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.

Plants and plant products (general)

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

An additional certificate is required for leaf tobacco.

Raw sugar, poppy 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 2014-06-25)

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

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

Specific requirements apply to coconut oil. For information on special requirements and product restrictions see Bangladesh Import Policy Orders.

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 2014-03-17)

Animals and animal products (general)

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

A sanitary certificate is required for fish and fish products.

Imports of live swine and products thereof are prohibited.

Pig and poultry fat, pig hair, eggs (except hatching eggs), lard, lard oil, tallow oil and other animal products are prohibited from import.

Note: Most countries require a health certificate for animals and/or animal products.

(Last updated on 2014-03-19)

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 2014-03-19)

Animal products: Dairy

Eggs are prohibited.

Radioactivity tests (pre-shipment) are required for imports of milk, milk food, and milk 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. For more detailed information see Import Policy Orders.

(Last updated on 2014-03-20)

Animal products: Meat

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

(Last updated on 2014-05-19)

Animal products: Seafood

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

(Last updated on 2014-03-17)

Animal feed and nutrients

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

(Last updated on 2014-03-11)

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 2014-05-19)

Food products (general)

All food products require a certification "from the government of the exporting country or from appropriate approved agency to the effect that the item is 'fit for human consumption', 'that it does not contain harmful ingredients', or that 'it is free from all kinds of harmful germs.' Such a certificate shall mention the age group for which the item is eligible for consumption."

Food products are subject to testing by the Bangladesh Standard & Testing Institution (BSTI) and/or the Bangladesh Centre for Science and Industrial Research .

A "radiation certificate," certifying the foods have not been exposed to radioactivity, is required for most food products. Certain products will require testing. For more detailed information see Import Policy Orders.

A free sale certificate and/or certificate of analysis may be required for imports of food products.

Labeling: Date of manufacture and date of expiry must be shown.

Packaging:

A measuring spoon must be supplied in all containers of dehydrated baby food.

Non-fat dried milk may be imported in airtight containers only and also must show the manufacturing and expiration dates in Bangla or English.

Palm oil (solid or semi-solid) and raw sugar are prohibited.

For more detailed information For more detailed information see Import Policy Orders.

Also check with customer in Bangladesh for exact requirements.

Additional documentation and labeling may be required for food products.

(Last updated on 2014-08-01)

Food products: Processed/prepared food

A "radiation certificate," certifying the foods have not been exposed to radioactivity, is required for most food products. Certain products will require testing. For more detailed information see Import Policy Orders.

A free sale certificate and/or a certificate of analysis may be required for some foodstuffs.

Artificial mustard oil is prohibited.

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

(Last updated on 2014-03-12)

Beverages

Un-denatured 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 2014-02-20)

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 2014-03-17)

Pharmaceuticals: Narcotics, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia

Opium is prohibited.

(Last updated on 2012-02-17)

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 2014-03-17)

Petroleum and petroleum products

Certain petroleum products are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2012-10-30)

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 2014-03-17)

Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides

Special restrictions/requirements apply to insecticides and pesticides. 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 2014-03-20)

Iron and steel products

Imports of iron and steel 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.

(Last updated on 2014-03-17)

Machinery and appliances (general)

Reconditioned office equipment is restricted.

(Last updated on 2012-11-08)

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

Generally applicable import requirements for telecommunications equipment:

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 2014-08-15)

Machinery and capital equipment, used

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

Reconditioned office equipment, photocopiers, type-writers, telex, phone, and fax machines are prohibited.

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

(Last updated on 2014-03-19)

Vehicles (general)

Motorbikes more than 3 years old are 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 2013-07-02)

Boats

Vessels more than 15 years old are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2012-11-08)

Toys, sporting goods, and baby products

Fishing nets (gillnets) are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2012-10-30)

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 2012-11-08)

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)

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 2014-03-17)

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 2014-03-19)

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 2012-11-08)

Advertising materials, product manuals

Printed advertising materials are typically duty-free.

(Last updated on 2014-03-10)

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 2013-12-30)

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.

Illicit Export of Works of Art under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act allows for stolen objects to 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 2014-05-19)

Other products with special requirements or restrictions

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

(Last updated on 2014-03-17)

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