How to import Activated carbon


Guidelines to importers of Activated carbon?

Activated carbon falls under Harmonized System Code (HS code) 380210.


Ways to import activated carbonIn this post, a basic knowledge on how to import Activated carbon is explained. This information is to enlighten importers; a general idea to import Activated carbon 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 a 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 Activated carbon.

Different countries may have their own requirements to import Activated carbon 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 soon.


Government registration as importer

In most of countries, government registration is required to act as an importer in the country who only can import any products. 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 Activated carbon 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 Activated carbon

Some of the common requirements to import Activated carbon in major countries are explained below:


Conditions as per Hazardous Wastes management, handling and Trans boundary movement rules.

Each country has their own foreign trade policy to import activated carbon in to their country. However, most of the countries have Hazardous wastes management, handling and tans boundary movement rules or similar authority that regulates imports and consumption of activated carbon in their country. Any importer who would like to import activated carbon should follow the terms and conditions of such hazardous wastes management, handling and trans boundary movement rules before actual import of activated carbon takes place.


Permission from Environment department to import activated carbon

Almost all countries have environment department to regulate importation, consumption and usage of materials effecting environment. Permission from such environment department of importing country is essential to import activated carbon. In India, Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) is the authorized government agency to regulate such materials including importation.


Test report of analysis from Laboratory to import activated carbon.

For the purpose of importing activated carbon, the importer must obtain a test report from accredited laboratory authorized or governed by importing country is required. Necessary sample of imported activated carbon is drawn as per the procedures and rules of importing country and submits with such authorized laboratory and obtains analysis report. Normally three sets of samples of importing activated carbon are drawn and forwarded to laboratory notified by environment and forest department. Test report retains for minimum two years to confirm on obligation fulfillment by importer on importation of activated carbon. Such certificate is submitted with customs location of importing country to process importation of activated carbon. If non fulfillment of obligation by importation of activated carbon, the importer should re-export the hazardous waste within 90 days from the date of arrival in to importing country as per hazardous waste management, handling and trans boundary rules.


License from Foreign Trade Office

Activated carbon falls under some of the categories requires license from foreign trade office of importing country. In India, Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) is the governing agency to issue such license to import certain categories under activated carbon. 

Certificate of Origin to import Activated carbon

The source of origin of imported Activated carbon is required in almost all countries. So a certificate of origin issued by necessary approved authorities at exporting country is required to import Activated carbon. 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 Activated carbon.


Procedures to import Activated carbon

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 Activated carbon 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 Activated carbon 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 Activated carbon. 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 Activated carbon 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 Activated carbon as to be filed before arrival of goods in entry port of importing country.

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


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


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