Simplification of administrative formalities required for some imports
Presidential Decree No. 430 was published in Official Gazette No. 40,268 of October 9, 2013. The Decree simplifies the administrative formalities required by the Ministries of the Popular Power for Finance, Defense, Commerce, Industries, Agriculture and Lands, Water and Air Transport, Land Transport, Nourishment and Health, for the importation of food, raw material, essentials goods, and products by reason of the Christmas season, in order to guarantee all levels of the food productive chain, food security, and timely provision of the essential goods specified in the Decree. The most significant aspects of this Decree are the following:
The operations of importation of food, raw material, essential goods, and products by reason of the Christmas season will not be subject to the filing of the clearance certificates (solvencias) that are necessary for obtaining the Import Licenses, Certificates of No National Production (“CNP”) and of Insufficient Production (“CPI”) with the competent Ministry and with the Foreign Currency Administration Commission (“CADIVI”) for purposes of the Authorization for Acquisition of Foreign Currency. However, the importers must continue to make the relevant contributions for the obtainment of the clearance certificates. The Import Licenses and CNP and CPI granted for the items established in the Decree that expire after the date of publication of the Decree will remain in effect until December 31, 2013.
The Decree establishes that the competent authorities will give priority treatment to the processing and issue of certificates or documents related to the protection, control, and prevention of persons’ and animals’ health required, pursuant to the legal provisions in force, for the importation of the products and goods listed in the Decree.
The competent entities of the operations of loading, unloading, transporting, handling, and moving of the goods and products listed in the Decree will assign a special contingency area for storage within the primary zone of the customs where they operate, facilitating the examination of the same by the customs authorities for their special clearance. Likewise, a Contingency Plan is established in order to expedite said operations and the operations of examination, inspection, storage, inward customs clearance, and distribution, to guarantee the timely distribution of goods and products.
The measures established in the Decree will remain in effect until December 31, 2013. The Decree became effective upon its publication in the Official Gazette.
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