Required Import Documents

Agents are required to provide the following import documents to Tiscan:

Import Declaration Form (IDF)
Agents are required to notify their intention to import goods subject to Pre-Lodgement Processing using the IDF — this form is available from Tiscan and Customs offices or can be downloaded electronically from their websites.

Pro Forma Invoice (PFI)
Tiscan will accept a PFI from an agent if a Final Invoice (FI) is not available at the time the IDF is lodged.

Final Invoice (FI)
Tiscan requires original or certified copies of the FI before Pre-Lodgement Processing can be finalised. The FI is the commercial invoice issued to an importer by the overseas supplier of goods at the time the goods are purchased.

Packing List
A packing list is required by Tiscan when a single consignment is comprised of multiple containers (FCLs) or containing multiple goods (LCLs).

Bill of Lading (BoL), Airway Bill (AWB) or Road Consignment Note (RCN)
An original or copy of the transport document related to the importation (i.e. BoL, AWB or RCN) is required by Tiscan.

Exemption Documents
When an exemption of duty or tax is claimed, Tiscan require the original or certified copy of the exemption document including but not limited to:

  • Letter from TRA confirming exemption status
  • List of Exempted Capital Goods
  • TIC Certificate of Incentives
  • Industry Sector Licence such as Mining, Pharmaceuticals etc.

Country of Origin Certificate
When tariff preference is claimed, Tiscan require the original or a certified copy of the Certificate of Origin.

Import Permits
In those cases where restrictions apply to imported goods, the original or a certified copy of the government permit or certificate is required to be provided to Tiscan. Certificates and permits include:

  • Fumigation certificates (e.g. Worn clothing)
  • TBS certificate (e.g. Food stuffs, used motor vehicles, cosmetics, tyres, etc)
  • Import Permit from GCLA – Chief Government Chemist (chemicals — for industrial and consumer chemicals)
  • Import Permit from TFDA – for Food stuff, cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals
  • Phytosanitary certificates (e.g. plants and seeds)
  • Plant importation permit from Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (plants & seeds)
  • Batch certificates (for manufactured consumables)
  • Radiation certificate

Final Invoice (FI)
The original copy of the FI is required. The FI is the commercial invoice issued by the exporter to the foreign purchaser of the goods.

Packing List
A packing list is required when a single consignment is comprised of multiple containers (FCLs) or containing multiple goods (LCLs).

Bill of Lading (BoL), Airway Bill (AWB) or Road Consignment Note (RCN)
An original or copy of the transport document related to the exportation (i.e. BoL, AWB or RCN) is required.

Import Documents
If the consignment is entered for export ‘ex warehouse’ or the consignment relates to ‘temporary import’ goods, all documents related to the temporary import or entry ‘into warehouse’ are required.