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  • 07 Aug 2020 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, veterinary health certificates as well as Trademark Registration.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and adapted 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 reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with changes in the official Taiwanese lists. The following documents are affected by said changes:

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

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The sample certificates as displayed in the documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals and Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please refer to the quoted documents for details of this matter.

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly incorporated in the set of documents for the import report of Taiwan. Specifics on the registration requirements may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as the corresponding section in this overview.
  • 07 Aug 2020 Turkey Amendments as regards diamonds and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. The following changes have been made:

    Diamonds

    The chapter on Diamonds has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below has been revised in accordance with currently valid regulations and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 07 Aug 2020 United States of America Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Aug 2020 Oman Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Aug 2020 United Kingdom Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Aug 2020 Zimbabwe Focus: Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) Programme

    In accordance with the Control of Goods (Open General Import Licence) Standards Assessment - Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) (Amendment) Notice, 2020 (No. 1), i.e. Statutory Instrument 124 of 2020, the scope of products subject to the CBCA programme has been amplified. Hence, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled CBCA Licence, CBCA Registration as well as Certificate of Conformity for CBCA, has been brought up to date. Moreover, the quoted Notice introduces, inter alia, a compulsory destination assessment as well as a penalty fee for products which arrive in Zimabwe without a conformity certificate. Consequently, the chapter on the Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) in this overview has been revised. Please refer to said section as well as the mentioned documents for more information on this matter.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    The document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been enhanced corresponding to the stipulations of the Notice to exporters concerning the application of the EU system for registered exporters (REX system) for exports from the EU to Eastern and Southern African States within the framework of the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement (2020/C 176/03). For additional details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees pertaining to the following documents, which are to be applied for at the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) or the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ), as applicable, have been edited:

    Authorisation to Import Precursors and Controlled Chemical Substances
    Authorisation to Import Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices
    Licence to Import Psychotropic Substances.

    Specifics may be obtained from said documents.
  • 06 Aug 2020 Mozambique Amendments as regards the electronic single window (JUE), ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as packaging and labelling requirements for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Single Window (JUE)

    The chapter on the Electronic Single Window (JUE) in this overview has been enhanced with information on the system for the valuation of goods (Sisteme Electrónico de Avaliação de Mercadorias - Sistema E-valuater), a tool assisting in determining the customs value of the commodities imported into Mozambique. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Mozambique ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer on 16 January 2020. Hence, details thereof have been incorporated into the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below. Specifics may be obtained from said chapter.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    As particular packaging and labelling requirements apply to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been amended and amplified with corresponding information. For further particulars of this matter, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 06 Aug 2020 Iran Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Aug 2020 Azerbaijan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Aug 2020 United Arab Emirates Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Aug 2020 Uganda Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), aircraft as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    A new chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for details of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

    Aircraft

    For the importation of aircraft into Uganda, a Certificate of Airworthiness may be required. For more information on this matter, please turn to said document as well as to the newly created section on Aircraft.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been amended with particulars of the labelling requirements of herbal pharmaceuticals. More details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 05 Aug 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: agricultural chemicals, Halal Certificate, classification of medical devices and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Chemicals

    The provisions for the importation of agricultural chemicals, i.e. the measures for Pesticides and Fertilisers depicted in this report, have been revised and adjusted in accordance with the currently valid regulations. By way of example, documents to be enclosed with the applications, processing fees and/or contact details have been modified in the following documents:

    Approval to Import Pesticides into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Approval to Import Seeds and Pesticides into the Serb Republic
    Entry into the Phytosanitary Register
    Licence to Deal in Pesticides in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Mandatory Phytosanitary Inspection
    Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides
    Registration of Economic Operators of Fertilisers
    Registration of Economic Operators of Pesticides
    Registration of Fertilisers.

    For additional details, the quoted documents and the above-mentioned section of this overview may be viewed.

    Halal Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Halal Certificate, which may be required for, inter alia, meat and meat products, has been replaced by an updated version. Moreover, said document has been enhanced with information on, inter alia, the authority responsible for halal certification in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 05 Aug 2020 Turkey Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Aug 2020 Kazakhstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Aug 2020 India Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Aug 2020 Bermuda Focus: Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment, Trademark Registration as well as tobacco products.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    The application form for a type approval contained in the document entitled Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment has been replaced for a more recent version. Additionally, the contact details of the Regulatory Authority have been amended. Please consult said document for more specifics.

    Trademark Registration

    The processing fees contained in the document entitled Trademark Registration have been blue-pencilled. Further particulars of this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Tobacco Products

    A new document entitled Registration as a Distributor of Tobacco Products has been added to the set of documents for Bermuda. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information on the importation of tobacco.
  • 04 Aug 2020 Albania Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices, labelling of plant protection products (PPPs) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Labelling of Plant Protection Products (PPPs)

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory labelling requirements for PPPs. For additional details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.
  • 04 Aug 2020 Mauritius Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Aug 2020 Kyrgyzstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Aug 2020 China Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Aug 2020 Argentina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Aug 2020 Vietnam Amendments as regards the application of the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. The following changes have been made:

    Application of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Between Vietnam and the European Union (EU)

    On 1 August 2020, the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the European Union (EU) entered into force. Consequently, the paragraph on Preferential Treatment in this overview has been enhanced with information of said FTA. Moreover, the document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been added to the set of documents of this report.
  • 03 Aug 2020 Sudan Focus: National Medicines and Poisons Board, Seed Registration, Request for Information as well as model certificates. The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    National Medicines and Poisons Board

    The National Medicines and Poisons Board is the responsible authority for the importation of pharmaceuticals into Sudan. The documents entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals, Registration of Medical Devices as well as Registration of Veterinary Medicines have been amended. Please turn thereto for further details of this matter.

    Seed Registration

    The document entitled Seed Registration has been updated regarding the documents to be enclosed for the importation of Seeds into Sudan. Please refer to said document for more specifics.

    Request for Information

    The sample form for a Request for Information contained in the corresponding document has been replaced for a more recent version. Please consult the quoted document for more information.

    Model Certificates

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Free Sale Certificate as well as Certificate of Analysis have been replaced with updated versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for additional details of this matter.
  • 03 Aug 2020 Qatar Amendments as regards prohibited imports as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Used Goods and Prohibited Imports in this overview has been amended with additional products prohibited for importation into Qatar. Please refert to the quoted chapter for more specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below. Please turn to said chapter for further details of this matter.
  • 03 Aug 2020 Vietnam Changes and implementation of modifications: - No nomenclature changes - Changes of tariff rates - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Aug 2020 Russian Federation Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Aug 2020 Hong Kong Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Aug 2020 Ghana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Jul 2020 Namibia Amendments as regards endangered species of wild fauna and flora as well as labelling requirements for tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, specifics on the import requirements applicable to animals and plants as well as products thereof, which are subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may now be viewed in the newly created chapter in this overview. For further information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Tobacco Products

    As particular labelling requirements apply to tobacco products to be imported into Namibia, the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with corresponding details. Please see the mentioned chapter for particulars.
  • 31 Jul 2020 Cuba Focus: Registration of Products for Animal Consumption as well as Import Permit for Equipment and Devices for Infocommunications.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Products for Animal Consumption

    The document entitled Registration of Products for Animal Consumption has been updated with details regarding the submission for application as well as specifics on inspections carried out in the corresponding businesses. Additionally, the current version of the application form has been inserted. Please see the mentioned document for further information on this matter.

    Import Permit for Equipment and Devices for Infocommunications

    In accordance with Resolution No. 132/2019 of the Ministry of Communications, the document entitled Import Permit for Equipment and Devices for Infocommunications has been completely revised. By way of example, the type of submission and documents to be enclosed with the application have been amended. Moreover, the application form depicted in said document has been exchanged for its most recent version. In addition, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the quoted document have been brought up to date. For specifics of the procedure as well as further particulars of the requirements to import equipment and devices for info-communication into Cuba, please refer to the mentioned document and the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.
  • 31 Jul 2020 Norway Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Jul 2020 Kuwait Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Jul 2020 Cameroon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jul 2020 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards the Customs Import Declaration, sanitary registration of goods, live animals, endangered species and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been modified concerning the processing fee for the customs declaration of goods. The cited document may be consulted for particulars.

    Sanitary Registration of Goods

    The paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with details of the suspension of the State Sanitary Registration of Goods, which is temporarily not required for certain items, until further notice, in the framework of the state of emergency due to the corona crisis.

    Live Animals

    In accordance with Decision No. 74 of 2 June 2020 of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a proof of the decent of live animals, i.e. breeding-related data which is to be obtained from genetic testing, must be presented for pure-bred animals and their reproductive material in order to certify the origin of the animals intended for free circulation in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Therefore, the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products below has been brought up to date in respect of said proof.

    Endangered Species

    The section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Subject to CITES below has been amended with regard to the reference to the designated part of the single list of goods the importation of which into the member states of the EAEU is restricted. Please see below for specifics.
  • 30 Jul 2020 Iran Focus: imports of meat and further products of animal origin, Registration with the Plant Protection Organisation (PPO), contact details, classification of goods and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Imports of Meat and Further Products of Animal Origin

    The document entitled Approval to Import Meat Products has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.
    In addition, the model of the Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been replaced by an updated version.

    Registration with the Plant Protection Organisation (PPO)

    Import measures for plants, plant products and means of plant protection, which are administered by the PPO, may be applied for electronically after an initial online registration with said authority. Consequently, the document entitled Registration with the Plant Protection Organisation (PPO) has been added to the set of documents of the import documentation for Iran and the documents depicting the applicable import measures have been adjusted accordingly. Please turn to the quoted document and to the sections on Plants and Plant Products and on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Quarantine and Biosecurity Office pertaining to the Iran Veterinary Organization (IVO) has been brought up to date throughout this report, as applicable.
    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 refer to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.

    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 recent changes to the national customs tariff. In particular, said modifications concern the documents entitled Verification of Conformity and Declaration of Conformity.
  • 30 Jul 2020 Tunisia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jul 2020 Jordan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jul 2020 Syria Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices and import monopolies have been brought to the import documentation for Syria. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Import Monopolies

    For reasons of greater transparency, the section on Import Monopolies has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 29 Jul 2020 Myanmar Focus: Import Licence, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been updated with regards to the applicable licencing fees in accordance with Notification No. 23/2020 of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) which stipulates a limit of the fee at 30,000 MMK regardless of the customs value of the products. Said measure is to counteract issues concerning the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 outbreak. For particulars, please see the mentioned document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    In order to import ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Myanmar, a Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances is required. Please refer to the newly created quoted document for details of this matter.
  • 29 Jul 2020 Thailand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jul 2020 Haiti Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jul 2020 Ecuador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jul 2020 Switzerland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Jul 2020 Mali Focus: import authorisations for pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Authorisations for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

    As an Import Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products as well as an Import Authorisation for Medical Devices are required for the importation of such products into Mali, the same-named documents have been newly added to this import report. Please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Medicinal Products for particulars.
  • 28 Jul 2020 Belarus Amendments as regards live animals, endangered species, the sanitary registration of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals

    In accordance with Decision No. 74 of 2 June 2020 of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a proof of the decent of live animals, i.e. breeding-related data which is to be obtained from genetic testing, must be presented for pure-bred animals and their reproductive material in order to certify the origin of the animals intended for free circulation in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Therefore, the chapter on Animals and Animal Products below has been brought up to date in respect of said proof.

    Endangered Species

    The section on Endangered Species below has been amended with regard to the reference to the designated part of the single list of goods the importation of which into the member states of the EAEU is restricted. Please see below for specifics.

    Sanitary Registration of Goods

    The paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with details of the suspension of the State Sanitary Registration of Goods, which is temporarily not required for certain items, until further notice, in the framework of the state of emergency due to the corona crisis.
  • 28 Jul 2020 Senegal Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Jul 2020 Panama Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Jul 2020 Laos Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2020 Panama Focus: sanitary certification, updated procedural details, Free Sale Certificate and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Certification

    The document entitled Import Certificate Under Sanitary Registration has been revised with regard to various details, e.g. the responsible department and the current version of the application form. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents of this import report have been updated in respect of procedural specifications concerning, inter alia, the processing times and/or payments of fees:

    Certificate of Technical Verification
    Registration in the Integrated System of Customs Treatment (SIGA).

    For particulars, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see the quoted document for specifics.
  • 27 Jul 2020 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 27 Jul 2020 Uganda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2020 Belarus Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Jul 2020 Bangladesh Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jul 2020 Serbia Amendments as regards the classification of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of amendments to the Serbian customs tariff, which took effect on 2 July 2020, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the corresponding import procedures in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention is drawn to goods which are subject to a Homologation of Motor Vehicles.
  • 24 Jul 2020 Jordan Focus: Import Approval for Telecommunications Equipment, Registration with the Chamber of Commerce as well as contact details. The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    The document entitled Import Approval for Telecommunications Equipment has been amended, e.g., as regards its application form, which has been exchanged for a more recent version.

    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Registration with the Chamber of Commerce has been replaced for a more recent version. Please consult the quoted document for more specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) have been amended throughout this import report.
  • 24 Jul 2020 Pakistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jul 2020 Bahamas Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Jul 2020 Iceland Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, the Minamata Convention, waste, alcoholic beverages as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. Attention is drawn to following changes:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High-Risk Food and Feed Products, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measure applies, has been adjusted, as the respective legal basis has been amended. For details of this matter, please refer to the above-mentioned document.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Chemical and Hazardous Substances in this overview has been enhanced with details of the responsible authority for the management of issues related to the Minamata Convention, i.e. the Environmental Agency. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    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. Iceland is a member to the Convention, and has already ratified the Amendment in 2018. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Details of the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages to be sold in Iceland have been included in the corresponding section furhter below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 23 Jul 2020 Ethiopia Focus: registrations of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cosmetics as well as change of denomination.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registrations of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

    The period of validity contained in the documents entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals and Registration of Medical Devices has been updated. Please turn to the quoted documents for further information.

    Cosmetics

    As importers or other persons responsible for the placing of a cosmetic product onto the Ethiopian market are to notify the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA) prior to the importation of the product into Ethiopia, the chapter on Cosmetics and Sanitary Products in this overview has been enhanced accordingly. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Change of Denomination

    As the authority in charge of food and drugs, amongst others, has changed its denomination to Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA), the concerned documents of this import report have been updated with regard thereto, as applicable.
  • 23 Jul 2020 Angola In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for Angola has been updated with further details as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI).

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    This import report has been amended as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), which is legally prescribed for the importation of certain commodities into Angola. Please turn to the section on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview as well as to the same-named document for further details.
  • 23 Jul 2020 Togo Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Jul 2020 Mozambique Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jul 2020 Madagascar Focus: Inspection Report for Plants and Plant Products, Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, change of denomination as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Inspection Report for Plants and Plant Products

    As a final permit for the customs release of plants and plant products may only be obtained after the concerned goods have been inspected according to appropriate procedures, information thereon has been provided in the newly created document entitled Inspection Report for Plants and Plant Products. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes

    A prior user registration is necessary for the online submission of Cargo Tracking Notes. Therefore, the document entitled Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes has been newly added to this import report. More specifics may be obtained from the quoted document.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    The document named EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been enhanced in accordance with the stipulations of the Notice to exporters concerning the application of the EU system for registered exporters (REX system) for exports from the EU to Eastern and Southern African States within the framework of the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement (2020/C 176/03). Please turn to said document for additional details.

    Change of Denomination

    As the ministry in charge of commerce and industry, amongst others, has changed its denomination to Ministry of Industry, Trade and Crafts, the concerned documents of this import report have been updated accordingly, as applicable.
  • 22 Jul 2020 Libya Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Libya. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    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. Libya is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further details of this matter, please turn to the section on Waste below.
  • 22 Jul 2020 Tanzania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jul 2020 Mali Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jul 2020 Lebanon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jul 2020 Armenia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Jul 2020 Liberia Focus: Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes and Registration of Medical Devices.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes

    As a prior user registration is necessary for online applications for Cargo Tracking Notes to be effected, the document entitled Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes has been newly added to this import report. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Registration of Medical Devices

    A Registration of Medical Devices as well as a licence or permit are mandatory in order for such goods to be imported into Liberia. Therefore, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Liberia. More details may be obtained from said document and the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods below.
  • 21 Jul 2020 Australia Amendments as regards the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), seasonal measures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Australia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS)

    As of 1 July 2020, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has been replaced by the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) in accordance with the stipulations of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. Said change has been reflected in this overview as well as in the corresponding documents entitled Notification of New Industrial Chemicals as well as Registration with AICIS. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Seasonal Measures

    As the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has announced the time frame for the 2020-2021 seasonal measures for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) treatment, the section on Seasonal Measures Requiring Treatment below has been amended to this regard. For specifics, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 21 Jul 2020 Iceland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Jul 2020 Belize Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Jul 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products, Permit to Import Pesticides, classification of medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products

    In accordance with Administrative Instruction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) No. 06/2019, criteria, standards and conditions have been laid down for the importation of produce of organic agriculture into Kosovo. Consequently, the document entitled Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products, which must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry, has been added to the set of documents of the import documentation for Kosovo. For specifics, please refer to the quoted document.

    Permit to Import Pesticides

    As it is a mandatory procedure for the customs clearance of means of plant protection, the document entitled Permit to Import Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this report; please turn thereto and to the section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview for particulars.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 20 Jul 2020 Brunei Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei Darussalam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Dangerous Chemicals in this overview has been enhanced with details of the responsible authority for the management of issues relating to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, also referred to as Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Please see the quoted paragraph for details of this matter.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the sections on Packaging Requirements as well as Labelling Requirements have been reorganised. More information on such requirements for a variety of products may be obtained from the respective chapters further below.
  • 20 Jul 2020 Mauritania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Jul 2020 Algeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Jul 2020 Albania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jul 2020 Bahamas Focus: Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

    A new document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment has been created. Please turn thereto as well as to the section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview for information on the importation of low power devices into the Bahamas.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Registrar General's Department have been updated throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 17 Jul 2020 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards plastic food packaging materials, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Plastic Food Packaging Materials

    Requirements for the use of plastic packaging materials for foodstuffs have been included to the paragraph on General Packaging Requirements under the chapter Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please refer thereto for further specifics.
  • 17 Jul 2020 Nicaragua Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jul 2020 Kenya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jul 2020 Israel Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Jul 2020 South Korea Focus: assignment of tariff codes, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, Plant Variety Protection as well as electrical appliances.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. 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 and modified where appropriate.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    An updated sample form has been inserted in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products. Particulars may be obtained therefrom. Further details of the importation of Live Animals and Animal Products into South Korea may be obtained from the same-named chapter in this overview.

    Plant Variety Protection

    The document entitled Plant Variety Protection has been amended as regards the applicable processing time. Please see the quoted document for specifics.

    Electrical Appliances

    The application forms displayed in the documents entitled Notification of Safety Confirmation of Electrical Appliances and Supplier's Confirmation of Conformity have been exchanged for their most recent versions. Additionally, the documents to be enclosed for the mentioned notification have been brought up to date. For more information on this matter, please refer to said documents.
  • 16 Jul 2020 Indonesia Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of goods subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in Indonesia as displayed in the corresponding section in this overview has been reviewed. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Prohibited Imports

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods, pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent applicable legal basis. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the section on Prohibited Imports below.
  • 16 Jul 2020 Uruguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Jul 2020 Nigeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Jul 2020 Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Jul 2020 Hong Kong Amendments as regards toothfish, pharmaceuticals, poisons and dangerous drugs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Hong Kong. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Toothfish

    The paragraph on Animals and Animal Products in this overview has been enhanced with details of the licensing requirements for the importation of toothfish and products thereof into Hong Kong. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Pharmaceuticals, Poisons and Dangerous Drugs

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapters on Pharmaceutical Products and Poisons as well as Dangerous Drugs have been newly created. Please refer thereto for procedures related to such commodities.
  • 15 Jul 2020 Canada Focus: precursor chemicals and controlled substances, foodstuffs, processing fees and classification of goods, application forms and online applications, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Precursor Chemicals and Controlled Substances

    The following documents have been revised and updated in accordance with the valid regulations. By way of example, the minimum content to be provided, the processing time or the documents to be enclosed have been modified, or the application form has been exchanged for its current version, respectively:

    End-Use Declaration for Class A Precursors
    Import Permit for Class A Precursors
    Import Permit for Controlled Substances
    Licence to Deal in Class A Precursors
    Licence to Deal in Controlled Substances
    Registration of Class B Precursors.

    In addition, the address details of the Chemical Precursors Section have been modified. For more information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Foodstuffs

    After having been introduced for designated food items in January 2020, all other foodstuffs also require a valid Import Licence for Foodstuffs since 15 July 2020. Moreover, a processing time has recently been announced for said procedure. These changes have been reflected in the mentioned document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Processing Fees and Classification of Goods

    The processing fees for the following documents have been modified in accordance with the most recent legal stipulations; please refer thereto for specifics:

    Establishment Licence for Drugs
    Establishment Licence for Medical Devices
    Medical Device Licence.

    Furthermore, the customs classification of medical devices, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to the respective above-mentioned measures, has been adjusted in accordance with Customs Notice 20-12 of 31 March 2020, as amended on 16 April.

    Application Forms and Online Applications

    Further documents have been revised and adjusted in respect of, inter alia, the correct website for online applications, e.g. the web portals of the Canada Revenue Agency, the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Attention is also drawn to the altered application forms pertaining to the following documents:

    Business Number
    Registration of Firearms.

    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.
  • 15 Jul 2020 Cuba Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Jul 2020 Congo (Republic of) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Jul 2020 Mexico Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, the Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Subsidiaries and Export-Related Services (IMMEX) programme, prohibited goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the following documents, has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the applicable legal basis:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Authorisation for Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances
    Import Permit for Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances
    Registration of Pesticides and Fertilisers
    Sanitary Import Permit for Medicines and Other Health-Related Products
    Sanitary Import Permit for Products Subject to Sanitary Surveillance
    Sanitary Licence.

    For particulars, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Subsidiaries and Export-Related Services (IMMEX) Programme

    A new subsection on the Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Subsidiaries and Export-Related Services (IMMEX) programme has been incporporated in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Within the scope of said programme, specific merchandise to be used for manufacturing processes, amongst others, is eligible for temporary importation into Mexico. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Prohibited Goods

    In accordance with a Decree modifying the General Imports and Exports Taxation Act (Decreto por el que se modifica la Tarifa de la Ley de los Impuestos Generales de Importación y de Exportación (TIGIE)), released in the Official Journal of the Federation on 19 February 2019, electronic cigarettes as well as solutions and mixtures intended for such commodities are prohibited from importation into Mexico since 20 February this year. Therefore, the chapter on Prohibited Goods below has been amended accordingly. Moreover, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports of this import report, has been updated correspondingly. Please turn thereto as well as to the quoted section for more information on this matter.
  • 14 Jul 2020 Laos Focus: import prohibition, Lao National Single Window (LSNW) as well as taxpayer registration.
    The import documentation for Laos has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Prohibition

    In accordance with Order No. 0246/MOH published on 3 March 2020, the Ministry of Health has banned the importation, sale and use of rapid tests for the testing of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 as such tests can provide false positive results and are prone to errors. Said import prohibition has been reflected in this import report. For further details of goods prohibited from importation into Laos, please refer to the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview as well as to the same-named document.

    Lao National Single Window

    The document entitled Automatic Import Licence has been furnished with details of the electronic submission of licence applications for goods subject to the responsibility of the Department of Import and Export via the Lao National Single Window (LNSW). Therefore, the newly created document Registration with the Lao National Single Window (LNSW) is required. Details may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Taxpayer Registration

    Taxpayers are to register with the Tax Department under the Ministry of Finance in order to receive a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) after initial registration with the authority's e-Services portal, i.e. the Tax Revenue Information System (TaxRIS). Please see the newly created mentioned document for specifics.
  • 14 Jul 2020 Gabon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Jul 2020 Fiji Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2020 Oman Amendments as regards standardisation, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Oman. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The Directorate General for Specifications and Measurements (DGSM), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Oman, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the chapter on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please turn to said chapter for further details of this matter.
  • 13 Jul 2020 United Kingdom Focus: fish and other aquatic species, human and veterinary medicinal products, Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, authorisations to import prohibited materials subject to plant health requirements, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fish and Other Aquatic Species

    An Authorisation to Import Live Fish and Shellfish is required for said goods.
    Moreover, in order to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a Catch Certificate is to be furnished prior to the landing of marine-caught fish intended for human consumption in a Member State of the European Union (EU). Consequently, the quoted documents have been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Human and Veterinary Medicinal Products

    The documents entitled Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products and Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals have been revised and modified, e.g., as to applicable processing fees, post-transition period action deadlines and the currently used application form, as applicable. More information may be obtained from the mentioned documents.

    Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The annual return form, with which the Home Office is to be provided in the framework of the Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, has been added to said document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Authorisations to Import Prohibited Materials Subject to Plant Health Requirements

    The section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on mandatory authorisations from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to import, move or keep prohibited materials subject to plant health requirements. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for additional details.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    From 1 June 2020 onwards, a modified procedure has been introduced in order to apply as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). Consequently, the quoted document has been adjusted to the new regulations and may be viewed for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Office for Product Safety and Standards has been updated in the document entitled Declaration of Conformity. Moreover, contact details of further authorities have been adjusted throughout the report, as applicable.
  • 13 Jul 2020 Switzerland Focus: Certificate of Origin, Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Origin

    As the possibility to temporarily submit Certificates of Origin as copies or digitally due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the quoted document has been modified in this regard. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

    The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) is responsible for issuing the General Import Permit for Agricultural Products as well as the Registration of or Marketing Authorisation for Fertilisers. The mentioned documents have been brought up to date concerning their corresponding application forms, respectively. More information may be obtained from said documents.
  • 13 Jul 2020 Ukraine Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2020 Serbia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2020 Brazil Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Jul 2020 Barbados Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), Free Sale Certificate as well as denomination of the Department of Drugs and Food (DDF).
    The import documentation for Cambodia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Amendments as regards the electronic submission, amongst others, of the Permit to Import Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE) have been incorporated into the quoted document. Furthermore, the document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, which is a prerequisite for the above-mentioned permit, has newly been added to the set of documents for the import report for Cambodia. Please refer thereto for particulars of the requirements to import RTTE into Cambodia.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Further details of this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Denomination of the Department of Drugs and Food (DDF)

    The Department of Drugs and Food (DDF) has been renamed. Said name-change has been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 10 Jul 2020 Cameroon Amendments as regards the Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. 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. 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.
  • 10 Jul 2020 Sri Lanka Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2020 Japan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2020 Georgia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2020 Dominican Republic Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2020 Costa Rica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2020 Kenya Focus: Permit to Import Milk and Milk Products, sugar and by-products as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Kenya has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Milk and Milk Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Milk and Milk Products has been amended. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for the currently used official form. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Sugar and By-Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Sugar and By-Products has been reviewed and amended as applicable, e.g. with regard to the pertaining application form. In addition to obtaining a permit, the importer must register with the Sugar Directorate (SD). Consequently, a new document entitled Registration as an Importer of Sugar and By-Products has been added to the set of documents for Kenya. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents.
  • 09 Jul 2020 Guinea Amendments as regards the Renovo™ Programme as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Renovo™ Programme

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Renovo™ Programme have been updated in accordance with the most recently published pertaining regulations. By way of example, phonographic readers and music boxes have been added to the list of products subject to the Programme. Further details of the concerned procedure may be viewed in the quoted document.

    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. Guinea ratified the Amendment in 2017. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 09 Jul 2020 Mexico Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2020 Guatemala Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2020 Australia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jul 2020 Ukraine Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, updated application forms, live animals, Automatic Import Licence and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ukraine has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Updated Application Forms

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

    Certificate of Quality for Medicinal Products
    Quarantine Certificate
    Registration of Medicines and Medicinal Products.

    Moreover, the document entitled Quarantine Certificate has been enhanced concerning the purpose of this procedure; the document entitled Registration of Medicines and Medicinal Products has been amended with regard to the costs payable for tests. Please refer to the aforementioned documents for further details.

    Live Animals

    The document entitled Notification to Import Live Animals has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. Please see the quoted document for particulars and also refer to the revised section on Animals and Animal Products below.

    Automatic Import Licence

    The official website of the electronic data processing platform, the so-called Unified State Portal for Administrative Services, has been brought up to date in the document entitled Automatic Import Licence.
  • 08 Jul 2020 Norway Focus: common health entry documents (CHEDs), Certificate of Analysis as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Common Health Entry Documents (CHEDs)

    The following documents of this import report have been updated in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715, e.g. with regard to their corresponding sample forms:

    Common Health Entry Document for Animals
    Common Health Entry Document for Feed and Food of Non-Animal Origin
    Common Health Entry Document for Products.

    Furthermore, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Health Entry Document for Feed and Food of Non-Animal Origin, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measure applies, has been adjusted, as the respective legal basis has been amended.
    For details of this matter, please refer to the above-mentioned documents.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The model certificate as displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for specifics.
  • 08 Jul 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    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. The Democratic Republic of the Congo 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.
  • 08 Jul 2020 Zimbabwe Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jul 2020 Venezuela Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jul 2020 North Macedonia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jul 2020 Ethiopia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jul 2020 Bahrain Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Jul 2020 Senegal Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. 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. Senegal 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.

    Important Information with Regard to the Corona Crisis/COVID-19

    Due to the corona crisis, countries all over the world are introducing measures which may also affect import and export procedures. Such measures include, inter alia:

    closures of border crossing points and thus restrictions regarding customs clearance
    restraints to means of transportation
    export restrictions as regards certain goods such as medical protective equipment
    facilitations concerning the importation or admission of products intended to fight the corona crisis
    financial alleviation for companies, e.g. the deferment of payment of certain duties or charges
    weakening of certain formal legal requirements such as the acceptance of duplicates or digital copies of certificates of origin or movement certificates or the waiver of the requirement of a signature.

    In light of the dynamic development of the pandemic, countries may decide on short-term changes at any given time. Therefore, economic operators are urged to make arrangements with the parties involved in import or export matters thoroughly and in advance.
  • 07 Jul 2020 North Macedonia Focus: veterinary entry documents, Health Entry Document for Feed and Food, North Macedonia's ratification of the Minamata Convention, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for North Macedonia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Entry Documents

    As the corresponding legislation of the European Union (EU) has recently been modified, the English sample forms based on said EU legislation have been replaced by their current versions in the following documents:

    Veterinary Entry Document for Live Animals
    Veterinary Entry Document for Animal Products.

    For specifics, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Health Entry Document for Feed and Food

    Based on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the EU, North Macedonia developed its own national RASFF, i.e. the so-called RASFF Macedonia. In the framework of border inspections, designated foodstuffs and animal feed are regularly defined as bearing a higher risk and are therefore subject to a Health Entry Document for Feed and Food. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    North Macedonia's Ratification of the Minamata Convention

    As North Macedonia recently ratified the Minamata Convention, the section on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Substances in this overview has been adjusted accordingly; please refer thereto for additional information.

    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.
  • 07 Jul 2020 Bahrain Amendments as regards standardisation, used goods, contact details, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The Bahrain Standards and Metrology Directorate (BSMD), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Bahrain, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the chapter on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Used Goods

    The section on Used Goods has been amended with information on the import prohibition of used and refurbished medical devices. Please refer to said paragraph for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ports and Maritime Affairs Department under the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications have been amended throughout this overview.
  • 07 Jul 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Jul 2020 Qatar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Jul 2020 Iraq Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Jul 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Jul 2020 Afghanistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Jul 2020 Ghana Amendments as regards the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS)

    By virtue of a communication, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has announced that the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) will henceforth replace the formerly used Ghana TradeNet of the Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) system. The import report for Ghana has been amended accordingly. For further particulars, the updated section on Registration in this overview may also be viewed.
  • 06 Jul 2020 Botswana Focus: Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme, Registration of Drugs, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) Conformity Programme

    Within the scope of the Botswanan Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme, a Certificate of Conformity for SIIR and a Registration for SIIR may be required, if and as applicable. The samples of a request for a certificate of conformity as well as for registration have been replaced for more recent versions in the mentioned documents, respectively. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Registration of Drugs

    The document entitled Registration of Drugs has been amended with respect to the applicable processing fee. Moreover, the current version of the application form has been inserted. For particulars, please see said document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    In order to import ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Botswana, a corresponding import permit is required from the Ozone Office under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism. Therefore, the document entitled Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. More information may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the newly incorporated chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview.
  • 06 Jul 2020 Benin Focus: Permit to Import Plants and Plant Material, plant variety protection, Customs Import Declaration and Advance Declaration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Benin has been revised and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Material

    The document entitled Permit to Import Plants and Plant Material has been modified with regard to the submission of the respective application, the processing fee as well as the documents to be enclosed therewith. Please turn to the quoted document for particulars.

    Plant Variety Protection

    For reasons of transparency, the details regarding the technical questionnaire, which belongs to the documents to be enclosed with the application for a Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, have been incorporated into a separate document entitled Questionnaire for Plant Variety Protection. Please refer thereto for additional specifics.

    Customs Import Declaration and Advance Declaration

    Information on documents required for the acceptance of the documents named Customs Import Declaration and Advance Declaration has been added to the mentioned documents, which may be viewed for further details.
  • 06 Jul 2020 Paraguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Jul 2020 Montenegro Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Jul 2020 Morocco Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Jul 2020 Egypt Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Jul 2020 Peru Focus: fish and fishery products as well as items regulated by the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA) and Peruvian Tax Unit (UIT).
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fish and Fishery Products

    The document entitled Sanitary Registration of Fishery Products has been enhanced with information on fishery products of low acidity and hydrobiological resources. As said commodities are also subject to registration with the National Fisheries Health Organization (SANIPES), the requirement concerning the application's content has been incorporated into the quoted document.
    In addition, the document entitled Permit to Import Fish and Aquacultural Products has been amplified in respect of certificates to be enclosed with the actual application in paper form. For further information, please refer to the aforementioned documents.

    Items Regulated by the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA)

    The following documents have been amended with regard to procedural details, i.e. processing times and fees, as stipulated in the Single Text of the Administration Procedures (TUPA) of the SENASA of April 2020:

    Inspection of Pesticides, Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Products
    Permit to Import Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Chemical Pesticides
    Registration of Importers of Fodder and Veterinary Medicines.

    For particulars, please consult the quoted documents.

    Peruvian Tax Unit (UIT)

    The UIT has been updated in accordance with Supreme Decree No. 380-2019-EF. Please turn to the revised section on Currency and Payments for specifics.
  • 03 Jul 2020 Afghanistan Amendments as regards electronic customs procedures, waste as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Afghanistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Customs Procedures

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been modified with respect to information on the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) electronic processing system. Please refer to the mentioned section for further 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. Afghanistan is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For details of this matter, please see the paragraph on Waste below.
  • 03 Jul 2020 Taiwan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Jul 2020 Libya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Jul 2020 Canada Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Jul 2020 Bolivia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Jul 2020 Benin Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2020 United States of America Focus: application forms, electronic submission of documents as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States of America has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Application Forms

    The following documents have been equipped with updated application forms and may be viewed for particulars:

    Approval of New Drugs
    Import Permit for Firearms, Ammunition and Certain Military Equipment
    Manifest for Vessels
    Registration of Food Facility.

    Electronic Submission of Documents

    The information provided on the electronic submission of applications has been modified in the following documents:

    Drug Product Listing
    Employer Identification Number
    Import Licence for Wildlife
    Registration of Drug Establishment.

    For additional details, please turn to the quoted documents.
  • 02 Jul 2020 Saudi Arabia Amendments as regards free trade zones, standardisation, veterinary medicines as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saudi Arabia. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    Details of the responsible authority have been added to the chapter on Free Trade Zones. Please refer thereto for further information.

    Veterinary Medicines

    A chapter on Veterinary Medicines has been newly incorporated to this import. Please turn to the quoted chapter for specifics on the importation of veterinary medicines.

    Standardisation

    The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Saudi Arabia, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 02 Jul 2020 Turkmenistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2020 Papua New Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2020 Madagascar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2020 Botswana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2020 Angola Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Jul 2020 Saudi Arabia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Jul 2020 Namibia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Jul 2020 South Korea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Jul 2020 Jamaica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jun 2020 El Salvador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jun 2020 Philippines Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jun 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jun 2020 Malaysia Focus: changes with regard to updated customs legislation and sample certificate. The import documentation for Malaysia has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Changes with Regard to Updated Customs Legislation

    As the revised Customs Regulations 2019 took effect on 1 January 2020, the documents entitled Advance Ruling, Customs Import Declaration, Manifest as well as Import Licence for Tobacco and Alcohol have been brought up to date. By way of example, changes have been made concerning the submission of said documents and the corresponding forms have been exchanged for their latest versions, respectively and where applicable. Please refer to the quoted documents for particulars of this matter.

    Sample Certificate

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been updated to more recent version. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned document.
  • 29 Jun 2020 Kyrgyzstan Focus: Certificate of Analysis, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Contact Details

    The phone numbers of the State Customs Service have been brought up to date throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 29 Jun 2020 Sudan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jun 2020 Colombia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jun 2020 Ivory Coast Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jun 2020 Guyana Focus: Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards as well as the Government Analyst - Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD). The import documentation for Guyana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards

    The application form contained in the document entitled Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards has been exchanged for its most recent version. Additionally, the scope of products has been amended. By way of example, several breakers, wires, cables and switches now fall under such procedure. Consequently, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods, pertaining to this measure has been blue-pencilled. Please refer to the quoted document for further specifics.

    Government Analyst - Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD)

    The contact details of the Government Analyst - Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) have been brought up to date throughout this import report. Additionally, the application forms as displayed in the following documents for which the GA-FDD is the responsible authority have been updated:

    Import Permit for Cosmetics
    Import Permit for Drugs
    Import Permit for Foodstuffs
    Import Permit for Medical Devices
    Import Permit for Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors.

    Please turn to said documents for further details of this matter.
  • 26 Jun 2020 Gabon Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon.
    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. Gabon 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.
  • 26 Jun 2020 Malaysia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jun 2020 Moldova Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jun 2020 Liberia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Jun 2020 Indonesia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Jun 2020 Nicaragua Focus: foodstuffs and beverages, updated procedural details and prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

    The documents and material to be enclosed have been augmented in the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs and Beverages, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents have been amended with regard to the processing times:

    Registration of Fertilisers and Soil Improvers
    Sanitary Registration of Pharmaceutical Products.

    Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of commodities in the chapter on Import Prohibitions below has been amplified with the chemical component ethoxyquin which is banned from being imported into and marketed in Nicaragua. More information is to be obtained therefrom.
  • 25 Jun 2020 China Amendments as regards the China Compulsory Certification (CCC), standardisation, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the P.R. of China. The following changes have been made:

    China Compulsory Certification (CCC)

    On 29 April 2020, the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the P.R. of China (CNCA) under the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced the publication of an updated list of products affected by China Compulsory Certification (CCC). Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled China Compulsory Certification, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate. For further details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Standardisation in this overview has been brought up to date with regard to the scope of products which are to conform to certain Chinese standards. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Product Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for pet feedstuffs. More information may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 25 Jun 2020 Chile Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Jun 2020 Brunei Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jun 2020 Mauritius Focus: fish and fish products, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, registrations with TradeNet, Import Permit for Controlled Goods, warehousing and prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fish and Fish Products

    The documents entitled Authorisation to Import Fish and Fish Products and Registration of Importers of Fish and Fish Products have been updated with regard to the applicable mode of submission and the respective processing times. Please refer to the quoted documents for particulars.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    The document named EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been enhanced in accordance with the stipulations of the Notice to exporters concerning the application of the EU system for registered exporters (REX system) for exports from the EU to Eastern and Southern African States within the framework of the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement (2020/C 176/03). Please turn to said document for additional details.

    Registrations with TradeNet

    The documents entitled Registration with TradeNet and Agent's Registration with TradeNet have been revised with regard to numerous specifics and may be viewed for more information.

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

    The processing time contained in the document named Import Permit for Controlled Goods has been updated in accordance with the most recently published pertaining regulations. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Warehousing

    The section on Warehousing in this overview has been amended in view of the permissible warehousing times for goods. Please turn thereto for further specifics.

    Prohibited Imports

    Following the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (Covid)-19, the Government of Mauritius has decided to ban the importation of live animals including fish as well as certain animal products from designated countries. The mentioned list of countries currently includes China, Iran, Reunion Island, South Korea, Switzerland and all European Union (EU) countries. The commodities concerned are the following:

    live animals and fish
    chilled, frozen and dried seafood including fish products such as fish and oyster sauce
    chilled, frozen and dried meat
    wool
    animal hair/bristles
    animal feed including fish feed.

    This measure is in force until further notice but may be subject to change at any time; therefore, it is advisable to enquire about the current state of affairs prior to any importations to Mauritius. Further information on Prohibited Imports may be obtained from the corresponding chapter below.
  • 24 Jun 2020 Ivory Coast Amendments as regards waste and the Renovo™ Programme have been brought to the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.
    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. Côte d'Ivoire ratified the Amendment in 2013. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.

    Renovo™ Programme

    As the Renovo™ Programme is currently suspended, information thereon has been included in the same-named document. Please turn thereto for additional details.
  • 24 Jun 2020 Peru Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jun 2020 New Zealand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Jun 2020 Guyana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Jun 2020 Morocco Amendments as regards the postponement of the introduction of the mandatory Pre-Export Verification of Conformity, classification of goods subject to conformity requirements, import requirements for tomato, aubergine and pepper seeds as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco. The following changes have been made:

    Postponement of the Introduction of the Mandatory Pre-Export Verification of Conformity

    Due to the Corona Virus Disease (COVID)-19, the introduction of the mandatory verification of conformity in the country of export, i.e. the end of the transitional period during which a conformity inspection certificate may be issued upon the arrival of the regulated goods in Morocco, has been postponed from 20 April to 20 June 2020. Consequently, the corresponding documents, Destination Inspection and Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), have been adjusted.

    Classification of Goods Subject to Conformity Requirements

    The classification of goods subject to Destination Inspection has been modified in accordance with Decree No. 1060-20 of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Green and Digital Economy of 8 April 2020, i.e. the tariff codes assigned to said measure have been amended in order to include non-woven protective masks intended for non-medical purposes.

    Import Requirements for Tomato, Aubergine and Pepper Seeds

    Due to occurrences of the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), commonly also known as Jordan virus, tomato, aubergine and pepper seeds to be imported into Morocco must be free from the quoted virus. The document entitled Permit to Import Seeds Intended for Cultivation Purposes has been modified accordingly; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 23 Jun 2020 Armenia Focus: single window approach, Registration of Medicinal Products, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Armenia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    Information on the submission of data required for the access to the Armenian electronic system entitled Trade World Manager (TWM), which is established on the basis of a so-called "single window" principle, has been added to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Registration of Medicinal Products

    As applications for a Registration of Medicinal Products may be submitted via e-mail, the quoted document has been enhanced with the relevant e-mail address provided by the Scientific Centre of Drug and Medical Technology Expertise. Please refer to the aforementioned document for further information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bio-Resources Management Agency and the Waste and Atmosphere Emissions Management Agency have been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report. Both agencies are subordinate institutions of the Ministry of Environment.
  • 23 Jun 2020 South Africa Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Jun 2020 Uzbekistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jun 2020 Paraguay Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, the Kigali Amendment as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    In accordance with Resolution DNA No. 146 of 14 February 2020, the chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview has been brought up to date. By way of example, the requirements to be met in order to be certified as an authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) in Paraguay, have been modified. For more information on this matter, please turn to the quoted section.

    Kigali Amendment

    As Paraguay accepted the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer on 1 November 2018, the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below has been revised. Please see the mentioned chapter for further particulars.
  • 22 Jun 2020 Egypt Focus: Packing List and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, Registration of Factories with the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), Registration of Dietary Supplements, processing fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Egypt has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Packing List and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    Pursuant to Procedural Publication No. 23 of November 2019 issued by the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA), a Packing List is not a mandatory document any longer as long as the Commercial Invoice contains all the specifications usually included in a Packing List.
    Moreover, the Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin is no longer required for any goods which are accompanied by original invoices issued by the manufacturers or trademark holders of said commodities. This waiver, however, does not apply to the corresponding Proof of Preferential Origin in case preferential customs treatment is intended.
    The affected documents and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview have been amended to reflect the new stipulations, please turn thereto for particulars.

    Registration of Factories with the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

    The document entitled Registration of Factories with the National Food Safety Authority has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, please refer to the cited document and to the section on Foodstuffs below.

    Registration of Dietary Supplements

    The responsibility for the mandatory registration of foods for special dietary uses (FSDU) and foods for special medical purposes (FSMP) has been transferred from the Central Administration of Pharmaceutical Affairs (CAPA) to the NFSA. Consequently, the document entitled Registration of Dietary Supplements has been completely revised and modified in accordance with the valid legislation. For additional details, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Processing Fees

    Amended processing fees have been published for the following procedures, which have been adjusted correspondingly:

    Customs Release Certificate for Medical and Related Products
    Customs Release Certificate for Medical Devices
    Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceuticals
    Pricing Request for Imported Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Biocidal Products
    Registration of Medical Devices.
  • 22 Jun 2020 Syria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jun 2020 Myanmar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jun 2020 Tunisia Amendments as regards arms, ammunition and explosives, marking requirements for plastic bags as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia. The following changes have been made:

    Arms, Ammunition and Explosives

    A section on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives has been newly incorporated into this overview in order to depict the mandatory measures which must be adhered to in order to import said goods into Tunisia; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Marking Requirements for Plastic Bags

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with the mandatory marking requirements for permissible plastic bags, i.e. bags which are not subject to the import prohibition due to their characteristics or purpose of use. For specifics, the quoted paragraphs may be viewed.
  • 19 Jun 2020 Kuwait Focus: importation of communications equipment as well as Free Sale Certificate. The import documentation for Kuwait has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Communications Equipment

    For the importation of communications equipment into Kuwait, a Type Approval for Wireless Telecommunications Equipment as well as a Licence to Import and Deal in Wireless Communications Equipment from the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) are required. The quoted documents have been blue-pencilled and the application forms have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please refer thereto as well as to the section on Wireless Communications Equipment for further details.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced with an updated version. Please turn to said document for additional details of this matter.
  • 19 Jun 2020 Tajikistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jun 2020 Singapore Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jun 2020 Japan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Japan. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to certain documents of this import report, has been verified and adjusted as appropriate in accordance with the current stipulations of the Japanese Tariff Schedule, as applicable.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview has been enhanced with information on Japan's acceptance of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for details of this matter.
  • 18 Jun 2020 Guatemala Focus: submission of an advance declaration, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guatemala has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Submission of an Advance Declaration

    The requirement to submit an advance Cargo Tracking Note is currently implemented in Guatemala. Customs offices will progressively adapt to this specification, e.g. first at the customs situated in the city Pedro de Alvarado (municipality of Moyuta) and at the adjacent Salvadoran crossing point La Hachadura. In order to depict this procedure, the quoted document has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report and may be viewed for particulars. For general information on Customs Procedures and Regulations applicable in the country, please also see the amended section below.

    Contact Details

    The contact phone numbers of the Animal Protection and Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) have been revised and the web address of the Electronic System for Import Authorisations (SEADIM) has been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report, where applicable.
  • 18 Jun 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jun 2020 St. Lucia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jun 2020 Thailand Amendments as regards cosmetics, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

    As of 1 January 2020, Thailand has banned the importation, production and sale of new cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads. Cosmetics which are already placed on the market are permitted to be sold until 28 June 2020. Said change has been reflected in the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview. For more information on the importation of cosmetics into Thailand, please refer to the corresponding section below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Bureau of Public Procurement has been updated in this overview, where applicable.
  • 17 Jun 2020 Georgia Focus: contact details, labelling requirements for foodstuffs and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Georgia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture have been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    Labelling Requirements for Foodstuffs

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been revised in accordance with Government Decree No. 301 on the Approval of Technical Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers.
  • 17 Jun 2020 Yemen Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jun 2020 Honduras Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Jun 2020 Iraq Focus: importation of gold, legal bases for import procedures and contact details.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Gold

    A new document entitled Permit to Import Gold has been added to the set of documents of this report. For more information, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Legal Bases for Import Procedures

    The documents entitled Commercial Registration and Permit to Import Live Animals have been furnished with the applicable legal basis. In addition, the chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview has been equipped with the legal source for the import provisions for vehicles. Please turn to the quoted documents and section for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Federation of Iraqi Chambers of Commerce (FICC) and the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce have been updated, as and where applicable.
  • 16 Jun 2020 Honduras Focus: customs administration, updated contact and procedural details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Administration

    The national customs authority, i.e. the former Deputy Directorate of Customs Revenues (DARA), has been reorganised by virtue of Executive Decree No. PCM-059-2019. Accordingly, the new competent authority is the Honduran Customs Administration (AAH). This amendment has been reflected in the customs-specific documents of this import report. Moreover, details of the accelerated version of the platform named Automated System for Customs Revenues of Honduras (SARAH) Web 2.0 have been displayed in the chapter entitled Single Window of Foreign Trade of Honduras (VUCEH) below.

    Updated Contact and Procedural Details

    The contact details of the branch office of the Agency of Sanitary Regulation (ARSA) located in San Pedro Sula have been brought up to date in the following documents:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Risk-Based Classification of Medical Devices
    Sanitary Licence
    Sanitary Registration.

    Moreover, the possibility to submit online applications for the licensing, registration and classification of the goods in question has been added, where applicable. For specifics, please turn to the quoted documents.
  • 16 Jun 2020 Bermuda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Jun 2020 Bolivia Amendments as regards the single window approach, textiles, clothing accessories and furniture as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    The paragraph on Virtual Window for Importations has been enhanced with information on the implementation of a digital data processing platform based on the principle of a single window for foreign trade in Bolivia. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Textiles, Clothing Accessories and Furniture

    As the submission of paper-based application dossiers has been amended due to the corona crisis, the section on Textiles, Clothing Accessories and Furniture below has been amplified with novelties related to these products. Please refer to the aforementioned paragraph for further information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bolivian focal point in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been brought up to date in the chapter entitled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview. For particulars, please turn to the quoted section.
  • 10 Jun 2020 Haiti Focus: contact details.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the General Customs Administration (Administration Générale des Douanes - AGD) have been updated throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 10 Jun 2020 Azerbaijan Focus: customs documents and pesticides.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Documents

    The following documents have been updated with regard to, e.g., the electronic submission of documents and the corresponding website for electronic services:

    Contract as a User of the Electronic System
    Customs Import Declaration
    Declaration of Dutiable Value
    Declaration of Means of Transport.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been amended in respect of various details. By way of example, the document has been furnished with the corresponding application form. Please turn to the quoted document and see the updated section on Pesticides below.
  • 09 Jun 2020 Venezuela Amendments as regards labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with details of the quoted provisions for pharmaceutical products. For further information on this matter, please turn to the mentioned section.
  • 09 Jun 2020 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards the Catalogues of Products have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic. The following changes have been made:

    Catalogues of Products

    The list of products subject to entry in the Catalogues of Products ("Catálogos de Productos") maintained by the General Customs Directorate (DGA) has been brought up to date in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. For further information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 08 Jun 2020 Uruguay Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The commodity codes assigned to the document entitled Import Authorisation for Radioactive Materials and Equipment Emitting Ionising Radiation (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to said document) have been updated in accordance with the applicable legal basis. Please turn to the quoted document for more information on this matter.
  • 08 Jun 2020 Fiji Focus: registration requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Registration Requirements

    The document entitled Company Registration has been edited as regards its mode of submission as well as the applicable processing fee, amongst others. In addition, the initial page of the online registration interface has been displayed. For more information on this matter, please refer to said document.
    Following the successful registration with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), a respective identification number is assigned to the applicant. The corresponding document entitled Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) has been amended with respect to its mode of submission and processing time. Moreover, the quoted document has been equipped with the initial page of the online application interface as well as with the current version of the paper application form for non-individuals. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.
  • 05 Jun 2020 Turkmenistan Focus: Customs Import Declaration and contact details.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been amended with regard to the processing fee. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry have been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report, where applicable.
  • 05 Jun 2020 Bangladesh Amendments as regards labelling requirements for medical devices have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Medical Devices

    Details of the labelling requirements applicable to medical devices imported into Bangladesh have been included in the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview. For further information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 04 Jun 2020 Belize Focus: assignment of tariff codes as well as Permit to Import Plastic and Styrofoam Articles. The import documentation for Belize has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    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 in accordance with the Supplies Control (Import/Export) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Permit to Import Plastic and Styrofoam Articles

    For the importation of biodegredable and non- biodegredable plastic and styrofoam articles into Belize, a Permit to Import Plastic and Styrofoam Articles is required. Please turn to said document for further details of this matter.
  • 04 Jun 2020 Brazil Amendments as regards import licensing, export processing zones, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brazil. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Import Licensing

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to said document) have been updated in accordance with Import Notice Siscomex (Notícia Siscomex Importação) No. 022 of 2020. Please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars of this measure.

    Export Processing Zones

    The section on Export Processing Zones further below has been amended as regards the zones currently authorised and establised in Brazil. Moreover, details of the time period in which benefits are granted to companies located in export processing zones (ZPEs) have been included. For further information on this matter, please turn to the mentioned paragraph.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, specifics of the importation of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) may now be viewed in the newly created same-named chapter below. Particulars may be obtained from said section.
  • 03 Jun 2020 Lebanon Focus: Permit to Import Seeds as well as Free Sale Certificate. The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Seeds

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

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a current version. Please turn to said document for more specifics.
  • 03 Jun 2020 Jamaica Focus: Permit to Import Firearms as well as model certificates. The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Firearms

    The document entitled Permit to Firearms has been blue-pencilled. By way of example, the application form has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Model Certificates

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Certificate of Analysis and Free Sale Certificate have been replaced with updated versions. Please turn to said documents for additional details of this matter.
  • 02 Jun 2020 Russian Federation Amendments as regards the classification of goods, endangered species and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Russia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to the conformity regime of the Russian Federation, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted as safes and locking devices, including secure locks and locks for protective structures, are no longer subjected to the mandatory conformity procedure.

    Endangered Species

    The section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Subject to CITES below has been enhanced with respect to the reference to the designated part of the single list of goods the importation of which into the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is restricted. Please see below for specifics.
  • 02 Jun 2020 Papua New Guinea Focus: registration procedures of the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA), Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Registration Procedures of the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA)

    The documents entitled Registration with the Investment Promotion Authority and Reservation of a Company Name have been brought up to date as regards their mode of submission and the contact details of the responsible authority. Moreover, the corresponding application fees for manual as well as online filing of the applications, respectively, have been adjusted in both documents. In addition, the current versions of the pertaining application forms have been inserted. For more information on this matter, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

    All business entities in Papua New Guinea must be in possession of a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), which is to be obtained from the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC). The corresponding same-named document has been completely revised and updated as applicable. Please see the mentioned document for details.
  • 02 Jun 2020 Ecuador Amendments as regards protective personal equipment, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Protective Personal Equipment

    The chapter on Destination Inspection below has been enhanced with the corresponding legal basis applicable for protective suits and gowns for medical purposes. For particulars, please see the quoted paragraph in this overview of import procedures.

    Contact Details

    The responsible Ecuadorian authority in the framework of the international Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and the corresponding contact details have been brought up to date in the section entitled Hazardous Chemicals, which may be consulted for particulars.
  • 29 May 2020 Tajikistan Focus: updated procedural details, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents have been augmented with respect to the processing times and fees:

    Permit to Import Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Products and Cosmetics
    Quarantine Import Permit
    Veterinary Import Permit.

    More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The phone and fax numbers of the State Service for the Supervision of Health and Social Protection under the Ministry of Health and Social Protection have been brought up to date throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 29 May 2020 Argentina Amendments as regards import licensing, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina.
    The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities subject to either an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (stipulated by Resolution No. 523-E/2017 (as amended)) has been modified by means of Provision No. 5/2020 of the Ministry of Productive Development, which was published in the Argentine Official Gazette (Boletín Oficial) on 18 March 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. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Prohibited Imports

    According to Law No. 27.492, released in the Argentine Official Gazette (Boletín Oficial) on 8 January 2019, all types and models of halogen lamps are banned from, inter alia, importation into Argentina since 31 December 2019. Hence, the section on Prohibited Imports further below has been brought up to date to this effect. For details, please see the quoted paragraph.
  • 28 May 2020 Israel Amendments as regards labelling requirements and the Government Procurement Administration have been brought to the import documentation for Israel. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of greater transparency, the chapter on Product Labelling in this overview has been restructured; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Government Procurement Administration

    The contact details of the Government Procurement Administration have been brought up to date in the section on Public Procurement below. Further details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 28 May 2020 Barbados Focus: ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as Licence to Import Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery. The import documentation for Barbados has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    A new document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances has been included in the set of documents for this import report. Please refer thereto for further details of the importation of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Barbados as well as to the section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview.

    Licence to Import Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, a sample of an issued license has been added to the document entitled Licence to Import Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.
  • 27 May 2020 St. Lucia Focus: Registration as a User of the Online Trade Licence Application System. The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration as a User of the Online Trade Licence Application System

    A new document entitled Registration as a User of the Online Trade Licence Application System has been added to the set of documents for this import report. The online trade licence application system, i.e. the Business Facilitation User Registration system, is a platform which is administered by the Ministry of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs and may be used by individuals or companies in order to apply electronically for the Trade Licence in Saint Lucia. Please refer to the quoted documents for further details of this matter.
  • 26 May 2020 Nigeria Amendments as regards liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) related products and accessories, waste as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria. The following changes have been made:

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Related Products and Accessories

    Since liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) related products and accessories are currently no longer regulated under the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), the document entitled Letter of Approval from SON has been enhanced with this information. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    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. Nigeria ratified the Amendment in 2004. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 26 May 2020 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. 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. Congo ratified the Amendment in 2014. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.