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Costa Rica Import Regs.: Import Licenses

Questions and answers about prohibited imports, labeling requirements, customs valuation as well as tariffs & taxes of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Import Regs.: Import Licenses

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:25 am

Import licenses/prior authorization are not required for most products. Some exceptions to this rule follow:

Requirement Authorizing entity
HS chapters affected
Justification Legal provisions
Verification, phytosanitary approval at the point of entry/exit for customs clearance, export, national/ international transit Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Quarantine and Plant Register 06-15, 17-19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 32, 37, 38, 40, 44, 46, 47, 52, 53, 63, 64, 70, 85, 90, 96 Phytosanitary measure Executive Decree No. 32994 of 4 April 2006
Executive Decree No. 24973-MEIC-MAG, "Procedures for the application of phytosanitary requirements for the import of plants, plant products and others capable of carrying diseases", of 16 May 2001
Phytosanitary Protection Law No. 7664 of 2 May 1997
Submission of a form and other documents on refrigerant gases, Government Ozone Commission Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Government Ozone Commission 29, 30, 38, 39, 84 Environmental protection Law No. 7223, Approval of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, of 8 May 1991
Law No. 7228, Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer, of 29 May 1991
Law No. 7808, Amendment to Approval of the Montreal Protocol, of 21 July 1998, Supplement No. 41
Verification and phytosanitary approval by the Animal Health Directorate at the point of entry and exit, for customs clearance, export, national or international transit MAG, Animal Quarantine Department 01-05, 10, 15-17, 19, 21, 23, 28, 29, 31, 32, 35, 38, 41, 43, 50, 51, 56, 57, 67, 96 Sanitary measure General Law on the National Animal Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal – SENASA), Law No. 8495 of 16 May 2006
Executive Decree No. 28861-MAG, Regulations on the registration and control of veterinary medicines, of 23 August 2000
Executive Decree No. 29762-MAG, on amendment of the Regulations on the registration and control of veterinary medicines, of 10 September 2001
Executive Decree No. 29830-MAG, on amendment of the Regulations on the registration and control of veterinary medicines, of 10 October 2001
Executive Decree No. 16899-MAG, Regulations on the preparation and sale of animal feed and its implementing regulations, of 10 April 1986
Law No. 6883, Control of the preparation and sale of animal feed, of 25 August 1983
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Law No. 5605 of 30 October 1974
Authorization for customs clearance of dogs and cats MAG, Animal Quarantine Department 01 Sanitary measure Executive Decree No. 31626, on Regulations on the reproduction and responsible ownership of pets, published on 6 February 2004
General Health Law, Law No. 5395, published in the Official Journal (La Gaceta) No. 222 of 24 November 1973
Organic Law on the Ministry of Health, of 8 November 1973
Executive Decree No. 6, Regulations on the import and export of dogs and cats, 26 June 1967
General Law on the National Animal Health Service, Law No. 8494, published in Official Journal No. 93 of 16 May 2006
Regulations on the protection of animal health No. 14584-A
Verification and phytosanitary approval at the point of entry and exit, for customs clearance, export, national or international transit MAG, Quarantine and Plant Register 06-15, 17-19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 32, 37, 38, 40, 44, 46, 47, 52, 53, 63, 64, 70, 85, 90, 96 Phytosanitary measure Executive Decree No. 32994, Regulations governing the organizational structure of the phytosanitary service, of 4 April 2006
Executive Decree No. 24973-MEIC-MAG, on the Technical Regulation: "Procedures for the application of phytosanitary requirements for the import of plants, plant products and others capable of carrying diseases", 16 May 2001
Law on Phytosanitary Protection, No. 7664, published in Official Journal No. 83 of 2 May 1997

Export and import permits for species of wild fauna and flora Ministry of the Environment and Energy, National Conservation Areas Scheme 01, 03-06 Protection of wild species
Sanitary and phytosanitary measures Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Law No. 5605, of 30 October 1974
Law on Wildlife Conservation No. 7317 of 7 December 1992
Executive Decree No. 32633, implementing regulations for the Law on Wildlife Conservation, of 20 September 2005
Verification and phytosanitary approval by the Animal Health Directorate at the point of entry and exit, for customs clearance, export, national or international transit MAG, Animal Quarantine Department 01-05, 10, 15-17, 19, 21, 23, 28, 29, 31, 32, 35, 38, 41, 43, 50, 51, 56, 57, 67, 96 Sanitary measure General Law on the National Animal Health Service, Law No. 8494 of 16 May 2006
Executive Decree No. 28861-MAG, Regulations on the registration and control of veterinary medicines, of 23 August 2000
Executive Decree No. 29762-MAG, on amendment of the Regulations on the registration and control of veterinary medicines, of 10 September 2001
Executive Decree No. 29830-MAG, on amendment of the Regulations on the registration and control of veterinary medicines, of 10 October 2001
Executive Decree No. 16899-MAG, Regulations on the preparation and sale of animal feed and implementing regulations, of 10 April 1986
Law No. 6883, Control of the preparation and sale of animal feed, of 25 August 1983
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Law No. 5605, of 30 October 1974
Authorization for the import or export of seeds National Seed Office 06, 10, 12 Phytosanitary measure Regulation No. 546, Regulations on the import, export and marketing of seeds, published in Official Journal No. 73 of 18 April 2005
Law No. 6289 on the National Seed Office, of 4 December 1978
Executive Decree No. 32994, Regulations governing the organizational structure of the phytosanitary service, of 4 April 2006
Executive Decree No. 24973-MEIC-MAG, Technical Regulation: "Procedures for the application of phytosanitary requirements for the import of plants, plant products and others capable of carrying diseases", of 16 May 2001
Law on Phytosanitary Protection, No. 7664, of 2 May 1997
Customs: Circular DNP-051-98
Sworn declaration on energy efficiency Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sectoral Directorate for Energy 84, 85, 87 Environment Law No. 7447, Regulations on the Rational Use of Energy, of 13 December 1994
Executive Decree No. 25584, on the implementing regulations on the rational use of energy, published in Official Journal No. 215 of 8 November 1996
Authorization for customs clearance of foodstuffs Ministry of Health, Directorate of Registration and Control 04, 09, 11-13, 15-23, 25, 29, 33, 35 Food safety Executive Decree No. 31968-S, amending the Regulations on notification of raw materials, sanitary registration, import, customs clearance and monitoring of foodstuffs, of 6 September 2004
Executive Decree No. 31595-S, Regulations on notification of raw materials, sanitary registration, import, customs clearance and monitoring of foodstuffs, published in Official Journal No. 16 of 23 January 2004
Permit for the import or export of drugs and narcotics and customs seals Ministry of Health, Department of Drugs and Narcotics, Control and Registration 13, 14, 29 Protection of human health Law No. 7786, on Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances, Unauthorized Drugs and Related Activities, of 15 May 1998, Supplement No. 15
Law No. 8204, Comprehensive Reform of the Law on Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances, Unauthorized Drugs, Verification of Capital and Related Activities, of 11 January 2002

Authorization for customs clearance of toxic and hazardous substances Ministry of Health, Department of Toxic Substances and Industrial Medicine 25-29, 32-34, 36, 38, 68, 78, 81, 84, 85, 90 Environmental protection Executive Decree No. 28113-S, on Regulations on the registration of hazardous products, of 6 October 1999, Supplement No. 74
Authorization for the import or export of raw materials, basic elements for medicines and cosmetics, medicines, cosmetics and medical equipment Ministry of Health, Department of Drugs and Narcotics, Control and Registration 12, 13, 19, 29, 30, 33, 34, 38, 40, 48, 56, 90, 96 Public health Executive Decree No. 28466-S, on Regulations on the registration, control, import and advertising of medicines, of 29 February 2000
Executive Decree No. 29317-S, on Regulations on the registration, import, marketing and advertising of processed natural resources with medicinal properties, of 27 February 2001
Executive Decree No. 30060-S, on Regulations on the notification, import and control of cosmetics, of 15 January 2002
Authorization for the import or export of precursors and chemical substances, including customs seals Office of the President, Unit for the Control and Inspection of Precursors 12, 22, 27-29, 38 Public health Law No. 7786 on Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances, Unauthorized Drugs and Related Activities, of 15 May 1998, Supplement No. 15
Law No. 8204, Comprehensive Reform of the Law on Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances, Unauthorized Drugs, Verification of Capital and Related Activities, of 11 January 2002
Decree No. 19032-S, on Regulations on the import of precursors, chemicals and solvents, of 27 June 1989
Verification and phytosanitary approval by the State Phytosanitary Service (Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado – SFE) of chemical, biological or like substances and equipment for use in agriculture, at the point of entry and exit, for customs clearance, export, national or international transit MAG, Department of Fertilizers and Pesticides 13, 25, 31, 34, 38, 84 Public health; environmental protection, sanitary and phytosanitary measure Executive Decree No. 32994, on Regulations governing the organizational structure of the SFE, of 4 April 2006
Law on Phytosanitary Protection, No. 7664, of 2 May 1997
Executive Decree No. 26921-MAG, on implementing regulations for the Law on Phytosanitary Protection, of 22 May 1998
Executive Decree No. 24337-MAG-S, on Regulations on the registration, use and control of agricultural pesticides and processing aids, of 16 June 1995
Executive Decree No. 27973-MAG-MEIC-S, Regulations on laboratory analysis of chemical and biological substances for agricultural use, of 19 July 1999
Executive Decree No. 27630, Maximum pesticide residues in plants, of 17 February 1999
Executive Decree No. 27041-MAG-MEIC, on Agrochemicals, taking of samples, 9 September 1998
Executive Decree No. 27037-MAG-MEIC, Registration and examination of equipment for applying chemical, biological, biochemical or related substances for agricultural use, of 7 September 1998, Supplement No. 59
Permit for the import of explosives Ministry of Public Security, Department for the Control of Arms and Explosives 25, 28, 31, 32, 36, 76 Public security Law No. 7530 on Arms and Explosives, of 23 August 1995
Executive Decree No. 25120-SP, implementing regulations for the Law on Arms and Explosives, of 13 June 1996
Executive Decree No. 32177, Regulations on the organization of the Ministry of Public Security, of 10 January 2005

Authorization for customs clearance of used clothing and footwear Ministry of Health, Department for the Control of Arthropods and Vermin 63 Public health Agreement No. 33, Ministry of Finance, National Customs Service, Requirements for the customs clearance of used clothing, of 22 October 1997
Executive Decree No. 29807-S, reform of the Regulations on epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases, of 24 September 2001
Executive Decree No. 25471-S, amendments to the Regulations on epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases, of 30 September 1996
Executive Decree No. 17624, Regulations on epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases, of 13 July 1987
Authorization for customs clearance of radio equipment Ministry of Governance and Police, Department for National Control of Radios 85 Public health Decree No. 27554-G, implementing regulations for the National Frequency Allocation Plan, published in Official Journal No. 6 of 11 January 1999
Permit for the import of arms Ministry of Public Security, Department for the Control of Arms and Explosives 87, 93 Public security Law No. 7530 on Arms and Explosives, of 23 August 1995
Executive Decree No. 25120 –SP, implementing regulations for the Law on Arms and Explosives, of 13 June 1996
Executive Decree No. 32177, Regulations on the organization of the Ministry of Public Security, published in Official Journal No. 6 of 10 January 2005
Permit for the import of ammunition Ministry of Public Security, Department for the Control of Arms and Explosives 93 Public security Law No. 7530 on Arms and Explosives, of 23 August 1995
Executive Decree No. 25120 –SP, implementing regulations for the Law on Arms and Explosives, of 13 June 1996
Executive Decree No. 32177, Regulations on the organization of the Ministry of Public Security, of 10 January 2005
Import or export authorization by the National Chemical Weapons Authority Technical Secretariat, National Chemical Weapons Authority 28, 29 and 30 Public security Law No. 7571 approving the United Nations Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, of 28 March 1996, Supplement No. 19
Executive Decree No. 25118, on ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of 13 May 1996, Supplement No. 27
Executive Decree No. 33015, Regulations on chemical security and national implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, of 20 April 2006
Authorization for the import, export or transit of sharks and shark fins Costa Rican Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute (Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuacultura – INCOPESCA) 03 Environmental protection Law No. 7384 creating the Costa Rican Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute, of 29 March 1994
Regulations on the protection, use and marketing of sharks and shark fins, Regulation No. 415, of 2 October 2003
INCOPESCA Executive Board Agreement AJDIP/431-2005, Requirements for commercial fishing vessels arriving in Costa Rican ports with sharks, submission of unloading inspection request, of 21 September 2005

INCOPESCA Executive Board Agreement AJDIP/499-2005. Amendment to the request for inspection of the unloading of sharks, of 15 December 2005
INCOPESCA Executive Board Agreement AJDIP/238-2002, Article 25: "Requirements for authorizing the unloading of fisheries products", of 7 October 2002
INCOPESCA Agreement AJDIP/387-99, 24-11-99, fees for the sale of goods/services, of 7 December 2002
Import or export permit of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Senior Directorate, Conservation Area Schemes 03 and 44 Species protection Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Law No. 5605, of 30 October 1974
Law on Wildlife Conservation No. 7317 of 7 December 1992
Executive Decree No. 32633, on implementing regulations for the Law on Wildlife Conservation, of 20 September 2005
Source:WTO

The following documents are required for the registration of the products at the Costa Rican Ministry of Health:

a)Manufacturer's laboratory registration documents
b)Brand owner authorization to the manufacturer, where applicable
c)Certificate of registration and of free sale and consumption of the product in country of origin
d)Certificate of quali-quantitative composition formula of the product, issued by the professional responsible for the manufacturing operation, including vehicles, colorants, sweeteners, and other additives, in original and copy.
e)Method of analysis of the finished product to be registered, issued by the manufacturer's quality control laboratory, in original and copy.
f)Certificate of analysis of the finished product, and of the corresponding batch of the samples presented, in original and copy.
g)Labeling protocol. If the label is in English, a translation in Spanish must accompany the protocol
h)Certificate of brand's registry, still valid, clearly showing that the product is registered there, in original
i)For new products, present well-designed scientific studies less than five years old, referring to the product being registered

Together with this documentation, the importer or representative must present two samples of the product to be registered, in the form and size the importer intends to market it in Costa Rica, including package and labels. All the documents must be authenticated by the nearest Costa Rican consul in the United States. The registration process can take from three to six months.

After the foreign company and its products have been approved and registered at the Costa Rican Ministry of Health, the second step will be to register the company as a supplier of specific drugs and/or pharmaceutical products at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). For this registration, the U.S. company must contract with a Costa Rican representative, agent or distributor, since invitations to participate in any bid will be sent directly to the local representative. It is recommended that the U.S. company contact their local Department of Commerce office for assistance in identifying a reliable representative: http://www.export.gov/comm_svc/eac.html

The following documents must be presented to the CCSS Purchasing Department:

a) Laboratory Registration Certificate, issued by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health
b) Products Registration Certificate, issued by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health
c) Name and address of local representative (agent, distributor, or power of attorney)
d) Expressed commitment of supplier that it will replace, in a maximum of ninety days, the products that have been received damaged by the CCSS, or that have been rejected by the CCSS laboratory, due to poor quality.

The Purchasing Department of the CCSS publishes a list of all medications required for the hospital and clinic system in Costa Rica. The publication lists the product by its generic name, indicating the shape and package in which the product must be presented. U.S. companies are encouraged to obtain a copy. They can be contacted at (506) 223-3370.

The following documents and procedures are required to register a laboratory manufacturing plant at the Costa Rican Ministry of Health:

a)Power of attorney authorizing the Costa Rican importer or representative to perform the plant registration.
b)Certificate issued by the competent sanitary authorities in the country of origin, stating that the laboratory is fully approved to operate in accordance with the country's regulations, certifying its experience, capacity, responsibility, and seriousness of working methods, and the sanitary conditions of its facility.
c)Corporate certificate of authority if requested by a corporate officer or attorney

*Food products require registration when imported for the first time.

* Phytosanitary and animal health certificates are required by the Ministry of Agriculture for bulk agricultural products. The permits must be obtained by the Costa Rican importer.

* Surgical and dental instruments and machines can be sold only to licensed importers and health professionals.

* Arms and munitions require a license from the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security’s Department for the Control of Weapons and Explosives.

* Imports are registered by the Central Bank for statistical purposes.
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