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Restricted Goods

The following goods require special permission issued by the relevant agencies.

Restricted Imports

Restricted goods

Concerned agencies

Arms and ammunition

Royal Bhutan Army

Chemicals and fertilizers

Ministry of Agriculture

Drugs and pharmaceutical products

Ministry of Health and Education/Ministry of

Agriculture

Explosives and explosive devices

Ministry of Home Affairs

Gold and silver in excess of free allowance

Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan

Goods for which there is no market within the country

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Industrial and toxic waste and residues

National Environment Commission/Ministry of Trade and Industry

Live animals and their products or by-products

Ministry of Agriculture

Plants and plant materials

Ministry of Agriculture

Plastic packing materials

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Scraps

National Environment Commission

Used or second hand goods, machinery, vehicles, equipment and parts thereof

Ministry of Trade and Industry

Wireless and remote sensing telecommunication and broadcasting equipment

Bhutan Telecommunications Authority

Any other goods which are restricted by any other laws and regulations in force

Ministry of Trade and Industry


Source: Sales Tax, Customs and Excise Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2000, Ministry of Finance.

Import Requirements

Goods imported from third countries are to be used or sold within the territory of Bhutan. They are not to be re-exported under preferential schemes (including to India) without value being added. In the case of raw materials imported into Bhutan for processing and re-export, the final products must have a value addition of at least 40% in order to qualify for SAFTA preferences. 

Imports of foods items are subject to special requirements in conformity with the Food Act of Bhutan 2005. See BAFRA contact details below.

Imports of animals, plants and their products are subject to sanitary and phytosanitary measures under the Plant Quarantine Act 1993. Plant and animal quarantine checkpoints are located at the main entry points of the country, namely Phuntsholing, Samdrup, Jongkhar, Gelephu and Paro Airport. Plant imports must also comply with the Forest and Conservation Act 1995. 

A temporary limit exists of four containers per year to safeguard foreign exchange reserves. 

Bhutan has no preshipment inspection regime.


II. IMPORT DOCUMENTATION

All government forms can be downloaded from www.mof.gov.bt/drc/downloads/index. The certificate of origin can be purchased from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Once the format is finalised to meet the requirements of the various trade agreements, certificates of origin will be placed online as appropriate. Exporters will still have to approach the relevant agencies to secure the necessary signatures. 

The following documents must be submitted to the relevant Regional Revenue and Customs Office (RRCO), or to the Bhutan Revenue and Customs Liaison and Transit Office (LTO) in Kolkata, India (address above, under ‘Taxes and Surcharges’).

Document

Number of copies

Responsible Body

Form No.

Application form for Bhutan tax sale/duty refund, if applicable

1

Department of Revenue and Customs

GP-Form I

Bhutan sales tax exemption certificate, if applicable

1

Department of Revenue and Customs

ST-Form II

Bill of lading/air waybill

3

Shipping company/airline company

 

Certificate of origin

1

Department of Trade

 

Customs import declaration form

1

Department of Revenue and Customs

Import from India

ST-Form I

Customs import declaration form

1

Department of Revenue and Customs

Import from third countries

CD Form III

Import duty exemption certificate, if applicable

1

Department of Revenue and Customs

CD Form I

Import licence

4/5/6

Department of Trade

 

Invoice

8

Importer

 

Marine/air/transit insurance policy, wherever applicable

1

Insurance company

 

Packing list

1

Exporter

 

Special permits for restricted goods, if applicable

1

Relevant departments

Originals

Transit declaration, if applicable

1

Department of Revenue and Customs

GP-Form VI


Source: Rules and Procedures for Imports from Third Countries, Ministry of Trade and Industry. 

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