Import documents required for Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices

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Processes and formalities to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices

The category in this web blog ‘Import procedures’, I would like to provide a basic idea about formalities and procedures to import different materials from other country. These details are given to enlighten you on general tips to import goods from overseas countries applicable for almost all countries worldwide. Once after reading these posts about import procedures and import customs clearance procedures, you will have a base idea about the procedures and formalities on how to import various products from foreign countries.

Documentation and procedures to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices

The contents of this article helps exporters and importers of Tea,Coffee,Mate and spices on how to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices.

As you know, in order to import any goods, necessary import documentation and customs clearance procedures and formalities at importing country have to be completed as per foreign trade policy of respective importing country. Import entry documents along with carriers 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. Now a days, necessary information is filed online and produce required documents at the time import delivery of goods at destination customs location of importing country at most of the destination ports .


How to import Cofee,Tea,Mate and spicesImportation of Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices?

Some of the examples fall under Coffee,Tea,Mate and spices are Roasted Coffee,Not roasted coffee,Decaffeinated coffee,Coffee husks,Coffee skins,Coffee substitutes, Flavored Tea,Not flavored tea,Pepper of the genus piper,Vanilla,Cinnamon,Cinnamon tree flowers, Cloves,Nutmeg, Mace and cardamoms, Seeds of anise, Badin, Fennel, Coriander, Cumin, Ginger, Saffron, Turmeric, Thyme, May leaves, Curry spices etc.


What are the special requirements to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices?

Different countries may have their own requirements to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices. The process and formalities to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices may differ from one another and in country to country. Also different procedures and formalities to import each items might be under Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices. However, some of the common requirements in major countries are explained below:



Who are responsible government agencies on importation of Spices,Mate,Coffee and Tea?

In most of the counties, other than respective customs department of importing location, Agriculture department, Animal and Plant Health department, Health department and Food and Drug safety department are the major government agencies involved in importation of Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices.


Import permit or Phyto sanitary certificate

Why is Phyto sanitary certificate required to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices?

Phytosanitary certificate is required to protect food,pant and animal resources of importing country. In most of the countries, plant quarantine department is responsible to issue such certificate. A pest risk management is conducted, if an importer wants to import product that either has no previous history of being imported in the the country or product is from new origin. The importing products could be have pests, weeds or diseases that cause losses affecting man or animal of importing country. Normally, plant pests are introduced through wood packaging,soil,firewood,containers, transport vehicles etc.

The international partners of countries share quality measures each other and exempt from double inspection on same products. However, in most of the developed countries, the export goods from third countries need to be certified at exporting country under agencies at load port and at importing country as per the norms of importing country.


NOC from Plant Quarantine Authority

A no objection certificate from plant quarantine authority of importing country also has to be obtained to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices to most of the countries.


Certificate of Origin

The source of origin of imported Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices is required in almost all countries. So a certificate of origin issued by necessary approved authorities at exporting country is required to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices.


Import of Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices for personal consumption and trading.

For the purpose of personal domestic use, Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices in small quantities are allowed to import without much formalities. However such import of Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices for personal use (not for trading) must be free from signs of diseases. The procedures and process to import Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices for trading requires more documentation and inspection formalities.


Importation of perishable Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices


If perishable Edible Fruits and nuts, peel of citrus or melons are imported, necessary test has to be undertaken by drawing samples of import consignment. The import clearance are allowed only after obtaining test report from the authorized laboratories. In most of the importing countries, Health department or Food safety department or their authorized agencies are responsible for such examination.


Prior notice to importing country.

In some countries, prior notice regarding import of Importation of Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices has to be filed before arrival of goods in entry port of importing country. In US, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible the government authority to notify such prior notice on import of food products. However, some of the importing countries are exempted in filing advance declaration on imported goods before arrival of goods at importing country.


Prohibition of endangered species

The exporters and importers of Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices should make sure that the exporting/importing commodities are subject to the provisions of cites (Convention of International Trade) in endangered species of wild life fauna.


Labeling requirements

Necessary labeling requirements are to be followed in some of the importing countries when importing Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices.


Import processes for COFFEE , TEA, MATE and  SPICESPenalization

If any of the imported Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices are found without following necessary norms of importing country, such imported Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices have to be destroyed or to be removed out of importing country. Such non compliant imported Tea,Coffee,Mate and Spices are also fined, apart from destruction or return to origin country.


In this article, the documentation, process and formalities are explained to import Roasted Coffee,Not roasted coffee,Decaffeinated coffee,Coffee husks,Coffee skins,Coffee substitutes, Flavored Tea,Not flavored tea,Pepper of the genus piper,Vanilla,Cinnamon,Cinnamon tree flowers, Cloves,Nutmeg, Mace and cardamoms,Seeds of anise,Badin,,Fennel,Coriander,Cumin,Ginger,Saffron, Turmeric,Thyme,May leaves,Curry spices


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


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