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State Customs Committee under the Rep of Armenia Government, manage, organize and monitor customs activities. The structure of the central apparatus of the State Customs Committee under the Rep of Armenia Government was confirmed by the Prime Minister’s Nº 247 Decree of 20th February  2000. The regional customs houses are customs entities where the goods and means of transportation/vehicles transferred by the organizations registered in the customs zone of activity of the given regional customs house are processed. Two specialized customs houses are functioning in the Rep of Armenia, where special types of commodities are processed. Each regional customs house has some customs points under its subordination. The customs points are customs entities where goods and vehicles conveyed by physical persons undergo final processing, as well as goods and vehicles conveyed by legal entities undergo registration and initial customs processing (in case of import and transit) or registration and release (in case of export and transit).

Duties and Tax Exemption

  • VAT – 20% from customs value (cost of goods plus transport cost)
  • Import Duty an average 10% for specified goods
  • Road Tax
  • Ecology Tax
  • Goods and services recognized as humanitarian assistance within the framework of humanitarian aid programs are exempt from all duties and taxes
  • In order to get HACC approval prior of arrival of goods, letter request with supporting docs (cargo docs, distribution plan) should be submitted to HACC (Humanitarian Assistance Central Committee)
  • Copy of recognition letter should be submitted to Head of customs before declaring goods.
  • Cleaning Cargo with incomplete documentation is not possible , in case of any missing documentation, goods could be unloaded at the bonded warehouse ( or in case of big shipment or humanitarian assistance ) in consignees warehouse, however consignees do not have right to use goods until issue with docs are not solved and clearance is not done. Best before date of commodity, as per local legislation is a must on any kind of packaging, including bags. Usually as per law printing should be in Armenia as well, however for Humanitarian assistance, issue with Armenian language was waived.

For contact information regarding government custom authorities, please follow the link below: 

 

Contact person at the Customs and Immigration Office

Agency Name and Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

Republic of Armenia Customs

3 Movses Khorenatsi Street,

375015 Yerevan, Armenia

Name: Gagik Khachatryan

Title: Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of the Government

Email: mpk@customs.am

Tel: +374 10 536 051

Tel: +374 10 536 122

Fax: +374 10 538 035

Web:

Regional Customs Houses (Working hours: 0900 to 1800)

Name and Address

Address

Telephone & Fax

ARCH– Araratyan Regional Customs House

10 Admiral Isakov Avenue

Yerevan,Armenia

Tel: +374 10 527 611

Fax: +374 10 541 090

GRCH – Gugark Regional Customs House

44 Moskovyan Street

Vanadzor,Armenia

Tel: +374 10 288 637

SHRCH – Shirak Regional Customs House

21 Khorenatsi Street,

Gyumri,Armenia

Tel: +374 10 285 614

SRCH– Syunik Regional Customs House

Yerevan–Sysian Highway,

Armenia

Tel: +374 10 285 826

Zvartnots Customs House of Yerevan

ZvartnotsAirport,

Yerevan,Armenia

Tel: +374 10 593 566

TIRRegional Customs House

n/a

Tel: +374 10 568 474

Bagratashen Customs Point

Bagratashen Village of Tavoush marz (former Noyemberyan region) bordering withGeorgia, on the highway

Tel: +374 10 284 571

Ayrum Customs Point

Airum Railway Station of Tavoush marz (former Noyemberyan region) bordering withGeorgia

Tel: +374 6 621 980

Jilizia Customs Point

Jilizia Village of Tavoush marz (former Noyemberyan region) bordering withGeorgia

Tel: +374

Gogavan Customs Point

Kalinino Village of Tashir marz bordering withGeorgia

Tel: +374 5 421 984

Privolnoie Customs Point

Kalinino Village of Tashir marz bordering withGeorgia

Tel: +374

Bavra Customs Point

Bavra Village of Shirak marz (former Ghukasyan region) bordering withGeorgia

Tel: +374 10 285 829

Shirak Airport Customs Point

ShirakAirport

Gyumri,Armenia

Tel: +374

Meghri Customs Point

Agarak Town of Syunik marz bordering with the Islamic Rep of Iran

Tel: +374 10 285 452

Emergency Response

[Note: This section contains information which is related and applicable to 'crisis' times. These instruments can be applied when an emergency is officially declared by the Government.  When this occurs, there is usually a streamlined process to import goods duty and tax free.]

In the following table, state which of the following agreements and conventions apply to the country and if there are any other existing ones

Agreements / Conventions Description

Ratified by Country?

WCO (World Customs Organization) member

Yes      Date: 30th June 1992

Annex J-5 Revised Kyoto Convention

Yes      Date: 25th April 2003

OCHA Model Agreement

Yes       

TampereConvention (on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations)

Yes

Regional Agreements (on emergency/disaster response, but also customs unions, regional integration)

Member of  BSEC

(Black SeaEconomic Cooperation)

Exemption Regular Regime (Non-Emergency Response)

[Note: This section should contain information on the usual duties & taxes exemption regime during non-emergency times, when there is no declared state of emergency and no streamlines process (e.g. regular importations/development/etc.).]

  • Single Administrative Document (SAD) is completed based on this document
  • Goods and vehicle declaration is automated and is implemented by ASYCUDA system
  • Before starting declaration process importer have the right to observe and measure goods and vehicles, and take samples if permitted by customs bodies on condition that they will be included in the submitted declaration
  • Goods and vehicles are declared in the custom house by the following sequence:
    • Registering a SAD
    • Accepting a SAD
    • Selectivity
    • Payment
    • Goods Release

SAD Registration
Based on the submitted documents the declarant fills out the corresponding fields in the SAD
The completed SAD is registered in the automated system
The registered SAD is checked and signed by the declarant and stamped with the organization seal and is submitted to the authorized person in the custom house, i.e. to the estimating inspector
Amendments and supplements to the customs declaration are made before it is accepted by the authorized customs officer

Accepting a SAD
Customs bodies check the accuracy of the order of filling out the SAD, the completeness and validity of submitted documents, the accuracy of applying the customs value method, etc.
After the documents are checked the declarant is notified about the responsibility he/she bears in case incorrect information is provided and only after that the SAD is estimated and accepted
The estimated SAD is sealed with inspector’s personal seal, and the declarant signs and seals the document with the seal of the organization
The estimated SAD is considered to be accepted by customs bodies. It is a legal document starting from the moment it is accepted, and the declarant bears a responsibility for the inaccuracy of information declared by him.

Selectivity 

After estimating the SAD, further declaration direction is automatically selected by ASYCUDA
SAD can be selected by:
Red Passage - declared freight is subject to detailed inspection
Yellow Passage - declared freight is subject to partial inspection
Green Passage - declared freight is released without inspection

Payment
The declarant pays customs fees calculated in the SAD. All documents necessary for customs payments are to be completed, namely budget transfer notice of customs fees and customs fee receipt
The SAD and the other above-mentioned documents are sealed by inspector’s seal.

Goods Release
In case red and yellow passages are selected, declared goods are inspected according to the procedures defined by the law, and correspondence between goods indicated in the SAD and actually existing goods is checked
In case there is no correspondence between the information mentioned in the declaration and actual goods, a protocol regarding the violation of customs regulations is prepared in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Armenia
The declarant submits documents (a certificate of correspondence or about origin, etc.) provided by authorized bodies in case there is a necessity of non-tariff regulation defined by the legislation of the Republic of Armenia
Declared goods are subject to veterinary, sanitary and other type of control provided by the state bodies of the RA, in case there is the necessity for it
After having inspected goods (red and yellow passages) in case information declared corresponds to actually existing goods, the freight is released by making an appropriate note on the SAD

Goods entering the Republic of Armenia within the framework of programs of humanitarian assistance or charity
In the event of absence of direct reference in the legislation (including the international agreements of the Republic of Armenia) to the nature of a program, the latter shall be classified as pertaining to humanitarian assistance, charity and technical (other) nature by the Authorized Body of the Government of the Republic of Armenia coordinating humanitarian assistance ( HACC)

Organizational Requirements to obtain Duty Free Status

United Nations Agencies

  • UN Agencies do not need to obtain duty free permissions in case they have appropriate agreement with Government of RA and is recognized by national assembly
  • According to local legislation (Tax Code on VAT article Nº 16 all international organizations (diplomatic and humanitarian included in their list should not pay VAT
  • Please note; goods are not VAT exempt but VAT rate is 0%, for other duties it is an exemption

Non Governmental Organizations

  • NGO’s should obtain through HACC, permission for duty free entry for each shipment separately

Exemption Certificate Application Procedure

Duties and Taxes Exemption Application Procedure

Generalities (include a list of necessary documentation)

NGO should be registered as entity in Ministry of Justices.
NGO should have approved plan for humanitarian assistance with defined targeted group.
Request to HACC.
According to Local legislation Humanitarian organization can obtain exemption for import duties and VAT
Exemption is granted either by HACC (in case of NGO both local or international) or based on an agreement with Government

Process to be followed (step by step or flowchart)

Letter
Registration certificate
Shipping documents including detailed packing list with weight, number etc
(Process time - one week
HACC recognition and Duty free entry permission

Exemption Certificate Document Requirements

 

Duties and Taxes Exemption Certificate Document Requirements (by commodity)

 

Food

Shelter, WASH & Education

Medicines

Vehicles & Spare Parts

Staff & Office Supplies

Telecoms Equipment

Invoice

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

AWB, BoL, or Other Transport Documents

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Donation

Non- Commercial Certificate

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Packing List

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes (detailed with number of pieces and weight)

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Yes, Original,

1 copy,

applies to UN and NGOs

Other Documents

Phytosanitary Certificate

n/a

Needs to be registered brand inArmenia

Certificate of title or registration from origin

n/a

Import permission required from GoA

Additional Notes

 

 

Customs Clearance

General Information 

Customs Information

Document Requirements

Instruction of temporary import must be indicated on the invoice

Embargoes

None

Prohibited Items

Specific drugs, protected species, imitation and/or counterfeit material

General Restrictions

GMO commodities are not allowed into the country. Food commodities should have at least 6 months shelf life remaining and best before’ date should be displayed on packaging

Customs Clearance Document Requirements

Customs Clearance Document Requirements (by commodity)

 

Food

Shelter, WASH & Education

Medicines

Vehicles & Spare Parts

Staff & Office Supplies

Telecoms Equipment

D&T Exemption Certificate

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Invoice

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

AWB, BL, or Other Transport Documents

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Donation

Non-Commercial Certificate

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Packing List

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Phytosanitary Certificate

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Other Documents

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Yes, Original, 1 copy, applies to both UN and NGO

Additional Notes

 

Transit Regime

Transit Regime

The customs regime of transit shipment in Armeniais considered transportation of goods under customs control between two customs points without modification of the bill of lading. Transit shipment regime implies:

  • No customs payments
  • That the goods shall be transported from one customs point of destination to another within a ten day period maximum and submission to customs bodies for temporary custody within the specified period in case of force major
  • Exception of changes other than natural deterioration or changes caused by the transportation or storage under abnormal conditions;

Obligatory customs accompanying in cases stipulated by the Rep of Armenia government if otherwise is not stipulated customs code.
There is government established list of goods that are prohibited to be transported through the Rep of Armenia territory. Those goods transportation through the Rep of Armenia territory shall be subject of licensing and the order of implementation.
Carrier who arrange transit transportation of goods and means of transportation through the Rep of Armenia territory.

  • Should incur liability for transit shipment of goods and means of transportation under the ‘transit shipment’ regime according to this code and other legal acts.
  • In case of alienation, lost or not reaching to the customs point, or leaving the Rep of Armenia customs territory of goods and means of transportation without permission of the Customs Authorities, the carrier shall be obliged to pay the customs payments stipulated by "imported for free circulation" regime within 10 days following the date stipulated for the transit shipment and pay the penalties stipulated by the legislation in the event of failure to pay customs payments within the specified period.
  • In case the goods are destroyed or lost irrevocably in consequence of force-majeure circumstances, or undergone natural deterioration, or are damaged due to transportation under abnormal conditions, or actions or idleness of the RA State authorities and officials and that fact is stated with the relevant documents.
  • Since 2008 the Customs committee has started to encourage all organizations importing or exporting goods inArmeniato use licensed customs brokers to conduct clearance process
  • Currently almost all transport companies either have their own employee who have license to do clearance or have a contract with small companies who are providing such services
  • As of July 2009 there are almost 40 different companies who can provide customs clearance.

For information on Armenia Customs information focal points and information by entry point, please see the following document:

Armenia Customs information on Focal Points and Entry Points