The prior surveillance
regime re-introduced the need of a licence for a range of steel imports.
The European Commission introduced through Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/670 a ‘prior surveillance’
import licensing regime to monitor the imports of certain iron and steel
products into the European Union.
This means that a prior surveillance import document
is needed to import/enter into free circulation any steel products falling
under the commodity codes listed in Annex A to the regulation and arriving for
Customs clearance into Malta or the EU after 31 May 2016.
The Surveillance Document:
Can be acquired by applying with the Import-Export Unit at the Commerce Department. It is issued free of charge.
Is to be requested for each Combined Nomenclature (CN) Code. (If different CN Codes appear on the same purchase order/invoice, a separate surveillance document is to be requested for every different code).
Can cover various purchase orders, as long as it concerns the same CN Code and the same importer.
Can cover several shipments (as long as the quantities on the surveillance document are not fully used by one shipment).
The prior surveillance import document is not needed for:
Imports whose net weight is lower than 2,500 kilogrammes. This exemption only applies to each product imported and per individual CN Code, and not to the consignment in its entirety.
Products made in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway.
Products which are not entered into free circulation but into a Customs Relief Scheme. (If the products are subsequently entered into free circulation a licence is required).
Each Surveillance document is valid for 4
months and may be renewed for a further 4 months if not fully used.
Submission of application:
Applications must be made on the relevant
application form. The application consists of four sheets which
have to be printed back to front. Sheet 1, the Holder’s Copy is handed back to
the applicant on successful application, whilst Sheet 2, the Competent Entity’s
copy, is retained by the Department. The back of sheet 1 is utilised for
A duly filled, signed and dated application
form may be sent by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or presented in person or by
post to the Commerce Department, Trade Services Directorate, Import/Export Licensing
Unit, Lascaris Bastions, Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan, Valletta, VLT1933.
If submitting more than one application by
email, submit separate e-mails for each application.
For further details on how to complete the
application refer to the section entitled Guidelines for Filling the Form.
The application form has to be accompanied with documents which back the information presented in the application, in particular the monetary value and the quantity in kilograms. Examples of such documents are pro-forma invoices and sales or purchase contracts.
Fees and timeframes
The surveillance document is issued free of
charge within five (5) working days from submission of an application deemed
complete by the Trade Services Directorate.
In case of any queries please contact the Commerce
completing the application form – surveillance document
Application form – surveillance document