Mineral and chemical products

Basic information

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Outline of the system

The requirement of prior authorization for products affecting public health or State security is
the exception to the system of free importation of goods that has been in force in Bolivia since the enactment of Supreme Decrees 21060 and 22407 of 29 August 1985 and 11 January 1990, respectively, and Law 1182 of 17 September 1990.
The "general provisions of the import and temporary admission customs regimes" Article 9,
adopted by Supreme Decree 24440 of 13 December 1996, established the regulations governing the prior authorization procedure.

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Product coverage

The products subject to prior authorization are treated without discrimination on grounds of
origin or provenance; the procedure is thus automatic, under the responsibility of the Ministries of Health and Welfare and Government Ministry.
Mineral and chemical products (See Products)

* Aqueous solutions containing one or more of the products marked with an asterisk in a proportion exceeding 15 per cent.
** Aqueous solutions containing one or more of the products marked with a double asterisk in a proportion exceeding 10 per cent.
x Aqueous solutions containing one or more of the products marked with an (x) in a proportion exceeding 10 per cent.
x+ Mixtures of solvents and/or thinners of one or more of the products marked with an (x+) in a proportion exceeding 15 per cent.
Finished products
Only those products for which recovery of the thinners, solvents and solutions comprised in the products marked with (*; **; x; +; ++) is technically feasible.
Not the finished products containing a solute which prevents the extraction or distillation of the above-listed solvents, thinners and solutions such as; plastic resins in general, inks in general, paints, cellulose esters, fats, silicones, water/oil repellent essences, colourings and pigments, graphic baths, etc.

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

Automatic licensing is not applied for statistical purposes, and restrictions on importation are
in conformity with Articles XX and XXI of the GATT 1994

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

Not applicable.

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The system applies to products originating from which country?

The products subject to prior authorization are treated without discrimination on grounds of
origin or provenance.

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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?

There is no restriction on applications which may be made by firms, institutions and legal entities, whether national or foreign, which comply with the statutory trade rules.

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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

Ministries of Health and Welfare and Government Ministry

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?

There is no single application form for prior import authorization, but the importer is required to submit:
- An authorization application containing the following information:
- Name or business name;
- product to be imported;
- quantity, physical and technical details;
- means of transport;
- any other particulars considered appropriate.
- commercial invoice (original pro forma invoice);
- photocopy of taxpayers' registration (RUC);
- trade register.

Window of submission of an application

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

All prior authorizations must be obtained before the goods are shipped in the country of provenance.

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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?

Issue of an authorization is not made subject to any condition

Fees and other administrative charges

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Is there any licensing fee or administrative charge?

No authorization fee is payable.

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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?

Issue of the authorization is not conditional on payment of a deposit or an advance.

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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?

Any refusal is notified to the applicant in writing.

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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?

The prior authorization resolution issued will be valid for customs clearance purposes, and will indicate the period of validity, which in no event will modify the time-limits provided for in the general provisions governing each customs operation.

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

Imports are not subject to other prior administrative procedures, apart from the import authorization procedure.

Conditions of licensing

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

The period of validity of a prior authorization varies according to the product.

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

To obtain an extension, it is necessary to follow the procedures for a new application, and there is no penalty for the non-utilization of all or part of an authorization.

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

Authorizations are not transferable between importers. Importation must be effected personally by the party concerned.

Foreign Exchange

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

There are no foreign exchange restrictions.

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

There are no foreign exchange restrictions.

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Is foreign exchange always available to cover licences issued?

There are no foreign exchange restrictions.

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What formalities must be fulfilled for obtaining the foreign exchange?

There are no foreign exchange restrictions.