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International convention and customs procedures of Bangladesh

International Conventions
Member of World Trade Organisation
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
International Economic Cooperation
Member of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), as well as of the preferential trade agreements (SAPTA) and Free Trade Area (SAFTA) associated with the Association.
Member of the Group of 8 Developing Countries (
G-8).
Member of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (
BIMSTEC).
Member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (
APTA).
Non Tariff Barriers
Non-tariff barriers include registration procedures and other regulatory requirements, which often impede access to the market.
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
17.22%
Customs Classification
Bangladesh applies the Harmonized Commodity Coding System.
Import Procedures
Documents required for importation include a letter of credit authorisation form, a bill of lading or airway bill, a commercial invoice or packing list, and a certificate of origin. For certain imported items or services, additional certifications or import permits related to health, security or other matters are required by the relevant government agencies. Reduced documentation requirements apply to the public sector.

Foreign companies must obtain authorization from the Chief Controller of Imports and Exports and provide the following documents: photocopy of an import registration certificate; photocopies of invoices, bills of lading, and import permit duly certified by the bank; a copy of the certificate of the General Index Register (GIR); certified copy of the last tax order; name and description of each imported item with the quantity and approximate CIF value.

Private sector importers must provide the following documents: certificate of affiliation to a chamber of commerce and local industry recorded or professional association established in Bangladesh; proof of payment of renewal fees for an import registration certificate (IRC) for the tax year; copy of a certificate of tax identification number (TIN); three copies of the proof of payment of the previous year's income tax.
Importing Samples
Importing samples requires an import licence or an authorisation.
 

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For Further Information
Bangladesh Customs
SAARC Trade Portal
Asia Trade Hub

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