Formalities to import Fertilizers

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Tips to importers of Fertilizers 

In this post, a basic knowledge on how to import Fertilizers is explained. This information is to enlighten importers; a general idea to import Fertilizers goods from overseas countries applicable to almost all countries worldwide. Once after reading this post about import procedures and import customs clearance procedures, you will have basic information about the procedures and formalities on how to import various products from foreign countries. Some of the items under this category are prohibited or restricted in some countries. If you are importing any commodity, you need to obtain accurate information from concerned government departments of importing country, as the details given in this post provides only a common idea about import of Fertilizers

Different countries may have their own requirements to import Fertilizers although most of the procedures and formalities are same in all countries after globalization of trade by General Agreement on Tariff and Trade, GATT. More trade liberalization is expected in near future for WTO countries through Trade Facilitation Agreement TFA likely to be introduced within a couple of years.


Government registration as importer

fertilizers-250x250In most of countries, government registration is required to become an importer in the country who only can act as an importer. Foreign Trade government office of respective country is responsible to issue such authorization to become an importer. For example in India, IEC number (Import Export Code Number) is obtained from the office of Director General of Foreign Trade office to operate as an importer and exporter in India. This process to become an importer is a onetime process, but renewal may be required as per the terms and conditions of such foreign trade office of a country. Nowadays, in most of the countries, the information on such registration for importer – exporter is linked with customs location and reserve bank, as process of imports and exports are online digitalized. So the importers of Fertilizers is also required to contact concerned government agencies of their importing country to verify whether such onetime registration is necessary or not.


What are the special requirements to import Fertilizers

The process and formalities to import Fertilizers may differ from one another and in country to country. Also different procedures and formalities to import each items might be different under import of Fertilizers. However, some of the common requirements to import Fertilizers in major countries are explained below:

Import permit directly through government agencies

Some of the imports under mineral or chemical fertilizers and nitrogenous are allowed through import permit directly through government agencies of importing country. For example in India, Urea is allowed to import through State Trading Corporation, MMTC and Indian Potash limited (Government of India enterprises). Any goods, import or export of which is governed through exclusive or special privileges granted to STE(s), may be imported or exported by STE(s) as per conditions specified in ITC (HS). DGFT may, however, grant an Authorization to any other person to import or export any of these goods. Such STE(s) shall make any such purchases or sales involving imports or exports solely in accordance with commercial considerations, including price, quality, availability, marketability, transportation and other conditions of purchase or sale in a non discriminatory manner and shall afford enterprises of other countries adequate opportunity, in accordance with customary business practices, to compete for participation in such purchases or sales.

Certificate of Origin to import Fertilizers

The source of origin of imported Fertilizers is required in almost all countries. So a certificate of origin issued by necessary approved authorities at exporting country is required to import Fertilizers. Certificate of origin helps to determine origin of imported goods to avail exemption on import duties and taxes. Different unilateral, multilateral and bilateral agreement between countries also allows imports and exports with exemption of import duties where in Certificate of Origin is the primary proof on country of origin of importing goods under Fertilizers.

Procedures to import Fertilizers

The importer and supplier mutually agree terms and conditions about import sale prior to actual shipment of imports. Pricing, quality specifications, terms of payment, terms delivery, mode of transport and other terms and conditions are agreed and mentioned in purchase order and import shipment of Fertilizers is effected accordingly.

As you know, under any importation of goods, necessary import documentation and customs clearance procedures at importing country have to be completed either importer’s customs broker or importer directly as per foreign trade policy of respective importing country. For importing Fertilizers also, import entry documents along with carrier’s document (Bill of Lading /Airway bill), commercial invoice, packing list, certificate of origin and other required documents are filed and necessary import procedures are completed to take delivery of imported goods under Fertilizers. Nowadays, necessary information is filed online and produces required documents at the time of inspection, assessment or delivery of import of goods at destination customs location.

The international partners of countries share quality measures each other and exempt from multiple inspection on same products both for export and import. However, as per the policy of most of the developed countries import of goods from Least Developed Countries (LDC) need to be certified by authorized agencies before export. So when importing Fertilizers the details of such information can be obtained from necessary government agencies of importing country.

Prior notice to importing country.

In some countries, prior notice regarding import of Fertilizers has to be filed before arrival of goods in entry port of importing country.

In this article, the documentation, process and formalities to import Fertilizers are explained. As explained above, this information are generally applicable for all countries. These details on how to import Fertilizers are given to provide a basic idea to bring Fertilizers from foreign country. Specific requirements for each importing country need to be followed by importers and exporters of Fertilizers


I hope, the above information helps you in gaining basic knowledge on documentation, procedures and formalities in importation of Fertilizers.

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Kaushikkumar Pandav : I am starting small importing firm in my city Surat, Gujarat. I was in Canada since last 4 yrs and I come to know that Indian soil needs plenty amounts of fertilizers in order to get more agricultural production so I have decided to import Potash from Canada. I have pretty much knowledge regarding licensing and everything but I am looking forward to get information about legislation for potash, can I work independently for this fertilizer, and any other tips and clues relative to this topic you feel to lighten my eye will be welcomed.

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