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  • 19 Aug 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards customs points of entry, petroleum products, standardisation as well as packaging requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Petroleum Products

    A new chapter entitled Petroleum Products has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics on the requirements to deal in such goods in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Standardisation

    Details regarding the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) have beend added to the section on Standards below. The authority is, amongst others, responsible for the development of common regional standards. Please consult the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Packaging Requirements

    Information on packaging material prohibited from entry into the country as stipulated by national legislation has been added to the paragraph on Packaging Requirements below. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.
  • 19 Aug 2019 Moldova Focus: classification of goods, fertilisers and pesticides, dual-use goods as well as re-organisation of responsibilities and related amendments.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of tariff codes) has been adjusted in accordance with the new edition of Regulation No. 938 of October 2018 for the commodities subject to phytosanitary control for the following documents of this report:

    Import Notification for Plants and Plant Products
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Passport
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products.

    Fertilisers and Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for Chemical and Biological Means of Plant Protection and Growth Support has been enhanced with regard to the contact details of the competent authority, i.e. the Central Phytosanitary Laboratory.

    Dual-Use Goods

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

    Authorisation to Import Strategic Goods
    Delivery Verification Certificate
    End-user Certificate
    International Import Certificate.

    The Public Services Agency is now responsible for the aforementioned measures. In addition, the documents to be enclosed have been cross-checked and blue-pencilled in accordance with the legislation in force. For specifics, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Re-Organisation of Responsibilities and Related Amendments

    The contact details of the National Food Safety Agency (ANSA) have been updated throughout this import report, where applicable.
    Moreover, the processing fee has been amended in the Common Veterinary Entry Document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Information on the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) has been incorporated into the relevant documents and sections of this import documentation. By way of example, please refer to the adapted chapter on Animals and Products of Animal Origin below.
  • 16 Aug 2019 Philippines Focus: declaration of goods, processing fees, strategic goods, tobacco, precursors as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration of Goods

    As per Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 18-2019, goods entering the Philippines must now be lodged within seven days instead of the former 15 days. Therefore, the document entitled Single Administrative Document has been amended. Please see said document for further information. Additional details on the country's customs procedures may also be obtained from the chapter on Customs Procedures and Clearance of Goods Intended for Free Circulation in this overview.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees as displayed in the following documents have been brought up to date in accordance with the recently published CMO 30-2019:

    Binding Tariff Classification Ruling
    BOC Accreditation and Registration.

    Strategic Goods

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Strategic Goods has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for the Philippines. Further details of the registration requirements for importers of strategic goods may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Tobacco

    The documents to be enclosed with the application for Accreditation and Licence to Import Tobacco have been brought up to date. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars on this matter.

    Precursors

    A more recent version of a sample form has been introduced in the document entitled Report of Arrival of Precursors. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 16 Aug 2019 Algeria Focus: classification of product codes, tobacco products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and precious metals.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Product Codes

    The product codes assigned to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which such measures apply, have been revised in accordance with the current Algerian Customs Tariff:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Conformity Inspection Certificate
    Importation of Alcohol
    Licence for Dealing in Veterinary Medicines
    Licence to Import and Deal in Dangerous Chemicals
    Licence to Import Radioactive Material
    Nomination of a Representative for Conformity Inspection
    Notification of Imported Pharmaceuticals
    Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products
    Permit to Import Chemical Products
    Permit to Import Medicines
    Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances
    Exceptional Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Provisional Import Plan for Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Importers of Veterinary Medicines
    Registration of Medicines
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals
    Veterinary Inspection.

    Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Tobacco and Tobacco Products has been completely revised and modified in accordance with the latest provisions, i.e. Executive Decree No. 19-122 of 9 April 2019. For additional details, please turn to the mentioned document and the section on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    All ozone-depleting substances (ODS) are prohibited from importation into Algeria if an Exceptional Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances from the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energies has not been obtained beforehand. By virtue of an Interministerial Decree of 27 February 2019, a new application form has been published, amongst other changes. The mentioned document has therefore been adjusted accordingly and may be consulted for more information in addition to the respective chapters on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) and Prohibited Imports below.

    Precious Metals

    Pursuant to Executive Decree No. 19-86 of 5 March 2019, the document entitled Registration for the Importation of Precious Metals has been reviewed and equipped with current versions of the respective application forms, amongst other changes. For particulars, the quoted document may be viewed.
  • 16 Aug 2019 United Kingdom
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 16 Aug 2019 Costa Rica
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Aug 2019 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards free trade zones, currency and payments as well as contact information have been brought to the import documentation for Uzbekistan. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The section on Free Trade Zones below has been amplified with information on the four types of zones existing in Uzbekistan. In addition, the current free industrial economic zones have been rectified. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. UP-5765 of 12 July 2019, the exchange rate of one unit of minimum wage (MW) has been fixed at 223,000 UZS. For more information, please also see the corresponding chapter entitled Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Contact Information

    The avenue in which the Uzbek State Customs Committee is currently located has been renamed. Therefore, the corresponding details have been updated throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 15 Aug 2019 Tanzania Focus: animal products, medical devices, contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animal Products

    For illustrative purposes, the application form for meat and meat products has been added to the document entitled Permit to Import Animal Products. In addition, the contact details of the authority responsible for import permits in the case of milk and dairy products, i.e. the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB), have been provided. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed has been amplified and details concerning the import permit application forms have been explained. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Medical Devices

    The document entitled Medical Devices Premise Permit has been updated with regard to the pertinent processing fee. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) have been updated throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 15 Aug 2019 Nigeria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Aug 2019 Dominican Republic
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 14 Aug 2019 South Africa Focus: Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS), agricultural and stock remedies, 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:

    Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS)

    Since a new version of the application form for registering with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has been published on 5 April 2019, the document entitled Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has been equipped with said version of the form. For more information, please see the mentioned document.

    Agricultural and Stock Remedies

    The document entitled Registration of Agricultural and Stock Remedies has been revised and enhanced with respect to the procedural details as, e.g., its type of submission, processing fee and documents to be enclosed. Please turn to the quoted document for further details on this matter.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The annual processing fees in effect as of 1 April 2019 have been verified throughout this report and updated, as applicable, for the following documents administered by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which may be viewed for particulars:

    Authorisation to Import Propagating Material of Unlisted Varieties
    Certificate of Removal for Liquors
    Import Certificate for Liquors
    Import Permit for Agricultural Goods
    Import Permit for Medicine and Biological Products for Veterinary Use
    Permit to Import Genetically Modified Organisms
    Recognition of a Plant Variety
    Registration of Feeds
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Registration of Plant Breeder's Rights
    Registration of Seed Business Premises
    Veterinary Import Permit for Animals and Animal Products
    Veterinary Import Permit for Meat and Meat Products.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Aug 2019 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), standardisation and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    In order to import used motor vehicles as well as certain new vehicles into Sri Lanka, a pre-shipment inspection certificate is to be obtained. Said certificate is to demonstrate that the concerned vehicles comply with exhaust emission limits and determined safety measures, such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Hence, a new section entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) has been added to this overview. Please see the mentioned chapter for more information on this matter.

    Standardisation

    Since Sri Lanka is a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the paragraph on Standardisation further below has been equipped with particulars of said authority. For further details, please refer to the quoted section.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Sri Lankan authorities responsible for import measures displayed in this overview have been verified and brought up to date in the following cases:

    Board of Investment (BOI)
    Central Bank of Sri Lanka
    Central Environmental Authority
    Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
    Sri Lanka Customs.
  • 14 Aug 2019 Uruguay
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 13 Aug 2019 Togo Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention on Mercury, aircraft and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The section on Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with details of the national focal point in the scope of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Please refer thereto for additional information.

    Aircraft

    The paragraph on Aircraft has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be consulted for specifics.

    African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement

    As the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, the chapters on International Agreements and Preferential Treatment have been amended to this effect. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 13 Aug 2019 Singapore Amendments as regards the classification of goods, motor vehicles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Singapore. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products, has been reviewed and adjusted according to the current legal stipulations of Singapore.

    Motor Vehicles

    The chapter on Motor Vehicles has been newly created in this overview. Please see said paragraph for particulars on the requirements for the importation of motor vehicles into Singapore.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 13 Aug 2019 Cameroon
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Aug 2019 Pakistan Focus: Registration with WeBOC, Halal Certificate, conformity assessment and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with WeBOC

    Due to changes in the registration process with the electronic customs system Web Based One Customs (WeBOC), the document entitled Registration with WeBOC has been brought up to date. By way of example, during the application process for registration, a thumb impression is henceforth taken from the applicant. For more information, please see the mentioned document.

    Halal Certificate

    According to Statutory Regulatory Order (S.R.O.) 237 (I) of 2019 and S.R.O. 438 (I) of 2019, halal certificates accompanying shipments of foodstuffs are to be issued by a halal certification body accredited by an accrediting body which is member of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) or the Standards and Metrology Institute for the Islamic Countries (SMIIC) since 1 July 2019. Consequently, the document entitled Halal Certificate has been enhanced to this regard. Details may be obtained from said document.

    Conformity Assessment

    The document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been completely revised and amended with respect to its procedural details as, e.g., its type of submission and documents to be enclosed. Moreover, a sample of an application form as well as of an undertaking to be submitted together with the application have been incorporated into the quoted document. Since the scope of commodities for which a Certificate of Conformity is required has been modified by means of Statutory Regulatory Order (S.R.O.) 604 (I) of 2019, the classification of goods pertaining to the mentioned document, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which this measure applies, has been updated. Please turn to said document for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 12 Aug 2019 Colombia Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, agricultural pesticides, updated forms, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia 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. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been amplified to this effect. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed has been adjusted in accordance with the stipulations of the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN). Please consult the quoted document for particulars.

    Agricultural Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Importers of Agricultural Pesticides has been revised with respect to the minimum content of the letter of request and the documents to be enclosed.
    The purpose of registration, indicating the corresponding product register, has been amended in the corresponding document entitled Registration of Agricultural Pesticides. Please refer to the cited documents for specifics.

    Updated Forms

    The application forms contained in the documents entitled Sanitary Registration of Alcoholic Beverages and Sanitary Registration of Pesticides for Use in Public Health have been exchanged for their recent versions. For details, please consult the aforementioned documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) have been verified and updated throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 12 Aug 2019 Morocco
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Aug 2019 Fiji
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Aug 2019 Taiwan Focus: the classification of goods, cosmetics, toxic chemicals as well as contact details. The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    The 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
    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    Declaration of Conformity
    Import Licence for Feed and Feed Additives
    Import Licence for Food Additives
    Import Licence for Toxic Chemicals
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Material Safety Data Sheet
    Quarantine Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Product Certification.

    Cosmetics

    The document entitled Import Licence for Cosmetics and Cosmetic Products has been blue-pencilled. By way of example, information on specific purpose cosmetics has been introduced and the documents to be enclosed with the application have been brought up to date. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars on this matter as well as to the paragraph on Cosmetics, Medicines and Medical Devices in this overview.

    Toxic Chemicals

    Specifics on the requirement for a prior registration in order to import toxic chemicals into Taiwan have been added to the document entitled Import Licence for Toxic Chemicals. Please turn thereto for more information as well as to the section on Ozone-Depleting Substances and Toxic Chemicals below.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Vehicle Safety Certification Center (VSCC) and the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) have been brought up to date in the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 09 Aug 2019 Chile Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, currency and payments 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

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been brought up to date with respect to specifics on the possibility to substitute the Packing List with the Commercial Invoice, in case the details stated therein are already given in the latter. Furthermore, Resolution No. 2307 of 15 May 2019 stipulates that an insurance policy is required in addition to or instead of an Insurance Certificate if the value of the insurance is not indicated separately in the Commercial Invoice. Hence, the abovementioned section has been amended to this regard. For more information, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Currency and Payments

    As processing fees in Chile may be calculated in monthly fiscal units (UTM) or in development units (UF), the chapter on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with the current exchange rate of the mentioned units in Chilean Peso (CLP). Details on this matter may be obtained from said section.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 08 Aug 2019 Zimbabwe Focus: aircraft, lighting products and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and operated in Zimbabwe may require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which has been newly created for this report. Said certificate is to be obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ). Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Lighting Products

    In order to import lighting products into Zimbabwe, importers of such goods must be registered with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA). Hence, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Lighting Products has been added to the set of documents for this import report, describing the application procedure for registration. Furthermore, a corresponding chapter on Lighting Products has been created. For more information, please see the mentioned document and section in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Aug 2019 Turkey Amendments as regards customs release channels, designated points of entry, pre-listing requirements for exporters of certain animal products and free trade zones have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Release Channels

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with information on the customs release channels which will be followed after the initial declaration and evaluation of imported goods in the electronic system. For additional details, please refer to the quoted section.

    Designated Points of Entry

    The paragraph on Designated Points of Entry has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be consulted for a list of commodities for the importation of which the Turkish authorities prescribe specific points of entry.

    Pre-Listing Requirements for Exporters of Certain Animal Products

    Information on mandatory pre-listing requirements for exporters of designated animal products has been added to the mentioned section of this overview; please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Free Trade Zones

    Another free trade zone (FTZ), whose full name is the Tübitag Marmara Research Centre Technology FTZ, which is located in Gebze, has been added to the paragraph on Free Trade Zones below, which may be viewed for specifics, also in respect of the FTZ development fund duty and further fees.
  • 07 Aug 2019 Mozambique Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, commercial samples and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    According to the Regulation for the Customs Clearance of Goods (Regulamento de Desembaraço Aduaneiro de Mercadorias), i.e. Ministerial Order No. 51/2019, the types of customs procedures carried out in Mozambique have been amplified. Furthermore, a period of extension for goods to be cleared has been established. Hence, the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been amended to this effect. For more information, please see the quoted paragraph.

    Commercial Samples

    In accordance with Ministerial Order No. 51/2019, the section on Commercial Samples further below has been verified and brought up to date as regards the amount of the FOB value which postal consignments may not exceed in order to benefit from exemptions from customs duties and other impositions. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 07 Aug 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), Summary Declaration, Single Registration of Indirect Taxpayers, responsible authorities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    A new document named Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for more information.

    Summary Declaration

    The document entitled Summary Declaration has been completely revised and modified as regards the mandatory electronic submission, the deadlines for its filing and a sample declaration form, amongst other amendments. For further particulars, please turn to the quoted document.

    Single Registration of Indirect Taxpayers

    The above-mentioned document has been reviewed and equipped with an additional English version of the hardcopy application form and a modified web address for its electronic submission. The quoted document may be consulted for specifics.

    Responsible Authorities

    The authorities responsible in the respective entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been adjusted in the following documents, as applicable:

    Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention
    Material Safety Data Sheet.

    Please refer to the mentioned documents for additional details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 06 Aug 2019 Uganda Amendments as regards the certificate of inspection (CoI), persistent organic pollutants (POPs), used goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Inspection (CoI)

    The chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) has been amplified with information on the Route D procedure, by means of which a certificate of inspection (CoI) is issued. Moreover, the Certificate for PVoC has been updated with regard to the most recent stipulations of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). Please consult the quoted document and the revised section for amendments.

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    Information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention) and the Official Contact Point (OCP) in the framework of this treaty have been added to a separate sub-section to the paragraph of this overview on Chemical Substances. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Used Goods

    A newly created chapter on Used Goods has been introduced into this overview of import procedures. For more information, please turn to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been brought to the following section.
  • 06 Aug 2019 Bermuda Focus: Import Permit for Sand, Crushed Rock and Gravel, importation of liquor as well as contact details and denominations. The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Permit for Sand, Crushed Rock and Gravel

    A new document entitled Import Permit for Sand, Crushed Rock and Gravel has been added to the set of documents for the import report for Bermuda. For additional information on the importation of sand, crushed rock and gravel, please see the quoted document and the chapter on Soil, Sand and Stone in this overview.

    Importation of Liquor

    In accordance with the Liquor Licence Amendment Act 2019, the document entitled Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors has been reviewed and brought up to date. Please refer to the mentioned document for further specifics.

    Contact Details and Denominations

    The contact details of the Ministry of Finance have been brought up to date. Additionally, the Department of Consumer Affairs is no longer operating under the Ministry of Legal Affairs, but under the Ministry of Home Affairs instead. Furthermore, the Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs has been renamed to Ministry of Tourism and Transport. The concerned documents of this import report have been amended.
  • 06 Aug 2019 Peru
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 06 Aug 2019 Australia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Aug 2019 Sudan Focus: Importer Registration, Prohibited Imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importer Registration

    A new sample of an issued license for the Importer Registration has been added to the document entitled Importer Registration for reasons of greater clarity. Please turn to the quoted document for details.

    Prohibited Imports

    A document entitled Prohibited Imports has been newly introduced into the import report for Sudan. For information on items banned from being entered into the country, please turn to the quoted document as well as to the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Aug 2019 Albania Amendments as regards labelling requirements for toys, agricultural chemicals and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements for Toys

    The paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been enhanced with information on the mandatory particulars to be inscribed on the labels of children's toys.

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, a new chapter on Chemicals Used in Agriculture, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Aug 2019 Serbia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Aug 2019 Qatar Amendments as regards the customs value, list of notified bodies for conformity assessment procedures and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    If an Insurance Certificate is not presented to the General Directorate of Customs, a stipulated fee will usually be added to the Cost and Freight (CFR) value. Please see the chapter on the Customs Value below for additional details.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The GCC Standardization Organisation (GSO), which the Qatar General Organization for Standardization (QS) under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on a GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the section on Standardisation further below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes
    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, which may be viewed for particulars.
  • 02 Aug 2019 Cuba Focus: endangered species, medical products and sanitary surveillance.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Endangered Species

    The contact information of the managing authority in the framework of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), i.e. the Directorate for Environmental Control (DCA), has been verified and updated in the document entitled CITES Import Permit, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Medical Products

    The following documents of this report have been revised with regard to the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the portal for online services maintained by the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED):

    Import Authorisation for Medicines for Human Use
    Registration of Importers of Medical Devices
    Registration of Manufacturers of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medicines for Human Use
    Sanitary Licence for Pharmaceutical Operations.

    For specifics on this matter, please see the quoted documents.

    Sanitary Surveillance

    The documents entitled Registration of Importers with the INHEM and the Sanitary Registration have been equipped with the current application form as well as the issued sample of the registration certificate, respectively. Furthermore, the corresponding documents to be enclosed with the applications have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the stipulations of the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM). Please turn to the aforementioned documents for further details.
  • 02 Aug 2019 Uganda
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Aug 2019 North Macedonia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Aug 2019 Bahamas
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Aug 2019 Namibia Amendments as regards the Stockholm Convention, used goods as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Stockholm Convention

    Information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention), which Namibia is party to, has been added to the section on Hazardous Substances further below. Please see the mentioned paragraph for further details on this matter.

    Used Goods

    Since second-hand goods generally may have to meet different import requirements than the same merchandise in new condition, a new chapter entitled Used Goods has been created and incorporated into this overview. For particulars, please refer to said section.

    Currency and Payments

    A new paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been included into the overview of this country report, containing information on the central bank of Namibia, i.e. the Bank of Namibia, the official currency, legal tenders and the currency to be used for the settlement of transactions with the majority of countries. More information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 01 Aug 2019 Iran Focus: Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator, electronic single customs window, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    Following a proposal by the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) to ease the rules requiring a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin for all kinds of imported commodities in order to clear the goods from customs, said rules have recently been adjusted. Henceforth, the certificate will only be required in case of doubt as regards the origin of the goods. For particulars, please turn to the quoted document.

    Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator

    The document entitled Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for more information.

    Electronic Single Customs Window

    Depending on the customs office of entry, customs declarations and mandatory documents may also be submitted electronically via the single customs window, which is accessible at https://epl.irica.ir. Consequently, the following documents have been modified to this effect:

    Air Waybill
    Bill of Lading
    Customs Import Declaration
    Manifest
    Rail Waybill
    Rail Waybill Conforming to both COTIF and SMGS Agreements
    Waybill.

    Additional details may be obtained from the quoted documents and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following authorities has been updated:

    Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)
    Wildlife and Aquatic Affairs Bureau, which comes under the Department of the Environment
    Department of Animal Production, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture
    Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPO).

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 01 Aug 2019 Tanzania
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 31 Jul 2019 South Africa
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 31 Jul 2019 Sri Lanka
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 30 Jul 2019 Syria
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 29 Jul 2019 Myanmar Focus: Drug Registration Certificate, taxpayer registration, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Drug Registration Certificate

    Information on the documents to be enclosed with the application for a Drug Registration Certificate has been added to the same-named document. Furthermore, the sample form has been enhanced with two additional pages. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Taxpayer Registration

    Specifics on the requirements for obtaining a taxpayer identification number (TIN) in Myanmar have been included in the newly created document entitled Registration as a Taxpayer. For further information, please consult the quoted document as well as the chapter on Registration below.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The document entitled Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Myanmar. Please refer thereto as well as to the section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview for details of the import requirements for such goods.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 29 Jul 2019 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards customs regulations, foreign exchange control, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Regulations

    The section entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with provisions applicable for electronic data formats and approved contents resulting from the current legislative novelties, e.g. the corresponding legal basis for the content of the mandatory preliminary information to be submitted for goods imported by water transport has been added thereto.

    Foreign Exchange Control

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been updated in accordance with the new legislation for currency control. The legislative novelty aims to decrease the use of foreign currency in Kazakhstan and offer a transparent repatriation of capital. For specifics on this matter, please consult the quoted section below.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with mandatory specifications for goods to be labelled by digital identification means. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The international center for border cooperation (ICBC) "Khorgos" has been added to the list of special economic zones (SEZs) displayed in the same-named section below. The status of a zone of special trade and economic cooperation was granted by the government of Kazakhstan.

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 26 Jul 2019 Syria Amendments as regards the scope of goods subject to an Import Licence as well as Prohibited Imports have been brought to the import documentation for Syria.
    The following changes have been made:

    Scope of Goods Subject to an Import Licence

    In accordance with the most recent publication concerning goods subject to Import Licensing by the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, the classification of merchandise subject to the document entitled Import Licence has been updated. More details may be obtained from the quoted document and chapter of this overview.

    Prohibited Imports

    Goods which are not contained in the above-mentioned list of items requiring an Import Licence are usually subject to an Import Prohibition. Said section of this overview has been completely revised in order to provide a summary of the applicable bans. In addition, the scope of banned commodities, i.e. the allocation of HS Codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted.
  • 26 Jul 2019 Mali Focus: Customs Export Declaration, Kimberley Process Certificate and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Export Declaration

    As a Customs Export Declaration may be required for designated import procedures, e.g. in the case of narcotics, amongst others, the same-named document has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please refer thereto for additional information.

    Kimberley Process Certificate

    Mali is a participant of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). In view of this, the document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Mali. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 Jul 2019 Panama Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, conformity assessment, procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama 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 Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by the involved parties. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been amplified to this effect and may be viewed for current enhancements.

    Conformity Assessment

    With regard to the current stipulations for importers and dealers of plastic bags who must demonstrate the absence of polyethylene in the mentioned bags, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been enhanced and may be consulted for particulars.
    The document entitled Certificate of Recognition of the Conformity has been newly added to the set of documents of the report. The corresponding paragraph on Standardisation below has consequently been updated. Please turn thereto for details.

    Procedural Details

    The documents listed below have been revised with respect to the procedural details, e.g. concerning the mode of submission of documents required for application as well as the processing time and fee, respectively:

    Importer and Distributor Permit for Fossil Fuels, Their Derivatives and Biofuels
    Sales Declaration for Cigarettes and Tobacco Products.

    Other Changes

    The section on Cigarettes and Tobacco Products below has been revised. Please refer thereto for specifics.
    Current trade-related news may be obtained from the following chapter.
  • 25 Jul 2019 Belarus Amendments as regards customs regulations, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Regulations

    The section entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with provisions applicable for electronic data formats and approved contents resulting from the current legislative novelties, e.g. the corresponding legal basis for the content of the mandatory preliminary information to be submitted for goods imported by water transport has been added thereto.

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    The phone and fax numbers of the Official Contact Point (OCP) in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP Convention) have been brought up to date in the relevant paragraph in this overview on Poisonous, Radioactive and Explosive Substances. Please view to the quoted section below for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with labelling requirements for shoes and mandatory specifications for goods to be labelled by digital identification means. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 24 Jul 2019 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the Minamata Convention and conformity assessment have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Approval for Animal Products
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Narcotics
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicines
    Permit to Deal in Chemicals
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Hazardous Substances and Other Chemicals in this overview has been enhanced with information on Montenegro's ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Conformity Assessment

    Goods subject to Standardisation, i.e. conformity assessment measures, require a proof of conformity. Evidence issued abroad may be recognised in Montenegro upon application. The quoted paragraph below has been blue-pencilled accordingly and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 24 Jul 2019 Jordan Focus: Permit to Import Endangered Species of Wild Animals or Plants and Products Thereof, Certificate of Analysis, medicinal products and application forms.
    The import documentation for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Endangered Species of Wild Animals or Plants and Products Thereof

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Permit to Import Endangered Species of Wild Animals or Plants and Products Thereof has been reviewed and further instructions have been added. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Certificate of Analyis

    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.

    Medicinal Products

    The Jordanian Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) implemented an online system entitled the JFDA Drug Workflow System (e-JDWS) for the registration of pharmaceuticals, herbal medicinal preparations and infants' milk and food. Importers may follow the progress of their registration through this online system. Please see the section on Medicinal Products in this overview for further details.

    Application Forms

    The following documents have been brought up to date and have been equipped with new application forms. Please turn thereto for specifics:

    Registration of Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Herbal Medicinal Preparations
    Registration of Infants' Milk and Food.
  • 24 Jul 2019 Armenia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Jul 2019 Serbia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the new Customs Law and organic products have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the official list of items controlled by the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia (ALIMS), the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the import procedures in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly for the following documents:

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

    New Serbian Customs Law Entered into Force

    As of 17 June 2019, a new Customs Law is being applied. The focus of the new Law is the transition to paperless business, including electronic solutions as well as a simplification and modernisation of customs procedures. Inter alia, the following modifications apply:

    Henceforth, all communication between the Customs Administration and the private sector will be effected electronically. Consequently, customs declarations, e.g. the Single Customs Document, must be submitted by electronical means.
    A Binding Information will be binding not only for customs authorities in relation to the person to whom it is issued as this has previously been the case, but also for any person to whom the decision relates.
    Compulsory securities for customs debts were established for most customs procedures.
    Interests are to be paid for subsequently assessed customs duties.
    The Customs Procedures were reorganised in accordance with the European Union Customs Code (UCC) and, amongst others, the procedure for processing under customs control was discontinued.
    Time limits for designated customs procedures were adjusted. By way of example, the total deadline for goods to stay in the temporary admission procedure is ten years, while goods may remain in temporary storage under customs supervision for up to 90 days now.
    The institute of an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) is being strengthened.

    For particulars, the quoted documents and chapters in this overview may be consulted.

    Organic Products

    The section on Foodstuffs below has been enhanced with information on the importation of organic products into Serbia; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 23 Jul 2019 United Kingdom Focus: preferential treatment, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), APHA Import Notification, designated points of entry (DPEs), motor vehicles, amended contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    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.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be viewed for more information.

    APHA Import Notification

    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. For specifics concerning the mandatory import notification, the quoted document and the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin further below may be consulted.

    Designated Points of Entry (DPEs)

    The paragraph on Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) and Designated Points of Entry (DPEs) below has been enhanced with information on the website containing lists of all DPEs for controlled plants, plant products (including foodstuffs) and forestry material.

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Type Approval for Motor Vehicles has been revised and equipped with a modified application form, amongst other changes. For particulars on this matter, please turn to the mentioned document.

    Amended Contact Details

    As the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which comes under the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has published an e-mail address to which applications for a Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES are to be sent, said document has been adjusted accordingly, amongst other changes, and may be consulted for additional information.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been brought up to date in respect of various details.
    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 23 Jul 2019 Ethiopia Focus: medicines, Certificate of Analysis as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Medicines

    As the authority regulating medicines and food, amongst others, has been renamed to Ethiopian Food and Drug Administration (EFDA), this import report has been amended accordingly, as applicable. Moreover, the corresponding contact details of the authority have been updated. Furthermore, information on the newly established Electronic Regulatory Information System (eRIS) of the abovementioned authority has been made available. Please refer to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods for additional details.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 23 Jul 2019 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244)
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 23 Jul 2019 Iceland
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 22 Jul 2019 Madagascar Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Certificate of Radioactivity Inspection as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Madagascar 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 to prove the aircraft's conformity to the applicable national and international technical norms, 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.

    Certificate of Radioactivity Inspection

    A Certificate of Radioactivity Inspection may be required for market access procedures in Madagascar. Therefore, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into this import documentation. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Jul 2019 Iceland Amendments as regards importation of seeds, mercury and mercury products as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Seeds

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been augmented with particulars of the importation requirements for seeds into Iceland. Please refer thereto for particulars on this matter.

    Mercury and Mercury Products

    The Minamata Convention on Mercury, which entered into force on 16 August 2017, stipulates that its parties may not export mercury without the written consent of the importing party and only for the purpose of environmentally sound interim storage or an allowed use. For mercury-containing products, a phase-out scheme has been agreed upon. For additional details, please consult the updated chapter on Chemical and Hazardous Substances in this overview, which has been enhanced with respect to the accession of Iceland to the Convention in 2018.

    Other Changes

    The section on Cosmetics below has been blue-pencilled. By way of example, particulars on the responsible authority have been incorporated.
    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 22 Jul 2019 Uzbekistan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jul 2019 Libya Amendments as regards the Commercial Registration, political situation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Libya. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    With reference to the documents entitled Commercial Registration and Excerpt from the Commercial Register, the competent Ministry of Economy and Industry recently announced that designated local offices near Tripoli, i.e. the respective Commercial Registration Committees, have been unified to a single office, which is henceforth located in the capital. Registration certificates issued after February 2019 are only valid if the seal specified in the corresponding communication is used. Procedural information may be obtained from the above-mentioned documents of this report.

    Political Situation

    The paragraph on the Political Situation and Administrative Changes has been updated in view of the deferment of the parliamentary elections due to the civil war in Libya. For additional details, the quoted chapter may be viewed.

    Other Changes

    Other trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 19 Jul 2019 Liberia Focus: Cargo Tracking Note (CTN), Fumigation Certificate, Import Permit Declaration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

    As a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) is mandatory for all sea shipments to Liberia, the same-named document has been added to this import report. Additional details may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Fumigation Certificate

    A Fumigation Certificate may be required for the importation of certain goods, e.g. used clothes, into Liberia. Consequently, said document has been added to the set of documents of the import report for Liberia. Please refer thereto for more details.

    Import Permit Declaration

    As by virtue of Executive Order 96 issued on 10 April 2019, all commercial importers of goods into Liberia are currently exempted from the requirement of an Import Permit Declaration and from seeking import permits which have so far been administered by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the quoted document has been amended to this effect. Commercial importers must nevertheless notify the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in writing of any intention to import goods. Please turn to the mentioned document for further information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 19 Jul 2019 Oman
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Jul 2019 Norway
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 19 Jul 2019 Kazakhstan
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 19 Jul 2019 Jordan
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jul 2019 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: Summary Declaration, Certificate of Business Registration, further amended application forms and model certificates as well as the scope of goods subject to conformity assessment measures and to petroleum licensing requirements.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Summary Declaration

    The document entitled Summary Declaration has been completely revised and modified as regards the mandatory electronic submission, the deadline for its filing and a sample declaration form, amongst other amendments. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Certificate of Business Registration

    As the Online Business Registration System of the Kosovo Business Registration Agency (KBRA) has moved, the Certificate of Business Registration has been updated accordingly. For additional details, also with respect to the exchanged online and paper application forms, the mentioned document may be viewed.

    Further Amended Application Forms and Model Certificates

    New application forms for and samples of an issued Binding Tariff Information in both Albanian and English have been made available by the Kosovan authorities. Consequently, the quoted document has been adjusted and may be consulted for specifics.

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for medicinal and related products, amongst others. 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 document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been furnished with a more recent version of the sample certificate.
    Additional details of the quoted model certificates may be obtained from the mentioned documents and further related information may be viewed in the chapters on Animals and Animal Products and Medicinal Products and Medical Devices in this overview.

    Scope of Goods Subject to Conformity Assessment Measures and to Petroleum Licensing Requirements

    The paragraph on Standardisation further below has been enhanced with information on further commodities subject to conformity assessment measures, e.g. requiring a Declaration of Conformity, amongst others.
    Moreover, the classification of goods related to the document entitled Licence to Deal in Petroleum Products, i.e. measure L06, which is controlled by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), has been adjusted in accordance with the recently published amendments of the Import Regime.
    For particulars of the aforementioned modifications, please refer to the quoted sections and documents.
  • 18 Jul 2019 Australia Amendments as regards seasonal treatment measures, cut flowers and foliage, agricultural and veterinary chemicals as well as non-road vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Australia. The following changes have been made:

    Seasonal Treatment Measures

    In order to minimise the risk of pests arriving in Australia, Seasonal Measures Requiring Treatment may apply such as in the case of the brown marmorated stink bug (BSMB) season. For details of this matter, please consult the quoted chapter in this overview.

    Cut Flowers and Foliage

    Particulars on the importation of cut flowers and foliage have been added to the paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

    The section on Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals has been newly added to this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars on the importation of such goods into Australia.

    Non-Road Vehicles

    The chapter on Motor Vehicles and Agricultural Machinery further below has been enhanced with details of the importation of non-road motor vehicles into Australia. Please consult the quoted paragraph for additional information on this matter.
  • 18 Jul 2019 Zimbabwe
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jul 2019 Mauritius
    Nomenclature changes
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 18 Jul 2019 Mauritania
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 17 Jul 2019 Bahamas Focus: Certificate of Analysis for Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and contact details. The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis for Pharmaceutical Ingredients

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

    Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    A new document entitled Certificate of Conformity for Used Motor Vehicles has been newly introduced to the set of documents for import report for the Bahamas. For information on the importation of used motor vehicles from designated countries, please see the quoted document as well as the chapter on Used Goods in this overview.

    Contact Details

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

    Bahamas Customs and Excise Department
    Bahamas Pharmacy Council
    Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).
  • 17 Jul 2019 Brunei Amendments as regards cosmetics, labelling requirements, denomination and contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei Darussalam.
    The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

    The section on Cosmetics has been newly created in this overview. Details of the importation of such goods into Brunei Darussalam may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pet food to be imported into and marketed in the country have been added to the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Denomination and Contact Details

    The former Ministry of Energy and Industry (MEI) has been renamed to Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI). Furthermore, the contact details of the National Standards Centre (NSC) under the above-mentioned authority have been updated. In addition, the contact information of the Land Transport Department under the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications has also changed. These changes have been reflected throughout this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 17 Jul 2019 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards the list of notified bodies for conformity assessment procedures, authority in charge for the accreditation of conformity assesment bodies and labelling requirements for cosmetic products have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates. The following changes have been made:

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The GCC Standardization Organisation (GSO), which the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on a GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the section on Standardisation further below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Authority in Charge for the Accreditation of Conformity Assesment Bodies

    The authority responsible for the accreditation of conformity assesment bodies has been added to the chapter on Standardisation. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Labelling Requirements for Cosmetic Products

    The labelling requirements for cosmetic products have been reviewed and blue-pencilled. Please refer to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements for particulars.
  • 17 Jul 2019 Ecuador
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 Jul 2019 South Korea Focus: foodstuffs, electrical appliances and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    In accordance with the Enforcement Rule of the Special Act on Imported Food Safety Control, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs has been verified and equipped with the current version of the application form. Please see said document for further particulars.

    Electrical Appliances

    The documents entitled Certification of Electrical Appliances and Safety Confirmation of Used Electrical Appliances have been completely revised and amended with respect to their contact details, period of validity as well as further procedural details, as applicable. In addition, the application forms of the mentioned documents and the sample certificate displayed in the document entitled Certification of Electrical Appliances have been exchanged for their most recent versions. More information may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 16 Jul 2019 Indonesia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, pesticides, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Appointment as IT has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for further information.

    Pesticides

    The paragraph on Pesticides has been newly created in this overview. Please refer thereto for information on the import requirements of pesticides in Indonesia.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with the contact details of the central bank of Indonesia. Please refer to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 16 Jul 2019 Canada Focus: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), model health certificates, procedural details, Certificate of Analysis, classification of goods as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

    As a Pre-Arrival Notice for Vessels is mandatory for cargo reporting purposes, the same-titled document has been newly incorporated into this import report. Furthermore, the document entitled Customs Cargo Control has been blue-pencilled and equipped with an updated application form, amongst other changes.
    Moreover, the former Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) and release on minimum documentation (RMD) service options are currently being decommissioned and replaced by the Integrated Import Declaration (IID). The following documents have been adjusted accordingly and may be viewed for additional details:

    Customs Import Declaration
    eManifest for Road or Rail Cargo
    Manifest
    Registration as EDI Client.

    Model Health Certificates

    The following veterinary health certificates have been revised and furnished with a more recent version of the respective sample certificate:

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

    More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted documents and the chapter on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview.

    Procedural Details

    The following documents have been revised and modified with respect to various procedural details, e.g. the method of submission of the application, the processing time and fee or the application form:

    Authorisation of Explosives
    Import Licence for Nuclear Substances and Equipment
    Import Permit for Explosives
    New Substances Notification.

    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.

    Classification of Goods

    As of 30 April 2019, import reporting requirements have been added for the following new products: battery chargers, commercial pre-rinse spray valves, metal halide lamp ballasts, microwave-ovens, small electric motors, walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers as well as whole-home dehumidifiers. Consequently, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the document entitled Energy Efficiency Report required by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been adjusted.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 16 Jul 2019 Saudi Arabia
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 16 Jul 2019 Kuwait
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 15 Jul 2019 Mexico Amendments as regards the classification of goods, warehousing as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Automatic Import Permit, has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the applicable legal basis. Furthermore, the scope of goods requiring a Registration of Importers from Certain Branches has been augmented due to an amendment published on 7 May 2019 to the official lists contained in the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE). Please see the quoted documents as well as the sections on Registration and Goods Controlled by the Ministry of Economy (SE) in this overview for more information on said requirements.

    Warehousing

    The Mexican Customs Law, as amended, stipulates the storage period for goods stored in a Mexican warehouse. Therefore, the paragraph on Warehousing further below has been edited to this regard. For further information, please turn to the mentioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the section below.
  • 15 Jul 2019 Laos Focus: cosmetics, chemical substances, Certificate of Analysis as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Laos has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

    A new document entitled Registration of Cosmetics has been added to the set of documents for the import report for Laos. Please refer thereto for further details of the import requirements of such goods as well as to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview.

    Chemical Substances

    Particulars on the registration requirements for chemical substances in Laos have been included in the newly created document entitled Registration of Chemical Substances. For specifics, please consult the mentioned document and see the section on Pesticides and Other Chemicals below.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been furnished with a more recent version of an issued sample certificate. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 15 Jul 2019 Hong Kong Amendments as regards registration, authorised economic operator (AEO), allergens as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Hong Kong. The following changes have been made:

    Registration

    Information on the document entitled Electronic Pharmaceutical Service (e-PS) Account has been incorporated into this overview. Particulars may be found in the paragraph on Pharmaceutical Products, Dangerous Drugs and Poisons below.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    On 26 and 27 June 2019, Hong Kong signed mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) on the status of the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme with Israel and Canada, respectively, during a council session of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in Brussels, Belgium. More information on MRAs of the AEO status Hong Kong has concluded so far may be obtained from the corresponding chapter on the Customs Control below.

    Allergens

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with particulars of the labelling requirements for allergens in food products. Please refer to the quoted section for further details of this matter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 15 Jul 2019 Senegal
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 15 Jul 2019 Iran
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Jul 2019 Oman Amendments as regards Free Trade Zones, list of notified bodies for conformity assessment procedures, aircraft and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Oman. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones

    The Special Economic Zone Duqm (SEZD) is planned to be the largest Special Economic Zone in the Middle East. Details about the SEZD have been added to the chapter on Free Trade Zones, please refer thereto for particulars.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which the Directorate General for Specifications and Standards under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on a GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the section on Standardisation further below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Aircraft

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the so-called Esnad Electronic Tender Board have been brought up to date. Please turn to the section on Investment and Government Procurement for more details.
  • 12 Jul 2019 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: ozone-depleting substances (ODS), precious metals and stones, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Cambodia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    An Import Certificate for Ozone-Depleting Substances is required for the importation of such goods into Cambodia. Further particulars on this matter have been included in the newly created quoted document. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The document entitled Import Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report of Cambodia. For more information on the import procedure regarding such goods, please see the quoted document as well as the section on Precious Metals and Rough Diamonds.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the corresponding responsible authorities displayed in the following documents of this import report have been brought up to date:

    Ministry of Environment (MoE)
    Ministry of Industry and Handicraft
    Department of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Commerce (MoC)

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Jul 2019 Switzerland Focus: tobacco products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), Licence to Deal in Ionising Radiation as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco Products

    A new document entitled Notification of the Importation of Tobacco Products has been added to the set of documents for this import report. Please see said document for information on the notification requirements for manufactured tobacco in Switzerland. Additional details may also be found in the section on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products in this overview.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The contact details of the responsible Department of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) displayed in the document entitled General Import Permit for Ozone-Depleting Substances have been brought up to date. Furthermore, said document has been updated with the current application form along with a translation into English. For specifics, please consult the quoted document.

    Licence to Deal in Ionising Radiation

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Ionising Radiation has been furnished with a more recent version of the mutlilingual application form in German, French and Italian language. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 12 Jul 2019 Philippines
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 12 Jul 2019 Kyrgyzstan
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 12 Jul 2019 India
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 11 Jul 2019 Kenya Focus: free sale certificate, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kenya 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 more recent version. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The following documents have been reviewed and rectified with respect to the corresponding procedural details, i.e. scope of application, processing time and fee, and the current versions of the application forms:

    Permit to Import Genetically Modified Organisms
    Marketing Authorisation for Genetically Modified Organisms.

    For particulars, please refer to the documents listed above.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the responsible authorities and their denominations, respectively, have been brought up to date in the following documents of this report:

    Licence to Import Petroleum Products
    Prohibited Imports
    Permit to Import Mineral and Oil Products.

    Procedural details have furthermore been checked and amended where applicable. For more information, the stated documents may be viewed.

    Moreover, the contact phone number of the Department of Multilateral Environmental Agreements of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and its address details have been revised in this overview. For specifics, please turn to the chapter on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news may be found in the following section.
  • 11 Jul 2019 Cameroon Amendments as regards Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, public procurement as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

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

    Public Procurement

    The contact details of the Public Contracts Regulatory Agency under the Ministry of Public Contracts have been updated in the chapter on Public Procurement below. Please refer thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for details.
  • 11 Jul 2019 Thailand
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 11 Jul 2019 Russian Federation
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 10 Jul 2019 Ukraine Focus: classification of goods, updated application forms and radio frequency devices.
    The import documentation for Ukraine has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to the automatic import licensing regime, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence, has been adjusted.

    Updated Application Forms

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

    Commercial Registration
    Licence to Deal in Medicines
    Licence to Deal in Hazardous Waste
    Licence to Import Medicines
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines.

    The first mentioned Commercial Registration has been enhanced concerning the provisions for the processing time and the documents to be enclosed. Furthermore, the latter quoted registration has been revised with regard to the product scope, contact phone number of the State Pharmacological Commission on Veterinary Medicine and the documents to be enclosed with the application. For specifics, please consult the updated documents.

    Radio Frequency Devices

    The document entitled Registration of Radio Frequency Devices has been amended with respect to the processing time, phone number of the regulating National Committee as well as modifications related to the general and special uses of terminal equipment. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    The formerly required document entitled licence to import ethyl alcohol, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products has been deleted from this import report pursuant to the most recent legislation for the commodities in question. For the wholesale trade in said goods, an activity licence is still mandatory.
  • 10 Jul 2019 Guinea Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The paragraph on Hazardous Goods further below has been enhanced with regard to the national focal point of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

    As Guinea is an affiliate country to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the chapter on Norms and Standards in this overview has been provided with details thereof. Please refer thereto for additional information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 10 Jul 2019 Bangladesh
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 10 Jul 2019 Argentina
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Jul 2019 Norway Focus: fishery products, explosives, ecolabelling as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Fishery Products

    Fishery products intended for human consumption which are caught by vessels of European Economic Area (EEA) or European Union (EU) member countries after having been transferred through third countries are to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by the competent authority of the third country. Therefore, the document entitled Health Certificate for Designated Fishery Products has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for Norway. Please refer thereto as well as to the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for particulars.

    Explosives

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Explosives has been enhanced with information on the requirement to annually report the amount of explosives imported into Norway. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Ecolabelling

    The document entitled Nordic Ecolabelling Licence has been furnished with a more recent version of the English version of the application form which is applicable to all Nordic countries. For further information on the current application form as well as the requirements to obtain such licence, please consult the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 09 Jul 2019 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards export controls, the Minamata Convention on Mercury as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Export Controls

    The chapter on Export Controls has been newly added to this overview of import procedures and may be consulted for further particulars.

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The paragraph on Hazardous Goods further below has been enhanced with regard to the national focal point of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 09 Jul 2019 Malaysia
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2019 Colombia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 09 Jul 2019 Switzerland
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Jul 2019 Brazil
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 09 Jul 2019 Bahrain
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Jul 2019 Senegal Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention on Mercury, marking and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The paragraph on Hazardous Goods further below has been enhanced with regard to the national focal point of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Marking and Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of transparency, the chapter on Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been restructured. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 08 Jul 2019 North Macedonia Focus: Customs Declarations and Excise Processing System (CDEPS), model certificates, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for North Macedonia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Declarations and Excise Processing System (CDEPS)

    Pursuant to the launch of the so-called Customs Declarations and Excise Processing System (CDEPS, Sistem za obrabotka na carinskite deklaracii i akcizni dokumenti - SOCDAD) by the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia, the document entitled Registration with CDEPS has been newly incorporated into this report. In addition, the following documents have been adjusted in this respect:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Summary Declaration.

    Furthermore, the latter document has been enhanced with updated information on the time frames within which the declaration is to be presented to the customs authorities in accordance with the current Customs Law. For particulars, the quoted documents and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below may be viewed.

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for medicinal and related products, amongst others. 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 document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been revised and furnished with a more recent version of the sample certificate.
    Additional details of the quoted model certificates may be obtained from the mentioned documents and further related information may be viewed in the chapters on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin and Medicinal Products in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The address and contact information of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MOEPP) has been modified throughout the import documentation for North Macedonia, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Jul 2019 Taiwan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 08 Jul 2019 St. Lucia
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 08 Jul 2019 United Arab Emirates
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Jul 2019 Botswana Focus: Commercial Registration, medicinal products and related goods, Certificate of Analysis, Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    After the Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) introduced the Online Business Registration System (OBRS), companies must register their businesses using the new system. Therefore, the document entitled Commercial Registration has been completely revised and the procedural details as, e.g., the contact details, processing time and fee as well as documents to be enclosed have been updated. Moreover, the paragraph on Registration in this overview has been amended to this regard. Please refer to said document and chapter for more information.

    Medicinal Products and Related Goods

    Since the responsible authority for the importation of pharmaceutical products has changed, the respective contact details have been edited in the documents entitled Registration of Drugs as well as Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice. Furthermore, the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods further below has been adjusted accordingly. For particulars, please see the quoted document and paragraph.

    Certificate of Analysis

    For the importation of pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products, a Certificate of Analysis issued in the country of export is required by the Botswanan authorities. Hence, the mentioned document has been added to the set of documents for this import report. In addition, the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods below has been enhanced with information in this respect. Details may be obtained from said document and section.

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product

    In order to import pharmaceutical products into Botswana, different documents, e.g. a Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product, are usually to be submitted. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly created for this import report. Besides, the corresponding section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview has been modified accordingly. Please see the quoted document and chapter for specifics on this matter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Jul 2019 Bahrain Amendments as regards the registration of articles made from plastic, list of notified bodies for conformity assesment procedured and labelling of health products and medicine have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Articles Made From Plastic

    In order to be eligible for importation, all articles made from plastic must be oxo-biodegradable, i.e. they must bear the oxo-biodegradable logo defined by the Bahrain Standards and Metrology Directorate (BDSM), which comes under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. A prior Registration of Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Articles is mandatory in order to obtain the right, i.e. a licence, to use the logo. Otherwise, the articles will be banned from being entered into the Kindom of Bahrain. Please also turn to the following sections for more details:

    Import Prohibitions
    Standardisation
    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which the Bahrain Standards and Metrology Directorate (BSMD) is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on a GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the section on Standardisation further below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling of Health Products and Medicine

    The requirements for the labelling of packages and leaflets of medical products have been reviewed and adjusted accordingly. For more information, please refer to the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.
  • 05 Jul 2019 Panama
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 05 Jul 2019 New Zealand
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Jul 2019 Ghana Amendments as regards the Renovo™ Programme, pesticides as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    Renovo™ Programme

    The document entitled Renovo™ Programme, which is a prerequisite for designated tyres and electrical as well as electronic equipment and specified used goods, has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Further details may be obtained from the aforementioned new document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Pesticides

    For reasons of transparency, the information on Pesticides contained in this overview has been incorporated into a new chapter, which may be consulted for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph, which may be referred to for specifics.
  • 04 Jul 2019 Benin Focus: plant variety protection, Advance Declaration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Benin has been revised and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plant Variety Protection

    Benin is a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle - OAPI). Consequently, the document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection has been incorporated into the report for Benin. Additional details may be obtained from said document.

    Advance Declaration

    As an Advance Declaration is to be submitted via the Single Window for Foreign Trade (Guichet Unique du Commerce Extérieur - GUCE) prior to the arrival of goods in Benin unless for goods which are exempt from this procedure, the same-named document has been added to this import report. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations for further information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 04 Jul 2019 Turkey
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 04 Jul 2019 Qatar
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 03 Jul 2019 Peru Focus: classification of goods, sanitary products, updated processing time and fee as well as contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Peru have been amended and adjusted in accordance with the Peruvian import regime for the following documents:

    Import Authorisation for Solid and Hazardous Waste
    Inspection of Pesticides, Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Products
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Permit to Import Refrigeration and Air Condition Equipment
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products Subject to Quarantine
    Registration of Importers of Solid and Hazardous Waste.

    Sanitary Products

    The document entitled Obligatory Sanitary Notification for Products for Domestic Hygiene and Absorbing Products for Personal Hygiene has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Furthermore, the corresponding paragraph on Cosmetics, Medicinal Products and Related Goods has been brought up to date and may be viewed for amendments.

    Updated Processing Time and Fee

    The following documents have been revised with regard to the current procedural details, i.e. deadlines for the submission of information, the processing time and/or fee, respectively:

    Import Authorisation for Solid and Hazardous Waste
    Loading Manifest
    Registration of Commercial Varieties.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the authorities in charge of wild species of flora and fauna in the framework of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have been updated in the corresponding document entitled Permit to Import Goods Subject to the Washington Convention. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics.

    Moreover, the contact information of the General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs (DIGEMID) has been verified for the relevant documents of this report and updated, where applicable.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Declaration of Customs Value has been enhanced with a sample of the declaration as stipulated by the Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN). For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 03 Jul 2019 Afghanistan Amendments as regards norms and standards, labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Afghanistan.
    The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    Since Afghanistan is a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards in this overview has been equipped with particulars of said authorities and their functions, as applicable. For further details, please see the mentioned chapter.

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

    According to the Medicines Importation Guideline of 2017, labels of pharmaceutical products must bear specific information. Hence, the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details thereof. Please refer to the quoted section for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) responsible for import measures as regards, inter alia, waste and ozone-depleting substances (ODS), have been revised and brought up to date throughout this overview.
  • 03 Jul 2019 Namibia
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 03 Jul 2019 Belarus
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2019 United States of America Focus: application forms and model certificates, application fees, Certificate of Analyis and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States of America (U.S.) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Application Forms and Model Certificates

    The following documents have been equipped with updated application forms:

    CITES Import Permit for Wild Collected Plants
    Essential Use Exemption for Certain Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Explosives Licence
    Import Licence for Wildlife
    Import Permit for Alcohol
    Import Permit for Marine Mammals
    Import Permit for Milk and Cream
    Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Import Permit for Protected Plants and Products Thereof
    Import Permit for Timber and Timber Products
    Import Permit for Veterinary Biologics
    Importer Identification Number
    Manifest for Aircraft
    Manifest for Vessels
    Notice of Firearms Imported
    Plant and Plant Product Declaration
    Registration under the Controlled Substances Act
    Release and Receipt of Firearms, Ammunition and Certain Military Equipment.

    Moreover, the following veterinary health certificates have been revised and furnished with a more recent version of the sample certificate:

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

    More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted documents and the chapter on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview.

    Application Fees

    Particulars on the fee structure and the currently valid fees for designated application procedures have been brought up to date for the following documents:

    Approval of New Drugs
    Registration of Medical Devices Establishment.

    Certificate of Analyis

    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

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 02 Jul 2019 Saudi Arabia Amendments as regards the classification of import measures, the Minamata Convention, the notified bodies for conformity assessment procedures, labelling requirements for tyres and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Saudi Arabia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Import Measures

    The scope of goods subject to the following documents, i.e. the tariff codes pertaining to said measures, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official lists:

    Prohibited Imports
    Permit to Import Arms, Ammunition, Explosives and Further Dangerous Chemicals
    Registration of Branding Stamps for Precious Metals and Stones
    SFDA Inspection.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with information on Saudi Arabia's adherence to the Minamata Convention. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), which the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements for Tyres

    The paragraph on Marking, Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with information on labelling requirements for tyres. For additional details, please refer to the quoted section in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on standardisation issues.
  • 02 Jul 2019 Papua New Guinea
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 02 Jul 2019 Mexico
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 02 Jul 2019 Madagascar
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 01 Jul 2019 South Korea
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 30 Jun 2019 Pakistan
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
    Amendments to the internal taxation
  • 28 Jun 2019 Kyrgyzstan Focus: veterinary surveillance, procedural details, re-organised authorities, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Surveillance

    The document entitled Veterinary Import Permit has been updated with regard to the documents to be enclosed with the application and the electronic submission by means of the "Argus" system, which is in its implementation phase. For information, please see the quoted document.
    Moreover, the contact phone numbers of the State Inspectorate on Veterinary and Phytosanitary Security have been updated in the relevant documents of this report.

    Procedural Details

    The procedural details as determined in the provisions of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have been updated in the following documents of this import report:

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    The documents listed above may be viewed for specifics. Pursuant to Decision No. 80 of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) of 30 June 2017, a homogenous form of the state registration certificate agreed between the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) became effective on 1 June 2019 and has therefore been added to the quoted document State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Re-Organised Authorities

    The former ministry in charge of the agricultural sector has been renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration, which has been reflected in this documentation. Furthermore, the corresponding governmental structure of subordinate departments of the respective Ministry has been verified and the denominations have consequently been amended throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with additional labelling requirements for products derived from or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) applicable as of May 2019.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 28 Jun 2019 Trinidad and Tobago
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 28 Jun 2019 Botswana
    Nomenclature changes
    Changes of tariff rates
  • 27 Jun 2019 Malaysia Focus: classification of goods, animal products, Mill Test Certificate as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Malaysia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of goods

    A new document entitled Binding Tariff Classification Ruling has been added to the set of documents for the import report for Malaysia. Please refer to the quoted document for further information on this procedure as well as to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been furnished with a more recent version of a sample certificate. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Mill Test Certificate

    In order to import iron and steel products into Malaysia, a Mill Test Certificate is required. Particulars on this matter have been introduced to this import report in this newly created document. Please consult the quoted document for further information.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 27 Jun 2019 Guyana Focus: the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, Free Sale Certificate, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Guyana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World

    The document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA World has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Guyana. Furthermore, information on the electronic submission via said system has been added to the documents entitled Advance Passenger and Cargo Information and Customs Import Declaration. Please refer to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) recently announced a change in the procedure which is to be effected in order to import food and drugs into Guyana. Therefore, such goods which are monitored by the Government Analyst - Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) are now eligible for prioritisation in the form of faster processing and customs clearance. In this regard, the Free Sale Certificate which was originally to be presented upon arrival of the goods may now be presented in advance instead. This change has been reflected in the following documents:

    Import Permit for Cosmetics
    Import Permit for Drugs
    Import Permit for Foodstuffs
    Import Permit for Medical Devices.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Deeds Registry under the Ministry of Legal Affairs have been brought up to date, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 26 Jun 2019 Gabon Amendments as regards hazardous chemicals as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Hazardous Chemicals

    The chapter on Hazardous Chemicals in this overview has been enhanced with the contact details of the national focal point of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, to which Gabon is a party. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 26 Jun 2019 China In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for the P.R. of China has been complemented with updated websites for the online submission as depicted in the documents entitled Registration of Foreign Exporters of Particular Foodstuffs, Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs as well as the Registration of Infant Formula Products.

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which the P.R. of China is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Consignments Sent By Post

    The section on Consignments Sent By Post has been newly created. Please refer thereto for details of goods prohibited from entering the country by post.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Product Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for oral care products which are to be imported into and marketed in the P.R. of China. Specifics on this matter may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter.
  • 25 Jun 2019 Nicaragua Focus: Company Registration, Certificate of Analysis, telecommunications equipment, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Company Registration

    The document entitled Company Registration has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. For specifics, please turn thereto and also refer to the corresponding paragraph on Registration in this overview.

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Telecommunications Equipment

    The procedural correlation of the import regulations stipulated in the following documents has been verified and adjusted as appropriate in accordance with the provisions of the Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR):

    Type Approval Certificate for Telecommunications Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Telecommunications Equipment.

    Specifics on this matter may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Contact Details

    The phone and fax numbers of the National Standardisation and Quality Commission (CNNC) have been revised in the corresponding document entitled Declaration of Conformity.

    Other Changes

    The list of documents accompanying the Customs Import Declaration has been augmented in the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 25 Jun 2019 Mauritius Focus: Import Permit for Controlled Goods, chemical substances as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

    The document entitled Import Permit for Controlled Goods has been enhanced with the currently valid pertaining application form. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Chemical Substances

    The contact details of the Dangerous Chemicals Control Board under the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life have been revised in the concerned documents of this report, as applicable. Furthermore, the document entitled Licence to Import Dangerous Chemicals has been enhanced with the processing time of this particular procedure.
    Further information on the importation of Chemicals into Mauritius may be obtained from the quoted chapter and the documents mentioned therein.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 24 Jun 2019 Ivory Coast Focus: Renovo™ Programme, transfer of activities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Renovo™ Programme

    The document entitled Renovo™ Programme has been enhanced as regards its procedural details, e.g. as far as the processing time and fees as well as the mode of submission are concerned. Furthermore, the quoted document has been furnished with several screenshots of a sample online registration interface. Please refer to the aforementioned document for additional details.

    Transfer of Activities

    As, by virtue of Notice No. 2007/SEPMBPE/DGD of 29 March 2019 of the General Customs Directorate, the analysis, verification, classification and value determination activities have recently been transferred from the inspection company Webb Fontaine to the Directorate for Risk, Information and Value Assessment (DARRV) of the General Customs Directorate, the import report has been amended accordingly. The document entitled Classification and Valuation Order has been modified with regard thereto and may be consulted for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 24 Jun 2019 Armenia Focus: procedural details, medicinal products, hazardous waste, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Armenia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Procedural Details

    The procedural details as determined in the provisions of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have been updated in the following documents of this import report:

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    The documents listed above may be viewed for specifics. Pursuant to Decision No. 80 of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) of 30 June 2017, a homogenous form of the state registration certificate agreed between the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) became effective on 1 June 2019 and has therefore been added to the quoted document State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Medicinal Products

    The document entitled Registration of Medicinal products has been enhanced with the current application form. The pertaining procedural details, e.g. form of submission of the documents for application, the basis for the calculation of processing times and fees, have been adjusted in accordance with the stipulations of the executive Scientific Centre of Drug and Medical Technology Expertise. Furthermore, the corresponding product scope has been blue-pencilled as this registration procedure also includes veterinary medicinal products, exempt for veterinary vaccines, serums and diagnostic products. The former import permit for medicinal products for veterinary use has therefore been deleted from this report. Please see the updated document for more information.

    Hazardous Waste

    The importation of and trade in waste into Armenia is regulated by the Ministry of Nature Protection, which hosts subordinate departments in charge of authorisation procedures applicable to designated goods of the environmental sector. In order to depict the import licensing measure, the document entitled Licence to Import Hazardous Waste has been newly added to the set of documents of the report and may be consulted for particulars.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with additional labelling requirements for products derived from or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) applicable as of May 2019.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 19 Jun 2019 Paraguay Amendments as regards warehousing, import licensing, the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

    According to the Paraguayan Customs Code, the storage period of goods stored in a Paraguayan warehouse may be extended upon request. Therefore, the section on Warehousing in this overview has been equipped with corresponding information. Details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities for which an Import Licence is required has been modified by means of Resolution No. 453/2019. 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 and to the chapter on Import Licensing below for further particulars.

    Minamata Convention

    Since Paraguay ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 26 June 2018, the section on Hazardous Goods further below has been revised. For additional details of this matter, please see said paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 19 Jun 2019 Morocco Amendments as regards the classification of goods subject to conformity requirements, wood packaging material (WPM), currency and payments, contact information and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods Subject to Conformity Requirements

    The classification of the goods subject to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity, i.e. their tariff codes assigned to the mentioned measures, has been brought in line with the most recent legal bases, Circulars No. 5913/311 of 18 March and No. 5933/311 of 29 April 2019. By way of example, designated inner tubes made of rubber, plywood, chain of iron, cast iron, steel or copper and electrical insulators have been added to the list of commodities now requiring the quoted documents. For more information, please refer to the above-mentioned documents and to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    By virtue of Customs Circular No. 5923/311 of 5 April 2019, empty wood packaging material (WPM), e.g. pallets, of other than Moroccan origin may henceforth only be imported in new condition. Consequently, the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been adjusted accordingly.

    Currency and Payments

    Information on the Moroccan body responsible for the allocation of foreign currencies for external trade transactions, the Exchange Office (Office des Changes), has been incorporated into the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview. Moreover, the threshold value for permissible advance payments has been updated. Please turn to the quoted section for additional details.

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the company entrusted with the single window system, PortNet S.A., have been modified. For particulars, please view the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Other Changes

    Other trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 19 Jun 2019 Egypt Focus: Registration with the Egyptian Customs Authority, provisions for animal feed, Certificate of Analysis, mandatory electronic payments and modified foreign exchange regulations as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Egypt has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Egyptian Customs Authority

    The document entitled Registration with the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA) has been newly incorporated into this report as it is a prerequisite for any transaction with said Authority. For additional details of the registration procedure, the quoted document and the chapter on Registration below may be viewed.

    Provisions for Animal Feed

    In order to import animal feed into Egypt, the following documents must have been obtained prior to the issue of the mandatory Permit to Import Animals and Animal Products and have consequently been added to the set of documents of this report:

    Licence to Deal in Animal Feed
    Registration of Animal Feed.

    The mentioned documents and the paragraph on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview may be viewed for particulars.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been reviewed and adjusted in accordance with the legal provisions, e.g. concerning the required minimum content, the sealing of the concerned authority in the country of export and the scope of commodities to which this document pertains, i.e. the classification of goods for which it is a necessary import requirement. Moreover, the sample form of said document has been exchanged for a version which has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO); please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Mandatory Electronic Payments and Modified Foreign Exchange Regulations

    Pursuant to Decree No. 760/2018 of the Ministry of Finance, electronic payment procedures have become mandatory for government charges, e.g. duties and taxes, since 1 May 2019. For threshold values and exemptions, the section on Currency and Payments further below may be viewed.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been amended with regard to various details.
    The following News chapter contains recent issues related to foreign trade; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 18 Jun 2019 Tunisia Amendments as regards customs release channels, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Release Channels

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been revised and enhanced with information on the customs release channels which will be followed after the electronic declaration and evaluation of the goods. Mandatory customs scanning procedures have been described therein, too. For additional details, please refer to the quoted section.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been completely revised and adapted to the current corresponding list issued by the General Customs Directorate; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Information on trade-related News may be found in the following section.
  • 18 Jun 2019 Kuwait Focus: Commercial Registration, products subject to conformity assessment procedures, certificates for foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals as well as contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kuwait has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been completely revised in view of online applications, including a screenshot of the initial application page, amongst other modifications. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Products Subject to Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Technical Evaluation Report (TER) have been replaced with their current versions. The quoted documents may be viewed for specifics.

    Certificates for Foodstuffs and Pharmaceuticals

    The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed upon common rules for the importation of processed foodstuffs, for which a Health Certificate for Foodstuffs may be required. Consequently, the mentioned document has been updated and equipped with a new model certificate, amongst other changes. The quoted document and the section on Foodstuffs below may be viewed for particulars.
    Moreover, the form of the document entitled Certificate of Analysis, which is, e.g., required for medicinal and related products, has been exchanged for a version which has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO); please turn thereto for further details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Environment Public Authority (EPA), the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) and the Kuwait Drug and Food Control (KDFC) has been adjusted throughout this report as applicable.

    Other Changes

    The following News paragraph contains information on recent issues related to foreign trade; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 18 Jun 2019 Guatemala Focus: registration of importers, certificate of analysis, updated procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guatemala has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers

    The document entitled Registration as Importer has been blue-pencilled with respect to the purpose of the registration, the minimum content to be provided in the letter of request and the connection to the mandatory fiscal registration. Please turn to the cited document for particulars.

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Updated Procedural Details

    The current processing times stipulated for the import measures shown in the documents entitled Import Permit for Unprocessed Foodstuffs of Animal and Hydrobiological Origin as well as Sanitary Import Authorisation for Animal Products have been updated. Moreover, the first-mentioned permit has been amended with regard to the documents to be enclosed with the application. Additionally, the document entitled Permit to Import Animal Feed has been augmented in view of the applicable processing time and fee as well as the validity term. The aforementioned documents may be viewed for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Several sections shown in this overview of import procedures have been revised in accordance with the provisions of the Central American Unitary Customs Code (CAUCA). By way of example, the list of documents accompanying the Customs Import Declaration has been augmented in the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 17 Jun 2019 Thailand Amendments as regards halal certification, genetically modified foodstuffs, wood packaging material (WPM) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Halal Certification

    In order to market products as halal, i.e. conforming to Islamic food rules, in Thailand, a prior certification is required. Details of this requirement have been added to the chapter on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Genetically Modified Foodstuffs

    The information on genetically modified foodstuffs contained in the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced. Additional details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    Information on wood packaging material (WPM) has been incorporated into the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Please consult the mentioned section for further information on this matter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 17 Jun 2019 Japan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, asbestos, commercial samples and textile labelling have been brought to the import documentation for Japan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers
    Import Notification for Explosives and Fireworks
    Import Notification for Food and Food Products
    Import Permit for Explosives and Fireworks
    Licence to Deal in Explosives and Fireworks
    Permit to Import Sugar
    Registration as an Importer or Manufacturer of Poisonous and Hazardous Substances.

    Asbestos

    Details of the import prohibition for products containing asbestos have been added to the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Commercial Samples

    The chapter entitled Goods Eligible for Temporary Admission has been enhanced with information the requirements of the temporary importation of commercial samples into Japan. Please refer to the mentioned section below for particulars.

    Textile Labelling

    Further details of the labelling requirements for textile products to be marketed in Japan have been incorporated into the chapter on Labelling Requirements further below. Specifics on this matter may be obtained from the quoted section.
  • 17 Jun 2019 Georgia Focus: veterinary drugs, Free Sale Certificate, Material Safety Data Sheet as well as agrochemicals and pesticides.
    The import documentation for Georgia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Drugs

    The document entitled Registration of Veterinary Medicines has been revised as regards the documents to be enclosed for recognition purposes as well as the documentation necessary for registrations under the National Regime. Moreover, the corresponding fees and the working days required for the examination of data submitted for a recognition have been added thereto. The aforementioned document may be consulted for specifics.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Material Safety Data Sheet

    For reasons of clarity, the contact details of the responsible authorities for industrial chemicals, controlled drug precursors and cosmetics have been listed in the document entitled Material Safety Data Sheet. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Agrochemicals and Pesticides

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

    Registration of Agrochemicals
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for updated procedural details.
  • 14 Jun 2019 Iraq Focus: Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI), Licence to Import and Deal in Communications Equipment, Free Sale Certificate, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    The documents entitled Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin have been enhanced with information on the guarantee which is to be paid if the corresponding document has not been legalised by the Iraqi Embassy in the country of export. Upon the presentation of the legalised document, said guarantee may be reimbursed. Please refer to the quoted documents for further details.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include designated foodstuffs, e.g. pizza, ice cream preparations and canned aloe vera, amongst others. Hence, the importation of the newly listed goods now requires 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). Further particulars of the programme may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview.

    Licence to Import and Deal in Communications Equipment

    The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Communications Equipment has been newly incorporated into this report. For specifics, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Norms and Standards below.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been furnished with a current sample of an issued certificate; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Health has been updated throughout this report, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 14 Jun 2019 Honduras Focus: sanitary surveillance, medical devices, Free Sale Certificate, standardisation and trade-related news. The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Surveillance

    The following documents have been reviewed and amended with regard to various details, e.g. the processing times and the executive service departments of the Agency of Sanitary Regulation (ARSA) and the Ministry of Health:

    Sanitary Licence
    Sanitary Registration.

    Please consult the updated documents for particulars.

    Medical Devices

    The document entitled Risk-Based Classification of Medical Devices, which is to be obtained from the ARSA, has been newly added to the set of documents of this report. For further details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Standardisation

    Honduran authorities accept type approvals (i.e. homologation certificates) for radio and telecommunications equipment issued by designated international and/or regional organisations which have been listed in the document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment. Additionally, the fee charged for the corresponding certification procedure has been updated. Particulars may be obtained from the aforementioned document.

    Other Changes

    The list of documents accompanying the Customs Import Declaration has been revised in accordance with the provisions of the Central American Unitary Customs Code (CAUCA) in the corresponding paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 14 Jun 2019 Bolivia Amendments as regards customs procedures, prohibited pesticides, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures

    Additional documents supporting the Customs Import Declaration in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations have been specified in accordance with Circular letter No. 056/2019 of 13 March 2019 of the National Customs of Bolivia (ANB).
    Furthermore, procedural details and deadlines stipulated for the customs clearance channels have been added accordingly. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Prohibited Pesticides

    The list displaying commodities prohibited from being imported into Bolivia has been enhanced with the indication of highly-hazardous pesticides in the corresponding paragraph on Import Prohibitions in this overview and may be consulted for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Vice Ministry of Environment, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Forest Management and Development (VMABCCGDF) and its General Directorate for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (DGBAP) acting as national focal points within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been verified and updated in the section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. For particulars, please refer to the quoted chapter.
  • 13 Jun 2019 Azerbaijan Focus: updated procedural details, foodstuffs, Free Sale Certificate and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated as regards the processing fees, executive authorities, mode of submission of documents and/or the periods of validity, respectively:

    Activity Licence for Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products
    Activity Licence for Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Medicinal Products
    Registration of Pesticides
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines and Fodder
    State Registration of Commercial Legal Entities
    Taxpayer Registration.

    The quoted documents may be viewed for further details.

    Foodstuffs

    The paragraph on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with the contact details of the Azerbaijani Food Safety Agency in charge of product registration. Please consult the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 13 Jun 2019 Angola Focus: commercial licensing, live animals and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Angola has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Licensing

    As the procedure to obtain a commercial licence was simplified by the competent authority, i.e. the Ministry of Commerce, the document entitled Business Licence has been amended with respect to the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, the processing time of said document has been brought up to date. For further information, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Live Animals

    An updated sample certificate has been included in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals. Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Jun 2019 Venezuela Amendments as regards the inspection of animals, plants and products thereof, cosmetic products as well as requirements for goods bearing national emblems have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    Inspection of Animals, Plants and Products Thereof

    Animals, plants and products thereof are subject to an inspection carried out by the National Institute of Integral Agricultural Health (INSAI) after arrival of the shipment in Venezuela. Accordingly, the chapters on Live Animals and Animal Products as well as Plants and Plant Products in this overview have been equipped with details thereon. Please see the mentioned sections for particulars on this matter.

    Cosmetic Products

    In accordance with the current legislation, cosmetic products require, inter alia, a registration with the Ministry of Public Power for Health (MPPS) in order to be imported into Venezuela. Hence, the paragraph on Cosmetics further below has been enhanced with corresponding information on this measure. For further specifics on the import requirements for cosmetic products, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Requirements for Goods Bearing National Emblems

    For the importation of merchandise bearing certain Venezuelan emblems, prior approval from the Ministry of Public Power for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace is to be obtained. Therefore, the section on Labelling Requirements below has been amended accordingly. Details may be obtained from said paragraph.
  • 12 Jun 2019 Haiti Focus: Certificate of Analysis, Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been enhanced with a more recent version of a model certificate of analysis. Please refer to the quoted document for further details.

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been furnished with the pertaining application form. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Environment have been updated throughout this import report as applicable.
  • 11 Jun 2019 Uruguay Amendments as regards plastic bags, the central bank and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Plastic Bags

    According to Decree No. 3/019, published in early 2019 by the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment (MVOTMA), certain requirements are to be complied with regarding the importation of plastic bags into Uruguay. By way of example, importers of such goods must be registered with the the National Directorate of the Environment (DINAMA). Hence, a new chapter entitled Plastic Bags has been added to this overview. For more information, please see the mentioned section.

    Central Bank

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the Banco Central del Uruguay, i.e. the central bank of the country, and its functions. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 11 Jun 2019 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards the catalogues of products, wood as well as hazardous goods and related commodities have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic. The following changes have been made:

    Catalogues of Products

    The list of commodities which must be duly registered in the so-called Catalogues of Products ("Catálogos de Productos") of the General Customs Directorate (DGA) has been amplified with new items which are to be registered. Please refer to the updated chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations for specifics.

    Wood

    The section on Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with information on the import authorisation procedure required for ready-made and finished wood products. For further details, please turn to the quoted paragraph in this overview.

    Hazardous Goods and Related Commodities

    For reasons of transparency, the information on hygiene products for household and industrial purposes contained in this overview has been summarised in a separate section on Household Sanitary Products, which may be consulted for particulars. In addition, the restructured paragraph entitled Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with details of the import measure for industrial chemicals; please turn thereto for more information.
  • 07 Jun 2019 Turkmenistan Focus: administrative responsibilities, Free Sale Certificate and plants and plant products.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Administrative Responsibilities

    The former Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources has been renamed to Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection, which hosts subordinate inspectorates and state services in charge of phytosanitary and veterinary surveillance.

    Additionally, the State Committee on Environment Protection and Land Resources is presently the sole authority responsible for the authorisation procedures applicable to species of wild fauna and flora, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and wastes. Originally, the quoted State Committee functioned as the executive subordinate entity of the Ministry of Nature Protection, which was previously responsible for the respective product groups.
    These institutional amendments have been reflected throughout the report where applicable.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Plants and Plant Products

    Details of the legal framework applicable in the sphere of phytosanitary protection and quarantine surveillance have been added to the product-specific paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below. For more information, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    The details contained in the former registration document for veterinary medicine have been included in the document entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals due to the high procedural similarity of the two registration measures.
  • 07 Jun 2019 Fiji Focus: Permit to Import Timber, governmental reorganisation as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Timber

    The document entitled Permit to Import Timber has been enhanced with a more recent version of the pertaining application form. Further particulars may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the Ministry of Lands as well as the Ministry of Industry and Trade have been renamed to Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, respectively, the concerned documents of this import report have been amended accordingly. They have also been updated as regards the corresponding contact details, if and as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 07 Jun 2019 Bangladesh Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, cinematographic film and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    The National Board of Revenue is currently modernising its customs programme. Within this framework, said authority has implemented the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme in Bangladesh. Therefore, a new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been added to this overview. Please see the mentioned section for more information on the prerequisites and the benefits of the programme.

    Cinematographic Film

    The current Import Policy Order (IPO) prescribes, inter alia, import requirements for exposed and developed cinematographic film into Bangladesh. By way of example, a consent from the Ministry of Information is required. Hence, the paragraph on Cinematographic Film further below has been amended to this regard. Details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bengali authorities responsible for import measures displayed in this overview have been verified and brought up to date in the following cases:

    Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission
    Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA)
    Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC)
    Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (BNACWC)
    Chief Controller of Import and Export (CCIE)
    Ministry of Defence
    Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • 06 Jun 2019 Lebanon Focus: Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, legalisation requirements for the Certificate of Analysis and contact details.
    The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been revised and equipped with a more recent version of a sample certificate. More information may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview.

    Legalisation Requirements for the Certificate of Analysis

    Depending on the goods and the responsible Lebanese authorities, the Certificate of Analysis may have to be legalised by the Lebanese Embassy in the country of export. Information to this effect has been added to the quoted document, which may be viewed for particulars. The section on Requirements for Import Formalities further below may also be consulted.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Lebanese Customs has been updated throughout this report, as applicable.
  • 06 Jun 2019 Belize Focus: goods subject to veterinary controls, Trade Licence as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Belize has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Goods Subject to Veterinary Controls

    The document entitled Permit to Import Goods Subject to Veterinary Controls has been revised. Furthermore, the corresponding application form has been exchanged for its most recent version. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Trade Licence

    Further information on the applicable application and licensing fees has been added to the document entitled Trade Licence. Moreover, the contact details of the responsible authorities, i.e. the Belmopan City Council and the Belize City Council, have been brought up to date. Specifics on the requirements for obtaining a Trade Licence in Belize may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 06 Jun 2019 Brazil Amendments as regards the single import declaration (DUIMP), structural changes and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Brazil.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Single Import Declaration (DUIMP)

    The single import declaration (DUIMP) may now be processed via the single portal for foreign trade (Portal Único de Comércio Exterior). The document may be used by certain companies instead of the Customs Import Declaration or the Simplified Import Declaration and is foreseen to become applicable to all import transactions in the future. Hence, the paragraph on Customs Procedures in this overview has been amended to this regard. For particulars, please see the quoted chapter.

    Structural Changes

    In accordance with the current legislation, the Secretariat of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) has been renamed and is now the Special Secretariat of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB). Moreover, the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (Ministério da Indústria, Comércio Exterior e Serviços) as well as the Ministry of Finance (Ministério da Fazenda), amongst others, have been consolidated and now form the Ministry of Economy (Ministério da Economia). Furthermore, the Subsecretariat for Foreign Trade Operations (SUEXT) of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Special Secretariat for Foreign Trade and International Affairs (SECINT) are now operating under the new Ministry. These changes have been reflected throughout this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Jun 2019 Jamaica Focus: agricultural commodities, energy drinks, Certificate of Fumigation as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Agricultural Commodities

    The documents contained in this import report dealing with the importation into and sale of agricultural commodities in Jamaica, i.e. the Licence to Import Regulated Agricultural Commodities as well as the Licence to Deal in Regulated Agricultural Commodities, have been enhanced with specifics on the online submission of the corresponding applications. Please refer to the quoted documents for particulars.

    Energy Drinks

    Details of the requirements for the importation into and sale of energy drinks in Jamaica have been made available in the newly created document entitled Permit to Import Energy Drinks. Further information may be obtained therefrom as well as from the paragraph on Foodstuffs in this overview.

    Certificate of Fumigation

    The document entitled Certificate of Fumigation has been newly introduced to the set of documents of the import report for Jamaica. Please turn thereto for further information on the country's treatment and disinfection requirements.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 05 Jun 2019 Ecuador Amendments as regards animal products, updated processing fees, destination inspection and ethyl alcohol have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Animal Products

    As a pre-listing mechanism has been established for foreign producers of products for veterinary use, the paragraph on Live Animals and Animal Products below has been enhanced with details of the regulations applicable in Ecuador. Please consult the quoted section for particulars.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees have been updated in the following documents; please turn thereto for specifics:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)
    Registration of Fertilisers
    Registration of Importers of Fertilisers
    Registration of Importers of Pesticides for Agricultural Use
    Registration of Pesticides for Agricultural Use.

    Destination Inspection

    For reasons of transparency, the information on Destination Inspection contained in this overview has been summarised in a separate chapter. Please refer to the same-named section for further details.

    Ethyl Alcohol

    In accordance with the applicable legal basis, i.e. Resolution No. 007-2019 of the Foreign Trade Committee (COMEX), designated products of tariff subheadings 2207.10 and 2905.11 are subject to import licensing. This regulatory measure implies that importers of certain ethyl alcohol must obtain an automatic import licence from the executive subsecretary of the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fishery (MPCEIP). In this context, the matter-specific sections on Import Licensing and Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products in this overview have been amplified with details of this import requirement. More information may be obtained from the updated paragraphs.
  • 04 Jun 2019 Russian Federation Amendments as regards procedural details, labelling requirements and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Russia. The following changes have been made:

    Procedural Details

    The procedural details as determined in the provisions of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have been updated in the following documents of this import report:

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    The documents listed above may be viewed for specifics. Pursuant to Decision No. 80 of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) of 30 June 2017, a homogenous form of the state registration certificate agreed between the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) became effective on 1 June 2019 and has therefore been added to the quoted document State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified with additional labelling requirements for products derived from or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) applicable as of May 2019.
    Moreover, the quoted paragraph has been enhanced with requirements approved by Government Order No. 792-9 of April 2018, which lists commodities subject to the mandatory labelling of goods by digital identification means. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Details of the traceability programme named "Mercury" established by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (ROSSEL'KHOZNADZOR) have been included in the paragraph on Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview. For specifics, please refer thereto.

    For trade-related news, please consult the following section.
  • 04 Jun 2019 Papua New Guinea Focus: Binding Ruling, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Binding Ruling

    The document entitled Binding Ruling has been reviewed and amended, e.g. by updating the corresponding fees as well as documents and materials to be enclosed with the application. Furthermore, the pertaining application form has been added to said document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with regard to additional goods which may not be imported into Papua New Guinea. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 03 Jun 2019 Tajikistan Focus: merger of authorities, pharmaceuticals, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Merger of Authorities

    As the former state services responsible for sanitary, phytosanitary and veterinary surveillance have been merged into one single authority, i.e. the Committee for Food Security under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, all relevant documents of this import report have been updated accordingly. Depending on the institutional structure, the Committee hosts executive departments in charge of inspections, post-entry audits and application procedures.
    The following import measures have been revised with regard to the current application and issued forms, respectively. In addition, the application conditions and processing times have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the amended requirements:

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicines
    Quarantine Import Permit
    Registration of New Foodstuffs and Food Additives
    Registration of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
    Veterinary Import Permit.

    For further details, please refer to the listed documents.

    Pharmaceuticals

    The document entitled Permit to Import Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Products and Cosmetics has been adjusted with respect to the documents to be enclosed with the application and the corresponding fees charged for the documentary check and the issue of the import permit. For specifics, please turn to the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Ministry of Agriculture has been amended in this documentation where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 03 Jun 2019 Argentina Amendments as regards import licensing, import requirements for pesticides, consignments sent by post as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina.
    The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The scope of commodities subject to either an Automatic Import Licence or a Non-Automatic Import Licence (stipulated by Resolution 523-E/2017) has been modified by means of Resolution No. 507/2018. Due to this amendment, certain commodity codes which priorly required a Non-Automatic Import Licence as of 30 April 2019 now again require an Automatic Import Licence, instead. Therefore, the assignment of commodity codes pertaining to the mentioned documents of this import report has been updated accordingly. Please turn to said documents and to the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for further information.

    Import Requirements for Pesticides

    In order to import pesticides into Argentina, certain international and national regulations must be complied with. By way of example, an import certificate is to be obtainted from the Directorate for Agrochemicals and Biologicals. Consequently, the section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with the respective information. Details may be obtained from the quoted paragraph below.

    Consignments Sent by Post

    In March 2019, the Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP) published General Resolution No. 4447/2019 and General Resolution No. 4450/2019, which establish new procedures to be adhered to for importations made by post or via providers of postal or courier services. Hence, the chapter on Consignments Sent by Post further below has been amended considering the new legal stipulations. For particulars, please refer to the mentioned section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 29 May 2019 Israel Amendments as regards customs facilitation, country of origin labelling and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Israel. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Facilitation

    A new chapter on Customs Facilitation containing information on advance rulings and on the Israeli Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme has been incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for particulars.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The paragraph on Country of Origin Labelling further below has been enhanced with information on such labelling for specific commodities; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 29 May 2019 Barbados Focus: single-use plastic containers and cutlery, Certificate of Airworthiness, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Barbados has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery

    The ban on the importation of single-use plastic containers and cutlery into Barbados has been deferred from its initial date of coming into effect, 1 April 2019, to 1 July 2019. However, as of July, an import licence from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy (MMABE) is required for single-use plastic containers and cutlery deemed environmentally friendly. For more information on this matter, please refer to the newly created document entitled Licence to Import Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been furnished with a sample of an issued certificate. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) as well as the Barbados Drug Service (BDS) have been brought up to date in this import report where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 27 May 2019 Vietnam Focus: motor vehicles, Free Sale Certificate, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Motor Vehicles

    The documents entitled Certificate of Quality Inspection of Motor Vehicles as well as Import Licence for Motor Vehicles of this import report have been blue-pencilled. Furthermore, the application forms and issued certificates depicted therein have been exchanged for more recent versions, as applicable. More information on the importation of motor vehicles into Vietnam may be obtained from the quoted documents as well as from the section on Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles in this overview.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been furnished with a current sample of an issued certificate; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Vietnam Chemicals Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) have been reviewed and updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 27 May 2019 St. Lucia Focus: Free Sale Certificate, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Free Sale Certificate

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been furnished with a current sample of an issued certificate; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) have been brought up to date in this import report where applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 24 May 2019 Nigeria Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The section on Industrial, Laboratory and Agricultural Chemicals in this overview has been enhanced with details 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), to which Nigeria is a party. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Standardisation below has been augmented with additional information on standardisation organisations which Nigeria belongs to. Please refer thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 24 May 2019 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview has been updated with regard to the national focal point in the framework of the Cartagena Protocol. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 May 2019 Yemen Focus: classification of goods, Certificate of Airworthiness and contact details.
    The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following Yemen's adoption of a new customs tariff based on the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Yemen have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. The corresponding sections of this overview, i.e. Note and Harmonized System, have been adjusted accordingly.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been enhanced with an application form for the issue of a type validation certificate, which may be required for the customs release of aircraft. For additional information, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Aircraft in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authority responsible for phytosanitary issues, i.e. the General Directorate of Plant Protection in Aden coming under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority (CAMA) and the Yemen Customs Authority (YCA) has been adjusted throughout this report, as applicable.
  • 23 May 2019 Costa Rica Focus: genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Sanitary Registration of Inks and Dyes, Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF), Free Sale Certificate and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The document entitled Certificate for Commercial Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been enhanced with regard to its procedural details, i.e. the requirement of a digital signature to be used for electronic submissions of documents, information on periodical inspections to be performed and the conditions for an application for renewal. Please refer to the quoted document for specifics.

    Sanitary Registration of Inks and Dyes

    The provisions applicable to the Sanitary Registration of Inks and Dyes intended to be used for tattoos have been summarised in a separate document, which has been newly created for this report. Further details of the corresponding measure may be obtained therefrom.

    Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF)

    As announced by the Ministry of Health, procedural amendments have been brought to the legal basis for the issue of the Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF). By way of example, the times for the processing of such applications have been reduced since March 2019. Furthermore, information on the inspection which will be carried out has been added to the mentioned document.
    The same-named document of this import report has been updated pursuant to these legislative novelties. For particulars, please consult the quoted document.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Other Changes

    Several paragraphs shown in this overview of import procedures have been blue-pencilled in accordance with the provisions of the Central American Unitary Customs Code (CAUCA). By way of example, the list of documents accompanying the Customs Import Declaration has been augmented in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.

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  • 22 May 2019 El Salvador Focus: Cargo Tracking Note, commercial registration, foodstuffs and beverages as well as Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Tracking Note

    As a Cargo Tracking Note, the so-called advanced declaration of goods (declaración de mercancías anticipada - DMA), must be issued for all shipments with El Salvador as their destination, the same-named document has been added to the set of documents of the import report for El Salvador. More information may be obtained therefrom and from the updated chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Commercial Registration

    The contact information of the new service window of the National Registration Centre (CNR) located in Chalatenango has been incorporated into the document entitled Company Registration. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

    Due to the implementation of the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) for foreign trade operators linked to the food sector, the mode of submission of application documents has been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report:

    Import Notification for Designated Products of the Food Sector
    Permit to Import Foodstuffs and Beverages
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs and Beverages
    Sanitary Registration of Foodstuffs and Beverages.

    For further details, please refer to the quoted documents. Please also consult the product-specific chapter on Foodstuffs and Beverages in this overview.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been enhanced with particulars relating to the catalogue of technical provisions and norms applicable to the food sector in El Salvador. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 22 May 2019 New Zealand Amendments as regards customs valuation, the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS), labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    The chapter entitled Customs Value in this overview has been enhanced with information on valuation ruling, a new customs service introduced with the Customs and Excise Act 2018. Please refer to the quoted section for specifics.

    World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)

    Details of the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) have been introduced to the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin below. Further particulars may be obtained therefrom

    Labelling Requirements

    A new paragraph on the requirements regarding the Labelling of Tobacco Products in New Zealand has been created for reasons of clarity and greater transparency.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.