Trade Control Policies comply with all applicable laws when importing, exporting and selling items , including the trade control laws of the United States or other jurisdictions. These laws include, but are not limited to the U.S. sanctions laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls ("DDTC"); and the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR"), administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS"). Depending on your location, the country of export, the country of import, the country of origin of the items, and other factors, additional laws and regulations from the United States and other jurisdictions may apply.

Sanctioned Countries, entities, and individuals

Export control and economic sanctions laws in the United States and a number of other countries prohibit or restrict unlicensed transactions with parties (i.e., individuals, entities, government regimes) identified as engaging in terrorism, narcotics trafficking, weapons proliferation and other activities that threaten those countries' national security, foreign policies or economies ("Denied Parties"). Various government agencies publish lists of such parties ("Denied Parties Lists"). In addition, many countries maintain trade sanctions and embargo programs against specific countries and regions ("Sanctioned Countries"), such that unauthorized transactions involving these Sanctioned Countries are prohibited or restricted.

In order to comply with these and other legal requirements, items imported from or originating in the following countries and regions may not be sold on

· Cuba

· Iran

· North Korea

· Syria

· Sudan

· Libya

· Crimea Region of Ukraine

No shipments or sales to parties in any of these countries may be conducted through does not do business with or otherwise engage in or facilitate transactions involving individuals or entities that are subject to sanctions or other applicable trade control restrictions. This includes, but is not limited to parties listed on: the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Foreign Sanctions Evaders (FSE) Lists maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury; the Entity List, Unverified List and Denied Persons List maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Consolidated list of persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions maintained by the European Union; the Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets maintained by Her Majesty's Treasury in the United Kingdom; the Consolidated List of Names, maintained by the Canadian Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. This also includes certain parties that are owned or controlled by Denied Parties.



Additional useful information

· The U.S. Department of the Treasury, OFAC overseas the U.S. government's sanctions laws and regulations

Additional information on the countries subject to U.S. sanctions

· The Bureau of Political Military Affairs' DDTC  is the organization within the U.S. Department of State responsible for enforcing the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130.

Items controlled under ITAR

· The U.S. Department of Commerce's BIS administers the Export Administration Regulations, 15 C.F.R. Parts 730-744

BIS has the licensing authority over the export and re-export of items considered to be "dual-use." Learn more about  items controlled under the EAR.

Polish Trade Regulations

Polish trade regulations include informations about: import and export regulatios, customs tariffs and customs procedures.

Import and export licensing

The most common questions in reference to the import and export of goods to and from Poland are about licenses that might be required if it is not local import. In the following section, local import refers to import within the European Union member states.

CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) import licenses are required for several products imported from non-EU countries into any country within the EU. Such import licenses, often referred to as the AGRIM Certificates, and are issued in Poland by the Agricultural Market Agency (Agencja Rynku Rolnego).

Other required certificates are approvals that must be issued prior to the introduction of goods to the Polish market. This applies to the importers of products that are new to the Polish market, and who must request product approval from the National Institute of Public Health – the National Institute of Hygiene (Narodowy Instytut Zdrowia Publicznego – Panstwowy Zakład Higieny) Once approval is granted, the goods may be imported to Poland. If a license has already been issued in another EU country, it remains valid in every state that is a member to EU.

Customs tariffs

The Customs Service (Służba Celna) has an official Tariff Browser (a module of the Integrated Tariff System – ISZTAR), that provides information on tariffs of goods in international trade. The Tariff Browser contains data from the TARIC system (goods nomenclature, duty rates, restrictions, tariff quotas, tariff ceilings and suspensions) as well as national provisions (VAT, excise tax, restrictions and nontariff measures). The Browser is maintained by the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finances within the framework of the Integrated Customs Tariff Information System – ISZTAR3. The Browser also provides detailed information concerning commodity turnover to Customs Administration and to all involved.

Customs procedures
The principal roles of the Customs Service include:

  • exercising customs control on the international commercial exchange,
  • calculating and collecting customs duties and taxes,
  • undertaking steps against smuggling and counteracting customs fraud.

While performing these roles, the Customs Service must fulfill a series of duties, most importantly, apart from their fiscal function, their task is the protection of:

  • national industry – against goods which would adversely affect the conditions of competition in the country,
  • natural environment – against entry of hazardous substances and micro-organisms,
  • world fauna and flora – against illegal predatory circulation of endangered species,
  • consumers – against goods which are substandard with respect to Polish norms or whose period of use has expired,
  • society – against the entry of goods, items or appliances which are hazardous to life, health and safety of citizens or would jeopardise the country’s security (e.g. weapons, paralyzing gases etc.),
  • the State – against the loss of cultural heritage (primarily against the exportation of goods with cultural value),
  • authors, artists, industrial and commercial rights owners – against infringement of intellectual property rights, trademark and patent rights etc.

and control the area of:

  • the State’s customs policy instruments, regulating the targets and volumes of international trade (e.g. monitoring the execution of customs quotas),
  • the enforcement of national and international regulations relating to prohibitions and restrictions in the international trade, the enforcement of regulations regarding permissible load of vehicles to ensure proper use of roads by carriers, and the enforcement of agreements concerning customs prevention with Poland being an involved party,
  • foreign currency control, including combating so- called money laundering. In order to discharge the above-described roles and responsibilities, the Customs Service co-operates with the other State’s authorities, such as the Police, border control, general customs inspectorate and tax authorities. Customs and investigation services from other countries, commercial organisations, research and scientific institutes, universities and similar organizations are also involved in the performance of these duties.

Upon encountering goods potentially violating intellectual property rights, Customs Authorities might decide to suspend their decision to release or detain such goods. Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council 12th June 2013, provides the relevant procedures for such an instance.