New regulations concerning exports to Gabon: PROGEC implements extended conformity requirements effective as of January 1, 2021!
Dec. 21 2020
On July 16, 2020, the Gabonese "Programme Gabonais d'Evaluation de la Conformité" (PROGEC) officially introduced its new set of requirements for international trade cooperations
When the updated regulations come into force on January 1, 2021, further products and commodities will fall within the scope of the Gabonese VOC-program.
In the new version, this will cover all consumer goods and raw materials holding an FOB value of €1000 or more, with the exception of live animals and animal products, plant products, food and medicine. Likewise, imports with the following general purposes and characteristics are exempted:
- Packages with no commercial value and express shipments
- Commercial samples
- Goods from governments or international organizations meant for recognized humanitarian associations or charitable organizations
- Personal gifts and personal belongings
- Humanitarian goods from foreign governments or organizations in the event of a disaster
- Goods for the diplomatic community
In addition, there are accompanying transition periods of 3 months for goods that have already been part of PROGEC's scope and 6 months for goods that are new to the program.
All imported products regulated under PROGEC require a mandatory Certificate of Conformity to be issued by an independent inspection body such as Bureau Veritas.
You may also find more relevant information on our Import & Export Services platform and in the official
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