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From: Argentina
To: Venezuela
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To: Venezuela

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Venezuela: Import (general)

General import regulations and requirements

Shipments must be on a direct consignment basis; consignee must also be the owner of the goods.

Shipping documents should be presented for customs clearance within six working days after arrival of the shipment.

All documents must be in Spanish or have Spanish translation attached.

Misrepresentations, inaccurate data or omissions on documentation may result in fines.

(Last updated on 2013-12-30)

Samples, low value and non-commercial importations

Samples with a commercial value are treated as ordinary commercial imports and are subject to import requirements.

Samples for exhibitions, demonstrations, scientific or cultural purposes, or specific contracts may enter free of duty, provided a permit is obtained and goods are re-exported within 6 months. A customs handling fee must be paid and a bond must be posted covering applicable duties and charges.

Express shipments are allowed a maximum (de minimis) value regime for duty free entry of USD 100.00 (~ EUR 70.00).

(Last updated on 2014-04-28)

Import customs tariff

Venezuela recently adopted a new tariff schedule conforming to the MERCOSUR common external tariff (Decree No. 9430 dated March 19, 2013). A Venezuela tariff correlation table has been published by SENIAT which compares the new tariff to the previously existing tariff. Duties are assessed on the CIF value and on the gross weight (including weight and value of the packaging).

Imported goods are subject to the following taxes and surcharges:

For general tariff and tax information see International Tariff Information.

(Last updated on 2014-01-07)

Customs valuation basis

Duties are assessed on the CIF value and on the gross weight (including weight and value of the packaging).

Certain products (i.e., agricultural products) are subject to specific duty rates. These are typically assessed on gross weight (bolivars per gross kilogram). Some products may be subject to compound duty rates.

Ad Valorem rates are assessed on CIF value. Customs may in some cases use references prices to determine customs value.

In general:

For items subject to ad valorem duties, the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement applies. According to this agreement, there are six acceptable methods of determining customs value. Typically the first method is used (unless the buyer and seller are related parties). When the value cannot be obtained this way, or is rejected by customs, one of the other methods is to be used, in descending order:

  1. Transaction value (the price actually paid or payable by the importer, plus certain costs and expenses)
  2. Transaction value of identical goods
  3. Transaction value of similar goods
  4. Deductive value (the sale or resale value, reduced by certain costs such as customs duties, taxes, and commissions)
  5. Computed value (calculated by adding together certain costs/values for production, materials, profit and other expenses)
  6. Fall-back method

See additional information on the WTO website under WTO Customs Valuation.

(Last updated on 2013-12-26)

General import license/permit requirements

Not required for general goods. Certain agricultural products and food imports require an import license. Special permits are required for items regulated for health and safety reasons (i.e., weapons, ammunition, explosives, chemicals, drugs, and some agricultural products).

(Last updated on 2013-12-30)

Prohibited or highly restricted imports

Prohibited items include: used clothing, used automobiles, buses, trucks and used tires.

This country prohibits imports of hazardous waste as per the Basel Convention. For additional information see: Basel Convention (select country for details).

(Last updated on 2014-07-22)

Foreign exchange controls and letters of credit

Foreign currency exchange is controlled by the government through the Foreign Exchange Administration Board (CADIVI) with the assistance of the central bank, the

Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) (Central Bank of Venezuela), Ave. Urdaneta, Esquina Las Carmelitas, Torre Financiera BCV, VE-1010 Venezuela; phone: +58 212 801 5111; fax: +58 212 861 1649

It manages foreign exchange control by fixing a monthly allocation of foreign currency to be administered by the Foreign Exchange Administration Board (CADIVI), purchases foreign currency from residents, and sells foreign currency to the public and the private sector subject to approval from CADIVI.

The unit of currency is the VEF = Venezuelan Bolívar Fuerte [Bs.F] (subdivided into 100 Céntimos)

(Last updated on 2013-01-30)

Commercial invoice

A commercial invoice is required for commercial shipments. A single invoice should be used to cover all items in the shipment. Provide at least two (2) original, signed copies in Spanish, to be forwarded to consignee or consignee's agent.

The commercial invoice must show:

To simplify clearance for large cargo shipments, provide a single declaration (description) for the entire shipment, then list each item separately with the respective tariff number.

Commercial invoice should be in Spanish. Invoice should be typewritten.

Photocopies are not accepted.

For more information on preparing and distributing commercial invoices, see Commercial Invoice and Shipping Document Distribution Based on Specific Functional Needs. See also definition of commercial invoice.

For airfreight shipments, documents in most cases should accompany cargo AWB.

A proforma invoice should be sent in advance for shipments requiring import permit or government authorization.

Consular legalization is not required but may be requested by the operative letter of credit or by the importer.

(Last updated on 2013-12-27)

Transport document

An original and at least one (1) non-negotiable copy of bill of lading are required. More copies may be needed; check with importer for exact number of copies.

For ocean cargo, an ocean bill of lading is typically used.

Note: To order bills of lading are not accepted.

Container seal number should appear on bill of lading.

A statement should appear on master B/L indicating details pertaining to designation of warehouse or local handling agent. Exact language to show on B/L will vary depending on carrier and destination port. Consult with your agent in Venezuela for specific details.

Bill of lading information must be received by carrier prior to departure. No additions to shipment may be made after departure from port of lading.

For detailed information on completing bill of lading, see GISTnet interactive bill of lading exhibit. (Scroll down to see the form, and click on any field for details on information that goes in particular box.)

An airwaybill (AWB) replaces the bill of lading for air cargo.

(Last updated on 2014-01-03)

Certificate of Origin (general)

A certificate of origin generally is not required, except for imports eligible for preferential Customs duty regimes.

The buyer (consignee), or the letter of credit (L/C) may require a certificate of origin. Upon request consular legalization may also be neccessary.

Recommendation: Check with importer for documentary requirements.

(Last updated on 2014-01-03)

Official cargo insurance requirements

Venezuelan insurance is required for shipments of government imports, imports that are financed by the Venezuelan government, and all goods with reduced duty. Exporters should coordinate closely with customers in Venezuela to ensure requirements are met.

(Last updated on 2013-12-31)

Other general import document requirements

The following documents are generally required for import into Venezuela:

A certificate of compliance is required for import of many items. For information on standards and certification, contact FONDONORMA or SENCAMER (Centro Comercial Los Cedros).

A certificate of non-production or insufficient production is required for many products.

Exporters should consult with the importer in Venezuela for specific requirements.

(Last updated on 2013-12-27)

Wood packing materials

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) have been adopted by this country. All Wood Packing Material (WPM) must be made from debarked wood, which needs be treated and certified according to ISPM-15. The wood is to be stamped with the internationally standard ISPM-15 mark.

Review Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade, issued by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Plant Protection Service, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, I-00100 Rome, Italy; fax: +39 6 570 56347; email: ippc@fao.org

Contact: Nacional de Salud Vegetal Integral (National Integral Plant Health Service), Ave. Las Delicias, Sector las Delicias, INIA Bldg., POB, Maracay-Edo Aragua; phone: +58 2 4324 11824; fax: +58 2 4324 28062, cell phone: +58 4 2651 36996; email: nuevoinsaisaludvegetalintegral@gmail.com, and relacionesinternacionalesinsai@gmail.com

For a listing of countries that have adopted ISPM-15 requirements see: ISPM15.com.

(Last updated on 2013-10-21)

Shipment packaging and marking requirements

Packaging may be marked either by stencil or with a brush.

Note: For frozen and cold storage food, Venezuelan importer must obtain an identification number from Venezuelan Customs and forward it to foreign shipper at time of order placement. This identification number must be printed or stenciled in indelible ink in letters of 10 cm (4 inches) or more on each carton or case in addition to usual shipping marks.

Optionally, each package should be marked with:

Dangerous Goods require the use of U.N. Performance Oriented Packaging (UN POP).

Intermodal containers must have a tamper-evident seal, and seal number must be stated on Bill of Lading. A discrepancy between seal number on bill of lading and actual seal found on container may result in detention of container by Venezuelan Customs.

Note: As a result of problems with seal discrepancies, Mediterranean Shipping Comp. (MSC) requires that shipper-packed containers destined to Venezuela must be sealed with a higher-security Bolt Seal. Other carriers may have also implemented this same requirement. Check with carrier prior to shipment.

(Last updated on 2014-01-04)

Product packaging/labeling requirements

Product labels should be in Spanish.

Labeling and should include the following information: product name, name and address of manufacturer and of importer, contents and ingredients, description of goods, weights and measurements in metric units, instructions, whether goods have been registered (if required), and registration number (RIF -- Registro Unico de Informacion Fiscal number) if required.

Labeling should be permanent. Stickers and self-adhesive labels are no longer permitted for imports.

Special labeling regulations are in effect for the following products: food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, explosives, paper products, textiles, clothing, footwear, jewelry, gold, and certain industrial materials. Detailed country of origin labeling is required for footwear, textiles and apparel. Country of origin is also required for almost all agricultural products.

Additional product packaging and/or labeling requirements may apply to particular types of products. Refer to the product-based information herein for the product you are considering to import or export. An exporter should also verify with its prospective importer in the destination country as to requirements for a specific product to be shipped.

(Last updated on 2013-12-28)

Standards

Product standards are regulated by the Ministry of Commerce through the government organization SENCAMER. The regulations of the Venezuelan Commission of Industrial Standards (COVENIN) are implemented through SENCAMER. Accreditation and testing of laboratories is handled by SENCAMER.

FONDONORMA is the Venezuelan Standards Organization. It is a privately owned (large companies, individuals, trade and industry organizations) organization accredited by SENCAMER. This organization's primary focus is quality assurance of local and imported products. FONDONORMA is a member of the ISO and issues ISO certifications to local companies. FONDONORMA helps develop COVENIN standards as needed by government and industry, and issues the NORVEN quality seal for products and services.

For additional information on standards and certification contact:

Note: A Certificate of Compliance is required for import of many items.

(Last updated on 2013-12-30)

ATA carnets

The ATA Carnet currently is not accepted in this country.

An ATA Carnet is obtained in the country from which the goods are to be first exported (see list of participating countries). Initiating and governing authority for ATA Carnets is the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 38, Cours Albert 1er, F-75008 Paris, France; phone: +33 149 532828; fax: +33 149 532859

Note: An ATA Carnet is typically accepted for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, and/or Professional Equipment. An ATA Carnet does not cover perishable or consumable items, nor goods for processing or repair. Some countries are more restrictive in the scope of allowances for temporary imports covered by ATA Carnet. It is recommended that prior verification be made with the issuing agency.

(Last updated on 2014-10-03)

Temporary imports

Temporary imports are permitted for exhibitions, cultural purposes, demonstrations, scientific purposes, or specific contracts. Advance permission must be obtained from the Customs Manager at SENIAT, tel: (58 212) 303-3701; fax (58 212) 274-4128. The following information must be provided: exact description of goods, quantity/volume, value, and expected date of re-export. A customs handling fee must be paid and a bond must be posted covering applicable duties and charges. A refund for the bond will be issued upon re-export.

(Last updated on 2013-12-27)

Important: Exercise independent care before relying on information contained herein. Although we strive to ensure all information is correct and current, GISTnet assumes no liability for detrimental reliance on this information. Trade requirements may change with little or no prior notification, de-facto requirements in certain countries vary from official regulations, and particular shipments and/or importers may have special destination customs arrangements. We encourage you to check with the importer or its customs agent in the destination country for specific importation requirements for specific products and circumstances. We ask your help with feedback (cidb@gistnet.com) concerning information which may be outdated or incomplete.