Trade Compliance in Syria

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International Conventions
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
Main International Economic Cooperation
The country is part of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA), a pact of the Arab League entered into force in January 2005 which aims to form an Arabic free trade area. Syria also signed a bilateral free trade agreement with Turkey and started negotiations for an Association Agreement with the EU in October 2004, but final signatures are still pending.
Party of the ATA Convention on Temporary Admissions and Use of the Carnets

As a Reminder, the ATA is a System Allowing the Free Movement of Goods Across Frontiers and Their Temporary Admission Into a Customs Territory With Relief From Duties and Taxes. The Goods Are Covered By a Single Document Known as the ATA Carnet That is Secured By an International Guarantee System.
Look Up the Other Member Countries And Read the Web Pages of the World Customs Organization Devoted to the ATA Carnet.
Party of the TIR Convention

As a Reminder, the TIR Convention and its Transit Regime Contribute to the Facilitation of International Transport, Especially International Road Transport, Not Only in Europe and the Middle East, But Also in Other Parts of the World, Such as Africa and Latin America.
The UNCTAD Website Allows You to Read the TIR Convention, See the List of Member Countries And to Find Further Information.
Accompanying Documents For Imports
Merchandise sent into Syria must include the following documents:
- Single Administrative Document (SAD);
- Commercial invoice with four copies, written in English;
- A phytosanitary certificate: it is required for fruits, vegetables, seeds and other edible plants and it is issued by the regional service for the protection of vegetables;
- A sanitary certificate: it is required for meats and it is issued by the direction of the department of veterinary services;
- A certificate of origin: if the importer requests it. It is set up in a legal form and signed by the chamber of commerce and industry;
- A Halal certificate for the meats;
- Transportation documents and packaging list.
Free Zones
There are seven free-zones in Syria: Damascus, the airport of Damascus, Adra, Tartous, Aleppo, the city center and the port of Latakia. These zones depend of the General Establishment of Free-Zones, which is in charge of their administration as well as the construction and the management of infrastructures and equipment needed. The establishment of other free-zones is projected for Deir Ez-Zor, Homs, the border with Iraq, close to Turkey (Idlib, Bab al Hawa). Close to 1,000 investors will be installed in these zones.
For Further Information
Syrian Investment Agency
Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce
Non Tariff Barriers
Imports are subject to a licensing system and some products are prohibited to import.
Find more on about Trade Policy in Syria.

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