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Venezuela Standards: Phytosanitary & Sanitary Licenses

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Venezuela Standards: Phytosanitary & Sanitary Licenses

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:33 am

Issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land (MAL), animal products and live-stock farming inputs require a sanitary health permit. These permits are non-renewable and valid for only 60 calendar days from the date of issuance. Another requirement for the importation of animals, animal products, and animal by-products is the registration with the Autonomous Agricultural Health Service (SASA) by the producer, exporter, or importer. These products must enter Venezuela accompanied by an official sanitary certificate issued by the appropriate officials in the country of origin. The documents may be submitted directly to the Government of Venezuela, without prior legalization of a Venezuelan consular authority in the country of origin.

Fishery and aquaculture products and by-products must obtain licenses from MAL's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute (INAPESCA) in coordination with MSDS.

Wild animals and their products require a license issued by PROFAUNA, an autonomous service of the Ministry of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (MARNR).

Plant product imports require a phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin, prior inspection, and the production of a phytosanitary permit as indicated i the customs tariff.

Agricultural input imports also require an import permit, which are non-renewable and valid for 90 days.

Decree No. 989 of November 28, 1995 and subsequent amendments state the following food products are subject to an import licenses from the Ministry of Health and Social Development (MSDS): HS 03, 04, 05, 16, 19, 20 and 21.

Food products, medicaments and active principles of the following imports also require a sanitary permit from the MSDS in the following HS classifications and possibly others: HS 02, 03, 04, 05, 12, 13, 17, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38 and 56.
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