.

    Approval of Cigarette Labels

    In order to import cigarettes into Singapore, the labels of such products are to be approved by Singapore Customs. The corresponding document entitled Approval of Cigarette Labels has been reviewed and modified with regard to the submission of such application which is to be made electronically. A screenshot of the online application form has therefore been included. Please see the mentioned document for particulars.
  • 13 May 2020 Pakistan Amendments as regards special economic Zones (SEZs) have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan. The following changes have been made:

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    In accordance with the Special Economic Zones Act 2012 (as amended), the chapter on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in this overview has been modified. By way of example, the benefits for enterprises established in said zones have been brought up to date. Moreover, the list of SEZs which have been approved and notified by the Board of Approvals (BOA) has been revised. For more information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 13 May 2020 United States of America Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 May 2020 Kyrgyzstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 May 2020 Guatemala Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 May 2020 Bahrain Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 May 2020 Colombia Amendments as regards import prohibitions, preferential treatment and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Import Prohibitions

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to relevant measures) has been adjusted in the document entitled Prohibited Imports pursuant to the current provisions of the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN).

    Preferential Treatment

    Colombia will consider the United Kingdom (UK), which left the European Union (EU) within the framework of a mutual withdrawal agreement on 1 February 2020, as a party of the existing multilateral Trade Agreement between Colombia, Ecuador and Peru with the EU during the transitional period. Until further notice, 31 December 2020 has been stipulated in the respective withdrawal agreement as the end of said transition period.
    According to the national Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia will initiate a legislative approval process of a new trade agreement with the UK, i.e. a trade and political continuity agreement is expected to be agreed on and signed in the near future.
  • 12 May 2020 Chile Focus: Declaration of Customs Value, updated processing fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Chile has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Declaration of Customs Value

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Declaration of Customs Value has been updated as regards the applicable submission requirements. Moreover, the corresponding form displayed in the quoted document has been exchanged for its most recent version. For more information on this matter, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees as displayed in the following documents to be applied for at the Institute of Public Health (ISP) under the Ministry of Health have been modified:

    Registration of Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Importers of Certain Cosmetic Products
    Registration of Importers of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Pesticides for Sanitary and Domestic Use.

    Specifics may be obtained from said documents.
  • 12 May 2020 Zimbabwe Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 May 2020 Georgia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 May 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 May 2020 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards special economic zones (SEZs) have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Special Economic Zones

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency Act, which came into effect on 7 February 2020, the chapter on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in this overview has been revised. By way of example, details of the authority newly responsible for SEZs in Zimbabwe, i.e. the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency, have been inserted. For more information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 11 May 2020 Taiwan Amendments as regards government procurement, currency and payments as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Government Procurement

    A new paragraph on Government Procurement has been incorporated into this overview. Information on public procurement measures in Taiwan may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been blue-pencilled with regards to the details contained therein concerning the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (CBC), i.e. the national central bank. Please see the quoted section for particulars of this matter.

    Labelling Requirements

    The specifics on the labelling requirments for electrical appliances and electronic products displayed in the paragaph on Labelling Requirements further below have been modified in accordance with the current legal stipulations of Taiwan. Please refer thereto for more information.
  • 11 May 2020 Turkey Focus: Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances, sources of ionising radiation and equipment emitting radiation, Carnet A.T.A., processing fees, veterinary health certificates, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Turkey has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances

    The document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances has been newly incorporated into the import report for Turkey; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Sources of Ionising Radiation and Equipment Emitting Radiation

    The document entitled Import Permit for X-Ray Equipment, Radioactive Materials and Apparatus Containing These has been completely revised and modified, e.g., concerning the responsible authority, the electronic submission of the application, the application fees and the documents to be enclosed with the import permit request.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees for the procedures depicted in the following documents have been adjusted in accordance with the most recent stipulations:

    Certificate of Conformity for the Importation of Fuels
    Certificate of Conformity for Waste
    CITES Import Permit
    Control Certificate for Agricultural Products
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Chemical Substances
    Import Licence for Metal Waste
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Motor Vehicles
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use
    Preliminary Import Permit for Seeds
    Registration of Importers of Chemical Substances
    Registration of Importers of Fuels.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals and Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products have been equipped with more recent versions of the sample certificates; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The address information of, inter alia, the Department of Tobacco and Alcohol, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security as well as the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report, respectively.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 11 May 2020 Russian Federation Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 May 2020 Qatar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 May 2020 Paraguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 May 2020 Pakistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 May 2020 Mozambique Focus: Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Organisms.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Organisms

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Organisms has been completely revised and updated as regards, inter alia, the corresponding processing fee. Moreover, information on further requirements to be complied with by the applicant in order to obtain said authorisation has been included in the mentioned document. In addition, the current version of the pertaining application form has been newly inserted. For details of this matter, please refer to the quoted document.
  • 08 May 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards the classification of goods, petroleum products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The tariff codes related to the import procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, have been revised and updated in accordance with the current national customs tariff. In particular, said modifications concern the documents entitled Mandatory Hygiene Inspection and Mandatory Quality Inspection.
    Moreover, the classification of goods related to the documents listed below concerning the importation of and trade in arms and military goods and further special-purpose commodities has been brought up to date in accordance with the official list of military goods, which, in turn, is based on the European Union (EU) Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2020:

    End-User Certificate
    International Import Certificate
    Licence to Import Arms, Military Equipment and Special-Purpose Goods
    Permit for the Movement of Arms and Military Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Arms, Military Equipment and Special-Purpose Goods.

    Petroleum Products

    The chapter on Petroleum Products has been newly incorporated into this overview; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 08 May 2020 Morocco Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 May 2020 Egypt Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 May 2020 Bolivia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 May 2020 Benin Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 May 2020 Uganda Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Certificate for Destination Inspection as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    A new document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please refer to said document for further details.

    Certificate for Destination Inspection

    The document entitled Certificate for Destination Inspection has been reviewed and the list of goods exempt from destination inspection has been updated. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.
  • 07 May 2020 Bermuda Amendments as regards packaging and marking requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Packaging and Marking Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Marking Requirements in this overview has been amended. Please refer thereto for details of the requirements for the packaging and marking of potatoes to be imported into Bermuda.
  • 07 May 2020 South Korea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 May 2020 Colombia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 May 2020 Botswana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 May 2020 Angola Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 May 2020 Sudan Amendments as regards packaging and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan. The following changes have been made:

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been amended. Please refer to said chapter for further details of the labelling requirements of sorghum grains.
  • 06 May 2020 United Kingdom Amendments as regards preferential treatment, company registration, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK). The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    In March 2020, the so-called "Agreement on Arrangements between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and UK following the Withdrawal of UK from the EU, the EEA Arrangement and other Agreements applicable between UK and EEA EFTA States by virtue of UK's Membership of the EU" was presented to the British Parliament. However, it is not in force yet. For particulars on preferential treatment agreements which come into effect after the transitional phase, the chapter on Preferential Treatment in this overview may be viewed.

    Company Registration

    The section on Registration below has been enhanced with information on the Companies House, i.e. the authority responsible for the registration of companies in the UK; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The phone number of the competent authority at which the status of an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) may be applied for has been exchanged for its current contact number. The quoted document may be consulted for additional details.
  • 06 May 2020 Albania Focus: Carnet A.T.A., tobacco products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The address information of the General Directorate of Customs and the National Food Authority has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report, respectively.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 06 May 2020 Turkmenistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 May 2020 Namibia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 May 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 May 2020 Qatar Focus: Approval to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof, Trademark Registration as well as product conformity. The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof

    The form contained in the document entitled Approval to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof has been exchanged for a more current version. Please see said document for more details.

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been blue-pencilled. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for the currently used official form. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Product Conformity

    The sample forms for the corresponding requests contained in the documents entitled Registration for Product Conformity and Certificate of Conformity have been replaced for more recent versions. Please consult the mentioned documents for more specifics.
  • 05 May 2020 Cuba Amendments as regards commodities intended for environmental use have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Commodities Intended for Environmental Use

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, details of the importation of commodities intended for environmental use may now be viewed in the newly created same-named chapter in this overview. Moreover, the section on Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with information on specifications for commodities and technologies intended for environmental use. Please turn to the quoted paragraphs for particulars.
  • 05 May 2020 Saudi Arabia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 May 2020 Philippines Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 May 2020 Moldova Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2020 Namibia Focus: Commercial Registration and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been revised with respect to, inter alia, the applicable processing fee for the name reservation as part of the registration of commercial entities in Namibia. Moreover, the annual duty to be paid upon incorporation of the company has been amended. In addition, the corresponding application forms required during the registration process have been exchanged for their most recent version. For more information on this matter, please turn to the quoted document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    On 16 March 2020, the President of Namibia announced a new governmental structure effective as of 21 March 2020. In conclusion of this reorganisation, the number of Namibian ministries is reduced in order to achieve better alignment between the respective areas. By way of example, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has been renamed and is now the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform. Therefore, this import report has been brought up to date in this regard.
  • 04 May 2020 Kazakhstan Focus: endangered species and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Endangered Species

    The document entitled Permit to Import Endangered Species Covered by CITES has been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the regulatory authority and documents to be enclosed with the corresponding application for the import permit. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the quoted section.
  • 04 May 2020 Iran Amendments as regards the classification of goods, sanctions and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iran. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The tariff codes related to the import procedures in Iran, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, have been revised and updated in accordance with the current national customs tariff. In particular, said modifications concern the documents entitled Verification of Conformity and Declaration of Conformity.

    Sanctions

    The chapter on Sanctions in this overview, which describes the trade embargo that is in force for the export of different kinds of goods from various countries to Iran, has been enhanced with information on the legal stipulations for such an embargo in Norway and Switzerland. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 04 May 2020 El Salvador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2020 Brazil Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2020 Bangladesh Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 May 2020 Australia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Apr 2020 Syria Focus: legalisation of documents, Approval to Import and Publish Media, Certificate of Analysis and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Legalisation of Documents

    A preliminary legalisation of exporters' documents for consignments to be shipped to Syria by a joint Arab-national chamber is usually no longer a prerequisite for the mandatory legalisation by the Syrian Embassy or Consulate in the country of export. Consequently, the corresponding chapter on the Legalisation of Documents in this overview has been amended accordingly and may be viewed for particulars.

    Approval to Import and Publish Media

    The document entitled Approval to Import and Publish Media has been completely reviewed and modified in accordance with the current stipulations, e.g. as regards the processing fees, documents to be enclosed and the application form. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly; please turn thereto for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Communications and Technology, Ministry of Local Administration and the Environment, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Information has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 30 Apr 2020 Myanmar Amendments as regards medicinal products and cosmetics as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Medicinal Products and Cosmetics

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapters on Medicinal Products Intended for Human Use and Cosmetics in this overview have been restructured. Please see said sections for particulars of this matter.

    Waste

    As Myanmar has accepted the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, information thereon as well as on the responsible authority for the management of hazardous waste in Myanmar has been included in the newly created paragraph on Waste further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 30 Apr 2020 Uzbekistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Apr 2020 Sudan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Apr 2020 Ivory Coast Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Apr 2020 Brunei Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Apr 2020 Panama Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Information on a list of phytosanitary requirements has been added to the chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below. For specifics, please refer thereto.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Panama already ratified the Amendment in 1998. For further information on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.
  • 29 Apr 2020 Mali Amendments as regards waste and the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Mali is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.

    Minamata Convention

    The contact details of the national focal point within the framework of the Minamata Convention have been added to the chapter on Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for additional details.
  • 29 Apr 2020 Belarus Focus: classification of goods, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Declaration of Conformity of this report, has been adjusted accordingly.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Belarusian State Institute for Standardisation and Certification (BELGISS) have been updated throughout the report where applicable.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the corresponding section further below.
  • 29 Apr 2020 Malaysia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Apr 2020 Liberia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Apr 2020 Iran Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Apr 2020 India Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Apr 2020 Chile Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2020 Serbia Focus: classification of goods, Carnet A.T.A., contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Serbian customs tariff for 2020, which is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2020, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the import procedures in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Import Regime, including, inter alia, the following measures of this report:

    Approval of a Foreign Certificate of Conformity
    Certificate of Conformity for Products Causing Radio-Frequency Disturbances
    Certificate of Analysis
    Food Safety Inspection
    Free Sale Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Permit to Import Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Precursors
    Registration of Chemicals
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)
    Sanitary Certificate
    Trade Mark Registration
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Inspection of Animal Products.

    Moreover, the classification of goods pertaining to the following documents has been brought up to date in accordance with the official lists of dual-use and military goods, which in turn are based on the European Union (EU) Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2020:

    End User Certificate
    Permit to Import Arms and Military Equipment
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Registration of Traders of Arms, Military Equipment and Dual-Use Goods.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Accreditation Body of Serbia and the Business Registers Agency of Serbia has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report, respectively.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 28 Apr 2020 Montenegro Focus: processing fees, Carnet A.T.A., tobacco products, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Processing Fees

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations on administrative fees, details of the corresponding processing fees have been brought up to date in the following documents of this import report:

    CITES Permit
    Licence to Deal in Precursors
    Permit to Import Nationally Protected Species of Wild Flora, Fauna and Fungus
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Plant Varieties.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Tobacco Products

    The scope of goods requiring a Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products has been adjusted to also include electronic cigarettes. The applicable legislation is the Law on Restrictions of the Use of Tobacco Products (Official Gazette CG, 48/2019). Particulars of the registration procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Environmental Protection Agency has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 28 Apr 2020 Jordan Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below has been enhanced with details of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol which Jordan has accepted. Please see said section for further particulars of this matter.
  • 28 Apr 2020 Peru Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2020 New Zealand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2020 Guyana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Apr 2020 Fiji Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2020 Madagascar Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Madagascar is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.
  • 27 Apr 2020 Iceland Focus: Single Administrative Document, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), updated documents, denomination as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Administrative Document

    For customs clearance, the Single Administrative Document is to be submitted electronically via a recently introduced electronic platform. Additionally, paper submissions have been restricted, i.e. are only eligible for cases in which a correction of the original report is filed. These changes have been reflected in the mentioned document. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator has been newly created for the set of documents of the import report for Iceland. Details of the requirements for AEO certification may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Updated Documents

    The following documents of this import report have been amended in terms of their method of submission, corresponding processing times and fees, amongst others:

    CITES Permit
    Licence to Import Alcohol
    Nordic Ecolabelling Licence
    Registration of Importers and Dealers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

    Denomination

    As of 1 January 2020, the former Customs Directorate and the Internal Revenue Directorate (IRD) have been merged to form the Iceland Revenue and Customs (Skatturinn). Said change has been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 27 Apr 2020 Ethiopia Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Ethiopia ratified the Amendment in 2003. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 27 Apr 2020 South Africa Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2020 Vietnam Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2020 Thailand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2020 Syria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Apr 2020 United Kingdom Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Apr 2020 Libya Focus: model certificates and contact details.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Model Certificates

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Certificate of Analysis and Free Sale Certificate have been replaced by updated versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Economy and Industry has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 24 Apr 2020 Liberia Amendments as regards waste as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Liberia accepted the Amendment in 2005. For further information on this matter, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 24 Apr 2020 Tajikistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Apr 2020 Albania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Apr 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures and pesticides have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been reviewed in accordance with the current Kosovan Import Regime as contained in the Integrated Tariff of Kosovo (TARIK) for 2020. The classification of goods pertaining to the following documents has been adjusted accordingly:

    Homologation of Motor Vehicles
    Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products
    Permit to Import Foodstuffs and Other Animal Products
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Registration of Foodstuffs Operators
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Inspection of Animal Products.

    In addition, the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled Licence to Deal in Strategic Goods and End-User Certificate has been brought up to date in accordance with the official lists of military and dual-use goods, which in turn are based on the EU CN for 2020.

    Pesticides

    Besides the prior registration of both importers of means of plant protection and the agricultural pesticides themselves with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), an approval for the actual shipment to be imported into Kosovo must be obtained from the Border Phytosanitary Inspectorate, which comes under the Food and Veterinary Agency. This information has been added to the chapter on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview.
  • 23 Apr 2020 Australia Focus: industrial chemicals, updated documents, denomination, online services as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Industrial Chemicals

    In accordance with the stipulations of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) will be replaced by the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) as of 1 July 2020. For the importation and manufacture of the above-mentioned goods, a Notification of New Industrial Chemicals as well as a Registration with NICNAS are required. The mentioned change has been reflected in the quoted documents as well as in this overview. Furthermore, the applicable processing fees have been updated.

    Updated Documents

    The following documents of this import report have been amended in terms of their corresponding application forms, responsible authorities and contact information, amongst others:

    Import Licence for Explosives
    Import Permit for Firearms
    Licence to Deal in Firearms
    Notification of Import of Explosives
    Pre-Arrival Report for Vessels
    Registration of New Plant Varieties
    Registration with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    Denomination

    On 1 February 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment was established, combining two former authorities, i.e. the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Environment and Energy. Said change has been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Online Services

    Information on the electronic submission via the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's online services portal has been included in the documents entitled Import Permit for Hazardous Waste as well as Import Permit for Wildlife and Wildlife Products. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 23 Apr 2020 Singapore Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Apr 2020 Myanmar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Apr 2020 Laos Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Apr 2020 Bahamas Amendments as regards aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapter on Aircraft and Drones in this overview has been revised and enhanced with additional particulars of the importation of aircraft into the Bahamas. Please turn thereto for further details of this matter.
  • 22 Apr 2020 Brunei Focus: live animals, animal products and animal feed, Registration of New Plant Varieties, denomination and contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals, Animal Products and Animal Feed

    In order to import live animals, animal products and animal feed into Brunei Darussalam, importers of such goods are to register with the Biosecurity Division of the Department of Agriculture. Said information has been incorporated into this import report in the newly created document entitled Registration as Importer of Live Animals, Animal Products and Animal Feed. Please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for specifics.

    Registration of New Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Registration of New Plant Varieties has been enhanced with a technical questionnaire which is to be submitted with the application for registration. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars of this matter.

    Denomination and Contact Details

    The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) has recently been renamed to Ministry of Energy. Furthermore, the contact information of said authority as well as those of the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) have been updated. Said changes have been reflected throughout this import report where applicable.
  • 22 Apr 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Apr 2020 St. Lucia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Apr 2020 Honduras Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Apr 2020 Belarus Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Apr 2020 South Korea Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the respective import measures) to the documents of this import report has been checked in accordance with the current Korean import regime. Modifications have been made in the following documents:

    Certificate of Component
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Certification of Electrical Appliances
    Import Permit for Narcotics
    Import Permit for Pharmaceuticals
    Import Permit for Raw Materials for Pharmaceutical Products
    Inspection of Timber Products
    Licence to Handle Narcotics
    Licence to Import Chemical Substances
    Licence to Import Pharmaceutical Products
    Notification of Safety Confirmation of Electrical Appliances
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Quarantine and Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Quarantine Permit for Animal Products
    Quarantine Permit for Aquatic Animals
    Quarantine Permit for Live Animals
    Safety Certification of Children's Products
    Safety Confirmation of Used Electrical Appliances
    Supplier's Confirmation of Conformity.

    Minamata Convention

    As South Korea ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 22 November 2019, the section on Chemical Substances in this overview has been revised accordingly. For details of this matter, please see said paragraph.
  • 21 Apr 2020 United Arab Emirates Focus: Permit to Import Horses, application forms by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Horses

    The document entitled Permit to Import Horses has been blue-pencilled. The application form has been exchanged to a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Application Forms by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

    The following application forms for the procedures falling under the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment have been updated to the latest versions:

    Permit to Import Agricultural Goods
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Animal Products
    Permit to Import Fertilisers
    Permit to Import Animal Fodder, Feed Supplements and Related Products
    Permit to Import Pesticides.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for further details of this matter.
  • 21 Apr 2020 Yemen Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Apr 2020 Oman Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Apr 2020 Bermuda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Apr 2020 Azerbaijan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Apr 2020 Indonesia Focus: the classification of goods and sample form. The import documentation for Indonesia 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 goods, pertaining to the document entitled Import Approval (PI) has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. By way of example, products such as certain halogenated derivatives of hydrocarbons, waste of plastics and rubber as well as articles thereof and certain flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, amongst others, now fall under this measure.

    Sample Form

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been furnished with a more recent version of a corresponding sample form. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars of this matter.
  • 20 Apr 2020 Hong Kong Focus: ban amendment on the Basel Convention, Registration as User of the Trade Single Window (TSW), updated documents, denominations and contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

    Details on the entry into force of the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal have been incorporated into the paragraph on Waste in this overview and may be viewed for specifics.

    Registration as User of the Trade Single Window (TSW)

    The document entitled Registration as User of the Trade Single Window (TSW) has been enhanced with a sample form for an authorisation letter in the case of sole proprietors and partnerships which is to be enclosed with the application. Please see said document for specifics.

    Updated Documents

    The following documents of this import report have been modified with regard to their most recent versions of the corresponding application forms, processing fees, type of submission, amongst others, as applicable:

    Antibiotics Permit
    Approval of GMO for Release Into the Environment
    CITES Import Licence
    Import Certificate for Dangerous Drugs
    Import Licence for Dangerous Drugs
    Import Statement for Hydrocarbon Oils
    Import Statement for Liquors
    Import Statement for Methyl Alcohol
    Import Statement for Tobacco
    Import Statement on Dutiable Commodities
    Licence to Deal in Irradiating Apparatus
    Poisons Wholesale Licence
    Registration Certificate for Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration Certificate for Rice Stockholders
    Registration Certificate for Traders of Rough Diamonds
    Registration Certificate of Proprietary Chinese Medicine
    Wholesale Dealer's Licence for Dangerous Drugs
    Wholesaler Licence for Proprietary Chinese Medicine.

    Please refer to the above-mentioned documents for particulars.

    Denominations and Contact Details

    The denominations of the Chinese Medicine Regulatory Office, the Drug Evaluation and Import/Export Control Division as well as the Medical Device Division under the the Department of Health have changed and the concerned documents of the import report for Hong Kong have been blue-pencilled. Moreover, the contact details of said authorities have been updated, as applicable.
  • 20 Apr 2020 Canada Amendments as regards the classification of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the document entitled Request for Documentation Review, which is required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has been adjusted. By way of example, import reporting requirements have been added for undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength of a volume of 80% vol. or higher if used as other than fuel.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the same-named paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 20 Apr 2020 Kuwait Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Apr 2020 United Arab Emirates Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Apr 2020 Mexico Focus: manifests, Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, Automatic Import Permit and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Manifests

    In accordance with the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) of 2019 (as amended), the documents entitled Manifest for Sea Freight and Manifest for Air Freight have been revised. By way of example, details of the possibility to submit the Manifest for Sea Freight via the Single Window of Foreign Trade (VUCEM) have been included in the mentioned document. Moreover, the minimum content to be provided in the case that the quoted manifest is presented via the VUCEM has been newly incorporated. In addition, the minimum content of the Manifest for Air Freight has been blue-pencilled. For more information on this matter, please refer to said documents.

    Registration of Importers from Certain Branches

    The document entitled Registration of Importers from Certain Branches has been updated as regards the conditions to be fulfilled by importers of certain sensitive products, e.g. arms or precursors, for the registration with the Tax Administration Service (SAT). Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Automatic Import Permit

    The period of validity as displayed in the document entitled Automatic Import Permit has been brought up to date in accordance with recent modifications to the applicable legal basis. For specifics, please see the quoted document.
  • 17 Apr 2020 Laos Amendments as regards the Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention, pesticides and food labelling have been brought to the import documentation for Laos. The following changes have been made:

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

    Details on the entry into force of the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal have been incorporated into the paragraph on Waste in this overview and may be viewed for specifics.

    Pesticides

    The chapter on Pesticides has been newly created for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer thereto for further information on the importation of pesticides into Laos.

    Food Labelling

    Details of the labelling requirements for foodstuffs to be imported into Laos have been incorporated into the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 17 Apr 2020 Tanzania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Apr 2020 Turkey Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Apr 2020 Sri Lanka Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Apr 2020 Kenya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Apr 2020 Canada Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Apr 2020 Oman Focus: Licence to Import Fertilisers, Trade Name and Trademark Registration, Media Approval as well as Certificate of Airworthiness. The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Fertilisers

    For the importation of fertilisers and soil conditioners a licence must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Consequently, a new document has been added to the import report for Oman. Please turn to the quoted document as well as to the section on Agricultural Chemicals for further information on this matter.

    Trade Name and Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trade Name and Trademark Registration has been blue-pencilled. The fees have been changed and an updated version of the application form has been added. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Media Approval

    The form contained in the document entitled Media Approval has been exchanged for a more current version. Please see said document for more details.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) is the responsible authority for issuing a Certificate of Airworthiness in Oman. The application form displayed in said document has been updated to a more recent version.
  • 16 Apr 2020 Switzerland Amendments as regards the Plant Passport, the Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland. The following changes have been made:

    Plant Passport

    As of 1 January 2020, all plants and plant products to be imported into Switzerland require a Plant Passport if the products are coming from the European Union (EU). Therefore, the same-named document has been amended. Please refer thereto as well as to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview for further particulars.

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

    Details on the entry into force of the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which Switzerland already accepted in 2002, have been incorporated into the paragraph on Waste below and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 16 Apr 2020 Lebanon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Apr 2020 Hong Kong Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Apr 2020 Bahamas Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Apr 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention, labelling of chemical substances as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), i.e. the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of the Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, which Cambodia is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Pesticides and Further Chemicals in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

    Details on the entry into force of the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal have been incorporated into the paragraph on Waste below, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Labelling of Chemical Substances

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the requirements for the labelling of chemical substances in Cambodia. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.
  • 15 Apr 2020 Cameroon Focus: Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity and Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN).
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measure applies, has been amended in accordance with recently published stipulations. Moreover, the specifics on documents and information to be submitted for the verification process has been enhanced. Further details of the conformity evaluation procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document and from the paragraph on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    Minor adjustments have been brought to the document entitled Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN). Please refer to the quoted document for further particulars.
  • 15 Apr 2020 Uganda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Apr 2020 Mauritius Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Apr 2020 Ghana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Apr 2020 Belize Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Apr 2020 Kenya Amendments as regards customs points of entry, the Minamata Convention on Mercury as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    The paragraph entitled Customs Points of Entry has been newly introduced to this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for additional information on this matter.

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    Information on the responsible authority within the framework of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which Kenya is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Standardisation

    The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Kenya, is a member of several international standardisation organisations. Details thereon have been introduced to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 14 Apr 2020 Guinea Focus: plant variety protection and Renovo™ Programme.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Plant Variety Protection

    For reasons of transparency, the information regarding the technical questionnaire, which belongs to the documents to be enclosed with the application for a Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, has been incorporated into a separate document entitled Questionnaire for Plant Variety Protection, which may be consulted for additional details.

    Renovo™ Programme

    As of 1 February 2020, the so-called Renovo™ Programme has started being implemented in and for Guinea. The programme covers electrical and electronic equipment as well as tyres, designated children's toys as well as certain tools and cameras, amongst others, exported to Guinea. Further details of the applicable regulations within the framework of this new measure may be viewed in the newly created document entitled Renovo™ Programme in this import report.
  • 14 Apr 2020 Norway Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Apr 2020 Jordan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Apr 2020 Haiti Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Apr 2020 Ukraine Amendments as regards platforms for digital services and preferential treatment have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Platforms for Digital Services

    In accordance with a corresponding resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the state-owned portal for e-services, i.e. the Unified State Web Portal of Electronic Services, now carries out the functions of the data processing platform Unified State Portal for Administrative Services, whose website may currently be consulted at https://my.gov.ua. General information on the quoted platforms may be found in the corresponding section on the Single Window for Foreign Trade below.

    Preferential Treatment

    On 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) within the framework of a mutual withdrawal agreement. Ukraine will consider the UK as a party of the existing Association Agreement (AA) with the EU during the transition period. According to an official statement of the Ukrainian Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, the government will continue to apply existing agreements during the transition period. Until further notice, 31 December of 2020 has been stipulated in the respective withdrawal agreement as the end of said transition period.
  • 09 Apr 2020 Norway Amendments as regards border control posts (BCPs), the Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention, the labelling of chemicals and mixtures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Border Control Posts (BCPs)

    The list of designated border control posts (BCPs) as displayed in the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been modified. Please refer to the quoted section for particulars of this matter.

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

    Details on the entry into force of the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal which Norway already accepted in 1997 have been incorporated into the paragraph on Waste below and may be viewed for specifics.

    Labelling of Chemicals and Mixtures

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements furhter below has been enhanced with information on the requirements for the labelling of chemicals and mixtures in Norway. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 09 Apr 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Electronic Information Note at Importation as well as Customs Export Declaration.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Information Note at Importation

    As an Electronic Information Note at Importation (Fiche Electronique des Renseignements à l'Importation - FERI) is among the documents required for customs clearance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the same-named document has been added to this import documentation. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Customs Export Declaration

    Since a Customs Export Declaration may be required for the issue of an Electronic Information Note at Importation, this report has been enhanced with said newly created document. Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 09 Apr 2020 Nicaragua Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Apr 2020 North Macedonia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Apr 2020 Ecuador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Apr 2020 Senegal Focus: Radiation Certificate as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radiation Certificate

    As a Radiation Certificate is among the documents which may be required for a Foodstuffs Import Declaration, the quoted document has been newly added to this import documentation. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 08 Apr 2020 North Macedonia Amendments as regards cosmetic products and children's toys, the classification of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for North Macedonia. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetic Products and Children's Toys

    Information on the mandatory Approval to Import Cosmetic Products and Children's Toys has been added to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the import procedures in North Macedonia, has been verified in accordance with the Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2020 and the Guide for the Classification of Goods for 2020 as well as the therein contained customs tariff and import regime, and adjusted for the following documents of this import report:

    Licence to Deal in Arms and Ammunition
    Permit to Import Arms, Ammunition and Explosives
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Transport Arms and Ammunition
    Prohibited Imports.

    For more information on the national customs tariff and import regime, please refer to the sections entitled Note, Harmonized System and Classification of Import and Export Categories below.
  • 08 Apr 2020 Bahrain Focus: Health Certificate for Foodstuffs, Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, model certificates, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Health Certificate for Foodstuffs

    The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed upon common rules for the importation of processed foodstuffs, for which a Health Certificate for Foodstuffs may be required. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Bahrain and may be viewed for particulars.

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    For the importation of narcotics and psychrotopic drugs, an Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors is required. The respective fee and validity have been amended in said document. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Model Certificates

    For greater clarity, the sample forms of the following documents have been exchanged for a more recent version:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Free Sale Certicate.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) have been brought up to date in the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 08 Apr 2020 Tunisia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Apr 2020 Senegal Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Apr 2020 Serbia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Apr 2020 Ghana Focus: EasyPass Conformity Certificate, UNIPASS system as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    EasyPass Conformity Certificate

    The information to be provided in the application for an EasyPass Conformity Certificate has been updated. Additional details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    UNIPASS System

    As the so-called UNIPASS system, an electronic single window clearance system, is intended to eventually be implemented in Ghana, corresponding information has been reflected in the chapter on Registration in this overview. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Finance have been updated in this import report, as applicable.
  • 07 Apr 2020 Botswana Amendments as regards the Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) Conformity Programme

    The range of products covered by the Botswanan SIIR conformity programme has been extended in January 2020. Therefore, information on these goods has been included in the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity for SIIR, Registration for SIIR as well as SIIR Certificate of Compliance. Please turn to the mentioned documents for particulars.

    Waste

    Since Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of the quoted Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December. Said Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Botswana already accepted the Amendment in 2004. Information on this matter has been incorporated into the newly created section on Waste in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 07 Apr 2020 Benin Amendments as regards waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Benin ratified the Amendment in 2014. For further information on this matter, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 07 Apr 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Apr 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Apr 2020 Armenia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Apr 2020 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of 2020:

    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Food Facility.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the same-named paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 06 Apr 2020 Saudi Arabia Focus: Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC), Anaam Gate, energy drinks, pesticides as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC)

    The sample forms for a request for informations contained in the documents entitled Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC) and Shipment Certificate have been replaced for more recent versions. Please consult the quoted documents for more specifics.

    Anaam Gate

    Importers of live animals, animal products and veterinary medicines may submit the relevant documents online via the so called Anaam Gate of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. A prior Registration as a User of the Anaam Gate is required. Please refer to the quoted document, which has been newly incorporated into this report, as well as to the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for particulars.

    Energy Drinks

    A new document entitled Registration of Energy Drinks has been added to the set of documents for Saudi Arabia. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information on the importation of energy drinks.

    Pesticides

    Pesticides intended for domestic use in Saudi Arabia must be approved by the Saudi Food and Drug Agency (SFDA). For greater clarification on this matter, new application forms have been added to the documents entitled Permit to Import Pesticides and Registration of Pesticides. Please refer thereto as well as to the chapter on Agricultural Chemicals below for further details.
  • 06 Apr 2020 Peru Amendments as regards waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Peru already accepted the Amendment in 2015. For further information on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    The chapter on News below has been updated with trade-related news.
  • 06 Apr 2020 Afghanistan Focus: medicinal products and medical equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Medicinal Products and Medical Equipment

    In order to be released from customs, a corresponding release certificate is required for medicinal products and medical equipment. Hence, the document entitled Release Certificate for Medicinal Products and Medical Equipment has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. For more information on this matter, please turn to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) responsible for import measures as regards military equipment (excluding arms and ammunition), amongst others, have been revised and brought up to date throughout this import report.
  • 06 Apr 2020 Panama Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Apr 2020 Mauritania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Apr 2020 Ethiopia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Apr 2020 Algeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Apr 2020 Egypt Amendments as regards procedures administered by the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), product conformity requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Procedures Administered by the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

    Pursuant to Circular No. 1 of 13 January 2020, all companies engaged in food manufacturing activities, including companies in which imported raw materials are used as production input, must be registered with the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) as of 1 February 2020.
    Moreover, imported foodstuffs covered by Ministerial Decree No. 991 of 2015 (as amended by Decree No. 43 of 2016 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry), i.e. for which a Registration of Foreign Manufacturers Qualified to Export Their Products to Egypt with the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) is mandatory, will be directed via the internal electronical network to the NFSA after having received an initial import approval from the GOEIC. Consequently, the responsibility for the Inspection of Agricultural Products, Foodstuffs and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with These is henceforth being carried out by the NFSA. The corresponding Circulars Nos. 1 and 2 of 2020 have been published by the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) on 27 January 2020 and transpose the Food Safety Regulations No. 412 of 2019.
    For more information, please refer to the section on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Product Conformity Requirements

    By virtue of Decree No. 7 of 2020 and further decrees, the Ministry of Trade and Industry announced the temporary suspension of inspection companies' mandates for one or several countries of exportation. Usually, such suspensions are in effect for half a year. For more information, the following website of the GOEIC may be viewed: www.goeic.gov.eg/en/pages/default/view/id/254/m/6-143. Details of the conformity assessment procedure are also provided in the chapter on Assessment of Product Conformity below and the documents listed therein. The quoted paragraph has furthermore been enhanced with information on the possibility to obtain the mandatory Certificate of Conformity by means other than a physical inspection of each consignment; please turn to the mentioned section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Please refer to the corresponding chapter below for information on trade-related News, in particular as regards the temporary waiver of certification and legalisation requirements for exporters' documents.
  • 03 Apr 2020 Togo Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Apr 2020 Mozambique Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Apr 2020 Mali Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Apr 2020 Iceland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Apr 2020 Afghanistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Apr 2020 Vietnam Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), aircraft, used goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the section on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been added to this overview. Please see said chapter for further details of the application of said measure in Vietnam.

    Aircraft

    The paragraph on Aircraft has been newly created in this overview. In order to import such goods into the country, a certificate of airworthiness may have to be obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). For particulars, please see the mentioned section.

    Used Goods

    On 30 December 2019, the Decree 82/2019/ND-CP took effect, laying down stipulations for the importation into and demolition of used ships in Vietnam. Said requirements have therefore been added to the chapter on Used Goods below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Venezuela Focus: Registration with the INSAI, raw materials for pharmaceutical products and cosmetics as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the INSAI

    The document entitled Registration with the INSAI has been equipped with an updated screenshot of the electronic registration interface as well as the information to be provided therein. For more details of this matter, please see said document.

    Raw Materials for Pharmaceutical Products and Cosmetics

    In order to import raw materials for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics into Veneuzuela, a corresponding import permit must be obtained from the Directorate for Drugs, Medicines and Cosmetics assigned to the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS) under the Ministry of Public Power for Health (MPPS). Hence, the document entitled Permit to Import Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Raw Materials has been newly created. Please refer to the mentioned document as well as to the chapters on Cosmetics and Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Materials and Equipment, respectively, for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Uruguay Focus: electronic customs system LUCIA, animal products, Import Certificate for Plant Products and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Customs System LUCIA

    Certain documents which are generally required for the importation into Uruguay, are to be submitted to the customs authorities via the electronic customs system LUCIA. Therefore, a Registration with LUCIA is required. The same-named document has been newly created for this import report. Please refer thereto as well as to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview for more information.

    Animal Products

    In order to import products and by-products of animal origin into Uruguay, an authorisation is required from the General Directorate of Livestock Farmers of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery. The corresponding document entitled Import Authorisation for Animal Products has been revised as regards the type of submission and minimum content to be provided for the application. Details may be obtained therefrom.

    Import Certificate for Plant Products

    The document entitled Import Certificate for Plant Products has been amended with respect to the pertinent processing fee. For specifics, please see the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Tunisia Focus: classification of import measures, Carnet A.T.A., plastic bag prohibition, Commercial Registration, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Import Measures

    As the Tunisian Government repealed additional measures concerning technical import control requirements for a number of commodities which had been implemented in late 2018, the list of goods subject to conformity assessment measures requiring a Registration of Importers of Goods Subject to Product Specifications has been adjusted accordingly. By way of example, the following commodities, which had been included in said measure before, have now been removed from the list: agri-food products (e.g. cheeses, fruit, sweets, chocolate, pasta, biscuits, pastries and chips, fruit and vegetable preparations as well as juices), cosmetics, soap and cleaning products, apparel and shoes, household appliances, games and mobile phones. The scope of goods which are henceforth subject to the Registration of Importers of Goods Subject to Product Specifications may be viewed in the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further possible uses of the carnet and the language requirements as stipulated by the Tunisian customs authorities. For more information, please refer to the cited document.

    Plastic Bag Prohibition

    By virtue of Governmental Decree No. 2020-32 of 16 January 2020, designated plastic bags are prohibited from being manufactured, imported into and distributed in Tunisia. The ban is being introduced in two steps, as of 1 March 2020 for shopping centres and pharmacies, and as of 1 January 2021 for all items, including imported bags. The section on Import Prohibitions below may be consulted for particulars.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been completely revised and equipped with an updated application form, amongst other changes. The quoted document may be referred to for additional information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities involved in the measures displayed in this report has been reviewed and adjusted if and as applicable, e.g. for the following bodies:

    Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fishery
    Ministry of Finance
    Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment.

    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more details.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), crops as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

    The contact details of the national authority in charge of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Turkmenistan, i.e. the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna assigned to the State Committee on Environment Protection and Land Resources, have been brought up to date in the corresponding section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. Further details may be obtained therefrom.

    Crops

    Additional information on crop pests has been introduced to the paragraph on Plants and Plant Products, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Norms and Standards

    The chapter entitled Norms and Standards has been enhanced with respect to the responsibilities of the national standardisation agency, i.e. the Major State Service "Turkmenstandartlary", e.g. in terms of the recognition of conformity certificates. Please consult the quoted paragraph below for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Tajikistan Amendments as regards plants and plant products as well as chemicals and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter entitled Plants and Plant Products has been restructured for reasons of transparency and details concerning the phytosanitary inspection certificate have been included therein. Please turn to the updated paragraph for specifics.

    Chemicals

    General information on the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides (referred to as the PIC Convention) has been newly added to the section on Further Chemical Substances below. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Thailand Focus: halal certification, aircraft, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Thailand. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Halal Certification

    In order to import foodstuffs of animal origin into Thailand, a Halal Certificate may be required in order to prove that such goods correspond to the standards required by Islamic rules with regards to their contents and manufacturing. Please refer to the newly created document as well as to the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for details of this matter.

    Aircraft

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly introduced to the set of documents of the import report for Thailand. Please turn to the quoted document for particulars of the importation of aircraft into the country as well as to the corresponding section in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Department of Provincial Administration under the Ministry of the Interior has been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Russian Federation Focus: temporary importation, business registration of companies, radio electronic devices and high-frequency units, technical regulations (TRs) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia have been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Temporary Importation

    The classification of commodities, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes, to the document entitled Temporary Import Prohibition has been adjusted in accordance with Resolution No. 778 of 7 August 2014 of the Government of the Russian Federation (as amended). Furthermore, the quoted document, which may be viewed for particulars, has been enhanced with regard to the transit possibility for goods subject to the respective sanctions.

    Business Registration of Companies

    The document entitled Business Registration Certificate has been amended with respect to the mode of submission of the data required for application and the corresponding processing time. Please see the aforementioned document for more details.

    Radio Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units

    Pursuant to a decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a Licence to Import Radio Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units is no longer required for such merchandise intended for civil purposes built in or included as a part of the board equipment of aircraft and vessels. The quoted document has been augmented accordingly. For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

    The list of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the paragraph on Standardisation has been updated by indicating the TR concerning energy efficiency for energy-consuming devices and its provisional period of application.
    On 1 January 2020, the technical provisions for fire safety and extinguishing devices came into effect. Hence, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union and Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union, has been adjusted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with the current monetary equivalent calculated for import transaction fees, i.e. the Minimal Income Threshold (MROT). Please refer thereto for specifics.
    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Paraguay Focus: import licensing, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), updated processing fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities for which an Import Licence is required has been modified. Therefore, the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled Import Licence and Registration of Importers, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which these measures apply, has been updated. Please turn to said documents as well as to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been completely revised. By way of example, the processing time and documents to be enclosed have been brought up to date. Moreover, information on testing of the products to be imported has been inserted. For more details of this matter, please see the mentioned document as well as the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the following documents to be applied for at the National Service for Plant and Seeds Quality and Health (SENAVE) have been edited:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)
    Phytosanitary Import Accreditation
    Registration as a Seed Merchant
    Registration of Companies Operating with Genetically Modified Organisms
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Products of Plant Origin
    Variety Registration of Seeds.

    Specifics may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards registration procedures, activities conducted on warehoused goods as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Registration Procedures

    The chapter on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with information on the importer/exporter code, i.e. an identifier adopted by the Papua New Guinea Customs Service. Please turn to the quoted section for details.

    Activities Conducted on Warehoused Goods

    Certain activities may be effected on goods stored in Papua New Guinean warehouses. Hence, particulars thereon have been included in the paragraph on Warehousing further below. For specifics, please see the mentioned chapter.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments has been updated with information on the functions of the central bank of Papua New Guinea, i.e. the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG). Details may be obtained from said paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Nicaragua Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The legal basis regarding, e.g., phytosanitary requirements for seeds has been added to the chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below. For specifics, please refer thereto.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Nicaragua is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information on this matter, please turn to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please consult the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Nigeria Focus: conformity assessment, Plant Import Permit, petroleum products, Product Authentication Mark (PAM) and tax authority.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Conformity Assessment

    As a new online platform for the activation of the SONCAP Certificate of Conformity (CoC) as well as the Product Certificate within the framework of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP) has been launched, the aforementioned documents have been amended accordingly. Further information may be obtained therefrom.

    Plant Import Permit

    The document entitled Plant Import Permit has been amended with regard to various procedural details, e.g. as far as the applicable fees, the period of validity and documents to be enclosed are concerned. Please turn thereto for additional particulars.

    Petroleum Products

    In line with its digitisation of various procedures, the Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has recently announced that the authority no longer accepts manual processing of designated licences and permits. Therefore, the document entitled Import Permit for Petroleum Products has been updated to this effect and may be viewed for specifics.

    Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

    The section on Packaging and Marking Requirements in this overview has been brought up to date in view of the most recent stipulations concerning the applicable time frames related to the so-called Product Authentication Mark (PAM). Please turn to the quoted chapter for further particulars.

    Tax Authority

    By virtue of a press release, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has announced that henceforth, tax matters of non-resident taxpayers are dealt with by the Non-Resident Persons' Tax Office. The document named Tax Registration has been enhanced with related information. Please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Malaysia Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes, warehousing as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the import measure, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate for the document entitled Import Licence for HCFCs in accordance with the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) Order 2019. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Warehousing

    The paragraph entitled Warehousing has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics on the requirements for goods to be deposited in customs warehouses or licensed warehouses in Malaysia.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Mauritius Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The assignment of tariff codes to the documents of this report, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been verified and amended in accordance with the recently published stipulations of the Customs Tariff 2020. The modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents, amongst others:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Permit to Import Animal Products
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Pre-Market Approval for Foodstuffs.

    Currency and Payments

    The contact details of the Bank of Mauritius (BOM) have been updated in the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview. Please refer thereto for further information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Morocco Focus: classification of goods subject to import licensing and to conformity requirements, Negative Certificate, Carnet A.T.A., model certificates, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods Subject to Import Licensing and to Conformity Requirements

    In accordance with Circular No. 6022/311 of 6 March 2020, the classification of goods subject to the document entitled Import Licence, i.e. the tariff codes assigned to said measure, has been amended in order to include blades of a length of at least 12.7 centimetres. For additional details, the quoted document may be consulted.
    Moreover, the classification of goods subject to conformity requirements has been modified in accordance with the stipulations of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Green and Digital Economy following the introduction of the following procedures instead of the previously required certificate of conformity:

    Destination Inspection
    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC).

    By way of example, starch, soap and detergents as well as disinfectants have been added to the list of commodities now requiring a PVoC. For more information, please refer to the above-mentioned documents and to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Negative Certificate

    The document entitled Negative Certificate, which is a prerequisite for Commercial Registration, has been completely revised and amended with regard to various details. Besides other changes, the application forms have been replaced by their current versions. The quoted document may be viewed for particulars.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further possible uses of the carnet and the language requirements as stipulated by the Moroccan customs authorities. For specifics, please refer to the cited document.

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly. Moreover, the model form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version. Please turn to the quoted documents for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities involved in the measures displayed in this report have been reviewed and adjusted if and as applicable, e.g. for the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Investment and Digital Economy, which has been renamed to Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Green and Digital Economy.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 St. Lucia Amendments as regards furniture labelling, denomination as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Furniture Labelling

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the requirements for the labelling of furniture in Saint Lucia. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Denomination

    The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs has been renamed to Ministry of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs. Consequently, said change has been reflected throughout this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Lebanon Amendments as regards the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceuticals

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Labelling Requirements. Please turn to said chapter for further details of this matter.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kuwait Amendments as regards electric vehicles, standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait. The following changes have been made:

    Electric Vehicles

    Information on the importation of electric vehicles have been brought to the chapter on Motor Vehicles and Tyres. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further details.

    Standardisation

    The Public Authority for Industry (PAI), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Kuwait, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the section on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards foodstuffs and beverages, tobacco products and liquids as well as technical regulations (TRs), waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

    The requirements for the safe manufacture of tonic drinks and information on tonic components which are allowed for use have been summarised in the chapter entitled Foodstuffs and Beverages, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Tobacco Products and Liquids

    As excise labelling is obligatory for heated tobacco products and liquids, the chapter entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced in compliance with valid customs provisions of the Kyrgyz Republic. Please turn below for particulars.

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

    The lists of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the paragraph on Norms and Standards have been updated with regard to the TRs which came into effect in Kyrgyzstan. Hence, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union and Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union, has been adjusted accordingly.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Kyrgyzstan is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Japan Focus: BSE certification, trademarks as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    BSE Certification

    The document entitled BSE Certificate has been enhanced with further details of the requirements to be met in order to import bovine products into Japan from countries with an alleged risk of BSE. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Trademarks

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for this import report. More information on the registration requirements for trademarks in Japan may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the section on Registration in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Jamaica Amendments as regards aircraft, labelling of energy drinks as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into Jamaica are to conform to certain national and international norms and standards. Therefore, a Certificate of Airworthiness is to be obtained from the Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA). Information thereon has been introduced in the newly created corresponding chapter in this overview which may be viewed for details.

    Labelling of Energy Drinks

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with particulars on the labelling requirements for energy drinks imported into Jamaica. Please turn thereto for further specifics on this matter.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Iraq Amendments as regards the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and items banned from importation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Items Banned from Importation

    In early 2020, the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC), which comes under the Ministry of Planning, issued new guidelines containing the service providers accredited for the years 2020 to 2022 for various types of products and regions of exportation. Moreover, the document contains a list of the most recent scope of commodities which are subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI). The mentioned goods hence require a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Said guidelines may be viewed in Arabic at http://cosqc.gov.iq/files/guide.pdf. It is noteworthy that medicinal products and medical devices, which had been exempt from PSI altogether, may now be subject to inspection if Iraqi norms exist for the respective products. Furthermore, designated beverages, including juices, have been inserted into the current list of items banned from importation. Further particulars of the programme and banned goods may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraphs on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Israel Focus: Company Registration, Veterinary Licence to Import Animals, mandatory labelling requirements for unhealthy foodstuffs, model certificates, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been amended with regard to the corresponding processing fee. Please see the quoted document for further information on this matter.

    Veterinary Licence to Import Animals

    For the importation of live animals, a veterinary licence is required. The application form of the document entitled Veterinary Licence to Import Animals has been exchanged for a more recent version. Additionally, the pertaining fees have been amended. Please refer to said document for more specifics.

    Mandatory Labelling Requirements for Unhealthy Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Product Labelling in this overview has been enhanced with information on additional labelling requirements for unhealthy foodstuffs, which have been made mandatory since 1 January 2020. The mentioned paragraph may be viewed for particulars.

    Model Certificates

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Certificate of Analysis and Free Sale Certificate have been replaced by updated versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.

    Other Changes

    The following section contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Haiti Amendments as regards free zones, hazardous goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Free Zones

    The section on Free Zones below has been enhanced with the contact details of the responsible authority, i.e. the Free Zones Directorate (Direction des Zones Franches - DZF). Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Hazardous Goods

    Information on the responsibilities of the National Ozone Bureau under the Ministry of Environment has been added to the chapter on Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Honduras Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, pest risk analysis (PRA) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

    Information on the three customs clearance channels existing in Honduras has been summarised in the corresponding chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Specifics of the plant quarantine import requirement database of the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), i.e. the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA), have been added to the paragraph entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA). Particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    The section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been revised with regard to the contact details of the Official Contact Point (OCP) in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention). In this context, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (SERNA) operates in Honduras. Please consult said chapter for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Guyana Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages, medical devices, aircraft as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages

    In order to import alcoholic beverages into Guyana, importers must register with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to obtain an excise stamp. Information on this matter has been added to the section on Foodstuffs in this overview. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for more details.

    Medical Devices

    As announced by the Government Analyst - Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) in December 2019, the requirements for the importation of medical devices have changed. Consequently, the section on Drugs and Medical Devices below has been amended. Please turn thereto for further specifics.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into Guyana are to conform to certain national and international norms and standards. Therefore, a certificate of airworthiness may have to be obtained from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Information thereon has been introduced in the newly created corresponding chapter in this overview which may be viewed for details.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains particulars on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Guatemala Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention, waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with the contact details of the national focal point in the framework of the Minamata Convention in Guatemala, i.e. the competent managing department of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN). Please consult said chapter for specifics.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Guatemala already ratified the Amendment in 2013. For further information on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Georgia Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), waste, tobacco products and liquids as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The paragraph entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been updated with respect to, e.g., information on weed seeds. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Georgia is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For relevant information on this matter, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.

    Tobacco Products and Liquids

    As excise labelling is obligatory for designated tobacco and related products, the chapter entitled Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been enhanced in this regard. Please turn below for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Gabon Focus: Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (BIETC), Free Sale Certificate as well as governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (BIETC)

    The document entitled Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (BIETC) has been enhanced with a screenshot of the online registration interface which is to be completed prior to an application for a BIETC. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate contained in the document named Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by a more recent version. More information thereon may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    Due to a governmental reorganisation and the resulting changes in the denominations of the following Gabonese ministries, the concerned documents of this import report have been updated accordingly, as applicable:

    Ministry of Economy and Finance
    Ministry of Energy and Hydraulic Resources
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, Francophonie, Regional Integration and Gabonese People Abroad
    Ministry of Transport, Equipment, Infrastructure and Housing
    Ministry of Water, Forest, Sea, Environment, in Charge of the Climate Plan, Sustainable Development Objectives and the Land Use Plan.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Fiji Amendments as regards warehoused goods, prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Warehoused Goods

    In accordance with the Fijian Customs Act (as amended), certain activities may be carried out on goods stored in a bonded warehouse. Consequently, information thereon has been included in the chapter on Warehousing in this overview. Please refer thereto for details of this matter.

    Prohibited Imports

    The herbicide Paraquat and the insecticide Imidacloprid are prohibited from importation into Fiji due to their negative effects on human health and the environment since 1 January 2020. Hence, the section on Prohibited Imports further below has been amended to this effect. Moreover, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the same-named document of this import report, has been updated accordingly. For specifics, please see the mentioned document and paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ecuador Focus: classification of goods, updated forms and procedural details, authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to the Ecuadorian import regime concerning, amongst others, proof of conformity and import prohibitions, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted.

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

    The following documents have been updated with regard to the corresponding application form and initial screen for the provision of data, respectively:

    Licence to Import Ionising Radiation Sources
    Non-Automatic Import Licence from the ARCOTEL
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products.

    Moreover, the documents listed below have been reviewed and modified with respect to various details, e.g. the period of validity and documents to be enclosed, respectively:

    Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products
    Registration of Veterinary Products
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Devices
    Sanitary Registration of Medicines.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    As the National Customs Service of Ecuador (SENAE) has launched the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, said programme now applies to importers in the country. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has therefore been newly added to the set of document of this import report and may be viewed for more details.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Dominican Republic Focus: Cargo Manifest, single window for foreign trade (VUCE) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    The document entitled Cargo Manifest has been revised as regards, inter alia, the type of submission. Please refer to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations for more information on this matter.

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    Since the document entitled Permit to Import Pyrotechnic Products is now to be processed via the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE), which forms a core component of the Integrated Customs Administration System (SIGA), said document has been updated with details of the electronic transmission procedure. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 China Focus: classification of goods, Carnet A.T.A., self-declaration of conformity, Trademark Registration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of the goods pertaining to the respective import measures) has been completely reviewed and updated for the following documents as appropriate in accordance with current stipulations:

    Approval to Import Audio or Video Products
    Automatic Import Licence
    Automatic Import Licence for New and Used Mechanical and Electronic Appliances
    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Clearance Certificate for Products of Lawfully Captured Fish
    Commodity Inspection Certificate
    Customs Quota Certificate for Agricultural Products
    Customs Quota Certificate for Fertilisers
    Environmental Control Release Notice for Toxic Chemicals
    Import Licence
    Import Prohibition
    Inspection Certificate for Medicines
    Licence to Import Dual Use Goods
    Permit to Import Anabolic Agents and Peptide Hormones
    Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof
    Permit to Import Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Restricted Solid Waste
    Pre-Shipment Inspection Certificate for Scrap Material
    Prohibition to Import Certain Used Machinery and Electrical Equipment
    Registration as an Overseas Supplier of Rubbish Material
    Registration of Environmental Management on Import/Export of Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Medicines
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    As of 1 January 2020, the P.R. of China accepts Carnet A.T.A.s for the temporary admission of goods for sport purposes. The quoted document has been modified in this regard, please refer thereto for particulars.

    Self-Declaration of Conformity

    As stipulated by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the P.R. of China, certain products no longer require China Compulsory Certification. Instead, a self-declaration in the form of a Supplier's Declaration of Conformity is to be conducted. For further information on this matter, including a list of the affected goods, amongst others, please see the quoted document.

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the stipulations of the current applicable legislation in the P.R. of China. Therefore, the document has been modified with regard to the corresponding application form for registration, the processing fees and the type of submission of the application. Details may be obtained from said document.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ivory Coast Focus: Verification of Conformity, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin as well as ministerial denominations and contact details.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Verification of Conformity

    The commodity codes assigned to the document entitled Verification of Conformity have been checked regarding their up-to-dateness in accordance with recently published new stipulations concerning this procedure. Furthermore, the list of goods exempt from the conformity verification has been augmented in the chapter on Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) below. Please turn thereto for more details.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    The document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been modified in accordance with the stipulations of Decision No 2/2019 of the EPA Committee established under the stepping stone economic partnership agreement between Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its member states, of the other part of 2 December 2019 as regards the adoption of Protocol 1 concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation as well as in accordance with Circular No. 2054/MPMBPE/DGD of 6 December 2019 published by the Ivorian customs authorities. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Ministerial Denominations and Contact Details

    As the former Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises have been renamed to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Ministry of Commerce and Industry, respectively, this import report has been updated accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of the aforementioned Ministries have been brought up to date throughout the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Congo (Republic of) Focus: plant variety protection, Free Sale Certificate as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plant Variety Protection

    For reasons of transparency, the information regarding the technical questionnaire, which belongs to the documents to be enclosed with the application for a Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, has been incorporated into a separate document entitled Questionnaire for Plant Variety Protection, which may be viewed for additional details.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version. Please refer to the mentioned document for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of numerous authorities, among those, e.g., the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery, the Ministry of Forest Economy, the Regulatory Agency for Post and Electronic Communication (ARPCE), the Regulatory Authority for Public Procurement as well as the Single Window for Transborder Operations (GUOT), have been brought up to date throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Belize Amendments as regards customs valuation, aircraft as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    Details of the customs valuation methods applied in Belize in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT 1994), which the country accepted, have been added to the section on Customs Value below. Please turn thereto for further specifics.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into Belize are to conform to certain national and international norms and standards. Therefore, a Certificate of Airworthiness is to be obtained from the Belize Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA). Information thereon has been introduced in the newly created corresponding chapter in this overview which may be viewed for details.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Brazil In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for Brazil has been complemented with trade-related News on measures concerning the Corona Virus Disease (COVID)-19 outbreak.

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

    Registration with the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex)

    In order to gain access to the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex), the legally responsible person as well as the company's representative must be registered with the quoted system. The corresponding documents entitled Registration of the Legally Responsible Person in Siscomex and Registration of Legal Representatives in Siscomex have been updated as regards their type of submission. In addition, the minimum content to be provided in the application for registration has been revised and said documents have been equipped with their current version of the application forms as well as the appropriate registration interface, as applicable. For details of this matter, please see the mentioned documents.

    Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been enhanced with information on additional particulars which may be required to be stated in the quoted certificate with regard to certain diseases. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics.

    Licence to Import Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Licence to Import Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives has been brought up to date. By way of example, information on the possibility to obtain said document directly during the application process for the Non-Automatic Import Licence, if applicable, has been inserted. Moreover, the corresponding application form has been exchanged for a more recent version.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bolivia Focus: non-automatic import authorisation, pesticides, explosives, waste and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Non-Automatic Import Authorisation

    The document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation of the National Service of Verification of Exportations (SENAVEX) has been completely revised concerning the applicable processing fee, mode of submission of the application dossier, documents to be enclosed and the current application form. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Pesticides

    As regards agricultural inputs, i.e. pesticides, fertilisers and related commodities, the following documents have been modified with respect to various details, e.g. the corresponding application forms and documents to be enclosed, respectively:

    Permit to Import Agricultural Inputs
    Registration of Agricultural Inputs
    Registration of Importers of Agricultural Inputs.

    Please view the quoted documents for particulars.

    Explosives

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Arms, Explosives and Pyrotechnical Products as well as Registration of Importers of Arms, Explosives and Pyrotechnical Products have been updated in terms of their processing time and fee, minimum content of the letter of request and the documents to be enclosed with the applications, respectively. More specifics may be found in the amended documents.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Bolivia already ratified the amendment in 2005. For further specifications on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    The processing time for the review of the documents submitted for application has been added to the document entitled CITES Import Certificate. Please consult the aforementioned document for more information.
    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph; please turn thereto.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bangladesh Focus: plants and plant products, verification of conformity, Free Sale Certificate, explosives as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Plant Import Permit has been updated as regards the competent authority and processing time, amongst others. Moreover, the current version of the application form as well as a sample of an issued permit and release order have been included into the quoted document. For further information, please refer to the mentioned document and the chapter on Plants and Plant Products further below.

    Verification of Conformity

    For certain products to be imported into Bangladesh, a certificate proving the conformity to the applicable Bangladesh standards (BDS) is required. The submission of a certificate of conformity from the country of export may facilitate the issue of the first-mentioned document. The sample for a certificate of conformity has been replaced for a more recent version in the document entitled Conformity Inspection Certificate. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. For particulars, please see said document.

    Explosives

    In order to import explosives into Bangladesh, a Licence to Import Explosives is required. The mentioned document has been revised with respect to, inter alia, the processing time. Furthermore, details of further required procedures during the application process as well as documents to be enclosed have been inserted. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Department of Agricultural Extension as well as the Department of Explosives have been brought up to date in the corresponding documents of this import report, as applicable.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Barbados Amendments as regards prohibited imports, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    Designated non-environmentally sustainable single-use plastic containers and cutlery as well as petro-based plastic bags are prohibited from importation into Barbados. Information on this matter has been added to the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below has been enhanced with details of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol which Barbados has accepted. Please see said section for further particulars of this matter.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, temporary storage and admission as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

    Information on the customs clearance channels existing in Azerbaijan has been summarised in the corresponding chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Temporary Storage and Admission

    The section on Warehousing has been modified with respect to the maximum storage time for the temporary storage of goods and the paragraph on Temporary Importation has been revised concerning the maximum period for the placement of commodities under the temporary import procedure. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Argentina Focus: import licensing, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities subject to either an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (stipulated by Resolution No. 523-E/2017) has been modified by means of Resolution No. 1/2020. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report, has been updated accordingly. Moreover, the quoted documents have been completely revised, e.g. as regards their period of validity as well as documents to be enclosed, as applicable. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    Decree 7/2019 amends the Law on Ministres (Ley de Ministerios) by, inter alia, stipulating the 20 Argentine ministries. Furthermore, Decree 50/2019 establishes the respective fields of competence of the authorities, amongst others. Hence, this import report has been brought up to date in this regard.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Angola Amendments as regards import regulations, prohibited imports, minimum wages as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Angola. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Regulations

    As designated products, i.e. so-called goods of the basic basket and other priority products, may only be imported into Angola if they are not available on the domestic market, a new chapter on Import Regulations has been created. Please turn to the quoted section for more information on this matter.

    Prohibited Imports

    In accordance with the stipulations of the new customs tariff of Angola, which came into force on 29 December 2019, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been revised and enhanced with additional details of the types of goods banned from importation into the country. For further particulars, please see the mentioned chapter.

    Minimum Wages

    The value of the minimum wage (salário mínimo) currently in force in Angola has been brought up to date in the section on Currency and Payments below. Specifics may be obtained from said paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for further information.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Armenia Amendments as regards tonic beverages, technical regulations (TRs), waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Tonic Beverages

    The requirements for the safe manufacture of tonic drinks and information on tonic components which are allowed for use have been summarised in the chapter entitled Foodstuffs and Beverages, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

    The lists of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the paragraph on Norms and Standards have been updated with regard to the TRs which came into effect in Armenia. Hence, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union and Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union, has been adjusted accordingly.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Armenia is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the amendment yet. For further information on this matter, please refer to the section on Waste below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.