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  • 25 Apr 2019 Madagascar Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), aircraft as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Madagascar. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, also referred to as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), have been added to the paragraph on Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Aircraft

    A chapter on Aircraft has been newly added to this overview, providing information on the importation of aircraft into Madagascar. Further specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 25 Apr 2019 Iceland Focus: general requirements, high-risk food and feed products from designated countries, plants and plant products as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iceland has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    General Requirements

    As of 7 January 2019, the electronic submission of the documents entitled Master's Report on Vessel's Arrival and Parcel List of Goods to be Discharged which are to be presented for every importation into Iceland is mandatory. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents.

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products from Designated Countries

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Common Entry Document for High-Risk Food and Feed Products has been adjusted in accordance with the current legal stipulations.
    Additionally, pursuant to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1660 of 7 November 2018 imposing special conditions governing the import of certain food of non-animal origin from certain third countries due to the risks of contamination with pesticides residues, a health certificate is required to be obtained from the competent authority in the country of export for the stipulated types of goods prior to their consignment from designated countries. The above-mentioned document has consequently been enhanced with further information and a sample of the quoted health certificate. More information on this matter may be obtained from the corresponding chapter in this overview and the mentioned document.

    Plants and Plant Products

    Several documents of the import report for Iceland concerned with the importation of plants and plant products into the country have been reviewed and updated. Therefore, the document entitled Notification of the Importation of Agricultural Goods has been enhanced with the information on the electronic submission of said notification. Futhermore, details of the processing fee for the Registration of Fertilisers as well as for the fees for the actual importation of such goods have been added to the quoted document. For specifics on these changes, please turn to the mentioned documents as well as to the section on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 25 Apr 2019 Ethiopia Amendments as regards government procurement, standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ethiopia. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    The contact details of the responsible authority within the framework of Government Procurement in Ethiopia, i.e. the Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency (PPA), have been updated in the quoted chapter of this overview. Please refer thereto for further particulars.

    Standards

    The paragraph on Standards below has been enhanced with additional information on standardisation organisations which Ethiopia is a member of. Specifics may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 24 Apr 2019 Libya Focus: Registration with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) and political situation.
    The import documentation for Libya has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture

    The document entitled Registration with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has been enhanced with a sample registration certificate; please turn thereto for additional details.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    New fees have been stipulated for the document entitled Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, which has been adjusted accordingly. Moreover, a sample of an issued ECTN has been incorporated into the quoted document for transparency reasons. More information may be obtained from the mentioned document and the section on the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) below.

    Political Situation

    The following paragraph on the Political Situation and Administrative Changes has been updated in view of the current escalation of the civil war in Libya.
  • 24 Apr 2019 Liberia Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), export controls as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Liberia. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the paragraph on Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Export Controls

    The chapter on Export Controls has been newly added to this overview and may be viewed for further information on this matter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 24 Apr 2019 United Kingdom Focus: preferential treatment, extension of Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), APHA Import Notification, export controls and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    Over the last few weeks, further free trade agreements with UK participation have been published. The chapter on Preferential Treatment below has therefore been updated accordingly; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Extension of Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

    Pursuant to an announcement of HM Revenue and Customs of 22 March 2019, the Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) have been extended in so fas as they will be made available at all UK ports if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal. Additional details of the TSP may be obtained from the paragraph on Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) in this overview.

    APHA Import Notification

    The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) recently introduced a new form for the mandatory import notification for animals and animal products. Consequently, the document entitled APHA Import Notification has been newly incorporated into this report. For specifics, the quoted document and the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin further below may be viewed.

    Export Controls

    A chapter on Export Controls has been added to the paragraphs of this overview in order to illustrate that a potential no-deal Brexit would affect compliance with export control regulations. As deliveries from any EU Member State to the UK would no longer be considered a movement of goods but an exportation, the export licensing rules for military and dual-use goods, amongst others, would have to be observed. For more information on Export Controls, the mentioned section may be consulted.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been amended in respect of various procedural details and contact information. By way of example, the websites via which the applications for a Licence to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them and for a Registration with the IPAFFS, respectively, are to be submitted have been provided in said documents. Furthermore, the chapter on Cosmetics has been updated in accordance with currently available information on the authorised representative.
    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 23 Apr 2019 Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, country of origin labelling, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kosovo.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been reviewed in accordance with the current Kosovar Import Regime as contained in the Integrated Tariff of Kosovo (TARIK) for 2019. The classification of goods pertaining to the following documents has been adjusted accordingly:

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

    In addition, the classification of goods pertaining to the documents entitled Licence to Deal in Strategic Goods and End-User Certificate has been brought up to date in accordance with the official lists of military and dual-use goods, which in turn are based on the EU CN for 2019.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    In accordance with Administrative Instruction (MTI) No. 01/2019, details of the requirement to use the origin flag of imported goods have been added to the chapter on Country of Origin Labelling in this overview. Further particulars may be obtained from said paragraph.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been augmented with information on restrictions concerning cash transactions as established by the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo (CBK. Please turn to the mentioned chapter for more details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 23 Apr 2019 Australia Focus: ozone-depleting substances (ODS), hazardous waste, chemicals, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Australia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    The following documents concerning the importation of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Australia have been completely reviewed and updated:

    Essential Uses Licence for CFCs, Halons, Methyl Chloroform, Carbon Tetrachloride and BCM
    Controlled Substances Licence for Methyl Bromide
    Controlled Substances Licence for SGGs and HCFCs
    Licence to Import Pre-Charged Equipment Containing Controlled Substances
    Used Substances Licence for Certain Ozone-Depleting Substances.

    For particulars of the licence requirements, please refer to the above-mentioned documents as well as to the chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview.

    Hazardous Waste

    The document entitled Import Permit for Hazardous Waste has been blue-pencilled in respect of the contact information of the responsible authority, the application submission procedure and the processing fee. Please refer thereto for specifics as well as to the paragraph on Waste further below.

    Chemicals

    The application forms contained in the documents entitled Permit to Import Prohibited Chemicals of CWC Schedule 1 and Permit to Import Prohibited Chemicals of CWC Schedules 2 and/or 3 have been exchanged for their current versions. The former has furthermore been furnished with a sample of the import notification form which is to be submitted upon the actual importation.
    Additionally, details of the processing fees have been brought up to date in the documents entitled Notification of New Industrial Chemicals and Registration with NICNAS.
    Further information may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Department of Home Affairs has been updated in this overview as well as throughout the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section.
  • 18 Apr 2019 Bahamas Amendments as regards used goods, contact details and denominations as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the Bahamas. The following changes have been made:

    Used Goods

    A new chapter entitled Used Goods has been added to this overview. Please refer thereto for more information on the importation of used goods into the Bahamas.

    Contact Details and Denominations

    The contact details of the Ministry of Finance have been reviewed and updated in this overview. Additionally, as the denomination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has changed and the ministry was renamed to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these changes have been reflected as applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 18 Apr 2019 Brunei Focus: the Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW), Certificate of Fumigation and plant varieties. The import documentation for Brunei Darussalam has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW)

    The following documents have been enhanced with information on the possibility of their electronic submission via the Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW):

    Import Permit for Halal Meat
    Import Permit for Live Animals and Animal Products
    Import Permit for Plants and Plant Products
    Import Permit for Rice and Sugar.

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

    Certificate of Fumigation

    The document entitled Certificate of Fumigation has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report of Brunei Darussalam. Specifics on the mentioned certificate may be obtained therefrom as well as from the chapter on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Plant Varieties

    Details of the requirements for a Registration of New Plant Varieties in Brunei Darussalam have been incorporated into this import report in the newly created quoted document. Please refer thereto as well as to the paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below for further information on this matter.
  • 18 Apr 2019 United Arab Emirates Focus: veterinary health certificates, Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Health Certificates

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

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

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

    Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures

    The document entitled Registration for Electronic Customs Procedures has been blue-pencilled. Amongst other changes, the image of the online registration tool has been exchanged for a current one displaying its latest version; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the authorities concerned with import-related measures have been reviewed and adjusted throughout the report, as applicable.
    For current News with reference to conformity issues, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 17 Apr 2019 South Korea Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for South Korea. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The section on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below has been revised and information on the documents which are to be submitted along with the Customs Import Declaration has been added. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for details.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Korean authorities responsible for import measures displayed in this overview have been verified and brought up to date as appropriate.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the mentioned section below.
  • 17 Apr 2019 Indonesia Focus: import regulations/licensing, pre-shipment inspection (PSI), pesticides as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Indonesia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Regulations/Licensing

    The assignment of commodity codes in the documents listed in the section on Import Regulations/Licensing below, i.e. the Recognition as IP, the Appointment as IT and the Import Approval (PI), has been reviewed and updated, as applicable, in accordance with the most recent list of regulated products. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for further information.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The list of goods subject to Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in Indonesia as displayed in the corresponding section in this overview has been reviewed. A new legal basis for tyres, i.e. Regulation No. 5 of 2019 amending Regulation No. 77/M-Dag/Per/11/2016 on the importation of tyres, has been issued in early 2019. The conditions as stipulated in the above-mentioned chapter still apply. Particulars on the various measures may be obtained therefrom as well as from the document entitled Inspection Order.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Registration of Pesticides has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report of Indonesia. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics on the registration requirements for such goods in the country.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following paragraph.
  • 17 Apr 2019 Canada Amendments as regards the classification of goods, alcoholic beverages, labelling of foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Canada.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the document entitled Energy Efficiency Report of this import report has been adjusted accordingly.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    A new chapter entitled Alcoholic Beverages has been added to this overview to provide details of the requirements to import products regulated under the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act into the country. For more information, please turn to the quoted section.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    In accordance with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), which came into force on 15 January 2019, the paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been revised with information on the labelling of foodstuffs. Further particulars may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 16 Apr 2019 Mexico Focus: Air Waybill, products subject to sanitary surveillance as well as arms, ammunition and explosives.
    The import documentation for Mexico has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Air Waybill

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Air Waybill has been blue-pencilled. In conclusion, the minimum content of the master Air Waybill as required by the General Foreign Trade Rules (RGCE) has been updated. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Products Subject to Sanitary Surveillance

    The documents entitled Sanitary Import Permit for Raw Materials and Products of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances as well as Sanitary Import Permit for Products Subject to Sanitary Surveillance have been amended with respect to their type of submission, processing fee and documents to be enclosed, as applicable. In addition, the application form of both documents has been exchanged for its most recent version. This change has also been reflected in the following documents which use the same application form:

    Registration of Medicines and Other Health-Related Products
    Sanitary Import Permit for Medicines and Other Health-Related Products
    Sanitary Licence.

    More information may be obtained from the quoted documents.

    Arms, Ammunition and Explosives

    The authority responsible for the importation of arms, ammunition and explosives has changed. Therefore, the respective contact details have been edited in the following documents of this import report:

    Import Permit for Explosive Material and Explosive Substances
    Import Permit for Explosive Material and Fireworks
    Import Permit for Weapons and Ammunition.

    Furthermore, the type of submission, processing time, period of validity as well as documents to be enclosed have been amended, where applicable. Please see said documents and the chapter on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives in this overview for further particulars.
  • 16 Apr 2019 Laos Amendments as regards the Laos National Single Window (LNSW), plant varieties as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Laos. The following changes have been made:

    Laos National Single Window (LNSW)

    The paragraph on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with details of the Laos National Single Window (LNSW). Please refer to the mentioned chapter for further particulars on the registration requirements for said system.

    Plant Varieties

    Information on the requirement for a plant variety registration has been added to the section on Plants and Plant Products below. Specifics on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been newly integrated into this overview. Please see the mentioned paragraph for details of the official currency and the Bank of Lao P.D.R. (BOL), i.e. the central bank of the country.
  • 16 Apr 2019 Hong Kong Focus: updated forms, dutiable commodities, the Trade Single Window (TSW), contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Hong Kong has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Updated Forms

    The application forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for their most recent versions:

    Authorized Economic Operator Certificate
    General Declaration
    Import Return for Motor Vehicles
    Import Statement for Hydrocarbon Oils
    Registration Certificate for Motor Vehicle Importers.

    Please refer to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Dutiable Commodities

    Details of the processing fee for the document entitled Import Licence for Dutiable Commodities have been updated according to the current legal stipulations. More information on the importation of dutiable commodities, i.e. liquors, methyl alcohol, hydrocarbon oil and tobacco, may be found in the mentioned document as well as in the corresponding section in this overview.

    Trade Single Window (TSW)

    A new document entitled Registration as User of the Trade Single Window (TSW) has been incorporated into this import report. Details of the registration procedure for access to the TSW may be obtained therefrom. Additionally, particulars on the electronic submission via the TSW have been added to the concerned documents as follows:

    Import Licence for Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Import Licence from the Environmental Protection Department
    Import Licence from the Plant and Pesticides Regulatory Division
    Import Licence from the Radiation Health Unit.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Office of the Registrar of Plant Variety Rights under the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has been updated in the document entitled Registration of Plant Variety Rights (PVRs). Please refer to the quoted document for specifics on the registration requirements for new plant varieties in Hong Kong.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 15 Apr 2019 Oman Focus: aircraft, the upcoming implementation of the Carnet TIR and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Oman has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Oman may require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA); please turn to the mentioned document for additional details.

    Upcoming Implementation of the Carnet TIR

    Due to Oman becoming a contracting party to the United Nations' TIR (International Road Transport/Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, which applies to the road transport of goods across one or more frontiers without intermediate reloading, the Carnet TIR will enter into force as of 29 May 2019. Consequently, a new document entitled Carnet TIR has been incorporated into this report. Details may be obtained from the national guaranteeing organisation and TIR issuing authority, the public transport company Mwasalat (Arabic for "transportation"), and from the quoted document. The company may be contacted as follows: Mwasalat, P.O. Box 620, OM-Muscat 100, phone numbers: +968 24121500, 24121711, fax number: +968 24495749. The competent national authority is the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC), P.O. Box 684, OM-Muscat 100, phone number: +968 24685000, fax number: +968 24685757.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 15 Apr 2019 Cambodia (Kampuchea) Amendments as regards customs points of entry, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Cambodia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Points of Entry

    Particulars on the customs points of entry of Cambodia may be found in the newly created corresponding section in this overview.

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

    Information on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (also referred to as the POP Convention) has been added to the chapter on Pesticides and Further Chemicals below. Specifics on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Paymetns

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please refer thereto for further information on the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), i.e. the central bank of the country, as well as details of the country's foreign exchange regulations.
  • 15 Apr 2019 Switzerland Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, consignments sent by post, animal feed as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Switzerland. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products

    A new section on Alcoholic Beverages has been created for this overview for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Particulars on the import requirements for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products may now be obtained therefrom.

    Consignments Sent By Post

    The chapter on Consignments Sent by Post in this overview has been reviewed and updated accordingly. More information on the requirements for customs clearance of postal shipments in Switzerland may be viewed in the quoted section.

    Animal Feed

    The paragraph on Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with particulars on the labelling requirements for animal feed in Switzerland. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 12 Apr 2019 Kenya Amendments as regards the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), aircraft, contact information and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kenya. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    In accordance with the most recent stipulations of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the classification of goods (i.e. the assignment of the commodity codes to which the measures relate) pertaining to the following documents have been adjusted accordingly:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Licence
    PVoC Registration.

    In addition, the corresponding chapter on the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) in this overview has been updated, where applicable.

    Aircraft

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

    Contact Information

    The former ministry responsible for trade matters has been renamed as the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives. Its denomination and contact details have been brought up to date in the document entitled Trade Licence. For particulars, please refer to the quoted document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Apr 2019 Cameroon Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, customs procedures and regulations, Certificate of Conformity as well as Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity.
    The import documentation for Cameroon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    As a specific declaration of value (déclaration spécifique sur la valeur - DSV) is required for customs clearance procedures according to the Finance Law 2019, the list of documents to be submitted for this purpose which is contained in the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been updated to this effect. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Certificate of Conformity

    The document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been enhanced with a sample application form in French language. Please turn to the quoted document for further details.

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

    The assignment of tariff codes to the document entitled Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measure applies, has been amended in accordance with recently published stipulations. Further information on the conformity evaluation procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document and from the paragraph on Inspection and Conformity Evaluation Procedures in this overview.
  • 11 Apr 2019 Ukraine Amendments as regards the registration of economic operators, animal products, currency control and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Ukraine. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Economic Operators

    Information on the function of the Unified State Register of Legal Persons and Individual Entrepreneurs has been brought to the corresponding section entitled Registration below. For specifics, please turn thereto.

    Animal Products

    As a pre-listing mechanism has been established for producers of animal products for human consumption, the paragraph on Animals and Animal Products below has been enhanced with matter-specific details of the regulations applicable in Ukraine.

    Currency Control

    The chapter on Currency and Payments has been revised in accordance with the Law of Ukraine on Currency and Currency Transactions of July 2018, which came into effect on 7 February 2019. More information may be obtained from the updated paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 11 Apr 2019 Guinea Focus: Electronic Cargo Tracking Note, customs procedures and regulations as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Guinea has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note

    As an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN; Bordereau Electronique de Suivi des Cargaisons - BESC) must be issued for all sea shipments with Guinea as their destination, the same-named document has been added to the import documentation for Guinea. Additional information may be obtained therefrom.

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with regard to the documents which are required upon the importation of goods into Guinea. Please refer thereto for further details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 10 Apr 2019 Norway Amendments as regards high-risk food and feed products from designated countries, the authorised economic operator (AEO), textile labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Norway.
    The following changes have been made:

    High-Risk Food and Feed Products from Designated Countries

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    A new chapter entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has been introduced to this overview for reasons of clarity and greater transaparency. Please refer to the respective paragraphs for specifics.

    Textile Labelling

    The section on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details of the labelling requirements for textile products. Particulars on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 10 Apr 2019 Congo Democratic Republic of Focus: Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World

    As the Democratic Republic of the Congo has exchanged the former version of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) for the most recent one, i.e. ASYCUDA World, the corresponding application form in the document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA has also been replaced with the respective form. Further information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the General Directorate of Customs and Taxes (Direction Générale des Douanes et Accises - DGDA) have been updated throughout this import report, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below, which may be viewed for more information.
  • 09 Apr 2019 Senegal Focus: Type Approval of Radioelectrical and Terminal Equipment, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Senegal has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Type Approval of Radioelectrical and Terminal Equipment

    The application form for a Type Approval of Radioelectrical and Terminal Equipment has been replaced by a more recent version. Please refer to the quoted document for further information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Plant Protection Unit (Direction de la Protection des Végétaux - DPV) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment have been verified and updated in the concerned documents of this import report, as applicable.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the quoted section below.
  • 09 Apr 2019 North Macedonia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, customs offices, standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for North Macedonia.
    The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the import procedures in North Macedonia, has been verified, according to the Guide for the Classification of Goods for 2019 as well as the therein contained customs tariff and import regime, and adjusted for the following documents of this import report:

    Application for a Tariff Quota
    Dealer's Licence for Medicines and Medical Devices
    Dealer's Licence for Precursors
    Licence to Deal in Chemical Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Permit to Import Chemical Products
    Permit to Import Endangered Plants and Animals
    Permit to Import Industrial Chemicals
    Permit to Import Medicines and Medicinal Products
    Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances and Products Containing Them
    Permit to Import Precursors
    Permit to Import Technical Equipment and Machines
    Prohibited Imports.

    For more information on the national customs tariff and import regime, please refer to the sections entitled Note, Harmonized System and Classification of Import and Export Categories below.

    Customs Offices

    Certain types of goods may only be entered into North Macedonia through designated border points of entry at which the responsible customs offices are authorised to carry out the necessary procedures, e.g. inspections, for the customs clearance of the specific products. Details of such concerned goods and the respective border points have been newly added to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Standardisation

    The paragraph on Standardisation further below has been updated with the current contact details and particularly with the updated denominations of the Standardization Institute of the Republic of North Macedonia (ISRSM) and of the Institute for Accreditation of the Republic of North Macedonia (IARM), following the change of the country's conventional name. In addition, new information has been provided as regards the involvement of the aforesaid bodies in regional and international standardisation and accreditation activities. For further particulars, please see the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Apr 2019 Botswana Amendments as regards the authorised economic operator (AEO) programme, country of origin labelling, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Botswana.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below has been enhanced with details of the national authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme in accordance with the stipulations of the Customs Act 2018. Please refer to said section for more information.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    A new paragraph entitled Country of Origin Labelling has been added to this overview to provide details of the mandatory origin labelling requirement for imported goods. The quoted chapter may be consulted for additional particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been augmented with the particulars on the functions of the national central bank, i.e. the Bank of Botswana, as well as the contact details of said body. Further information on payments and monetary policies of Botswana may be obtained therefrom. Please also note the News concerning electronic payments below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Apr 2019 Bahrain Focus: VAT Registration, Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, plastic articles, Commercial Registration fee as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Bahrain has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    VAT Registration

    Following Bahrain's adoption of the Unified Agreement for Value-Added Tax (VAT) of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the document entitled VAT Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, please turn to the quoted document and to the section on Registration Requirements below.

    Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    Particulars of the following documents, e.g. the number of copies required for customs clearance or the amount of the guarantee sum to be paid in case of missing original documents, have been adjusted in accordance with the current legal provisions as stipulated in Decree No. 7 of 2018:

    Commercial Invoice
    Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin.

    For specifics, please refer to the mentioned documents.

    Plastic Articles

    New technical requirements for designated articles made from plastic have been made public by virtue of Decree No. 11 of 2019. Consequently, the document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic Articles has been added to the set of documents of this report and may be consulted for further details.

    Moreover, the chapter on Import Prohibitions in this overview has been amplified with particulars on the import ban for plastic waste, which has been stipulated pursuant to Decree No. 7 of 30 January 2019 of the Council of Ministers.

    Commercial Registration Fee

    The fee charged for the initial Commercial Registration has been raised from 50 BHD to 100 BHD and information on the circumstances under which said fee may be waived has been provided in accordance with Decree No. 93 of 2018. Please turn to the mentioned document for specifics.

    Contact Details

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors has been enhanced with information on the contact details of the Anti-Narcotic Directorate General, which comes under the Directorate of Crime Detection and Forensic Evidence of the Ministry of Interior and works in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health. Additional details may be obtained from the quoted document.
  • 05 Apr 2019 Ghana Focus: updated forms, updated fees, the EasyPass conformity programme, arms, ammunition and explosives as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ghana has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Forms

    The application forms contained in the following documents of this import report for Ghana have been exchanged for their most recent versions:

    Registration of Importers of Medical Devices
    Registration of Tobacco Products.

    In addition, information on the different versions of the application form, respective of the specific type of product, has been added to the document entitled Registration Certificate for Medical Devices. For particulars, please turn thereto.

    Updated Fees

    In accordance with the current stipulations of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), details of the processing fees have been verified and accordingly updated in the documents listed below, which may be viewed for specifics:

    Permit to Import Foodstuffs and By-Products
    Permit to Import Tobacco Products
    Registration Certificate for Cosmetics
    Registration Certificate for Household Chemicals
    Registration Certificate for Human and Veterinary Drugs
    Registration of Importers of Tobacco Products
    Registration of Tobacco Products.

    EasyPass Conformity Programme

    The document entitled EasyPass Conformity Certificate has been revised with regard to the types of goods which are mandatorily subject to the conformity programme as well as those which are exempted therefrom. Accordingly, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes to which the measure applies, has also been adjusted according to the most recent stipulations. Additional particulars on the programme may be obtained from the section on Standardisation in this overview.

    Arms, Ammunition and Explosives

    For the importation of arms and ammunition as well as explosives into Ghana, a permit is to be obtained from the Ministry of the Interior. In order to depict the application procedure for such permit in detail, a new document entitled Permit to Import Arms and Explosives has been added to the set of documents of this report. Please turn thereto as well as to the chapters on Arms and Ammunition and Other Dangerous Goods for more information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph, which may be referred to for specifics.
  • 05 Apr 2019 Benin Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Benin.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been added to the paragraph on Further Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The chapter on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for further information on said goods.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 04 Apr 2019 Peru Amendments as regards cannabis and its derivatives as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Peru. The following changes have been made:

    Cannabis and its Derivatives

    The section on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances has been enhanced with legally stipulated requirements for the actual entry and marketing of cannabis and its derivatives intended for medicinal and therapeutic use as approved by Supreme Decree No. 005-2019-SA (published on 23 February 2019). In addition, the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Import Authorisation for Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, has been adjusted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 04 Apr 2019 Afghanistan Focus: Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment, governmental reorganisation and contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Afghanistan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment

    The document entitled Permit to Import Medicines and Medical Equipment has been furnished with a form displaying the issued permission to import registered pharmaceutical products. Please refer to the quoted document for further details of the importation of such goods as well as to the chapter on Medicinal Products and Related Goods in this overview.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    As the former Ministry of Mines has been renamed to Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), this import report has been updated accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of said Ministry have been brought up to date.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 03 Apr 2019 United States of America Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, prohibited imports, cannabis, composite wood products as well as various current trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for the United States of America.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

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

    Manufacturer Identification (MID) Code
    Notice of FDA Action
    Prior Notice of Food Imports
    Registration of Food Facility.

    In addition, the assignment of commodity codes to the document entitled International Fisheries Trade Permit has also been adjusted in accordance with the most recent list of goods subject to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods prohibited from importation into the United States as depicted in the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview has been augmented with details of prohibited types of cosmetic and chemical products. Please see the mentioned paragraph for further particulars.

    Cannabis

    On 20 December 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which contains provisions concerning the trade in cannabis, was signed into law. The chapter on Controlled Substances further below has been accordingly enhanced with information on the requirements to market such goods in the country. Please refer thereto for more details.

    Composite Wood Products

    As of 22 March 2019, the import certification and labelling requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI are in force for wood composite products in accordance with the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The sections on Plants and Plant Products and on Labelling Requirements have been amended to this regard and may be viewed for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 03 Apr 2019 Saudi Arabia Focus: SABER Registration, foodstuffs, SFDA Inspection, Manifest, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Saudi Arabia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    SABER Registration

    The Saudi Product Safety Programme called SALEEM (Arabic for "in order/sound") is currently being implemented to eventually cover most consumer products exported to Saudi Arabia. In order to conduct the mandatory conformity assessment procedures for imported goods stipulated by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), business entities and products must be registered with the online portal called SABER. Consequently, the document entitled SABER Registration has been newly incorporated into this report. Furthermore, the documents entitled Verification of Conformity/Shipment Certificate and Registration for Product Conformity/PCoC have been amended to this effect; please turn thereto as well as to the section on Standardisation further below for additional details.

    Foodstuffs

    Until recently, foodstuffs were generally exempt from the conformity assessment described in the previous paragraph. For a number of high-risk foodstuffs, e.g. raw and processed meat and milk products, from designated countries, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) introduced a new food certification programme, which is voluntary. A Certificate of Conformity for Foodstuffs From Designated Countries may facilitate inspection and customs clearance procedures. Consequently, the quoted document has been newly added to the set of documents of this report; for particulars, please refer thereto.

    SFDA Inspection

    The former documents describing inspection procedures carried out by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) have been completely revised and summed up in a single document entitled SFDA Inspection. Please turn to the quoted document for more information on the inspection procedure for foodstuffs, medicinal products and medical devices.

    Manifest

    The document entitled Manifest has been blue-pencilled and equipped with a sample for air freight, amongst other changes; please refer thereto for specifics.

    Other Changes

    The contact details of the Saudi Arabian Department of Customs (SADC - also referred to as Saudi Customs) and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) have been adjusted throughout this report, as applicable.
    The following News chapter contains information on standardisation issues.
  • 29 Mar 2019 Kyrgyzstan Amendments as regards the rules of origin, standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kyrgyzstan. The following changes have been made:

    Rules of Origin

    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been complemented with the rules to be followed for the acceptance of a Proof of Non-Preferential Origin.

    Standardisation

    The list of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the chapter on Norms and Standards has been updated to determine the scope of technical provisions approved for future implementation.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 28 Mar 2019 Malaysia Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes, customs procedures, customs valuation as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Malaysia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The assignment of commodity codes, i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to the respective import measures, has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) Order 2019:

    Certificate of Approval for Iron and Steel Products
    Import Licence from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

    Customs Procedures

    The paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview has been enhanced with information on the documents which are to be submitted to the customs authorities in Malaysia with every importation. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Customs Valuation

    Details of the methods of customs valuation applied in Malaysia in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 have been introduced to the section on Customs Value below. Please refer to the mentioned section for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding paragraph below.
  • 28 Mar 2019 Guyana Amendments as regards customs valuation, the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Guyana. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Valuation

    Details of the methods of customs valuation applied in Guyana in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 have been introduced to the section on Customs Value in this overview. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World

    Information on the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World has been added to the chapters on Customs Procedures and Regulations and Registration. The implementation of said system has been launched by Guyana in 2018 and the pilot phases for the electronic submission of various documents, including the electronic single administrative document (e-SAD), i.e. the Customs Import Declaration, have been successfully concluded towards the end of the year. Particulars on this matter may be obtained from the above-mentioned sections.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please turn thereto for more information on the applicable mandatory and voluntary requirements for the packaging and labelling of goods to be imported into Guyana.
  • 27 Mar 2019 Gabon Focus: Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, PVoC Conformity Licence and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
    The import documentation for Gabon has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

    The document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection has been furnished with the currently valid application forms of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI). Please refer to said document for particulars on the registration procedure for new plant varieties.

    PVoC Conformity Licence

    The sample application form contained in the document entitled PVoC Conformity Licence has been replaced with a more recent version. More information on the licensing route under the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme may be obtained from the quoted document and the same-named section in this overview.

    Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)

    As of November 2018, Gabon is duly admitted as a full Kimberley Process (KP) participant as it has met the conditions stipulated in the Administrative Decision KP/2017/Plenary/2 of the Committee on Participation and Chairmanship within the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Please refer to the document entitled Kimberley Process Certificate which has been accordingly updated and to the section on Precious Metals and Stones further below for more details of the requirements to import diamonds into the country.
  • 27 Mar 2019 China Focus: classification of goods, Customs Import Declaration, updated documents and application forms as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the P.R. of China has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Customs Import Declaration

    In 2018, the information required for the Customs Import Declaration has been changed by regulations published the General Administration of Customs (GAC). Such regulations were, once again, amended and came into effect as of 1 February 2019. Accordingly, a new Customs Import Declaration form has been added to the same-named document along with its English translation. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Updated Documents and Application Forms

    The following documents have been reviewed and amended accordingly regarding their information on, e.g. responsible authorities, fees, validity, etc., and have been equipped with their current versions of application forms, where applicable:

    Approval to Import Audio or Video Products
    Environmental Control Release Notice for Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Environmental Management on Import/Export of Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Foreign Exporters of Particular Foodstuffs
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs
    Registration of New Chemical Substances (Regular Declaration)
    Registration of New Chemical Substances (Simplified Declaration)
    Permit to Import Explosives for Civil Use
  • 26 Mar 2019 Nicaragua Amendments as regards the accreditation of foreign trade operators, aircraft and motor vehicles have been brought to the import documentation for Nicaragua. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Foreign Trade Operators

    The General Directorate of Customs Services (DGA) is responsible for the accreditation of authorised economic operators (AEOs, operadores económicos autorizados - OEAs); a system which provides for a privileged treatment with regard to trade-related transactions in Nicaragua. This overview has been enhanced with general information concerning the implementation of said accreditation scheme in the country. For particulars, please refer to the updated paragraph on Registration below.

    Aircraft

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

    Motor Vehicles

    Designated types of motor vehicles banned from importation into Nicaragua have been added to the list of prohibited imports contained in the section entitled Import Prohibitions. Please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 26 Mar 2019 Mauritius Amendments as regards the assignment of tariff codes to import measures, used motor vehicles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mauritius. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes to Import Measures

    The assignment of tariff codes to the documents of this report, i.e. the scope of goods to which the respective measures apply, has been verified and amended in accordance with the recently published stipulations of the Customs Tariff 2019. The modifications have been incorporated into the report as regards the following documents:

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

    Used Motor Vehicles

    The section on Used Goods in this overview has been updated regarding the age restrictions for used motor vehicles at the date of shipment. Please turn to the quoted chapter for further information.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 Mar 2019 Ivory Coast Focus: Verification of Conformity (VoC), Renovo™ Program and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Côte d'Ivoire has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Verification of Conformity (VoC)

    As the Verification of Conformity (VoC) Programme has been in its new pilot phase since 15 February 2019, the section on the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (VoC) in this overview as well as the corresponding document entitled Verification of Conformity have been amended accordingly. The quoted chapter and document have furthermore been updated with regard to the most recently published relevant stipulations. Please turn thereto for additional information.

    Renovo™ Program

    As of late 2018, the inspection provider SGS has started implementing the so-called "Renovo™ Program" in and for Côte d'Ivoire. The programme is destined to oversee the control and disposal of, e.g., both tyres and electrical as well as electronic waste in the country. Further details of this new measure may be viewed in the newly created document entitled Renovo™ Program in this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 Mar 2019 Armenia Amendments as regards the rules of origin, standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Armenia. The following changes have been made:

    Rules of Origin

    The import documentation for Armenia has been complemented with the rules to be followed for the acceptance of a Proof of Non-Preferential Origin.

    Standardisation

    The chapter on Norms and Standards has been updated, and Armenia's adherence to various international standardisation organisations, e.g. the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), has been incorporated, amongst other changes. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 22 Mar 2019 Morocco Focus: classification of goods subject to conformity requirements, common business identifier, plants and plant products, physical customs inspection form and measuring instruments.
    The import documentation for Morocco has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods Subject to Conformity Requirements

    The classification of the goods subject to the documents entitled Certificate of Conformity and Manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity, i.e. their tariff codes assigned to the mentioned measures, has been brought in line with the most recent legal basis, Circular No. 5902/311 of 18 January 2019. In particular, the marking with the so-called "CM" (or "C-Mim" in accordance with the phonetic notation of the Arabic letter "م") mark has become mandatory for designated products. For more information, please refer to the above-mentioned documents and to the chapters on Standardisation and on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Common Business Identifier

    Since 1 March 2019, the common business identifier (identifiant commun de l'entreprise - ICE) is required in addition to the previously mandatory identification codes, e.g. the Commercial Registration number, for designated procedures, e.g. the Summary Declaration. Consequently, a new document entitled Registration for a Common Business Identifier has been added to the set of documents of this report. The applicable legislation is Customs Circular No. 5896/312 of 2019. For companies to be newly incorporated, the identifier will usually be obtained when applying for a Negative Certificate. The quoted documents may be viewed for particulars.

    Plants and Plant Products

    Circular No. 5899/311 of 9 January 2019 stipulates the permissible border entry points as updated in the section on Plants and Plant Products below; please refer thereto for more information.

    Physical Customs Inspection Form

    The document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been enhanced with an additional customs form used for the physical inspection of goods. In accordance with Circular No. 5859/312 of 2018, said inspection will be conducted prior to the customs release of the merchandise if deemed necessary by the risk management principles. For additional details, the quoted document and the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview may be consulted.

    Measuring Instruments

    The application form for the document entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Measuring Instruments has been newly incorporated into the mentioned document; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 22 Mar 2019 Egypt Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the Egyptian Companies Law and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Egypt. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the tariff code numbers of the respective commodities requiring a Registration of Foreign Manufacturers Qualified to Export Their Products to Egypt, has been adjusted for the quoted document in accordance with the most recent legal provision, Decree No. 44 of 2019. According to said Decree, manufacturers of the following merchandise must henceforth be entered into the register held by the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC):

    bags and suitcases made of natural or artificial leather
    hairdressing supplies
    mobile phones
    packaging material for foodstuffs made of plastic or paper/cardboard.

    For additional details of the registration procedure, the document quoted above and the chapter on the Assessment of Product Conformity further below may be viewed.

    Egyptian Companies Law

    Article 281 of Decision No. 256 of the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, which was published on 30 December 2018, abolished the previous provision that at least one manager of a limited liability company had to be an Egyptian national. It thereby amends Executive Regulation No. 96 of 1982 to the Companies Act No. 159 of 1981. Henceforth, the management of a limited liability company established in Egypt may exclusively consist of foreign directors. The section on Registration in this overview has been adjusted accordingly.

    Other Changes

    The following News paragraph contains recent issues related to foreign trade; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 21 Mar 2019 Paraguay Focus: Manifest, Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs, Authorisation to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Paraguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Manifest

    On 20 February 2019, Resolution No. 139/2019 was published, approving the software application of the Advanced Electronic Transmission of the Manifest for Sea Freight (TEMAFLU) of the System of Fiscal Administration of Customs Duties (SOFIA) and establishing its implementation procedures. The use of the system is accordingly mandatory for the submission of the Manifest for sea freight since 25 February 2019. Therefore, the quoted document has been amended with information on the TEMAFLU. Furthermore, particulars on the different stages of the Manifest validation process have been brought up to date. For more details, refer thereto and to the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below which has been enhanced to this regard.

    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs

    The current version of the application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs. More particulars on said registration may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Authorisation to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers

    In order to import pesticides, fertilisers and similar products into Paraguay, an authorisation is to be obtained from the Directorate for Agrochemicals and Agricultural Inputs of the National Service for Plant and Seeds Quality and Health (SENAVE). Hence, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Pesticides and Fertilisers has been newly added to the set of documents for this import report. Please refer to the quoted document and the section on Agricultural Chemicals in this overview for details.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 21 Mar 2019 Kuwait Amendments as regards the mandatory electronic submission of customs documents, Certificate of Conformity for ceramic tiles and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Kuwait. The following changes have been made:

    Mandatory Electronic Submission of Customs Documents

    Pursuant to Customs Circular No. 132 of 2018, all customs declarations and their accompanying documentation, e.g. invoices and freight documents, are henceforth to be submitted and archived electronically in the first place. More information may be obtained from the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Certificate of Conformity for Ceramic Tiles

    By virtue of Customs Circular No. 12 of 20 January 2019, a Certificate of Conformity has been made mandatory for ceramic tiles since the beginning of this year. Consequently, this change has been reflected in the scope of commodities subject to said certificate and further documentation, i.e. the manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity and the Customs Release Certificate for Goods Subject to Conformity Measures. If facilitated product inspection is aimed at, a Technical Evaluation Report (TER) may be applied for. The responsible authority is the Public Authority for Industry (PAI). For additional details of the mentioned procedures and the Kuwait Conformity Assessment Scheme (KUCAS), please refer to the quoted documents and to the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Other Changes

    The following News paragraph contains information on recent issues related to foreign trade; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 20 Mar 2019 Tunisia Focus: bank restrictions abolished, Customs Export Declaration, classification of import measures, narcotic and psychotropic drugs as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Tunisia has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Bank Restrictions Abolished

    By virtue of Circular No. 13 of 21 December 2018, the Central Bank of Tunisia (Banque Centrale de la Tunisie - BCT) abolished the bank restrictions (i.e. the practical import bans) which had been in place since October 2017, as amended by BCT Circular No. 2018-01. In the latter, the Bank had advised banks not to finance the importation of so-called non-priority goods (mainly consumer goods, e.g. foodstuffs and beverages, cosmetics, textiles and footwear, paper and plastic articles as well as furniture, amongst others) unless the importer provided securities from his own funds for the total value of the products to be imported. The section on Currency and Payments has been modified accordingly.

    Customs Export Declaration

    As the Tunisian customs authorities may require a Customs Export Declaration and, in trade practice, said document has repeatedly been asked for, it has been newly incorporated into the report for Tunisia. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document and the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Classification of Import Measures

    The list of goods subject to conformity assessment measures requiring a Registration of Importers of Goods Subject to Product Specifications has been amplified by the Ministry of Commerce. By way of example, the following commodities have been newly included in said list: agri-food products (e.g. cheeses, fruit, sweets, chocolate, pasta, biscuits, pastries and chips, fruit and vegetable preparations as well as juices), cosmetics, soap and cleaning products, apparel and shoes, household appliances, games and mobile phones. Allegedly, the new products concerned by the measure do not exceed 3% of the total value of imports intended for free circulation. However, the specifications for the above-mentioned products have not been published yet and are foreseen to be elaborated until the end of 2019. In most cases, a Technical Import Control is furthermore mandatory for the quoted merchandise. For more information, please see the mentioned documents and also turn to the News chapter below for the practical implications of the new rules.

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs

    The document previously entitled permit to import precursors has been blue-pencilled, equipped with samples of an application form and renamed to Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors. For specifics, the quoted document and the paragraph on Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Other Health Products in this overview may be viewed.

    Other Changes

    Information on trade-related News may be found in the following section.
  • 20 Mar 2019 Guatemala Amendments as regards harmful species, pest risk analysis (PRA) and commercial samples have been brought to the import documentation for Guatemala. The following changes have been made:

    Harmful Species

    Specifics on determined harmful species banned from entering Guatemala have been blue-pencilled in the corresponding chapter on Import Prohibitions below. For further details, the quoted paragraph may be consulted.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    The denomination of the subordinate authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), which is responsible for pest risk analysis (PRA) in Guatemala, has been modified. This amendment has been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    Commercial Samples

    The section on Commercial Samples has been newly created for this overview of import procedures. Please refer thereto for particulars.
  • 19 Mar 2019 Japan Focus: the classification of goods, fruit and vegetables, plant varieties, Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) certification as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Japan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

    Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers
    Declaration of Oath for the Importation of Petroleum
    Declaration on the Regular Importation of Alcohol
    Import Notification for Food and Food Products
    Import Permit for Endangered Species Subject to CITES
    Import Quarantine Certificate for Plants and Plant Products
    Licence to Import Alcohol
    Permit to Import Sugar
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Registration of Importers of Petroleum
    Transfer Table of Alcohol.

    Fruit and Vegetables

    Information on the import restrictions concerning fruit and vegetable products in Japan has been added to the document entitled Import Quarantine Certificate for Plants and Plant Products as well as to the section on Prohibited Imports in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Plant Varieties

    The document entitled Variety Registration has been blue-pencilled as regards the information to be included in the minimum content of the application letter as well as the documents which are to be enclosed therewith. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as the paragraph on Plants and Plant Products below.

    Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) Certification

    The sample application form displayed in the document entitled JIS Mark Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please turn to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Standardisation further below for more information on the requirements to obtain said certification mark.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be consulted for specifics.
  • 19 Mar 2019 Georgia Amendments as regards the accreditation of economic operators and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Georgia. The following changes have been made:

    Accreditation of Economic Operators

    The section on Customs and Trade Partnership Program (CTP) has been enhanced with future provisions for the status of a certified authorised economic operator (AEO) in Georgia. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news may be found in the following chapter.
  • 18 Mar 2019 Thailand Focus: tobacco products, radio and telecommunications equipment as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Thailand. The following changes have been made:

    Tobacco Products

    The document entitled Licence to Sell Tobacco and Tobacco Products has been enhanced with a sample of an issued licence and its translation. More information on the sale of such goods in Thailand may be obtained from the mentioned document as well as from the section on Tobacco and Tobacco Products below.

    Radio and Teleommunications Equipment

    The document entitled Licence to Import Radio and Telecommunications Equipment has been newly created. For particulars on the requirements for the importation of such goods, please refer to the mentioned document as well as to the paragraph on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Hazardous Substances Management Division of the Department of Industrial Works under the Ministry of Industry has been blue-pencilled and updated throughout the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 18 Mar 2019 Honduras Amendments as regards aircraft, official translations and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

    This overview of import formalities has been amplified with a new chapter on Aircraft. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Official Translations

    The paragraph entitled Requirements for Import Formalities has been enhanced with provisions for official translations. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Honduran Institute for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Medication Addiction (IHADFA) has been reviewed and updated in the product-specific section on Cigarettes below. More details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 15 Mar 2019 Iraq Amendments as regards the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI), foodstuffs and aircraft have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include formulas for special medical purposes intended for infants and designated foodstuffs, e.g. ice cream containing vegetable fats and certain spices, amongst others. Hence, the importation of the newly listed goods now requires a Certificate of Conformity (COC) and a Release Note for Customs Clearance to be issued in the framework of the Pre-Import Inspection, Testing and Certification Program of Goods into the Republic of Iraq (ICIGI). Further particulars of the programme may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraph on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview.

    Foodstuffs

    Information on the General Company for Foodstuff Trading and the Company for Cereal Trading, which come under the Ministry of Trade, has been added to the chapter on Foodstuffs and Animal Feed below; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Aircraft

    The section on Aircraft has been newly added to the overview of Iraqi import procedures and may be viewed for additional details of the import requirements for said goods.
  • 15 Mar 2019 Bolivia Focus: electronic submission of customs-related information, ionising radiation sources and equipment as well as the Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Electronic Submission of Customs-Related Information

    All customs-related documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the Bolivian customs data management system, i.e. the Single System for Customs Modernisation (SUMA) of the National Customs of Bolivia (ANB). Please also consult the blue-pencilled paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations below.

    Ionising Radiation Sources and Equipment

    The document entitled Registration of Radiation Sources has been amended with regard to its purpose and the current processing fee.
    The following product-specific measures have been updated as for applications for renewal and the basis for the assessment of the processing fees, respectively:

    Import Authorisation for Radiation Sources
    Import Licence for Radiation Sources.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample form contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. For further information, please see the quoted document.
  • 14 Mar 2019 Russian Federation In addition to the changes introduced with the previous update, the import documentation for Russia has been complemented with the rules to be followed for the acceptance of a Proof of Non-Preferential Origin.

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Updated Forms

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

    Licence to Deal in Veterinary Medicines
    Permit to Import Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors, and Narcotic Plants
    Registration of Disinfectants.

    Administrative Responsibilities

    The Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Social Development and the Ministry of Health and Social Development have been renamed as Federal Service on Surveillance in Healthcare and Ministry of Health, respectively. These amendments have been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    As the executive subordinate entity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Service of National Guard Troops (Rosgvardia) is responsible for the activity licensing procedure applicable to arms and ammunition for civil purposes. For the contact details and updated documents to be enclosed, please turn to the corresponding document entitled Licence to Deal in Arms and Ammunition for Civil Purposes.

    Procedural Details

    The processing time has been reviewed and updated for all import licences depicted in this documentation. Further documents of this import report have been amended with regard to various details, e.g. processing fee, period of validity and documents to be enclosed, amongst others:

    Consent to Import Special Technological Equipment Intended for Secret Information Interception
    Licence to Deal in Alcohol and Alcoholic Beverages
    Licence to Deal in Radioactive and Nuclear Materials
    Licence to Deal in Waste
    Permit to Import Medical Devices
    Permit to Import Poisonous Substances.

    Several other documents have been amplified with details of the electronic submission of data related to import transactions by means of the Unified Portal of State and Municipal Services.

    Calculation Unit for 2019

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monetary equivalent calculated for import transactions applicable in 2019. Please refer to the quoted paragraph for more information.

    Other Changes

    The list of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the chapter on Standardisation has been updated to determine the scope of technical provisions already in effect and approved for future implementation.
    For trade-related news, please refer to the following section.
  • 14 Mar 2019 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards the single window approach, border inspection posts (BIPs), contact details as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    A new section on the Single Window Approach has been introduced to this overview of import procedures. For specifics, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Border Inspection Posts (BIPs)

    For reasons of transparency, the information on border inspection posts (BIPs) contained in this overview has been incorporated into a separate paragraph entitled Border Inspection Posts (BIPs). Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies have been blue-pencilled in the section on Motor Vehicles below. Further information may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with the corresponding presidential decree, the unit of minimum wage (MW) for 2019 is fixed at 180 AZN. The chapter on Currency and Payments has been updated accordingly.
  • 14 Mar 2019 Angola Amendments as regards aircraft, labelling requirements for narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursors as well as contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Angola.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Aircraft

    The National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAVIC) under the Ministry of Transportation is the competent authority for procedures regarding aircraft in Angola. To this regard, a new chapter entitled Aircraft has been added to this overview to depict the requirements to import such goods. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Labelling Requirements for Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors

    According to Law. 4/99, specific labelling requirements apply to narcotic and psychotropic substances as well as their precursors. Hence, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with details thereof in a new sub-section. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Single Window for Companies (GUE), i.e. of Angola's one-stop business office, have been updated in the section on Registration Requirements below. More particulars may be obtained therefrom.
  • 13 Mar 2019 Venezuela Focus: wild fauna and flora, Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment, footwear and clothing items as well as governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Wild Fauna and Flora

    The documents entitled Import Permit for Endangered Species Subject to the Washington Convention (CITES) and Import Permit for Living Species of Wild Fauna and Products Thereof have been completely revised with regard to the contact details of the competent authority, the processing times and fees as well as the documents to be enclosed with the application. Furthermore, both documents have been equipped with the current version of the application form. For more information, please refer to the quoted documents.

    Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment

    Details of the processing fee of the document entitled Import Permit for Medical Materials and Equipment have been brought up to date. Please see the mentioned document for specifics.

    Footwear and Clothing Items

    In order to import footwear and clothing items which are subject to the Venezuelan COVENIN norms, importers are to be enrolled in the corresponding register of the National Autonomous Service for Standardisation, Quality, Metrology and Technical Regulations (SENCAMER). Thus, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Footwear and Clothing has been newly created to describe the registration procedure in detail. Particulars may be obtained from said document as well from the chapter on Standardisation in this overview.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    Pursuant to the creation of the Ministry of Public Power for Internal Trade, the above-mentioned SENCAMER now works under said Ministry. Therefore, the concerned documents of this import report have been updated to this respect.
  • 13 Mar 2019 Haiti Amendments as regards warehousing, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Warehousing

    The chapters on Customs Procedures and Regulations and on Warehousing in this overview have been revised with regard to the maximum storage period of goods in warehouses. Further information may be obtained from the mentioned paragraphs.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The contact details of the national Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) focal point in Haiti have been updated in the chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) further below. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further particulars.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been newly added to this overview. Please refer thereto for more details of the importation of said goods into Haiti.
  • 12 Mar 2019 Uruguay Focus: animal reproduction material, radioactive materials and equipment emitting ionising radiation, Certificate of Conformity and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Animal Reproduction Material

    A sample application form for an authorisation to import animal semen has been added to the document entitled Import Authorisation for Animal Embryos and Semen. Further details of the application procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Radioactive Materials and Equipment Emitting Ionising Radiation

    In order to import equipment emitting ionising radiation into Uruguay, a respective import authorisation is to be obtained from the National Regulatory Authority for Radioprotection (ARNR). Therefore, the document entitled Import Authorisation for Radioactive Materials and Equipment Emitting Ionising Radiation has been enhanced with information on the application procedure for the mentioned product group. Moreover, said document has been updated as regards the documents to be enclosed for radioactive materials and the current versions of the application forms for radioactive materials as well as for equipment emitting ionising radiation have been furnished. Please turn to the quoted document and the chapter on Radioactive Materials further below for more particulars on these measures.

    Certificate of Conformity

    Since various types of goods, e.g., new tyres, structural steel and toys, must conform to the standards and norms applied in Uruguay, the document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see said document and the sections on Motor Vehicles, Tyres and Equipment, Standardisation and Toys in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brouht to the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Mar 2019 Dominican Republic Focus: Cargo Manifest, Customs Import Declaration, Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE), honey as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    As a Cargo Manifest pertains to the set of documents which are generally required for the importation of goods into the Dominican Republic, the quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import report. Additional particulars on this measure may be obtained from the stated document and from the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Customs Import Declaration

    As of 1 February 2019, an adjusted fee is charged by the General Customs Directorate (DGA) for the purchase and use of an import declaration form. The corresponding document of this report entitled Customs Import Declaration has been amended to this regard and may be viewed for specifics.

    Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE)

    The following documents, which are now to be processed exclusively via the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) that forms a core component of the Integrated Customs Administration System (SIGA), have been updated with details of the electronic transmission procedure:

    Permit to Import Wood
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    For further particulars on the electronic system, please also see the paragraph on Electronic Customs Clearance further below.

    Honey

    In order to trade in honey in the Dominican Republic, a prior registration in the National Register of Apiculture is required. A new document entitled Registration of Traders in Honey has been created for this import report in order to depict the registration procedure in detail. For more information, please turn thereto and to the chapter on Live Animals and Animal Products in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 11 Mar 2019 Fiji Amendments as regards government procurement, the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    The contact details of the Fijian authority responsible for Government Procurement have been updated in the same-named chapter in this overview. Please refer thereto for further information.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    As the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme was officially launched in Fiji on 25 January 2019, the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations below has been enhanced with details thereof and may be viewed for specifics.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 11 Mar 2019 Bangladesh Focus: VAT Certificate, Trade Licence, narcotic and psychotropic substances as well as contact details.

    VAT Certificate

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled VAT Certificate has been updated as regards, e.g., the contact details and the processing fee. Furthermore, said document has been equipped with a more recent version of the application form. Please refer to the mentioned document and to the section on Registration further below for details.

    Trade Licence

    The document entitled Trade Licence has been enhanced with respect to the information to be provided and the documents to be enclosed. Moreover, said document has been furnished with the current version of the application form. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances

    Details of the application procedure as well as the documents to be enclosed depicted in the document entitled Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances have been edited. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Contact Details

    The Excise and VAT Commissionerate has been renamed and is now referred to as Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate. Furthermore, the contact details of the mentioned authority have been updated. Said changes have been reflected in the respective documents.
  • 08 Mar 2019 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards seeds, means of transport and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Seeds

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products has been enhanced with information on quarantine weed seeds. For more details, please consult the quoted product-specific section below.

    Means of Transport

    For reasons of transparency, import and registration specifications for motor vehicles and aircraft contained in this overview have been incorporated into separate chapters entitled Motor Vehicles and Aircraft. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The Turkmen State Committee for Environmental Protection and Land Resources is an entity which undertakes surveillance of nature protection matters and supervises subordinate authorities, e.g. the national focal point in the scope of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The section on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been blue-pencilled to this regard.
  • 08 Mar 2019 Brazil Focus: import licensing, seeds and seedlings, fertilisers 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 document entitled Non-Automatic Import Licence has been updated in accordance with the current legal basis with regard to the types of imports for which the licensing may be conducted after embarkation. Furthermore, the tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence (i.e. the classification of goods to which said document pertains) have been updated in accordance with the official list recently published by the Department for Foreign Trade Operations (DECEX) of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade (SECEX) under the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services. Please refer to the stated document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars on this measure.

    Seeds and Seedlings

    In accordance with the current legislation, the document entitled Permit to Import Seeds and Seedlings has been verified and revised as regards the details of the application procedure. Namely, applications for said permit are now to be duly submitted via the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex). For more particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Fertilisers

    The current version of the application form has been incorporated into the document entitled Registration of Fertilisers. More information on the product registration may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 07 Mar 2019 Lebanon Amendments as regards free zones, the legalisation of documents and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon. The following changes have been made:

    Free Zones

    The section on Free Zones below has been blue-pencilled and may be viewed for particulars.

    Legalisation of Documents

    The chapter on Requirements for Import Formalities in this overview has been enhanced with information on the potentially required legalisation of commercial and other documents prior to the exportation of the goods. For additional details, the quoted paragraph may be consulted.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) has been updated in the section on Government Procurement and Investment below; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 07 Mar 2019 Belize Amendments as regards new plant varieties, food labelling and produce packaging requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Plant Varieties

    Details of the registration procedure for new plant varieties have been introduced to the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics on this matter.

    Food Labelling

    The paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below has been enhanced with particulars of the labelling requirements for margarine. More information may be found in the quoted chapter.

    Produce Packaging

    Details of the packaging requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables have been newly added to this overview and may be consulted in the corresponding paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements further below.
  • 06 Mar 2019 Jamaica Amendments as regards energy drinks, poisons as well as packaging and labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Energy Drinks

    The chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with particulars on the requirements for the importation and sale of energy drinks in Jamaica. For specifics, please refer to the mentioned paragraph.

    Poisons

    Details of the registration requirement of poison sellers in Jamaica have been introduced to the section on Pharmaceutical Products and Poisons further below. More information on this matter may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The chapter entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer thereto for particulars on the applicable packaging and labelling requirements for various types of products in Jamaica.
  • 06 Mar 2019 Ecuador Focus: merger of authorities, contact and procedural details, Free Sale Certificate, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Merger of Authorities

    Due to recent changes in the governmental structure of state bodies in Ecuador, several ministries and subordinate authorities have been renamed and/or consolidated. With relevance for this import documentation, the Ministry of Industries and Productivity, the Institute for the Promotion of Exports and Investments and the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fishery have been merged into one institution, which has been renamed as the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fishery (MPCEIP). Furthermore, the former Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fishery has been renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG). These amendments have been reflected throughout this import report, where applicable.

    Contact and Procedural Details

    The following documents have been reviewed and enhanced as regards the processing time, mode of submission of documents and the phone number, respectively:

    Registration of Importers of Prime Materials with the MPCEIP
    Registration of Importers of Salt with the MPCEIP
    Registration of Importers of Textiles and Footwear with the MPCEIP.

    Moreover, the document entitled Import Notification for Cosmetic Products has been amended with regard to the documents to be enclosed with the application.

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    New import quotas allocated for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) have been stipulated for the period until 31 December 2019. For general details and legislative specifications, please turn to the updated paragraph on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News may be found in the following chapter.
  • 05 Mar 2019 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn to the quoted paragraph for further details of the requirements to import and sell such products in Papua New Guinea.

    Norms and Standards

    As Papua New Guinea is a corresponding member of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (Organisation Internationale de Métrologie Légale - OIML), the chapter on Norms and Standards further below has been enhanced with information thereon. Please refer thereto for particulars on further international standardisation activities with the involvement of Papua New Guinea.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the following section, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 04 Mar 2019 Tajikistan Amendments as regards the single window approach, recognition certificate, consumer protection and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Single Window Approach

    A new section on the Single Window Approach has been introduced to this overview of import procedures. For specifics, please turn to the quoted chapter.

    Recognition Certificate

    The paragraph entitled Norms and Standards has been enhanced with regard to the application for a recognition certificate which may be required in case of goods subject to mandatory certification. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Consumer Protection

    This overview has been enhanced with details of the Tajik legislation on the protection of consumer rights. Please consult the amplified chapter entitled Requirements for Import Formalities for specifications applicable to the documentation for technical products and Country of Origin Labelling for provisions concerning the indication of the country of manufacture.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 04 Mar 2019 Argentina Focus: the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme, Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI), registration with the National Service of Food Safety and Quality (SENASA) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme

    In accordance with the stipulations of General Resolution No. 4150-E of 26 October 2017, a new document entitled Accreditation as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), describing the application procedure in order to obtain AEO status, has been created for this import report. For more information, please turn to the mentioned document and the section on the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in this overview.

    Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI)

    According to Joint General Resolution No. 4364 of 18 December 2018, the electronic application process of the documents entitled Automatic Import Licence and Non-Automatic Import Licence via the Integrated Import Monitoring System (SIMI) has changed. Therefore, said documents have been amended in this regard and may be consulted for details.

    Registration with the National Service of Food Safety and Quality (SENASA)

    As per Resolution No. 76/2019 of 30 January 2019, importers of animals and animal products as well as of plants and plant products no longer require a registration with the National Service of Food Safety and Quality (SENASA). Hence, the former same-named document has been removed from the set of documents for this report and the following documents have been updated to this effect:

    Import Permit for Animal Products and By-Products
    Import Permit for Certain Live Animals
    Import Permit for Horses
    Import Permit for Live Animals for Reproduction
    Import Permit for Poultry
    Import Permit for Reproductive Material
    Import Permit for Seeds
    Phytosanitary Import Authorisation.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 01 Mar 2019 Israel Focus: Licence to Import Technical Equipment, classification of goods, application fees, governmental reorganisation and contact details.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Technical Equipment

    The document entitled Licence to Import Technical Equipment has been completely reviewed. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods pertaining to the documents listed below, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measures apply, has been brought up to date in accordance with the most recent Israeli customs tariff:

    Authorisation of Foreign Foodstuffs Manufacturers
    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice
    Declaration of Importers of Regular Foodstuffs
    Free Sale Certificate
    Foodstuffs Quarantine
    Licence to Import Foodstuffs
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs.

    Application Fees

    The application fees for the following measures have been adjusted in accordance with the most recent stipulations:

    Quality Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products
    Registration of Pharmaceutical Products.

    For more information on Medicinal Products, the same-named chapter in this overview may be viewed.

    Governmental Reorganisation and Contact Details

    The Ministry of Economy has been renamed to the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Henceforth, the Department responsible for most import-related procedures is the Foreign Trade Administration.
    Moreover, the contact details of the Plant Quarantine Services coming under the Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS) have been blue-pencilled. The PPIS is the competent directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOAG) for import authorisations in the field of goods subject to phytosanitary inspection.
    The mentioned changes have been reflected throughout the import report for Israel where applicable.
  • 01 Mar 2019 Barbados Amendments as regards customs valuation, arms and ammunition, packaging and labelling requirements as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the methods of customs valuation applied in Barbados in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 has been introduced to the section on Customs Value in this overview. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Arms and Ammunition

    The chapter on Arms and Ammunition has been newly created for this overview. Particulars on the requirements for the importation and sale of firearms and ammunition in Barbados may be obtained therefrom.

    Packaging and Labelling Requirements

    The paragraph entitled Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below has been restructured for reasons of clarity and greater transparency. Please refer to the mentioned section for the applicable packaging and labelling requirements for various types of products in Barbados.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 28 Feb 2019 Vietnam Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), importation of gold, alcoholic beverages as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Information on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Vietnam is a member of, has been added to the chapter on Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods in this overview. Please turn thereto for further details.

    Importation of Gold

    The paragraph on Precious Metals and Rough Diamonds below has been enhanced with information on the requirements for the importation of raw gold material and gold coins into Vietnam. The quoted section may be viewed for specifics.

    Alcoholic Beverages

    Details of the requirements of stamps on the labels of alcoholic beverages intended for the Vietnamese market have been incorporated into the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview. Please refer thereto for particulars on this matter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 28 Feb 2019 St. Lucia Amendments as regards the trademark registration, customs valuation and the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Trademark Registration

    Particulars of the requirement for a trademark registration in Saint Lucia have been newly incorporated into the chapter on Registration in this overview. For further details, please turn thereto.

    Customs Valuation

    Information on the methods of customs valuation applied in Saint Lucia in accordance with the Agreement on Implementation of Article VII (Customs Valuation) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 has been introduced to the section on Customs Value below. Please refer to the mentioned paragraph for specifics.

    Minamata Convention

    Since Saint Lucia accepted the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 23 January 2019, the chapter on Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals further below has been blue-pencilled and augmented with additional information on said Convention. For details, please consult the quoted section.
  • 27 Feb 2019 Nigeria Focus: Tax Registration, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), CITES Permit, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE) as well as the Product Authentication Mark (PAM).
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Tax Registration

    The document entitled Tax Registration, which is required in order to obtain a taxpayer identification number (TIN) in Nigeria, has been furnished with a more recent sample of a registration application form. For additional details of the registration procedure, please see said document.

    Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP)

    The following documents, which are required for the importation of goods subject to the SONCAP, have been completely reviewed and updated in accordance with the most recent stipulations, e.g. with regard to the processing fees, the documents to be enclosed with the respective requests for certification, exempted goods and the requirement of the witnessing of loading and sealing of containers:

    Product Certificate
    SONCAP Certificate of Conformity.

    More information on these measures may be obtained from the quoted documents as well as from the corresponding chapter on Conformity Assessment in this overview.

    CITES Permit

    The document entitled CITES Permit, which is required for the importation of wildlife species and their by-products that are regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has been revised with regard to the details of the processing fee, the period of validity and the documents to be enclosed with the application. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    The procedural details depicted in the documents entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment and Licence to Sell Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment have been verified and, where applicable, brought up to date. In addition, the current versions of the respective paper application forms and new information on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)'s Licence Application Portal, via which the aforementioned licence may be applied for, have also been incorporated. Further particulars on the importation of such products may be consulted in the stated documents and in the section on Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE) further below.

    Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

    Information on the Product Authentication Mark (PAM), which is mandatorily required for imported goods certified under the SONCAP as of 31 December 2018, has been added to the paragraph on Packaging and Marking Requirements in this overview. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 27 Feb 2019 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Preliminary Import Declaration, Commercial Registration, Import Declaration and governmental reorganisation.
    The import documentation for Congo has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preliminary Import Declaration

    The document entitled Preliminary Import Declaration has been newly incorporated into this import report as said declaration is a prerequisite for the importation of most goods into Congo as of 1 March 2019. Further details may be obtained from the aforementioned document and from the chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview.

    Commercial Registration

    The document entitled Commercial Registration has been enhanced with the currently valid application form. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Import Declaration

    The document named Import Declaration has been updated with regard to its submission. Please refer thereto and to the section on Destination Inspection for particulars.

    Governmental Reorganisation

    As the former Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment has been renamed to Ministry of Forest Economy while the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Consumption is henceforth called the Ministry of Commerce, Supplies and Consumption, the concerned documents of this import report have been amended as applicable.
  • 26 Feb 2019 Yemen Amendments as regards the contact details of the General Directorate of Plant Protection, medical devices and a list of notified bodies for conformity assessment procedures have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen. The following changes have been made:

    Contact Details of the General Directorate of Plant Protection

    The paragraphs on Plants and Plant Products and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures and General Importability of Goods Subject Thereto below have been enhanced with updated contact information of the authority responsible for controls of consignments of said goods, i.e. the General Directorate of Plant Protection in Aden coming under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. For further details, please turn to the quoted sections.

    Medical Devices

    For reasons of transparency, a new chapter on Medical Devices has been incorporated into this overview; please refer thereto for particulars.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), which the Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization (YSMO) is a member of, publishes its recognised notified bodies, i.e. the inspection institutions which are authorised to perform conformity assessment procedures on a GCC level for toys and low-voltage equipment. Information in this respect has been added to the section on Norms and Standards further below; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 26 Feb 2019 Costa Rica Amendments as regards the import monopoly, official translations and contact details have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Import Monopoly

    Information on products which may only be imported into Costa Rica by state entities has been included in the chapter on Prohibited Imports below. Please refer thereto for specifics.

    Official Translations

    The paragraph entitled Requirements for Import Formalities has been enhanced with provisions for official translations and interpretations. For further details, please consult the quoted section in this overview.

    Contact Details

    The phone and fax numbers as well as the address information of the National Seeds Office (ONS), which is assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (MAG), have been updated where applicable throughout this import documentation.
  • 25 Feb 2019 El Salvador Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), aircraft and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Hazardous Substances in this overview has been enhanced with details of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which El Salvador is a party. Please turn thereto for particulars.

    Aircraft

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 25 Feb 2019 New Zealand Focus: updated documents, arms and explosives, CITES import fees, contact information as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for New Zealand has been amended with regard to various details. The following changes have been made:

    Updated Documents

    The following documents have been completely reviewed and updated with regard to various details, e.g. the processing fees, contact information, periods of validity etc., as applicable:

    Customs Client Code
    Registration as a Motor Vehicle Trader
    Registration of Agricultural Chemicals
    Registration of Importers of Food for Sale
    Registration of Vertebrate Toxic Agents.

    Moreover, the relevant application forms have been exchanged for their current versions. Further particulars may be obtained from the above-listed documents.

    Arms and Explosives

    The documents required for the importation of arms and explosives into New Zealand have been blue-pencilled regarding the application submission methods as well as processing times, as applicable. The most recent versions of the application forms have also been furnished, where applicable. For further details, please turn to the following concerned documents of this import report as well as to the section on Arms, Ammunition and Explosives in this overview:

    Import Certificate for Approved Explosives
    Import Permit for Firearms
    Licence to Deal in Firearms
    Notification of Firearms Importation.

    CITES Import Fees

    The details of the processing fees displayed in the document entitled CITES Import Permit have been updated. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information thereon as well as on the general import requirements for goods subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

    Contact Information

    The contact details of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) as well as those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been updated throughout this overview as well as in the concerned documents of this import report for New Zealand, where and as applicable.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Feb 2019 Mauritania Focus: classification of prohibited plants and plant products, Licence to Import Petroleum Products, exchanged application and sample forms, national currency as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Prohibited Plants and Plant Products

    The document entitled Prohibited Imports has been revised in regard to the most recently published scope of plants and plant products, which has been classified by the Plant Protection Directorate, which comes under the Ministry of Agriculture. For more information on goods banned from importation, the paragraph on Prohibited Imports in this overview may also be viewed.

    Licence to Import Petroleum Products

    The period of validity of the Licence to Import Petroleum Products has been updated in the quoted document; please refer thereto for particulars.

    Exchanged Application and Sample Forms

    The application or sample forms of the following documents have been exchanged for their current versions:

    Authorisation to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors
    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection
    Certificate of Airworthiness
    Registration with ASYCUDA.

    Please turn to the mentioned documents for specifics.

    National Currency

    After the new Mauritanian Ouguiya (MRU), i.e. the national currency, recently replaced the former Ouguiya, which was known as MRO, the Central Bank of Mauritania (BNM) announced the basis for the exchange of the currency, namely the division of the former currency by ten. Said amendment has been reflected throughout this import documentation as applicable.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Private Sector (Direction Générale de Promotion de Secteur Privé) and the Sahelian Pesticide Committee (Comité Sahélien des Pesticides - CSP) has been adjusted in the related documents of this report.
  • 22 Feb 2019 India Focus: Licence to Import Restricted Items, hazardous waste, pre-shipment inspection and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Import Restricted Items

    Details of the application procedure as well as the documents to be enclosed depicted in the document entitled Licence to Import Restricted Items have been edited. More information may be obtained from said document.

    Hazardous Waste

    In accordance with the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016, the document entitled Import Permit for Waste has been blue-pencilled and equipped with the current version of the application form. For particulars, please see the mentioned document as well as the section on Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste further below, which has been respectively brought up to date.

    Pre-Shipment Inspection

    The assignment of tariff codes pertaining to the document Pre-Shipment Inspection for Metallic Scrap and Secondary Steel has been updated. Furthermore, a more recent version of the sample contained in the mentioned document has been included. Please see the quoted document for details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 21 Feb 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and honey have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    The assignment of commodity codes (i.e. the classification of goods to which the respective import measures pertain) has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the most recent lists of customs procedure codes (CPCs) requiring other governmental agency (OGA) endorsements. The following documents required for such procedures are affected by said changes:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Licence to Import Pesticides
    Licence to Import Toxic Chemicals
    Plant Import Permit
    Registration of New Toxic Chemicals
    Registration of Pesticides.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    Particulars on 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), which Trinidad and Tobago is a member of, have been incorporated into the chapter on Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals in this overview. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Honey

    Details of the packaging and labelling requirements for honey have been added to the sections on Packaging Requirements and Labelling Requirements further below, respectively. Specifics of the applicable requirements for such products in Trinidad and Tobago may be obtained from the quoted paragraphs.
  • 21 Feb 2019 Moldova Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, updated forms, administrative responsibilities and foodstuffs.
    The import documentation for Moldova has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

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

    Updated Forms and Procedural Details

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

    Authorisation to Import White Sugar and Products Thereof
    Registration of Importers of Foodstuffs.

    The document entitled Registration Certificate for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals has been enhanced with details concerning generics for veterinary use. Moreover, the processing time has been updated in accordance with the current legislation for veterinary pharmaceuticals.
    For further information, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Administrative Responsibilities

    The National Centre for Public Health (CNSP) has been renamed as the National Public Health Agency (ANSP). This amendment has been updated throughout the report, where applicable.

    Foodstuffs

    The section on Foodstuffs has been enhanced with regard to recommendations concerning the levels for pesticide residues and nitrates in foodstuffs. For specifics, please refer to the quoted chapter.
  • 20 Feb 2019 Philippines Focus: proof of preferential origin, accreditation of importers, importation of meat, Licence to Import Grain, tobacco products as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for the Philippines has been reviewed and adapted accrodingly. The following changes have been made:

    Proof of Preferential Origin

    The document entitled Swiss Proofs of Preferential Origin has been added to the set of documents for the import report for the Philippines due to the application of the multilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and the member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). More information on this matter may be obtained from the quoted document as well as from the section on Preferential Treatment below.

    Accreditation of Importers

    The document entitled BOC Accreditation and Registration has been enhanced with information on the required documentation for the accreditation of importers. Therefore, a list of expected imports is to be submitted to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in order to ensure that only items on the approved list of goods are imported into the Philippines. Furthermore, the processing time has been blue-pencilled. For more information on the accreditation and registration with the BOC, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Importation of Meat

    The following documents regarding the importation of meat into the Philippines have been reviewed, e.g. concerning their processing times, fees, contact details, etc., and have been amended as appropriate:

    Registration of a Meat Product
    Registration of Meat Importers
    Veterinary Inspection of Meat and Meat Products.

    Please turn to the mentioned documents as well as to the section on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin in this overview for further details for the importation of such goods.

    Licence to Import Grain

    The document entitled Licence to Import Grain has been updated in regards to the applicable fees for the importation of rice, grain and other related goods. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Tobacco Products

    Details of the requirements for the importation of tobacco products into the Philippines have been newly incorporated into this import report.Therefore, the documents entitled Accreditation and Licence to Import Tobacco and Import Clearance for Tobacco have been created. More information on the importation of such goods may be obtained therefrom.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 20 Feb 2019 Algeria Focus: Suspension of Importation, cosmetic and hygiene products, modified procedures and forms as well as contact details.
    The import documentation for Algeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Suspension of Importation

    By virtue of Law No. 13 of 2018 supplementing the Financial Law for 2018 (Loi n° 18-13 du 27 Chaoual 1439 correspondant au 11 juillet 2018 portant loi de finances complémentaire pour 2018), additional protective duties have been gazetted for designated goods intended for consumption in Algeria. A list of commodities to which the new measure will apply was published in January 2019, thereby partly replacing the previously implemented temporary Suspension of Importation. The applicable implementing legislation is Executive Decree No. 19-02 of 24 January 2019, which stipulates that the temporary measure will henceforth only affect assembled vehicles imported for commercial purposes. Consequently, the Import Licence, which had to be obtained for said goods, has been abolished. The mentioned changes have been incorporated in various documents of this report where applicable. By way of example, the section on Prohibited Imports below has been updated to this effect.

    Furthermore, the classification of goods, i.e. the tariff codes assigned to the corresponding documents in this report, has been modified for all import measures which have been restored due to the fact that the goods no longer fall under the aforementioned suspension. Instead, the above-mentioned tariff measures, i.e. protective duties, now apply to a range of commodities.

    Cosmetic and Hygiene Products

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Cosmetic and Hygiene Products has been newly incorporated into this report. The paragraph on Cosmetic and Hygiene Products in this overview has been adjusted accordingly; please turn thereto for further details.

    Modified Procedures and Forms

    The documents entitled Permit to Import Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment have been completely revised and equipped with the currently valid application forms, amongst other changes. For particulars, the quoted documents may be viewed.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the authorities responsible for the administration of import procedures has been blue-pencilled throughout this report and brought up to date where applicable.
  • 19 Feb 2019 Uzbekistan Amendments as regards the classification of goods, the customs query service, standardisation and currency and payments 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 respective measure in this report) has been adjusted in the document entitled Certificate of Conformity in accordance with the mandatory Uzbek certification regime.

    Customs Query Service

    The chapter on Customs Procedures and Regulations has been enhanced with information on the free interactive service, the so-called "Integrated Tariff". Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Standardisation

    Details of the membership of the Uzbek Agency for Standardisation, Metrology and Certification with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have been included in the section entitled Norms and Standards in this overview. For particulars, please refer thereto.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with Presidential Decree No. UP-5553 of 13 October 2018, the exchange rate of one unit of minimum wage (MW) is fixed at 202,730 UZS. Please also consult the corresponding chapter entitled Currency and Payments for general information.
  • 19 Feb 2019 Tanzania Focus: business establishment, Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) and Certificate of Fumigation.
    The import documentation for Tanzania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Business Establishment

    The following documents, which are required in order for companies to be established and operate in Tanzania, have been verified and updated with regard to the respective electronic application portals of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and to various procedural details, e.g. processing fees and documents to be enclosed with the application:

    Business Licence
    Commercial Registration
    Registration of the Business Name.

    In addition, where applicable, the application forms currently in use have also been newly furnished. Please also turn to the Registration-section in this overview for further details of these measures.

    Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

    More recent samples of requests for certification have been incorporated into the documents listed below, which are required for goods subject to the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC), as described in the corresponding chapter further below:

    Certificate for PVoC
    PVoC Registration
    PVoC Licence.

    Moreover, the procedural details of these measures have also been updated in accordance with the current stipulations of the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).

    Certificate of Fumigation

    As fumigation treatment may be a prerequisite for the importation of designated plants and plant products, proof thereof may be required to be submitted to the Tanzanian authorities, e.g. in the form of a Certificate of Fumigation. For this purpose, said document has been newly added to the set of documents for this report and may be viewed for more particulars.
  • 18 Feb 2019 South Africa Focus: customs documents, Value Added Tax Registration, classsification of goods, potato importers, waste tyres as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Documents

    In accordance with the stipulations of recently published external policies of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the following documents have been reviewed and, where applicable, blue-pencilled accordingly:

    Commercial Invoice
    Customs Import Declaration
    Inward/Outward Report of Arrival
    Manifest
    Registration for the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods.

    For current News related to the Reporting and Conveyance of Goods (RCG) scheme, please also see the corresponding paragraph below.

    Value Added Tax Registration

    The current application form has been furnished for the document entitled Value Added Tax Registration. In addition, the details of the documents to be enclosed with the application have also been updated. Please turn to the stated document as well as to the Registration-section in this overview.

    Classification of Goods

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes, pertaining to the following documents has been verified and adjusted:

    Declaration of Conformity
    Letter of Authority (LOA)
    Letter of Authority for Electrical and Electronic Goods
    Letter of Authority for Vehicles
    Registration with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS).

    Additional details of these measures administrated by the NRCS may be consulted in the Standards-paragraph further below.

    Potato Importers

    As the expiration of the statutory measure establishing the requirement of a Registration of Potato Importers has been extended from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023, the quoted document has been updated to this regard. Please turn thereto for further details of the registration. For information on Statutory Measures in place for other types of agricultural goods, please refer to the corresponding chapter in this overview.

    Waste Tyres

    Importers and dealers of waste tyres, i.e. new, used, retreated or unroadworthy tyres that are not suitable to be retreated, repaired or sold as a part worn tyre and that are not fit for its original intended purpose, are required to register with the Waste Bureau of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). In order to provide details of the registration procedure, a new document entitled Registration of Importers and Dealers of Waste Tyres has been incorporated into this import report. More particulars on this measure may be obtained from the quoted document as well as the paragraph on Motor Vehicles and Tyres further below.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 18 Feb 2019 Sri Lanka Amendments as regards the National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL), government procurement and waste have been brought to the import documentation for Sri Lanka. The following changes have been made:

    National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL)

    Information on the National Single Window of Sri Lanka (NSWSL) and the currently related authority, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), has been added to the section on Electronic Submission Systems. Specifics may be obtained from the mentioned paragraph.

    Government Procurement

    A new chapter on Government Procurement has been created in order to describe tendering procedures for public supply. For details, please see said section.

    Waste

    The paragraph on Waste in this overview has been blue-pencilled and information on radioactive waste has been added thereto. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following chapter.
  • 15 Feb 2019 Togo Amendments as regards the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), customs procedures for imports, registration as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Togo.
    The following changes have been made:

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    The chapter on Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with the contact details of the national authority responsible within the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Togo is a party. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Customs Procedures for Imports

    The section on Customs Procedures has been updated with regard to the customs procedures for imported goods as stipulated in the new customs law. Further details may be obtained therefrom.

    Registration

    The paragraph on Registration has been amplified with details of registration procedures which must be effected in order to conduct import transactions. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 15 Feb 2019 Singapore Amendments as regards radioactive materials, currency and payments, tobacco products, Networked Trade Platform (NTP) as well as trade-related news. The following changes have been made:

    Radioactive Materials

    Particulars on the importation and sale of radioactive materials has been added to the newly created corresponding paragraph. Details on the applicable measures in Singapore may be obtained therefrom.

    Currency and Payments

    The chapter on Currency and Payments below has been enhanced with the contact information of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), i.e. the central bank of the country. Please turn thereto for more information on this matter.

    Tobacco Products

    The details of the labelling requirements for tobacco products in Singapore have been blue-pencilled. Particulars may be obtained from the paragraph on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview.

    Networked Trade Platform (NTP)

    After the official launch of the Networked Trade Platform (NTP) in Singapore at the end of 2018, the name change of said platform has been reflected in this overview as well as in the concerned documents for this import report. For specifics on the NTP, please also refer to the corresponding chapter below.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 14 Feb 2019 Pakistan Focus: plants and plant products, medical devices as well as radio and telecommunications terminal equipment.
    The import documentation for Pakistan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Plants and Plant Products

    For purposes of illustration, an issued sample form of a customs release order has been newly incorporated into the document entitled Customs Release Order for Plants and Plant Material. Particulars may be obtained from said document.

    Medical Devices

    According to the Medical Devices Rules, 2017, the Pakistani authorities must be notified of the arrival of a consignment of medical devices, accessories, components or raw materials. Hence, the document entitled Notification of the Importation of Medical Devices has been newly added to the set of documents for this report. For more information, please see the quoted document and the section on Medical Devices below.

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

    The document entitled Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment has been updated and equipped with the current version of the application form. Please turn to the mentioned document for details.
  • 14 Feb 2019 Colombia Focus: nomenclature changes, proof of conformity, free sale certification and processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measure in Columbia have been amended and adjusted in accordance with Circular Letter No. 034 of October 2018 of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT) for the document entitled Zoosanitary Import Permit.

    Proof of Conformity

    The document entitled Declaration of Compliance for Electrical Installations has been reviewed and amended with regard to, e.g., the period of validity and the application for declaration of compliance with the technical regulation for electrical installations. Please consult the quoted document for specifics.
    As declaration of compliance of Colombian norms and standards may be required for designated toys and other similar articles which entail a moderate risk for human health, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity for Toys has been newly created for this import report. For particulars, please refer thereto and also see the updated section on Standardisation for general details.

    Free Sale Certification

    The document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been amended with regard to the provisions related to its validity upon submission to the responsible Colombian authorities. Moreover, the sample of an issued certificate has been exchanged for a new version. For particulars, please consult the aforesaid document.

    Processing Fees

    The relevant documents of this import report have been reviewed and amended with regard to processing fees in accordance with the stipulations of the National Institute of Food and Drugs Monitoring (INVIMA) for 2019.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the section below.
  • 13 Feb 2019 Taiwan Focus: classification of goods, dry cell batteries, controlled radio-frequency devices, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Dry Cell Batteries

    For the importation and manufacture of certain dry cell batteries, i.e. those with a mercury content under the stipulated threshold, in Taiwan, a confirmation is to be obtained from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Therefore, the document entitled Confirmation to Import Dry Cell Batteries has been newly incorporated into this import report. Please turn thereto for further information on the importation of such goods.

    Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices

    The document entitled Import Permit for Controlled Radio-Frequency Devices has been enhanced with sample forms of an affidavit and appointment letter, which are to be additionally furnished along with the application form when applying for said permit. Particulars on the application procedure may be obtained from the mentioned document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Taiwanese Ministry of Finance and the Council of Agriculture (COA) have been blue-pencilled in the concerned documents of this import report.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 13 Feb 2019 Chile Amendments as regards controlled chemical substances, the Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Controlled Chemical Substances

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes, pertaining to the documents entitled Registration of Importers of Controlled Chemical Substances, Permit to Import Controlled Chemical Substances and End Use Certificate has been updated in accordance with recent modifications to the legal basis from 8 December 2018. Please see the mentioned documents as well as the section on Controlled Chemical Substances in this overview for more information on these measures.

    Minamata Convention

    Since Chile ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury on 27 August 2018, the chapter on Controlled Chemical Substances further below has been blue-pencilled and augmented with additional information on said Convention. For details, please refer to the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 12 Feb 2019 Zimbabwe Focus: Registration as a Taxpayer, Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) registration, radioactive materials and radiation devices, Certificate of Fumigation as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Zimbabwe has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration as a Taxpayer

    All importers are required to register with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) as taxpayers for customs and excise purposes in order to obtain a Business Partner Number (BPN), which is to be used as the business' identification number for all transactions with said authority. In order to provide details of the registration procedure, a new document entitled Registration as a Taxpayer has been incorporated into this import documentation. More information may be obtained from said document and the Registration-section in this overview.

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) Registration

    The document entitled Registration with ASYCUDA has been equipped with the most recent version of the application form as well as enhanced with further details of the registration procedure as an ASYCUDA user with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA). Please turn thereto as well as to the paragraph on Customs Procedures and Regulations further below for more information on said system.

    Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices

    As the Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe has recently established the so-called electronic License Application Management (eLAM) platform for the online submission of applications, the document entitled Authorisation to Import Radioactive Materials and Radiation Devices, which is required for the importation of such goods into Zimbabwe, has been brought up to date in this regard. For further information, please see the quoted document.

    Certificate of Fumigation

    As fumigation treatment may be a prerequisite for the importation of designated plants and plant products, proof thereof may be required to be submitted to the Zimbabwean authorities, e.g. in the form of a Certificate of Fumigation. For this purpose, said document has been newly added to the set of documents for this report and may be viewed for more particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 12 Feb 2019 Turkey Amendments as regards the assignment of commodity codes to import measures, commercial samples as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Turkey. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Commodity Codes to Import Measures

    The tariff codes assigned to all documents in this report have been checked with regard to the stipulations of the current Turkish import regime. While some of the code lists have remained unchanged with the beginning of the year 2019, the official modifications have been incorporated into the report in the following documents:

    Certificate of Analysis
    Certificate of Conformity for Agricultural Products
    Certificate of Conformity for Waste
    Control Certificate for Agricultural Products
    Control Certificate for the Importation of Specific Pharmaceutical Substances and Preparations
    Declaration of Conformity
    Free Sale Certificate
    Import Permit for Used or Renovated Goods
    Letter of Compliance for the Importation of Fertilisers
    Notification of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Preliminary Import Permit for Seeds
    Pre-Notification Form for Animals and Animal Products
    Pre-Notification Form for Plant Products and Articles Used in the Food and Feed Industry
    TAREKS Reference Number for Agricultural Products Subject to Quality Control
    TAREKS Reference Number for Goods Subject to CE Conformity
    TAREKS Reference Number for Industrial Products
    TAREKS Reference Number for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    TAREKS Reference Number for Toys
    TAREKS Reference Number for Spare Parts for Designated Vehicles
    Registration of Exporters of Textiles
    Registration of Importers of Textiles.

    It is noteworthy that the previous Import Communiqué 2018/1 has been replaced by a multitude of individual measures for each type of good, e.g. for textiles and leather, as well as used goods. The documents affected by such measures have been adjusted accordingly.

    Commercial Samples

    The paragraph on Commercial Samples has been newly incorporated into this overview; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the Central Bank of Turkey (TCMB) and recent measures decreed by the Ministry of Finance in order to protect the national currency. Please refer to the quoted chapter for further details.
  • 11 Feb 2019 Mozambique Amendments as regards the electronic single window (JUE), labelling requirements for pharmaceutical products and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Mozambique. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Electronic Single Window (JUE)

    Since the first authority has been linked to the electronic single window (JUE), a new chapter on said system has been created. For more information, please see the quoted section.

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

    Specific labelling requirements apply to pharmaceutical products. Hence, the paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements in this overview has been enhanced with details thereof. Please refer to the mentioned chapter for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, which may be viewed for specifics.
  • 11 Feb 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Focus: the classification of goods, high risk food and feed products, the Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides, arms, military equipment and related items, motor vehicles and tyres as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bosnia and Herzegovina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    Particular attention is drawn to the revision and update of HS Codes related to the import procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, according to the updated and applied version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2019.

    High Risk Food and Feed Products

    The document entitled Common Entry Document for High Risk Food and Feed Products has been reviewed and revised, e.g. with a more recent national sample of a common entry document (CED) and of the health certificate form that is to accompany such consignments. In addition, the classification of goods subject to this document, i.e. the assignment of commodity codes to which the measure applies, has been adjusted.

    Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides

    The document entitled Permit to Import Seeds, Seedlings, Plants and Pesticides, which is also referred to as the Import Regime "D" permit for phytosanitary goods falling thereunder, has been equipped with the current version of the application form.

    Arms, Military Equipment and Related Items

    The following documents have been reviewed and updated as regards the processing details, i.e. processing fees, processing times, periods of validity, documents to be enclosed and contact details of the competent authority, as well as the current application forms:

    Licence to Import Arms, Military Equipment and Special-Purpose Goods
    Permit for the Movement of Arms and Military Equipment
    Registration of Importers of Arms, Military Equipment and Special-Purpose Goods

    Moreover, new sample certificates have been incorporated into the document entitled End-User Certificate.
    With respect to dual-use goods, the corresponding chapter on Arms, Military Equipment and Related Items in this overview has been modified as regards the requirements to import such goods into the country. In addition, the document entitled International Import Certificate has been enhanced with a sample application for such certificate for dual-use goods as well as with a more recent sample of such issued certificate.

    Motor Vehicles and Tyres

    As per an explanatory notice issued on 12 November 2018 by the Indirect Taxation Authority, the documents entitled Homologation of Single Motor Vehicles and Type Approval for Motor Vehicles, concerning the homologation of motor vehicles, as well as the document entitled Permit to Import Non-Hazardous Waste, which is required for the importation of used tyres, have been verified and, where required, amplified with additional details of these requirements.
  • 08 Feb 2019 Uganda Amendments as regards prohibited imports, packaging requirements, the Uganda Trade Portal, contact details as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Uganda. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Prohibited Imports

    The list of goods prohibited from importation into Uganda as depicted in the paragraph entitled Prohibited Imports in this overview has been verified and updated with information on additional products which are banned from being entered into the country. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Packaging Requirements

    The chapter on marking and labelling requirements in this overview has been renamed and enhanced to include details of the various product packaging requirements enforced in Uganda. For further particulars, please see the corresponding section now entitled Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements.

    Uganda Trade Portal

    Information on the Uganda Trade Portal and its functions has been added to the paragraph on Requirements for Import Formalities further below. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Contact Details

    Following the relocation of the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to a new headquarter in December 2018, the contact details of said authority have been updated in the applicable documents throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 08 Feb 2019 Bermuda Focus: Trader Identification Number (TIN), used machinery and Free Sale Certificate.
    The import documentation for Bermuda has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Trader Identification Number (TIN)

    The information given in the document entitled Trader Identification Number (TIN) has been blue-pencilled in regards to the processing time and validity. In addition, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. Please turn to the mentioned document for more information on how to obtain such number, which is also referred to as Customs Automated Processing System Identification (CAPS ID) Number in Bermuda.

    Used Machinery

    The document entitled Permit to Import Used Machinery has been newly incorporated into the set of documents for the import report for Bermuda. For particulars on this measure, please refer to the quoted document as well as to the chapter on Used Goods in this overview.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample certificate contained in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. Please see said document for more information.
  • 07 Feb 2019 Sudan Focus: radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE), fertilisers as well as live animals and meat.
    The import documentation for Sudan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE)

    As the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has been replaced by the Telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority (TPRA), the following documents have been blue-pencilled and adjusted, as applicable:

    Declaration of Conformity
    Type Approval for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.

    In addition, the documents entitled Licence to Import and Deal in Radio and Telecommunications Equipment and Customs Release Certificate for Radio and Telecommunications Equipment have been newly incorporated into this report. For more information, the quoted documents and the section on Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) in this overview may be consulted.

    Fertilisers

    In accordance with the Sudanese Federal Fertiliser Act of 2010, said goods are to be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Consequently, the document entitled Registration of Fertilisers has been added to the set of documents of this report; please turn thereto for specifics.

    Live Animals and Meat

    Prior to the actual importation of the respective commodities, a Permit to Import Live Animals and Meat is to be obtained from the Ministry of Animal Resources. The quoted document has been newly incorporated into this import documentation and may be viewed for particulars.
  • 07 Feb 2019 Albania Amendments as regards the classification of goods, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), motor vehicles as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Albania. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Particular attention is drawn to the revision and update of HS Codes related to the import procedures in Albania, i.e. the classification of goods to which the measures pertain, according to the updated and applied version of the European Union (EU) Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2019. Please also see the Note-section below for more information on the Albanian customs tariff.
    Also, the classification of goods pertaining to the document entitled Licence to Import Dual-Use Goods, i.e. the scope of goods to which the measure applies, has been brought up to date in accordance with the official list of dual-use goods, which in turn is also based on the EU CN for 2019.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    On 18 January 2019, Albania ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which entered into force on 1 January 2019. Pursuant thereto, the Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment has enforced amended rules concerning the manufacture, importation, exportation and placing on the market of such substances as well as products and equipment which contain them. The chapter on Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) further below has thus been enhanced to this regard. In addition, details of the labelling requirements for such controlled substances as well as for goods containing them have been added to the corresponding paragraph on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements. Please see the mentioned sections for specifics.

    Motor Vehicles

    In accordance with Decision No. 633 of 26 October 2018 and Instruction No. 15267 of 21 December 2018, amended technical requirements concerning the importation of motor vehicles, i.e. age restrictions and emission standards, have been enforced by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, which works in collaboration with the General Directorate of Customs in this matter. Additional details may be obtained from the section on Motor Vehicles, which has been reviewed and updated accordingly.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please turn thereto for particulars.
  • 06 Feb 2019 Qatar Amendments as regards the mandatory registration for excise tax purposes, Qatar's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Qatar. The following changes have been made:

    Mandatory Registration for Excise Tax Purposes

    On 1 January 2019, the legislation to introduce a new excise tax, also referred to as selective tax, for designated commodities regarded as detrimental to public health, i.e. soft drinks, tobacco products and energy drinks, entered into force for Qatar. The corresponding framework agreement of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), besides Qatar, stipulates a 100% excise duty rate for both energy drinks and tobacco products, while a rate of 50% becomes due for other carbonated drinks. Said framework agreement has been transposed in Qatar by virtue of Law No. 25 of 2018.
    Taxable legal and natural persons, including importers of said commodities, must register with the General Tax Authority (GTA), which comes under the Ministry of Finance.
    For more details, please turn to the document entitled Taxpayer Registration and to the section on Registration below.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Qatar is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Further Chemical Substances in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 06 Feb 2019 Cuba Focus: nomenclature changes, importers of medical equipment and devices, chemicals and pesticides as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Cuba has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measure in Cuba have been amended and adjusted in accordance with the most recent stipulations for the document entitled CITES Import Permit.

    Importers of Medical Equipment and Devices

    Importers of medical equipment and devices must be registered with the Centre for State Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (CECMED). Hence, the document entitled Registration of Importers of Medical Devices has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. For more details, please refer to the quoted document and also turn to the corresponding chapter on Medicines and Medical Devices in this overview for general information concerning registration and import requirements for these commodities.

    Chemicals and Pesticides

    The document entitled Material Safety Data Sheet has been enhanced with regard to the authorities in charge of providing paticular information on the requirements for chemicals and pesticides intended for environmental, industrial and agricultural use.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 05 Feb 2019 Namibia Amendments as regards taxpayer registration, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), labelling of foodstuffs as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Namibia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Taxpayer Registration

    The chapter on Registration in this overview has been enhanced with details of the taxpayer registration which is a prerequisite in order to conduct business in Namibia. For information on a new web portal established for this purpose, please also see the news-paragraph below.

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    Information on the trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and Namibia's membership in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has been incorporated in the section on Hazardous Substances further below, which may be viewed for specifics.

    Labelling of Foodstuffs

    The chapter on Labelling Requirements further below has been augmented with details of the labelling requirements for foodstuffs to be imported into and sold in Namibia. Please turn thereto for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Other trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Feb 2019 Iran Focus: Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Verification of Conformity (VOC), Carnet A.T.A., aircraft, currency provisions, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Iran has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Verification of Conformity (VOC)

    The sample application form displayed in the following documents has been replaced with its current version:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (mandatory for most goods)
    Trade Facilitation Service (voluntary)
    Verification of Conformity (mandatory for specified goods).

    The latter document has furthermore been adjusted with regard to the currently valid scope of commodities requiring such inspection in the country of export. Said documents are required in the framework of the mandatory Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) or the conformity assessment procedure. For more information, the quoted documents and chapters may be viewed.

    Carnet A.T.A.

    Due to the United States (US) sanctions towards Iran, the Carnet A.T.A. may practically not be operable at the moment, depending on the country of exportation and the bank and reinsurance system/trust involved in the procedure. Temporary admission is nevertheless possible for designated goods and business entities. For this, a corresponding guarantee, which will be reimbursed after the correct re-exportation of the goods in question, is to be deposited with the customs authorities. The mentioned document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations below may be viewed for details.

    Aircraft

    Aircraft to be imported into and registered in Iran may require a Certificate of Airworthiness, which is to be obtained from the national Civil Aviation Organization (CAO); please turn thereto for additional details.

    Currency Provisions

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with information on the discontinuation of dealings of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) with Iranian financial institutions, amongst others. For particulars, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following authorities has been updated:

    Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre (BSCRC)
    Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI)
    Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA)
    Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA)
    Iranian National Tax Administration (INTA)
    Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs Administration (IRICA)
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 04 Feb 2019 Myanmar Focus: import licensing, pest risk analysis (PRA), controlled chemical substances, conformity of goods and updated procedural details.
    The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The document entitled Import Licence concerning the automatic and non-automatic import licensing has been reviewed and amended with regard to the following details:

    processing time and fee
    costs for banking services
    mode of submission
    steps towards the issue of the licence.

    In addition, the period of validity and the executive authority in charge of provisions for the importation of controlled chemical substances and similar supervised products have been incorporated into the same-named document. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    By virtue of an official announcement of the Plant Protection Division assigned to the Department of Agriculture (DOA), the initiation of a pest risk analysis (PRA) is not required for a range of goods of plant origin since December 2018. Hence, the document entitled Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been amplified with corresponding details and the same-named chapter has also been updated. For further details, please consult the aforementioned document and the measure-specific section.

    Controlled Chemical Substances

    The document entitled Import Authorisation for Controlled Chemical Substances has been newly added to the set of documents of this import report. Moreover, the new paragraph on Controlled Chemical Substances summarises import specifications for the goods in question and the renamed one on Pesticides and Other Hazardous Goods has been restructured for reasons of transparency. For particulars, please turn to the quoted sections below.

    Conformity of Goods

    A document summarising general information on the proof of conformity has been newly created for this documentation. For information, the document entitled Declaration of Conformity may be consulted.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The documents listed below have been revised and amended with regard to the processing times and/or fees and the period of validity:

    Exporter/Importer Registration
    Seed Business Licence.
  • 04 Feb 2019 Kazakhstan Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, technical regulations (TRs), the calculation unit for 2019 and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Belarus have been amended and adjusted in accordance with most recent stipulations for the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Licence to Import Poisonous Substances.

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

    The list of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the chapter on Standardisation has been updated to determine the scope of technical provisions already in effect and approved for future implementation.

    Calculation Unit for 2019

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monthly calculated index (MCI) for import transactions applicable in 2019. Please refer to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 01 Feb 2019 Syria Amendments as regards pest risk analysis (PRA) and Syria's adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) have been brought to the import documentation for Syria. The following changes have been made:

    Pest Risk Analysis (PRA)

    A paragraph on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) has been newly incorporated into this overview and may be viewed for information on goods potentially posing a phytosanitary risk. Amongst others, this holds true for plants and plant products imported into the country for the first time, from a new area of origin or for a new intended use. For further details, please see the quoted section.

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

    This overview has been enhanced with information on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, i.e. the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to which Syria is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the chapter on Further Chemical and Hazardous Substances further below.
  • 01 Feb 2019 Mali Focus: Certificate for Plant Variety Protection, Tax Identification Number (NIF), contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Mali has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate for Plant Variety Protection

    The document entitled Certificate for Plant Variety Protection has been newly added to the import documentation for Mali as the country is a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle - OAPI), at which the registration is to be applied for. Please refer to the mentioned document for further details.

    Tax Identification Number (NIF)

    The document entitled Tax Identification Number (NIF) has been newly incorporated into this import report as it is a prerequisite for certain trade-related procedures. Please turn to the quoted document for more information.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the National Directorate for Water and Forests have been updated throughout this import report.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 31 Jan 2019 Panama Focus: fiscal registration, veterinary and phytosanitary products, medical devices, charges related to transshipment activities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Fiscal Registration

    The document entitled Single Taxpayers' Register (RUC) has been equipped with the initial page of the online application interface and documents to be enclosed have been blue-pencilled pursuant to the official instructions. As the application procedure is to be conducted online, details concerning this matter have been provided accordingly.

    Veterinary and Phytosanitary Products

    Enhancements as regards the inspection costs and payments for the veterinary custody at quarantine stations have been incorporated into the document entitled Veterinary and Phytosanitary Import Licence, which may be consulted for details.

    Medical Devices

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Medical Devices and Related Items has been amplified with respect to the validity period, the processing time and fee and has furthermore been enhanced with the current application form. For more information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Charges Related to Transshipment Activities

    The section on Electronic Customs Clearance has been enhanced with information on charges related to transshipment activities. Please refer thereto for particulars.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 31 Jan 2019 Belarus Amendments as regards nomenclature changes, technical regulations (TRs), the calculation unit for 2019 and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Belarus. The following changes have been made:

    Nomenclature Changes

    The tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Belarus have been amended and adjusted in accordance with most recent stipulations for the following documents:

    Certificate of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Declaration of Conformity of the Eurasian Economic Union
    Licence to Import Poisonous Substances.

    Technical Regulations (TRs)

    The list of technical regulations (TRs) presented in the chapter on Standardisation has been updated to determine the scope of technical provisions already in effect and approved for future implementation.

    Calculation Unit for 2019

    The paragraph entitled Currency and Payments has been enhanced with regard to the monetary equivalent calculated for import transactions applicable in 2019. Please refer to the quoted section.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 30 Jan 2019 Montenegro Amendments as regards the classification of goods, fruits and vegetables, eco design labelling as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Montenegro. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Montenegrin customs tariff for 2019, which is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2019, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the import procedures in Montenegro, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Import Regime, including, inter alia, the following measures of this report:

    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Sanitary Certificate
    End User Certificate
    Import Approval for Animals
    Import Approval for Animal Products
    International Import Certificate
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Import Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Traders of Controlled Goods
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Fruits and Vegetables

    As specific requirements are in place for the importation and placing on the market of fruits and vegetables in Montenegro, the chapter on Foodstuffs in this overview has been enhanced with information thereon. Please turn thereto for details.

    Eco Design Labelling

    As of 1 January 2019, eco design requirements are in place for specific types of household electronics, e.g. refrigerators, washing and drying machines, dishwashers, air conditioners and electrical power supplies, amongst others. The section on Packaging, Labelling and Marking Requirements further below has been augmented with details thereof and may be viewed for further particulars.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 30 Jan 2019 Jordan Focus: Cargo Manifest, Customs Import Declaration, Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Jordan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Cargo Manifest

    Details concerning the time frames and permissible form of submission of the Cargo Manifest have been amended in said document in accordance with the most recent customs legislation. For more information, the quoted document and the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview may be viewed.

    Customs Import Declaration

    The Jordanian Customs Law (Law No. 20 of 1998) has recently been amended by Law No. 33 of 2018. Due to said modifications, the document entitled Customs Import Declaration, which may also be referred to as single administrative document (SAD), must henceforth be submitted electronically. A default paper version is still available in case the electronic system may not be accessed. The mentioned document may be consulted for particulars.

    Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

    Documentary enclosures for the customs clearance of goods, e.g. the Commercial Invoice, may henceforth be submitted electronically. Moreover, a certification of said document and the Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin, e.g. by the chamber of commerce or any other competent authority, and a subsequent legalisation by the Jordanian Embassy in the country of export are no longer required by the Jordanian Customs Department. The quoted documents have been modified accordingly and may be viewed for details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 29 Jan 2019 Serbia Amendments as regards the classification of goods, tobacco products, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Serbia. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Classification of Goods

    Following the publication of the current Serbian customs tariff for 2019, which is based on the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) for 2019, and of the official lists of controlled items, the classification of goods, i.e. the HS Codes related to the import procedures in Serbia, has been verified and updated accordingly. Special attention has been given to goods which are subject to the Import Regime, including, inter alia, the following measures of this report:

    Certificate of Conformity for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment
    Import Licence
    Licence to Deal in Medicines and Medical Devices
    Licence to Trade in Controlled Goods
    Permit to Import Dual-Use Goods
    Permit to Import Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
    Permit to Import Ozone-Depleting Substances
    Permit to Import Precursors
    Phytosanitary Certificate
    Phytosanitary Inspection
    Prohibited Imports
    Registration of Importers of Plants and Plant Products
    Registration of Medicines
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Traders of Arms, Military Equipment and Dual-Use Goods
    Sanitary Certificate.

    Tobacco Products

    In accordance with the Law on Tobacco, as last amended on 8 December 2018 ("Official Gazette RS" No. 95/2018), a new chapter entitled Tobacco Products has been incorporated into this overview to provide details of the requirements for the importation of and trade in raw tobacco as well as processed tobacco products, e.g. cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and chewing tobacco. Please see the mentioned section for more information.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments has been reviewed and enhanced with information on the conduct of foreign exchange operations in Serbia, as per recent regulations of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) which are in force as of 1 January 2019. Further particulars may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.