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Import/Export

Germany to French Polynesia

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

Goods of EEC origin may receive preferential rates of duty. A Certificate of Origin is required for the rate to be applied. Import duty for general goods (except cigarettes and alcohol) ranges from 1 to 900%. The import duty for cigarettes is 600%, and for alcohol (spirits) is 900%.
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

For charges made for Export Shipments from Germany to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with Germany as the destination.

Clearance Information

An exemption is applied to non-commercial shipments valued under 20,000.00 Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF). Duty is applied to all commercial shipments, meaning shipments containing items for professional use.

Shipments valued 10,000.00 XPF or greater require a formal Customs entry.

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 consignees telephone number must be provided to avoid delay in delivery.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory including Tahiti and Bora Bora.

All shipments meant for another island than Tahiti, needs to be transferred by air or sea if the island is not served by air. The consignee needs to pick up at the airport or port as there is no delivery service in these islands.

It is essential that a phone number and email address if available is provided. If the information is missing, the shipment will not be delivered.

For shipments to outer islands, please write name of island within address section followed by postal code 98713 Papeete.

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 consignees telephone number must be provided to avoid delay in delivery.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring -1000/ Fall -1000
French
Fr. Pacific Isl. Franc (CFP Franc)(XPF)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper 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 only be be billed to the receiver.
  • 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 French Polynesia. 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.

The following items require an Import License:
  • Flour
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rice
  • Sugar
An Import License is required for radios.
An Import License is required.
An Import License is required.
An Import License is required.
An Import License is required.
An Import License is required.
An Import License is required.

Gift Exemptions

13500.00 Fr. Pacific Isl. Franc (CFP Franc) XPF
individual-to-individual
per shipment

In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to French Polynesia must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice. The invoice should include:

  • Consignee's telephone number
  • A clear and accurate description of the goods
  • Currency (for example, USD)
  • Currency amount
  • Itemized value for each item, including a unit value and a total value for each item
  • Transportation charges
  • Declared Value (which cannot be lower from the commercial value of the good)
  • Insurance
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 document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
An import license is required for calendars. Shipments of calendars are limited to 20 per shipment per year if they are to be considered documents.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs and value limit up to 10,000 XPF.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs.
Used traveler's checks are classified as documents. Unused traveler's checks are classified as non-documents.
Document weight limit up to 10 kgs.

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 French Polynesia.

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.

Corned beef is prohibited

Fruit juice is allowed except for pineapple juices

Pork items (sausages, hams) is prohibited

Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: No

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

Special Clearance Requirements

Phytosanitary certificate or proof of fumigation is required for customs clearance. The material must meet below requirements prior to shipping.

a. Dry (Humidity percentage less than 25%).

b. Free from live pests e.g. bugs or cockroaches

c. Free from soil, leaves and other extraneous matters.

d. Packaging and shipping methods must be able to prevent infestation or contamination. Example, appropriate packaging (e.g. plastic wrapping, 6-sided boxing, closed shipping containers and etc.) is used.

e. Article with or more than 4 mm thickness and equal or more 1 meter long must be packed in sealed commercial packaging. They must also have undergone treatment, such as methyl bromide fumigation.

Importation for personal use is authorized without phytosanitary documentation if quantity and size of items are reasonable. Articles must be treated, destroyed or re-exported at importers expenses should any infestation or contamination be detected.

Value Limits


Private Shipments

  • 0.00 Fr. Pacific Isl. Franc (CFP Franc) (XPF)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 Fr. Pacific Isl. Franc (CFP Franc) (XPF)
    • 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
    419.10 cm (165.0 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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