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IMPORTATION OF GOODS

The importation of certain goods is subject to authorisation, that is, an import licence issued by the Trade Services and Projects Directorate, Commerce Department, in accordance with the Importation Control Regulations – Legal Notice 242 of 2004. The goods needing a licence are listed in the Schedules to this regulation, with the First Schedule listing items which require an authorisation when transferred to Malta from the European Union, and the Second Schedule listing goods which require an import licence when imported from any country outside the European Union.

Applications for import licences are to be filed online through e-forms. For some products, external entities are consulted in the authorisation process and unless they signal their no objection, the licence is not issued. This process is coordinated by the Commerce Department.

Information about which products need an import licence - depending on whether they are imported from an EU or a third country - and which entities are involved in the approval process can be found in the table below.

On conclusion of the process, the licence will be provided by email.  The FAQs and Guidelines sections can be referred to for further explanations on the import application process.

Notice to importers on specific products 

HS Code 2710 - Petrol, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuels, and fuel oils

Applications are to include:

1.  A copy of the Certificate of Origin (COO).  Certificates must be issued by a Chamber of Commerce.  Certificates issued by refineries are not accepted.​

2.   A signed declaration drawn by the importer attesting that the COO is genuine.

The application is to be filed online through e-forms whereas the supporting documents must be sent by email to import-export@gov.mt quoting the importer, country of import, product and quantity. Applications not supported by these documents will be considered incomplete and will not be processed further.

A guidance note by the Sanctions Monitoring Board on Libya Sanctions​ is for the attention of the same importers.​

HS Code 3808 - Insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, herbicides, anti-sprouting products and plant-growth regulators, disinfectants and similar products, put in forms or packings for retail sale or as preparations or articles (for example, sulphur treated bands, wicks and candles, and fly-papers

In section 1 of the application, under Description of Product, indicate the brand name of the product to be imported. Moreover, the application has to include a copy of:

1. The notification / authorisation document issued by MCCAA.

2. The label of the product.

The application is to be filed online whereas the supporting documents must be sent by email to import-export@gov.mt quoting the importer, country of import, product and quantity. Applications not supported by these documents will be considered incomplete and will not be processed further.

 

Last update – 27 October 2020