Some goods require approval of an import license upon importation from the Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce, Industry and Consumer Protection. The procedure does not require licensing fees or administrative charges. Licenses are granted for each shipment and cannot be transferred between importers. There are no restrictions on the number of licenses that can be issued to a single importer. The SCU is in the process of revamping the Supplies Control Act to eliminate the discriminatory nature in which licenses are granted to importers.
Imports into export processing zones and commercial free zones do not require a license. Licenses are automatic for the importation of furniture in non-commercial quantities, and for “unique wooden articles” for the tourism industry.