|República de Venezuela is located in South America and borders on Guyana, Brazil and Columbia, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Member of ALADI. Capital: Caracas (2,784,000). Population: 26,814 million. Principal Ports: La Guaira (70,000), Maracaibo (1,364,000).|
|WEIGHTS AND MEASURES:|
|1 Bolivar = 100 Centimos|
|Same as EST|
|Jan. 1; March 8; April 19; May 1; June 24; July 5, 24; Oct. 12; Dec. 25, 31, as well as these holidays with variable dates: Revolution Day, Carnival; Holy Thursday; Good Friday; Easter; Ascension.|
|32 Range Road,
Ottawa, ON, K1N 8J4,
Tel.: (613) 235-5151,
Fax: (613) 235-3205.
Venezuela has temporarily closed it Consular offices in Canada. Only the Embassy above remains open.
630 Rue Sherbrooke West, Suite 460,
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1904,
1308-1030 West Georgia Street,
The Canadian Embassy in Venezuela has been temporarily closed.
Information may be obtained from the
|CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:|
|Federacion Venezolana de Camaras y
Asociaciones de Comercio y Produccion,
Avenida El Empalme,
Urbanizacion El Bosque,
1050 Caracas, Venezuela,
Tel.: (011-58-212) 731-1711,
Fax: (011-58-212) 731-0246.
Venezuela-Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
|INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIALING CODE:|
|011-58 + area code + local number.|
|110v, 60 cycles AC.|
|Import Licenses are required for a very small number of goods only. Among prohibited items are used automobiles, used and re-treaded tires, used clothing and shoes, certain plants, certain pharmaceutical products and chemicals, poisonous or hazardous waste, meat of live or frozen bovine animals, sheep or goats, rags, twines and ropes made of textile material. Slot machines and devices for gambling require prior government approval.|
|The Foreign Exchange Administration Board (CADIVI) is processing all requests for authorization of foreign exchange. It has established a list of products for which import currency certificates are freely granted and another one with restrictions. There could be considerable delays or problems obtaining foreign exchange and it is advisable to check with the importer regarding the availability of foreign funds.
The new Bolivar Fuerte was put into circulation in August 2008 and is now the sole legal tender in Venezuela.
|BILLS OF LADING:|
|Show name of shipper and of consignee, place of shipment and of destination, marks, numbers, kind, quantity, weight and contents of packages and I/L number (if applicable). “To order” shipments are prohibited, even if a notify address is shown. One B/L may cover several shipments from the same shipper to same consignee, but for items requiring an import license a separate B/L is necessary. B/L’s must not contain any corrections or deletions. Express Bills of Lading are NOT acceptable – Bills of Lading must be rated originals showing full ocean freight. Must be signed manually. Bills of Lading cargo descriptions MUST be provided in both English as well as Spanish.|
|Due to ongoing diplomatic tensions between the Canadian and Venezuelan governments, it is recommended to contact the Embassy before sending any documents or payment for legalization.
The Embassy or Consulate General will charge a service fee of US$ 70.00 per signature on Commercial Invoices and other Certificates (see Special Certificates) as well as for Certificates of Origin. To be accompanied by a letter requesting legalization and showing the return address and a telephone number and contact person as well as instructions how to return documents (attach postage paid envelope or prepaid return courier waybill).
All Consular Fees are to be paid via MONEY ORDER only payable to “Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”
Global Affairs Canada
Please note that ASDS turnaround time may be as long as 3 weeks.
|CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN:|
|Generally not required, except for spirits and alcoholic beverages and medicinal and pharmaceutical goods, as well as some foodstuffs. If specifically requested by importer or stipulated in L/C the C/O is to be certified by Board of Trade or Chamber of Commerce and Notary Public and subsequently to be legalized by the Consulate General closest to shipper. The Consulate General will apply their stamp “VISTO BUENO” and return all copies. Enclose self-addressed return envelope or prepaid courier waybill.|
|2, in Spanish, show usual details including full description of goods and six digit H.S. (Harmonized System) tariff number as well as gross and net weights in kilos. Charges from f.o.b. to c. & f. or cif must be itemized separately. Show following declaration:
“Declaramos bajo juramento que todas los datos contenidos en esta factura son exactos.”
Place and date…..(Shippers signature)
|1.) Certificate of Health and Sale required for pharmaceuticals.
2.) Certificate of Health and Free Sale required for certain foodstuffs.
3.) Certificate of Health required for livestock, meat and meat products and certain foodstuffs.
4.) A Phytosanitary Certificate is required for seeds and plants.
5.) Certificate of Purity and Age and Origin required for wines and spirits.
6.) Certificate of Disinfection required for hay and straw packing.
7.) Fertilizer, pesticides, insecticides and animal fodder require special permission and registration.
|MARKING OF GOODS:|
|Certain foodstuffs, medicinal and pharmaceutical goods and whisky are subject to specific labeling regulations in Spanish. Containers of articles for consumption must be marked with the net contents, by weight or volume, in the metric system. All products must have instructions concerning their use, operation, utility and guarantee in Spanish.|
|All non-manufactured wooden packaging materials and dunnage must comply with the guidelines of ISPM No. 15 (International Standard for Packaging Material No. 15) which stipulates that:
wood has been heat treated or kiln dried to a minimum core temperature of 56 degree C for at least 30 minutes in an approved facility;
For additional details, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website:
Failure to comply with these measures may result in customs clearance delay and / or seizure of the shipment and removal of the wood or fumigation of the shipment at the expense of the importer or exporter. Packaging made of manufactured wood (particleboard, plywood, laminates etc.), corrugated cardboard, plastic, etc. is exempt from these regulations.
|MARKING OF CASES:|
|Gross weight in kilos, and marks and numbers to be stenciled or brush-marked on all packages. It is most important that the port of destination and consignee’s name is clearly shown in the marks. Marking on shipping containers should include the name and address of the manufacturer, destination port, weights and measures (metric), and a description of the goods.
NOTE: Goods in different tariff classifications should NOT be packed together as this may incur a Customs fine.
|Foregoing regulations apply. Airports with customs facilities: Caracas, Maracaibo, Barcelona, Coro, Las Piedras, Porlamar, Puerto Ordaz.|
|Parcels should be strongly packed. Declaration should show description of goods and the Harmonized System (H.S.) code number.|
|Small quantities of samples covered by “no charge” Commercial Invoices may be imported duty-free, although technically they could be subject to duty. Samples of value are subject to the foregoing regulations but may be temporarily imported against bond provided they are re-exported within 2 years.|
|Banco Central de Venezuela; Eurobanco Banco Comercial; Banco Mercantil; Banco Provincial; Banco Canarias de Venezuela; Banco Caracas; ABN-AMRO Venezuela; Banco Confederado; Banco Exterior (Bancoex); Banco Federal; Banco Venezolano de Credito; Banesco; Citibank Venezuela; Interbank; Standard Chartered; Lloyds Bank International.|
|Assessed at ad valorem rates on the CIF (CIP) value. Tariff is based on the Harmonized System (H.S.).|