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Venezuela

COUNTRY:
Venezuela
MEMO:
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).
NOTE:
Documents required for most commercial shipments Copies req’d abroad Board of Trade or Chamber of Commerce Consular Visa Your File Total number of copies
Certified Copies retained Req’d Copies Retained
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E
A
Bills of Lading 1+3 no none no none 1 1+4
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
Comment
Cert. of Origin
Packing List
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I
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Air Waybill 1 no none no none 1 2
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
Comment
Cert. of Origin
Packing List
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A
I
L
Postal Declaration 1 set no none no none 1cc 1 set
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
Comment
Cert. of Origin
Packing List
LANGUAGE:
Spanish
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES:
Metric System
CURRENCY:
1 Bolivar = 100 Centimos
ISO-CODE:
VEF
TIME:
Same as EST
HOLIDAYS:
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.
EMBASSY:
32 Range Road,
Ottawa, ON, K1N 8J4,
Tel.: (613) 235-5151,
Fax: (613) 235-3205.
CONSULAR SECTION:
CONSULATE GENERAL:

Venezuela has temporarily closed it Consular offices in Canada. Only the Embassy above remains open.

630 Rue Sherbrooke West, Suite 460,
Montreal, QC, H3A 1E4,
Tel.: (514) 842-3417, 3418,
Fax: (514) 287-7101.

365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1904,
Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4,
Tel.: (416) 960-6070, 6071,
Fax: (416) 960-6077.

1308-1030 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6E 2Y3,
Tel.: (604) 998-8080,
Fax: (604) 630-2111.

CANADIAN REPRESENTATION:

The Canadian Embassy in Venezuela has been temporarily closed.

Information may be obtained from the

Canadian Embassy,
Carrera 7, No. 115-33, Piso 14,
Bogotá, Colombia,
Tel.: (011-57-1) 657-9800,
Fax: (011-57-1) 657-9912.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Federacion Venezolana de Camaras y
Asociaciones de Comercio y Produccion,
Avenida El Empalme,
Casilla 2568,
Urbanizacion El Bosque,
1050 Caracas, Venezuela,
Tel.: (011-58-212) 731-1711,
Fax: (011-58-212) 731-0246.

Venezuela-Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
Av. Principal del Bosque,
Torre Credicard, Piso 15, Ofc. 151,
1050 Caracas, Venezuela,
Tel.: (011-58-212) 954-1106,
Fax: (011-58-212) 952-4985.

INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIALING CODE:
011-58 + area code + local number.
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY:
110v, 60 cycles AC.
IMPORT RESTRICTIONS:
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.
EXCHANGE CONTROL:
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.
CONSULAR INVOICES:
None.
CONSULAR FEES:
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”
Payment must accompany your documents.

A Notary Public, Commissioner of Oath or lawyer must sign and seal the document, which is then subsequently to be authenticated by:

Global Affairs Canada
Authentication Services Section
125 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G2,
Tel.: 1-800-267-8376 or 1-613-944-4000.

Attach a letter with your mailing address and telephone number and state in the letter the services you wish to be performed. Documents will be certified by Global Affairs Canada, Authentication Services Section, free of charge and passed on to the Consulate General for legalization.
Also attach a self-addressed courier waybill or postage paid envelope for the return of your documents.

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.
COMMERCIAL INVOICES:
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)
(Translation: We hereby declare under oath that all the particulars contained in the present invoice are accurate.)
Facsimile signatures only allowed on copies. Original must be signed.
Legalization by Consulate-General usually not required.

PACKING LIST:
SPECIAL CERTIFICATES:
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.
Some of these certificates may have to be legalized by the Consulate General. In such case, the signature has to be countersigned by a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oath as well as the Ministry of Government Services.

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.
PACKING MATERIAL:
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;
or

wood has been fumigated with an approved chemical in accordance with an officially recognized technical specification.
In lieu of a Treatment Certificate or Phytosanitary Certificate, the wood must display an approved marking, enabling the identification of where and by whom the treatment has been carried out.

For additional details, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/forestry/exports/ht-program/eng/1319462565070/1319462677967

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.
Hay and straw packing materials require a Certificate of Disinfection duly certified by the Consulate General or Embassy.

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.
AIR FREIGHT:
Foregoing regulations apply. Airports with customs facilities: Caracas, Maracaibo, Barcelona, Coro, Las Piedras, Porlamar, Puerto Ordaz.
POSTAL PARCELS:
Parcels should be strongly packed. Declaration should show description of goods and the Harmonized System (H.S.) code number.
SAMPLES:
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.
BANKS:
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.
DUTIES:
Assessed at ad valorem rates on the CIF (CIP) value. Tariff is based on the Harmonized System (H.S.).

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