Relevant laws and regulations
- Sub-decree No. 17/ANK/BK dated 26 February 2020, on the Enforcement of the List of Prohibited and Restricted Goods (Effective from April 1, 2020, onwards);
- Sub-decree No. 209/ANK/BK dated 31 December 2007, on the Enforcement of the List of Prohibited and Restricted Goods (Voided);
- Sub-decree No. 208/ANK/BK dated 08 September 2011, on the Amend of Explanatory Note II of Annex 2 of Sub-decree No. 209/ANK/BK dated 31 December 2007, on the Enforcement of the List of Prohibited and Restricted Goods (Voided);
Prohibited and Restricted Goods are goods whose imports or exports are subject to a certain condition for any of the following purposes:
- The protection of national security;
- The Protection of public order and standards of decency and morality;
- The protection of human, animal or plant life or health;
- The protection of national treasures of artistic, historic or archaeological value;
- The conservation of natural resources;
- The compliance with the provisions of any legislation of The Kingdom of Cambodia currently in force;
- The fulfillment of obligations under the Charter of the United Nations.
Goods subject to the prohibition or restriction on export, import and transit are defined in Annex 1 to 5 of this sub-decree as follows:
- Annex 1: List of prohibited goods
- Annex 2: List of goods which require permits for import or export
- Annex 3: List of goods which require certificates from exporting country
- Annex 4: List of goods prohibited or required to get permits for international transit
- Annex 5: Explanatory Note of implementation of the lists of prohibited and restricted goods.
- The list in Annex 2 of this Sub-decree shall not be applicable to import or export of non-commercial goods such as samples, personal effects of passenger, the stuff of moving accommodation, or others in similar kinds. However, items of high-risk to public health, security, and safety shall not be eligible for the above exemption.
- Product, sample, and part of animals or plants which is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) shall require a permit from the competent authority of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery, although it is not precisely specified in the Sub-decree.
- The following items, which cannot be included in Annex 1, due to the technical issue of HS classification, are also prohibited on imports:
- Right-hand drive vehicle;
- Plastic bag with the handle of less than 0.03 millimeter in thickness, and its bottom width of fewer than 250 millimeters;
- Used commodities such as vehicle tires, and batteries;
- Religious books, Politics books, Artwork, Pornography, Advertisement Images, and other kinds of printed documents prohibited by law;
- IPR infringing goods or counterfeit goods.
- The following items, which cannot be included in Annex 2, due to the technical issue of HS classification, are also restricted on imports:
- Used commodities such as computer, shoes, bag, air-conditioner, refrigerator, and freezer (under the authorization of the Ministry of Environment);
- Drone, other than those of subheadings 8802.20.90 and 8802.30.90 (under the authorization of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication).
- Export/Import of commodities, which are administered by more than two or more competent ministries, shall require a permit from only one ministry, based on the purpose of its use, except those goods of chapter 44 in Annex 2 of this Sub-decree.
- In the case where commodities have permission from the Council of Development for Cambodia (CDC), there shall be no need to request a permit from other competent ministries or institutions for import.
- Export of mining products shall have a license or letter of permission in a similar form from the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
- For general export, in case that exporter is to have “certificate” in any determined forms, competent ministries/institution shall issue document as requested, even though those commodities are not in any annexed lists of this Sub-decree.
It is hereby put into force the Lists of Prohibited and Restricted Goods, which is in line with the Cambodia Customs Tariff 2017, appear as Annexes of this sub-decree.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance shall timely update the commodity codes in the lists of the Annexes of this Anukret corresponding to the transposition of WCO Harmonized System and ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature.
A commodity that is subject to prohibition and restriction of importation-exportation and transit shall be determined in this Anukret. The amendment of commodity and/or treatment of prohibited and restricted goods shall be done by the Committee on Economic and Financial Policy.
In the event that there is any risk which is required immediate action, the competent ministries may take temporary measures for control of importation-exportation and transit of the risky goods, despite the fact that commodity is not stated in this Anukret, and set precise timeframe of the measures, not exceeding 6 months. The duration of the measures can be terminated earlier or extended depending on actual circumstances.
The Sub-decree No 209 ANK. BK dated 31 December 2007 on the enforcement of the List of Prohibited and Restricted Goods and the Sub-decree No 208 ANK. BK dated 08 September 2011 on the Amendment of Explanatory Note II of Annex 2 of the Anukret No 209 ANK. BK dated 31 December 2007 as well as other regulations that contradict this Anukret shall be nullified.
Minister in charge of the Council of Ministers; Minister of Economy and Finance; Ministers of all Ministries, Heads of Relevant Institutions shall respectively implement this Anukret from the 1st April 2020 onward.