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Import/Export

Germany to Bangladesh

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Import Documentation

Any shipment with value above USD 2500.00 requires the consignee to provide an Import Permit (IP).
Import Registration Certificate (IRC).

This is mandatory for business entities who are desirous of importing raw material or other special items to Bangladesh. A valid IRC is a must unless not exempted in the Importers, Exporters and Indentors (Registration) Order, 1981. However, the requirement of IRC is exempted in following two cases:

1) LC for import of capital machinery and initial spares for setting up new industrial unit may be allowed without IRC (ref. Import Policy Order, 2015-18)

2) individuals or institutions may import permissible items valued up to 7000.00 USD for their own use under cash foreign exchange without IRC (ref. Import Policy Order, 2015-18) .

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

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Clearance Information

Clearance of non-document items may be delayed if the telephone (or telex) and contact name are not provided, particularly for shipments located outside Dhaka.
When any DGR shipment is sent to Bangladesh from any country or territory, transit hubs (e.g Dubai, Singapore and Delhi hubs) must mention DGR shipment on Master Airway bill copy along with UPS Airway bill number. This is for easy identification of DGR goods.

 An amount of USD 100.00 for each shipment is penalized as DGR charge by Bangladesh government if DGR identification is not mentioned on the Master Airway Bill. .

As per Bangladesh Customs rules and regulation, Customs reserve the right to penalize the consignee as well as the carrier for any discrepancies / miss-declarations on weight, pieces, value or commodity description. The penalty amount starts from US$1250 and ends up in seizure of the goods along with the penalty.

Mentioned below but not limited to:-

1. Weight: Difference of weight declared in AWB manifest against actual weight measured during Customs assessment.

2. Product declaration or description: Non-documents declared as documents, improper descriptions such as samples, gifts, or product model/composition rather than description of product.

3. Value: Declared value currency is preferred to be in US$ and must be indicated in invoice for non-document shipments. Zero dollar value for non-documents are not acceptable.

Amendments are accepted by customs on the value or address corrections and for that the below is required. But note, Bangladesh customs reserves the right to accept such amendments and requires several Government approvals and payments as advised by the customs based on the merit of the commodity.

1.Letter from the Shipper to Bangladesh customs requesting for change with the correct information.

2.Letter for UPS origin to Bangladesh customs requesting the same.

3.Since, Bangladesh Customs ASYCUDA is updated by the Airlines from the Origin, in some cases the origin Airlines might have to provide the same letter.

4.In case of Address correction, a NOC (Notification of Change) is required from the Consignee to whose name the consignment first arrived in Bangladesh.

A Documents bag shall not be used for sending Non- documents shipments. Customs will charge penalties for such incorrect bagging.
Packages must have a complete address. Packages without a complete address may be held in Dhaka and the recipient advised to collect the shipment from the UPS office.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

High-value shipments, such as TVs and VCRs, sent to individuals cannot be shipped as courier packages. Shipments intended for the consignee's personal use and not for resale, such as letters, gifts, games, and clothes are not accepted.
The importer in Bangladesh needs to supply their 11 digit VAT number to clear any shipment. Clearance will take 2-3 business days if consignee has the correct VAT details.

VAT is a mandatory for B2B (business-to-business) shipments, it is necessary that the shippers are consigning the goods to the correct receiver and provide the required information (company field should have the correct company name, and the address field should have the correct address).

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from certain cities.

For remote areas, postcards are sent to inform the consignee of the shipment's arrival.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Friday, Saturday, and official holidays.
Spring +0600/ Fall +0600
Bengali
Taka(BDT), US Dollar(USD)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver, or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party in the destination country or territory.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S.This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Bangladesh. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments of films are subject to a customs inspection. If found to contain undesirable contents, shipment will be seized and a fine of $50,000 BDT may be charged.
Commercial importers must have a drug license and all other relevant papers to import medicines in large quantities. In special cases (life saving drugs), the consignee may import medicines in small quantities.

Gift Exemptions

0.00 US Dollar USD
no gift exemption
no gift exemption

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Bangladesh must include four copies of an invoice. One copy of the invoice should be attached to the air waybill (AWB).

Invoices must contain the following information:

  • Complete details
  • Customs purpose
  • Value declaration

    Certificates for chemicals must accompany invoices.

    The consignee's telephone number must appear on the invoice.

  • UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
    UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory considers the following items as document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Limit: 3 airline tickets
    Weight limit: 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) containing documents only.
    Weight limit: 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) containing documents only.
    Bank to bank only.
    Weight limit: 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) containing documents only.
    Weight limit: 1.0 kg (2.2 lbs.) containing documents only.
    Greeting cards weight limit: 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs), limit to maximum 3 pieces per item.

    Invitation letter weight limit: 1.0 kg (2.2 lbs), contain documents only.

    Weight limit: 2.0 kg (4.4 lbs.) containing documents only.
    Between valid parties through proper channel.

    Note: Financial instruments falls under Money laundering act according to Bangladesh Government regulation and needs to maintain proper channel (eg. Banks) to avoid legal issues.

    weight Max 2 Kgs, and containing document only
    weight Max 2 Kgs, and containing document only

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Bangladesh.

    Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
    Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

    Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

    The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

    Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

    Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

    Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.
    Used items are prohibited.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    Special Clearance Requirements

    For the request of Duty & Tax free Non-Document shipment into the BEPZ (Bangladesh Export Processing Zone), please note the following steps:
  • Upon the arrival of the shipment, Consignee will be notified on the same day with a Cargo Arrival notice.
  • This notice will contain all the relevant documents such as invoice, HAWB, etc.
  • Consignee will submit the documents along with their request for free duty/tax to local BEPZA (Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority) Office.
  • Import Permit will be issued by the BEPZA office and each shipment application will take two business days from the date of application.
  • The Import Permit will be handed over by the importer to the express company/their own broker who will arrange for the shipment release from Airport Customs.

    The whole process will take approximately 4 to 7 days from Import to Delivery within BEPZ.

  • New requirements have been implemented for small package shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 0.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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