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  • 07 Jul 2020 Senegal Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

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

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

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

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

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

    Veterinary Entry Documents

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

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

    For specifics, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Health Entry Document for Feed and Food

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

    North Macedonia's Ratification of the Minamata Convention

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 07 Jul 2020 Bahrain Amendments as regards standardisation, used goods, contact details, as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Bahrain. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

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

    Used Goods

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ports and Maritime Affairs Department under the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications have been amended throughout this overview.
  • 06 Jul 2020 Ghana Amendments as regards the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) have been brought to the import documentation for Ghana.
    The following changes have been made:

    Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS)

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

    Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) Conformity Programme

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

    Registration of Drugs

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Material

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

    Plant Variety Protection

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

    Customs Import Declaration and Advance Declaration

    Information on documents required for the acceptance of the documents named Customs Import Declaration and Advance Declaration has been added to the mentioned documents, which may be viewed for further details.
  • 03 Jul 2020 Peru Focus: fish and fishery products as well as items regulated by the National Service for Agricultural Health (SENASA) and Peruvian Tax Unit (UIT).
    The import documentation for Peru has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fish and Fishery Products

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

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

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

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

    For particulars, please consult the quoted documents.

    Peruvian Tax Unit (UIT)

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

    Electronic Customs Procedures

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been modified with respect to information on the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) electronic processing system. Please refer to the mentioned section for further specifics.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Afghanistan is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For details of this matter, please see the paragraph on Waste below.
  • 02 Jul 2020 United States of America Focus: application forms, electronic submission of documents as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United States of America has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Application Forms

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

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

    Electronic Submission of Documents

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

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

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

    Free Trade Zones

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

    Veterinary Medicines

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

    Standardisation

    The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Saudi Arabia, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 29 Jun 2020 Malaysia Focus: changes with regard to updated customs legislation and sample certificate. The import documentation for Malaysia has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Changes with Regard to Updated Customs Legislation

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

    Sample Certificate

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Contact Details

    The phone numbers of the State Customs Service have been brought up to date throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 26 Jun 2020 Guyana Focus: Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards as well as the Government Analyst - Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD). The import documentation for Guyana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards

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

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

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

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

    Please turn to said documents for further details of this matter.
  • 26 Jun 2020 Gabon Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Gabon.
    The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Gabon is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.
  • 25 Jun 2020 Nicaragua Focus: foodstuffs and beverages, updated procedural details and prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for Nicaragua has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

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

    Updated Procedural Details

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

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

    Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

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

    China Compulsory Certification (CCC)

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

    Standardisation

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

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Product Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for pet feedstuffs. More information may be obtained from the mentioned section.
  • 24 Jun 2020 Mauritius Focus: fish and fish products, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, registrations with TradeNet, Import Permit for Controlled Goods, warehousing and prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for Mauritius has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fish and Fish Products

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

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

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

    Registrations with TradeNet

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

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

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

    Warehousing

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

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

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

    Waste

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

    Renovo™ Programme

    As the Renovo™ Programme is currently suspended, information thereon has been included in the same-named document. Please turn thereto for additional details.
  • 23 Jun 2020 Morocco Amendments as regards the postponement of the introduction of the mandatory Pre-Export Verification of Conformity, classification of goods subject to conformity requirements, import requirements for tomato, aubergine and pepper seeds as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Morocco. The following changes have been made:

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

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

    Classification of Goods Subject to Conformity Requirements

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

    Import Requirements for Tomato, Aubergine and Pepper Seeds

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

    Single Window Approach

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

    Registration of Medicinal Products

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bio-Resources Management Agency and the Waste and Atmosphere Emissions Management Agency have been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report. Both agencies are subordinate institutions of the Ministry of Environment.
  • 22 Jun 2020 Paraguay Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, the Kigali Amendment as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Paraguay. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

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

    Kigali Amendment

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

    Packing List and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

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

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

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

    Registration of Dietary Supplements

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

    Processing Fees

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

    Customs Release Certificate for Medical and Related Products
    Customs Release Certificate for Medical Devices
    Marketing Authorisation for Pharmaceuticals
    Pricing Request for Imported Pharmaceuticals
    Registration of Biocidal Products
    Registration of Medical Devices.
  • 19 Jun 2020 Tunisia Amendments as regards arms, ammunition and explosives, marking requirements for plastic bags as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tunisia. The following changes have been made:

    Arms, Ammunition and Explosives

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

    Marking Requirements for Plastic Bags

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

    Importation of Communications Equipment

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

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been replaced with an updated version. Please turn to said document for additional details of this matter.
  • 18 Jun 2020 Japan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Japan. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Submission of an Advance Declaration

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

    Contact Details

    The contact phone numbers of the Animal Protection and Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) have been revised and the web address of the Electronic System for Import Authorisations (SEADIM) has been brought up to date in the relevant documents of this import report, where applicable.
  • 17 Jun 2020 Thailand Amendments as regards cosmetics, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

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

    Contact Details

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

    Contact Details

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

    Labelling Requirements for Foodstuffs

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been revised in accordance with Government Decree No. 301 on the Approval of Technical Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers.
  • 16 Jun 2020 Iraq Focus: importation of gold, legal bases for import procedures and contact details.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Gold

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

    Legal Bases for Import Procedures

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

    Contact Details

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

    Customs Administration

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

    Updated Contact and Procedural Details

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

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

    Moreover, the possibility to submit online applications for the licensing, registration and classification of the goods in question has been added, where applicable. For specifics, please turn to the quoted documents.
  • 15 Jun 2020 Bolivia Amendments as regards the single window approach, textiles, clothing accessories and furniture as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

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

    Textiles, Clothing Accessories and Furniture

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

    Contact Details

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 23/19, a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) is mandatory for the so-called goods of the basic basket and other priority products as well as medicines to be imported into Angola. Therefore, a new same-named document has been added to this import report. For more information on this matter, please refer to the quoted document as well as the chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) below.
  • 10 Jun 2020 Haiti Focus: contact details.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Contact Details

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

    Customs Documents

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

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

    Pesticides

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

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

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

    Catalogues of Products

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

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

    Registration Requirements

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

    Customs Import Declaration

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

    Contact Details

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

    Labelling Requirements for Medical Devices

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

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the import measure, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate for the document entitled Import Licence in accordance with the Supplies Control (Import/Export) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Permit to Import Plastic and Styrofoam Articles

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

    Import Licensing

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

    Export Processing Zones

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Permit to Import Seeds

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Permit to Import Firearms

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

    Model Certificates

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Endangered Species

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

    Registration Procedures of the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA)

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

    Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

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

    Protective Personal Equipment

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

    Contact Details

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

    Updated Procedural Details

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

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

    More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

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

    Import Licensing

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Government Procurement Administration

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Licence to Import Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, a sample of an issued license has been added to the document entitled Licence to Import Single-Use Plastic Containers and Cutlery. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.
  • 27 May 2020 Vietnam Focus: electronic submission and Certificate of Airworthiness. The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Submission

    As certain procedures may be handled electronically in Vietnam via the Vietnam National Single Window (VNNSW), modifications have been made in this regard in the following documents of this import report:

    Certificate of Quality Inspection of Motor Vehicles
    Certificate of Quality Inspection of Motorcycles
    Import Licence for Annexes A and B Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Import Permit for Medical Equipment
    Import Permit for Medicines and Cosmetics
    Import Permit for Species Subject to CITES and Other Endangered Species
    Quarantine Certificate for Animal Flours and Meals
    Quarantine Certificate for Animal Products
    Quarantine Certificate for Live Animals
    Registration of Medicines
    State Quality Inspection of Imported Goods.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    The document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly created. Please refer thereto as well as to the section on Aircraft in this overview for details of the requirements to import aircraft into Vietnam.
  • 27 May 2020 St. Lucia Focus: Registration as a User of the Online Trade Licence Application System. The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration as a User of the Online Trade Licence Application System

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

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Related Products and Accessories

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

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Nigeria ratified the Amendment in 2004. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 26 May 2020 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Congo ratified the Amendment in 2014. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 25 May 2020 Yemen Focus: Halal Certificate as well as contact details. The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Halal Certificate

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

    Contact Details

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

    Secure Exports Scheme (SES)

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Updated Processing Fees

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

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

    Veterinary Health Certificates

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

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

    Please refer thereto for further details.
  • 20 May 2020 El Salvador Focus: nomenclature changes, commercial registration, Cargo Tracking Note and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in El Salvador have been adjusted in accordance with the most recent regulations of the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration in Central America (COMIECO).

    Commercial Registration

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

    Cargo Tracking Note

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

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection in this overview has been brought up to date as regards the ports via which metallic waste and scrap may be imported from safe countries, i.e. Australia, Canada, the European Union (EU) Member States, New Zealand and the United States of America (USA), without the requirement of a pre-shipment certificate. For more information on this matter, please see the quoted section.
  • 19 May 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: Registration of New Plant Varieties as well as contact details. The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of New Plant Varieties

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

    Contact Details

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

    Medicinal Products

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

    Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)

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

    Aircraft

    The paragraph on Aircraft has been newly created in this overview. More details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 18 May 2020 Tanzania Amendments as regards aircraft as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Standardisation

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Currency Regulations

    By virtue of the Budgetary Law (Loi de Finances) of 2020, foreign currencies must be declared to the customs authorities when entering or leaving the country for amounts of 5,000 EUR or above, or its equivalent in other foreign currencies, instead of the former amount of 1,000 EUR. This information has been added to the chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview.
  • 15 May 2020 South Africa Amendments as regards waste, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Waste

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Updated Procedural Details and Forms

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

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

    For specifics, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Contact Information

    The phone number of the State Veterinary Committee has been amended throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 14 May 2020 Togo Focus: Commercial Registration, waste, fiscal marking and contact details.
    The import documentation for Togo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

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

    Waste

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

    Fiscal Marking

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

    Contact Details

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

    Pharmaceutical Products

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

    Motor Vehicles

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Motor Vehicles has been revised with respect to, inter alia, the contact details of the competent authority, i.e. the Department of Motor Traffic, the corresponding processing fee as well as the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, information on circumstances in which a Licence to Import Used Motor Vehicles is not required for the importation of used motor vehicles has been included in the same-named document. In addition, both documents have been equipped with the current version of their pertaining application form. For details of this matter, please refer to the quoted documents.
  • 13 May 2020 Singapore Focus: classification of goods, Approval of Cigarette Labels as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Approval of Cigarette Labels

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

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    In accordance with the Special Economic Zones Act 2012 (as amended), the chapter on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in this overview has been modified. By way of example, the benefits for enterprises established in said zones have been brought up to date. Moreover, the list of SEZs which have been approved and notified by the Board of Approvals (BOA) has been revised. For more information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.
  • 12 May 2020 Colombia Amendments as regards import prohibitions, preferential treatment and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Import Prohibitions

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

    Preferential Treatment

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

    Declaration of Customs Value

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

    Updated Processing Fees

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

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

    Specifics may be obtained from said documents.
  • 11 May 2020 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards special economic zones (SEZs) have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Special Economic Zones

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

    Government Procurement

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances

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

    Sources of Ionising Radiation and Equipment Emitting Radiation

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Processing Fees

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

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

    Veterinary Health Certificates

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

    Contact Details

    The address information of, inter alia, the Department of Tobacco and Alcohol, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security as well as the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report, respectively.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 08 May 2020 Mozambique Focus: Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Organisms.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Organisms

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Petroleum Products

    The chapter on Petroleum Products has been newly incorporated into this overview; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 07 May 2020 Uganda Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Certificate for Destination Inspection as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

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

    Certificate for Destination Inspection

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

    Packaging and Marking Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Marking Requirements in this overview has been amended. Please refer thereto for details of the requirements for the packaging and marking of potatoes to be imported into Bermuda.
  • 06 May 2020 Sudan Amendments as regards packaging and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Sudan. The following changes have been made:

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

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

    Preferential Treatment

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

    Company Registration

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

    Contact Details

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Contact Details

    The address information of the General Directorate of Customs and the National Food Authority has been brought up to date in all relevant documents of this report, respectively.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 05 May 2020 Qatar Focus: Approval to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof, Trademark Registration as well as product conformity. The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Approval to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof

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

    Trademark Registration

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

    Product Conformity

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

    Commodities Intended for Environmental Use

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, details of the importation of commodities intended for environmental use may now be viewed in the newly created same-named chapter in this overview. Moreover, the section on Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with information on specifications for commodities and technologies intended for environmental use. Please turn to the quoted paragraphs for particulars.
  • 04 May 2020 Namibia Focus: Commercial Registration and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

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

    Governmental Reorganisation

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

    Endangered Species

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Sanctions

    The chapter on Sanctions in this overview, which describes the trade embargo that is in force for the export of different kinds of goods from various countries to Iran, has been enhanced with information on the legal stipulations for such an embargo in Norway and Switzerland. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 30 Apr 2020 Syria Focus: legalisation of documents, Approval to Import and Publish Media, Certificate of Analysis and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Legalisation of Documents

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

    Approval to Import and Publish Media

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Contact Details

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

    Medicinal Products and Cosmetics

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

    Waste

    As Myanmar has accepted the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, information thereon as well as on the responsible authority for the management of hazardous waste in Myanmar has been included in the newly created paragraph on Waste further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 29 Apr 2020 Panama Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Waste

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

    Waste

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

    Minamata Convention

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the corresponding section further below.
  • 28 Apr 2020 Serbia Focus: classification of goods, Carnet A.T.A., contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

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

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

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Contact Details

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

    Processing Fees

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

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

    Carnet A.T.A.

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

    Tobacco Products

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

    Contact Details

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below has been enhanced with details of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol which Jordan has accepted. Please see said section for further particulars of this matter.
  • 27 Apr 2020 Madagascar Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

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

    Single Administrative Document

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Updated Documents

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

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

    Denomination

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

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Ethiopia ratified the Amendment in 2003. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 24 Apr 2020 Libya Focus: model certificates and contact details.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Model Certificates

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

    Contact Details

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

    Waste

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 Apr 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures and pesticides have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

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

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

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

    Pesticides

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

    Industrial Chemicals

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

    Updated Documents

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

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

    Denomination

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

    Online Services

    Information on the electronic submission via the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's online services portal has been included in the documents entitled Import Permit for Hazardous Waste as well as Import Permit for Wildlife and Wildlife Products. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 22 Apr 2020 Bahamas Amendments as regards aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Live Animals, Animal Products and Animal Feed

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

    Registration of New Plant Varieties

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

    Denomination and Contact Details

    The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) has recently been renamed to Ministry of Energy. Furthermore, the contact information of said authority as well as those of the Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) have been updated. Said changes have been reflected throughout this import report where applicable.
  • 21 Apr 2020 South Korea Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

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

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

    Minamata Convention

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

    Permit to Import Horses

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

    Application Forms by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

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

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

    Please turn to the quoted documents for further details of this matter.
  • 20 Apr 2020 Indonesia Focus: the classification of goods and sample form. The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods, pertaining to the document entitled Import Approval (PI) has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. By way of example, products such as certain halogenated derivatives of hydrocarbons, waste of plastics and rubber as well as articles thereof and certain flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, amongst others, now fall under this measure.

    Sample Form

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

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

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

    Registration as User of the Trade Single Window (TSW)

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

    Updated Documents

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

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

    Please refer to the above-mentioned documents for particulars.

    Denominations and Contact Details

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the same-named paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 17 Apr 2020 Mexico Focus: manifests, Registration of Importers from Certain Branches, Automatic Import Permit and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Manifests

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

    Registration of Importers from Certain Branches

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

    Automatic Import Permit

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

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

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

    Pesticides

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

    Food Labelling

    Details of the labelling requirements for foodstuffs to be imported into Laos have been incorporated into the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 16 Apr 2020 Oman Focus: Licence to Import Fertilisers, Trade Name and Trademark Registration, Media Approval as well as Certificate of Airworthiness. The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Fertilisers

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

    Trade Name and Trademark Registration

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

    Media Approval

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

    Certificate of Airworthiness

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

    Plant Passport

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

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

    Details on the entry into force of the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which Switzerland already accepted in 2002, have been incorporated into the paragraph on Waste below and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 15 Apr 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention, labelling of chemical substances as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Ban Amendment on the Basel Convention

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

    Labelling of Chemical Substances

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

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

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

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    Minor adjustments have been brought to the document entitled Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN). Please refer to the quoted document for further particulars.
  • 14 Apr 2020 Kenya Amendments as regards customs points of entry, the Minamata Convention on Mercury as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

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

    Standardisation

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

    Plant Variety Protection

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

    Renovo™ Programme

    As of 1 February 2020, the so-called Renovo™ Programme has started being implemented in and for Guinea. The programme covers electrical and electronic equipment as well as tyres, designated children's toys as well as certain tools and cameras, amongst others, exported to Guinea. Further details of the applicable regulations within the framework of this new measure may be viewed in the newly created document entitled Renovo™ Programme in this import report.