The aim of the Regulations is to regulate the issuance of import licences under the auspices of the Commission for Agricultural Imports, which are applicable to agricultural products of all origins.
This also applies to import licences approved by the Commission for Agricultural Imports and issued by the Ministry of Agriculture for the agricultural products listed in Annexes 1 and 2.
Prior registration in the Registry of Agricultural Importers is needed to apply for import licences (G/LIC/N/2/DOM/1). The regulations provide for a period of one year, from the time of publication, for the user to apply for import licences, even if the applicant is not registered in the Registry of Agricultural Importers.
All applications for prior licences will be managed through the Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE).
The import licences for the agricultural products listed in Annex 1 will require only a certificate of no-objection issued by the Department of Animal Health, the Department of Plant Health or the Department of Food Safety, if applicable. These Departments must issue the corresponding certificate of no-objection within ten working days of the date of application.
For import licences for the agricultural products listed in Annex 2, prior to initiating the process through VUCE, an application must be made by post to the Department of Import Permits for Agricultural Products through the Department of Processing and Correspondence of the Ministry of Agriculture. Once the application has been validated, the applicant must have the certificate of no-objection processed by the Department of Animal Health, the Department of Plant Health or the Department of Food Safety, as appropriate, through VUCE. The Ministry of Agriculture shall approve, as soon as they are received and on a first-come-first-served basis, import licence applications for the agricultural products listed in Annex 2 within a maximum period of 30 working days. Import licences for the agricultural products listed in Annex 2 shall have a maximum validity of 90 days.