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To: Honduras

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Honduras: Import (general)

Samples, low value and non-commercial importations

Samples of nominal value are admitted free of duty.

Samples having a commercial value may be imported temporarily without payment of duty. (If a deposit is required for such a temporary import, it will be refunded when the goods are re-exported within one year from date of entry.)

Express shipments are allowed a maximum (de minimis) value regime for duty free entry of USD 500.00 (~ EUR 360.00).

(Last updated on 2014-04-27)

Import customs tariff

As a member of the Central American Common Market, Honduras uses a common external tariff which is based on the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS). Duties for goods from countries outside the Central American Common Market generally range from 0 to 15%.

Additional taxes/surcharges which may apply:

(Last updated on 2014-07-17)

Customs valuation basis

There are no specific duty rates.

Duty rates are typically based on CIF value.

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 2013-04-24)

General import license/permit requirements

Import licensing requirements have been eliminated for most products but registration is generally required. Import registration procedures have been maintained for statistical purposes.
An import license is required for shipments of firearms and similar items.
An import license is required for the import of some wild plants and animals in compliance with the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Use this link for more information: CITES.
Price controls may be applied to certain goods, such as gasoline, coffee, medicine, milk and sugar.

(Last updated on 2012-02-17)

Prohibited or highly restricted imports

Prohibited items include: imports of certain items that compete with certain domestic industries. These protected industries vary over time, but at present include: cement, sugar and rice from southeastern Asia, as well as beef from South America.

Honduras prohibits the import of hazardous wastes pursuant to the Basel Convention. For additional information see: Basel Convention Prohibitions (select country for details).

(Last updated on 2014-07-19)

Foreign exchange controls and letters of credit

Foreign currency exchange is administered by the central bank, the Banco Central de Honduras, Barrio El Centro, Ave. Juan Ramón Molina Primera Calle, Séptima Ave., POB 3165, Tegucigalpa; phone: +504 237 2270 through 2279

All commercial imports must be accompanied by proof that the currency used for purchasing was acquired through the Honduran commercial banking system.

The unit of currency is the HNL = Honduran Lempira (subdivided into 100 centavos).

(Last updated on 2013-01-11)

Commercial invoice

The original commercial invoice may be prepared in either Spanish or English. Review the Glossary definition for the general requirements.
The importer may need as many as six (6) copies in addition to the original invoice as part of shipping documents. Check with the importer for the exact number required.
The original and each of the copies must be signed manually in ink under the typewritten name of the individual authorized to sign the invoice.

The invoice should contain the following information:

All charges should be listed separately.

This statement must appear at the bottom of the invoice: "El infraescrito _____ declara y jura ser _____ de la casa de comercio _____ de esta ciudad, calle_____, No. _____, que son ciertos los precios y demas datos consignados en la presente factura, haciendose solidariamente responsable con la casa destinaria por cualquier ilegalidad o inexactitud que por ulteriores investigaciones pudiera constatarse en los datos anotados."
"(The undersigned [name] _____ declares and swears self to be [title] _____ of the firm of _____, street _____ No. ____, that the prices and other data given on this invoice are correct, making self jointly responsible along with the consignee firm for any illegality or error which by later investigation may be discovered in the data given.)"

This statement must be manually signed in ink and dated, date must match the invoice date.

Chamber of commerce certification and consular legalization are not required.
Fines are levied if any of the required information is missing from the invoice.

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

For airfreight shipments, documents in most cases should accompany cargo. See airwaybill (AWB). For non-commercial shipments, prepare a pro-forma invoice.

(Last updated on 2012-02-17)

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 2014-05-19)

Transport document

A properly prepared transport document is required, not only for transportation purposes, but also for use as a source document with respect to the destination customs manifest.

For ocean cargo, an ocean bill of lading is required. For detailed information on completing a bill of lading, please see our interactive bill of lading exhibit. (Scroll down to see the form, and click on any field for details on the information that goes in that box.)
If the bill of lading is prepared by a freight forwarder, that forwarder's name should appear at the top of the form.
Include the name of the vessel, the business name of the shipper and of the consignee, the port of loading and port of unloading, a description and number of each type of container, description of goods contained, gross weight in metric system units, freight charges, insurance place and date, and the vessel sailing date.
Only one mark is allowed per bill of lading. A separate bill should be prepared for each different mark, even when the packages are for the same consignee.

An airwaybill (AWB) is used for air cargo shipments.

(Last updated on 2014-02-03)

Certificate of Origin (general)

A certificate of origin or a certificate of title is required for the importation of motor vehicles.

A C/O is required for the importation of goods subject to preferential treatment, food products, food additives, and inputs used in food processing.
When claiming preferential treatment under CAFTA, the CAFTA certificate of origin is recommended.
Non-U.S. origin goods shipped from the U.S. require a certificate of origin.

When requested by the buyer (consignee) or the terms of the operative letter of credit (L/C), prepare the C/O in three (3) copies using the general certificate of origin (CO, C/O) form. The C/O form must then be notarized and then certified by a legal chamber of commerce.

(Last updated on 2013-09-16)

Other general import document requirements

To correct errors on documents, the exporter should notify the importer of the needed correction(s).
The importer must present Customs in Honduras with an original copy of the document on official sealed paper, plus copies of the request for the needed correction(s) on plain paper, to.

(Last updated on 2012-02-17)

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

Contact: Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (SENASA) [National Agricultural Health Service], Secretaria de Agricultura y Ganaderia (SAG) [Secretariat of Agricultural Health and Animal Husbandry], Ave. La FAO, Col. Loma Linda Norte, Tegucigalpa (M.D.C.); phone: +504 232 6213, ext.111, and +504 231 0786; fax: +504 231 0786; email: jhamadors@gmail.com

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

(Last updated on 2014-05-19)

Product packaging/labeling requirements

Product-specific packaging and labeling requirements may apply to food products.

All processed food products must be labeled in Spanish and registered with the Sanitary Regulation Directorate (SRD) of the Ministry of Health (Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Salud), 2 Calle, Avenida Cervantes, Tegucigalpa, M.D.C, Honduras; phone: +504 2222 8518; +504 2222 5771; fax: +504 2238 6787; email: comunicacionessalud@yahoo.com

Specific labeling requirements apply to food and agricultural products, pharmaceutical products, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and poisonous substances.

Processed food products must have sanitary registration number prior to entering the country (sanitary registration process takes app. 30 working days; importers should regularly verify its status with SRD)

Labeling information for imported products should be in conformity with requirements of origin country.

Labels of consumer products are required to include the following basic information:

Exporters should confirm importer’s compliance with Sanitary Regulation Directorate (SRD) requirements:

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 2014-01-18)

Standards

Product standards are regulated by the Consejo Hondureño de Ciencia y Tecnología (COHCIT) (web-site in Spanish only) [Honduras Standards], Dirección de Competitividad e Innovación, Centro Civico Gubernamental, Edificio antiguo COHCIT-CAD, Blvd. Fuerzas Armadas, HN-Tegucigalpa, M.D.C.; phone: +504 2228 6195; fax: +504 2230 1899; email: epavon@seplan.gob.hn.

Also see ISO Standards Subscriber Membership (DGCI).

Note: Technical standards apply to certain products. Special technical regulations apply to petroleum products, chemical products, and sewage treatment products.

(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 2014-05-16)

Temporary imports

Honduras has a temporary import law (RIT) which permits exporters to import raw materials, parts, and capital goods into Honduras without paying customs duties or taxes, provided the goods will be used to manufacture a products to be exported. This law applies to companies that do not operate in free trade zones, industrial parks, or export processing zones. Prior authorization must be obtained from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

(Last updated on 2011-09-22)

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