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  • 23 Oct 2020 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, entry points for medicines and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    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), as of 1 September 2020, preferential tariff treatment is granted to products originating in the EU exclusively upon submission of invoice declarations made out by exporters registered in the EU's REX system or by any exporter for any consignment whose total value does not exceed 6,000 EUR. Therefore, the document named EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been adjusted accordingly. Please turn to said document for additional details.

    Entry Points For Medicines

    In accordance with the Guidelines on the Import and Export of Registered Medicines of the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), medicines are required to be imported into the country via designated entry points. Hence, the chapter on Pharmaceuticals in this overview has been amended to this respect. For further information on this matter, please see the quoted section.
  • 23 Oct 2020 Taiwan Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs) and warehousing, importation of vessels and ships, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs) and Warehousing

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapters on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) as well as on Warehousing, respectively, have been newly created in this overview. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted paragraphs.

    Importation of Vessels and Ships

    Details of the requirement for an import approval from the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) for vessels and ships have been added to the section on Means of Transportation and Parts Thereof below, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with regard to the labelling requirements for toxic and hazardous chemical substances. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for details of this matter.
  • 23 Oct 2020 Turkey Focus: Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, Pre-Notification Form for Plant Protection Products and Raw Materials Used in Plant Protection, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and other changes.
    The import documentation for Turkey has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    It has been reported that the Turkish customs authorities increasingly require importers to submit a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin. For more information on the currently valid regulations, the mentioned document may be consulted.

    Pre-Notification Form for Plant Protection Products and Raw Materials Used in Plant Protection

    The document entitled Pre-Notification Form for Plant Protection Products and Raw Materials Used in Plant Protection has been added to the set of documents of this report. For specifics, the cited document may be referred to.

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Turkey is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT Statistical Document is required. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been updated in respect of various details, e.g. procedural fees and address details.
  • 23 Oct 2020 Ghana In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for Ghana has been updated with further details as regards EU Proofs of Preferential Origin.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    The document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been modified in accordance with the stipulations of Decision No 1/2020 of the EPA Committee established by the stepping stone economic partnership agreement between Ghana, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other, of 20 August 2020 on the adoption of Protocol No 1 concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation [2020/1526]. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    EasyPass Conformity Certificate

    The document entitled EasyPass Conformity Certificate has been enhanced with a sample application form for conformity assessment which may be used in order to effect this procedure. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

    By virtue of a notice published on 18 September 2020, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has advised that a cargo tracking note (CTN) is no longer required for import procedures. According to the authority, this is due to the fact that the valuation and risk management tools are all embedded in the recently established Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS). Therefore, importers are not required to obtain a cargo tracking number prior to the importation of goods into Ghana. The import report for Ghana has been adapted accordingly. Further information on the suspension of this measure may also be obtained from the responsible authority, which may be reached as follows: Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), off Starlet's 91 Road, near Accra Sports Stadium, P.O. Box 2202, GH-Accra, phone numbers: +233 302 904545, 904546.
  • 23 Oct 2020 Turkmenistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Oct 2020 Egypt Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Oct 2020 Uganda Focus: Trademark Registration, Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them as well as model certificates. The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademark Registration

    A Trademark Registration may be required for customs clearance and market access in Uganda. For more information on this matter, please see the newly created document.

    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them

    The document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been amended regarding its processing fee and documents to be enclosed, amongst other changes. Please turn thereto for additional information.

    Model Certificates

    The sample forms contained in the documents entitled Certificate of Analysis and Free Sale Certificate have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please refer thereto for additional specifics.
  • 22 Oct 2020 Mozambique Focus: Type Approval for (Radio and) Telecommunications Terminal Equipment and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for (Radio and) Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Type Approval for (Radio and) Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been completely revised and updated as regards, e.g., the period of validity, documents to be enclosed with the application as well as the minimum content provided in the issued certificate. Moreover, information on the seal the approved equipment is to be marked with has been modified, amongst others. For details of this matter, please refer to the quoted document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety and the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development have been renamed to Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (Ministério da Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural) as well as Ministry of Land and Environment (Ministério da Terra e Ambiente), respectively, this import report has been brought up to date accordingly.
  • 22 Oct 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards government procurement, standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    The paragraph on Government Procurement has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for particulars.

    Standardisation

    The section on Standardisation below has been enhanced with information on the authority responsible for conformity assessment procedures for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. the Communications Regulatory Agency. Additional details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 22 Oct 2020 Libya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Oct 2020 Costa Rica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Oct 2020 Sudan Amendments as regards the customs points of entry as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new paragraph on the main Customs Points of Entry in Sudan has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for additional information.

    Standardisation

    The Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization (SSMO), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Sudan, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the section on Norms and Standards below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 21 Oct 2020 Bermuda Amendments as regards tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco Products

    A new section entitled Tobacco Products has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for details of the importation of tobacco and tobacco products into Bermuda.
  • 21 Oct 2020 Albania Focus: International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce, Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicinal Products, Albania's ratification of the Minamata Convention and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Albania is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT Statistical Document is required. The quoted document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce

    The document entitled Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce has been equipped with a sample certificate request form, which may be consulted for specifics.

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicinal Products

    The processing time required to obtain a Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicinal Products has been updated in the quoted document; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Albania's Ratification of the Minamata Convention

    As Albania recently ratified the Minamata Convention, the section on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Substances in this overview has been adjusted accordingly and may be referred to for more information.
  • 21 Oct 2020 Qatar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Oct 2020 Papua New Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Oct 2020 Bahrain Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2020 Qatar Focus: Licence to Import Publications, Authorised Importer of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, sample and application forms as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Publications

    The document entitled Licence to Import Publications has been amended regarding its processing fee and its way of submission. Please turn thereto for further details of this matter.

    Authorised Importer of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Authorised Importer of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been blue-pencilled. Please refer to said document for additional specifics.

    Sample and Application Forms

    The sample and application forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for their latest versions:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Free Sale Certificate
    Permit to Import Pharmaceutical and Medical-Related Goods
    Registration of Medical Herbs and Complementary Medical Products
    Registration of Manufacturers of Medical Herbs and Complementary Medical Products.

    Please refer thereto for more information.
  • 20 Oct 2020 Namibia Focus: Commercial Registration, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, genetically modified food and feedstuffs as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been modified as regards the responsible authorities as well as the respective contact details where the quoted registration is to be applied for since 1 September 2020. For details, please refer to said document.

    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.

    Genetically Modified Food and Feedstuffs

    In order to import certain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), i.e. genetically modified food and feedstuffs intended for human or animal consumption, into Namibia, a Permit to Import Genetically Modified Food or Feedstuffs is required from the Registrar of the Biosafety Council. Hence, the same-named document has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. For more information, please see the above-mentioned document.
  • 20 Oct 2020 Iran Amendments as regards the national currency, the Approval to Import Meat Products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iran. The following changes have been made:

    National Currency

    Amongst other changes, the chapter entitled Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with information on the new currency, the Toman, which is intended to gradually be introduced over the coming years. For particulars, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Approval to Import Meat Products

    Details of the mandatory Approval to Import Meat Products have been added to the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin below; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 20 Oct 2020 Cuba Amendments as regards waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal came into force on 5 December 2019, details of said Amendment have been included into the chapter on Waste further below. The 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. Cuba is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information on this matter, please refer to the aforementioned section in this overview.
  • 20 Oct 2020 Uruguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2020 Guatemala Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Oct 2020 Bolivia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Oct 2020 Syria Focus: International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Halal Certificate and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Syria is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT Statistical Document is required. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for particulars.

    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 Syria. Please turn to the mentioned document for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact information for the Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce has been updated, as and where applicable.
    In addition, information on portals on which current government tenders may be viewed online has been added to the chapter on Government Procurement in this overview; please refer to the quoted paragraph for further details.
  • 19 Oct 2020 Myanmar Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), aircraft as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been newly incorporated into this overview. As Myanmar is a member of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), details thereon as well as on the contact details of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), i.e. the national focal point, have been included. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Aircraft

    The newly created paragraph on Aircraft further below may be viewed for specifics on the importation of such goods into Myanmar.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Oct 2020 Mali Amendments as regards diamonds and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Diamonds

    The section on Diamonds has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Mali. Please refer thereto for further details of the importation of diamonds into the country.

    Used Goods

    As the requirements for the importability of used products may differ from those applied to the same goods if imported in new condition, this information has been reflected in the newly added chapter on Used Goods, which may be viewed for particulars.
  • 19 Oct 2020 Kazakhstan Focus: manifest and freight documents, veterinary health certificates, recycling fees, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Manifest and Freight Documents

    The document entitled Manifest has been modified concerning the river transportation of goods. In addition, the following freight documents have been added to the set of documents of this import report:

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

    For further information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The documents cited below have been equipped with current sample forms approved for the exportation into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU):

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

    Recycling Fees

    The section on Motor Vehicles has been enhanced with regard to the legislation applicable to the recycling fee to be paid for certain commodities. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The following documents have been updated with regard to the contact details:

    Consent to Import Hazardous Waste
    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention
    Movement Document for Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste.

    Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Oct 2020 Namibia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Oct 2020 Botswana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Oct 2020 Benin Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2020 Panama Amendments as regards free trade zones, sanitary monitoring and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The number of registered and currently active Free Trade Zones has been updated in the cited chapter in this overview.

    Sanitary Monitoring

    The section entitled Live Animals and Animal Products has been enhanced with general information on companies subject to sanitary monitoring carried out by the Ministry of Health (MINSA). More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the national focal point in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been modified in the paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. For particulars, please view the aforementioned chapter.
  • 16 Oct 2020 Montenegro Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly incorporated into this report; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs as well as the Health-Sanitary Inspectorate, which comes under the Administration for Inspection Affairs, has been updated throughout this report, as applicable.
  • 16 Oct 2020 Belarus Focus: political situation in Belarus, customs fees, contact and procedural details, veterinary health certificates, crop seeds, recycling fee for motor vehicles and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Belarus has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Political Situation in Belarus

    Due to political and social upheaval in Belarus, the Note in this overview has been edited and may be viewed for particulars.

    Customs Fees

    The following documents have been rectified in respect of the electronic submission via the Unified Portal of E-Services and the established processing fees:

    Binding Tariff Information
    Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator
    Customs Import Declaration.

    Contact and Procedural Details

    The contact details of the authority, i.e. the Department of Nuclear and Radiation Safety (Gosatomnadzor), which is responsible for the administrative procedures for related goods, and of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus, which is in charge of product-specific inspections, have been brought up to date throughout this import report, where applicable.

    The following documents have been modified regarding e-mail addresses for the initial examination of registration dossiers:

    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Pharmaceuticals.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The documents cited below have been equipped with current sample forms approved for the exportation into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU):

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

    Crop Seeds

    An ISTA Seed Testing Certificate for crop seeds has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please refer to the updated chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview and consult the quoted document for specifics.

    Recycling Fee for Motor Vehicles

    The section on Motor Vehicles has been enhanced with regard to the legislation applicable to the recycling fee to be paid for designated motor vehicles. More details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 16 Oct 2020 Venezuela Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2020 Saudi Arabia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2020 South Korea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Oct 2020 Japan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Oct 2020 Serbia Focus: classification of narcotics and psychotropic substances, Certificate of Airworthiness, modified application forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances

    The product codes assigned to the document entitled Permit to Import Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with Annex 2 of the most recent decision determining the scope of said goods ("Official Gazette of RS" No. 4/2020) and in accordance with the Serbian Integrated Customs Tariff (TARIS). More information on the procedural requirements may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly incorporated into this report; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Modified Application Forms

    The application forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions; please refer to the quoted documents for specifics:

    Licence to Deal in Sources of Ionising Radiation
    Permit to Import Sources of Ionising Radiation.
  • 15 Oct 2020 Jordan Amendments as regards the customs points of entry, standardisation as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Jordan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new paragraph on the main Customs Points of Entry in Jordan has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for more details of this matter.

    Standardisation

    The Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Jordan, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the section on Standardisation and Product Conformity below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. More information may be obtained from said chapter.
  • 15 Oct 2020 Ethiopia Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and government procurement have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Ethiopia's ratification of the Kigali Amendment of 2019 to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer has been reflected in the product-specific paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below. For more particulars on this matter, please turn to the quoted section.

    Government Procurement

    The contact details of the Ethiopian authority in charge within the framework of government procurement, i.e. the Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency (PPA), have been updated in the corresponding chapter in this overview. Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 15 Oct 2020 Jamaica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Oct 2020 Israel Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Oct 2020 Angola Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Oct 2020 Madagascar Amendments as regards EU Proofs of Preferential Origin have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    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), as of 1 September 2020, preferential tariff treatment is granted to products originating in the EU exclusively upon submission of invoice declarations made out by exporters registered in the EU's REX system or by any exporter for any consignment whose total value does not exceed 6,000 EUR. Therefore, the document named EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been adjusted accordingly. Please turn to said document for additional details.
  • 14 Oct 2020 Libya Focus: International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Libya is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT Statistical Document is required. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for particulars.
  • 14 Oct 2020 Iceland Focus: medical devices, processing fees, common health entry documents, organic produce as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to following changes:

    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 Medical Devices 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).

    Processing Fees

    In accordance with the current tariff schedule of the Icelandic Medicines Agency (IMA), the processing fees for the following documents have been amended:

    Classification of Pharmaceutical and Related Goods
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals.

    Common Health Entry Documents

    The following documents of this import report have been brought up to date with regard to their corresponding sample forms as well as their electronic submission via the European Trade Control and Expert System in its New Technology version (TRACES-NT):

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

    Organic Produce

    The document entitled Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce has been newly incorporated into this import report. Please refer thereto for particulars of the requirements to import organic produce originating in a third country, i.e. a country that is not a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), to Iceland.
  • 14 Oct 2020 Vietnam Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Oct 2020 El Salvador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Oct 2020 Mexico Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Oct 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Oct 2020 Brazil Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Oct 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards organic products, the Homologation of Motor Vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo. The following changes have been made:

    Organic Products

    The chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products, which must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry if foodstuffs are intended to be marketed as organic products. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document and paragraph.

    Homologation of Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Homologation of Motor Vehicles has been enhanced with information on the legislation by means of which the European Union Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EU-WVTA) scheme was implemented. Moreover, following a re-organisation of the competencies, the authority responsible for the issue of a type approval is now named the Ministry of Infrastructure. Please refer to the mentioned document for specifics on the type approval of new and used vehicles and exemptions therefrom.
  • 13 Oct 2020 Liberia Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and destination inspection have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Destination Inspection

    On 14 July 2020, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry published a note stating that pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has allegedly been cancelled in line with the regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Transitional provisions and regulations with regard to this measure may apply. According to the Ministry, the inspection provider Bureau Veritas is still in charge of the destination inspection procedure and the processing of a new import notification form (INF), of which the assigned notification number will be sent to exporters for shipment. Please contact the aforementioned Ministry for more information on the requirements of pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and destination inspection at the following contact details: Ministry of Commerce and Industry, P.O. Box 9041, LR-Monrovia, phone numbers: +231 777 504576, 886 226283, 886 223922, 886 560455.
  • 13 Oct 2020 Brunei Focus: Registration of Traders and Agents, trademarks as well as Certificate of Airworthiness.
    The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration of Traders and Agents

    The document entitled Registration of Traders and Agents has been brought up to date as regards the platform for electronic submission. Please refer to the quoted document for details of this matter.

    Trademarks

    The corresponding application form for the application for Trademark Registration has been exchanged for its most recent version. Furthermore, additional forms for the appointment of an agent in the case of foreign applicants as well as for the publication of a trademark, respectively, have been added. Please see said document for more information.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    Details of the issuance of a Certificate of Airworthiness have been introduced to this import report in the newly created same-named document. Specifics may be obtained therefrom as well as from the chapter on Aircraft in this overview.
  • 13 Oct 2020 Australia Focus: Permit to Import Goods Subject to Quarantine, updated documents, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products as well as medicines and medical devices.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Goods Subject to Quarantine

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of the goods pertaining to the document entitled Permit to Import Goods Subject to Quarantine, has been reviewed and updated. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars of this matter.

    Updated Documents

    The following documents of this import report have been brought up to date with regard to certain particulars, e.g. their corresponding contact details, processing fees as well as documents to be enclosed, as applicable:

    Controlled Substances Licence for Methyl Bromide
    Controlled Substances Licence for SGGs and HCFCs
    Essential Uses Licence for CFCs, Halons, Methyl Chloroform, Carbon Tetrachloride and BCM
    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste
    Licence to Import Pre-Charged Equipment Containing Controlled Substances
    Used Substances Licence for Certain Ozone-Depleting Substances.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for specifics.

    Medicines and Medical Devices

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is the responsible authority for the importation of medicines and medical devices into Australia. The corresponding documents of this import report have been updated with regard to the contact details of the above-mentioned authority.
    Furthermore, 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).
  • 13 Oct 2020 Sudan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Oct 2020 Moldova Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2020 South Korea Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, pre-clearance inspection of certain plants as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    In the framework of their respective authorised economic operator (AEO) programmes, a mutual recoginition agreement (MRA) exists between South Korea and Mongolia. Following this agreement, AEOs recognised by one of the quoted countries will automatically be authorised in the other country, respectively. Therefore, the corresponding subsection pertaining to the chapter on Registration in this overview has been modified in this regard. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for details.

    Pre-Clearance Inspection of Certain Plants

    Certain plants to be imported into South Korea are subject to a pre-clearance inspection in the country of export. Correspondingly, information on several of those plants as well as on the respective countries has been added to the section on Plants and Plant Products further below. For more specifics, please see said chapter.
  • 12 Oct 2020 Indonesia Focus: classification of goods, authorised economic operator (AEO) application as well as halal certification.
    The import documentation for Indonesia 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 goods, pertaining to the document entitled Import Approval (PI) has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. By way of example, consumer goods such as footwear, electronics as well as two-wheeled bicycles and tricycles now fall under this measure.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Application

    The document entitled Authorisation as AEO has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Indonesia. Please refer thereto for particulars of the requirements of the application process for such status.

    Halal Certification

    The document entitled Halal Certificate has been furnished with new contact details of the responsible Indonesian authority, i.e. the Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH). Details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted document.
  • 12 Oct 2020 United Kingdom Focus: border operating model, Registration with the IPAFFS, Accompanying Document for Wine Products and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Border Operating Model

    For the period after the transition phase, i.e. from 1 January until 1 July 2021, during which customs controls are intended to be gradually introduced, the so-called border operating model has been developed. Said model mainly affects the following documents of this import report, which have been modified in this respect and which may be viewed for particulars:

    Declaration of Dutiable Value
    Entry Summary Declaration
    Single Administrative Document.

    For live animals as well as plants and plant products incurring a high risk, advance notifications and health certificates will already be required as of 1 January 2021, whereas documentary controls and physical checks (if applicable) will usually be carried out at the place of destination of the goods. As of 1 April 2021, advance notifications and the relevant health documentation will be required for all goods of animal origin as well as all plants and plant products. In a last step, as of 1 July 2021, physical checks and sampling of goods subject to Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) will increasingly be carried out; these controls will take place at British Border Control Posts (BCPs). For additional details of the requirements for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures and General Importability of Goods Subject Thereto, Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin as well as Plants and Plant Products, please refer to the cited paragraphs in this overview.

    Registration with the IPAFFS

    The dates previously agreed upon with the European Commission for using the Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed System (IPAFFS) for notifications to be submitted via said system, i.e. 7 and 15 September 2020, are no longer valid. This means that the European Trade Control and Expert System in its New Technology version (TRACES-NT) is continued to be used until 1 January 2021. The system, for which a prior registration is required, may be accessed via https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/tracesnt/login. The document entitled Registration with the IPAFFS has been adjusted accordingly and may be consulted for specifics.

    Accompanying Document for Wine Products

    An Accompanying Document for Wine Products is mandatory for the importation of said goods. Consequently, the quoted document has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information.
  • 12 Oct 2020 Bahamas Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention on Mercury, used goods as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    On 12 February 2020, the Bahamas ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment. For further details of this matter please turn to the chapter on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview.

    Used Goods

    The section on Used Goods below has been amended with details regarding age and weight restrictions for the importation of used commercial vehicles. Please refer to said paragraph for additional information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission as well as of Exchange Control Department under the Central Bank of the Bahamas have been updated throughout this overview, as applicable.
  • 12 Oct 2020 United Arab Emirates Focus: Trademark Registration, Ministry of Health and Prevention as well as sample forms. The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademark Registration

    A new document entitled Trademark Registration has been added to the set of documents for the United Arab Emirates. Please turn thereto for further details of this matter.

    Ministry of Health and Prevention

    The fees and processing time for the procedures described in the below-mentioned documents, which come under the Ministry of Health and Prevention, have been blue-pencilled. Please see the following documents for further information:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic or Psychotropic Substances or Their Precursors
    Permit to Import Medicinal Products, Their Raw Materials and Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices.

    Additionally, the contact details of the above-mentioned authority have been amended throughout this import report.

    Sample Forms

    The sample forms of the documents entitled Certificate of Analysis and Free Sale Certificate have been exchanged for updated versions.
  • 12 Oct 2020 Liberia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2020 Chile Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Oct 2020 Ivory Coast Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2020 Laos Amendments as regards risk assessment, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Laos. The following changes have been made:

    Risk Assessment

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with information on the risk assessment evaluation of imported goods which is conducted via the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World as a means of trade facilitation. Please refer to the quoted section for specifics.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly incorporated into this overview. Particulars on the importation of such goods into Laos may be obtained therefrom.
  • 09 Oct 2020 Hong Kong Focus: application forms, Trade and Industry Department (TID) as well as Toothfish Import Licence.
    The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Application Forms

    The following documents of this import report have been equipped with the most recent versions of their corresponding application forms, respectively:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Customs Import Declaration for Foodstuffs
    General Declaration
    Import Permit for Animals
    Listing of Classes II-IV Medical Devices
    Listing of Importers of Medical Devices
    Listing of In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
    Registration with Electronic Service Providers.

    Trade and Industry Department (TID)

    The processing fee for import licences issued by the Trade and Industry Department (TID) has been brought up to date for the concerned documents of this import report, as applicable.

    Toothfish Import Licence

    The document entitled Toothfish Import Licence has been newly created. Please refer thereto for particulars of the importation of toothfish and products thereof.
  • 09 Oct 2020 Canada Amendments as regards the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the increase in fees for the importation of vehicles and prohibited firearms have been brought to the import documentation for Canada. The following changes have been made:

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Canada is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT statistical document is required. Consequently, information thereon has been added to the chapter on Animals and Products of Animal Origin, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Increase in Fees for the Importation of Vehicles

    Pursuant to Customs Notice 20-26 of 23 July 2020, which stipulates an increase of fees for vehicles coming under the so-called Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) programme, the documents entitled Vehicle Import Form and Import Form for Vehicles Imported for Parts, which are also referred to as form 1 and form 3, respectively, in the framework of the RIV programme, have been adjusted accordingly. For additional details of the programme and the pertinent fees, please turn to the quoted documents and to the document entitled Registration under the Pre-Clearance Programme for Motor Vehicles.

    Prohibited Firearms

    The section on Prohibited Imports further below has been modified in order to include assault-style firearms, which have recently been placed on the list of banned items in order to prevent gun violence and mass shootings in the country. The list of prohibited items is contained in the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted. These Regulations have been announced by virtue of Customs Notice 20-17 on the re-classification of assault-style firearms to prohibited firearms. The importation of permissible firearms requires the documents described in the paragraph on Firearms and Explosives in this overview. Please refer to the mentioned chapters for specifics.
  • 09 Oct 2020 Peru Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2020 India Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2020 Ethiopia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2020 China Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2020 Switzerland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Oct 2020 Brunei Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Oct 2020 Oman Focus: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), Excise Goods Import Declaration, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MOECA), sample forms as well as contact details. The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The self-assessment form contained in the document entitled Authorised Economic Operator has been exchanged for its latest version. Please turn thereto for more specifics.

    Excise Goods Import Declaration

    The Secretariat General for Taxation (SGT) declared that, from 1 October 2020, the excise tax will be liable for sweetened drinks as well. This includes both, ready-to-drink beverages and concentrated liquids, powders, gels, extracts and any other form that can be converted into a drink. Cosequently, the document entitled Excise Goods Import Declaration has been amended. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MOECA)

    The fees for the procedures described in the documents entitled Permit to Import or Use Radioactive Materials as well as Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES, which both come under the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MOECA), have been blue-pencilled. Please see said documents for further information.

    Sample Forms

    The sample forms of the documents entitled Certificate of Analysis and Free Sale Certificate have been exchanged for updated versions.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat General for Taxation (SGT) as well as of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention have been amended throughout this import report.
  • 08 Oct 2020 Mexico Focus: registration of importers with the Tax Administration Service (SAT), general requirements and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers with the Tax Administration Service (SAT)

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers and Registration of Importers from Certain Branches have been amended. By way of example, the corresponding link to the website of the Tax Administration Service (SAT) via which the applications for registration are to be submitted, has been provided, respectively. Moreover, the second input screen of the registration interface has been updated, as applicable. In addition, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Registration of Importers from Certain Branches has been revised in accordance with the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) of 2020 (as amended). For further information on this matter, please refer to the quoted documents.

    General Requirements

    In accordance with the current legislation, i.e. the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) of 2020 (as amended), the following documents have been modified as regards translations which may be required to be attached:

    Air Waybill
    Manifest for Air Freight
    Manifest for Sea Freight
    Packing List.

    Details may be obtained from the mentioned documents.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been equipped with the current version of the application form as published in Annex 1 of the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) of 2020 (as amended). Please turn to said document for particulars.
  • 08 Oct 2020 Switzerland Amendments as regards the classification of goods, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brouhgt to the import documentation for Switzerland. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products, i.e. the classification of good to which this measure applies, has been adjusted, as the respective legal basis has been amended. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with the contact details of the country's monetary authority, i.e. the Swiss National Bank (SNB). Details of this matter may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 08 Oct 2020 Uzbekistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Oct 2020 Tajikistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Oct 2020 Syria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Oct 2020 Russian Federation Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Oct 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards export controls, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. The following changes have been made:

    Export Controls

    A new chapter on Export Controls has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for general information on goods subject to export control laws, amongst others.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Details of the requirements to import radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) into Cambodia have been included in the newly created section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 07 Oct 2020 Kenya Amendments as regards the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The most recent stipulations of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) with regard to procedural details have been reflected in the following documents:

    Certificate for PVoC
    Certificate for Destination Inspection
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    In addition, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of the commodity codes to which the measures relate) has been adjusted in accordance with the current regulations and the corresponding chapter on the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview has been updated, where applicable.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been amended with regard to the labelling requirements for foodstuffs. Please turn thereto for further specifics.
  • 07 Oct 2020 Cameroon Focus: Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them as well as Cameroon Customs Information System (CAMCIS).
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measure applies, has been amended in accordance with recently published stipulations. Moreover, the sample of a request for certification contained in the mentioned document has been exchanged for its current version. Further details of the conformity evaluation procedure may be obtained from the quoted document and from the paragraph on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview.

    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them

    As Cameroon is a member of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been newly incorporated into this import documentation. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Cameroon Customs Information System (CAMCIS)

    As the Cameroon Customs Information System (CAMCIS) has replaced the formerly used electronic customs processing system Système Douanier Automatisé (SYDONIA, Automated System for Customs Data - ASYCUDA) World, the import report for Cameroon has been amended to this effect. Please also turn to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations for additional information.
  • 07 Oct 2020 New Zealand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Oct 2020 Madagascar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Oct 2020 Cameroon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Oct 2020 Ukraine Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The denomination of the operating department, i.e. national focal point in Ukraine in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has been brought up to date in the paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Labelling Requirements for Alcoholic Beverages

    The section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been modified concerning provisions for labels of alcoholic beverages. Please see the quoted chapter for more information.
  • 06 Oct 2020 Norway Amendments as regards aircraft, energy labelling, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    The chapter on Aircraft has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for details of the requirement to obtain a Certificate of Airworthiness in order to import aircraft into Norway.

    Energy Labelling

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with specifics regarding energy labelling. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The section on Currency and Payments below has been modified as regards the contact details of the responsible authorities mentioned therein and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 06 Oct 2020 Guinea Focus: Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them and contact details.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them

    As Guinea is a member of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Guinea. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests have been brought up to date throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 06 Oct 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products, Authorisation to Import Aircraft as well as Radiation Certificate.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products

    The importation of plants and plant products is subject to a Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products. Therefore, the mentioned document has been made available in this import documentation and may be referred to for specifics.

    Authorisation to Import Aircraft

    Since an application for an Authorisation to Import Aircraft is one of the applicable prerequisites to be effected prior to an import transaction related to such goods, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into the import report for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Radiation Certificate

    As a Radiation Certificate may be required for designated import procedures, the same-named document has been added to this import documentation and may be viewed for particulars.
  • 06 Oct 2020 Myanmar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Oct 2020 Guyana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Oct 2020 Colombia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2020 Senegal Focus: Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors as well as denomination of authorities and contact details.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

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

    Denomination of Authorities and Contact Details

    As the former Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning has been renamed to Ministry of Finance and Budget, the concerned documents of this import report have been amended accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of said Ministry and its pertaining directorates have been revised and brought up to date as and where applicable.
  • 05 Oct 2020 North Macedonia Amendments as regards foodstuffs, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for North Macedonia. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Health Entry Document for Feed and Food, which is based on the national Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Union (EU)'s RASFF. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document and paragraph.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of greater transparency, a new section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been added to this overview; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Oct 2020 Botswana Amendments as regards the Certificate of Conformity for SIIR, special economic zones (SEZs), the Stockholm Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Certificate of Conformity for SIIR

    The sample of a request for a conformity certificate has been replaced with the most recent version in the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for SIIR. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    As there are several special economic zones (SEZs) in Botswana, a new same-named chapter has been incorporated into this overview. For particulars, please refer to said section.

    Stockholm Convention

    Information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention), which Botswana is party to, has been added to the paragraph on Hazardous Substances further below. For further details on this matter, please see the mentioned chapter.
  • 05 Oct 2020 Bahrain Focus: Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment, classification of medical devices as well as sample and application forms. The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment has been amended regarding the application forms and the fees. Please turn thereto for further specifics.

    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 by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA).

    Sample and Application Forms

    The sample and application forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for their latest versions:

    No-Objection Certificate for Arms, Ammunition and Explosives
    No-Objection Certificate for Radioactive Elements and Isotopes
    Registration of Health Products
    Registration of Medical Devices.

    Please see the mentioned documents for more information.
  • 05 Oct 2020 Yemen Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2020 Thailand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2020 Singapore Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Oct 2020 Philippines Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Oct 2020 Benin Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been amended with regard to various details, e.g. with information on the necessity of a Customs Export Declaration. Moreover, the list of customs procedures for imports has been revised in accordance with the stipulations of the recently amended Beninese Customs Law. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further details.
  • 02 Oct 2020 Afghanistan Focus: trademarks as well as Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trademarks

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report of Afghanistan. Please turn thereto for details of the registration procedure of trademarks. More information may also be obtained from the section on Registration below.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for particulars.
  • 02 Oct 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Oct 2020 Malaysia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Oct 2020 St. Lucia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Oct 2020 Indonesia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Oct 2020 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

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

    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Declaration for the Importation of Wildlife and Fish
    Import Inspection
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    No Notice of FDA Action
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles
    Registration of Food Facility.
  • 01 Oct 2020 Saudi Arabia Focus: Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products, marketing authorisation for health related products, sample and application forms as well as contact details. The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products

    For the importation of tobacco and tobacco products into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the importer needs to register with the Saudi Food and Drug Agency (SFDA). For further details, please turn to the document entitled Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products.

    Marketing Authorisation for Health Related Products

    For the importation of health related products a marketing authorisation must be obtained. The following documents have been blue-pencilled, regarding its application forms and the processing fee.

    Marketing Authorisation for Herbal or Health Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use.

    Please see the quoted documents for more information.

    Sample and Application Forms

    The sample and application forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for their latest versions:

    Certificate of Airworthiness
    Certificate of Analysis
    Free Sale Certificate
    Product Certificate of Conformity (PCoC).

    Please refer thereto for additional specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) have been updated throughout this import report.
  • 01 Oct 2020 Peru Amendments as regards the classification of goods, virtual window and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) to which the following measures 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):

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Sanitary Registration of Surgical and Dental Medical Devices.

    Virtual Window

    The paragraph on the VUCE - Single Window of Foreign Trade in this overview has been modified in respect of the virtual window for administrative procedures of the National Superintendency for the Control of Security Services and Civilian Use of Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives (SUCAMEC). Please consult the quoted section for further information.
  • 01 Oct 2020 United States of America Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Oct 2020 Oman Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Oct 2020 Morocco Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Oct 2020 Honduras Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Oct 2020 Bermuda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Sep 2020 Taiwan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Sep 2020 United Kingdom Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Sep 2020 United Arab Emirates Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Sep 2020 Turkey Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Sep 2020 Iran Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Sep 2020 Azerbaijan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Sep 2020 Malaysia Amendments as regards used goods, the labelling of poisons as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. The following changes have been made:

    Used Goods

    As the requirements for the importation of used goods into Malaysia may vary from those that are in new condition, a section on Used Goods has been newly created in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Labelling of Poisons

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for poisons to be sold in Malaysia. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 28 Sep 2020 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards live animals, endangered species, standardisation, prioritised medical registration and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. 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 descent 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 section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin below has been brought up to date in respect of said proof.

    Endangered Species

    The chapter on Endangered Animal and Plant 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.

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards 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.

    Prioritised Medical Registration

    The section on Medicinal Products and Narcotics has been updated with temporary provisions for a facilitated importation of commodities in connection with the corona virus pandemic. For particulars, please view the cited chapter in this overview.
  • 28 Sep 2020 Mauritius Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Sep 2020 Guyana Amendments as regards customs points of entry as well as nutritional labelling requirements for foodstuffs have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on the main Customs Points of Entry in Guyana has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.

    Nutritional Labelling Requirements for Foodstuff

    Information on nutritional labelling requirements for foodstuffs have been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Please turn to said chapter for further specifics.
  • 25 Sep 2020 Gabon Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and classification of medical devices.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    As the inspection provider Cotecna has been newly appointed by the Gabonese Agency for Standardisation (AGANOR) to operate in the framework of the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme in Gabon, this change has been reflected throughout this import report, as applicable.
    Furthermore, the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity for PVoC and PVoC Conformity Licence have been enhanced with currently valid sample application forms.
    Please turn to the aforementioned chapter as well as to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) to which the measures depicted in the corresponding section 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).
  • 25 Sep 2020 Canada Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Sep 2020 Argentina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2020 Nicaragua Amendments as regards Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The phytosanitary risk categories applicable to plants and products thereof have been added to the paragraph entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in this overview. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Commission for the Registration and Control of Toxic Substances, which is, inter alia, the Official Contact Point (OCP) in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention), have been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report and the matter-specific chapter on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods below. Please consult the quoted section for specifics.
  • 24 Sep 2020 China Focus: Registration of Manifest Transmitter, updated documents, importation of feed and feed additives, medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Manifest Transmitter

    The document entitled Registration of Manifest Transmitter has been furnished with an English sample of the formerly used paper application form for registration. Please refer to the quoted document for details of this matter.

    Updated Documents

    The following documents of this import report have been amended with regard to their form of submission and corresponding application forms, amongst others, as applicable:

    Environmental Control Release Notice for Toxic Chemicals
    Examination and Approval of Crop Seeds or Seedlings for Import and Export
    Import Quota for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Permit to Import Restricted Solid Waste
    Registration of Environmental Management on Import/Export of Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of New Chemical Substances (Regular Declaration)
    Registration of New Chemical Substances (Simplified Declaration)
    Registration of New Plant Varieties
    Registration of Pesticides
    Registration of Veterinary Drugs
    Seed Business Licence for Import and Export.

    Further particulars may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Importation of Feed and Feed Additives

    The document entitled Registration of Feed and Feed Additives has been newly incorporated into the import report for the P.R. of China. Please refer thereto for details of the importation and registration requirements for such products.

    Medical Devices

    As of 1 October 2020, a unique devices identification (UDI) is required for medical devices. The document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been amended to this regard and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 24 Sep 2020 Norway Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2020 Haiti Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2020 Hong Kong Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Sep 2020 Ghana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Sep 2020 Mauritius Amendments as regards EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, warehousing as well as prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    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), as of 1 September 2020, preferential tariff treatment is granted to products originating in the EU exclusively upon submission of invoice declarations made out by exporters registered in the EU's REX system or by any exporter for any consignment whose total value does not exceed 6,000 EUR. Therefore, the document named EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been adjusted accordingly. Please turn to said document for additional details.

    Warehousing

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

    Prohibited Imports

    Following the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (Covid)-19, the Government of Mauritius had decided to ban the importation of live animals including fish as well as certain animal products from designated countries, i.e. China, Iran, Reunion Island, South Korea, Switzerland and all European Union (EU) countries. This measure has recently been lifted, therefore allowing the importation of said commodities into Mauritius again. As import prohibitions may be subject to change at any time, it is advisable to enquire about the current state of affairs prior to any importations to Mauritius. Further general information on Prohibited Imports may be obtained from the corresponding chapter below.
  • 23 Sep 2020 Ivory Coast Focus: Import Declaration Sheet, Verification of Conformity, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Declaration Sheet

    The document entitled Import Declaration Sheet has been amended with regard to the documents to be enclosed in order for this procedure to be effected. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Verification of Conformity

    The sample form of a request for certification has been exchanged for its current version in the document entitled Verification of Conformity. More information on this matter may be obtained from the aforementioned document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ivorian Standards Institute (Côte d'Ivoire Normalisation - CODINORM) have been updated throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 23 Sep 2020 Tunisia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Sep 2020 Kuwait Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Sep 2020 Morocco Focus: International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Approval to Import Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, Halal Certificate, classification of medical devices and contact details.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

    As Morocco is a member of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), for species coming under the ICCAT convention, i.e. tuna and tuna-like species such as bluefin and bigeye tuna as well as swordfish, an ICCAT Statistical Document is required. The quoted document has been completely revised and adapted to new regulations. Amongst other modifications, the model forms have been exchanged for their current versions and the Electronic Bluefin Tuna Catch Document (eBCD) has been introduced to the mentioned document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Approval to Import Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    Details of the electronic submission of applications for an Approval to Import Telecommunications Terminal Equipment have been modified in the quoted document, which may be consulted for more information.

    Halal Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Halal Certificate has been replaced by an updated version; please turn thereto for specifics.

    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 document entitled Registration of Medical Devices apply, has been adjusted in accordance with Customs Circular No. 6049/232 of 21 May 2020, which corresponds to the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
    Furthermore, designated protective masks have been added to the goods requiring an Import Licence. The applicable legal basis is Decree No. 1345-20 issued by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Green and Digital Economy, published in Official Journal No. 6888 of 4 June 2020, which has been transposed into a customs regulation by virtue of Customs Circular No. 6058/232 of 5 June 2020.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the National Health Security Office for Foodstuffs (Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits Alimentaires - ONSSA) has been verified and adjusted throughout this report, as applicable.
  • 22 Sep 2020 Armenia Amendments as regards live animals, endangered species, the sanitary registration of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. 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 descent 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 section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin below has been brought up to date in respect of said proof.

    Endangered Species

    The chapter on Endangered Species (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.

    Sanitary Registration of Goods

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards 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.
  • 22 Sep 2020 Jordan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Sep 2020 Ecuador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Sep 2020 Paraguay Focus: Registration with the Customs Authorities, Variety Registration of Seeds as well as documents related to the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN).
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Customs Authorities

    In accordance with the National Customs Directorate Resolution No. 80 of 2020 of 27 January this year, the documents to be enclosed with the application for a Registration with the Customs Authorities have been revised. Moreover, details concerning the supporting documents have been inserted. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Variety Registration of Seeds

    The document entitled Variety Registration of Seeds has been amended with respect to, inter alia, the documents to be enclosed with the application. Furthermore, the mentioned document has been equipped with the current version of the application form. For more information on this matter, please turn to said document.

    Documents Related to the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN)

    The following documents, which are to be applied for at the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN), have been updated as regards the type of submission as well as their respective pertaining processing time and period of validity, as applicable:

    Registration of Foodstuffs and Additives
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs
    Registration of Packaging Material for Foodstuffs.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for further particulars.
  • 21 Sep 2020 Egypt Amendments as regards the Registration of Dietary Supplements, risk-based analysis of imported foodstuffs, labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs intended for medical and other special dietary uses as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Dietary Supplements

    Recently, the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) published a revised list of reference countries. Special food (e.g. dietary supplements and in particular infant formulae) already having received an approval in said countries may be marketed in Egypt without being subject to additional market access procedures. The document entitled Registration of Dietary Supplements has been adjusted accordingly. For additional details, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Risk-Based Analysis of Imported Foodstuffs

    The inspection of imported foodstuffs is currently under review in order to be brought in line with international food safety rules such as, e.g., the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). In the framework of the risk analysis, the NFSA introduced mandatory tests on potential pesticide residues for designated foodstuffs, e.g. nuts and fruits, which are being shipped via sea freight. Consequently, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the document entitled Inspection of Agricultural Products, Foodstuffs and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with These has been amended to include said products. During the examination period, which has been announced to take three days at a maximum, shipments are usually temporarily cleared for storage at the importer's premises.

    Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Foodstuffs Intended for Medical and Other Special Dietary Uses

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs intended for medical and other special dietary uses. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for additional details.
  • 21 Sep 2020 Senegal Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Sep 2020 Panama Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Sep 2020 Laos Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2020 Tunisia Focus: telecommunications terminal and radioelectrical equipment, electronic procedures as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Telecommunications Terminal and Radioelectrical Equipment

    Following the publication of Governmental Decree No. 2020-48 of 23 January 2020 on the homologation, importation and marketing procedures for telecommunications terminal and radioelectrical equipment, the following documents have been updated accordingly, e.g. concerning the processing time and the validity of the issued homologation certificate, and may be viewed for specifics:

    Confirmation of Homologation for Communication Technology
    Permit to Import Communication Technology and Radio Equipment.

    Moreover, the contact details of the responsible authority, i.e. the Examination and Research Centre for Telecommunications (Centre d'Etudes et des Recherches des Télécommunications - CERT), which has now been determined as the single competent body, have been adjusted throughout this report, as applicable.

    Electronic Procedures

    Designated import-related procedures may be applied for electronically. For additional information on recently introduced electronic procedures, please turn to the following documents of this report:

    Exceptional Permit from the Tobacco Monopoly
    Registration with Tunisie TradeNet.
  • 18 Sep 2020 Kuwait Amendments as regards customs points of entry, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new paragraph on the main Customs Points of Entry in Kuwait has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.

    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 additional information.
  • 18 Sep 2020 Uganda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2020 Pakistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2020 Kyrgyzstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2020 Bangladesh Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Sep 2020 Armenia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Sep 2020 Japan Focus: sample certificate, Company Registration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Sample Certificate

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for particulars of this matter.

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report of Japan. Please refer thereto for details of the requirements for foreign businesses to obtain such registration certificate.
  • 17 Sep 2020 Guatemala Amendments as regards Commercial Registration, classification of goods and prioritised customs clearance have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been updated regarding the documents to be enclosed pursuant to Decree No. 121-96 of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the following measures 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):

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Sanitary Registration of Cosmetic, Hygienic and Related Products.

    Prioritised Customs Clearance

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been modified concerning the prioritised customs clearance procedure established for perishable goods and medical supplies. More information may be obtained therefrom.
  • 17 Sep 2020 Togo Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Sep 2020 Mauritania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Sep 2020 Kazakhstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Sep 2020 Bahamas Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Sep 2020 Thailand Focus: foodstuffs, Certificate of Analysis, the classification of medical devices. The import documentation for Thailand has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    For the importation of foodstuffs into Thailand, a Foodstuffs Classification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be required. Details of this matter may be obtained from the newly created document.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please refer 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 documents entitled Import Licence for Medical Devices as well as Notification of Specification of Medical Devices 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).
  • 16 Sep 2020 Georgia Amendments as regards the Unified Portal of Electronic Services, the A.T.A. Convention and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Unified Portal of Electronic Services

    Information on the so-called governmental Unified Portal of Electronic Services has been added to the chapter entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations. More specifications may be obtained therefrom.

    A.T.A. Convention

    A regulative framework for the application of the Customs Convention on the A.T.A. Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods (A.T.A. Convention) came into force on 1 September 2020. Therefore, the document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. This Carnet is a document enabling the temporary admission of commodities with simplified customs procedures, i.e. without having to adhere to the requirements of a complete Customs Import Declaration.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been modified with regard to labels of food products made from raw milk. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for details.
  • 16 Sep 2020 South Africa Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Sep 2020 Tanzania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Sep 2020 Mozambique Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Sep 2020 Mali Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Sep 2020 Iraq Amendments as regards precious metals and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq. The following changes have been made:

    Precious Metals

    The chapter on Precious Metals has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports below has been adjusted to current provisions. For more information on items currently banned from being imported into Iraq, please turn to the quoted section.
  • 15 Sep 2020 Honduras Amendments as regards mercury-added products and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Mercury-Added Products

    The section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods has been augmented with regard to restrictions applicable to mercury-added products. Please see the quoted chapter for further information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Governmental Community Centre operating in the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought up to date in the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 15 Sep 2020 Lebanon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Sep 2020 Iceland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Sep 2020 Belarus Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Sep 2020 Bolivia Focus: Virtual Window for Importations, endangered species, textiles, clothing accessories and furniture as well as contact information.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Virtual Window for Importations

    The website of the Virtual Window for Importations (Ventanilla Virtual de Importaciones) has been amended in the following documents of this import report:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Obligatory Sanitary Notification for Cosmetic Products
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Devices
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Drugs and Related Goods
    Registration of Importers of Cosmetics
    Registration of Importers of Medical Drugs and Devices
    Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances.

    Moreover, the quoted Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances has been equipped with the current application form for the submission to the General Directorate of Controlled Substances (DGSC).

    Endangered Species

    The sample of a Bolivian CITES import certificate/permit has been exchanged for its current version in the document entitled CITES Import Certificate. Furthermore, the processing fee and the period of validity have been rectified in accordance with the corresponding procedural regulations. For particulars, please refer to the cited document.

    Textiles, Clothing Accessories and Furniture

    The document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation of the National Service of Verification of Exportations (SENAVEX) has been modified with regard to the e-mail address required for the submission of pertaining applications for the actual entry of designated apparel items, footwear, packaging material and wooden furniture.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the following authorities have been brought up to date in the corresponding documents of this report, where applicable:

    National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety (SENASAG)
    State Agency for Medicines and Health Technology (AGEMED).
  • 14 Sep 2020 Angola Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Angola. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    As companies may apply for an authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) certificate in Angola, a new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been added to this overview. Please turn to said section for particulars of the prerequisites and the benefits of the programme.
  • 14 Sep 2020 Nicaragua Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Sep 2020 Belize Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Sep 2020 Kenya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Sep 2020 Albania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Sep 2020 Nigeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Sep 2020 Australia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Sep 2020 Haiti Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of greater transparency, the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer to the quoted section for further information on said goods.
  • 09 Sep 2020 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards privileged customs clearance, the Automated Food Safety Information System and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Privileged Customs Clearance

    As foreign trade participants may obtain the right of permanent use of the green corridor, which enables a privileged customs clearance of the goods to be imported for home use, the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with corresponding specifications and may be viewed for particulars.

    Automated Food Safety Information System

    The paragraph on the Single Window Approach in this overview has been modified in respect of the Automated Food Safety Information System of the Azerbaijani Food Safety Agency. Please consult the quoted section for further information.
  • 09 Sep 2020 Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Sep 2020 Cuba Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Sep 2020 Congo (Republic of) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Sep 2020 Venezuela Focus: assignment of tariff codes, Registration Certificate for COVENIN Norms or Technical Regulations as well as updated processing fees.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents in this report (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the respective documents) have been verified in accordance with recent modifications of the applicable legal basis, namely the current Venezuelan import regime as contained in the customs tariff for 2017. While some of those code lists remain unchanged, the official modifications have been incorporated into all concerned documents, e.g. related to foodstuffs, controlled chemical substances and medical devices.

    Registration Certificate for COVENIN Norms or Technical Regulations

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for COVENIN Norms or Technical Regulations has been amended as regards various procedureal details. By way of example, the documents to be enclosed have been updated. Moreover, the current version of the application form for the technical consultation as well as of the sworn declaration for the application for the registration certificate has been inserted, respectively. In addition, the assignment of tariff codes has been brought up to date. For details of this matter, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the following documents have been revised:

    Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment
    Permit to Import Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Raw Materials
    Sanitary Import Permit for Foodstuffs
    Sanitary Registration of Alcoholic Beverages
    Sanitary Registration of Cosmetics
    Registration of Importers of Cosmetics
    Registration of Importers of Medical Materials and Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products
    Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs
    Sanitary Registration of Medical Materials and Equipment.

    As the processing fees detailed in said documents are stated in Petro, information on the quoted cryptocurrency has been incorporated into the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview. Please turn thereto as well as to the mentioned documents for specifics.
  • 08 Sep 2020 Dominican Republic Focus: Registration of Veterinary Establishments and INDOCAL Quality Seal Certificate.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Veterinary Establishments

    Companies engaged in commercial activities concerning veterinary medicines must register with the General Directorate of Livestock (DIGEGA). The corresponding document entitled Registration of Veterinary Establishments has been equipped with the pertaining application form. Please refer to the quoted document for details.

    INDOCAL Quality Seal Certificate

    The document entitled INDOCAL Quality Seal Certificate has been revised as regards various procedural details. By way of example, the mode of submission as well as the documents to be enclosed with the application have been updated. For further particulars, please see said document.
  • 08 Sep 2020 Ukraine Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Sep 2020 Gabon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Sep 2020 Fiji Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Sep 2020 Uruguay Focus: Registration with VUCE, Advance Ruling, animal products, Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof as well as Import Permit for Pesticides.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration with VUCE

    The document entitled Registration with VUCE has been equipped with the current version of a screenshot of the registration interface. For more information on this matter, the quoted document may be consulted.

    Advance Ruling

    In order to facilitate customs clearance, advance rulings may be applied for at the National Customs Authority (DNA). The corresponding document entitled Advance Ruling has been modified as regards the type of submission, amongst others. Moreover, the pertaining application form has been newly inserted. Please see the mentioned document for specifics.

    Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been enhanced with details of additional particulars which may be required to be stated in said certificate with regard to certain diseases. For further information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof

    In order to import endangered animal and plant species as well as products thereof into Uruguay, a Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof is required. The same-named document has been completely revised with respect to, inter alia, the type of submission and documents to be enclosed. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Import Permit for Pesticides

    The applicable processing fee displayed in the document entitled Import Permit for Pesticides has been brought up to date. Please turn to said document for details.
  • 07 Sep 2020 Fiji Amendments as regards prohibited imports and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with information on further products that may not be imported into Fiji, i.e. shark fins, live coral as well as certain plastic bags. Moreover, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the same-named document of this import report, has been updated accordingly.

    Used Goods

    As the import conditions for merchandise imported into Fiji in used condition may vary from those applicable to new goods, the section on Used Goods further below has been amended. By way of example, details of the importation of used tyres have been inserted. For particulars of this matter, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.
  • 07 Sep 2020 Serbia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Sep 2020 Sri Lanka Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 07 Sep 2020 Barbados Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Sep 2020 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), radio-electric and high-frequency devices and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been modified in respect of the launch of all modules within the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World. For further details, please turn thereto.

    Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices

    As the Turkmen authority managing the state policy on communication and the development of telecommunications has changed, the following documents have been revised with regard thereto:

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

    Please consult the quoted documents for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The fax number of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan has been amended in the corresponding documents of this import report.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Turkmen focal point and Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been brought up to date in the section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. For more information, please refer to the cited paragraph.
  • 04 Sep 2020 Bangladesh Focus: Import Registration Certificate, Tax Identification Number (TIN), verification of conformity, plants and plant products as well as Licence to Use the Standard Mark.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Registration Certificate

    As applications for an Import Registration Certificate may also be made online, the same-named document has been amended in this regard. Moreover, a screenshot of the pertaining interface for the registration with the online licensing module (OLM) has been inserted. For further information on this matter, please turn to the quoted document.

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    In order to apply online via the e-Tax Identification Number (TIN) system of the National Board of Revenue for a tax number, a registration with the mentioned system is to be acquired beforehand. Hence, the document entitled Tax Identification Number has been furnished with a screenshot of the relevant registration interface. Details may be obtained from said document.

    Verification of Conformity

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

    Plants and Plant Products

    New plants and plant products to be imported into Bangladesh are subject to a pest risk analysis (PRA). A new same-named document has been created for this import report. For specifics, please see the quoted document and the chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) further below.

    Licence to Use the Standard Mark

    The document entitled Licence to Use the Standard Mark has been updated with respect to several procedural details, i.e. the processing time and fee as well as documents to be enclosed with the application. In addition, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been updated as regards the labelling requirements for commodities subject to the mentioned licence. Please turn to said document as well as the quoted section for particulars.
  • 04 Sep 2020 Georgia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Sep 2020 Algeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Sep 2020 Belize Amendments as regards the classification of goods as well as customs points of entry have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the corresponding 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. 3) Regulations 2020. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on the main Customs Points of Entry in Belize has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.
  • 03 Sep 2020 Brazil Focus: import licensing, beverages, fermented acids, wine as well as products derived from grapes and wine, narcotics and psychotropic substances as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The 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. 041 (as amended) and No. 063. Please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars of this measure.

    Beverages, Fermented Acids, Wine as well as Products Derived From Grapes and Wine

    The following documents related to the importation of beverages, fermented acids, wine as well as products derived from grapes and wine have been revised with respect to several procedureal details, as applicable:

    Certificate of Origin for Beverages, Fermented Acids, Wine as well as Products Derived from Grapes and Wine
    Import Inspection Certificate for Beverages
    Registration of Importers of Beverages.

    By way of example, the abovementioned documents have been brought up to date as regards the pertaining documents to be enclosed, if applicable. Moreover, said documents have been equipped with updated sample certificates, if and as applicable. For further information on this matter, please see the quoted documents.

    Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances

    The type of submission, amongst others, has been modified in the documents entitled Import Authorisation for Substances and/or Medicaments Subject to Special Control as well as Certificate of Non-Objection of Substances and/or Medicaments Subject to Special Control. In addition, a screenshot of the registration interface for the registration with the National Drug Control System (NDS) has been inserted into the aforementioned import authorisation. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned documents.
  • 03 Sep 2020 Zimbabwe Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Sep 2020 North Macedonia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Sep 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Sep 2020 Lebanon Amendments as regards customs points of entry as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on the main Customs Points of Entry in Lebanon has been incorporated into this overview. It may be noted, that as a consequence of the explosion at the port of Beirut on 4 August 2020, the port is currently out of use. Please refer to the quoted chapter as well as to the section on News for further details of this matter.
  • 02 Sep 2020 Jamaica Amendments as regards customs points of entry as well as labelling requirements for poisons have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on the main Customs Points of Entry in Jamaica has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.

    Labelling Requirements for Poisons

    Information on the labelling requirements for poisons to be imported into the country have been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Please turn to said chapter for further specifics.
  • 02 Sep 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Sep 2020 Iraq Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Sep 2020 Dominican Republic Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Sep 2020 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards warehousing and labelling requirements for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

    The chapter on Warehousing in this overview has been revised in respect of the different types of warehouses which exist in Papua New Guinea. Moreover, information on the warehousing of dangerous goods has been included in the quoted section. For particulars of this matter, please turn to the mentioned paragraph.

    Labelling Requirements for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    As the Papua New Guinea NICTA may accept compliance labelling marks from internationally recognised type approval regimes affixed on radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amended to this regard. Please see said section for specifics.
  • 01 Sep 2020 Ecuador Focus: classification of goods, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate, import licensing, procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been equipped with a form of the initial screen of the interface for electronic application. For more details, please consult the cited document.

    Import Licensing

    The document entitled Non-Automatic Import Licence from the MAG has been modified in respect of the processing times. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.
    Furthermore, the chapter on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products in this overview has been amended regarding import licensing of ethyl alcohol and methyl alcohol. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Procedural Details

    The documents to be enclosed have been brought up to date in the following import notifications:

    Import Notification for Cosmetic Products
    Import Notification for Products for Domestic Hygiene.

    Please view the quoted documents for more information.
  • 01 Sep 2020 Paraguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Sep 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Aug 2020 Russian Federation Focus: Customs Import Declaration, endangered species, special technological equipment, dual-use goods, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    As the fees charged for the customs transactions connected with the release of goods have been newly established, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been modified with the corresponding legal basis applicable since 1 August 2020. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Endangered Species

    The processing fee and the contact details of the All-Russian Scientific Institute of Environment Protection have been brought up to date in the pertinent document of the report entitled Permit to Import Endangered Species Covered by CITES. Moreover, the quoted document has been equipped with the current application form and may be viewed for further specifics.

    Special Technological Equipment

    The document entitled Consent to Import Special Technological Equipment Intended for Secret Information Interception has been modified in respect of the application form available for legal persons. Please refer to the cited document for further information.

    Dual-Use Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods, has been updated following the amendment of Presidential Decree No. 1661 of 2011. Furthermore, the processing time of 45 working days has been taken into account for the quoted document.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been modified with regard to the mandatory labelling of goods by digital identification means and information on experimental phases for certain product groups.
    In addition, information on goods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been augmented, as foodstuffs consisting of or derived from GMOs must accordingly be labelled with "GMO" if the content of GMOs is more than 0.9% of the total weight. Since 26 June 2020, the GMO labelling is to be placed next to the Eurasian conformity (EAC) logo and the signs must have the same size and shape.
  • 31 Aug 2020 Montenegro Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Aug 2020 Tajikistan Amendments as regards the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    The section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been newly created for this overview of import procedures. Please turn to the quoted chapter for specifics.

    Currency and Payments

    The exchange rate of one calculation unit has been updated pursuant to the Law on the State Budget for 2020. Hence, the paragraph on Currency and Payments has been revised accordingly.
  • 28 Aug 2020 Argentina Focus: import licensing, animal products, Import Licence for Ozone-Depleting Substances as well as Import Certificate for Used Machinery.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities subject to either an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (stipulated by Resolution No. 523-E/2017 (as amended)) has been modified by means of Disposition No. 9 and Disposition No. 10 of the Ministry of Productive Development, which were published in the Argentine Official Gazette (Boletín Oficial) in May 2020. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report, has been updated accordingly. Moreover, the quoted documents have been amended as regards the customs regimes exempt from the requirement of an import licence. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been enhanced with details of additional particulars which may be required to be stated in said certificate with regard to certain diseases. For specifics, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Import Licence for Ozone-Depleting Substances

    In accordance with Resolution No. 104 of 2020 of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, published in the Argentine Official Gazette (Boletín Oficial) on 6 April 2020, the document entitled Import Licence for Ozone-Depleting Substances has been revised with respect to the applicable period of validity. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Import Certificate for Used Machinery

    Several procedureal details of the application procedure as described in the document entitled Import Certificate for Used Machinery have been brought up to date, as applicable, in accordance with the current legislation, i.e. Resolution No. 909 of 1994 (as amended) and Joint Resolution No. 43 of 2019. By way of example, the pertaining processing time as well as period of validity have been edited. Furthermore, the information to be provided as well as documents to be enclosed have been modified. Please see said document for details.
  • 27 Aug 2020 Israel Focus: kosher products, foodstuffs including products of animal origin and contact details.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Kosher Products

    The documents entitled Exporter's Kosher Certificate and Kosher Certificate have been revised and equipped with more recent application or sample forms, respectively, amongst other changes. Please turn to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Foodstuffs Including Products of Animal Origin

    The following documents have been modified in accordance with the latest regulations, e.g. as regards the application form, processing fees, method of submission and/or contact details, respectively:

    Registration of Foreign Slaughterhouses
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs
    Licence to Import Sensitive Foodstuffs
    Veterinary Licence to Import Products of Animal Origin
    Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs.

    For particulars, please see the mentioned documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Import/Export Department of the Israel Veterinary Services and Animal Health (IVSAH) has been updated throughout this report, where applicable.
  • 27 Aug 2020 Barbados Amendments as regards customs points of entry as well as labelling requirements for telecommunications equipment have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on the main Customs Points of Entry in Barbados has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.

    Labelling Requirements for Telecommunications Equipment

    Information on the labelling requirements for telecommunications equipment have been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Please turn to said chapter for further specifics.
  • 26 Aug 2020 Vietnam Amendments as regards economic zones, energy labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. The following changes have been made:

    Economic Zones

    As Vietnam has established a number of economic zones, the corresponding chapter has been included in this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.

    Energy Labelling

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been brought up to date with regard to the scope of products subject to energy labelling. More information may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.
  • 26 Aug 2020 St. Lucia Amendments as regards customs points of entry as well as alcoholic beverages have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on the main Customs Points of Entry in Saint Lucia has been incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of this matter.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Information on the importation of alcoholic beverages into the country has been added to the newly created chapter below. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for specifics.
  • 25 Aug 2020 Nigeria Focus: Company Registration, Form M and classification of medical devices.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    As a Company Registration now usually includes the issue of a tax identification number (TIN) at the same time, the mentioned document has been amended accordingly. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Form M

    The document entitled Form M has been updated with regard to several details, e.g. concerning the authorities in charge of the procedure, the period of validity, documents to be enclosed as well as the discontinuation of the processing of Forms M for designated goods. Additional information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) to 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).
  • 25 Aug 2020 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Commercial Registration.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been completely revised and updated in accordance with the currently valid pertaining stipulations. Please refer to the quoted document for further details.
  • 24 Aug 2020 Yemen Amendments as regards prohibited imports as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports has been amended. Please turn thereto for additional information on the import prohibition of industrial beverage powders into Yemen.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Marking, Labelling and Packaging Requirements. Please refer to said chapter for further details of this matter.
  • 24 Aug 2020 Costa Rica Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) and mercury products have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Particulars of phytosanitary risk categories agreed upon between the member countries of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA) and information on a list of regulated pests in Costa Rica have been introduced to the chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) in this overview. For specifics, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Mercury Products

    The contact information of the responsible authority in the framework of the Minamata Convention on Mercury has been added to the section on Hazardous Chemicals and Related Goods below. Please turn thereto for further details.
  • 20 Aug 2020 New Zealand Focus: Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), tobacco and tobacco products, importation of firearms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)

    The following documents of this import report for which the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is the responsible authority have been updated with regard to their submission, processing time and applicable fees as well as corresponding application forms, as applicable:

    Advice on the Status of a Substance
    Approval of New Hazardous Substances (Full Release)
    Approval of New Hazardous Substances (Rapid Assessment)
    Containment Approval to Import Persistent Organic Pollutants
    Import Permit for Asbestos and Asbestos-Containing Products
    Import Permit for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste.

    Please see the quoted documents for details.

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

    As of 1 July 2020, an Import Permit for Tobacco and Tobacco Products is to be obtained from the New Zealand Customs Service for the importation of such goods into New Zealand. Specifics may be obtained from the newly created document.

    Importation of Firearms

    On 25 June 2020, changes to the Arms Act 1983 came into force, amending the list of firearms prohibited for importation into the country. Further changes include, inter alia, amendments to the validity of licences and modified penalties, amongst others. In addition to the recent amendment coming into force, further changes to the Act are planned to take effect in December 2020, June 2021, June 2022 as well as final provisions in three years.
    In line with the above-mentioned legislation, the document entitled Import Permit for Firearms has been brought up to date. Additionally, the corresponding application form has been exchanged for its most recent version. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars of this matter.
  • 19 Aug 2020 El Salvador Amendments as regards veterinary medicine and the Import System (SIMP) of the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Medicine

    A new paragraph on Veterinary Medicine has been added to this overview of import procedures. Please turn thereto for further information.

    Import System (SIMP) of the Central Reserve Bank (BCR)

    The chapter on the Single Window Approach has been enhanced with regard to the submission of import applications in the framework of the declaration on the state of emergency due to the corona crisis as well as with the contact details of the on-site service window of the Salvadoran BCR. Please consult the quoted section for specifics.
  • 19 Aug 2020 India Focus: Arrival Manifest, e-storage and computerized handling of indirect tax (e-SANCHIT) interface, Prohibited Imports, Licence of the Bureau of Indian Standards, updated sample forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Arrival Manifest

    In accordance with the Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations, 2018 (as amended), the documents entitled Arrival Manifest and Registration for Submission of the Arrival Manifest have been updated, e.g. as regards their type of submission. Moreover, samples of a cargo declaration for specific consigments as well as of a bond which may be required to be submitted have been included into the quoted documents, respectively. Please turn to said documents for specifics.

    E-Storage and Computerized Handling of Indirect Tax (e-SANCHIT) Interface

    Since supporting documents, e.g. the Commercial Invoice or Packing List, are usually to be submitted via the e-storage and computerized handling of indirect tax (e-SANCHIT) interface, which is part of the Indian Customs and Excise Gateway (ICEGATE) portal, this import report has been edited in this regard. For more information on this matter, the mentioned documents may be consulted.

    Prohibited Imports

    As the importation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle waste and scrap as well as of PET flakes made from used PET bottles is prohibited from importation into India, the assignment of tariff codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports, has been brought up to date. In the case that goods are classified as prohibited from importation into India, the document entitled Prohibited Imports will be displayed in the corresponding section on specific requirements.

    Licence of the Bureau of Indian Standards

    In accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018, the document entitled Licence of the Bureau of Indian Standards has been amended with respect to, inter alia, the processing fee and documents to be enclosed. Furthermore, a more recent version of the application form, amongst others, has been incorporated into the quoted document. In addition, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the mentioned document, has been updated in line with the current stipulations of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Please refer thereto for further information.

    Updated Sample Forms

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Free Sale Certificate, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products as well as Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please see said documents for particulars.
  • 18 Aug 2020 Mauritania Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness as well as Certificate for Plant Variety Protection.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been blue-pencilled. The application form has been exchanged for a more recent version. In addition, the documents to be enclosed with the application have been updated. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

    Amongst other modifications, the application forms of the document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection have been replaced by the latest available versions. Please refer to said document for more details of this matter.
  • 18 Aug 2020 Moldova Focus: classification of goods, institutional reorganisation, updated contact details, pesticides and industrial chemicals as well as veterinary pharmaceuticals.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the measures depicted in this import report) has been adjusted for the following documents:

    Ecological Declaration
    Notification of the Import of Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration Certificate for Chemical and Biological Means of Plant Protection and Growth Support.

    Moreover, the contact details of the responsible Moldovan institutions as regards the documents listed above have been brought up to date where applicable.

    Institutional Reorganisation and Updated Contact Details

    The denomination of the Directorate for the Protection of Plant Health has been modified to the new designation of the subordinate authority of the National Food Safety Agency (ANSA), i.e. the Directorate for Plant Protection, which is in charge of procedures for plants and plant products subject to phytosanitary control.
    Furthermore, the Directorate of Animal Health and Welfare assigned to the ANSA is the regulating authority for the Registration Certificate for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals. For details, please consult the quoted documents.

    In additional, the Official Contact Point (OCP) in the framework of the Stockholm Convention has been revised in the chapter on Toxic Chemicals below.

    Veterinary Pharmaceuticals

    The current version of the application form available in Romanian and English has been introduced into the document entitled Registration Certificate for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals. Please turn to the aforementioned document for specifics.

    Pesticides and Industrial Chemicals

    The document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention has been added to the set of documents of this import report and may be viewed for details.

    Other Changes

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with details of the Customs Service's Trade Information Portal (M-TIP) of the Republic of Moldova. For particulars, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 17 Aug 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards measuring instruments as well as labelling requirements for refrigerant containers have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. The following changes have been made:

    Measuring Instruments

    A new chapter on Measuring Instruments has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for further details of the importation of measuring devices into Trinidad and Tobago.

    Labelling Requirements for Refrigerant Containers

    The section on Labelling Requirements below has been amended with specifics of labelling requirements for refrigerant containers to be imported into and sold in Trinidad and Tobago. Please refer to said paragraph for additional information on this matter.
  • 17 Aug 2020 Philippines Focus: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), the classification of medical devices, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as application forms.
    The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for the Philippines. Please refer thereto for particulars of the requirements to obtain authorised economic operator (AEO) status in the country. Additional details may also be viewed in the corresponding section in this overview.

    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 documents entitled Licence to Operate a Medical Device Establishment as well as Registration of Medical Devices, 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).

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The documents entitled Pre-Shipment Import Clearance for Ozone-Depleting Substances as well as Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances have been brought up to date with regard to details of the electronic submission via the Online Permitting and Monitoring System (OPMS) as well as the applicable processing time and fees. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Application Forms

    The application forms of the following documents of this import report have been exchanged for more recent versions, respectively:

    Import Clearance for Tobacco
    Import Permit for Genetically Modified Food and Feed
    Licence to Deal in Radioactive Materials
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Type Acceptance for Radio Communication Equipment.
  • 14 Aug 2020 Tanzania Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Registration with the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) E-Services as well as classification of medical devices.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

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

    Registration with the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) E-Services

    Importers of medicinal products are requested to effect designated procedures, e.g. registrations of such products, online. To use said service a prior registration is required. Consequently, the document entitled Registration with the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) E-Services has been newly incorporated into this import documentation. Please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods for more information.

    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).
  • 14 Aug 2020 Algeria Focus: Simplified Customs Declaration, Conformity Inspection Certificate, classification of medical devices, sample forms, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Simplified Customs Declaration

    Not only in view of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID)-19, the Algerian General Customs Directorate offers the possibility to submit a simplified import declaration instead of or prior to the full Customs Import Declaration. Consequently, the document entitled Simplified Customs Declaration has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Algeria. For additional details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Conformity Inspection Certificate

    The sample form of the admission authorisation of a product (autorisation d'admission du produit - AAP) in the document entitled Conformity Inspection Certificate, which has previously been issued after the inspection of the commodities at the customs office of entry in Algeria, has been replaced by the currently valid samples for an authorisation for the conditional approval of a product (autorisation d'admission conditionnelle d'un produit - AACP) and an authorisation for the free disposal of a product (autorisation de libre disposition d'un produit - ALDP), respectively. For additional details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which a Licence to Import Medical and Surgical Equipment and Materials applies, 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), which has been adopted by the Algerian General Customs Directorate by virtue of a document named "classement tarifaire des fournitures médicales liées au COVID-19" (tariff classification of medical equipment related to COVID-19).

    Sample Forms

    The sample forms contained in the documents entitled Certificate of Dioxin Inspection and Certificate of Quality and Conformity have been added to the document or exchanged for their current versions, respectively; please refer to the mentioned documents for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the General Customs Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Finance, has been updated in the concerned documents of this report, as applicable.
  • 13 Aug 2020 South Africa Focus: procedures related to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Manifest, Inspection of Animal and Agricultural Goods as well as updated processing fees and application form.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Procedures Related to the South African Revenue Service (SARS)

    The documents entitled Registration for Electronic Communication with the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Registration for the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods as well as Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have been amended with respect to, inter alia, their type of submission, if and as applicable. Furthermore, the details to be provided in the covering letter, which is to accompany the registration for electronic communication, have been revised. In addition, the current version of the application forms as well as a screenshot of the first registration interface for using the SARS e-filing system have been inserted in the quoted documents, as applicable. For more information on this matter, please see the mentioned documents.

    Manifest

    Pursuant to stipulations of the recently published external policy as regards Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG) of the SARS, the document entitled Manifest has been modified in relation to, inter alia, the wording of the declaration to be stated in paper manifests. Particulars may be obtained from said document.

    Inspection of Animal and Agricultural Goods

    In accordance with a publication by the SARS of 4 June 2020, the assignees designated by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) to carry out inspections on certain animal and agricultural products have been updated in the document entitled Inspection of Animal and Agricultural Goods. Moreover, the contact details of the respective assignees have been edited, as applicable. In line with this, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the quoted document, has been adjusted. Please turn to the mentioned document for specifics.

    Updated Processing Fees and Application Form

    The annual processing fees in effect as of 1 April 2020 have been brought up to date, as applicable, for the following procedures administered by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD):

    Authorisation to Import Propagating Material of Unlisted Varieties
    Import Permit for Agricultural Goods
    Import Permit for Medicine and Biological Products for Veterinary Use
    Permit to Import Genetically Modified Organisms
    Recognition of a Plant Variety
    Registration of Agricultural and Stock Remedies
    Registration of Feeds
    Registration of Plant Breeder's Rights
    Registration of Seed Business Premises
    Veterinary Import Permit for Animals and Animal Products
    Veterinary Import Permit for Meat and Meat Products.
  • 13 Aug 2020 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, pest risk analysis (PRA) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Certificate of Conformity in this import report, has been updated in respect of corrugated roofing metal made of unalloyed steel and additional roofing elements made of galvanised sheet steel as well as panels consisting of two walls made of corrugated sheet steel pursuant to Regulation No. 89 of 17 February 2020 of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Information on the applicable legal basis and the list of regulated pests has been added to the chapter on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) below. For specifics, please refer thereto.
  • 12 Aug 2020 Togo Amendments as regards fiscal marking as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Fiscal Marking

    The details of the obligatory fiscal marking, which certain goods to be imported into Togo are subject to, have been updated with regard to the coming into force of the corresponding regulations. Further information thereon may be obtained from the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.
  • 12 Aug 2020 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards the assigment of tariff codes, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    In accordance with the Imports and Exports (Control) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 as well as the Imports and Exports (Control) Regulations No. 3 of 2020, the assignment of tariff codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items and Prohibited Imports, has been updated. Please refer to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    As Sri Lanka ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer in 2018, details thereof have been incorporated into the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below. Particulars may be obtained from said chapter.
  • 11 Aug 2020 Singapore Amendments as regards the classification of goods, controlled substances and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore. 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 documents in this import report, has been reviewed and adjusted according to the current legal stipulations of Singapore for the following documents:

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

    Controlled Substances

    In June, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that as of 1 July 2020, the importation of seven hazardous substances will no longer be subject to licensing by both the NEA as well as the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), i.e. the Hazardous Substances Licence as well as the Licence to Import Petroleum and Flammable Materials. Instead, only the latter licence is to be obtained from the SCDF. Said change has been reflected in this import report.

    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. Singapore is a party to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 11 Aug 2020 Pakistan Focus: Lot Release Certificate for Human Biological Drugs, Registration of Importers of Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus, classification of medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Lot Release Certificate for Human Biological Drugs

    The document entitled Lot Release Certificate for Human Biological Drugs has been completely revised. By way of example, the contact details of the competent authority, i.e. the National Control Laboratory for Biologicals, as well as the appropriate processing fee have been updated. Furthermore, details of the requirements to be complied with as regards the product samples have been added. Moreover, the current version of the application form and a sample of an issued release certificate have been inserted. For further information on this matter, please refer to the quoted document.

    Registration of Importers of Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus

    The processing fee pertaining to the document entitled Registration of Importers of Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus, which is applicable since 1 July 2020, has been edited. Specifics may be obtained from said document.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the codes for which the measures depicted in the corresponding paragraph below apply in accordance with the Harmonized System (HS), 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).
  • 10 Aug 2020 Colombia Focus: phytosanitary and zoosanitary surveillance, updated forms and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Surveillance

    The documents entitled Phytosanitary Import Permit and Zoosanitary Import Permit have been revised in respect of various details, including the requirement of electronic submission of the application. For further information, please consult the aforementioned documents.

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

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

    Patent for a New Plant Variety
    Registration of Importers of Veterinary Products and Genetic Material of Animal Origin.

    Moreover, the aforesaid Patent for a New Plant Variety has been enhanced with regard to contact details and the fee for the publication in the official Journal of Protected Varieties.
    The processing time has been revised in the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Medicines and this document has furthermore been updated with specifications for the submission of complementary data on the application dossier, if applicable.
    For particulars, please turn to the quoted documents.
  • 10 Aug 2020 Chile Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme as well as labelling for milk and dairy products have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    In the framework of their respective authorised economic operator (AEO) programmes, a mutual recoginition agreement (MRA) exists between the member states of the Pacific Alliance, i.e. Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Following this agreement, any AEO recognised by one of the quoted participants will automatically be authorised in the other country, respectively. Hence, the chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview has been amended in this regard.
    Moreover, new benefits for AEO certified companies have been introduced by means of Resolution No. 978 of 2020. Details thereof have been included in the aforementioned paragraph. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling for Milk and Dairy Products

    Law No. 21.179, which was published in the Chilean Official Gazette on 2 November 2019, introduces particular labelling requirements for milk and dairy products to be adhered to since 3 August 2020. Therefore, a new subsection on said commodities has been created in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below, describing the quoted provisions. For more information on this matter, please see the mentioned paragraph.