Bangladesh: Import (product-based)


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Important: Be sure to check both general and product-based categories for relevant information. Product-based categories include parts and accessories unless otherwise specified. See disclaimer below and use independent care before relying on this information.

Animals and animal products (general)

Agricultural products are regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Building #4, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka.

A health certificate is required for certain animals, particularly livestock.

A sanitary certificate is required for fish and fish products.

A radiation certificate is required for food products.

Imports of prawns, live swine and products thereof are prohibited.

Certain animal products are subject to mandatory Bangladeshi standards and may require certification by the Bangladesh Standards and Technology Institute. These products include honey and milk, including pasteurized and powdered milk, milk-fat products, butter, yogurt, and infant formula. For additional information contact the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution, 116/A Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka 1208; telephone: +880-2-887-0275; fax: +880-2-913-1581; e-mail: bsti@bangla.net.

(Last updated on 2017-03-13)

Animals: Live

Imports of fish and fish products require a sanitary inspection certificate.

A health certificate is required for livestock.

Imports of live swine are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2017-01-26)

Animal products: Dairy

Radioactivity tests (pre-shipment) are required for imports of milk, milk food, and milk products. A radiation certificate is required for many food products.

Specific packaging and labeling requirements apply to milk products, baby food products made from milk and milk products with cream. Milk and any products containing milk may be imported in cans and in bulk. The container must indicate the ingredients in Bangla and also must show the manufacturing and expiration dates in Bangla or English.

Certain dairy products are subject to mandatory Bangladeshi standards and may require certification by the Bangladesh Standards and Technology Institute.

(Last updated on 2017-03-13)

Animal products: Meat

Meat products may require special certification.

Bone and meat meal requires a certificate stating that the product is free from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

General requirements for shipping meat and meat products (applicable to most countries):

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Animal products: Poultry

Poultry products may require special certification.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Animal products: Seafood

Imports of fish and fish products require a sanitary inspection certificate.

Fish must be free of formalin.

Imports of prawns are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2017-01-30)

Animal feed and nutrients

Fish feed, poultry feed and animal feed items (Per Bangladesh Import Policy Order 2009-2012):

(Last updated on 2017-01-16)

Endangered species

This country is a member of CITES. Certain endangered species of plants and animals (and/or items made thereof) may be prohibited or require specialized permits or certificates. For more detailed information check the website of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

(Last updated on 2017-09-07)

Plants and plant products (general)

Agricultural products are regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Building #4, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka.

A phytosanitary certificate is required for the import of most plants and plant products. Fruits and vegetables, except potatoes, are exempt from this requirement.

Genetically modified organisms are subject to special requirements.

An additional certificate is required for leaf tobacco.

Raw sugar, semi-solid sugar, poppy seeds, grass seeds, and dried posto dana, ghas, bhang, and opium are prohibited.

Tallow for soap and detergent products requires a certificate stating that "the tallow is free from radiation, D.D.B. and/or L.A.B." and this certificate must receive certification and legalization.

(Last updated on 2017-03-14)

Plants and plant products, including seeds, for use as food

A radiation certificate is required for many food products.

Raw sugar, poppy seeds and dried posto dana, ghas, bhang, and opium are prohibited.

Specific requirements apply to coconut oil.

Genetically modified organisms are subject to special requirements.

Radiation testing is required for vegetable seeds, edible oils, and cereal products. For information on special requirements and product restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Order: 2015-18.

Exporters should contact their customers in Bangladesh for information regarding product-specific requirements.

Imports of certain foodstuffs must be covered by a certificate of analysis.

(Last updated on 2017-11-07)

Tobacco products

An additional certificate is required for leaf tobacco.

Tendu leaves are prohibited.

Cigarettes: There are maximum tar and nicotine levels set by the government. Cigarettes must also contain a health warning label on side of packages. Check with importer for correct wording.

(Last updated on 2017-01-30)

Food products (general)

Documentation:

Restrictions/prohibitions:

For more detailed information see Import Policy Order 2015-18, or contact the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, Level 12, Probashi Kalyan Bhaban, 71-72. Eskaton Garden, Dhaka-1000. Also check with customer in Bangladesh for exact requirements.

Note: Additional documentation and labeling may be required for food products.

(Last updated on 2017-01-30)

Food products: Processed/prepared food

Documentation:

Labeling:

Packaging:

Artificial mustard oil is prohibited.

For more detailed information see Import Policy Order 2015-18 or contact the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, Level 12, Probashi Kalyan Bhaban, 71-72. Eskaton Garden, Dhaka-1000.

Exporters should confirm product-specific requirements with their customers in Bangladesh.

(Last updated on 2017-01-30)

Beverages

Undenatured ethyl alcohol that is 80% or higher and other denatured spirits of any strength and wine are all prohibited.

Wine lees and argol are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2017-01-16)

Pharmaceuticals (general)

Imports of drugs and pharmaceuticals require special certification. A certificate of analysis may be required. Exporters should confirm product-specific requirements with their customers in Bangladesh.

A free sale certificate and/or a certificate of analysis may be required for imports of drugs and pharmaceuticals.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Pharmaceuticals: Narcotics, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia

Opium is prohibited.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Cosmetics

Health and beauty products are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Building #3, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka.

Cosmetics are subject to standards.

Certificate of conformity is required. For additional information see: Conformity Certification for Exports to Bangladesh.

(Last updated on 2017-03-13)

Fertilizers (general)

Special restrictions/requirements apply to chemical fertilizers.

For information on special requirements and product restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

(Last updated on 2016-08-15)

Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides

Pesticides are regulated according to the Pesticides Ordinance, 1971.

Special restrictions/requirements apply to insecticides and pesticides. Pesticides must be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture.

Pesticide containers must be able to withstand "handling by sea", be labeled with chemical contents, and meet other specifications. For information on special requirements and product restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

Certain insecticides are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2017-03-13)

Explosives

Special restrictions apply to explosives. For information on special requirements and product restrictions can be found in the Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

(Last updated on 2016-08-15)

Petroleum and petroleum products

Certain petroleum products are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Textiles, apparel and other textile articles (general)

Woven fabrics of silk or silk waste, certain types of cloth, and rags are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2015-10-19)

Textiles and Apparel: Used wearing apparel and textile products

A "certificate of cleanliness," signed by a physician, is required for used clothing.

(Last updated on 2014-03-17)

Stone, ceramic and glass, and products thereof

Certificate of conformity is required for ceramics. For additional information see: Conformity Certification for Exports to Bangladesh.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Building materials and construction supplies, including cement

Certificate of conformity is required for construction materials. For additional information see: Conformity Certification for Exports to Bangladesh.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Metals, and products thereof

Imports of iron and steel may require a producer's "certificate of conformity."

Special requirements apply to iron, steel and aluminum waste and scrap products. For information on special requirements and product restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

For most recent information on and copies of Import Policy Orders see also the Ministry of Commerce website: Policies.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Precious metals, diamonds and gemstones

Rough diamonds may only be imported from countries participating in the Kimberley Process. This is a participating country. For more information see Diamonds: The Kimberley Process.

(Last updated on 2016-10-19)

Machinery and appliances (general)

Reconditioned office equipment may be restricted.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Machinery and appliances: Electrical (line-powered)

Electrical items (switches and plugs) require a certificate of conformity. For additional information see: Conformity Certification for Exports to Bangladesh.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Machinery and appliances: Telecommunications equipment, radios, TVs, and RF devices

Generally applicable import requirements for telecommunications equipment (applicable for most countries):

For these products it is very important for an exporter to check requirements with a prospective importer before concluding the product sale and certainly before shipping product.

(Last updated on 2017-06-26)

Machinery and capital equipment, used

Second hand/reconditioned office equipment is restricted. Special certifications may be required.

Reconditioned office equipment, photocopiers, typewriters, telex, phone, and fax machines may be prohibited.

For information on special requirements and product restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Orders. For most recent information on and copies of Import Policy Orders see also the Ministry of Commerce website: Policies.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Batteries

Certificate of conformity is required. For additional information see: Conformity Certification for Exports to Bangladesh.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Vehicles (general)

Motorbikes more than 3 years old may be prohibited.

General requirements (applies to most countries): There are a variety of requirements that typically or may apply to the import of automobiles and other highway vehicles and parts thereof, including:

For country-specific information see the International Trade Administration Office of Transportation and Machinery's publication: Compilation of Foreign Motor Vehicle Import Requirements.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Boats

Vessels more than 15 years old may be prohibited.

According to Import Policy Order: 2015-18, "ocean-going ships, oil tankers and fishing trawlers, cannot be imported if it is 25 year’s old. For importing abandoned ship (scrap vessels), exporter or owner must have a certification and importer must issue a declaration to the effect that ‘toxic or hazardous waste are not being transported’."

For most recent information on and copies of Import Policy Orders see also the Ministry of Commerce website: Policies.

(Last updated on 2017-11-07)

Medical devices and equipment

Registration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is required for medical devices. See Registration Guidelines for Medical Devices.

A certificate of free sale is required.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Toys, sporting goods, and baby products

Fishing nets (gillnets) may be prohibited.

(Last updated on 2017-02-10)

Artwork, antiques, cultural artifacts and collectors items

As a member of UNESCO this country is a signatory of the World Heritage Convention, which defines the kind of natural or cultural sites that are to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. By signing this Convention, each country pledges to conserve not only the World Heritage sites situated on its territory, but also to protect its national heritage.

Under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act stolen objects may be seized if there is documentation of it in a museum or institution of a state party and issues of world cultural and natural heritage are affected.

The UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) Convention on Stolen or Illicitly Exported Cultural Objects of 1995 calls for the return of illegally exported cultural objects.

For reference contact: UNESCO Headquarters, 1, rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; phone: +33 145 681000; fax: +33 145 671690

(Last updated on 2016-10-20)

Media containing data, including books

The following are prohibited:

For information on special requirements and product prohibitions and restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

(Last updated on 2017-01-16)

Media containing religious subject matter, including books

Media containing matters which conflict with the religious feelings and beliefs of Bangladeshi citizens is restricted.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Advertising materials, product manuals

Printed advertising materials are typically duty-free.

(Last updated on 2014-03-10)

Other products with special requirements or restrictions

Certain regulated products require a certificate of conformity. These include: food products, health and beauty products, ceramics, sanitary ware, switches and plugs, construction materials, batteries, paper. For additional information see: Conformity Certification for Exports to Bangladesh.

For most recent information on and copies of Import Policy Orders see also the Ministry of Commerce website: Policies.

(Last updated on 2017-01-30)

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