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El Salvador Import Regs.: Prohibited/Restricted Imports

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El Salvador Import Regs.: Prohibited/Restricted Imports

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:37 am

See CAFTA for more information.

Weapons - The import of certain high-caliber firearms is prohibited. Arms for personal defense or hunting may be imported, but are strictly controlled by the police and Ministry of Defense based on a special law that also controls the sale to the public and to private security companies.

Drugs - Cocaine, opiates and barbiturates may be imported solely for medical use, with the permission of the Consejo Superior de Salud Publica (Superior Council for Public Health). The Consejo controls the sale of these substances to the public. Tranquilizers, sedatives, anti-depressants and certain antibiotics were recently added to the list of prescription medicines.

Light passenger or cargo vehicles in use for more than eight years and heavy passenger and cargo motor vehicles in use for more than 15 years are prohibited for import.

Other items that are either prohibited or restricted:

Books, booklets, emblems, posters and any other articles of a subversive character or doctrines contrary to the established political, economic and social order.

Figures, statues, books, booklets, almanacs, magazines, engraved or lithographed articles, newspapers, lithographs, stamps, photographs, and cards of an obscene nature or any other obscene articles (including common magazines such as Playboy).

Movies contrary to ethics and good behavior.


Gambling machines. Not prohibited, but subject to authorization by the Ministry of Finance and local municipalities.

Roulette wheels, gambling tables, and any other item or article used for gambling. Not prohibited, but subject to authorization by the Ministry of Finance and local municipalities.

Opium with less than 9% morphine, scraps and opium ash, and any material used for smoking those products.

Non-stamped paper for cigarettes, white or colored in rolls, spools, booklets or small tubes.

Machines and tools for making coins.

Counterfeited coins and bills.

Plain silver coins of less than 0.900 purity.

Tokens of any metal or alloy that may be used as substitutes for legal coins.

Coffee trees and coffee seeds for planting.

Anyone considering the import of these items should consult with the appropriate government regulatory agency for exemptions or special permits.

Some goods are subject to a "limited import prohibition," meaning that only the State can import them. They include military airplanes and ships, gas masks for military use; potassium nitrate; stamped paper for making cigarettes; fiscal, municipal and post stamps; and nickel coins for legal circulation.
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