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Cambodia - Import Goods

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Introduction

Importation refers to bring goods / services into a given country from abroad for sale. The processes of importation in Cambodia are controlled by government through its authorized agency the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE). For a n importer to enter goods in to Cambodia successfully, he / she must therefore fulfill requirements of the department.

Eligibility

A person with all requirements for importation in to Cambodia can import at any time.

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Instructions

1.All imported goods should be reported to the customs authorities;

2.Importers should ensure that declarations made are accurate;

3.All imports are subject to the customs law and are subjected to duties and taxes;

4.Importers are liable for import duties;

5.Be aware of restricted and prohibited goods;

6.Be aware of goods that require importation permits and special certificates;

7.Establishment and application of tariffs is prescribed by law;

8.Temporary goods that are let in the country are under the customs control until importer fulfills the customs conditions;

9.Tariff classifications and origin are verified by the customs department;

10.Ensure that goods stored in the warehouses do not exceed maximum period;

11.Extra days in a warehouse shall be settled with a penalty fee of 1% for each day;

12.To avoid transferring goods to the customs warehouse, the importer must ensure that they do not stay in the port warehouse for three (3) months and above

13.Importers of goods with import FOB value more that USD 4,000 should endeavor to get a Report of Finding;

14.The government may decided to protect domestic producers by increasing tariffs if it is proven that they are being injured by imported goods;


Required Information

1.Name and address of importer

2.Origin of goods;

3.FOB value of goods

4.Details of imports (the name and the quality and quantity of goods being imported)

5.Country of export

Procedure

1.When goods arrive at the port, the government-owned shipping agent for marine cargo also known as the KAMSAB informs CAMCONTROL, Customs, and Immigration Police.

2.Upon notification, the Customs Chief assigns two (2) officers to the boarding committee.

3.The committee includes Port Authority, KAMSAB, Immigration Police, CAMCONTROL, and Quarantine.

4.When the customs officers join team, the government-owned shipping agent for marine cargo (KAMSAB) submits copies of manifest and any other required documents to the team.

  • The copies of manifest submitted should be nine (9).

5.There after the team breaks up to each to perform their prescribed duties in the process of clearance goods.

6.The Customs then authorizes offloading of goods and as offloading goes on, it is monitored, checked and verified by the KAMSAB and Port Authority.

  • The checking of goods done against the manifest, and verification is made on the condition of seals.

7.After thorough checking and verifying, goods are taken to the warehouse where they are received by the operator.

  • They are stored there as they await their importer. At this stage, the goods are under the custody of the warehouse operator and the entire warehouse team and like in customs, the warehouse operator records goods and maintains an electronic register.
  • The goods are stored here for a maximum of forty five (45) days; each extra day is penalized, the importer will have to pay 1% of the value of goods; and if goods stay in the store for beyond 3 months, they are transferred to the Customs warehouse.

8.While goods are still in the warehouse, the Importer lodges proceeds with declaration of goods to the customs department.

  • The importer submits three (3) copies of the declaration plus other required documents.

9.When declaration is made, it is registered with a unique sequential number to each individual entry processing unit at the clearance point.

  • The declaration information is then validated and inspected.
  • At this stage the CAMCONTROL form obtained, filled and also attached to the declaration and the declaration is assessed

10.When assessment has been finished, importer now pays duties and storage fees. Payments can either be cash or bank guarantee; and the importer must ensure that a receipt is issued no matter which method of payment is used;

11.Thereafter the Customs Examination Team together with CAMCONTROL inspects the goods, and if approved, goods are released.

12.After the goods have been released, they are loaded on trucks to be transported from the Port.

  • At this stage, as goods are loaded, the Customs Entrance Team checks documents and receipts to verify payment, and container numbers are matched against ship manifests.

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Required Documents

1.Commercial invoice

2.Packing list,

3.Bill of lading,

4.Import license (if required),

5.Report of finding – ROF (if an import fob value greater than USD 4,000)

6.Cargo release order

7.Import permit

8.Insurance certificate

9.Tax certificate

10.Terminal handling receipts


Fees

Importers pay approximately – US$930. This fee is broken down below:

1.Documents preparation – US$225

2.Customs clearance and technical control – US$280

3.Ports and terminal handling – US$225

4.Inland transportation and handling – US$200

Major duty rates for imported goods, excluding vehicles which have special rates are as follows:-

1.Primary products and raw material – 7%

2.Machinery and equipment – 15%

3.Finished products and government protected goods – 35%

4.luxurious goods – 50%


Validity

As long as one meets the requirements

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Processing Time

The time varies basing on what is being imported and the requirements. Importation may go for up to twenty four (24) days or more.

1.Documents preparation – 15days

2.Customs clearance and technical control – 3 days

3.Ports and terminal handling – 4days

4.Inland transportation and handling – 2days


Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Economy and Finance

No 60, Street 92

Tel: (+855)(0)23 427 634

Ministry of Commerce

Address: #20 A-B, Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh

Phone: (855)23 427358 / 725585

Fax: (855)23 426396

E-Mail: kunkoet@moc.gov.kh

Website: http://www.moc.gov.kh

General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia

N°: 6-8, Preah Norodom Blvd., Sangkat Phsar Thmei III, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Tel: +855 23214065

Fax: +855 23214065

E-mail: info-pru@customs.gov.kh

Website: http://www.customs.gov.kh

4.Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC)

Wat Phnom Circle

Tel: (+855) (0)23 981 156

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Information which might help

1.If within three (3) years audit or investigation is carried out and it happens to be that the importers submit false declarations, registration of declared tariffs may be re-determined.

  • For this matter therefore the importer shall be penalized in addition to paying the addition re-determined fees.

2.Goods can only be off loaded at the customs clearance are after payment, however an exception may be given and goods may be off load before paying duties, taxes and fees under the control of customs but after fulfillment of customs formalities.

  • This exception applies to goods that may require to be temporarily placed in the customs stores or warehouse or if goods are transiting through the Cambodia customs to another destination.

3.Goods may temporarily be admitted in if the importer proves that they will be re-exported.


Other uses of the Document/Certificate

1.Importation increases revenue of the country;

2.New products are introduced on the local market;

3.Importation promotes international trade;

4.It strengthens relationship between the import (Cambodia) and export country;

5.There is creation of jobs as foreigners startup companies to import in the country.

External Links

1.http://cambodia.visahq.com/customs/

2.http://cambodia.visahq.com/customs/#!import-regulations

3.http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploreeconomies/cambodia/trading-across-borders/

4.http://www.cambodiainvestment.gov.kh/investors-information/trade-and-custom.html

5.http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2008/04/9543924/cambodia-handbook-export-procedures-practical-guide-small-medium-enterprises

6.http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/text.jsp?file_id=223213


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