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  • 21 Sep 2020 Paraguay Focus: Registration with the Customs Authorities, Variety Registration of Seeds as well as documents related to the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN).
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Customs Authorities

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

    Variety Registration of Seeds

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration of Dietary Supplements

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

    Risk-Based Analysis of Imported Foodstuffs

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

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

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory labelling requirements for prepackaged foodstuffs intended for medical and other special dietary uses. Please turn to the mentioned paragraph for additional details.
  • 18 Sep 2020 Tunisia Focus: telecommunications terminal and radioelectrical equipment, electronic procedures as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Telecommunications Terminal and Radioelectrical Equipment

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

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

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

    Electronic Procedures

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

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

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please turn to said chapter for additional information.
  • 17 Sep 2020 Japan Focus: sample certificate, Company Registration as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Sample Certificate

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

    Company Registration

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

    Commercial Registration

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

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the following measures apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO):

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

    Prioritised Customs Clearance

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been modified concerning the prioritised customs clearance procedure established for perishable goods and medical supplies. More information may be obtained therefrom.
  • 16 Sep 2020 Thailand Focus: foodstuffs, Certificate of Analysis, the classification of medical devices. The import documentation for Thailand has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Foodstuffs

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

    Certificate of Analysis

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please refer to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding documents entitled Import Licence for Medical Devices as well as Notification of Specification of Medical Devices apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 16 Sep 2020 Georgia Amendments as regards the Unified Portal of Electronic Services, the A.T.A. Convention and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Unified Portal of Electronic Services

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

    A.T.A. Convention

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

    Labelling Requirements

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements has been modified with regard to labels of food products made from raw milk. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for details.
  • 15 Sep 2020 Iraq Amendments as regards precious metals and prohibited imports have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq. The following changes have been made:

    Precious Metals

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Mercury-Added Products

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Governmental Community Centre operating in the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought up to date in the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 14 Sep 2020 Bolivia Focus: Virtual Window for Importations, endangered species, textiles, clothing accessories and furniture as well as contact information.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Virtual Window for Importations

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

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

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

    Endangered Species

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

    Textiles, Clothing Accessories and Furniture

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

    Contact Information

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

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    As companies may apply for an authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) certificate in Angola, a new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme has been added to this overview. Please turn to said section for particulars of the prerequisites and the benefits of the programme.
  • 09 Sep 2020 Haiti Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Privileged Customs Clearance

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

    Automated Food Safety Information System

    The paragraph on the Single Window Approach in this overview has been modified in respect of the Automated Food Safety Information System of the Azerbaijani Food Safety Agency. Please consult the quoted section for further information.
  • 08 Sep 2020 Venezuela Focus: assignment of tariff codes, Registration Certificate for COVENIN Norms or Technical Regulations as well as updated processing fees.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

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

    Registration Certificate for COVENIN Norms or Technical Regulations

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

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the following documents have been revised:

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

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

    Registration of Veterinary Establishments

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

    INDOCAL Quality Seal Certificate

    The document entitled INDOCAL Quality Seal Certificate has been revised as regards various procedural details. By way of example, the mode of submission as well as the documents to be enclosed with the application have been updated. For further particulars, please see said document.
  • 07 Sep 2020 Uruguay Focus: Registration with VUCE, Advance Ruling, animal products, Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof as well as Import Permit for Pesticides.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registration with VUCE

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

    Advance Ruling

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

    Animal Products

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

    Permit to Import Endangered Species and Products Thereof

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

    Import Permit for Pesticides

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Used Goods

    As the import conditions for merchandise imported into Fiji in used condition may vary from those applicable to new goods, the section on Used Goods further below has been amended. By way of example, details of the importation of used tyres have been inserted. For particulars of this matter, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.
  • 04 Sep 2020 Ukraine Amendments as regards the pilot project for customs clearance, veterinary health certificates, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, fee payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Pilot Project for Customs Clearance

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been modified concerning a pilot project providing for an automatic registration of customs declarations pertinent to designated types of customs procedures in its initial stage of implementation. For more information, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    Following the introduction of generic forms of international certificates by virtue of Order No. 1329 of 14 July 2020, the Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been equipped with a current sample form for fresh meat of domestic bovine animals. The Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals has been modified concerning the sample form for breeding and productive porcine animals. Both documents have been enhanced with specifications applicable to bilateral veterinary certificates agreed upon between the exporting country and Ukraine as well as in respect of the reference to the cited generic forms.

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    A new section on Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products has been added to this overview on import procedures. More details may be obtained therefrom.

    Fee Payments

    In accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, the minimum wage (MW) and minimum subsistence (MS) units updated for 2020 have been revised in the corresponding paragraph entitled Currency and Payments in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 04 Sep 2020 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), radio-electric and high-frequency devices and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA)

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

    Radio-Electric and High-Frequency Devices

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

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

    Please consult the quoted documents for particulars.

    Contact Details

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

    Import Registration Certificate

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

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

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

    Verification of Conformity

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

    Plants and Plant Products

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

    Licence to Use the Standard Mark

    The document entitled Licence to Use the Standard Mark has been updated with respect to several procedural details, i.e. the processing time and fee as well as documents to be enclosed with the application. In addition, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been updated as regards the labelling requirements for commodities subject to the mentioned licence. Please turn to said document as well as the quoted section for particulars.
  • 03 Sep 2020 Belize Amendments as regards the classification of goods as well as customs points of entry have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the corresponding import measure, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate for the document entitled Import Licence in accordance with the Supplies Control (Import/Export) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020. Please refer to the quoted document for particulars.

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Import Licensing

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to said document) have been updated in accordance with Import Notice Siscomex (Notícia Siscomex Importação) No. 041 (as amended) and No. 063. Please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars of this measure.

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

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

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

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

    Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances

    The type of submission, amongst others, has been modified in the documents entitled Import Authorisation for Substances and/or Medicaments Subject to Special Control as well as Certificate of Non-Objection of Substances and/or Medicaments Subject to Special Control. In addition, a screenshot of the registration interface for the registration with the National Drug Control System (NDS) has been inserted into the aforementioned import authorisation. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned documents.
  • 02 Sep 2020 Lebanon Amendments as regards customs points of entry as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Labelling Requirements for Poisons

    Information on the labelling requirements for poisons to be imported into the country have been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below. Please turn to said chapter for further specifics.
  • 01 Sep 2020 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards warehousing and labelling requirements for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

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

    Labelling Requirements for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate

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

    Import Licensing

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

    Procedural Details

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

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

    Please view the quoted documents for more information.
  • 31 Aug 2020 Russian Federation Focus: Customs Import Declaration, endangered species, special technological equipment, dual-use goods, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

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

    Endangered Species

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

    Special Technological Equipment

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

    Dual-Use Goods

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

    Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been modified with regard to the mandatory labelling of goods by digital identification means and information on experimental phases for certain product groups.
    In addition, information on goods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been augmented, as foodstuffs consisting of or derived from GMOs must accordingly be labelled with "GMO" if the content of GMOs is more than 0.9% of the total weight. Since 26 June 2020, the GMO labelling is to be placed next to the Eurasian conformity (EAC) logo and the signs must have the same size and shape.
  • 28 Aug 2020 Tajikistan Amendments as regards the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Import Licensing

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

    Animal Products

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

    Import Licence for Ozone-Depleting Substances

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

    Import Certificate for Used Machinery

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

    Kosher Products

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

    Foodstuffs Including Products of Animal Origin

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

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

    For particulars, please see the mentioned documents.

    Contact Details

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

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Labelling Requirements for Telecommunications Equipment

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

    Economic Zones

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

    Energy Labelling

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

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Alcoholic Beverages

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

    Company Registration

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

    Form M

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

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) to which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 25 Aug 2020 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Commercial Registration.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Mercury Products

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

    Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)

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

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

    Please see the quoted documents for details.

    Tobacco and Tobacco Products

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

    Importation of Firearms

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

    Veterinary Medicine

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

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

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

    Arrival Manifest

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

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

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Licence of the Bureau of Indian Standards

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

    Updated Sample Forms

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

    Certificate of Airworthiness

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

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

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

    Institutional Reorganisation and Updated Contact Details

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

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

    Veterinary Pharmaceuticals

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

    Pesticides and Industrial Chemicals

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

    Other Changes

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

    Measuring Instruments

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

    Labelling Requirements for Refrigerant Containers

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding documents entitled Licence to Operate a Medical Device Establishment as well as Registration of Medical Devices, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Application Forms

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

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

    Certificate of Airworthiness

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

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

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

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 14 Aug 2020 Algeria Focus: Simplified Customs Declaration, Conformity Inspection Certificate, classification of medical devices, sample forms, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Simplified Customs Declaration

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

    Conformity Inspection Certificate

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

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which a Licence to Import Medical and Surgical Equipment and Materials applies, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which has been adopted by the Algerian General Customs Directorate by virtue of a document named "classement tarifaire des fournitures médicales liées au COVID-19" (tariff classification of medical equipment related to COVID-19).

    Sample Forms

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

    Contact Details

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

    Procedures Related to the South African Revenue Service (SARS)

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

    Manifest

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

    Inspection of Animal and Agricultural Goods

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

    Updated Processing Fees and Application Form

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

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

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

    Fiscal Marking

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

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the respective documents in this import report, has been reviewed and adjusted according to the current legal stipulations of Singapore for the following documents:

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

    Controlled Substances

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

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Singapore is a party to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 11 Aug 2020 Pakistan Focus: Lot Release Certificate for Human Biological Drugs, Registration of Importers of Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus, classification of medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Lot Release Certificate for Human Biological Drugs

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

    Registration of Importers of Radioactive Material and Radiation Apparatus

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

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the codes for which the measures depicted in the corresponding paragraph below apply in accordance with the Harmonized System (HS), has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 10 Aug 2020 Colombia Focus: phytosanitary and zoosanitary surveillance, updated forms and procedural details.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Surveillance

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

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

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

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

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

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

    Labelling for Milk and Dairy Products

    Law No. 21.179, which was published in the Chilean Official Gazette on 2 November 2019, introduces particular labelling requirements for milk and dairy products to be adhered to since 3 August 2020. Therefore, a new subsection on said commodities has been created in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below, describing the quoted provisions. For more information on this matter, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 07 Aug 2020 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, veterinary health certificates as well as Trademark Registration.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Certification of Inspection by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
    Declaration of Conformity
    Registration of Product Certification
    Quarantine Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Products.

    Veterinary Health Certificates

    The sample certificates as displayed in the documents entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals and Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products have been exchanged for more recent versions. Please refer to the quoted documents for details of this matter.

    Trademark Registration

    The document entitled Trademark Registration has been newly incorporated in the set of documents for the import report of Taiwan. Specifics on the registration requirements may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as the corresponding section in this overview.
  • 07 Aug 2020 Turkey Amendments as regards diamonds and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. The following changes have been made:

    Diamonds

    The chapter on Diamonds has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The section on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) below has been revised in accordance with currently valid regulations and may be viewed for specifics.
  • 06 Aug 2020 Zimbabwe Focus: Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) Programme

    In accordance with the Control of Goods (Open General Import Licence) Standards Assessment - Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) (Amendment) Notice, 2020 (No. 1), i.e. Statutory Instrument 124 of 2020, the scope of products subject to the CBCA programme has been amplified. Hence, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled CBCA Licence, CBCA Registration as well as Certificate of Conformity for CBCA, has been brought up to date. Moreover, the quoted Notice introduces, inter alia, a compulsory destination assessment as well as a penalty fee for products which arrive in Zimabwe without a conformity certificate. Consequently, the chapter on the Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) in this overview has been revised. Please refer to said section as well as the mentioned documents for more information on this matter.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

    The document entitled EU Proofs of Preferential Origin has been enhanced corresponding to the stipulations of the Notice to exporters concerning the application of the EU system for registered exporters (REX system) for exports from the EU to Eastern and Southern African States within the framework of the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement (2020/C 176/03). For additional details, please turn to the quoted document.

    Processing Fees

    The processing fees pertaining to the following documents, which are to be applied for at the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) or the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ), as applicable, have been edited:

    Authorisation to Import Precursors and Controlled Chemical Substances
    Authorisation to Import Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices
    Licence to Import Psychotropic Substances.

    Specifics may be obtained from said documents.
  • 06 Aug 2020 Mozambique Amendments as regards the electronic single window (JUE), ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as packaging and labelling requirements for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Single Window (JUE)

    The chapter on the Electronic Single Window (JUE) in this overview has been enhanced with information on the system for the valuation of goods (Sisteme Electrónico de Avaliação de Mercadorias - Sistema E-valuater), a tool assisting in determining the customs value of the commodities imported into Mozambique. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Mozambique ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer on 16 January 2020. Hence, details thereof have been incorporated into the paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below. Specifics may be obtained from said chapter.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    As particular packaging and labelling requirements apply to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been amended and amplified with corresponding information. For further particulars of this matter, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 05 Aug 2020 Uganda Amendments as regards genetically modified organisms (GMOs), aircraft as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda. The following changes have been made:

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    A new chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for details of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

    Aircraft

    For the importation of aircraft into Uganda, a Certificate of Airworthiness may be required. For more information on this matter, please turn to said document as well as to the newly created section on Aircraft.

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements has been amended with particulars of the labelling requirements of herbal pharmaceuticals. More details may be obtained from the quoted chapter.
  • 05 Aug 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: agricultural chemicals, Halal Certificate, classification of medical devices and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Agricultural Chemicals

    The provisions for the importation of agricultural chemicals, i.e. the measures for Pesticides and Fertilisers depicted in this report, have been revised and adjusted in accordance with the currently valid regulations. By way of example, documents to be enclosed with the applications, processing fees and/or contact details have been modified in the following documents:

    Approval to Import Pesticides into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Approval to Import Seeds and Pesticides into the Serb Republic
    Entry into the Phytosanitary Register
    Licence to Deal in Pesticides in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Mandatory Phytosanitary Inspection
    Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides
    Registration of Economic Operators of Fertilisers
    Registration of Economic Operators of Pesticides
    Registration of Fertilisers.

    For additional details, the quoted documents and the above-mentioned section of this overview may be viewed.

    Halal Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Halal Certificate, which may be required for, inter alia, meat and meat products, has been replaced by an updated version. Moreover, said document has been enhanced with information on, inter alia, the authority responsible for halal certification in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please turn to the mentioned document for particulars.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 04 Aug 2020 Bermuda Focus: Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment, Trademark Registration as well as tobacco products.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    The application form for a type approval contained in the document entitled Type Approval for Telecommunications Equipment has been replaced for a more recent version. Additionally, the contact details of the Regulatory Authority have been amended. Please consult said document for more specifics.

    Trademark Registration

    The processing fees contained in the document entitled Trademark Registration have been blue-pencilled. Further particulars of this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Tobacco Products

    A new document entitled Registration as a Distributor of Tobacco Products has been added to the set of documents for Bermuda. Please turn to the quoted document for additional information on the importation of tobacco.
  • 04 Aug 2020 Albania Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices, labelling of plant protection products (PPPs) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Labelling of Plant Protection Products (PPPs)

    The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with information on the mandatory labelling requirements for PPPs. For additional details, please turn to the quoted paragraph.
  • 03 Aug 2020 Sudan Focus: National Medicines and Poisons Board, Seed Registration, Request for Information as well as model certificates. The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    National Medicines and Poisons Board

    The National Medicines and Poisons Board is the responsible authority for the importation of pharmaceuticals into Sudan. The documents entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals, Registration of Medical Devices as well as Registration of Veterinary Medicines have been amended. Please turn thereto for further details of this matter.

    Seed Registration

    The document entitled Seed Registration has been updated regarding the documents to be enclosed for the importation of Seeds into Sudan. Please refer to said document for more specifics.

    Request for Information

    The sample form for a Request for Information contained in the corresponding document has been replaced for a more recent version. Please consult the quoted document for more information.

    Model Certificates

    The sample forms displayed in the documents entitled Free Sale Certificate as well as Certificate of Analysis have been replaced with updated versions. Please turn to the quoted documents for additional details of this matter.
  • 03 Aug 2020 Qatar Amendments as regards prohibited imports as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar. The following changes have been made:

    Prohibited Imports

    The chapter on Used Goods and Prohibited Imports in this overview has been amended with additional products prohibited for importation into Qatar. Please refert to the quoted chapter for more specifics.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements below. Please turn to said chapter for further details of this matter.
  • 31 Jul 2020 Namibia Amendments as regards endangered species of wild fauna and flora as well as labelling requirements for tobacco products have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, specifics on the import requirements applicable to animals and plants as well as products thereof, which are subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may now be viewed in the newly created chapter in this overview. For further information on this matter, please refer to the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Tobacco Products

    As particular labelling requirements apply to tobacco products to be imported into Namibia, the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with corresponding details. Please see the mentioned chapter for particulars.
  • 31 Jul 2020 Cuba Focus: Registration of Products for Animal Consumption as well as Import Permit for Equipment and Devices for Infocommunications.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Products for Animal Consumption

    The document entitled Registration of Products for Animal Consumption has been updated with details regarding the submission for application as well as specifics on inspections carried out in the corresponding businesses. Additionally, the current version of the application form has been inserted. Please see the mentioned document for further information on this matter.

    Import Permit for Equipment and Devices for Infocommunications

    In accordance with Resolution No. 132/2019 of the Ministry of Communications, the document entitled Import Permit for Equipment and Devices for Infocommunications has been completely revised. By way of example, the type of submission and documents to be enclosed with the application have been amended. Moreover, the application form depicted in said document has been exchanged for its most recent version. In addition, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the quoted document have been brought up to date. For specifics of the procedure as well as further particulars of the requirements to import equipment and devices for info-communication into Cuba, please refer to the mentioned document and the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.
  • 30 Jul 2020 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards the Customs Import Declaration, sanitary registration of goods, live animals, endangered species and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kazakhstan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Import Declaration

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been modified concerning the processing fee for the customs declaration of goods. The cited document may be consulted for particulars.

    Sanitary Registration of Goods

    The paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with details of the suspension of the State Sanitary Registration of Goods, which is temporarily not required for certain items, until further notice, in the framework of the state of emergency due to the corona crisis.

    Live Animals

    In accordance with Decision No. 74 of 2 June 2020 of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a proof of the decent of live animals, i.e. breeding-related data which is to be obtained from genetic testing, must be presented for pure-bred animals and their reproductive material in order to certify the origin of the animals intended for free circulation in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Therefore, the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products below has been brought up to date in respect of said proof.

    Endangered Species

    The section on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Subject to CITES below has been amended with regard to the reference to the designated part of the single list of goods the importation of which into the member states of the EAEU is restricted. Please see below for specifics.
  • 30 Jul 2020 Iran Focus: imports of meat and further products of animal origin, Registration with the Plant Protection Organisation (PPO), contact details, classification of goods and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Imports of Meat and Further Products of Animal Origin

    The document entitled Approval to Import Meat Products has been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.
    In addition, the model of the Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been replaced by an updated version.

    Registration with the Plant Protection Organisation (PPO)

    Import measures for plants, plant products and means of plant protection, which are administered by the PPO, may be applied for electronically after an initial online registration with said authority. Consequently, the document entitled Registration with the Plant Protection Organisation (PPO) has been added to the set of documents of the import documentation for Iran and the documents depicting the applicable import measures have been adjusted accordingly. Please turn to the quoted document and to the sections on Plants and Plant Products and on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Quarantine and Biosecurity Office pertaining to the Iran Veterinary Organization (IVO) has been brought up to date throughout this report, as applicable.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please refer to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.

    Classification of Goods

    The tariff codes related to the import procedures in Iran, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, have been revised and updated in accordance with recent changes to the national customs tariff. In particular, said modifications concern the documents entitled Verification of Conformity and Declaration of Conformity.
  • 29 Jul 2020 Syria Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices and import monopolies have been brought to the import documentation for Syria. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Import Monopolies

    For reasons of greater transparency, the section on Import Monopolies has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 29 Jul 2020 Myanmar Focus: Import Licence, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licence

    The document entitled Import Licence has been updated with regards to the applicable licencing fees in accordance with Notification No. 23/2020 of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) which stipulates a limit of the fee at 30,000 MMK regardless of the customs value of the products. Said measure is to counteract issues concerning the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 outbreak. For particulars, please see the mentioned document.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    In order to import ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Myanmar, a Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances is required. Please refer to the newly created quoted document for details of this matter.
  • 28 Jul 2020 Mali Focus: import authorisations for pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Authorisations for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

    As an Import Authorisation for Pharmaceutical Products as well as an Import Authorisation for Medical Devices are required for the importation of such products into Mali, the same-named documents have been newly added to this import report. Please turn to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Medicinal Products for particulars.
  • 28 Jul 2020 Belarus Amendments as regards live animals, endangered species, the sanitary registration of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Live Animals

    In accordance with Decision No. 74 of 2 June 2020 of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a proof of the decent of live animals, i.e. breeding-related data which is to be obtained from genetic testing, must be presented for pure-bred animals and their reproductive material in order to certify the origin of the animals intended for free circulation in the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Therefore, the chapter on Animals and Animal Products below has been brought up to date in respect of said proof.

    Endangered Species

    The section on Endangered Species below has been amended with regard to the reference to the designated part of the single list of goods the importation of which into the member states of the EAEU is restricted. Please see below for specifics.

    Sanitary Registration of Goods

    The paragraph on Standardisation in this overview has been enhanced with details of the suspension of the State Sanitary Registration of Goods, which is temporarily not required for certain items, until further notice, in the framework of the state of emergency due to the corona crisis.
  • 27 Jul 2020 Panama Focus: sanitary certification, updated procedural details, Free Sale Certificate and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Sanitary Certification

    The document entitled Import Certificate Under Sanitary Registration has been revised with regard to various details, e.g. the responsible department and the current version of the application form. For more information, please refer to the quoted document.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents of this import report have been updated in respect of procedural specifications concerning, inter alia, the processing times and/or payments of fees:

    Certificate of Technical Verification
    Registration in the Integrated System of Customs Treatment (SIGA).

    For particulars, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see the quoted document for specifics.
  • 27 Jul 2020 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 24 Jul 2020 Serbia Amendments as regards the classification of goods and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of amendments to the Serbian customs tariff, which took effect on 2 July 2020, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the corresponding import procedures in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention is drawn to goods which are subject to a Homologation of Motor Vehicles.
  • 24 Jul 2020 Jordan Focus: Import Approval for Telecommunications Equipment, Registration with the Chamber of Commerce as well as contact details. The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Approval for Telecommunications Equipment

    The document entitled Import Approval for Telecommunications Equipment has been amended, e.g., as regards its application form, which has been exchanged for a more recent version.

    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Registration with the Chamber of Commerce has been replaced for a more recent version. Please consult the quoted document for more specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) have been amended throughout this import report.
  • 23 Jul 2020 Iceland Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, the Minamata Convention, waste, alcoholic beverages as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Iceland. Attention is drawn to following changes:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    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, as the respective legal basis has been amended. For details of this matter, please refer to the above-mentioned document.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Chemical and Hazardous Substances in this overview has been enhanced with details of the responsible authority for the management of issues related to the Minamata Convention, i.e. the Environmental Agency. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Iceland is a member to the Convention, and has already ratified the Amendment in 2018. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Details of the labelling requirements for alcoholic beverages to be sold in Iceland have been included in the corresponding section furhter below. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.
  • 23 Jul 2020 Ethiopia Focus: registrations of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cosmetics as well as change of denomination.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Registrations of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

    The period of validity contained in the documents entitled Registration of Pharmaceuticals and Registration of Medical Devices has been updated. Please turn to the quoted documents for further information.

    Cosmetics

    As importers or other persons responsible for the placing of a cosmetic product onto the Ethiopian market are to notify the Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA) prior to the importation of the product into Ethiopia, the chapter on Cosmetics and Sanitary Products in this overview has been enhanced accordingly. More specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Change of Denomination

    As the authority in charge of food and drugs, amongst others, has changed its denomination to Ethiopian Food and Drug Authority (EFDA), the concerned documents of this import report have been updated with regard thereto, as applicable.
  • 22 Jul 2020 Madagascar Focus: Inspection Report for Plants and Plant Products, Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes, EU Proofs of Preferential Origin, change of denomination as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Inspection Report for Plants and Plant Products

    As a final permit for the customs release of plants and plant products may only be obtained after the concerned goods have been inspected according to appropriate procedures, information thereon has been provided in the newly created document entitled Inspection Report for Plants and Plant Products. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes

    A prior user registration is necessary for the online submission of Cargo Tracking Notes. Therefore, the document entitled Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes has been newly added to this import report. More specifics may be obtained from the quoted document.

    EU Proofs of Preferential Origin

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

    Change of Denomination

    As the ministry in charge of commerce and industry, amongst others, has changed its denomination to Ministry of Industry, Trade and Crafts, the concerned documents of this import report have been updated accordingly, as applicable.
  • 22 Jul 2020 Libya Amendments as regards the classification of medical devices as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Libya. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Libya is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further details of this matter, please turn to the section on Waste below.
  • 21 Jul 2020 Liberia Focus: Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes and Registration of Medical Devices.
    The import documentation for Liberia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes

    As a prior user registration is necessary for online applications for Cargo Tracking Notes to be effected, the document entitled Registration for the Issue of Cargo Tracking Notes has been newly added to this import report. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Registration of Medical Devices

    A Registration of Medical Devices as well as a licence or permit are mandatory in order for such goods to be imported into Liberia. Therefore, the mentioned document has been newly incorporated into the import documentation for Liberia. More details may be obtained from said document and the section on Medicinal Products and Related Goods below.
  • 21 Jul 2020 Australia Amendments as regards the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), seasonal measures as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Australia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS)

    As of 1 July 2020, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has been replaced by the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) in accordance with the stipulations of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019. Said change has been reflected in this overview as well as in the corresponding documents entitled Notification of New Industrial Chemicals as well as Registration with AICIS. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Seasonal Measures

    As the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has announced the time frame for the 2020-2021 seasonal measures for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) treatment, the section on Seasonal Measures Requiring Treatment below has been amended to this regard. For specifics, please see the mentioned paragraph.
  • 20 Jul 2020 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Focus: Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products, Permit to Import Pesticides, classification of medical devices as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kosovo has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products

    In accordance with Administrative Instruction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) No. 06/2019, criteria, standards and conditions have been laid down for the importation of produce of organic agriculture into Kosovo. Consequently, the document entitled Certificate of Inspection for the Import of Organic Products, which must be submitted to the authorities at the customs office of entry, has been added to the set of documents of the import documentation for Kosovo. For specifics, please refer to the quoted document.

    Permit to Import Pesticides

    As it is a mandatory procedure for the customs clearance of means of plant protection, the document entitled Permit to Import Pesticides has been newly incorporated into this report; please turn thereto and to the section on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview for particulars.

    Classification of Medical Devices

    The classification of medical devices, i.e. the tariff codes of the Harmonized System (HS) for which the measures depicted in the corresponding chapter apply, has been adjusted in accordance with the most recent official list of medical devices prepared jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • 20 Jul 2020 Brunei Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Brunei Darussalam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Dangerous Chemicals in this overview has been enhanced with details of the responsible authority for the management of issues relating to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, also referred to as Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Please see the quoted paragraph for details of this matter.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the sections on Packaging Requirements as well as Labelling Requirements have been reorganised. More information on such requirements for a variety of products may be obtained from the respective chapters further below.
  • 17 Jul 2020 Bahamas Focus: Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for the Bahamas has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment

    A new document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment has been created. Please turn thereto as well as to the section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview for information on the importation of low power devices into the Bahamas.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Registrar General's Department have been updated throughout this import report, as applicable.
  • 17 Jul 2020 United Arab Emirates Amendments as regards plastic food packaging materials, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United Arab Emirates. The following changes have been made:

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Plastic Food Packaging Materials

    Requirements for the use of plastic packaging materials for foodstuffs have been included to the paragraph on General Packaging Requirements under the chapter Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please refer thereto for further specifics.
  • 16 Jul 2020 South Korea Focus: assignment of tariff codes, Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products, Plant Variety Protection as well as electrical appliances.
    The import documentation for South Korea has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the respective import measures) to the documents of this import report has been checked in accordance with the current Korean import regime and modified where appropriate.

    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products

    An updated sample form has been inserted in the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products. Particulars may be obtained therefrom. Further details of the importation of Live Animals and Animal Products into South Korea may be obtained from the same-named chapter in this overview.

    Plant Variety Protection

    The document entitled Plant Variety Protection has been amended as regards the applicable processing time. Please see the quoted document for specifics.

    Electrical Appliances

    The application forms displayed in the documents entitled Notification of Safety Confirmation of Electrical Appliances and Supplier's Confirmation of Conformity have been exchanged for their most recent versions. Additionally, the documents to be enclosed for the mentioned notification have been brought up to date. For more information on this matter, please refer to said documents.
  • 16 Jul 2020 Indonesia Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), prohibited imports as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Indonesia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of goods subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in Indonesia as displayed in the corresponding section in this overview has been reviewed. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Prohibited Imports

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods, pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent applicable legal basis. More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the section on Prohibited Imports below.
  • 15 Jul 2020 Hong Kong Amendments as regards toothfish, pharmaceuticals, poisons and dangerous drugs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Hong Kong. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Toothfish

    The paragraph on Animals and Animal Products in this overview has been enhanced with details of the licensing requirements for the importation of toothfish and products thereof into Hong Kong. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Pharmaceuticals, Poisons and Dangerous Drugs

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the chapters on Pharmaceutical Products and Poisons as well as Dangerous Drugs have been newly created. Please refer thereto for procedures related to such commodities.
  • 15 Jul 2020 Canada Focus: precursor chemicals and controlled substances, foodstuffs, processing fees and classification of goods, application forms and online applications, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Canada has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Precursor Chemicals and Controlled Substances

    The following documents have been revised and updated in accordance with the valid regulations. By way of example, the minimum content to be provided, the processing time or the documents to be enclosed have been modified, or the application form has been exchanged for its current version, respectively:

    End-Use Declaration for Class A Precursors
    Import Permit for Class A Precursors
    Import Permit for Controlled Substances
    Licence to Deal in Class A Precursors
    Licence to Deal in Controlled Substances
    Registration of Class B Precursors.

    In addition, the address details of the Chemical Precursors Section have been modified. For more information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Foodstuffs

    After having been introduced for designated food items in January 2020, all other foodstuffs also require a valid Import Licence for Foodstuffs since 15 July 2020. Moreover, a processing time has recently been announced for said procedure. These changes have been reflected in the mentioned document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Processing Fees and Classification of Goods

    The processing fees for the following documents have been modified in accordance with the most recent legal stipulations; please refer thereto for specifics:

    Establishment Licence for Drugs
    Establishment Licence for Medical Devices
    Medical Device Licence.

    Furthermore, the customs classification of medical devices, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to the respective above-mentioned measures, has been adjusted in accordance with Customs Notice 20-12 of 31 March 2020, as amended on 16 April.

    Application Forms and Online Applications

    Further documents have been revised and adjusted in respect of, inter alia, the correct website for online applications, e.g. the web portals of the Canada Revenue Agency, the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Attention is also drawn to the altered application forms pertaining to the following documents:

    Business Number
    Registration of Firearms.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have been updated in the concerned document. Please turn to the document entitled Export Notification for Goods Coming under the Rotterdam Convention for more information on this matter.
  • 14 Jul 2020 Mexico Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes, the Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Subsidiaries and Export-Related Services (IMMEX) programme, prohibited goods as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mexico. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the following documents, has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the applicable legal basis:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Authorisation for Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances
    Import Permit for Pesticides, Fertilisers and Toxic Substances
    Registration of Pesticides and Fertilisers
    Sanitary Import Permit for Medicines and Other Health-Related Products
    Sanitary Import Permit for Products Subject to Sanitary Surveillance
    Sanitary Licence.

    For particulars, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Subsidiaries and Export-Related Services (IMMEX) Programme

    A new subsection on the Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Subsidiaries and Export-Related Services (IMMEX) programme has been incporporated in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Within the scope of said programme, specific merchandise to be used for manufacturing processes, amongst others, is eligible for temporary importation into Mexico. Further details may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Prohibited Goods

    In accordance with a Decree modifying the General Imports and Exports Taxation Act (Decreto por el que se modifica la Tarifa de la Ley de los Impuestos Generales de Importación y de Exportación (TIGIE)), released in the Official Journal of the Federation on 19 February 2019, electronic cigarettes as well as solutions and mixtures intended for such commodities are prohibited from importation into Mexico since 20 February this year. Therefore, the chapter on Prohibited Goods below has been amended accordingly. Moreover, the assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Prohibited Imports of this import report, has been updated correspondingly. Please turn thereto as well as to the quoted section for more information on this matter.
  • 14 Jul 2020 Laos Focus: import prohibition, Lao National Single Window (LSNW) as well as taxpayer registration.
    The import documentation for Laos has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Prohibition

    In accordance with Order No. 0246/MOH published on 3 March 2020, the Ministry of Health has banned the importation, sale and use of rapid tests for the testing of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 as such tests can provide false positive results and are prone to errors. Said import prohibition has been reflected in this import report. For further details of goods prohibited from importation into Laos, please refer to the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview as well as to the same-named document.

    Lao National Single Window

    The document entitled Automatic Import Licence has been furnished with details of the electronic submission of licence applications for goods subject to the responsibility of the Department of Import and Export via the Lao National Single Window (LNSW). Therefore, the newly created document Registration with the Lao National Single Window (LNSW) is required. Details may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Taxpayer Registration

    Taxpayers are to register with the Tax Department under the Ministry of Finance in order to receive a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) after initial registration with the authority's e-Services portal, i.e. the Tax Revenue Information System (TaxRIS). Please see the newly created mentioned document for specifics.
  • 13 Jul 2020 Oman Amendments as regards standardisation, labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Oman. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

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

    Labelling Requirements

    Information on the labelling requirements for pharmaceuticals have been added to the section on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements. Please turn to said chapter for further details of this matter.
  • 13 Jul 2020 United Kingdom Focus: fish and other aquatic species, human and veterinary medicinal products, Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, authorisations to import prohibited materials subject to plant health requirements, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fish and Other Aquatic Species

    An Authorisation to Import Live Fish and Shellfish is required for said goods.
    Moreover, in order to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a Catch Certificate is to be furnished prior to the landing of marine-caught fish intended for human consumption in a Member State of the European Union (EU). Consequently, the quoted documents have been newly incorporated into this report and may be viewed for particulars.

    Human and Veterinary Medicinal Products

    The documents entitled Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products and Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals have been revised and modified, e.g., as to applicable processing fees, post-transition period action deadlines and the currently used application form, as applicable. More information may be obtained from the mentioned documents.

    Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    The annual return form, with which the Home Office is to be provided in the framework of the Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, has been added to said document, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Authorisations to Import Prohibited Materials Subject to Plant Health Requirements

    The section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview has been enhanced with information on mandatory authorisations from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to import, move or keep prohibited materials subject to plant health requirements. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for additional details.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    From 1 June 2020 onwards, a modified procedure has been introduced in order to apply as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). Consequently, the quoted document has been adjusted to the new regulations and may be viewed for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Office for Product Safety and Standards has been updated in the document entitled Declaration of Conformity. Moreover, contact details of further authorities have been adjusted throughout the report, as applicable.
  • 13 Jul 2020 Switzerland Focus: Certificate of Origin, Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Switzerland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Origin

    As the possibility to temporarily submit Certificates of Origin as copies or digitally due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the quoted document has been modified in this regard. Please refer thereto for particulars of this matter.

    Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)

    The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) is responsible for issuing the General Import Permit for Agricultural Products as well as the Registration of or Marketing Authorisation for Fertilisers. The mentioned documents have been brought up to date concerning their corresponding application forms, respectively. More information may be obtained from said documents.
  • 10 Jul 2020 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Focus: radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), Free Sale Certificate as well as denomination of the Department of Drugs and Food (DDF).
    The import documentation for Cambodia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    Amendments as regards the electronic submission, amongst others, of the Permit to Import Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE) have been incorporated into the quoted document. Furthermore, the document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment, which is a prerequisite for the above-mentioned permit, has newly been added to the set of documents for the import report for Cambodia. Please refer thereto for particulars of the requirements to import RTTE into Cambodia.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate as displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Further details of this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Denomination of the Department of Drugs and Food (DDF)

    The Department of Drugs and Food (DDF) has been renamed. Said name-change has been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.
  • 10 Jul 2020 Cameroon Amendments as regards the Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Cameroon. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measure applies, has been amended in accordance with recently published stipulations. Further details of the conformity evaluation procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document and from the paragraph on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview.
  • 09 Jul 2020 Kenya Focus: Permit to Import Milk and Milk Products, sugar and by-products as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Kenya has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Permit to Import Milk and Milk Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Milk and Milk Products has been amended. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for the currently used official form. Please turn to the quoted document for further information.

    Sugar and By-Products

    The document entitled Permit to Import Sugar and By-Products has been reviewed and amended as applicable, e.g. with regard to the pertaining application form. In addition to obtaining a permit, the importer must register with the Sugar Directorate (SD). Consequently, a new document entitled Registration as an Importer of Sugar and By-Products has been added to the set of documents for Kenya. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents.
  • 09 Jul 2020 Guinea Amendments as regards the Renovo™ Programme as well as waste have been brought to the import documentation for Guinea.
    The following changes have been made:

    Renovo™ Programme

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Renovo™ Programme have been updated in accordance with the most recently published pertaining regulations. By way of example, phonographic readers and music boxes have been added to the list of products subject to the Programme. Further details of the concerned procedure may be viewed in the quoted document.

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. Guinea ratified the Amendment in 2017. For further information, please refer to the chapter on Waste below.
  • 08 Jul 2020 Norway Focus: common health entry documents (CHEDs), Certificate of Analysis as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Common Health Entry Documents (CHEDs)

    The following documents of this import report have been updated in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715, e.g. with regard to their corresponding sample forms:

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

    Furthermore, the assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Health Entry Document for Feed and Food of Non-Animal Origin, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measure applies, has been adjusted, as the respective legal basis has been amended.
    For details of this matter, please refer to the above-mentioned documents.

    Certificate of Analysis

    The model certificate as displayed in the document entitled Certificate of Analysis has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for specifics.
  • 08 Jul 2020 Congo Democratic Republic of Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Waste

    As Croatia was the 97th country that ratified the so-called Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) on the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal on 6 September 2019, the requirements for the implementation of said Amendment have been fulfilled. Consequently, the Decision came into force on 5 December 2019. The quoted Amendment prohibits the exportation of hazardous waste from countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to other countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a member to the Convention, however, the country has not ratified the Amendment yet. For further information, please refer to the paragraph on Waste below.
  • 07 Jul 2020 Senegal Amendments as regards waste have been brought to the import documentation for Senegal. The following changes have been made:

    Waste

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

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

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

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

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

    Veterinary Entry Documents

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

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

    For specifics, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Health Entry Document for Feed and Food

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

    North Macedonia's Ratification of the Minamata Convention

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

    Contact Details

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

    Standardisation

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

    Used Goods

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

    Contact Details

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

    Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS)

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

    Standards Import Inspection Regulations (SIIR) Conformity Programme

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

    Registration of Drugs

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Material

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

    Plant Variety Protection

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

    Customs Import Declaration and Advance Declaration

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

    Fish and Fishery Products

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

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

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

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

    For particulars, please consult the quoted documents.

    Peruvian Tax Unit (UIT)

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

    Electronic Customs Procedures

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

    Waste

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

    Application Forms

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

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

    Electronic Submission of Documents

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

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

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

    Free Trade Zones

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

    Veterinary Medicines

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

    Standardisation

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

    Changes with Regard to Updated Customs Legislation

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

    Sample Certificate

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Contact Details

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

    Registration with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards

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

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

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

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

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

    Waste

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

    Foodstuffs and Beverages

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

    Updated Procedural Details

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

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

    Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Prohibited Imports

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

    China Compulsory Certification (CCC)

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

    Standardisation

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

    Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph on Product Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for pet feedstuffs. More information may be obtained from the mentioned section.