Steps required to import Rubber and rubber articles


Mandatories to import Rubber and rubber articles 

In this post, a basic knowledge on how to import Rubber and rubber articles is explained. This information is to enlighten importers; a general idea to import Rubber and rubber articles goods from overseas countries applicable to almost all countries worldwide. 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 Rubber and rubber articles.

Different countries may have their own requirements to import Rubber and rubber articles 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.


No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Rubber Board

Natural rubber is not permitted in some of the countries like India to safeguard the rubber farmers of domestic production.


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 Rubber and Rubber articles

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 Rubber and Rubber articles.

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.


Quality standard of importing country

Import of some of the items under Rubber and rubber products needs quality standard approval of government agencies at importing country. For example, import of pneumatic tyres for two and three wheeled motor vehicles, pneumatic tyres for passenger car vehicles of diagonal and radial ply, pneumatic tyres for commercial vehicles of diagonal and radial ply and tubes for pneumatic tyres for automotive vehicles is subject to their compliance with said quality approval certificate from the quality approval authorities of importing country.


RSP based valuation

Some of the items under plastic falls under RSP based valuation to estimate import tax. For example, if you need to import parts or components used for automobile, such products attract RSP based valuation.


General requirements to import

Government registration: In 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 Rubber and rubber articles is also required to contact concerned government agencies of their importing country to verify whether such onetime registration is necessary or not.

How to Import  RUBBERS and RUBBER ARTICLESProcedures to import. 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 Rubber and rubber articles 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 Rubber and rubber articles 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 Rubber and rubber articles. 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 Rubber and rubber articles the details of such information can be obtained from necessary government agencies of importing country.


Certificate of Origin to import Rubber and rubber articles The source of origin of imported Rubber and rubber articles is required in almost all countries. So a certificate of origin issued by necessary approved authorities at exporting country is required to import Rubber and rubber articles. 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 Rubber and rubber articles.


Hope, the above information helps you in gaining basic knowledge on documentation, procedures and formalities in importation of Rubber and rubber articles.



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