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

    Animals and Products of Animal Origin

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

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

    For details, please turn to the mentioned documents.

    Environmental Licence

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

    Other Changes

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

    Declaration of Conformity

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

    Registration with PortNet

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

    Classification of Measuring Devices and of Goods Subject to Import Licensing

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

    Procedural Fees

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

    Other Changes

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

    Product Conformity

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

    Foreign Representation Offices

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

    Commercial Agents

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

    Other Changes

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Model Certificates

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

    Free Sale Certificate
    Halal Certificate.

    For further details, please turn to the quoted documents.

    Organic Products

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

    Agricultural Chemicals

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

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Other Changes

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Explosives and Fireworks

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

    Means of Payment

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

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

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

    Warehousing

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 13 Sep 2019 Thailand Focus: registration of medicines, Free Sale Certificate, contact details as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Thailand has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration of Medicines

    The document entitled Drug Formula Registration has been blue-pencilled in accordance with the latest legal stipulations regarding the documents to be enclosed as well as the validity of the registration which will come into force as of 13 October 2019. For particulars on this matter, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Free Sale Certificate

    The sample of an issued certificate as displayed in the document entitled Free Sale Certificate has been exchanged for a more recent version. More information may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the following authorities in Thailand have been brought up to date throughout this import report:

    AEO Standard Division
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI).

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter; please refer thereto for specifics.
  • 13 Sep 2019 Honduras Amendments as regards ozone-depleting substances (ODS), standardisation and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Honduras. The following changes have been made:

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Standardisation

    The section entitled Norms and Standards has been amplified with information regarding the current membership or participation status of the Honduran Standards Organization (OHN) and the National Commission for Telecommunications of the Republic of Honduras (CONATEL) in international organisations. Please refer to the updated paragraph for further details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 12 Sep 2019 Iraq Amendments as regards the scope of goods subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and items banned from importation as well as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and country of origin labelling have been brought to the import documentation for Iraq. The following changes have been made:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Items Banned from Importation

    The scope of commodities subject to pre-shipment inspection (PSI) has been amplified so as to include designated construction materials, e.g. solid concrete blocks or natural stones intended for construction, whereas certain foodstuffs, e.g. particular pasta products and table salt, have been removed from the list of goods subject to PSI. Hence, the importation of the newly listed goods henceforth 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). The merchandise which has been deleted from said list is no longer importable and has been included in the list of banned items. Further particulars of the programme and banned goods may be viewed in the quoted documents as well as in the paragraphs on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) and Prohibited Imports in this overview.

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

    The chapter on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) below has been enhanced with information on the applicable legal basis for the importation and handling of GMOs; please turn thereto for particulars.

    Country of Origin Labelling

    The Iraqi Consumer Protection Law No. 1 of 2010 stipulates the mandatory Country of Origin Labelling for all goods defined by said Law. The quoted section of this overview has been amended accordingly and may be consulted for specifics.
  • 12 Sep 2019 United Kingdom Focus: preferential treatment, adjusted transition periods, Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI), Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the United Kingdom (UK) has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

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

    Adjusted Transition Periods

    The Customs Safety and Security Procedures (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 of 4 September 2019 defer the end of the previously valid transition period from 1 October 2019 to 1 November 2020. Consequently, the document entitled Entry Summary Declaration has been updated.
    Moreover, the deadlines for the requirements regarding legal presences of marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) have been amended for the following procedures:

    Marketing Authorisation for Medicinal Products
    Marketing Authorisation for Veterinary Pharmaceuticals.

    Please view the quoted documents for specifics.

    Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI)

    In late August 2019, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) started to automatically enrol all companies which are registered for value-added tax (VAT) purposes in the UK in order to provide them with valid UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers. However, businesses which are not VAT-registered still need to register for an EORI number. The mentioned document has been modified accordingly and may be consulted for particulars.

    Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP)

    The quoted section in this overview has been enhanced with information on the liability for the customs debt in case of direct representation for TSP. For additional details, please refer to the cited paragraph.

    Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors

    A controlled drug user activity list, which is a mandatory enclosure to the application for a Licence to Deal in Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs and Their Precursors, has been added to the mentioned document, which may be turned to for more information. Special attention is also drawn to the amended processing time for said procedure.

    Other Changes

    Several other documents have been brought up to date in respect of various details.
    For current trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 12 Sep 2019 Bolivia Focus: classification of goods, commercial invoice, authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, updated procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Bolivia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Classification of Goods

    With respect to Circular Letter No. 174/2019 of 19 August 2019 of the National Customs of Bolivia (ANB), the classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of national tariff codes to the document entitled Preliminary Import Authorisation of the National Service of Verification of Exportations (SENAVEX), has been adjusted.

    Commercial Invoice

    The minimum content provided in the document entitled Commercial Invoice has been enhanced in accordance with the corresponding stipulations of Circular Letter No. 056/2019 of 13 March 2019 of the ANB. For particulars, please see the quoted document.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    Following the implementation of the strategy for trade facilitation between the member states of the Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by the parties involved. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been amplified to this effect. Furthermore, the documents to be enclosed have been rectified pursuant to the pertaining user's manual. The quoted document may be viewed for specifics.

    Updated Procedural Details

    The following documents have been updated with regard to the processing details:

    Customs Import Declaration
    Manifest
    Preliminary Import Authorisation for Controlled Substances.

    For more information, please turn to the documents listed above.

    Other Changes

    Information on the implementation of the Bolivian customs data management system, i.e. the Single System for Customs Modernisation (SUMA), has been reflected in the section on Customs Procedures and Regulations in this overview. As there are different input masks for the entry of data depending on the type of product, the document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been adapted in this regard. The mentioned chapter and the cited document may be consulted for particulars.

    For trade-related news, please see the following paragraph.
  • 11 Sep 2019 Azerbaijan Amendments as regards preferential treatment, norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Azerbaijan. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    Information on the existing Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) with the European Union (EU) has been reflected in the paragraph on Preferential Treatment below. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Norms and Standards

    The chapter entitled Norms and Standards has been updated with regard to the national standardisation authority and its contact details, which have been rectified throughout this import report where applicable. For general information on this matter, please view the quoted section in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following paragraph.
  • 11 Sep 2019 Angola Amendments as regards pre-shipment inspection (PSI), standards and conformity as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Angola. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

    The chapter on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) in this overview has been updated with regard to the scope of the inspection carried out by Bureau Veritas. For more information, please see the quoted section.

    Standards and Conformity

    The paragraph on Standards and Conformity further below has been augmented with additional particulars on standardisation organisations which Angola belongs to. Details on this matter may be obtained from the mentioned chapter.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 10 Sep 2019 Venezuela Focus: Certificate of No or Insufficient National Production, cosmetics, updated processing fees and tax units.
    The import documentation for Venezuela has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of No or Insufficient National Production

    The document entitled Certificate of No or Insufficient National Production has been equipped with an application form and the information to be provided therein in case of applications with the Ministry of Public Power for Foodstuffs (MINPAL). Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    Cosmetics

    In order to be imported into Veneuzuela, cosmetics must be registered with the Ministry of Public Power for Health (MPPS). Hence, the document entitled Sanitary Registration of Cosmetics has been newly created. More information on the registration procedure may be obtained from said document as well from the paragraph on Cosmetics in this overview.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees of the following documents have beeen revised and updated:

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

    Please refer to the mentioned documents for specifics.

    Tax Units

    In Venezuela, processing fees are sometimes stipulated in tax units. As the exchange rate of one tax unit has been raised to 50 VES, the section on Currency and Payments further below has been updated accordingly.
  • 10 Sep 2019 Haiti Amendments as regards aircraft, currency and payments as well as plants and plant products have been brought to the import documentation for Haiti. The following changes have been made:

    Aircraft

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

    Currency and Payments

    The section on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with the contact details of the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), i.e. the responsible authority for monetary policy in the country. Please refer thereto for specifics on this matter.

    Plants and Plant Products

    The paragraph on Plants and Plant Products has been augmented with particulars of main ports of entry in Haiti. Additional details may be viewed in the quoted chapter.
  • 09 Sep 2019 Uruguay Focus: animal feed, fertilisers, pesticides and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Uruguay has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Animal Feed

    For the importation of animal feed into Uruguay, a registration for such goods is to be obtained from the General Directorate for Agricultural Services (DGSA). The corresponding document entitled Registration of Animal Feed has been brought up to date. By way of example, the processing fee and documents to be enclosed have been edited. Details of the registration procedure may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Fertilisers

    The document entitled Registration of Fertilisers has been revised and amended with respect to the pertinent processing fee. For specifics, please see the mentioned document.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Import Permit for Pesticides has been verified and updated as regards, e.g., the type of submission and the processing fee. Moreover, information on further requirements to be complied with by the applicant have been incorporated. In addition, said document has also been equipped with a sample form containing details to be provided in the sample of the label of the merchandise to be imported. Please turn to the quoted document for particulars on this matter.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 09 Sep 2019 Dominican Republic Focus: preferential treatment, authorised economic operator (AEO), fish products, updated forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for the Dominican Republic has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    Information on an agreement seeking to maintain existing trade arrangements between the Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom (UK) has been reflected in the paragraph on Preferential Treatment below. Please turn thereto for more details.

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

    The document entitled Certificate of an Authorised Economic Operator has been revised with respect to the current processing time and fee as well as documents to be enclosed and may be viewed for particulars.

    Fish Products

    The documents listed below have been updated with regard to various details, e.g. the contact phone number of the responsible official of the competent Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA) as well as the minimum content to be provided in the application request and the documents to be enclosed:

    Import Certificate for Fish Products
    Licence to Deal in Fish Products.

    Please consult these documents for specifics.

    Updated Forms

    The sample forms contained in the following documents have been exchanged for more recent versions:

    Free Sale Certificate
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Live Animals.

    For further information, please see the quoted documents.

    Other Changes

    The chapter on Labelling Provisions below has been amplified with labelling requirements for toys to be marketed in the Dominican Republic.

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following section.
  • 06 Sep 2019 Fiji Amendments as regards price control, warehousing and used goods have been brought to the import documentation for Fiji. The following changes have been made:

    Price Control

    As the designation of the authority responsible for Price Control in Fiji has changed, the corresponding chapter in this overview has been updated accordingly. Furthermore, the contact details of said authority have been brought up to date. Please refer to the quoted section for further information.

    Warehousing

    The paragraph on Warehousing below has been modified with regard to the currently valid period of warehousing for bonded goods. Additional details may be obtained therefrom.

    Used Goods

    As the age restrictions for the importation of used hybrid vehicles have recently been changed, the corresponding information has been reflected in the chapter on Used Goods below, which may be viewed for further particulars.
  • 06 Sep 2019 Bangladesh Focus: Certificate of Analysis, pharmaceutical products and medical devices as well as pesticides.
    The import documentation for Bangladesh has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

    An updated sample certificate has been included into the document entitled Certificate of Analysis. Please see the quoted document for particulars.

    Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices

    In order to import certain medicinal products, e.g. drugs and pharmaceutical raw material, as well as medical devices into Bangladesh, a Certificate of Good Manufacturing Practice is to be submitted. Hence, the mentioned document has been newly created for this import report and the corresponding section on Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices further below has been modified accordingly. For specifics on this matter, please refer to said document and chapter.

    Pesticides

    The document entitled Licence to Import Pesticides has been completely revised and updated with respect to its processing time as well as the documents and additional information to be enclosed. Moreover, details on the requirements to be fulfilled before the quoted licence is issued has been included. Particulars may be obtained from the mentioned document.
  • 05 Sep 2019 Turkmenistan Amendments as regards customs-related documents, free trade zones and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Turkmenistan. The following changes have been made:

    Customs-Related Documents

    The paragraph entitled Customs Procedures and Regulations has been augmented with regard to supporting documents to be presented to the customs officials together with the Customs Import Declaration. Further information may be obtained from the quoted chapter.

    Free Trade Zones

    The list of free economic zones existing in Turkmenistan included in the section on Free Trade Zones has been updated and may be viewed for more details.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 05 Sep 2019 Brazil Focus: import licensing, Registration of the Legally Responsible Person in Siscomex and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Brazil has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Import Licensing

    The tariff codes assigned to the document entitled Automatic Import Licence (i.e. the classification of goods pertaining to said document) have been updated in accordance with Import Notice Siscomex (Notícia Siscomex Importação) No. 042 of 2019. Furthermore, information on the Import Coordination (COIMP) which operates under the Subsecretariat for Foreign Trade Operations (SUEXT) has been newly incorporared into the documents entitled Automatic Import Licence as well as Non-Automatic Import Licence as one of the authorities evaluating applications concerning licensing for products controlled by the SUEXT. Please refer to the quoted document and the chapter on Import Licensing in this overview for particulars on these measures.

    Registration of the Legally Responsible Person in Siscomex

    In accordance with Normative Instruction RFB No. 1893 of 2019, amending Normative Instruction RFB No. 1603 of 2015, the period of validity as displayed in the document entitled Registration of the Legally Responsible Person in Siscomex has been updated. Details of this matter 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.
  • 04 Sep 2019 Lebanon Amendments as regards infants' food, Lebanon's adherence to the Minamata Convention and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Lebanon.
    Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Infants' Food

    For reasons of greater transparency, the section entitled Infants' Food has been newly incorporated into this overview. Please turn thereto for information on the import requirements for such goods.

    Minamata Convention

    The paragraph on Other Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with information on the responsible authority for the implementation of the Minamata Convention, to which Lebanon is a party. For additional details regarding this matter, please refer to the quoted chapter.

    Other Changes

    The following section may be viewed for trade-related News.
  • 04 Sep 2019 Belize Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages, radio and telecommunications equipment (RTTE) as well as Ministry's denomination have been brought to the import documentation for Belize. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages

    The section on Alcoholic Beverages has been newly added to this overview. Please refer thereto for specifics on the requirements to deal in intoxicating liquors in Belize.

    Radio and Telecommunications Equipment (RTTE)

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

    Ministry's Denomination

    The denomination of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration has changed and the authority has been renamed to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration Services and Refugees. These changes have been reflected throughout this overview.
  • 03 Sep 2019 Jamaica Amendments as regards special economic zones (SEZs), labelling of pesticides, denomination as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Jamaica. The following changes have been made:

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

    The chapter on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in this overview has been blue-pencilled. Please refer thereto for further details on the activities allowed in such zones in Jamaica.

    Labelling of Pesticides

    The paragraph on Packaging and Labelling Requirements below has been brought up to date. Please turn to the quoted section for particulars on this matter.

    Denomination

    The denomination of the Ministry of Health has changed and the authority has been renamed to Ministry of Health and Wellness. These changes have been reflected throughout this overview.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related News, please see the following chapter.
  • 03 Sep 2019 Ecuador Focus: Commercial Invoice, products from forest plantations, conformity assessment procedures, updated application forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ecuador has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Invoice

    In accordance with Circular Letter No. 40-2019 of the National Customs Service of Ecuador (SENAE), the Commercial Invoice must include a specified minimum content in the case the customs value is the transaction value of imported goods. Said method is most frequently used for the determination of the customs value. In this regard, the aforementioned document has been amplified with the corresponding stipulations and may be consulted for details.

    Products from Forest Plantations

    The document entitled Authorisation to Import Products from Forest Plantations has been augmented with respect to the documents to be enclosed. As the authorisation procedure is free of charge, this piece of information has been added to the quoted document.

    Conformity Assessment Procedures

    The document entitled Certificate of Conformity has been enhanced with regard to the membership of the Ecuadorian Accreditation Service (SAE) in international accreditation organisations. Moreover, the processing fee for the evaluation of the application dossier submitted for the Certificate of Recognition has been updated in the quoted document.

    The processing fee has been verified and the interface of the National Agency for Transit (ANT) pertaining to the application for a Homologation Certificate for Motor Vehicles has been added to the cited document. The mentioned documents may be viewed for particulars.

    Updated Application Forms

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

    Non-Automatic Import Licence from the MAG
    Non-Automatic Import Licence from the MPCEIP
    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.

    Please turn to the quoted documents for specifics.

    Other Changes

    For trade-related news, please see the following paragraph.
  • 02 Sep 2019 Russian Federation Focus: Advanced Notification of Arrival, poisonous substances, updated forms and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Russia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Advanced Notification of Arrival

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

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

    Poisonous Substances

    The document entitled Permit to Import Poisonous Substances has been revised with regard to the minimum content of the letter of request and the documents to be enclosed with the application. For more information, please see the cited document.

    Updated Forms

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

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

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

    Other Changes

    Information on further traceability pilot projects for commodities to be labelled by digital means has been reflected in the chapter on Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements in this overview, which may be viewed for particulars.

    For trade-related news, please consult the following section.
  • 02 Sep 2019 Papua New Guinea Amendments as regards government procurement, animal feedstuffs as well as currency and payments have been brought to the import documentation for Papua New Guinea. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    As the national authority in charge of Government Procurement in Papua New Guinea as well as the respective legal basis have changed, the quoted chapter in this overview has been completely revised and amended accordingly. Please refer thereto for additional information.

    Animal Feedstuffs

    For reasons of clarity and greater transparency, the specifics on Animal Feedstuffs have been newly incorporated into a separate section, which may be viewed for further particulars.

    Currency and Payments

    The paragraph on Currency and Payments further below has been enhanced with the contact information of the country's central bank, i.e. the Bank of Papua New Guinea. More details may be obtained therefrom.
  • 30 Aug 2019 Tajikistan Amendments as regards preferential treatment, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Tajikistan. The following changes have been made:

    Preferential Treatment

    Information on the existing Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) with the European Union (EU) has been reflected in the paragraph on Preferential Treatment below. Please turn thereto for more information.

    Currency and Payments

    In accordance with the Law on the State Budget of the Republic of Tajikistan for 2019, the exchange rate of one calculation unit has been increased. For more information, please also see the updated chapter entitled Currency and Payments in this overview.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 30 Aug 2019 Argentina Focus: certificate of analysis, ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Argentina has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

    In order to import ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into Argentina, importers must register with the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development (Secretaría de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable). The document entitled Registration of Importers of Ozone-Depleting Substances has been updated in this regard as well as to the type of submission and documents to be enclosed. For details on this matter, please refer to the mentioned document.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following paragraph; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 28 Aug 2019 Israel Focus: Licence to Deal in Dangerous Substances, Licence to Import Motor Vehicles, import licence for goods from countries imposing sanctions on Israeli commodities and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Israel has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Licence to Deal in Dangerous Substances

    The document entitled Licence to Deal in Dangerous Substances has been completely revised. Amongst other changes, the application form has been exchanged for its current version, the scope of goods pertaining to this measure, i.e. the applicable HS Codes, has been adjusted and the processing fees have been updated. For additional details, please refer to the quoted document.

    Licence to Import Motor Vehicles

    A new application form has been made available for the document entitled Licence to Import Motor Vehicles, which has been modified accordingly and may be viewed for particulars.

    Import Licence for Goods from Countries Imposing Sanctions on Israeli Commodities

    The importation of almost all kinds of goods from countries which have imposed sanctions on the importation of Israeli commodities, including those of Israeli origin being exported from other countries, is allowed only in exceptional cases and with a special licence issued by the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Specifics concerning the online application for said licence and the authorities involved have been added to the document entitled Import Licence for Goods from Designated Countries. For further information, please turn to the quoted document and the section on Import Regulations in this overview.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 28 Aug 2019 Barbados Amendments as regards alcoholic beverages, aircraft as well as standardisation have been brought to the import documentation for Barbados. The following changes have been made:

    Alcoholic Beverages

    A new section on Alcoholic Beverages has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics on the requirements to deal in intoxicating liquors in Barbados.

    Aircraft

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

    Standardisation

    The Barbados National Standard Institution (BNSI) is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Information on this matter has been introduced to the chapter on Standardisation below. Please consult the quoted paragraph for particulars.
  • 26 Aug 2019 Vietnam Amendments as regards agricultural chemicals, Minamata Convention as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Vietnam. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Agricultural Chemicals

    For reason of clarity and greater transparency, a new chapter on Agricultural Chemicals has been introduced to this overview. Please refer thereto for details of the importation of agricultural chemicals, i.e. fertilisers and pesticides, into Vietnam.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with specifics on the responsible authorities for the Minamata Convention in Vietnam. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the corresponding section below.
  • 26 Aug 2019 St. Lucia Amendments as regards standardisation, commercial samples as well as labelling requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Saint Lucia. The following changes have been made:

    Standardisation

    The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) is a member of certain international standardisation organisations. Details on this matter have been introduced to the chapter on Norms and Standards below. Please consult the quoted section for particulars.

    Commercial Samples

    A new paragraph on Commercial Samples has been added to this overview. Please turn thereto for specifics on the requirements for the temporary importation of samples of dutiable goods into Saint Lucia.

    Labelling Requirements

    Information regarding the country's labelling requirements for domestic electrical appliances has been brought to the chapter on Packaging and Labelling Requirements further below. Particulars may be obtained therefrom.
  • 23 Aug 2019 Nigeria Focus: adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017, procedural details and contact information as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Nigeria has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Adoption of the Harmonized System (HS) 2017

    Following Nigeria's adoption of the 2017 version of the Harmonized System (HS), the tariff codes of the goods assigned to the applicable import measures in Nigeria 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.

    Procedural Details and Contact Information

    The following documents have been amended with regard to various procedural details, e.g. as far as documents to be enclosed or processing times are concerned:

    Clearance Permit for Psychotropic Drugs and Controlled Substances
    Import Permit for Psychotropic Drugs and Controlled Substances
    Registration of Medical Devices
    Registration of Medical Products.

    Furthermore, the contact details of the directorates of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have been updated throughout this import report, if and as applicable.

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been provided in the following section.
  • 23 Aug 2019 Congo (Republic of) Focus: Preliminary Import Declaration, Special Import Authorisation, Declaration of Dutiable Value, Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN), transfer of activities and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
    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 enhanced with a list of goods which are exempt from this measure. Furthermore, it has been provided with details of the virtual transactional dossier (dossier virtuel transactionnel - DVT), which is to be completed prior to the initiation of a Preliminary Import Declaration. For further information, please turn to the quoted document.

    Special Import Authorisation

    As designated goods are subject to a Special Import Authorisation (Autorisation Spéciale d'Importation - ASI), the same-named document has been newly incorporated into the import report for Congo. Please refer thereto for additional details.

    Declaration of Dutiable Value

    The document entitled Declaration of Dutiable Value has been added to the import documentation for Congo as said declaration is required for the validation of a Preliminary Import Declaration. Please turn to the quoted document for specifics.

    Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)

    The document entitled Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) has been enhanced with regard to the documents which are to be enclosed in order to effect the pertaining procedure. Further information may be obtained from the aforementioned document.

    Transfer of Activities

    As, by virtue of Information Notice No. 3247/MFB-CAB issued by the Ministry of Finance and Budget, the company Webb Fontaine has been chosen as the new intermediary of the state of Congo to work together with participants involved in the customs clearance process, which replaces the previous contract of the government with the inspection company Cotecna, this import documentation has been amended accordingly.

    African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement

    As the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, the chapters on International Agreements and Preferential Treatment have been amended to this effect. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 22 Aug 2019 Yemen Amendments as regards government procurement and the Minamata Convention have been brought to the import documentation for Yemen. The following changes have been made:

    Government Procurement

    The chapter on Government Procurement in this overview has been completely revised and updated; please turn thereto for particulars concerning this matter.

    Minamata Convention

    The section on Further Chemical Substances and Hazardous Goods below has been enhanced with specifics on the responsible authority for the Minamata Convention in Yemen, i.e. the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), which comes under the Ministry of Water and Environment. More information may be obtained from the quoted paragraph.
  • 22 Aug 2019 Costa Rica Amendments as regards customs value, updated processing fees, contact information and trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Costa Rica. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    A new paragraph on Customs Value has been added to this overview of import procedures. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Updated Processing Fees

    The processing fees contained in the documents listed below have been adjusted in accordance with Circular letter 03-19 of the National Seeds Office (ONS) effective from 1 July 2019:

    Registration of Protected Plant Varieties
    Registration of Seeds Importers
    Variety Registration of Seeds.

    For further details, please consult the quoted documents.

    Contact Information

    The address at which the Foreign Trade Corporation of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) is currently located has been amended. Therefore, the corresponding contact details have been updated in the paragraph on Free Trade Zones below, which may be viewed for particulars.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 21 Aug 2019 El Salvador Amendments as regards customs value, norms and standards as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for El Salvador. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Value

    A new paragraph on Customs Value has been added to this overview of import procedures. Please turn thereto for specifics.

    Norms and Standards

    As the Salvadoran Accreditation Body (OSA) participates in the Affiliate Country Programme of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the section on Norms and Standards below has been amended to this effect and may be consulted for further information on certain tasks of the mentioned Commission and also on international standardisation activities of El Salvador.

    Other Changes

    Trade-related news have been brought to the following section.
  • 21 Aug 2019 New Zealand Focus: biosecurity clearance, classification ruling, application forms, contact details as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for New Zealand has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Biosecurity Clearance

    The document entitled Biosecurity Clearance System for Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres has been blue-pencilled. By way of example, the pertinent application fees have been added to the mentioned procedure. Futhermore, the application form has been exchanged for its current version. For particulars on this matter, please refer to the quoted document as well as to the section on Sea Containers, Vehicles, Machinery and Tyres in this overview.

    Classification Ruling

    The document entitled Binding Tariff Classification Ruling has been reviewed. Amendments as regards the contact details and processing time have been made. Please consult the mentioned document for more information on the application for a classification ruling in New Zealand.

    Application Forms

    The application forms of the following documents of the import report for New Zealand have been exchanged for their most recent versions, respectively. Please refer to the quoted documents for further details:

    Advance Notice of Arrival for Vessels
    CITES Import Permit
    Customs Client Code
    Import Permit for Firearms
    Import Permit for Foodstuffs
    Import Permit for Seeds for Sowing
    Quarantine Declaration for Sea Containers.

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have been brought up to date throughout this import report.
  • 20 Aug 2019 Mauritania Focus: Registration for Company Establishment, Phytosanitary Inspection, model certificates and Mauritania's adherence to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
    The import documentation for Mauritania has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration for Company Establishment

    As a new processing fee for the Registration for Company Establishment has been published, the quoted document has been updated accordingly and may be viewed for specifics.

    Phytosanitary Inspection

    Apart from the requirement of a Preliminary Import Authorisation for Plants and Plant Products, said goods will be inspected upon arrival at the respective customs office of entry. For reasons of greater transparency, a document entitled Phytosanitary Inspection has been newly incorporated into this report. More information may be obtained from the mentioned documents and the section on Plants and Plant Products in this overview.

    Model Certificates

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

    Free Sale Certificate
    Halal Certificate.

    For further details, please turn to the quoted documents.

    African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement

    As the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, the chapters on International Agreements and Preferential Treatment have been amended to this effect. Please turn thereto for further particulars.
  • 20 Aug 2019 India Focus: assignment of tariff codes, Licence to Import Restricted Items, Drugs and Cosmetics as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for India has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Assignment of Tariff Codes

    The classification of goods, i.e. the assignment of tariff codes, to the following documents has been reviewed and updated as appropriate in accordance with the current legislation, i.e. the Union Budget 2019-2020:

    CITES Permit
    Imports through Designated State Trading Enterprises
    Licence to Import and Sell Foodstuffs
    Licence to Import Restricted Items
    Licence to Import Wireless Transmitting or Receiving Apparatus
    Prohibited Imports
    Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products.

    Furthermore, the document entitled Prohibited Imports has been enhanced with information on special conditions which may apply to certain goods which, in general, are prohibited from importation into India. Particulars may be obtained from the quoted document.

    Licence to Import Restricted Items

    Recently, a new online facility to be used for applications for the Licence to Import Restricted Items has been introduced. Hence, said document has been amended with respect to its type of submission. Moreover, details of the requirements to be adhered to for the submission of the documents to be enclosed have been added. In addition, the mentioned document has been equipped with a screenshot of the first page of the new online module and the application form has been exchanged for its most recent version. For more information, please see the quoted document.

    Drugs and Cosmetics

    In accordance with the Drugs and Cosmetics (Tenth Amendment) Rules of 2018, the processing fees of the documents entitled Licence to Import Drugs, Registration Certificate for Cosmetics as well as Registration Certificate for Drugs and Medical Devices have been updated. Please refer to the mentioned documents for details.

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following chapter.
  • 19 Aug 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Amendments as regards customs points of entry, petroleum products, standardisation as well as packaging requirements have been brought to the import documentation for Trinidad and Tobago. The following changes have been made:

    Customs Points of Entry

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

    Petroleum Products

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

    Standardisation

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

    Packaging Requirements

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Fertilisers and Pesticides

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

    Dual-Use Goods

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

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

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

    Re-Organisation of Responsibilities and Related Amendments

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

    Other Changes

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

    Declaration of Goods

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

    Processing Fees

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

    Binding Tariff Classification Ruling
    BOC Accreditation and Registration.

    Strategic Goods

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

    Tobacco

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

    Precursors

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Product Codes

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

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

    Tobacco Products

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Precious Metals

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

    Free Trade Zones

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Contact Information

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

    Animal Products

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

    Medical Devices

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

    Contact Information

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following chapter.
  • 14 Aug 2019 South Africa Focus: Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS), agricultural and stock remedies, updated processing fees as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for South Africa has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Registration with the South African Revenue Service (SARS)

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

    Agricultural and Stock Remedies

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

    Updated Processing Fees

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI)

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

    Standardisation

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

    Contact Details

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

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

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

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

    Aircraft

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

    African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Motor Vehicles

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

    Other Changes

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

    Registration with WeBOC

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

    Halal Certificate

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

    Conformity Assessment

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please refer to the following section.
  • 12 Aug 2019 Colombia Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, agricultural pesticides, updated forms, contact details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Colombia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

    Following the implementation of the strategy for trade facilitation between the member countries of the Andean Community (ANCOM, Comunidad Andina - CAN), the corresponding mutual recognition agreement with regard to the authorised economic operator (AEO, operador económico autorizado - OEA) scheme has been signed by all member states. The document entitled Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certificate has been amplified to this effect. Moreover, the list of documents to be enclosed has been adjusted in accordance with the stipulations of the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN). Please consult the quoted document for particulars.

    Agricultural Pesticides

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

    Updated Forms

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    Trade-related News have been provided in the following paragraph.
  • 09 Aug 2019 Taiwan Focus: the classification of goods, cosmetics, toxic chemicals as well as contact details. The import documentation for Taiwan has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    The Classification of Goods

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

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

    Cosmetics

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

    Toxic Chemicals

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

    Contact Details

    The contact details of the Vehicle Safety Certification Center (VSCC) and the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) have been brought up to date in the concerned documents of this import report.
  • 09 Aug 2019 Chile Amendments as regards customs procedures and regulations, currency and payments as well as trade-related news have been brought to the import documentation for Chile. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Other Changes

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

    Aircraft

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

    Lighting Products

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Release Channels

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

    Designated Points of Entry

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

    Pre-Listing Requirements for Exporters of Certain Animal Products

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

    Free Trade Zones

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

    Customs Procedures and Regulations

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

    Commercial Samples

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

    Other Changes

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

    Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Summary Declaration

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

    Single Registration of Indirect Taxpayers

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

    Responsible Authorities

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

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

    Please refer to the mentioned documents for additional details.

    Other Changes

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

    Certificate of Inspection (CoI)

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

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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

    Used Goods

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

    Other Changes

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

    Import Permit for Sand, Crushed Rock and Gravel

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

    Importation of Liquor

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

    Contact Details and Denominations

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

    Importer Registration

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Other Changes

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

    Labelling Requirements for Toys

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

    Agricultural Chemicals

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Value

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

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

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

    Endangered Species

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

    Medical Products

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

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

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

    Sanitary Surveillance

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

    Stockholm Convention

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

    Used Goods

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Certificate of Non-Preferential Origin

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

    Approval as an Authorised Economic Operator

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

    Electronic Single Customs Window

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

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

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

    Contact Details

    The contact information of the following authorities has been updated:

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following paragraph.
  • 29 Jul 2019 Myanmar Focus: Drug Registration Certificate, taxpayer registration, ozone-depleting substances (ODS), as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Myanmar has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Drug Registration Certificate

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

    Taxpayer Registration

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Regulations

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

    Foreign Exchange Control

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

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

    Scope of Goods Subject to an Import Licence

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

    Prohibited Imports

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

    Customs Export Declaration

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

    Kimberley Process Certificate

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 25 Jul 2019 Panama Focus: authorised economic operator (AEO) scheme, conformity assessment, procedural details and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Panama has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme

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

    Conformity Assessment

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

    Procedural Details

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Regulations

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

    Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Minamata Convention

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

    Conformity Assessment

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

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

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

    Certificate of Analyis

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

    Medicinal Products

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

    Application Forms

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

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    New Serbian Customs Law Entered into Force

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

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

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

    Organic Products

    The section on Foodstuffs below has been enhanced with information on the importation of organic products into Serbia; please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 23 Jul 2019 Ethiopia Focus: medicines, Certificate of Analysis as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Ethiopia has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. Attention is drawn to the following changes:

    Medicines

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please see the following section.
  • 22 Jul 2019 Madagascar Focus: Certificate of Airworthiness, Certificate of Radioactivity Inspection as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Madagascar has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Certificate of Airworthiness

    As a Certificate of Airworthiness may be required in order to prove the aircraft's conformity to the applicable national and international technical norms, the same-named document has been added to this import report. Please turn thereto and to the chapter on Aircraft in this overview for more information.

    Certificate of Radioactivity Inspection

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

    Other Changes

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

    Importation of Seeds

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

    Mercury and Mercury Products

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

    Other Changes

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

    Commercial Registration

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

    Political Situation

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

    Other Changes

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

    Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)

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

    Fumigation Certificate

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

    Import Permit Declaration

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

    Other Changes

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

    Summary Declaration

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

    Certificate of Business Registration

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

    Further Amended Application Forms and Model Certificates

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

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for medicinal and related products, amongst others. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly.
    Moreover, the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been furnished with a more recent version of the sample certificate.
    Additional details of the quoted model certificates may be obtained from the mentioned documents and further related information may be viewed in the chapters on Animals and Animal Products and Medicinal Products and Medical Devices in this overview.

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

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

    Seasonal Treatment Measures

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

    Cut Flowers and Foliage

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

    Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

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

    Non-Road Vehicles

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

    Certificate of Analysis for Pharmaceutical Ingredients

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

    Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC)

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

    Contact Details

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

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

    Cosmetics

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Denomination and Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Authority in Charge for the Accreditation of Conformity Assesment Bodies

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

    Labelling Requirements for Cosmetic Products

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

    Foodstuffs

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

    Electrical Appliances

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Pesticides

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

    Currency and Payments

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

    Other Changes

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

    Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

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

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

    Model Health Certificates

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

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

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

    Procedural Details

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

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Warehousing

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

    Other Changes

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

    Cosmetics

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

    Chemical Substances

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Other Changes

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

    Registration

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

    Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

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

    Allergens

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

    Other Changes

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

    Free Trade Zones

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

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Aircraft

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

    Contact Details

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Precious Metals and Stones

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

    Contact Details

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Tobacco Products

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

    Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

    Licence to Deal in Ionising Radiation

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

    Other Changes

    For current trade-related News, please turn to the following section.
  • 11 Jul 2019 Kenya Focus: free sale certificate, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), contact information and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kenya has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Free Sale Certificate

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

    Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

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

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

    For particulars, please refer to the documents listed above.

    Contact Information

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

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

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

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

    Other Changes

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

    Pre-Shipment Evaluation of Conformity

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

    Public Procurement

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

    Updated Application Forms

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

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

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

    Radio Frequency Devices

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

    Other Changes

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

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

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

    International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.
  • 09 Jul 2019 Norway Focus: fishery products, explosives, ecolabelling as well as trade-related news. The import documentation for Norway has been reviewed and amended accordingly.
    The following changes have been made:

    Fishery Products

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

    Explosives

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

    Ecolabelling

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

    Other Changes

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

    Export Controls

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

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

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

    Other Changes

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

    Minamata Convention on Mercury

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

    Marking and Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Customs Declarations and Excise Processing System (CDEPS)

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

    Customs Import Declaration
    Summary Declaration.

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

    Model Certificates

    The document entitled Certificate of Analysis is a prerequisite for medicinal and related products, amongst others. As an amended model of said certificate has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the sample form contained in the document has been exchanged accordingly.
    Moreover, the document entitled Veterinary Health Certificate for Animal Products has been revised and furnished with a more recent version of the sample certificate.
    Additional details of the quoted model certificates may be obtained from the mentioned documents and further related information may be viewed in the chapters on Live Animals and Products of Animal Origin and Medicinal Products in this overview.

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following section, please turn thereto for specifics.
  • 05 Jul 2019 Botswana Focus: Commercial Registration, medicinal products and related goods, Certificate of Analysis, Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product as well as trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Botswana has been reviewed and amended accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Commercial Registration

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

    Medicinal Products and Related Goods

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product

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

    Other Changes

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

    Registration of Articles Made From Plastic

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

    Import Prohibitions
    Standardisation
    Packaging, Marking and Labelling Requirements.

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Labelling of Health Products and Medicine

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

    Renovo™ Programme

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

    Pesticides

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

    Other Changes

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

    Plant Variety Protection

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

    Advance Declaration

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Goods

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

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

    Sanitary Products

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

    Updated Processing Time and Fee

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

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

    Contact Details

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

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

    Other Changes

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

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

    Norms and Standards

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

    Labelling Requirements for Pharmaceutical Products

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

    Contact Details

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

    Application Forms and Model Certificates

    The following documents have been equipped with updated application forms:

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

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

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

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

    Application Fees

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

    Approval of New Drugs
    Registration of Medical Devices Establishment.

    Certificate of Analyis

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of Import Measures

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

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

    Minamata Convention

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

    List of Notified Bodies for Conformity Assessment Procedures

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

    Labelling Requirements for Tyres

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

    Other Changes

    The following News chapter contains information on standardisation issues.
  • 28 Jun 2019 Kyrgyzstan Focus: veterinary surveillance, procedural details, re-organised authorities, labelling requirements and trade-related news.
    The import documentation for Kyrgyzstan has been reviewed and adapted accordingly. The following changes have been made:

    Veterinary Surveillance

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

    Procedural Details

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

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

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

    Re-Organised Authorities

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

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

    Classification of goods

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

    Animal Products

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

    Mill Test Certificate

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

    Other Changes

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

    Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World

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

    Free Sale Certificate

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

    Hazardous Chemicals

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

    Other Changes

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

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

    Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

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

    Consignments Sent By Post

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

    Labelling Requirements

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been brought to the following chapter.

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

    Company Registration

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

    Certificate of Analysis

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

    Telecommunications Equipment

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

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

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

    Contact Details

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

    Other Changes

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

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

    Import Permit for Controlled Goods

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

    Chemical Substances

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

    Other Changes

    Current trade-related News have been described in the same-titled section below.