Imports

Import Requirements and Documentation

All goods imported into the customs territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina are subject to customs procedures contained in the Law on Customs policy, which apply uniformly throughout the customs territory of BiH. Imports must be accompanied by a customs declaration, filled out in one of the three official languages of BiH (Bosnian, Serbian or Croatian), submitted by the person named on the waybill or an authorized representative. The declaration must be accompanied by any relevant documents (invoice, shipping documents, quality control certificates). The customs office may inspect the goods and take samples to determine that the goods correspond to the information on the customs declaration. Once the customs office determines the amount of customs duty, the importer is required to obtain a guarantee covering the customs duty with the Customs Authority in the form of a cash deposit or a bank guarantee. The goods cannot be placed in circulation until customs duties have been paid or the payment has been guaranteed.

Bill of Lading: May be direct or to order. Mail and parcel shipments require postal documentation in place of bills of lading. Packages containing merchandise for which the senders are to receive payment must enclose the original invoice in the package (marked “Original Invoice”) and the wrapper of the package must be marked to indicate that the original invoice is enclosed. Senders are recommended to post a signed copy of the invoice giving notice to the addressees that the packages are en route. Air cargo shipments require airway bills with the number of copies issued based on requirements of the importer and the airline.

Certificate of Origin: Certificates of origin should be issued in a minimum of two copies (the certifying organization will require an additional notarized file copy) made out by a reliable authority or agency duly authorized for that purpose by the country of issue. Certificates of origin are not required for imports for long-term production ventures with foreign partners, for the purchase of capital goods for investment projects abroad and for the return of goods to Bosnia and Herzegovina, or for imports without payment of equivalent value.

Commercial Invoice: There is no prescribed format. Invoices should be issued in a minimum of two copies; additional copies may be requested. They must contain the usual particulars, including a full description of goods, marks and numbers, gross and net weights, number of packages, country of origin, plus any information that must be furnished to conform to contract.

Insurance Certificate: Normal commercial practices. Follow importer’s and/or insurance company’s instructions/advice.

Packing List: Not mandatory, but its use will facilitate clearance of goods.

Pre-shipment inspection: May be requested by importer.

Pro-Forma Invoice: May be requested by importer.

U.S. Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED): Required if value is more than USD 2,500 (USD 500 for shipments through the US postal system). SEDs are required for all shipments requiring an export license.

 

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