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Legislative Framework Governing Importation

Importation licences are granted under The Trade Act (Cap. 91:01). The Guyana Standards Act of 1984, amendment 1997 stipulates the monitoring of commodities for which there is an existing National Mandatory Standard, in order to verify compliance. Electrical safety issues regarding importation of equipment are considered in the Electricity Sector (Technical Standards) Regulations made under the Electricity Standard Reform Act 1999 (No. 11 of 1999)

What is a No Objection to importation of radio communication equipment?

A No Objection to the importation of radio communication devices is a letter issued by the Telecommunications Agency that specifies conditions under which a radio communication device can operate with consideration of the legislative framework governing importation of equipment into the country.

Why is No Objection necessary?

No objection is necessary because it:

  • Protects consumers from products that are non-compatible with the local telecommunications network
  • Ensures that the operating frequency of all radio communication equipment is in conformance with the frequency spectrum allocation plan of Guyana so that no harmful interference is caused to essential services
  • Ensures that the device complies with local and international standards that protect consumers from products that are hazardous and ensure that their operation do not affect in any way the normal functioning of other equipment or the health of people around the operational areas

What are the criteria for issuing no objections?

No objection for importation of radio communication equipment includes the verification that the Radio communication equipment meets:

  • The ITU Region 2 recommendations
  • The approval of recognized standards organizations (FCC or IC)
  • The Telecommunication’s Agency's standards

The Telecommunications Agency keeps abreast of the latest international standards and recognizes and/or adopts these standards for such equipment where there is no conflict with the Unit’s standards and practices.

In determining what devices should be eligible for importation, the Telecommunications Agency also gives consideration to the following:

  • Maximum effective radiated power (ERP)/ effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP);
  • Frequency range of operation of the device;
  • Potential for the device to cause harmful interference to all other station and spectrum licensees;
  • International best practices in respect of the licensing of the respective device

Who should apply for No Objection?

No Objection may be requested by:

  • The manufacturer of the radio communication equipment
  • An authorized agent of the manufacturer of the radio communication equipment

How to Apply for No Objection?

Application for no objection should include the following information:

  1. An application letter detailing the following:   
  • Name of the Applicant
  • Address of the Applicant
  • Applicant Contact Person
  • Job Title of Applicant Contact Person
  • Name and Model Number of radio communication device
  1. Letter of Authorization (if application is made on behalf of the manufacturer)
  2. Technical Specifications of the Product
  • The original brochure of the equipment listing all the technical specifications, including operating frequency and maximum EIRP for radio communication equipment
  • Duly signed and dated Test Reports of compliance certifying compliance with international standards issued by the manufacturer.
  1. Evidence that the equipment complies with all the required standards.  The evidence may be in the form of:
  • FCC or IC certificates duly signed and dated