Certificate of Purity - All non-registered food products require Certificates of Purity. Registered food products only require Certificates of Purity when the certificates are mandatory by law, such as for products of animal origin and vegetable shortening. One copy of the Certificate of Purity issued in the Country of Origin and legalized by a Venezuelan Embassy is required.
Alcoholic Beverages - Alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, rum, and the like may not be imported into Venezuela unless they have aged for two years. An official Certificate of Age legalized by a Venezuelan Consulate attesting to the age of the product must accompany such shipments, along with a certificate of physical and chemical analysis (i.e. alcohol rate, etc.), certified by a competent authority of the country where this product is produced.
All shipments free or partially free of duty must be insured by insurance companies authorized to do business in Venezuela. Such shipments must also be carried in Venezuelan ships or lines authorized by the Government. For all other shipments insured by the exporter, the insurance premium must be shown on the commercial invoice.
The ‘Law for the Protection and Development of the National Merchant Marine’ specifies that fifty percent (50%) of all imports must be carried in national vessels, defined as ships Seventy-five percent (75%) owned by Venezuelan nationals. The Government reserves to Venezuelan flag ships the transport of not less than ten percent (10%) of imports of petroleum and its derivatives, ore, wheat, and other free-flowing cargo. This amount is to be increased to fifty percent (50%) gradually.
- WEIGHTS AND MEASUREMENTS - Metric System.