Certain imported goods

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Basic information

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Outline of the system

Most goods can be imported into Cyprus without the need of an import licence. However, for certain imported goods listed in "Products", an importer needs to apply for an import licence to the competent Authority. In Cyprus this Authority is the Department of Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

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Product coverage

Import licence is required for the importation of the products listed in "Products".

Nature of licensing

Automatic

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If Automatic, administrative purpose

Non-Automatic

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If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime

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Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

Licensing is mainly intended to take into account considerations such as sanitary requirements, health, safety, national security, environmental factors and other factors pursuant to GATT Articles XX and XXI.

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Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

Cyprus no longer administers a quota system in respect of any imported goods.

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The system applies to products originating from which country?

The system applies in a uniform way to all countries. Importers are free to import from any source except from countries against which UN Security Council trade sanctions are in force.

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Expected duration of licensing procedure

Eligibility of applicants

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Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?

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What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?

Any permanent resident of the Republic of Cyprus or Organization to which the right of conducting business in the Republic has been granted by the Authorities is eligible to import and to be granted an import licence.

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Is there a registration fee?

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Is there a published list of authorized importers?

Contact point for information on eligibility

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Ministry/Authority

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Address

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Telephone

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Fax

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E-mail address

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Website

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Contact officer

Submission of an application

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Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application

Department of Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

Documentation requirements

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What information is required in applications?

The information required in applications includes the name, address, telephone, fax and telex number of the applicant as well as the registration number of the company concerned, if a company is involved, or the social security number of the applicant. Additionally, details of the goods to be imported are required which include a description of the goods, their tariff classification as well as the quantity and value of goods. The applicant also has to fill in details relating to the country of origin/ shipment of the goods to be imported.

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What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?

The importer is required to submit the application in triplicate, together with a proforma invoice also in triplicate.

Window of submission of an application

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How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?

In accordance with the Regulations in force, an importer must obtain a licence before the placing of orders abroad.

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Are there any limitations as to the period of the year during which application for licence can be made? If so, explain

There are no fixed time limits during which applications and/or importation may be made.

Issuing the license

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Can a licence be granted immediately on request?

A licence is normally granted on request. In some cases, a time period of up to five working days is needed.

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Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence

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Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?

In principle, one Authority only deals with licence applications.

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Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?

In some cases other Authorities additionally require certain certificates.

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Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?

Conditions aimed at safeguarding health, security, environmental and other such reasons may be imposed on licences in relation to the goods being imported.

Fees and other administrative charges

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Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?

There is a licensing fee of three Cyprus Pounds for every clearance of goods upon importation where the goods are subject to an import licence.

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What is the amount of the fee or charge?

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Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?

There is no deposit or advance payment requirement for issuing licences.

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Amount or rate?

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Is it refundable?

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What is the period of retention?

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What is the purpose of this requirement?

Refusal of an application

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Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?

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Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?

The reason for a possible refusal to issue a licence is stated on the application itself, which is then returned to the applicant.

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Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?

In cases where licence is refused, the applicant has the right to appeal to the Court of Justice.

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If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?

In cases where licence is refused, the applicant has the right to appeal to the Court of Justice.

Importation

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Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?

There are no fixed time limits during which applications and/or importation may be made.

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What documents are required upon actual importation?

Upon actual importation the importer has to present to the Customs Authorities the following documents: the import licence, the actual invoice, the bill of lading, the delivery order, the Euro I Certificate if the origin of the goods is from the European Community countries and any other documents from other Governmental bodies if deemed necessary.

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Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?

In so far as the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism is concerned, there are no other administrative procedures required prior to importation.

Conditions of licensing

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What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?

An import licence is valid for a period of one year from the date of issue. A licence cannot be renewed, but it can be replaced with a new one.

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Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?

There is no penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of it.

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Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?

Licences are not transferable between importers.

Foreign Exchange

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Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?

Foreign exchange is automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported.

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Is a licence required as a condition to obtaining foreign exchange?

However, for imports requiring a licence, the import licence must be presented to the bank if any facilities (e.g. letter of credit) are to be granted.

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Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?

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What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?

Any other requirements are subject to the Exchange Control Law of the Central Bank of Cyprus.