IMPORTATION OF GOODS
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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 2710Petrol, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuels, and fuel oils:  

Applications are to include:

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

​ A signed declaration drawn by the importer attesting that the COO is genuine. The ​declaration is to be drawn on the provided template​ ​.

  • As from the 7th of June 2021, applications involving petroleum products leaving from an EU country under the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS), may be supported by a copy of the electronic Administrative Document (eAD) instead of the COO. Nonetheless, the COO will be requested if necessary and if the eAD is missing.

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 relative to oil dispatched from non-EU countries must be accompanied by a COO and a declaration. 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.

HS Code 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading No.30.02. 30.05 or 30.06 ) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses or in forms or packings for retail sale, for veterinary purposes

With effect from the 7th of June 2021 applications are to include a clear description of the item under application specifying the full name of the product, the active ingredient/s of the product, the manufacturer and indications of use. Moreover, the following documentation is required:

1.            Photos of the outer and inner package from all four sides 

2.            A copy of leaflets inside the package, if available

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 and the product name. Applications not supported by these documents will be considered incomplete and will not be processed further.


Last update – 02.06.2021