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  • 14 Nov 2019 Thailand Amendments as regards special economic zones (SEZs), aircraft as well as the labelling of seeds have been brought to the import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    The section on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) has been newly introduced to this overview. Please refer thereto for details of this matter.

    Aircraft

    In order to import into and operate Aircraft in Thailand, a certificate of airworthiness is to be applied for at the Ministry of Transport. More information may be obtained from the same-named chapter below.

    Labelling of Seeds

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with specifics on the requirements for the labelling of controlled seeds in Thailand. Please consult the quoted section for particulars.
  • 14 Nov 2019 Iraq Focus: items banned from importation, boycott, motor vehicles, labelling requirements and Certificate of Analysis.
    The import documentation for Iraq has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Items Banned from Importation

    As of 12 November 2019, thermo stones are no longer importable as they have been included in the list of banned items. Moreover, designated types of potato and corn chips will be prohibited from importation as of 12 January 2020. Further particulars of banned goods may be consulted in the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Boycott

    The chapter on Boycott below has been enhanced with information on the blacklist which is maintained by the Iraqi Ministry of Trade; please turn thereto for specifics on this matter.

    Motor Vehicles

    In October 2019, the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) published a new guideline for the importation of Motor Vehicles. The quoted paragraph in this overview may be viewed for more information.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been amplified as regards the hallmarking of jewellery and other items made from gold and the mandatory energy efficiency labelling; please refer thereto for additional details.

    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 and may be viewed in the quoted document.
  • 14 Nov 2019 Honduras Focus: fiscal registration, seed varieties, medical devices and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Honduras has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fiscal Registration

    The document entitled National Taxpayers' Register (RTN) has been modified with regard to the processing time and the mode of online submission of documents required for the fiscal registration. For further details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Seed Varieties

    As the variety registration is to be submitted electronically in addition to its submission in the original, the document of this import report entitled Registration of Commercial Plant Varieties has been brought up to date accordingly and may be viewed for particulars.

    Medical Devices

    For illustrative purposes, the form of the sworn declaration and its translation have been added to the document entitled Risk-Based Classification of Medical Devices. For specifics, please consult the cited document.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 13 Nov 2019 Bolivia Amendments as regards the labels of alcoholic beverages, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Bolivia. The following changes have been made:

    Labels of Alcoholic Beverages

    As particular warning messages must be provided on labels of alcoholic beverages, the paragraph on Labelling and Packaging Requirements has been amplified with the relevant specifications and may be viewed for further information.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The phone numbers of the General Directorate of Biodiversity and Protected Areas (DGBAP), i.e. the national focal point within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), have been brought up to date in the relevant section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. Please turn to the cited chapter for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The contact details of the Central Bank of Bolivia have been introduced to the paragraph on Currency and Payments below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 13 Nov 2019 Azerbaijan Focus: certificates of compliance, merger of authorities as well as updated forms and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Azerbaijan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificates of Compliance

    The following documents have been reviewed and amended with respect to their purpose or procedural details, respectively:

    Certificate of Conformity
    Certificate of Conformity for Telecommunications Equipment.

    Please refer to the abovementioned documents for further information.

    Merger of Authorities

    Due to changes in the governmental structure of subordinate agencies and services, newly created institutions have been entrusted with responsibilities of certain formerly responsible state bodies. By way of example, the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan now hosts control departments for phytosanitary and veterinary surveillance. Furthermore, the Agency for Agrarian Services under the Ministry of Agriculture was approved as the agency in charge of granting patents for selection achievements and the registration of seeds and seedlings. These amendments have been reflected throughout this report, where applicable.

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

    The following documents have been equipped with the latest versions of the corresponding application forms:

    Quarantine Import Permit
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines and Fodder.

    The contact information of the responsible authority, processing time and fee as well as the period of validity depicted in the document entitled Registration of Pesticides have been updated in accordance with the revised provisions applicable for the goods in question.
    Please consult the cited documents for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The section on Norms and Standards has been modified with regard to the Law on Standardization, which is effective as of October 2019. Please turn to the quoted chapter for specifics with regard to the country's adherence to standards and technical specifications applicable in Azerbaijan.
  • 13 Nov 2019 Angola Focus: Pro Forma Invoice, Registration as Importer, processing fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Angola has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pro Forma Invoice

    During the application process for import licences, the Pro Forma Invoice is to be attached. The information to be contained in the same-named document for the mentioned purpose has been revised in conformity with the current legislation. Details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Registration as Importer

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 75/17, the document entitled Registration as Importer has been amended with respect to the period of validity and documents to be enclosed. Please refer to said document for particulars.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees for the mandatory Loading Certificate have been brought up to date, as applicable. For further information, please see the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Nov 2019 Venezuela Amendments as regards pharmaceutical products, labelling requirements for cosmetics as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Venezuela. The following changes have been made:

    Pharmaceutical Products

    In order to import raw materials intended for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products into Venezuela, an import permit is to be obtained from the competent Directorate of the Autonomous Sanitary Control Service (SACS) assigned to the Ministry of Public Power for Health (MPPS). Hence, the chapter on Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Materials and Equipment in this overview has been edited accordingly. Details may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Cosmetics

    As specific labelling requirements apply to cosmetics, the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with a corresponding subsection. For more information, please turn to the mentioned chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Venezuelan authority responsible for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), i.e. the Office of Multilateral Affairs under the Ministry of Public Power for Foreign Affairs, have been verified and brought up to date in this overview. Please refer to the paragraph on Controlled Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below for specifics.
  • 12 Nov 2019 Uruguay Amendments as regards prohibited goods, warning signs for foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uruguay. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Goods

    Since certain commodities containing asbestos are prohibited from importation into Uruguay, the chapter on Prohibited Goods in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please see the mentioned section for specifics.

    Warning Signs for Foodstuffs

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been augmented with detailed information on the warning signs required for foodstuffs as regards their content of sodium, sugar, fats and saturated fats. Particulars may be found in the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 12 Nov 2019 Haiti Focus: pharmaceutical products and chemical substances, Certificate of Airworthiness as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Haiti has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pharmaceutical Products and Chemical Substances

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the procedures for obtaining an authorisation for the customs release of pharmaceutical products as well as chemical substances intended to be used for pharmaceutical products have been summarised in a new document entitled Customs Release Certificate for Pharmaceutical Products and Chemical Substances. Please see the mentioned document for specifics. Moreover, the contact details of the competent authority, i.e. the Directorate of Pharmacy, Medical Products and Traditional Medicine, have been updated in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    Aircraft to be imported into and operated in Haiti may require a Certificate of Airworthiness. Said certificate is to be obtained from the National Agency for Civil Aviation (OFNAC). For more information, please refer to the newly created quoted document as well as the chapter on Aircraft in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry have been verified and brought up to date in the corresponding documents of this import report.
  • 12 Nov 2019 Dominican Republic Amendments as regards prohibited items, alimentary goods and contact information have been brought to the import documentation for the Dominican Republic. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Items

    For reasons of clarity, the chapter entitled Import Prohibitions has been restructured and the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been adjusted with respect to genetically modified seeds. Please see the updated paragraph for general details.

    Alimentary Goods

    Information on the international system of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), which is a food safety management system recognised in the Dominican Republic, has been added to the chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feedstuffs in this overview. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Information

    The contact information of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic (BCRD) has been introduced to the paragraph on Currency and Payments below. Please consult the quoted section for particulars.
  • 11 Nov 2019 Turkmenistan Focus: trademark registration, chemicals and the Certificate of Analysis.
    The import documentation for Turkmenistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Registration of a Trademark has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Please turn thereto and also to the updated chapter on Registration below for general specifications.

    Chemicals

    Information as regards an appropriate statement on the handling of chemical substances or products and their potential hazards has been summarised in the newly created document entitled Material Safety Data Sheet. Said document may be consulted for further details.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. For specifics, please see the quoted document.
  • 11 Nov 2019 Fiji Focus: Certificate of Analysis, governmental reorganisation as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Fiji has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see the quoted document for details.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Forests has been renamed to Ministry of Forestry, this import report has been updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 11 Nov 2019 Brazil Amendments as regards import licensing, the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex), the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme 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 the official list recently published by the Subsecretariat for Foreign Trade Operations (SUEXT) of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Ministry of Economy (Ministério da Economia). Please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars on this measure.

    Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex)

    On 5 September 2019, Decree No. 10.010 was published, amending Decree No. 660 of 1992, which establishes the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex). In accordance with the recently published decree, the authorities responsible for the aforementioned system have changed. Therefore, the section on Customs Procedures further below has been revised to this regard. Details may be obtained from said paragraph.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    The chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme below has been amended with respect to the different types of AEOs in Brazil, benefits of the programme as well as the requirements to be complied with in order to apply for an AEO certification. For further information, please see the mentioned section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 11 Nov 2019 Bangladesh Amendments as regards standardisation, labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Bangladesh. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    Since Bangladesh is an associate member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the chapter on Standardisation in this overview has been equipped with particulars of said authority and its functions. For further information, please see the mentioned section.

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been updated with respect to the labelling requirements applicable to pharmaceutical products. Details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Bangladesh Film Censor Board have been verified and brought up to date in this overview. Please refer to the section on Cinematographic Film below for specifics.
  • 08 Nov 2019 Lebanon Focus: Request for Phytosanitary Inspection, Certificate of Analysis, Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers, as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Lebanon has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Request for Phytosanitary Inspection

    The document entitled Request for Phytosanitary Inspection has been enhanced regarding the documents to be enclosed with the request. Please refer to the quoted document for further details.

    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 to the quoted document for further information.

    Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers

    A new document entitled Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers has been added to the import report of Lebanon. Please turn to the section on Foodstuffs for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The following section may be viewed for trade-related News.
  • 08 Nov 2019 Jamaica Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Authorisation to Import Dangerous Drugs, Certificate of Airworthiness as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Jamaica has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The form pertaining to the Customs Import Declaration, i.e. form C87e, has been updated to a more recent version. Please refer to the quoted document for further details of this matter.

    Authorisation to Import Dangerous Drugs

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Dangerous Drugs has been amended with regards to the corresponding processing fee. Please turn to said document as well as to the section on Pharmaceutical Products and Poisons in this overview for additional particulars on the importation of such goods.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    A new document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been added to the import report for Jamaica. Please refer thereto for information on the importation of aircraft.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 08 Nov 2019 Belize Focus: Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors, Certificate of Analysis as well as Certificate of Airworthiness. The import documentation for Belize has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors has been newly introduced to this import report. Please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Alcoholic Beverages in this overview for particulars on the sale of alcoholic beverages in Belize.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been updated to a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document for further details of this matter.

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    A new document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been newly created. Please refer thereto for information on the importation of aircraft into Belize.
  • 07 Nov 2019 Russian Federation Amendments as regards the classification of goods, tonic beverages, contact information 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 import licensing and conformity regime of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and to imports of strategic goods, the classification of commodities (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted for the following measures:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Certificate of End User for Dual-Use Goods
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Delivery Verification for Dual-Use Goods
    Import Certificate for Dual-Use Goods
    Inspection Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones
    Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods.

    Tonic Beverages

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

    Contact Information

    The contact information of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has been introduced to the paragraph on Currency and Payments below. Please consult the quoted section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 07 Nov 2019 Papua New Guinea Focus: registration requirements, products of animal origin as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Papua New Guinea has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Registration Requirements

    In order to electronically submit the Customs Import Declaration and the Inward Report via the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), a prior registration with the system is required. Hence, the document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA has been newly created for this import report. Please turn to the mentioned document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview for particulars.

    Products of Animal Origin

    The document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been equipped with a country-specific sample form. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Department of Health have been brought up to date, as appropriate, in the following documents of this import report:

    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Import Certificate for Dangerous Drugs
    Licence to Import Dangerous Drugs
    Notification of Food Imports
    Permit to Import Vaccines.

    Please refer to said documents for details.
  • 07 Nov 2019 Ecuador Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Ecuador. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The corresponding details related to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Ecuador is a member of, have been added to this overview. For particulars, please see the paragraph entitled Hazardous Chemicals.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Information on Ecuador's ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer has been reflected in the corresponding chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below. It may be viewed for further details.

    Waste

    The section on Waste in this overview has been amplified with information on the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal as well as with regard to the Management System for Chemical Substances and Hazardous and Special Waste. For specifics, please turn to the quoted chapter.
  • 06 Nov 2019 Tajikistan Focus: Certificate of Analysis, hazardous waste and prohibited items.
    The import documentation for Tajikistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Hazardous Waste

    The procedural details stipulated for the importation of hazardous waste for recycling purposes have been reviewed and amended with regard to the minimum content to be provided in the corresponding application for an import permit, its validity and the mode of submission. Please turn to the updated document entitled Permit to Import Hazardous Waste for more information.

    Prohibited Items

    The document entitled Prohibited Imports has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Please refer thereto and also turn to the corresponding chapter on Import Prohibitions in this overview for further details.
  • 06 Nov 2019 Israel Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), arms and ammunition as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Israel. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the 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), to which Israel is a signatory. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Industrial Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods further below.

    Arms and Ammunition

    A section on Arms and Ammunition 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 Israel; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 06 Nov 2019 Argentina Amendments as regards prohibited imports, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Argentina.
    The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    Since replications of firearms are prohibited from importation into Argentina, the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please see the mentioned paragraph for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the central bank of Argentina, i.e. the Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA), and its functions. Moreover, said chapter has been brought up to date with respect to foreign transfers and the period during which these are to remain in Argentina. For details of this matter, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Nov 2019 Vietnam Focus: Trademark Registration, model certificate as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Vietnam has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for Vietnam. Please refer thereto for further information on this matter as well as to the section on Registration in this overview.

    Model Certificate

    An amended model certificate as displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the abovementioned document has been exchanged accordingly. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

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

    Department of Chemicals under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)
    Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)
    Telecommunications Authority under the Ministry of Information and Communications.
  • 05 Nov 2019 St. Lucia Focus: Label Approval, Licence to Use the Standard Mark, Trademark Registration, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Saint Lucia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Label Approval

    The document entitled Label Approval has been brought up to date in regards of the scope of goods pertaining to this measure and the sample form has been updated to a more recent version. Additionally, an issued statement of conformity has been added to the quoted document. Please see said document for details of this matter.

    Licence to Use the Standard Mark

    The current version of the application form for the Licence to Use the Standard Mark has been exchanged in the same named document. Moreover, a sample of an issued licence has been newly introduced and the processing fee for the use of the standard mark of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) have been amended. Please refer thereto for further particulars.

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly added to the set of documents for the import report for Saint Lucia. Please refer to the quoted document and the section on Registration in this overview for further information.

    Contact Details

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

    Customs and Excise Department
    Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)
    Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL).

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 05 Nov 2019 Congo (Republic of) Amendments as regards the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Minamata Convention as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Congo. The following changes have been made:

    Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

    The contact details of the national focal point within the framework of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety have been updated in the paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Minamata Convention

    As Congo has recently ratified the Minamata Convention, the chapter on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods below has been updated with regard thereto. Please turn to the quoted section for further details.

    Norms and Standards

    The paragraph on Norms and Standards has been enhanced with regard to international standardisation organisations which Congo is a party to. Please refer thereto for more information.
  • 05 Nov 2019 Barbados Focus: Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors, pesticides, Permit to Import Live Animals as well as contact details. The import documentation for Barbados has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Barbados' adoption of the 2017 version of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which is based on the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Barbados have been reviewed and adapted to the new version, as applicable. For in-depth information on the HS, please refer also to the sections on the Harmonized System and Note in this overview.

    Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Intoxicating Liquors has been newly introduced to this import report. Please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Alcoholic Beverages in this overview for particulars on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the country.

    Pesticides

    The application forms contained in the documents related to the importation of pesticides have been updated to more recent versions. Additionally, the information on the documents to be enclosed as well as on the processing fees has been amended. Please turn to the following documents for further details of this matter:

    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Permit to Import Live Animals

    A screenshot of the online application form has been newly added to the document entitled Permit to Import Live Animals. Please refer to said document for additional information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Telecommunications Unit have been brought up to date in the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 04 Nov 2019 Yemen Focus: Commercial Registration, Authorisation to Import Newspapers and Magazines as well as Certificate of Analysis. The import documentation for Yemen has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The validity of the document entitled Commercial Registration has been updated. Please turn to said document for additional details.

    Authorisation to Import Newspapers and Magazines

    For the importation of cultural books and magazines, an authorisation is to be obtained from the Ministry of Culture. The document entitled Authorisation to Import Newspapers and Magazines has been enhanced accordingly. Please refer to the aforementioned document as well as to the section on Media and Publications for more information.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document for further details of this matter.
  • 04 Nov 2019 New Zealand Amendments as regards customs valuation, standards, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for New Zealand. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    Details of the requirements for obtaining provisional values at the time of importation into New Zealand have been introduced to the paragraph on Customs Value in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Standards

    The section on Standards below has been blue-pencilled as regards the national standards certain goods are to comply with in New Zealand. Please refer to the quoted chapter for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 04 Nov 2019 Nigeria Amendments as regards free trade zones (FTZs) and industrial parks, the Product Authentication Mark (PAM), prohibited imports and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Nigeria. The following changes have been made:

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs) and Industrial Parks

    The number of active free trade zones (FTZs) and industrial parks operating in Nigeria has been brought up to date in the section on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) below.

    Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

    The information on the Product Authentication Mark (PAM) contained in the paragraph on Packaging and Marking Requirements in this overview has been restructured for reasons of clarity and modified with respect to the sale of goods without the corresponding stamp as of 1 January 2020. Please turn to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    Prohibited Imports have been revised and the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the documents of this import report entitled Prohibited Imports and Absolutely Prohibited Imports have been adjusted to the provisions of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). For more details, please refer to the quoted document and the abovementioned section below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the focal point of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) operating in the framework of this Protocol has been amended in the matter-specific paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in this overview and may be consulted for specifics.
  • 04 Nov 2019 Costa Rica Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF), narcotic drugs and pharmaceuticals as well as Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Costa Rica has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    Following the implementation of the strategy for trade facilitation between the member countries of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by the involved parties. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been amplified to this effect and may be viewed for the newly incorporated enhancements.

    Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF)

    The document entitled Sanitary Operating Permit (PSF) has been revised with regard to the processing time for applications of companies that conduct activities of high risk for human health and the processing fee stipulated for micro-companies. For specifics, please refer thereto.

    Narcotic Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated with regard to the current processing details and the contact phone number of the competent authority:

    Authorisation to Import Pharmaceutical Preparations Containing Precursors
    Authorisation to Import Precursors.

    Moreover, the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Medicines, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances has been enhanced with respect to the processing fee and the current application form has been included therein. Please consult the quoted documents for further information.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    Information on the mode of submission of documents, the processing time and the new processing fee charged for the Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been included in the same-named document of this import report, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been brought to the following section.
  • 31 Oct 2019 El Salvador Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, alcohol and alcoholic beverages as well as the Certificate of Analysis and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for El Salvador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    Following the implementation of the strategy for trade facilitation between the member countries of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by the involved parties. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been amplified to this effect and may be viewed for the newly incorporated enhancements.

    Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages

    The documents entitled Alcohol Import Quota Authorisation and Authorisation to Import Alcohol have been amended with regard to the contact information of the responsible authority and the current application form, respectively. Please turn to the aforementioned documents for specifics.

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been brought to the following section.
  • 31 Oct 2019 Mauritania Amendments as regards norms and standards as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritania. The following changes have been made:

    Norms and Standards

    The Directorate for Standardisation and Quality Promotion (Direction de la Normalisation et de la Promotion de la Qualité - DNPQ), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Mauritania, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Additional information on this matter has been added to the paragraph on Norms and Standards below. Please consult the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development have been introduced to the chapter on Waste as the ministry is the responsible authority for the importation of such products into Mauritania. Please refer to the mentioned section for more information.
  • 31 Oct 2019 India Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as 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 Prohibited Imports, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate. Please see the mentioned documents for specifics.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The importation of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into India is generally restricted. However, chlorotrifluoroethene may be imported without any constraints. Hence, the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview has been amended to this regard. For details of this matter as well as further import requirements for ODS, please turn to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 31 Oct 2019 United Kingdom Focus: preferential treatment, amendments due to the latest postponement of the Brexit, i.e. the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU), importation of excisable goods, high risk food and feed products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    Over the last weeks, further free trade agreements with UK participation which will come into effect in case of a no-deal Brexit have been published. The chapter on Preferential Treatment in this overview has therefore been brought up to date; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Amendments due to the Latest Postponement of the Brexit, i.e. the UK leaving the EU

    As the EU and the UK have agreed on a further extension of the period provided under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union until 31 January 2020, this report has been adjusted where and as applicable. It is noteworthy that the mentioned period may be terminated early if the parties are able to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement before this date.

    Importation of Excisable Goods

    A paragraph on the Importation of Excisable Goods has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for specifics.

    High Risk Food and Feed Products

    As the respective legal basis has been amended, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measure applies, has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 30 Oct 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Focus: Commercial Registration, Certificate of Analysis, as well as Pattern Approval. The import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been enhanced with the paper application form for the registration of external companies as well as further forms of documents to be enclosed for this type of application. Additionally, the contact details of the responsible authority, i.e. the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs (AGLA), have been brought up to date. Please refer to said document for more information on the registration of companies in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been updated to a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document for further details of this matter.

    Pattern Approval

    A new document entitled Pattern Approval has been introduced to the import report of Trinidad and Tobago. Please see the mentioned document for particulars on the importation of measuring devices.
  • 30 Oct 2019 Philippines Amendments as regards tobacco products, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Philippines. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco Products

    Specifics of the importation of tobacco products into the Philippines have been added to the newly created paragraph on Tobacco Products in this overview. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Details of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), i.e. the international Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, which the Philippines is a member of, have been added to the chapter on Chemicals below. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been revised with regard to the labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs. Furthermore, details of the requirements for alcoholic products have been incorporated. Please refer to the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 30 Oct 2019 Moldova Amendments as regards medical devices, waste and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Moldova. The following changes have been made:

    Medical Devices

    Information on the risk classification of medical devices, including the purpose categories, has been added to the product-specific paragraph entitled Medical Devices, which may be viewed for more details.

    Waste

    The section on Waste below has been revised in accordance with Law No. 209 of 2016 on Waste and Law No. 1515 on Environmental Protection, lastly amended in 2019. For specifics, please consult the quoted chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Moldovan Environmental Agency, i.e. the national Official Contact Point (OCP), which operates in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, also referred to as the POP Convention, has been updated in this overview of import procedures, where applicable.
  • 29 Oct 2019 South Africa Amendments as regards agricultural chemicals, the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Africa.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Agricultural Chemicals

    A new chapter on Agricultural Chemicals has been added to this overview describing import requirements to be fulfilled in the case of fertilisers as well as agricultural and stock remedies. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Minamata Convention

    As South Africa ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 29 April 2019, the section on Hazardous Substances further below has been revised accordingly. For additional details of this matter, please see said chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 29 Oct 2019 Uzbekistan Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO), proof of origin, freight documents, hygiene norms and provisions as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uzbekistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report and may be consulted for more information.

    Proof of Origin

    Information on the electronic submission of a Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin has been made available. Furthermore, the aforementioned document has been enhanced with the rules to be followed for the acceptance of certificates of non-preferential origin.

    Freight Documents

    The following freight documents of this import report have been reviewed and amended with regard to the corresponding provisions for the minimum content to be provided or their purposes, respectively:

    Air Waybill
    Cargo Manifest
    Multimodal or Combined Transport Document.

    Please view the abovementioned documents for further details.

    Hygiene Norms and Provisions

    The classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective measure in this documentation) has been adjusted in the document entitled Sanitary-Epidemiological Conclusion in accordance with the mandatory Uzbek sanitary norms and provisions. Moreover, the quoted document has been updated with respect to commodities for which no expiry or 'best before' date is stipulated. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 29 Oct 2019 Tanzania Amendments as regards the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), labelling requirements and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Tanzania. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    The classification of goods subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), i.e. the scope of goods to which the scheme applies, has been modified for the following documents in accordance with the most recent stipulations:

    Certificate for PVoC
    Declaration of Conformity
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    Moreover, the chapter on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview has been enhanced with regard to the list of goods exempted from the scheme. The quoted documents and the section below may be referred to for more information on these measures.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraphs on Country of Origin Labelling as well as on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below have been reviewed and updated with regard to the regulations of the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA). Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) located in Dodoma have been introduced in the corresponding chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below. For specifics, please consult the cited section.
  • 29 Oct 2019 Algeria Amendments as regards the importation of books and periodicals, standardisation as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Algeria. The following changes have been made:

    Importation of Books and Periodicals

    A new chapter entitled Books and Periodicals has been introduced to this overview. Please turn to said paragraph for further details of this matter.

    Standardisation

    The Algerian Standards Institute (IANOR), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in Algeria, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Additional information on this matter has been added to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please consult the quoted chapter for particulars.

    Contact Details

    As the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energies is the responsible entity for issues of nature protection and the importation of waste, its contact details have been introduced to the chapters on Industrial Chemicals and Waste. Please refer to the mentioned sections for more information.
  • 28 Oct 2019 Togo Focus: Importer - Exporter Card, Customs Import Declaration and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Togo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Importer - Exporter Card

    The documents to be enclosed with the application for an Importer - Exporter Card as well as the stipulated processing fee have been brought up to date in accordance with the current pertaining regulations. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Customs Import Declaration

    As the Togolese Revenue Authority (OTR) has recently issued new stipulations concerning the requirement of a Customs Import Declaration, the same-named document has been enhanced to this effect. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources as well as the Ministry of Commerce have been renamed to Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection and Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Development of the Private Sector and Promotion of Local Consumption, respectively, these changes have been reflected throughout this import report, as applicable. Furthermore, the contact information of the National Institute for Industrial Property and Technology (INPIT) has been updated.
  • 28 Oct 2019 Singapore Focus: updated documents, National Environment Agency (NEA) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Singapore has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Documents

    The following documents of the import report for Singapore have been updated regarding their corresponding application forms, contact details, processing times and fees and types of submission, amongst others, where applicable:

    Advance Ruling
    Declaration of Facts for Assessment of Motor Vehicles
    Determination of Strategic Goods
    Import Certificate for Strategic Goods
    NA (CWC) Licence
    Registration as MRS User
    Registration with Singapore Customs
    Secure Trade Partnership.

    For specifics of this matter, please refer to the quoted documents.

    National Environment Agency (NEA)

    The National Environment Agency (NEA) is the authority responsible for the importation into and sale of radioactive materials and irradiating apparatus in Singapore. The following documents have been brought up to date regarding their processing times and fees, documents to be enclosed as well as the online submission via LicenceOne:

    Licence to Deal in Irradiating Apparatus
    Licence to Deal in Radioactive Materials
    Licence to Import Irradiating Apparatus
    Licence to Import Radioactive Materials.

    Furthermore, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the abovementioned documents concerned with irradiating apparatus, has been reviewed and adjusted according to the current legal stipulations of Singapore.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 28 Oct 2019 Pakistan Amendments as regards non-hazardous waste, prohibited imports and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Pakistan. The following changes have been made:

    Non-Hazardous Waste

    In accordance with the current import regime, slag, ash and residues other than from the manufacture of iron or steel, which mainly contain aluminium, are no longer prohibited from importation into Pakistan, but instead require, amongst others, a Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI). Therefore, the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled Pre-Shipment Inspection and Prohibited Imports, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which these measures apply, has been updated correspondingly. In addition, the chapter on Waste in this overview has been enhanced with information on further import requirements for certain non-hazardous waste. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The recently published Statutory Regulatory Order (S.R.O.) 927 (I) of 2019 provides for an import ban on all goods from India and those of Indian origin. However, for certain products S.R.O 977 (I) of 2019 stipulates exemptions from said prohibition. Hence, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports further below has been modified accordingly. Details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 28 Oct 2019 Sri Lanka Focus: assignment of commodity codes, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), plants and plant products as well as governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Sri Lanka has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The commodity codes assigned to the documents entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items and Prohibited Imports (i.e. the classification of the goods to which said documents pertain) have been updated in accordance with the Imports and Exports Control Regulation No. 02 of 2019. In addition, the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been enhanced with certain organic chemicals which are banned from importation into the country. For particulars, please see the stated documents and section.

    Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

    In order to register with Sri Lanka Customs, a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is to be obtained. Hence, the same-named document has been revised with respect to the processing time and documents to be enclosed for said procedure. Furthermore, the current version of the application form for the registration has been incorporated into the mentioned document. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Organism Importation Permit has been amended with regards to the responsible authority, i.e. the National Plant Quarantine Service (NPQS). Details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    The Ministry under which the National Authority for Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in Sri Lanka operates has changed and is now the Ministry of Defence. Moreover, the contact details of the aforementioned authority have been brought up to date. Said changes have been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 25 Oct 2019 Taiwan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, chemical substances, cosmetics labelling as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Taiwan. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Certificate for Ionising Radiation and Nuclear Reactor Facilities
    Inspection of Foodstuffs
    Quarantine Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products.

    Chemical Substances

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the information on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) as well as Toxic Chemicals has been separated into two individual chapters in this overview. Particulars concerning these products may be obtained from the quoted sections, respectively.

    Cosmetics Labelling

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with details of the requirements for the labelling of cosmetic products in Taiwan. The quoted chapter may be viewed for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Consumer Protection Committee has been brought up to date in this overview.
  • 25 Oct 2019 Colombia Amendments as regards the single window approach, mercury products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Colombia. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    The paragraph on VUCE - Single Window for Foreign Trade in this overview has been enhanced with specifics on the VUCE 2.0. module. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Mercury Products

    Information on Colombia's ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in August 2019 has been reflected in the section entitled Further Hazardous Chemicals below. Please turn to the updated chapter for more details.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 25 Oct 2019 Chile Focus: veterinary medicines, seeds, arms and ammunition as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Chile has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Veterinary Medicines

    The document entitled Registration of Veterinary Medicines has been amended with respect to its type of submission. Furthermore, particulars of the manner in which the documents to be enclosed are to be submitted have been included. For details of this matter, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Seeds

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Genetically Modified Seeds has been completely revised and updated as regards the processing fee and documents to be enclosed. Moreover, information on additional requirements necessary during the application process have been introduced. Please see the quoted document for specifics.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The processing fees as displayed in the following documents required for the importation of arms and ammunition into Chile have been brought up to date:

    Authorisation to Import Arms and Ammunition
    Authorisation to Introduce Arms and Ammunition
    Registration of Importers of Arms and Ammunition.

    Particulars may be obtained from said documents.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 24 Oct 2019 Zimbabwe Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, aircraft as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Zimbabwe.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    In accordance with international best practice and the Customs and Excise Act (as amended), the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has implemented the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme in Zimbabwe. Therefore, a new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been added to this overview. Please turn to said section for particulars on the prerequisites and the benefits of the programme.

    Aircraft

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) is the competent authority for procedures regarding aircraft in Zimbabwe. To this regard, a new paragraph entitled Aircraft has been included into this overview to depict the requirements to import such goods. For specifics, please refer to the mentioned chapter.

    Currency and Payments

    Zimbabwe outlawed the multi-currency system used in the country since 2009 by means of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (Legal Tender) Regulations 2019, i.e. Statutory Instrument 142, of 24 June 2019 and re-introduced the Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWL). Accordingly, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been brought up to date. Details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 24 Oct 2019 Turkey Focus: Notification for Alcoholic Beverages, Certificate of Age for Alcoholic Beverages, seeds and model certificates.
    The import documentation for Turkey has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Notification for Alcoholic Beverages

    The document entitled Notification for Alcoholic Beverages has been furnished with a sample notification form. For particulars, the quoted document may be viewed.

    Certificate of Age for Alcoholic Beverages

    If a maturation period is intended to be claimed for any subcategories of whisky, cognac and brandy to be imported into Turkey, a Certificate of Age for Alcoholic Beverages must be presented. The mentioned document has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be consulted for specifics. The chapter on Alcohol, Tobacco and Products Made Thereof in this overview has moreover been changed accordingly.

    Seeds

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the document entitled Preliminary Import Permit for Seeds has been equipped with a sample of an issued permit; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly. In addition, the model of the Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version.
  • 24 Oct 2019 Mozambique Focus: Commercial Invoice, plants and plant products, used tyres as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mozambique has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Invoice

    In May 2019, Ministerial Order No. 51/2019 (Diploma Ministerial No. 51/2019) was published, amending, inter alia, the information to be contained in the Commercial Invoice. Therefore, said document has been updated to this effect. Moreover, the particulars related to the language in which invoices are to be prepared have been revised. For details of this matter, please see the mentioned document.

    Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Seed Variety Registration has been equipped with the current version of the corresponding application form. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics. Furthermore, the contact details of the Seeds Department as well as of the Department for Plant Health have been brought up to date throughout this import report.

    Used Tyres

    According to Decree No. 9/2017, i.e. the General Rules for the Customs Clearance of Goods (Regras Gerais do Desembaraço Aduaneiro de Mercadorias), used or retreaded tyres and casings for retreading require an authorisation from the Ministry of Transport and Communications in order to be imported. Hence, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Used Tyres as been newly added to the set of documents for this report. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the chapter on Used Goods in this overview, which has been enhanced to this regard.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 23 Oct 2019 Uganda Focus: Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), telecommunications terminal equipment, Fumigation Certificate as well as procedural details.
    The import documentation for Uganda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations, the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this report) has been adjusted for the following measures:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    Furthermore, the documents entitled Certificate of Inspection for Consolidated Cargo as well as Declaration of Conformity have been added to the set of import formalities of this documentation.
    The corresponding section on Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview may also be referred to for more information on these measures.

    Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The current version of the application form for broadcast equipment has been incorporated into the document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment. Please see the cited document for specifics.

    Fumigation Certificate

    The document entitled Fumigation Certificate has been newly introduced in this report. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Procedural Details

    The procedural details, e.g processing time and minimum content, have been verified and reflected in the document entitled Authorisation to Import Endangered Species and Products Subject to CITES. For more information, the quoted document may be viewed.
  • 23 Oct 2019 Bermuda Amendments as regards customs points of entry, aircraft as well as labelling requirements for dairy products have been brought to the import documentation for Bermuda. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

    A new section on Customs Points of Entry has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics on points of entry in Bermuda.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into Bermuda are to conform to certain national and international norms and standards. Information thereon has been introduced in the newly created corresponding chapter below which may be viewed for details.

    Labelling Requirements for Dairy Products

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements has been blue-pencilled regarding the information which is to be displayed on the labels of dairy products. Please refer to the mentioned section for further details of this matter.
  • 23 Oct 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Amendments as regards the Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), organic produce and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The following changes have been made:

    Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been amplified with information on the AEO, including the application for an Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator. The quoted section and document may be viewed for particulars.

    Organic Produce

    Pursuant to the respective laws on organic production (e.g. the "Zakon o organskoj proizvodnji" for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina - FBiH), an inspection certificate must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry for goods which are intended to be marketed as deriving from biological agriculture. Information in this respect has been added to the paragraph on Foodstuffs below, which may be consulted for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of clarity and transparency, the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below has been re-structured. Please refer thereto for more information on the country's labelling requirements for various products.
  • 22 Oct 2019 Sudan Amendments as regards the bank certificate (IM), free trade zones (FTZs) as well as the membership with the local chamber of commerce have been brought to the import documentation for the Republic of Sudan. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Certificate (IM)

    Information regarding a bank certificate (IM) which may be required for the importation of any goods to Sudan, has been added to this import report. The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below may be consulted for additional information.

    Free Trade Zones (FTZs)

    A section on Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in Sudan has been newly introduced to this overview. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for further details on this matter.

    Membership with the Chamber of Commerce

    The chapter on Registration has been enhanced with information on the registration with the chamber of commerce. Please turn thereto for further specifics.
  • 22 Oct 2019 Qatar Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Commercial Registration, Emiri Decree, contact details and reorganisation as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Qatar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    For greater clearity, the document entitled Certificate of Airworthiness has been enhanced with a more recent application form. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Commercial Registration

    For the importation of goods into Qatar, an entry into the commercial register is required. The document entitled Commercial Registration has been blue-penciled and a new registration form has been incorporated. Please see the quoted document for additional information.

    Emiri Decree

    The document entitled Emiri Decree has been updated. Please refer thereto for further specifics on this matter.

    Contact Details and Reorganisation

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

    GCC Standardisation Organization (GSO)
    General Directorate of Civil Defence
    Department of Legal Affairs
    Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME).

    Furthermore, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce has been reorganised and renamed to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The change has been made in the respective documents.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related News.
  • 22 Oct 2019 Cuba Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Cuba. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with details concerning a future establishment of an authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme in Cuba. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The ratification of the Kigali Amendment of 2019 to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer has been reflected in the product-specific chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below. For more information on this matter, please turn thereto.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) have been verified and updated in the section on Special Economic Zones below, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 22 Oct 2019 Albania Focus: model certificates and organic products.
    The import documentation for Albania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly. In addition, the models of the following certificates have also been replaced by updated versions, respectively:

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

    For more information on this matter, the quoted documents may be viewed.

    Organic Products

    Pursuant to Law No. 106/2016 on organic production, labelling and inspection of organic products and its implementing provisions, a Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry for goods which are intended to be marketed as deriving from biological agriculture.
  • 21 Oct 2019 Namibia Focus: Taxpayer Registration, medicines, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Namibia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Taxpayer Registration

    The document entitled Taxpayer Registration has been furnished with a pertaining screenshot of the interface for the registration with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) in Namibia. Please refer to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Medicines

    For the importation of medicines into Namibia, such goods must be registered with the Namibia Medicines Regulatory Council (NMRC). The document entitled Registration of Medicines Intended for Human Use has been revised with respect to the type of submission and the documents to be enclosed. Details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    In order to import ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Namibia, a corresponding import permit is required from the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development. Therefore, the document entitled Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. Moreover, the section on Hazardous Substances in this overview has been enhanced to this regard. For more information, please see the above-mentioned document and paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 21 Oct 2019 Myanmar Amendments as regards warehousing, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Myanmar. The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

    The paragraph on Warehousing in this overview has been newly created. Please refer thereto for particulars on the requirements to store goods in bonded warehouses in Myanmar.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), i,e, the international Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of the Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, which Myanmar is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Further Hazardous Goods below. Specifics may be obtained from the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 21 Oct 2019 Kazakhstan Focus: classification of goods, Advanced Notification of Arrival, updated forms, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kazakhstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to the import licensing and conformity regime of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted.

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    The time frame for the provision of information prior to the arrival of a vessel at an estimated port of entry and the corresponding minimum content for goods transported by a vessel have been added to the document entitled Advanced Notification of Arrival, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Updated Forms

    The samples of the veterinary health certificates have been exchanged for adapted versions in the following documents:

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

    Moreover, the document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been equipped with an updated version of the DTS-1 form. Please turn to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The address and contact information of the following authorities have been modified throughout the import documentation for Kazakhstan, as applicable:

    Committee for Industrial Development and Industrial Safety as well as the Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee, both under the renamed Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development
    Committee for Investments under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Committee for Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition and Consumer Rights under the reorganised Ministry of National Economy
    Department of State Policy and Management of Waste of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources
    National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    State Revenue Committee under the Ministry of Finance.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 21 Oct 2019 Iran Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iran. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been amplified with information on the AEO scheme, including the application for an Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator. The quoted section and document may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 18 Oct 2019 Syria Focus: forestry material, Licence to Deal in Organic Produce, amended application fees and contact details.
    The import documentation for Syria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Forestry Material

    Recently, the Plant Production Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, announced new procedural requirements for the importation, transportation and storage of forest material. Consequently, the document entitled Permit to Import Forest Material has been newly incorporated into the Syrian import report. For specifics, please turn to the mentioned document.

    Licence to Deal in Organic Produce

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Organic Produce has been enhanced with information on additional documents which are to be enclosed with the application. In addition, the address and contact information of the responsible authority, i.e. the Directorate of Organic Production coming under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, has been updated in said document and in the document providing details of the Certificate of Conformity for Organic Produce, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Amended Application Fees

    The updated fees which are charged for the mandatory Registration with the Chamber of Commerce have been reflected in the quoted document. Information on the requirement of this document may also be consulted in the chapter on Registration below.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following authorities has been adjusted throughout the report as applicable:

    Ministry of Finance
    Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
    Syrian Investment Agency.
  • 18 Oct 2019 Mali Amendments as regards the customs value, aircraft as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Mali. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    The chapter on the Customs Value has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for additional information.

    Aircraft

    A newly created section on Aircraft has been incorporated into this import report. Please refer thereto for further specifics.

    Norms and Standards

    Details of international standardisation organisations which Mali is a party to have been included in the paragraph on Norms and Standards in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 18 Oct 2019 Belarus Focus: classification of goods, Advanced Notification of Arrival, veterinary medicines and fodder additives as well as updated forms, procedural 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

    With respect to the import licensing and conformity regime of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and to imports of strategic goods, the classification of commodities (i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report) has been adjusted for the following measures:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    End-User Certificate
    Inspection Certificate for Precious Metals and Stones
    International Import Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Strategic Goods
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

    The time frame for the provision of information prior to the arrival of a vessel at an estimated port of entry and the corresponding minimum content for goods transported by a vessel have been added to the document entitled Advanced Notification of Arrival, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Veterinary Medicines and Fodder Additives

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

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicines
    Registration of Veterinary Medicines and Fodder Additives.

    In addition, the corresponding documents to be enclosed have been reviewed and enhanced, where applicable. Please turn to the quoted documents for details.

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

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

    Declaration of Dutiable Value
    Permit to Import Explosives
    Permit to Import Ionising Radiation Sources
    Registration of Plant Varieties.

    The processing times and/or fees or conditions for the evaluation of the applications submitted, respectively, have been brought up to date in the following documents:

    Authorisation to Transport Goods by Road
    Consent to Import Hazardous Waste
    Patent for a New Plant Variety
    State Sanitary-Hygienic Examination
    State Sanitary Registration of Goods.

    Please see the quoted documents for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The document entitled Permit to Import Species Covered by CITES has been modified with regard to the regulating department and its contact details. For more information, please see the quoted document.

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 17 Oct 2019 Panama Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations as well as ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Panama. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with respect to an advanced declaration of goods which may be required for the purpose of risk assessment. Please consult the quoted paragraph for specifics.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Information on Panama's ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer has been reflected in the corresponding section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 17 Oct 2019 Montenegro Focus: Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods, model certificates as well as organic products and electronic procedures.
    The import documentation for Montenegro has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the document entitled Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods has been equipped with a sample of an issued licence; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly. In addition, the models of the following certificates have also been replaced by updated versions:

    Free Sale Certificate
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    For more information on this matter, the quoted documents may be viewed.

    Organic Products and Electronic Procedures

    For goods which are intended to be marketed as deriving from biological agriculture, a Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry. In order to participate in the electronic procedures required for said and further documents, a prior Registration with the European Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) is mandatory. Consequently, the mentioned documents have been newly incorporated into this import report and may be consulted for further details.
  • 17 Oct 2019 Jordan Amendments as regards import monopolies, motor vehicles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The following changes have been made:

    Import Monopolies

    The importation of several goods is only allowed for certain Jordanian companies. The chapter on Import Monopolies in this overview has been reviewed and enhanced with a full list on such restricted goods. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Motor Vehicles

    The section on Motor Vehicles below has been blue-penciled. Please turn thereto for further specifics on the importation of used tractors, amongst others.
  • 16 Oct 2019 Serbia Focus: organic products, model certificates and contact details.
    The import documentation for Serbia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Organic Products

    For goods which are intended to be marketed as deriving from biological agriculture, a Certificate of Inspection for Organic Produce must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into this import report and may be consulted for further details.

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the abovementioned document has been exchanged accordingly. In addition, the model of the Free Sale Certificate has been replaced by an updated version. For more information, the quoted documents may be viewed.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Veterinary Directorate under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management has been updated throughout this report, as applicable.
  • 16 Oct 2019 Iceland Focus: high-risk food and feed products from designated countries, pharmaceuticals, fireworks as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products from Designated Countries

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High-Risk Food and Feed Products has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations. Please turn to the quoted document for more information on the import requirements for such products.

    Pharmaceuticals

    The following documents of the import report for Iceland concerned with the importation of pharmaceuticals into the country have been blue-pencilled as regards their processing fees, type of submission as well as application forms, as applicable:

    Classification of Pharmaceutical and Related Goods
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
    Permit to Import Drug Precursors, Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances.

    Please refer to the mentioned documents for further particulars on this matter.

    Fireworks

    The document entitled Permit to Import Fireworks has been furnished with a more recent version of the corresponding application form. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 16 Oct 2019 Ethiopia Amendments as regards the adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, pesticides as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Pesticides

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the details relating to pesticides contained in this import report have been incorporated into a separate chapter. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below has been enhanced with further information on the labelling requirements for medical devices. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 15 Oct 2019 Madagascar Amendments as regards customs valuation, the Minamata Convention as well as norms and standards have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    The chapter on Customs Value has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for additional information on the methods of customs valuation applied in Madagascar.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Hazardous Goods further below has been enhanced with particulars of the national focal point within the framework of the Minamata Convention. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Norms and Standards

    Details of international standardisation organisations which Madagascar is a party to have been included in the paragraph on Norms and Standards below. Please turn thereto for further information.
  • 15 Oct 2019 Libya Focus: registration for the participation in the import budget, Electronic Cargo Tracking Note and contact details.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration for the Participation in the Import Budget

    In order to participate in the annually announced import budget, companies are to register with the Ministry of Economy and Industry in advance. Said budget stipulates the allocation of currencies for any import transactions for which a Letter of Credit (LC) or documents against payment have been agreed upon as methods of payment for the goods. Consequently, the document entitled Registration with the Ministry of Economy and Industry has been incorporated into this report. For more information on the budget and on the procedural details of the registration, the abovementioned documents and the section on Currency and Payments in this overview may be consulted.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

    As the following documents are to be submitted electronically via the website of the service provider and the address of this website has been modified, the information thereon has been adjusted accordingly in the concerned documents, which may be viewed for particulars:

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note
    Registration for the Issue of Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes.

    Contact Details

    Following the changes in the contact information of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Resources and its executive bodies, e.g. the National Centre for Animal Health, all documents of this report describing the procedures administered by said Ministry have been adjusted accordingly.
  • 15 Oct 2019 Liberia Amendments as regards used goods, norms and standards as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Used Goods

    The chapter on Used Goods below has been newly added to this overview. Please refer thereto for additional information.

    Norms and Standards

    Details of international standardisation organisations which Liberia is a party to have been included in the paragraph on Norms and Standards in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with the contact information of the Liberian central bank, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). Further specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 15 Oct 2019 Australia Focus: updated application forms, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) as well as schedule 13 weapons.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Application Forms

    The application forms as displayed in the following documents of the import report for Australia have been exchanged for more recent versions:

    Actual Arrival Report for Aircraft and Air Cargo
    Actual Arrival Report for Vessels and Sea Cargo
    Advance Ruling
    Approval as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)
    Customs Import Declaration
    Impending Arrival Report for Aircraft and Air Cargo
    Impending Arrival Report for Vessels and Sea Cargo
    Licence for Dealings Involving Genetically Modified Organisms
    Permit to Import Tablet Presses
    User Access to the APVMA Online System.

    Please refer to the above-mentioned documents for particulars on this matter.

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is responsible for the Company Registration and the Registration of a Branch Office. The mentioned documents have been brought up to date regarding their corresponding application forms, fees and types of submission, as applicable. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Vehicle Import Approval (VIA)

    The document entitled Vehicle Import Approval (VIA) has been blue-pencilled as regards the responsible authority, i.e. the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development as well as the processing time of said procedure. Furthermore, details of the Vehicle Import System (VIS) which is the portal for online submissions of the application, have been brought to said document which may be referred to for specifics.

    Schedule 13 Weapons

    The details of the importation of schedule 13 weapons into Australia contained in the document entitled Permit to Import Schedule 13 Weapons have been completely revised. Said document may be viewed for particulars.
  • 14 Oct 2019 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards motor vehicles, sources of ionising radiation and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo. The following changes have been made:

    Motor Vehicles

    As the Ministry of Infrastructure has been reorganised and renamed to Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation, the chapter on Motor Vehicles in this overview has been adjusted accordingly. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Sources of Ionising Radiation

    The section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with information on the import requirements for radioactive material and other sources of ionising radiation. For specifics, the quoted paragraph may be viewed.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly incorporated into this overview in order to depict the requirements for the importation of aeroplanes intended for civil purposes into Kosovo. Please turn to the mentioned section for more information.
  • 14 Oct 2019 Bahamas Amendments as regards points of entry, standardisation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Points of Entry

    A new chapter entitled Points of Entry has been added to this overview. Please turn to the quoted section for specifics.

    Standardisation

    The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), i.e. the authority responsible for standardisation in the Bahamas, is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the paragraph on Standardisation below. Please consult the quoted chapter for particulars.
  • 14 Oct 2019 Brunei Focus: cement, radio and telecommunications equipment, Free Sale Certificate. The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Cement

    The document entitled Registration as Importer of Cement has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report of Brunei Darussalam. Please refer thereto for particulars on the registration requirements for importers of such goods.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

    The documents entitled Dealer's Licence for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment and Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment have been blue-pencilled regarding their type of submission, processing times as well as various other amendments. Please refer to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample of an issued certificate as depicted in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 14 Oct 2019 United Arab Emirates Focus: Health Certificate for Foodstuffs, Digital Tax Stamp for Tobacco, Registration with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Health Certificate for Foodstuffs

    The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed upon common rules for the importation of processed foodstuffs, for which a Health Certificate for Foodstuffs may be required. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for the UAE and may be viewed for particulars.

    Digital Tax Stamp for Tobacco

    From August 2019 onwards, the affixing of a digital tax stamp on the packages of tobacco products is mandatory for the importation of said products into the UAE.For this reason, a document entitled Registration for Digital Stamps has been added to the set of documents of this import report. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Registration with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA)

    For a greater clarification of the online registration process with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), the related screenshot has been updated to a more recent version. The following documents have been amended accordingly and may be consulted for specifics:

    Product Registration for the Conformity Assessment Scheme
    Registration for the Organic Food Certification Scheme.

    Contact Details

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

    General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
    GCC Standardisation Organization (GSO)
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC)
    Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME)
  • 11 Oct 2019 South Korea Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, currency and payments 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 the 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 incorporated into the following documents:

    Licence to Deal in Radioactive Substances
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Quarantine and Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Quarantine Permit for Animal Products.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments in this overview has been enhanced with information on the Bank of Korea (BOK). Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section below.
  • 11 Oct 2019 Indonesia Focus: classification of goods, halal certification, fishery products, Free Sale Certificate as well as trade-related news.
    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 documents entitled Import Approval (PI) as well as Recognition as IP has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products.

    Halal Certification

    As of 17 October 2019, the stipulations of the Halal Product Assurance Law apply in Indonesia. The law was issued in October 2014 and the halal certification requirements become effective five years after said date. Therefore, a Halal Certificate is mandatory for the importation of a variety of goods including foodstuffs, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and certain chemical products, amongst others. Please see the quoted document for particulars. These changes have, furthermore, been reflected throughout a number of concerned documents of this import report as well as in this overview.

    Fishery Products

    The processing time of the document entitled Import Permit for Fishery Products has been brought up to date. The corresponding document may be consulted for specifics.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample of a Free Sale Certificate as depicted in the same-named document has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please refer thereto for more information on this matter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 11 Oct 2019 Canada Amendments as regards aluminium products, personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada. The following changes have been made:

    Aluminium Products

    Pursuant to Customs Notice 19-20 of 13 September 2019, certain aluminium products have been added to the Import Control List (ICL). Consequently, the product codes assigned to the applicable import measure, i.e. the scope of goods to which the document entitled EIPA File Number applies, have been incorporated into the quoted document. Furthermore, a general import permit is henceforth required for importing such aluminium products. The new provisions came into effect retroactively on 1 September 2019. Please refer to the mentioned document and the section on Import Control in this overview for more information on this matter.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) must conform to the applicable Canadian and international standards. The quoted paragraph may be viewed for particulars of conformity assessment issues for said equipment.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 10 Oct 2019 Mexico Focus: Registration of Importers, general requirements and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Importers

    The document entitled Registration of Importers has been updated as regards the conditions to be fulfilled by importers who are obliged to register with the Tax Administration Service (SAT). Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    General Requirements

    In accordance with the current legislation, i.e. the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE), the following documents have been revised as regards their minimum content:

    Air Waybill
    Commercial Invoice
    Manifest for Air Freight.

    For more information, please see the mentioned documents.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The processing fee for the application as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in Mexico has been brought up to date. Accordingly, the same-named document has been amended and may be consulted for particulars.
  • 10 Oct 2019 Laos Amendments as regards cosmetics, aircraft as well as pesticide labelling have been brought to the import documentation for Laos. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

    Specifics on the importation of cosmetics have been introduced in the newly created corresponding paragraph in this overview. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Aircraft

    Details of the importation of aircraft have been incorporated into the newly added section on Aircraft below. Please consult said chapter for specifics.

    Pesticide Labelling

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements has been enhanced with information on the labelling requirements for pesticides in Laos. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 10 Oct 2019 Hong Kong Focus: Trade Single Window (TSW), application forms, fees and contact details. The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trade Single Window (TSW)

    The following two additional documents of the import report for Hong Kong may now be submitted electronically via the Trade Single Window (TSW):

    Authorisation to Import Controlled Chemicals
    Import Licence from the Customs and Excise Department.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for more information on this matter.

    Application Forms

    The application forms of the following documents have been exchanged for their most recent versions and may viewed for additional details:

    Import Permit for Hazardous Waste
    Kimberley Process Import Certificate
    Licence to Deal in Irradiating Apparatus
    Listing of In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
    Notification of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste
    Radioactive Substances Licence.

    Fees

    The processing fees for the Arms Dealer's Licence as well as the Registration Certificate for Motor Vehicle Importers have been brought up to date. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) regarding the importation of live animals and animal products into Hong Kong have been amended. Please consult the documents entitled Import Permit for Animals as well as Import Permit for Animal Products for specifics.
  • 09 Oct 2019 Oman Focus: Excise Goods Import Declaration, Health Certificate for Foodstuffs, contact details and trade-related news. The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Excise Goods Import Declaration

    A document entitled Excise Goods Import Declaration has been newly incorporated into the import report of Oman. The quoted document is required for the importation of products which are liable to the newly introduced excise tax, e.g. alcohol, tobacco or pork.

    Health Certificate for Foodstuffs

    The member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed upon common rules for the importation of processed foodstuffs, for which a Health Certificate for Foodstuffs may be required. Consequently, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Oman and may be viewed for particulars.

    Contact Details

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

    Central Bank of Oman
    GCC Standardisation Organization (GSO)
    Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME).

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related News.
  • 09 Oct 2019 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards the national single window (NSW), commercial samples as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    National Single Window (NSW)

    In late June 2019, the Cambodia National Single Window (NSW) was launched by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Following the official launch of the platform, the system was furthermore linked to the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) on 1 July 2019. Details of the newly introduced NSW have been added to the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Commercial Samples

    The paragraph on Commercial Samples further below has been added to this overview. More information on the temporary import of commercial samples into Cambodia may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been blue-pencilled. Please refer thereto for specifics on the labelling requirements for various goods in Cambodia.
  • 09 Oct 2019 Switzerland Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages and tobacco, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

    The chapters on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products have been newly created in this overview for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer to the quoted sections for more information on the importation into and the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in Switzerland, respectively.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements below has been blue-pencilled. Please refer thereto for particulars on the country's labelling requirements for various products.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 08 Oct 2019 Ukraine Amendments as regards foodstuffs, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Foodstuffs has been enhanced with regard to specified border inspection points. Further details may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the national focal point operating in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been updated in the paragraph on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 08 Oct 2019 Kenya Amendments as regards the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

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

    Certificate for PVoC
    Certificate of Inspection for Consolidated Cargo
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Kenya is a member of, has been added to the paragraph on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) have been brought up to date in the section on Standardisation further below. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 08 Oct 2019 Guinea Focus: Guinean Single Window for Foreign Trade, Fumigation Certificate and contact details.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Guinean Single Window for Foreign Trade

    The Guinean Single Window for Foreign Trade (Guichet Unique du Commerce Extérieur de Guinée - GUCEG) was officially launched on 3 September 2019. Therefore, the document entitled Registration with GUCEG has been newly incorporated into the import report for Guinea. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Fumigation Certificate

    As a Fumigation Certificate may be required for customs clearance procedures in Guinea, the same-named document has been added to the import documentation. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Agency for the Promotion of Private Investments (Agence de Promotion des Investissements Privés - APIP) have been updated in this import report as applicable.
  • 08 Oct 2019 Cameroon Focus: Specific Declaration of Value, Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Specific Declaration of Value

    As a Specific Declaration of Value (déclaration spécifique sur la valeur - DSV) is usually required upon the submission of the Customs Import Declaration, the same-named document has been newly added to this import report. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for details.
  • 07 Oct 2019 Senegal Focus: Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, Certificate of Analysis and Foodstuffs Import Declaration.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

    As the Senegalese Shippers Council (Conseil Sénégalais des Chargeurs - CO.SE.C) is now directly in charge of the issue of an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, the quoted document as well as the pertaining Registration for the Issue of Electronic Cargo Tracking Notes have been updated to this effect. Furthermore, the latter has been furnished with a screenshot of the current online application form which must be filled in in order to register for an account which is needed to apply for the tracking note. Please refer to the mentioned documents for further details.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample of a Certificate of Analysis has been replaced by a more current version in the corresponding document. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Foodstuffs Import Declaration

    The documents to be enclosed in order to apply for a Foodstuffs Import Declaration have been revised in the same-named document. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 07 Oct 2019 Norway Amendments as regards high-risk food and feed products from designated countries, pyrotechnics and explosives, commercial samples as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway. The following changes have been made:

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products from Designated Countries

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High-Risk Food and Feed Products has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations. Please turn to the quoted document for more information on the import requirements of such products.

    Pyrotechnics and Explosives

    Particulars on the storage, sale and importation of pyrotechnics and explosives in Norway have been introduced to this overview in the newly created corresponding paragraph. Further details of this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Commercial Samples

    A new section on Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics on the requirements for the temporary importation of commercial dutiable samples into Norway.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 07 Oct 2019 North Macedonia Amendments as regards border inspection posts, agricultural chemicals, Permit to Import Technical Equipment and Machines and the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for North Macedonia. The following changes have been made:

    Border Inspection Posts

    Due to the nature of the goods, the requirements for controls at the border to North Macedonia may vary, e.g. for animals, plants or excisable merchandise. The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has thus been enhanced with information on the permissible border inspection posts, i.e. customs offices of entry, and may be viewed for additional details.

    Agricultural Chemicals

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

    Permit to Import Technical Equipment and Machines

    As the control of imported refrigerating apparatuses over the last nine years led to the conclusion that new technical appliances containing refrigerants do not contain ozone-depleting substances (ODS), the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MOEPP) announced that, as of 19 July 2019, such devices no longer require a Permit to Import Technical Equipment and Machines if imported in new condition. Consequently, the classification of said document, i.e. the commodity codes assigned to this measure, has been adjusted to this effect.

    Minamata Convention

    The paragraph on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Substances further below has been furnished with the contact details of the designated focal point within the framework of the Minamata Convention. For particulars, please turn to the quoted chapter.
  • 07 Oct 2019 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Certificate of Dioxin Content as well as governmental reorganisation and contact details.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    As a Certificate of Airworthiness may be required in order to prove the aircraft's conformity to the applicable national and international technical norms, the same-named document has been newly incorporated into this report. Further information may be obtained therefrom.

    Certificate of Dioxin Content

    A Certificate of Dioxin Content may be required for certain trade-related procedures and has therefore been added to this import documentation. Please turn to the quoted document for more details.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    As the former Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development has been renamed to Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the import report for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been amended accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of the mentioned authority have been updated as applicable.
  • 02 Oct 2019 Ghana Focus: Renovo™ Programme, EasyPass Conformity Certificate, Permit to Import Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Household Chemicals and Food Supplements and Permit to Import Tobacco Products as well as prohibited imports.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Renovo™ Programme

    The document entitled Renovo™ Programme has been enhanced with a sample of an eco-levy certificate. Please turn to said document for additional information.

    EasyPass Conformity Certificate

    The document entitled EasyPass Conformity Certificate has been updated with regard to the inspection providers mandated to conduct the pertaining procedure. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Permit to Import Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Household Chemicals and Food Supplements and Permit to Import Tobacco Products

    The documents named Permit to Import Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Household Chemicals and Food Supplements and Permit to Import Tobacco Products have been revised concerning the specifics to be provided in order to effect said procedures. Please turn to the quoted documents for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    As the importation of excavators is currently prohibited until further notice, the corresponding information has been reflected in the chapter on Prohibited Imports in this overview, which may be viewed for additional details.
  • 02 Oct 2019 Botswana Amendments as regards warehousing, the Rotterdam Convention, wood packaging material (WPM) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Warehousing

    One of the customs procedures applied in Botswana is customs warehousing. Therefore, a new corresponding chapter has been added to this overview providing details of said procedure. For further information on this matter, please see the quoted section.

    Rotterdam Convention

    As Botswana is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the paragraph on Hazardous Substances and Waste further below has been revised and particulars with respect to the mentioned convention have been added. Details may be obtained therefrom.

    Wood Packaging Material (WPM)

    The Division of Plant Protection under the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security is responsible for the application of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 established by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), which Botswana has adopted. Hence, the chapter on Packaging Requirements below has been enhanced with corresponding information. Please refer to said section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 02 Oct 2019 Benin Amendments as regards the Minamata Convention, the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Minamata Convention

    The chapter on Further Hazardous Goods has been enhanced with the contact details of the national focal point within the framework of the Minamata Convention. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for further information.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

    As, by virtue of Notice No. 093/19/CNCB/DG/DPPTAC/ARPP, issued by the National Board of Shippers in Benin on 6 August 2019, the authority has emphasised that the unique number pertaining to the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading, the corresponding information has been reflected in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 02 Oct 2019 Bahrain Focus: Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment, Licence to Import and Deal in Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic Articles, contact details, change of the authority in charge and trade-related news. The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment

    For the importation of telecommunications equipment, a no-objection certificate (NOC) issued by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is required. The document Type Approval of Telecommunications Equipment has been enhanced with a form of the aforementioned NOC. Please turn to the quoted document as well as to the corresponding chapter in this overview for further details on this matter.

    Licence to Import and Deal in Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic Articles

    The document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic Articles has been blue-penciled and enhanced with a product licensing application form and an application for a certificate of conformity for greater clearity regarding this matter.

    Contact Details

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

    Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA)
    GCC Standardisation Organization (GSO)
    Electricity and Water Authority (EWA)
    General Directorate of Traffic
    Ministry of Finance
    National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA)

    Change of the Authority in Charge

    The responsible authority for the issuing of an Activity Licence for the importation of media articles has changed. The responsible authority is now the Ministry of Information Affairs, Media Administration Directorate. For further specifics, please turn to the section on Press, Print and Other Publications and the document entitled Activity Licence.

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related news.
  • 01 Oct 2019 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, wood heaters, Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the United Kingdom (UK) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States (U.S.) of America. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The product codes assigned to designated import measures, i.e. the scope of goods to which the documents listed below apply, have been revised in accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) of 2019:

    Declaration of Motor Vehicle Standards
    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration of Food Facility
    Registration as Importer of Motor Vehicles.

    Wood Heaters

    As residential wood heaters to be imported into and marketed in the U.S. must comply with the applicable emission standards, amongst others, in order to be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the paragraph on Motor Vehicles, Nonroad Engines and Wood Heaters in this overview has been furnished with details of the compliance requirements. Please refer to the mentioned section for more information.

    Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the United Kingdom (UK)

    The chapter on Standards further below has been enhanced with particulars on a future MRA, which will enter into force once the UK will leave the European Union (EU) with no Brexit deal. For particulars, please turn to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 01 Oct 2019 Saudi Arabia Focus: petroleum products, SABER conformity certificates, SABER Registration, temporary import ban on live animals, contact details and trade-related news. The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Petroleum Products

    A new document entitled Permit to Import Petroleum Products has been added to the import report for Saudi Arabia. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    SABER Conformity Certificates

    Sample forms of both a product certificate of conformity (PCoC) and a shipment conformity certificate issued under the new SALEEM programme have been added to the following documents for greater clarity:

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

    SABER Registration

    The document entitled SABER Registration has been blue-penciled and amended accordingly. Please turn to the quoted document for further details of the product groups which are to be entered via the SABER registration portal.

    Temporary Import Ban on Live Animals

    The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture reseves the right to issue a temporary import ban on all live animals as a reaction to contagious animal diseases. For further specifics on this matter the section on Animals and Products of Animal Origin as well as on Import Prohibitions may be consulted.

    Contact Details

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

    General Authority of Meterology amd Environmental Protection
    GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
    King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
    Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI)
    Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME)
    Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).

    Other Changes

    The following chapter contains information on trade-related News.
  • 01 Oct 2019 Peru Amendments as regards food products, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), motor vehicles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Food Products

    Information on the approved manual on advertising warnings for processed food products has been reflected in the section entitled Labelling Requirements in this overview. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    As Peru applies the phase-out system for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) along the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, details of the country's ratification of the Kigali Amendment of 2019 to the Montreal Protocol have been provided in the corresponding chapter entitled Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below. Please consult the quoted paragraph for further information.

    Motor Vehicles

    The section on Motor Vehicles has been enhanced concerning the manufacturers' mandatory compliance with emission standards. For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Other Changes

    The chapter on Used and Prohibited Goods has been modified with regard to a future import ban on certain plastic bags and drinking straws. It may be consulted for more details.

    Trade-related news have been provided further below.
  • 01 Oct 2019 Afghanistan Focus: Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment, Certificate of Analysis and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment

    The document entitled Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment has been enhanced with information on the content of the Pro Forma Invoice, which is to be enclosed with the application for said permit. For more details of the importation of pharmaceutical products, please turn to the mentioned document as well as to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample contained in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Commerce and Industries has been renamed to Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), this import report has been updated accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of the mentioned ministry have been brought up to date.
  • 27 Sep 2019 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards the notification of arrival, precious metals and stones as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Notification of Arrival

    The section entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with provisions applicable to electronic data formats and approved contents of the mandatory information to be submitted in advance for goods imported by water transport. For details, please turn thereto.

    Precious Metals and Stones

    The contact information of the Department of Precious Metals under the Ministry of Finance has been added to the paragraph entitled Precious Metals and Stones. It has moreover been modified in accordance with Regulation No. 422 of 22 August 2019 concerning sampling, analysis and stamping. For specifics, please refer to the quoted chapter below.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 26 Sep 2019 Malaysia Amendments as regards the Dagang Net, customs clearance, minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Dagang Net

    As of 1 August 2019, the website for the electronic submission of various documents via the paperless online permit application and approval system ePermit, i.e. Dagang Net, has changed. The portal may now be accessed via https://newepermit.dagangnet.com.my. This change has been reflected throughout the set of documents for the import report for Malaysia, as applicable.

    Customs Clearance

    A new chapter entitled Customs Clearance has been added to this overview for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. More information may be obtained therefrom.

    Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)

    Specifics on the requirement of energy efficiency labelling according to the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) have been introduced to the sections on Standardisation as well as Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview, respectively. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 26 Sep 2019 Guyana Amendments as regards government procurement, radio and telecommunications equipment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    A new section on Government Procurement has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics on public procurement procedures as well as for particulars on the National Procurement and Tender Administration (NPTA), i.e. the responsible authority for government procurement in the country.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE)

    Details of the importation and sale of radio and telecommunications equipment (RTTE) in Guyana have been introduced in the newly created corresponding chapter below. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 25 Sep 2019 Gabon Focus: Certificate of Analysis, governmental reorganisation and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been enhanced with a more recent sample of said certificate. Please turn to the quoted document for further details on this matter.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As, in the course of a recently effected governmental reorganisation, the designations of the Ministry of Economy, Prospective and Development Programming, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Head of the Implementation of the Seed Project and the Ministry of Forestry Economy, Fishery and Environment have been changed to Ministry of Economy, Finance and National Solidarity, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fish and Alimentation as well as to Ministry of Forest, Sea, Environment, in Charge of the Climate Plan, respectively, the import report for Gabon has been adapted accordingly.
    Furthermore, as the National Office for Rural Development has ceased to exist and its competences have been transferred to the Agency for Agricultural Development in Gabon (Agence de Développement Agricole du Gabon - ADAG), these changes have also been reflected in this import documentation.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 Sep 2019 China Focus: cosmetics, medical device registration, Free Sale Certificate as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cosmetics

    Details of the registration requirement for importers of cosmetics have been newly incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs and Cosmetics. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Medical Device Registration

    As of 1 November 2019, the registration of class II and class III medical devices is to be filed online, whereas paper submission will only be available for class I medical device registrations. Therefore, the document entitled Registration of Medical Devices has been updated in this regard. Please refer thereto for particulars on this matter.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. For details, please see the mentioned document.
  • 24 Sep 2019 Nicaragua Amendments as regards persistent organic pollutants (POPs), norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    Information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention) has been reflected in the section on Further Chemicals and Hazardous Goods below, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Norms and Standards

    As Nicaragua's Ministry of Promotion, Industry and Trade (MIFIC) participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the paragraph entitled Norms and Standards in this overview has been amended to this effect. Please turn to the updated chapter for further information on Nicaragua's international standardisation activities.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 24 Sep 2019 Mauritius Amendments as regards plastic containers, prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Plastic Containers

    The chapter on Plastic Containers has been newly created for this import report, depicting details of the requirements for the importation of such goods. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

    The paragraph on Prohibited Imports below has been revised with regard to the goods which may not be imported into Mauritius. Further information may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 23 Sep 2019 Ivory Coast Focus: Renovo™ Programme, Verification of Conformity, transfer of activities, Importer's Code, ministerial denominations and contact details.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Renovo™ Programme

    The document entitled Renovo™ Programme has been enhanced with a sample of an eco-levy certificate. Please refer to said document for additional details.

    Verification of Conformity

    According to notice 030/MCIPPME/SEPMBPE, issued by the Ivorian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises on 11 June 2019, the Verification of Conformity (VoC) programme is in its operational phase since 1 July 2019. Therefore, the quoted document in this import report has been updated accordingly.
    Moreover, the tariff codes of goods which are currently subject to this measure have been assigned to the aforementioned document. Please turn thereto and to the updated section on Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) in this overview for further information.

    Transfer of Activities

    The new authority in charge of the National Single Window for Foreign Trade (GUCE) is a recently created company called GUCE Côte d'Ivoire SA. This change has been reflected in the import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire.

    Importer's Code

    The document entitled Importer's Code has been brought up to date with regard to the responsible authority and the processing fee and time. Further details may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Ministerial Denominations

    As the Ministry of Commerce, Handcraft and Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, the Ministry of Sanitation, Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Industry and Mines have been renamed to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development as well as Ministry of Mines and Geology, respectively, the import report for Côte d'Ivoire has been adapted accordingly if and as applicable.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the General Customs Directorate as well as its Directorate for Risk, Information and Value Assessment (DARRV) have been updated in this import documentation, as applicable.
  • 23 Sep 2019 Armenia Amendments as regards the notification of arrival, ozone-depleting substances, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Notification of Arrival

    The section entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with provisions applicable to electronic data formats and approved contents of the mandatory information to be submitted in advance for goods imported by water transport. Please refer thereto for details.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    As Armenia applies the phase-out system for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) along the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, details of the country's acceptance of the Kigali Amendment of 2019 to the Montreal Protocol have been provided in the corresponding chapter on Dangerous Substances and Hazardous Chemicals below. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the national focal point operating in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been updated in the paragraph entitled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which may be viewed for more information.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 18 Sep 2019 Paraguay Focus: animals and products of animal origin, Environmental Licence and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Animals and Products of Animal Origin

    The processing times and fees of the following documents concerned with the importation of animals and animal products into Paraguay have been updated, as applicable:

    Authorisation to Import Animal Products
    Registration of Importers of Animal Products
    Registration of Importers of Live Animals and Genetic Material.

    For details, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Environmental Licence

    The document entitled Environmental Licence has been brought up to date with respect to, inter alia, the contact details and period of validity. Moreover, information on two different types of studies required for the application has been incorporated along with the minimum content as well as documents to be enclosed to be provided. Please see the quoted document for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 18 Sep 2019 Morocco Focus: Declaration of Conformity, Registration with PortNet, classification of measuring devices and of goods subject to import licensing, procedural fees and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Declaration of Conformity

    For reasons of transparency, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity has been equipped with additional sample declarations. For more information, please refer to the above-mentioned document and to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Registration with PortNet

    As it is a prerequisite for the electronic submission of documents related to designated customs procedures, the document entitled Registration with PortNet has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Classification of Measuring Devices and of Goods Subject to Import Licensing

    The scope of products requiring both a Licence to Import and Deal in Measuring Instruments and a Type Approval of Measuring Instruments, i.e. the tariff codes assigned to said measures, has been adjusted in accordance with the applicable legal basis, Circular No. 5943/311 of 4 June 2019.
    Moreover, by virtue of Circular No. 5958/311 of 19 July 2019, the classification of goods subject to the document entitled Import Licence has been amended in order to include designated polyethylene products which may be used for the production of plastic bags. Said document has also been enhanced with information on the enclosures which are to be attached for the licensing of the polyethylene products. The above-mentioned Circular transposes Decree No. 917-19 and the corresponding Communication No. 15/19 of 9 July 2019 of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Investment and Digital Economy.
    For additional details, the quoted documents may be consulted.

    Procedural Fees

    The applicable processing fees have been adjusted, or the absence of such fees has been stated, respectively, in the documents entitled Commercial Registration and Registration With BADR. Furthermore, the processing time and documents to be enclosed with the application have been brought up to date in the former document. Please view the mentioned documents for more information.

    Other Changes

    Other trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 18 Sep 2019 Egypt Amendments as regards product conformity, foreign representation offices, commercial agents and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. The following changes have been made:

    Product Conformity

    The documents entitled Registration of Foreign Manufacturers Qualified to Export Their Products to Egypt and Certificate of Conformity have been enhanced with information on the website by means of which certified Egyptian and foreign inspection providers may be found country-wise for different commodities. The responsible authority, i.e. the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC), furthermore provides information on suspended inspection mandates, which has likewise been included in the mentioned documents. For additional details, the quoted documents and the chapter on Assessment of Product Conformity in this overview may be consulted.

    Foreign Representation Offices

    The period of validity contained in the document entitled Opening of a Representation has been adjusted to the currently valid legislation. Furthermore, reporting requirements have been added to the information provided in said document, which may be referred to for more details.

    Commercial Agents

    Information on commercial agents has been newly incorporated into the paragraph on Registration below, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains recent issues related to foreign trade; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 17 Sep 2019 Tunisia Focus: Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), model certificates and organic products.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been revised completely. Amongst other changes, the current application form has been added to the document and the documents to be enclosed with the application have been updated. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document and to the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) in this overview.

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for, inter alia, medicinal and related products. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly. In addition, the models of the following certificates have been replaced by updated versions:

    Free Sale Certificate
    Halal Certificate.

    For further details, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Organic Products

    The chapter on Foodstuffs below has been enhanced with information on the importation of organic products into Tunisia; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 17 Sep 2019 Kuwait Amendments as regards agricultural chemicals, list of notified bodies as well as trade-related News have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Chemicals

    The chapter on Agricultural Chemicals has been blue-penciled. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for details of the registration of fertilisers.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Other Changes

    The following News paragraph contains information on recent issues related to foreign trade; please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 17 Sep 2019 Guatemala Amendments as regards the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    Following the implementation of the strategy for trade facilitation between the member countries of the Central American Common Market (CACM, Mercado Común Centroamericano - MCCA), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by the involved parties. The corresponding chapter on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) below has been modified to this effect and may be viewed for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Official Contact Points (OCPs) in Guatemala which operate in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention) has been brought up to date in the paragraph entitled Hazardous Goods in this overview. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 16 Sep 2019 Japan Focus: classification of goods, explosives and fireworks as well as means of payment. The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Accreditation as Overseas Manufacturer
    Approval Certificate for Controlled Medical Devices
    Import Notification for Cosmetics
    Licence to Manufacture/Market Products Subject to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law
    Marketing Approval for Pharmaceuticals
    Marketing Approval for Specially Controlled Medical Devices.

    Explosives and Fireworks

    The documents of the import report for Japan concerning the importation and sale of explosives and fireworks in the country, i.e. the Import Notification for Explosives and Fireworks, the Import Permit for Explosives and Fireworks as well as the Licence to Deal in Explosives and Fireworks, have been blue-pencilled. By way of example, the application or notification forms have been updated or incorporated, respectively. Please refer to the quoted documents for specifics on this matter as well as to the section on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives in this overview.

    Means of Payment

    The document entitled Permit to Import Means of Payment has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Japan. Please refer to the quoted document for further information on the importation of means of payment, securities and precious metals into the country.
  • 16 Sep 2019 Georgia Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations as well as warehousing, contact details and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been revised with regard to the existing customs procedures, the simplified import declaration on merchandise and advance ruling. For more information, please turn thereto.

    Warehousing

    The section on Warehousing below has been modified with respect to new provisions concerning customs warehouses and the temporary storage of imports to be placed under particular customs procedures. Please consult the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Official Contact Point (OCP) operating in the framework of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention) in Georgia, i.e. the Waste and Chemical Substances Management Department, has been brought up to date in the chapter entitled Further Chemicals and Hazardous Substances in this overview. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.