Outline of the system
For the import of telecommunication equipment including radio, the licensing system is based upon equipment having a CE marking in accordance with the Terminal Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999, on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity, to confirm that it fulfills the appropriate requirements pertaining to telecommunications equipment within the European Economic Area. A national licensing procedure is not required. This applies to: all types of radio equipment that have not been specifically excepted; and all subscriber equipment, i.e. telecommunication equipment that is connected or can be connected to public telecommunications networks.
The licensing system applies to radio equipment and non-radio equipment connected to public telecommunication networks.
Nature of licensing
If Automatic, administrative purpose
If Non-Automatic, description of the notified Non-Automatic Licensing regime
Products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
The licensing is not intended to restrict the quantity and value of imports. The purpose of the system is to ensure that technical requirements are met including electromagnetic compatibility.
Questions for products under restriction as to the quantity or value of imports
The system applies to products originating from which country?
The system applies to goods irrespective of country of origin.
Expected duration of licensing procedure
Is the licensing statutorily required?
The licensing is maintained under the law on telecommunications no. 81/2003 and the regulation on CE marking no. 589/1994. Licensing is required by the law on telecommunications.
Does the legislation leave designation of products to be subject to licensing to administrative discretion?
The legislation does not leave designation of products to administrative discretion.
Is it possible for the government to abolish the system without legislative approval?
The law cannot be abolished except with the express approval of the legislature.
Eligibility of applicants
Is there a system of registration of persons or firms permitted to engage in importation?
What persons or firms are eligible to apply for a licence?
All persons, firms and institutions may import without a prior application for an individual licence.
Is there a registration fee?
Is there a published list of authorized importers?
Contact point for information on eligibility
Submission of an application
Administrative body(ies) for submission of an application
What information is required in applications?
What documents is the importer required to supply with the application?
Window of submission of an application
How far in advance of importation must application for a licence be made?
There is no need for an application procedure.
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
Can a licence be granted immediately on request?
Can licences be obtained within a shorter time-limit or for goods arriving at the port without a licence
Which administrative body is responsible for approving application of licences?
Must the applications be passed on to other organs for visa, note or approval?
Are there any other conditions attached to the issue of a licence?
Fees and other administrative charges
Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?
What is the amount of the fee or charge?
Is there any deposit or advance payment required associated with the issue of licences?
Amount or rate?
Is it refundable?
What is the period of retention?
What is the purpose of this requirement?
Refusal of an application
Under what circumstances may an application for a licence be refused other than failure to meet the ordinary criteria?
Are the reasons for any refusal given to applicants?
Have applicants a right of appeal in the event of refusal to issue a licence?
If so, to what bodies and under what procedures?
Are there any limitations as to the period of year during which importation may be made?
What documents are required upon actual importation?
At actual importation the appropriate custom forms must be completed and invoices presented.
Are there any other administrative procedures, apart from import licensing and similar administrative procedures, required prior to importation?
In some cases allocation of a frequency/frequencies for radio equipment may need to be obtained prior to equipment utilising those frequencies being taken into use.
Conditions of licensing
What is the period of validity of a licence? Can the validity be extended? How?
Is there any penalty for the non-utilization of a licence or a portion of a licence?
Are licences transferable between importers? If so, are any limitations or conditions attached to such transfer?
Is foreign exchange automatically provided by the banking authorities for goods to be imported?
Payment for import of foreign goods is not within the jurisdiction of the telecom authorities.