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  • 02 Apr 2020 Mali Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Apr 2020 Iceland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Apr 2020 Afghanistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Apr 2020 Zimbabwe Focus: live animals and animal products, conventional medicines as well as hazardous substances.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals and Animal Products

    For the importation of certain live animals as well as products thereof into Zimbabwe, a Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products is required. Hence, the mentioned document has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Furthermore, the chapter on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview has been adapted accordingly. Details may be obtained from the quoted document and section.

    Conventional Medicines

    In order to be marketed, sold and distributed in Zimbabwe, conventional medicines must be registered with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ). Therefore, the document entitled Registration of Conventional Medicines has been newly introduced to this import report. For more information, please see the above-mentioned document as well as the paragraph on Pharmaceuticals below.

    Hazardous Substances

    In accordance with the Environmental Management (Control of Hazardous Substances) (General) Regulations 2018, the document entitled Licence to Import Hazardous Substances has been completely revised and amended with respect to, inter alia, the corresponding processing time and fee. In addition, the application form has been exchanged for its most recent version. Please refer to said document for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 South Africa Focus: protected plants not subject to CITES, updated processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Protected Plants not Subject to CITES

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the application requirements for a Permit to Import and Sell Protected Plants that are not subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been summarised in the same-named document. Moreover, the contact details of the national authority generally concerned with the quoted species, i.e. the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), have been brought up to date throughout this import report, where applicable. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the following documents required for the importation, manufacture, wholesale and distribution, as applicable, of human and veterinary medicines as well as medical devices have been updated:

    Licence for the Wholesale and Distribution of Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Import Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Human Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines.

    Please see said documents for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Yemen Amendments as regards pharmaceuticals, norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen. The following changes have been made:

    Pharmaceuticals

    As announced by the Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances (SBDMA), importers of pharmaceuticals into Yemen must register with the General Corperation for Social Security. Details of this matter have been added to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Narcotic Drugs in this overview.

    Norms and Standards

    The Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization (YSMO), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Yemen, holds a membership in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International. Information on this matter has been introduced to the paragraph on Norms and Standards below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: radioactive substances, Homologation of Motor Vehicles, aircraft and model certificates.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radioactive Substances

    As both a licence and a permit to import open or sealed sources of radiation into the country are to be obtained from the Kosovo Agency for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety, the following documents have been added to the set of documents of the import report for Kosovo and may be consulted for specifics:

    Licence to Import and Transport Radioactive Substances
    Permit to Import and Transport Radioactive Substances.

    Homologation of Motor Vehicles

    New and used vehicles to be imported into Kosovo must conform to international, regional and national standards. In general, vehicles having received a type approval in the European Union (EU) may be imported without the completion of further measures. Otherwise, a Homologation of Motor Vehicles may be required. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Aircraft

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been introduced to the set of documents of this import report. Information on the requirements to import aircraft into Kosovo may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Aircraft further below.

    Model Certificates

    The model form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version; please turn thereto for additional details.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Vietnam Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), aircraft, used goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Aircraft

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

    Used Goods

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

    Other Changes

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

    Registration with the INSAI

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

    Raw Materials for Pharmaceutical Products and Cosmetics

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards persistent organic pollutants (POPs), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    As Uzbekistan officially became a member of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in September 2019, the paragraph on Chemical Substances has been updated with basic information concerning said Convention. For specifics, please refer thereto.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The chapter entitled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been amended with regard to Uzbekistan's accession to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Labelling Requirements

    Drafted additional measures with respect to the protection of consumer rights in relation to the labelling of designated consumer goods have been briefly summarised in the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Uruguay Focus: electronic customs system LUCIA, animal products, Import Certificate for Plant Products and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Customs System LUCIA

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

    Animal Products

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

    Import Certificate for Plant Products

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 United States of America Focus: revised customs documents, narcotic drugs and other controlled substances, application forms and model certificates, application fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States (U.S.) of America has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Revised Customs Documents

    Following the revision of the documents of this report in accordance with the currently valid legislation, the following documents as required by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been adjusted with regard to various details, e.g. the minimum content or the method of submission of the document:

    Cargo Release/Simplified Entry
    Commercial Invoice
    Customs Bond
    Manifest for Aircraft
    Manifest for Vessels.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for additional information.

    Narcotic Drugs and Other Controlled Substances

    The procedures pertaining to the importation of and trade in narcotic drugs and other controlled substances have been completely revised and adjusted, as applicable. For further details, please see the following documents:

    Registration under the Controlled Substances Act
    Import Permit for Controlled Substances
    Import Declaration for List I and II Chemicals
    Controlled Substances Import Declaration.

    Application Forms and Model Certificates

    The following documents have been equipped with updated application forms:

    Alcohol Dealer Registration
    FCC Registration Number
    Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Reproduction Material
    Licence to Import and Deal in Firearms and Ammunition under the Gun Control Act
    Licence to Import Nuclear Equipment and Radioactive Materials
    Manifest for Vessels
    Pre-Approval for Frozen Toothfish
    Registration as Importer under the Arms Export Control Act
    Registration of New Plant Varieties
    Registration of Pesticide-Producing Establishments
    Toothfish Shipment Report
    Transportation Entry.

    In addition, the model form displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Free Sale has been replaced by an updated version; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Application Fees

    Particulars on the fee structure and the currently valid fees for designated application procedures have been displayed in the following documents, which may be viewed for specifics:

    Approval of New Drugs
    Registration of Medical Devices Establishment.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been amended with regard to various details, e.g. the contact information of the responsible authorities.
    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Uganda Amendments as regards registration, motor vehicles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda. The following changes have been made:

    Registration

    The section on Registration has been enhanced with information on the eBiz services. Said services enable importers to submit certain applications, e.g. for a business name, online. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Motor Vehicles

    A new chapter entitled Motor Vehicles has been brought to the import report for Uganda. Please refer thereto for details of the importation of said goods.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ukraine Focus: merger of authorities, updated forms, fee payments as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ukraine has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Merger of Authorities

    Due to the restructure of governmental responsibilities, the former Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining have been merged into one institution and renamed to the Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection. Furthermore, the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing Management is now the new Ministry for Communities and Territories Development. The Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food have also been integrated into a single body and renamed to the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture.
    Moreover, on 8 December 2019, the new State Customs Service started to operate in Ukraine and thus superseded the formerly responsible State Fiscal Service. These amendments have been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Updated Forms

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

    Licence to Deal in Non-Military Arms and Ammunition and Self-Defence Items
    Licence to Import and Deal in Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for details.

    Fee Payments

    In accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, the minimum wage (MW) and minimum subsistence (MS) units stipulated for 2020 have been revised in the corresponding chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview. For details, please turn to the mentioned section below.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The contact details of the National Commission for the Regulation of Telecommunications and Informatics have been brought up to date in the document entitled Registration of Radio Frequency Devices, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Tanzania Focus: Free Sale Certificate, medicines and medical devices as well as institutional reorganisation. The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a later version. Please turn to said document for more specifics.

    Medicines and Medical Devices

    Procedures regarding medicines and medical devices may now be effected online through the website of the responsible authority, i.e. the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA). The way of submission has been amended in the corresponding documents.

    Institutional Reorganisation

    As the activities previously conducted by the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) have been transferred to the Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) and the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), respectively, this import documentation has been adjusted accordingly. Pursuant to this change, import activities including medicines and medical devices are administered by the TMDA whereas the TBS is in charge of import procedures related to cosmetics as well as food.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, authorised economic operator (AEO), Free Sale Certificate as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    Declaration of Conformity
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Licence for Medical Devices
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Licence to Deal in Foodstuffs
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Product Certification.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been newly created for the set of documents for the import report of Taiwan. Please refer thereto for particulars of the application for AEO certification requirements in the country. More information on this matter may also be obtained from the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards aircraft, standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Standards

    The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in the country, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Specifics on this matter have been added to the paragraph on Standards below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Turkey Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, the Movement Certificate (A.TR) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey.
    The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been checked with regard to the stipulations of the current Turkish import regime. While some of the code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the year 2020, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report in the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity for Agricultural Products
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Products Subject to the Control of the Ministry of Health
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Specific Pharmaceutical Substances and Preparations
    Declaration of Conformity
    Import Permit for Used or Renovated Goods
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives
    Notification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Pre-Notification Form for Plant Products and Articles Used in the Food and Feed Industry
    TAREKS Reference Number for Batteries and Accumulators
    TAREKS Reference Number for Construction Materials
    TAREKS Reference Number for Goods Subject to CE Conformity
    TAREKS Reference Number for Industrial Products
    TAREKS Reference Number for Medical Devices
    TAREKS Reference Number for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    TAREKS Reference Number for Toys
    TAREKS Reference Number for Spare Parts for Designated Vehicles
    Registration of Exporters of Textiles
    Registration of Importers of Textiles.

    Movement Certificate (A.TR)

    As the transitional period during which the previous version of the form displayed in the document entitled Movement Certificate (A.TR) has ended, said form has been exchanged for its currently valid version. Please turn to the quoted document for additional details.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Tunisia Focus: classification of import measures, Carnet A.T.A., plastic bag prohibition, Commercial Registration, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Import Measures

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Plastic Bag Prohibition

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

    Commercial Registration

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

    Contact Details

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

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

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

    Crops

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

    Norms and Standards

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

    Plants and Plant Products

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

    Chemicals

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

    Other Changes

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

    Halal Certification

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

    Aircraft

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Togo Amendments as regards conformity, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Conformity

    As, by virtue of Decree No. 008/MCIDSPPCL/SG of 9 May 2019 issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Development of the Private Sector and Promotion of Local Consumption, a certificate of conformity is meanwhile required to accompany importations into Togo, the chapter on Customs Procedures below has been adapted accordingly. Please turn thereto and to the section on Norms and Standards for further details.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments has been enhanced with details of mandatory online payments and attestations required from certain importers. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Syria Amendments as regards forestry material and labelling requirements for goods coming from organic production as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Syria. The following changes have been made:

    Forestry Material

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Permit to Import Forest Material. For specifics, please turn to the mentioned paragraph and document.

    Labelling Requirements for Goods Coming from Organic Production

    Particulars of the labelling requirements for goods coming from organic production have been provided in the quoted section further below, which may be viewed for additional details.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 El Salvador Amendments as regards Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), the Minamata Convention and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The legal base describing the tasks of the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), i.e. the General Plant Health Directorate (DGSV) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), and the phytosanitary risk categories applicable to plants and products thereof have been added to the paragraph entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA). More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Hazardous Substances below has been enhanced with the contact details of the national focal point in the framework of the Minamata Convention in El Salvador, i.e. the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN). Please see the mentioned chapter for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Senegal Amendments as regards aircraft, contact details and standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    The chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview, providing information on the importation of aircraft into Senegal. Further details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of the Interior have been brought up to date in this overview as applicable.

    Standardisation

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the section on Standardisation further below has been restructured. Please consult the mentioned paragraph for general information concerning this matter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Singapore Amendments as regards the Cartagena Prococol, the Minamata Convention as well as the labelling of infant formula have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Cartagena Protocol

    Details of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), i.e. the national focal point, of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Singapore have been added to the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Minamata Convention

    The paragraph on Further Hazardous Substances below has been enhanced with contact information of the national focal point for the Minamata Convention in Singapore, i.e. the National Environment Agency (NEA). More information may be viewed in the mentioned section.

    Labelling of Infant Formula

    On 1 September 2019, the Food (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2019 took effect thereby amending the Sale of Food Act. The amendment introduced changes to the labelling of infant formula products to be marketed in Singapore. The requirements for the labelling of such goods may now be obtained from the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Sudan Focus: Radiation Certificate, Registration as a User of the Sudan e-Government, foodstuffs as well as Registration of Importers of Animal Products. The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radiation Certificate

    For the importation of foodstuffs from specific countries, a Radiation Certificate is to be obtained from the designated authority in the country of export. Consequently, the above-mentioned document has been included to this import report.

    Registration as a User of the Sudan e-Government Portal

    A new document entitled Registration as a User of the Sudan e-Government Portal has been added to the set of documents for Sudan. The e-Government Portal enables importers to submit certain registrations and applications online. Please refer to the quoted document for further details of this matter.

    Foodstuffs

    The Ministry of Health is the responsible authority for approving the actual importation of foodstuffs into Sudan. Hence, the document entitled Approval to Import Foodstuffs has been added this import report. Please refer to the quoted document for more information.

    Registration of Importers of Animal Products

    Before the actual importation of animal products, the importer must register with the General Department for Animal Production Development under the Ministry of Animal Resources. Consequently, a document entitled Registration of Importers of Animal Products has been added to the set of documents for Sudan.Please refer to said document for further specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Saudi Arabia Amendments as regards petroleum products, standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saudi Arabia. The following changes have been made:

    Petroleum Products

    A new chapter entitled Petroleum Products has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of the importation of said products.

    Standardisation

    From 15 January 2020 onwards, the last groups of products will be added to the SALEEM programme. The new programme is then fully implemented and the conformity assesment procedures have been completly revised. In general, there are only few products excepted from the mandatory programme. For further information on this matter please refer to the section on Standardisation as well as to the following documents:

    Registration for Product Conformity/PCoC
    Verification of Conformity/Shipment Certificate
    SABER Registration.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Russian Federation Focus: temporary importation, business registration of companies, radio electronic devices and high-frequency units, technical regulations (TRs) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia have been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Temporary Importation

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

    Business Registration of Companies

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

    Radio Electronic Devices and High-Frequency Units

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

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

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

    Other Changes

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with the current monetary equivalent calculated for import transaction fees, i.e. the Minimal Income Threshold (MROT). Please refer thereto for specifics.
    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Serbia Amendments as regards customs valuation, labelling requirements for textiles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    A new paragraph on the assessment of the Customs Value of goods has been incorporated into this overview, please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements for Textiles

    Pursuant to the amendments to the Regulation on the Labelling and Marking of Textile Products, which have been promulgated in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No. 86 of 6 December 2019, the section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been updated and may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

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

    Free Trade Zones

    The chapter on Free Trade Zones and Special Economic Areas has been blue-penciled. Please turn to the quoted section for further details of free trade zones in Qatar.

    Standardisation

    The Qatar General Organization for Standardization (QS), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Qatar, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Paraguay Focus: import licensing, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), updated processing fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Updated Processing Fees

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

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

    Specifics may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Pakistan Focus: Registration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, registration of companies and Goods Declaration.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    The document entitled Registration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been amended as regards the applicable processing fee for corporate members. In addition, the application form has been exchanged for its most recent version. Please refer to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Registration of Companies

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been edited with respect to, e.g., the processing fee. Since a National Tax Number (NTN) is allotted to the applicant following the successful registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), information on this automatic procedure has been added to the quoted document. Furthermore, the current version of the application form as well as the relevant forms for the reservation of a company name, which is to be applied for prior to or at the same time as the Commercial Registration, have been inserted into said document. More information on this matter may be obtained from the mentioned documents.

    Goods Declaration

    In accordance with the Customs Act (as amended), the document entitled Goods Declaration has been updated with redard to its submission deadline. Please turn to the quoted document for details.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Philippines Focus: Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), strategic goods as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)

    The contact information of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has been blue-pencilled throughout this import report. Furthermore, the following documents for which the BAI is responsible, have been revised as regards the documents to be enclosed as well as their corresponding application forms, amongst others, as applicable:

    Licence to Deal in Livestock, Poultry and By-Products
    Licence to Operate a Veterinary Drug Establishment
    Registration of Feed
    Registration of Feed Establishments
    Registration of Veterinary Drugs.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for particulars of this matter.

    Strategic Goods

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Strategic Goods has been enhanced with details of the submission and processing of the application for said procedure. Moreover, applicants are to enclose a list of incorporators, directors and managers. The corresponding form may now be viewed in the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

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

    Registration Procedures

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

    Activities Conducted on Warehoused Goods

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

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments has been updated with information on the functions of the central bank of Papua New Guinea, i.e. the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG). Details may be obtained from said paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Peru Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, import prohibitions, controlled chemicals and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    Following the implementation of the strategy for trade facilitation between the member countries of the Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by all member states, i.e. Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. The document entitled Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator has been amplified to this effect.

    Import Prohibitions

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports, has been adjusted in accordance with the Peruvian import regime.

    Controlled Chemicals

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Controlled Chemical Substances and Supervised Products has been amended with regard to various procedural details, e.g. the mode of submission of documents. Please see the aforementioned document for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Panama Focus: foodstuffs, veterinary products, controlled substances and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Import Notification for Foodstuffs has been amplified with documents to be enclosed in case of raw materials and ingredients as well as processed/industrialised alimentary products to be imported. For details, please see the aforementioned document.

    Veterinary Products

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated with regard to various procedural details, e.g. the documents to be enclosed or the application form, respectively.

    Registration of Veterinary Biological Products
    Registration of Veterinary Chemical Products.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Controlled Substances

    The importation of controlled substances, i.e. psychotropic and narcotic drugs and precursors, for medicinal use is supervised by the National Directorate of Pharmacies and Drugs under the Ministry of Health (MINSA). The corresponding import permit and the respective dealing licence have been completely rectified concerning the current application forms and the details of processing fees as well as the period of validity of the issued documents. Please turn to the documents entitled Permit to Import Controlled Substances and Licence to Deal in Controlled Substances for more information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Oman Amendments as regards foreign investment, border crossing points as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Oman. The following changes have been made:

    Foreign Investment

    Pursuant to Royal Decree 50/2019, the Foreign Capital Investment Law was amended. The Decree entered into force on 2 January 2020. Consequently, the paragraph on Investment and Government Procurement has been updated. Please turn to said chapter for further details on this matter.

    Border Crossing Points

    The list on the customs offices of entry in Oman for sea freight has been blue-penciled. Please turn to the chapter on Customs Regulations for further specifics.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 New Zealand Focus: Trade Single Window (TSW), foodstuffs, further updated documents as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trade Single Window (TSW)

    The pilot phase for the submission of the Inward Cargo Report for Aircraft as well as the Inward Cargo Report for Vessels via the Trade Single Window (TSW) has been successfully completed in 2019. Therefore, the mentioned documents have been amended to this regard. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Foodstuffs

    In order to import foodstuffs into New Zealand, a Registration of Importers of Food for Sale is to be obtained from the New Zealand Food Safety under the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The corresponding processing fee in the above-mentioned document has been updated.
    Furthermore, foodstuffs of high regulatory interest (HRI) or of increased regulatory interest (IRI) are subject to Food Safety Clearance. Upon successful customs clearance and biosecurity clearance, importers are therefore notified via the TSW whether Food Safety Clearance is required. Specifics on this matter may be obtained from the completely revised quoted document.
    Additional details of the importation of foodstuffs into the country may also be viewed in the corresponding section in this overview.

    Further Updated Documents

    The following documents of the import report for New Zealand have been modified regarding their respective processing fees and times, type of submission as well as their corresponding application forms, as applicable:

    Allocation of an IRD Number
    Class Determination Letter
    Company Registration
    Exemption for Prohibitions under the Ozone Layer Protection Act
    Health Permit for Graphic Materials
    Licence to Import Psychoactive Substances.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Norway Focus: computerised information management system for official controls (IMSOC), alcoholic beverages as well as the Certificate of Airworthiness.
    The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Computerised Information Management System for Official Controls (IMSOC)

    In the framework of the computerised information management system for official controls (IMSOC), a new version of the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) referred to as TRACES-NT (New Technology) has been developed by the European Commission, which also enables the processing of certain documents in Norway as of 14 December 2019. Pursuant to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1714, the forms contained in the following documents have been replaced for their current official model forms:

    Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products
    Common Veterinary Entry Document for Animal Products
    Common Veterinary Entry Document for Live Animals
    Health Certificate for Designated Fishery Products.

    The new forms are compatible with the new version of the TRACES-NT.
    Moreover, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 of 22 October 2019 entered into force on 14 December 2019, harmonising and repealing a number of previous regulations related to the entry of high risk food and feed, e.g. the following:

    Commission Regulation (EC) No 882/2004
    Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 669/2009
    Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 884/2014 on maximum levels of aflatoxins.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    The document entitled Registration of Importers and Wholesale Traders of Alcoholic Beverages has been reviewed and updated as regards the applicable processing fees and the corresponding application form for the registration with Vinmonopolet, i.e. one of the responsible authorities for such procedure. Please refer to the quoted document for further information on this matter.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    In order to import and operate aircraft in Norway, a Certificate of Airworthiness may have to be obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority - Norway (Luftfartstilsynet). Therefore, the document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for this import report. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Nicaragua Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA), waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

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

    Conformity Assessment

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

    Plant Import Permit

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

    Petroleum Products

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

    Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

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

    Tax Authority

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    For the importation of certain genetically modified food and feedstuffs into Namibia, a respective import permit is required from the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST). Therefore, a chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been newly incorporated into this overview. Details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, specifics of the importation of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) may now be viewed in the newly created same-named paragraph below. Furthermore, information on the ratification of the Kigali Amendment of 2019 to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer has been reflected in the mentioned chapter. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Waste

    A new section on Waste has been added to this overview. 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 said paragraph. The Amendment, which had already been ratified by Namibia in 2018, 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. For more details of this matter, please refer to the quoted chapter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Mozambique Amendments as regards free zones, motor vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Zones

    The competent authority for free zones and special economic zones in Mozambique is the Investment and Export Promotion Agency (Agência para a Promoção de Investimento e Exportações (APIEX)). Hence, the paragraph on Free Zones below has been updated in this regard. Furthermore, the contact details of the quoted authority have been provided. Details may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Motor Vehicles

    The chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview has been amended as regards temporary importations in accordance with Diploma Ministerial No. 105/2019. For more information, please see said paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Malaysia Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes, warehousing as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

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

    Warehousing

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

    Other Changes

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Automatic Import Permit, has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the applicable legal basis. Please see the mentioned document as well as the chapter on Goods Controlled by the Ministry of Economy (SE) in this overview for more information on said procedure.

    Declaration of Currency

    As the importation of currency exceeding a value of 10,000 USD is to be declared to the Mexican customs authorities, the paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with details thereof. For specifics, please turn to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

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

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

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

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Mauritania Focus: Cargo Manifest, Radiation Certificate, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    A sample of an air freight manifest has been added to the document entitled Cargo Manifest for reasons of greater clarity. Please turn to the quoted document for details.

    Radiation Certificate

    For the importation of foodstuffs, a Radiation Certificate may have to be obtained from the designated authority in the country of export. Consequently, the above-mentioned document has been included into this import report.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Myanmar Focus: radioactive material and irradiating apparatus, aircraft, country of origin labelling, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Radioactive Material and Irradiating Apparatus

    A Permit to Import Radioactive Material and Irradiating Apparatus is required for the importation of such goods into Myanmar. Please see the quoted document for further details of this matter.

    Aircraft

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been introduced to the set of documents for this import report. Particulars of the requirements to import aircraft into Myanmar may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The chapter on Country of Origin Labelling has been newly created in this overview. Please refer to the quoted section for details of this matter.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has been updated, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Mali Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, plant variety protection and Certificate of Analysis.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    As a Certificate of Airworthiness may be required in order for aircraft to be eligible to be placed on the Malian market, the same-named document has been added to this import report. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Aircraft in this overview for more information.

    Plant Variety Protection

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

    Certificate of Analysis

    As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample certificate contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged accordingly. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 North Macedonia Focus: electronic import licensing system, Carnet A.T.A., model certificates as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for North Macedonia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Import Licensing System

    Following the revision of the data concerning the electronic "one-stop-shop" system for licensing the import, export and transit of goods and tariff quotas, also referred to as EXIM, the following documents have been newly incorporated into this report:

    Registration with the Electronic Import Licensing System
    Approval to Import Cosmetic Products and Children's Toys.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used as well as on specific language requirements.

    Model Certificates

    The model form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following authorities has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report:

    Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC)
    Central Register of the Republic of North Macedonia
    Ministry of Defence
    Ministry of Economy
    Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MOEPP).
  • 01 Apr 2020 Madagascar Focus: Customs Export Declaration, Authorisation to Import Aircraft as well as governmental reorganisation and contact details.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Export Declaration

    As a Customs Export Declaration is usually required for the issue of a Cargo Tracking Note, this report has been enhanced with said newly created document. Please refer thereto for further details.

    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 same-named document has been incorporated into the import documentation for Madagascar. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    Due to a governmental reorganisation, the former Ministry of Finance and Budget as well as the former Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock have been renamed to Ministry of Economy and Finance as well as to Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery, respectively. The concerned documents of this report have been adapted accordingly. Furthermore, the denominations of subordinated services and changed contact details have been updated, if and as applicable.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of goods, organic products, chemical substances as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Declaration of Conformity
    End User Certificate
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Import Approval for Animal Products
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Narcotics
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Market Authorisation for Medicines
    Permit to Import Nationally Protected Species of Wild Flora, Fauna and Fungus
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Registration of Foodstuffs Objects
    Registration of Traders of Controlled Goods
    Sanitary Certificate
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Organic Products

    The paragraph on Foodstuffs in this overview has been furnished with information on the mandatory procedural requirements for goods which are intended to be marketed as deriving from biological agriculture. For additional details, please refer to the quoted section.

    Chemical Substances

    Chemicals to be imported into and marketed in Montenegro are subject to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) rules in accordance with the so-called REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. The paragraph on Hazardous Substances and Other Chemicals below has been modified accordingly and may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Moldova Focus: procedural details, Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), Certificate of Analysis and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated with various details, e.g. with regard to the fee payments or documents to enclosed with the application, respectively:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Licence to Import and Deal in Alcoholic Beverages, Ethyl Alcohol and Beer
    Licence to Import and Deal in Pyrotechnical Products and Explosives
    Registration of Food Additives
    Registration of New Alimentary Products.

    Additionally, the documents entitled Authorisation to Import and Deal in Animals and Products of Animal Origin as well as the Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances have been augmented with respect to the mode of submission of applications, which may be lodged electronically via a management system linked to the competent authorities.
    Please consult the quoted documents for specifics.

    Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES)

    The document entitled Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) has been added to the set of documents of this import report. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version, which may be viewed in the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related News.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Morocco Focus: classification of goods subject to import licensing and to conformity requirements, Negative Certificate, Carnet A.T.A., model certificates, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods Subject to Import Licensing and to Conformity Requirements

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

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

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

    Negative Certificate

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Model Certificates

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Libya Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Libya. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Further Chemical Substances and Environmental Protection in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Libyan authority responsible for chemicals coming under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which is also the permanent representation of Libya to the implementing body of the Convention, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Please refer to the quoted section for additional details.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of transparency, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been reorganised; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Liberia Focus: Customs Export Declaration, Certificate of Airworthiness and Advance Ruling.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Export Declaration

    As a Customs Export Declaration is required for the issue of a Cargo Tracking Note, this report has been enhanced with said newly created document. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    Since a Certificate of Airworthiness may be required in order to prove the aircraft's conformity to the applicable national and international technical norms, the same-named document has been added to this import documentation. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Advance Ruling

    The document entitled Advance Ruling has been newly incorporated into the import report for Liberia. Further details may be obtained therefrom and from the chapter on Customs Procedures below.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards entry points for plants and plant products, waste and governmental reorganisation have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    Entry Points for Plants and Plant Products

    The chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been brought up to date as regards the entry points via which plants and products thereof may be imported into Sri Lanka. Please refer to the quoted section for particulars.

    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 paragraph on Waste further below. The Amendment, which had already been ratified by Sri Lanka in 1999, 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. For more information on this matter, please turn to the mentioned chapter.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The former Ministry of Industry and Commerce has been renamed to Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development and Vocational Training and Skills Development. This change has been reflected throughout this overview, where applicable.
  • 01 Apr 2020 St. Lucia Amendments as regards furniture labelling, denomination as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Furniture Labelling

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

    Denomination

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

    Other Changes

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

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceuticals

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

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Laos Focus: Trademark Registration, importation of films and country of origin labelling. The import documentation for Laos has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trademark Registration

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

    Importation of Films

    Information on the importation of films into the country has been added into this import report in the document entitled Approval to Import Films. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The section on Country of Origin Labelling has been newly created in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars of the country of origin labelling requirements for Laos.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards technical regulations (TRs), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), monthly calculated index (MCI) for 2020 and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact information of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in Kazakhstan, i.e. the national focal point 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), which may be viewed for details.

    Monthly Calculated Index (MCI) for 2020

    The chapter entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monthly calculated index (MCI) in 2020. Please refer to the quoted section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kuwait Amendments as regards electric vehicles, standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait. The following changes have been made:

    Electric Vehicles

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

    Standardisation

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 South Korea Focus: Import Declaration for Foodstuffs, narcotics and psychotropic products, medical equipment as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Declaration for Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Import Declaration for Foodstuffs has been completely revised. Moreover, the application form displayed in the mentioned document has been exchanged for its most recent version which includes updated documents to be enclosed, amongst others. Details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Narcotics and Psychotropic Products

    In accordance with the Enforcement Regulations of the Narcotics Control Act (as amended), the document entitled Licence to Handle Narcotics has been verified and equipped with the current version of the application form. Please see said document for further information on this matter.

    Medical Equipment

    The application procedure for an Import Permit for Medical Equipment has been edited as regards the corresponding processing fees. Furthermore, a more recent version of the application form has been added to the mentioned document. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: trademarks, radio and telecommunications equipment (RTTE), contact details as well as country of origin labelling. The import documentation for Cambodia has been reviewed and adapted 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 for Cambodia. More information on the requirements for such registration may be obtained from the quoted document and the section on Registration in this overview.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE)

    A new document entitled Permit to Import Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE) has been created. Please consult the mentioned document for specifics of the importation of RTTE into Cambodia.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have been reviewed and updated in the concerned documents of this import report, as applicable.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The chapter on Country of Origin Labelling has been newly created in this overview. Please refer to the quoted section for details of this matter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards foodstuffs and beverages, tobacco products and liquids as well as technical regulations (TRs), waste and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

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

    Tobacco Products and Liquids

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

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Kenya Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Import Declaration Form, PVoC Licence as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Kenya 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 as well as to the section on Aircraft for further details of the importation of aircrafts.

    Import Declaration Form

    In November 2019, the Government of Kenya passed the Finance Act No. 23 of 2019. As stipulated in said Act, the deposit fee for the Import Declaration Form has changed. Consequently, the document entitled Import Declaration Form has been amended. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    PVoC Licence

    The application form contained in the document entitled PVoC Licence has been updated to a more recent version. Please consult the quoted document for more specifics.

    Other Changes

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

    BSE Certification

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

    Trademarks

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Jordan Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Free Sale Certificate as well as denomination of the Ministry of Information.
    The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airwothiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been revised and the application form has been updated to the latest version. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details of this matter.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Denomination

    The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has been renamed to the Ministry of Economy and Entrepreneurship. The concerned documents of this import report have been amended accordingly.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Jamaica Amendments as regards aircraft, labelling of energy drinks as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Labelling of Energy Drinks

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Iceland Amendments as regards the importation of certain foodstuffs originating in the European Economic Area (EEA), authorised economic operators (AEOs) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Importation of Certain Foodstuffs Originating in the European Economic Area (EEA)

    As of 1 January 2020, amendments to the Animal Diseases Act and Prevention (No. 25/1993) along with new regulations concerning the importation of food took effect. Therefore, the licensing requirement for imports of animal products, such as raw and low salted slaughter products, both processed and unprocessed, raw eggs, non-fermented milk and milk products, amongst others, originating in and imported from the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) has been abolished. A comprehensive list of tariff codes of goods which may be imported into the country without permission or notification from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (Matvælastofnun - MAST) has been made available by the authority. Please see the document entitled Notification of the Importation of Agricultural Goods for further details of this matter.

    Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs)

    As Iceland has recently introduced the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, the paragraph on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview has been newly created. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Iran Focus: electronic certification procedures, Carnet A.T.A., model certificates, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Certification Procedures

    As the request for the mandatory Verification of Conformity may also be submitted electronically via the electronic export-import system of the Iranian National Standards Organization (INSO), the quoted document has been modified accordingly and may be viewed for more information.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used. It is noteworthy that, depending on the country of exportation and the bank and reinsurance system/trust involved in this procedure, it may practically not be operable at the time being after the United States (US) have reimposed their sanctions towards Iran in the course of 2018. For alternative options for temporary importation, please turn to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Model Certificates

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

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Iranian authorities involved in import procedures has been revised and updated, as applicable, e.g. for the following bodies:

    Iran Veterinary Organization (IVO)
    Plant Protection Organisation (PPO)
    Supreme Council of Iran's Free Trade, Industrial and Special Economic Zones.

    Other Changes

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

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

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 India Focus: iron and steel, toys, electronics and information technology goods, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Iron and Steel

    Importers of, inter alia, certain iron and steel products must submit information on the consignments to be imported into India via the Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS). Hence, the document entitled Registration with SIMS has been newly introduced to this import report. For details, please see the quoted document as well as the chapter on Iron and Steel in this overview, which has also been newly created.

    Toys

    In accordance with Notification No. 33/2015-2020 published by the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT), the document entitled Test Report for Toys has been brought up to date. By way of example, particulars on the possibility that under certain circumstances customs clearance of toys may be granted before the mentioned report has been obtained has been added to said document. Please refer to the mentioned document for more information on this matter.

    Electronics and Information Technology Goods

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for Electronics and Information Technology Goods has been updated as regards the applicable processing fee. In addition, the application form of the quoted document has been exchanged for its current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) have been updated in the corresponding documents of this import report, as applicable.

    Other Changes

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

    Company Registration

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

    Veterinary Licence to Import Animals

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

    Mandatory Labelling Requirements for Unhealthy Foodstuffs

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

    Model Certificates

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    The following section contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Indonesia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods, pertaining to the documents entitled Import Approval (PI) as well as Appointment as IT has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of goods subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in Indonesia as displayed in the corresponding section in this overview has been reviewed. A new legal basis for textiles, i.e. Regulation No. 77 of 2019 amending Regulation No. 77/M-Dag/Per/11/2016 on the importation of textiles, has been issued in late 2019. The conditions as stipulated in the above-mentioned chapter still apply. Particulars on the various measures may be obtained therefrom as well as from the document entitled Inspection Order.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Haiti Amendments as regards free zones, hazardous goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Free Zones

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

    Hazardous Goods

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Clearance Channels

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

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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

    Radio Equipment

    The chapter on Radio Equipment in this overview has been blue-pencilled as regards the corresponding documents required for the importation into and the sale of such goods in Hong Kong. Please refer to the quoted section for specifics.

    Aircraft

    Details of the requirements to import aircraft into the country have been implemented in the same-named paragraph below. More information may be obtained therefrom.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Guyana Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages, medical devices, aircraft as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages

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

    Medical Devices

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

    Aircraft

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

    Other Changes

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

    Minamata Convention

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Guinea Amendments as regards norms and standards, country of origin labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    Details with regard to standardisation organisations which Guinea is a party to have been included in the paragraph on Norms and Standards below. Please turn thereto for additional information.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The chapter on Country of Origin Labelling has been newly added to this overview and may be referred to for particulars concerning this matter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for details.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ghana Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS), the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Ghana's ratification of the Kigali Amendment of 2019 to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer has been reflected in the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview. For more information, please turn thereto.

    Minamata Convention

    Particulars of the national focal point within the framework of the Minamata Convention have been incorporated into the section on Chemicals and Hazardous Goods below. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

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

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Waste

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

    Tobacco Products and Liquids

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 United Kingdom Focus: preferential treatment, live animals and animal products, high risk feed and food products as well as organic products, modified forms, Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products, border control posts (BCPs) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    Over the last few months, further free trade agreements with UK participation have been published. The chapter on Preferential Treatment in this overview has therefore been brought up to date; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Live Animals and Animal Products, High Risk Feed and Food Products as well as Organic Products

    The new version of the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), which is referred to as TRACES-NT (New Technology) and enables the processing of health entry documents to be performed electronically as of 14 December 2019 is eventually to be replaced by the domestic Registration with the IPAFFS. Besides the quoted document, the following documents have been adjusted to new requirements:

    Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products
    Health Entry Document for Animal Products
    Health Entry Document for Live Animals.

    Modified Forms

    Following the publication of a new notification form by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), said form, as displayed in the document entitled APHA Import Notification, has been exchanged for its current version.
    Moreover, the document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals has been enhanced with the newly issued application form for said marketing authorisation.
    More details may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products

    The document entitled Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products has been enhanced with information on the submission of a request for said marketing authorisation. Please refer to the aforementioned document for further details.

    Border Control Posts (BCPs)

    As the former border inspection posts (BIPs) and designated points of entry (DPEs) have been renamed to border control posts (BCPs), the corresponding documents of this report and the chapter on Border Control Posts (BCPs) below have been amended accordingly; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been amended with regard to various details, e.g. the processing time or the contact information of the authorities involved in the import procedures. Special attention is drawn to the fact that previously implemented transitional procedures are currently suspended due to the fact that the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) with a withdrawal agreement.
    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Gabon Focus: Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (BIETC), Free Sale Certificate as well as governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (BIETC)

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Governmental Reorganisation

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

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

    Warehoused Goods

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ethiopia Focus: Registration with the Ethiopian Electronic Single Window (ESW), Customs Management System (CMS) as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration with the Ethiopian Electronic Single Window (ESW)

    As the Ethiopian Electronic Single Window (ESW) has recently been launched, the document entitled Registration with the Ethiopian Electronic Single Window has been newly created and may be viewed for additional details.

    Customs Management System (CMS)

    Since the so-called electronic Customs Management System (CMS) is intended to eventually replace the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA++), this information has been reflected in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Contact Details

    Amendments as regards the contact details of the Ethiopian customs authority, i.e. the Ethiopian Customs Commission (ECC), have been incorporated into this import report as applicable.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Egypt Amendments as regards procedures administered by the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), product conformity requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Procedures Administered by the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA)

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

    Product Conformity Requirements

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ecuador Focus: classification of goods, updated forms and procedural details, authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

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

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

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

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

    Please refer to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Algeria Focus: terms of delivery and payment for imported goods, Carnet A.T.A., medicinal products for human and veterinary use, narcotic and psychotropic substances as well as medical devices, sensitive equipment, Certificate of Analysis and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Terms of Delivery and Payment for Imported Goods

    Following its previous letter, by which the Professional Association of Banks and Financial Establishments (Association Professionnelle des Banques et Etablissements Financiers - ABEF) of Algeria stipulated that imports must exclusively be made on the basis of the International Commercial Term (Incoterm®) Free On Board (FOB) if the goods are intended to be resold in the same state in the country, the ABEF has now announced that the Incoterm® FOB should be used as a priority, whenever possible. Further requirements as to the Commercial Invoice, the payment period and the nationality of maritime carriers apply. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview for additional details.

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Medicinal Products for Human and Veterinary Use, Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances as well as Medical Devices

    The chapter on Pharmaceuticals and Related Goods below and the documents contained therein have been completely reviewed and adjusted to the currently valid legislation, as applicable. Particular attention in this respect is drawn to the document entitled Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances, which has been updated in accordance with the latest pertinent legislation, i.e. Executive Decree No. 19-379 of 31 December 2019 laying down the procedures for administrative, technical and safety controls of substances and medicinal products having psychotropic characteristics. The mentioned document and paragraph may be consulted for specifics.

    Sensitive Equipment

    An application form for the document entitled Permit to Import Sensitive Equipment has been incorporated into said document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been amended with regard to various details, e.g. the processing time for the respective measure.
    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Dominican Republic Focus: Cargo Manifest, single window for foreign trade (VUCE) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

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

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Cuba Focus: seed varieties, measuring instruments and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Seed Varieties

    The document entitled Variety Registration of Seeds has been amended with respect to, inter alia, the competent authority and its contact details as well as the type of submission. Moreover, the corresponding application form has been exchanged for its most recent version. Please see the quoted document for details of this matter.

    Measuring Instruments

    In order to certify that measuring instruments and equipment to be imported comply with Cuban standards (NCs), a Type Approval Certificate is required. The mentioned document has been brought up to date as regards, e.g., the minimum content required for the application as well as the documents to be enclosed. For more information, please turn to said document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The authority responsible for matters concerning the imporation of live animals and products of animal origin has been updated throughout this import report. The new authority in charge is the Directorate for Animal Health. Furthermore, the contact details of the competent authority for plants and plant products as well as biological pesticides, i.e. the Directorate for Plant Health, have been revised in the corresponding documents of this report, as appropriate.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Costa Rica Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, aircraft and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

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

    Aircraft

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

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Colombia Focus: norms and standards, pesticides for agricultural use, radioactive substances, fee payments and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The form depicting the initial screen of the user registration interface for the Registration of Importers of Products Subject to Compliance with Standards has been implemented into the quoted document and may be viewed for particulars.

    Pesticides for Agricultural Use

    The document entitled Registration of Agricultural Pesticides has been equipped with the application form approved by the Commission of the Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN) and has been modified concerning the documents to be enclosed with the application for registration. A Material Safety Data Sheet is a mandatory document to be enclosed with the application for said registration and has thus been newly added to the set of documents of this import report.
    For specifics, please refer to the aforementioned documents.

    Radioactive Substances

    The current processing fee and the application form have been brought up to date in the document entitled Import Licence for Radioactive Substances. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Fee Payments

    In Colombia, fee payments are sometimes stipulated in calculation units, based on the so-called valid minimum monthly wage (S.M.M.L.V.). For 2020, the S.M.M.L.V. equals 877,803 COP.

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Self-Declaration of Conformity

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

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the stipulations of the current applicable legislation in the P.R. of China. Therefore, the document has been modified with regard to the corresponding application form for registration, the processing fees and the type of submission of the application. Details may be obtained from said document.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Cameroon Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention, norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention

    The chapter on Chemicals and Hazardous Goods in this overview has been enhanced with regard to the national authority in charge within the framework of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Norms and Standards

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the paragraph on Norms and Standards further below has been restructured and may be consulted for general information concerning this matter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for details.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Chile Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, waste as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    In accordance with Resolution No. 5233 of 12 November 2019, published by the Chilean National Customs Service (SNA), the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been amended with respect to the requirements for the submission of a Declaration of Customs Value. For more information on this matter, please see the quoted section.

    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 paragraph on Waste further below. The Amendment, which had already been ratified by Chile in 2009, 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. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Ivory Coast Focus: Verification of Conformity, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin as well as ministerial denominations and contact details.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Verification of Conformity

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

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

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

    Ministerial Denominations and Contact Details

    As the former Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises have been renamed to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Ministry of Commerce and Industry, respectively, this import report has been updated accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of the aforementioned Ministries have been brought up to date throughout the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Switzerland Focus: assignment of commodity codes to import measures, precious metals and contact details.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to the documents in this report have been checked in accordance with the current Swiss import regime. While some of the code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the new year 2020, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

    General Import Permit for Agricultural Products
    General Import Permit for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    General Import Permit for War Materials
    Licence to Deal in War Materials
    Registration with ELIC.

    Precious Metals

    On 1 January 2020, the Ordinance on the Fees for Precious Metals Control took effect. Therefore, the corresponding fees in the documents entitled Hallmarking of Precious Metals as well as Responsibility Mark for Precious Metals have been amended to this effect. Furthermore, the contact details of the responsible authority have been brought up to date. Please refer to the quoted documents for further information on this matter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities of this import report have been brought up to date, as applicable:

    Agroscope
    Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
    Federal Office for National Economic Supply (FONES).
  • 01 Apr 2020 Congo (Republic of) Focus: plant variety protection, Free Sale Certificate as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plant Variety Protection

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of numerous authorities, among those, e.g., the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery, the Ministry of Forest Economy, the Regulatory Agency for Post and Electronic Communication (ARPCE), the Regulatory Authority for Public Procurement as well as the Single Window for Transborder Operations (GUOT), have been brought up to date throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), norms and standards as well as country of origin labelling have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the national authority in charge within the framework of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, also referred to as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), has been added to the section on Hazardous Goods in this overview, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards below has been enhanced with regard to international standardisation organisations which the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a member of. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The chapter on Country of Origin Labelling has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for particulars concerning this matter.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Canada Focus: aluminium products, classification of goods, revised documents, foodstuffs, goods containing animal products, Carnet A.T.A. and model certificates.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Aluminium Products

    As aluminium products have recently been added to the list of goods subject to Import Control, the document entitled General Import Permit for Aluminium Products has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, the quoted document and chapter in this overview may be viewed.

    Classification of Goods

    As of 12 December 2019, import reporting requirements have been added for the following new products: designated centrifugal and other pumps as well as heat-exchange units. Consequently, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the document entitled Energy Efficiency Report, which is required by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), has been adjusted.

    Revised Documents

    Following the revision of the documents of this report in accordance with the currently valid legislation, the following documents have been modified with regard to various details, e.g. the required minimum content or the official form:

    Advance Commercial Information
    Customs Import Declaration
    Import Permit for Designated Plants and Plant Products
    Manifest
    Registration as EDI Client.

    Please refer to the quoted documents and to the section on Advance Commercial Information (ACI) below for additional information.

    Foodstuffs

    The document entitled Import Licence for Foodstuffs has been furnished with a list of the food commodities which may only be imported with a valid licence since 15 January 2020. For all other foods, the import licence will be required as of 15 July 2020. For further details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Goods Containing Animal Products

    On 1 November 2019, amended guidelines for the importation of goods of animal origin containing multiple ingredients came into effect. Ingredient percentages are no longer used to determine import conditions. Instead, the focus is on disease risk. Therefore, the import requirements have changed and, in some cases, become more stringent. A transitional period of one year has been granted, during which any issued Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products must be renewed. The mentioned document and the paragraph on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview may be viewed for particulars.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    The document entitled Carnet A.T.A. has been reviewed and equipped with information on further conventions in the framework of which the carnet may be used.

    Model Certificates

    The model form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version; please turn thereto for additional details.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Belize Amendments as regards customs valuation, aircraft as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

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

    Aircraft

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

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Belarus Amendments as regards technical regulations (TRs), calculation unit for 2020, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

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

    Calculation Unit for 2020

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the calculation unit for, inter alia, import transactions applicable in 2020. Please refer to the quoted section for details.

    Contact Details

    The contact phone and fax numbers of the National Co-ordination Biosafety Centre have been brought up to date in the corresponding paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Botswana Focus: Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme, agricultural products, agrochemicals as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) Conformity Programme

    The recognised testing laboratory for the testing of, inter alia, animal feeds within the Botswanan Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) conformity programme has changed and is now the Botswana Meat Commission. Therefore, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity for SIIR has been amended accordingly. Please refer to the quoted document for details.

    Agricultural Products

    For the importation of designated agricultural goods, a Permit to Import Agricultural Products is to be obtained from the Department of Agricultural Business Promotion (DABP) under the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security. The same-named document has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Particulars of the application procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Agrochemicals

    In order to import agrochemicals into Botswana, such goods must be registered with the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security. A corresponding document entitled Registration of Agrochemicals outlining the registration procedure has been newly created for this import report. For more information, please see said document as well as the chapter on Hazardous Substances and Waste in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bahamas Focus: Registration as a User of the Click2Clear (C2C) Online Portal as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration as a User of the Click2Clear (C2C) Online Portal

    The document entitled Registration as a User of the Click2Clear (C2C) Online Portal has been revised and brought up to date. Furthermore, the screenshot of the online application form has been updated to the latest version. Please turn to the mentioned document for further details of this matter.

    Other Changes

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

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

    Registration with the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex)

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

    Animal Products

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

    Licence to Import Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives

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

    Other Changes

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

    Non-Automatic Import Authorisation

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

    Pesticides

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

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

    Please view the quoted documents for particulars.

    Explosives

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

    The processing time for the review of the documents submitted for application has been added to the document entitled CITES Import Certificate. Please consult the aforementioned document for more information.
    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph; please turn thereto.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Brunei Amendments as regards authorised economic operators (AEOs), aircraft, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei Darussalam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operators (AEO)

    The chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been introduced to this overview for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Aircraft

    In order to import aircraft into Brunei Darussalam, a certificate of airworthiness may have to be applied for at the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Therefore, the section on Aircraft further below has been newly created. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bermuda Focus: Trademark Registration, Certificate of Airworthiness as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly created. Please see the quoted document and the chapter on Registration in this overview for additional information on the requirements to register a trademark in the country.

    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 as well as to the section on Aircraft below for further details of the importation of aircraft into Bermuda.

    Other Changes

    The following paragraph contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Benin Focus: Declaration of Dutiable Value, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Customs Export Declaration.
    The import documentation for Benin has been revised and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration of Dutiable Value

    The document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been added to the import documentation for Benin as said declaration is a prerequisite for an Advance Declaration. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    As an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme is in its pilot phase in Benin, the same-named document has been newly incorporated into the import report for Benin. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Customs Export Declaration

    Since a Customs Export Declaration may be required for the issue of an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, this report has been enhanced with said newly created document. Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bahrain Amendments as regards prohibited imports, the labelling requirements for articles made from plastic as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    In its official Gazette, the Government of Bahrain announced that the importation and distribution of steroids is banned in Bahrain. The paragraph on Import Prohibitions in this overview as well as the document entitled Prohibited Imports have been brought up to date. Please refer thereto for further specifics.

    Labelling of Plastic Products

    The paragraph on labelling requirements for articles made from plastic in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been amended. Please refer to said section for additional details of this matter.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bangladesh Focus: plants and plant products, verification of conformity, Free Sale Certificate, explosives as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

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

    Verification of Conformity

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Explosives

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

    Contact Details

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: petroleum products, Carnet A.T.A., model certificates and contact details.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Petroleum Products

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products has been newly incorporated into this report; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly. In addition, the model of the Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version. Attention is also drawn to the following documents, which have been furnished with modified sample health certificates:

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

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry has been updated, where applicable, e.g. for the Forestry Sector.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards customs clearance channels, temporary storage and admission as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Clearance Channels

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

    Temporary Storage and Admission

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

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Australia Focus: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Measures, aircraft, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Measures

    As certain goods arriving in Australia from target risk countries may be subject to seasonal measures with regard to the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), mandatory treatment or inspections may be necessary in case the commodities are classified as target high-risk or target risk goods by the Department of Agriculture. Therefore, the document entitled Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Measures has been newly incorporated into the set of documents of the import report for Australia. Please see the quoted document as well as the corresponding section in this overview for specifics.

    Aircraft

    The chapter on Aircraft in this overview has been newly created. Please refer thereto for information on the requirements for aircraft to be imported into Australia.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency have been updated in this overview. Please consult the corresponding chapter below for general information on the importation of asbestos into Australia.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Argentina Focus: import licensing, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

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

    Governmental Reorganisation

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

    Other Changes

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

    Import Regulations

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Minimum Wages

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

    Other Changes

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

    Tonic Beverages

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

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Albania Amendments as regards the classification of goods, foodstuffs of organic production, cosmetic products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Particular attention is drawn to the revision and update of HS Codes related to the import procedures in Albania, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, in accordance with the updated and applied version of the European Union (EU) Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2020. Please also see the Note-section below for more information on the Albanian customs tariff.

    Foodstuffs of Organic Production

    The paragraph on Foodstuffs in this overview has been furnished with specifics on the mandatory procedural requirements for goods which are intended to be marketed as deriving from biological agriculture. For additional details, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Cosmetic Products

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been enhanced with particulars of the Albanian labelling provisions for cosmetic products; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Afghanistan Amendments as regards medicines and medical devices, standardisation as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Afghanistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Medicines and Medical Devices

    In order to import raw materials intended for the manufacture of medicines and medical devices into Afghanistan, an import permit is to be obtained from the competent General Directorate of Pharmaceutical Affairs (GDPA). Hence, the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview has been edited accordingly. Details may be found in the quoted section.

    Standardisation

    The list of product groups to which standards stipulated by the responsible authority for standardisation, i.e. the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA), apply has been extended. For more information on this matter, please see the paragraph on Norms and Standards further below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) as well as of the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) have been verified and brought up to date throughout this overview. Please turn to the chapters on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin, Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), Plants and Plant Products as well as Norms and Standards below for specifics.
  • 01 Apr 2020 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards petroleum products, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The following changes have been made:

    Petroleum Products

    A new chapter entitled Petroleum Products has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for further details of the importation of said products.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been blue-penciled. Please turn to the quoted chapter for information on the importation on telecommunications equipment.

    Standardisation

    The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in the United Arab Emirates, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 01 Apr 2020 Vietnam Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Apr 2020 Papua New Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Apr 2020 New Zealand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Apr 2020 Lebanon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Apr 2020 Bolivia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Mar 2020 Iraq Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Mar 2020 Cuba Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Mar 2020 Brazil Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Mar 2020 Argentina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Mar 2020 Bermuda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Mar 2020 Angola Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Mar 2020 Libya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Mar 2020 Jamaica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Mar 2020 Israel Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Mar 2020 Taiwan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Mar 2020 Nigeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Mar 2020 India Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Mar 2020 Guinea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Mar 2020 Venezuela Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Mar 2020 Qatar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Mar 2020 Mexico Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rate
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Mar 2020 Bahrain Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Mar 2020 Uruguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Mar 2020 Cameroon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Mar 2020 Congo (Republic of) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Mar 2020 Madagascar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Mar 2020 United Kingdom Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Mar 2020 Gabon Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 23 Mar 2020 Barbados Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2020 Philippines Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2020 Malaysia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2020 North Macedonia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2020 Dominican Republic Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Mar 2020 Costa Rica Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2020 Kyrgyzstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2020 Iran Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2020 Guatemala Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2020 Georgia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2020 Switzerland Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Mar 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Mar 2020 Zimbabwe Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Mar 2020 United States of America Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Mar 2020 Paraguay Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Mar 2020 Pakistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Mar 2020 Morocco Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2020 Thailand Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2020 Kenya Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2020 Egypt Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2020 Colombia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2020 Botswana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Mar 2020 Australia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Mar 2020 Turkmenistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Mar 2020 Namibia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Mar 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Mar 2020 China Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2020 South Africa Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2020 Saudi Arabia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2020 Moldova Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Mar 2020 Bangladesh Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Mar 2020 El Salvador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Mar 2020 South Korea Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Mar 2020 Brunei Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Mar 2020 Benin Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Mar 2020 Uzbekistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Mar 2020 Liberia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Mar 2020 Chile Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Mar 2020 Honduras Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Mar 2020 Guyana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Mar 2020 Peru Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Mar 2020 Fiji Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Mar 2020 Ivory Coast Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Mar 2020 Syria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Mar 2020 Sudan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Mar 2020 Turkey Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Mar 2020 Ethiopia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 05 Mar 2020 Albania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Mar 2020 Tajikistan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Mar 2020 Belarus Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 03 Mar 2020 Singapore Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Mar 2020 Laos Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Mar 2020 Japan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Mar 2020 Azerbaijan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2020 Oman Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2020 Norway Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Feb 2020 St. Lucia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2020 Yemen Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 27 Feb 2020 United Arab Emirates Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Feb 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Feb 2020 Jordan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 26 Feb 2020 Indonesia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Feb 2020 Myanmar Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 25 Feb 2020 Kuwait Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Feb 2020 Ukraine Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 24 Feb 2020 Sri Lanka Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Feb 2020 Tanzania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 21 Feb 2020 Canada Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Feb 2020 Russian Federation Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Feb 2020 Hong Kong Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 20 Feb 2020 Bahamas Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Feb 2020 Uganda Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Feb 2020 Belize Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Feb 2020 Mauritius Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Feb 2020 Haiti Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Feb 2020 Ghana Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Feb 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Feb 2020 Senegal Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Feb 2020 Panama Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Feb 2020 Nicaragua Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Feb 2020 Tunisia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - No changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Feb 2020 Serbia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Feb 2020 Kazakhstan Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Feb 2020 Ecuador Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Feb 2020 Algeria Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Feb 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 13 Feb 2020 Armenia Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Feb 2020 Mauritania Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Feb 2020 Montenegro Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - Nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - No amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Feb 2020 Togo Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Feb 2020 Mozambique Changes and implementation of modifications:
    - No nomenclature changes
    - Changes of tariff rates
    - Amendments to the internal taxation