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import

1. 
a. goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
b. (as modifier): an import licence
2. Canadian Informal a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays

import

(data)
To read data that is not in the native format of the application. For example, a web browser will have its own way of storing bookmarks but it will usually provide a function to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer. The alternative is to provide an independent external conversion utility but this is usually less convenient for the user.

import

(1) To convert a file into the format required by the application being used. Many applications are capable of importing a variety of popular formats, converting them into the native format of the application for display, printing or editing. If an application can import a format, it can usually export to the format (convert it back). For example, most word processing programs can import documents created in other word processors. After editing, they can be saved in the native format or saved in (exported to) the document's original format.

Computer-aided design (CAD) and drawing programs are used to manipulate graphics objects in their proprietary, native format. In order to modify an illustration created in another application, it must be imported. After making changes, the drawing can be saved in (exported to) the drawing's original format.

Ripping Is Importing Too
When a music CD is imported into jukebox software such as iTunes and converted to MP3, AAC or some other compressed audio format, it is also called "ripping." Contrast with export. See import filter and ripping.

(2) To scan an image into an application. For example, the import function in Photoshop is used to activate the scanner. In this context, import means to convert the paper image to a digital image.
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Le communique a egalement exclu les importations sans paiement ou sans transfert de devises, les importations beneficiant des avantages fiscaux, telles que les importations des ambassades et instances assimilees, les importations des entreprises totalement exportatrices et les importations effectuees par des tunisiens residants a l'etranger dans le cadre de creation ou de participation a des projets, les importations exonerees des procedures du commerce exterieur conformement aux dispositions du decret nA 94-1743 du 29 aout 1994.
Capital Importation is divided into three main investment types: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Portfolio Investment and Other Investments, each comprising various sub-categories.
The standby authority to import 250,000 metric tons is approved considering the importation should arrive after the harvest or the first week of June,' Evasco said in a press conference.
The documents noted that the Philippines has a history of live animal importation from Brazil, which resulted in the destruction of 87 head of Murrah buffaloes out of the 2,046 head that were imported from the Latin American country vaccinated against FMD.
Under the CAO, which is the first one pertaining to de minimis importations under the CMTA regulations, prohibited items for importation include adulterated or misbranded food products and goods; instruments, drugs and substances designed, intended or adapted for producing unlawful abortion; and representations of any form of an obscene or immoral character.
Rice farmers' cooperatives, however, have rued that they were only given a pittance from rice traders after the completion of the importation process although rice importation is allowed by the government for their benefit.
In 2003, a WPV1 importation event originating in Nigeria caused an outbreak of 51 polio cases in Chad.
On May 1, 2007, Senator Dorgan offered his drug importation bill, S.
Four main reasons may explain this outbreak: 1) the close links with countries, such as Chad and Cameroon, where WPV1 recently reemerged; 2) declining rates of routine vaccination and low population immunity after disruption of health service infrastructures and road networks; 3) displaced persons' living in crowded areas with little sanitation and poor water supply; and 4) lack of response preparedness to WPV importation.
For example, the report advises that any legislation aimed at permitting the importation of foreign drugs should only be done in ways that provide the statutory authority and substantial resources needed to effectively regulate that activity and to protect the public health.
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine and Canadian pharmacists have joined hands to fight drug importation programs that they assert threaten the safety of patients in both countries.
A limited, commercial program that would import drugs from Canada is feasible but would result in limited savings for consumers, members of a government task force on drug importation said at a press briefing sponsored by the Health and Human Services Department.