Bangladesh: Import (general)


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General import regulations and requirements

Importer Business Identification Number (BIN) is required on all import documents (Effective May 2013).

Most goods imported into Bangladesh, regardless of entered value, are required to submit to a Pre-Shipment Inspection. For further details see field for "Pre-shipment requirements".

Bangladesh observes a boycott of Israel.

(Last updated on 2014-02-20)

Import customs tariff

Bangladesh uses the Harmonized Tariff System for tariff classification. For tariff rates see: Tariff Schedule 2013-2014. (Or visit National Board of Revenue website and select "Customs".)

Certain products are exempt from duties. See National Board of Revenue/Customs site for additional information.

Additional taxes/charges which may apply:

Note: For additional information on VAT (Value Added Tax) assessment see details of National Board of Revenue.

(Last updated on 2014-11-13)

Customs valuation basis

Specific duty rates are based on net weight.

Ad valorem duties are based on value assessed as follows: CFR value, plus insurance fee (1%) and landing charge (1%).

Bangladesh also applies the WTO Customs Valuation agreement. 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 2014-02-20)

General import license/permit requirements

Most goods do not require an import license. The Ministry of Commerce requires registration of each importer. Prior approval is required to import restricted goods. Certain restricted goods may be imported only by authorized users. There are no tariff quotas on imports.

(Last updated on 2014-02-20)

Prohibited or highly restricted imports

Prohibited items include: swine and swine products; waste products; reconditioned office equipment, photocopier, type-writers, telex, phone, and fax machines; sub-standard reconditioned goods.

Controlled items: Banned items may not be imported; restricted items may be imported under certain conditions. See the Bangladesh Import Export Policy for details.

Counterfeit products: products with counterfeit trademarks, obscene and offensive materials, horror comics; and products falsely represented as originating in Bangladesh are prohibited.

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

Note: All goods from Israel (and/or carried on Israeli flag vessels) are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2014-07-23)

Foreign exchange controls and letters of credit

Unless otherwise specified, all import transactions, as a rule, are made by opening an Irrevocable Letter of Credit. Exceptions are specified in the Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

As importer submits Letter of Credit Authorization Form (LCAF), together with required documents to open L/C, Bank will authenticate the LCAF, confirming:

Bank will endorse value with particulars and Bangladesh Taka [৳] equivalent on back of exchange control copy of LCAF. Importer is required to have Letter of Credit Authorization (LCA) forms.

Foreign exchange is controlled by the government through the central bank, the Bangladesh Bank, POB 325, Dhaka; phone: +88 2 712 0357; fax: +88 2 712 0336; email: acu@bb.org.bd; kazi.sayedur@bb.org.bd. It administers foreign exchange control through authorized commercial banks and financial institutions.

(Last updated on 2014-03-12)

Pre-shipment requirements

A Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) is required. Such an inspection involves a physical inspection of the goods and in addition a price comparison of the merchandise in order to:

Bangladesh Datasheet (BV)

For more information contact:

General information resources for Pre-Shipment Inspection (and Conformity Assessment) program requirements:

(Last updated on 2014-11-04)

Commercial invoice

A commercial invoice is required for every commercial shipment and should conform to the information requirements described in our definition.

At least three (3) original, signed copies should be sent to the consignee or the agent thereof with the other shipping documents. The importer may require additional copies. The shipper should confirm the exact number of copies required with the consignee.

The invoice should include the following information: shipper and consignee name and address; port of origin and destination; shipment date; bill of lading or airwaybill number and date; vessel name; marks and numbers; package type; HS code; value; letter of credit number and date; letter of credit authorization number; and importer registration certificate number.

A statement, signed by the shipper, should be included certifying the country of origin of the goods and that the goods are in accordance with the applicable pro-forma invoice or indent number. A separate certificate of origin may be requested. The shipper should confirm the exact requirements with the consignee.

A pro-forma invoice is needed in advance for the required letter of credit (L/C).

Each non-commercial shipment will also require a pro-forma invoice.

For airfreight shipments, in most cases, the shipping documents should accompany the cargo and/or the airwaybill (AWB).

For more information on preparing and distributing commercial invoices, see GISTnet headings: Commercial Invoice and Shipping Document Distribution Based on Specific Functional Needs.

(Last updated on 2014-11-11)

Packing list

A packing list is recommended to facilitate customs clearance.

In general, even when it is not required regulation, it is recommended that a packing list be used with all shipments containing more than one shipping unit of packaged cargo. Most countries require a packing list be provided together with the commercial invoice. The required information must be consistent with all information shown on the commercial invoice.

At least three (3) copies of the packing list should be included as part of the shipping documents sent to the consignee or the agent thereof. The exact contents of each package should be clearly identified. This should include each item's gross weight and net weight and each package's marks and numbers.

(Last updated on 2014-02-24)

Transport document

A properly prepared transport document is required for transportation purposes and as a source document for customs clearance purposes at the port of entry.

For ocean cargo, three (3) copies of an ocean bill of lading are required. "To order" B/Ls are acceptable. For detailed information on completing a bill of lading, please see our GISTnet Interactive Bill of Lading Exhibit. Scroll down to see the form, and click on any data field for details of the information required there.

Note: Importer Business Identification Number (BIN) or the Freight Forwarders Agent Identification Number (AIN) must appear on the B/L (Shipping Instruction (SI) to the carrier). Shipments consigned to a bank must show Bank BIN (VAT Registration Number). For additional information see: Bangladesh: Import documentation requirement and Bangladesh Inbound documentation requirement (OOCL).

For airfreight, an air waybill (AWB) is required.

(Last updated on 2014-02-24)

Certificate of Origin (general)

Certificate of origin is required, except in certain cases (products for the garment export industry and coal). For additional information see Import Policy Orders.

Note: If a C/O is required by the regulation, the buyer or for a letter of credit, it should be issued in three (3) copies (unless otherwise specified), using a general certificate of origin (CO, C/O) form, certified by a legal chamber of commerce.

(Last updated on 2014-11-11)

Official cargo insurance requirements

Every import shipment to Bangladesh is required to be covered by shipping insurance by a Bangladeshi insurance company, unless an exception is authorized by the Ministry of Commerce. A copy of the insurance certificate or the insurance policy is required to be included among the shipping documents.

(Last updated on 2014-02-24)

Wood packing materials

ISPM-15 requirements apply. For additional information see: ISPM-15.com.

See information 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: Plant Protection Wing, Dept. of Agricultural Extension, Bangladesh; phone: +88 2 913 1295; fax:+88 2 911 1554; email: dppw@dae.gov.bd

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

(Last updated on 2014-03-03)

Shipment packaging and marking requirements

Country of origin must be clearly mentioned on all packages and containers.

Name, address and TIN number of the importer must be " inscribed or printed in indelible ink on, at least two percent of the largest packet/cover/tinned package/sack pack/wooden box/other packets containing the imported goods". See Import Policy Orders for additional information and exceptions.

In general, follow standard shipping practices.

(Last updated on 2014-03-12)

Product packaging/labeling requirements

Generally, labeling must show country of origin and complete name and address of manufacturer.

Imported goods (including their containers) may not bear any words or inscriptions of a religious connotation, which may offend the religious beliefs of any citizens of Bangladesh. In addition, imported goods should not bear any obscene pictures, writing, inscription, or visible representation.

Specific packaging and labeling requirements apply to food, agricultural and chemical products and to other products and commodities.

Labels for food and beverage products must show manufacture and expiry dates (exception: alcoholic beverages).

Specific packaging and labeling requirements apply to milk and any products, including non-fat dry milk.

Specific requirements apply to baby food.

For additional information and exceptions to C/O marking requirements see Import Policy Orders.

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 2014-03-20)

Standards

Product standards are regulated by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), 116/A, Tejgaon Industrial Area, BD-1208 Dhaka; phone: +880 2 887 0275; fax: +880 2 913 1581; email: bsti@bangla.net, dg_ bsti@bangla.net

Also see ISO Standards Membership.

Note: Certain products are subject to standards requirements.

(Last updated on 2014-01-07)

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)

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.