Clothing, footwear and wooden furniture

Basic information

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Outline of the system

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Product coverage

Clothing footwear and wooden furniture. See 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

The procedure for the issuing of prior authorization entered into force on 26 July 2016; prior authorization is necessary for the purposes of registering, controlling and allowing the entry into Bolivian territory of goods (clothing, footwear and wooden furniture) listed in the Annex to Supreme Decree No. 2752.

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Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports

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

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The system applies to products originating from which country?

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Expected duration of licensing procedure

Prior authorization is issued within 60 working days, in accordance with the provisions of Supreme Decree No. 2752.

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?

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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

Viceministerio de Comercio Interno y Exportaciones

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Address

Avenida Camacho No 1488 Edificio Viceministerio de Comercio Interno y Exportaciones Piso 1.

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Telephone

(+591-2) 2372054

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Fax

(+591-2) 2372057

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E-mail address

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Contact officer

Submission of an application

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Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application

Viceministerio de Comercio Interno y Exportaciones

Documentation requirements

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What information is required in applications?

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

Window of submission of an application

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

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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

Issuing the license

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Can a licence be granted immediately on request?

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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?

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

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

Fees and other administrative charges

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Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?

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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?

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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?

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

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If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?

Importation

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

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What documents are required upon actual importation?

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Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar 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?

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

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

Foreign Exchange

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Is foreign exchange 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?

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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?

The following questions are only for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports (whether applicable globally or to a limited number of countries or whether established bilaterally or unilaterally)

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Where is information on allocation and formalities for licences published? Is the overall amount published? The amount allocated to goods from each country? The maximum amount allocated to each importer? How to request any exceptions or derogations from the licensing requirement?

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Is the size of the quota determined: on yearly, six-monthly or quarterly basis? Are there cases where the size of quota is determined on a yearly basis but licences are issued for imports on a six-monthly or quarterly basis? In the latter case, is it necessary for importers to apply for a fresh licence on a six-monthly or quarterly basis?

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Are licences allocated for certain goods partly or only to domestic producers of like goods? What steps are taken to ensure that licences allocated are actually used for imports? Are unused allocations added to quotas for a succeeding period? Are names of importers to whom licences have been allocated made known to governments and export promotion bodies of exporting countries upon request? If not, for what reason? (Indicate products to which replies relate)

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From the time of announcing the opening of quotas, as indicated in I above, what is the period of time allowed for the submission of applications for licences?

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What are the minimum and maximum lengths of time for processing applications?

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How much time remains, at a minimum, between the granting of licences and the date of opening of the period of importation?

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Is consideration of licence applications effected by a single administrative organ? Or must the application be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval? If so, which? Does the importer have to approach more than one administrative organ?

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If the demand for licences cannot be fully satisfied, on what basis is the allocation to applicants made? First come, first served? Past performance? Is there a maximum amount to be allocated per applicant and if so, on what basis is it determined? What provision is made for new importers? Are applications examined simultaneously or on receipt?

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In the case of bilateral quotas or export restraint arrangements where export permits are issued by exporting countries, are import licences also required? If so, are licences issued automatically?

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In cases where imports are allocated on the basis of export permits only, how is the importing country informed of the effect given by the exporting countries to the understanding between the two countries?

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Are there products for which licences are issued on condition that goods should be exported and not sold in the domestic market?