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United Kingdom to Germany

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Import Documentation

Customs may require an import license for certain products from certain countries or territories, depending on the harmonized tariff code.

The importer must obtain the import license. An original export license from the exporter of the country or territory of origin might be necessary to obtain the import license.

The requirement of an import license is dependent on the country or territory of origin of the goods not the country or territory of export. For further detailed information it is highly recommended to contact your chamber of commerce.

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.

Market Surveillance
Market Surveillance is organized and performed at national level. Each member state is responsible for surveillance activities on its territory. Customs authorities are usually part of the market surveillance activities. On customs request the "Declaration of Conformity" has to be provided by the shipper, the manufacturer or his assigned representative in the EU or the importer.P> Declaration of Conformity
The Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a document in which the manufacturer, or his authorized representative within the EU, indicates that the product meets all the necessary requirements of the directives applicable for the specific product. The DoC shall contain the name and the address of the manufacturer along with information about the product (for example, brand and serial number). The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorized representative.

On request the manufacturer or his authorized representative within the EU must provide the DoC. In case the manufacturer is not an EU entity and has no authorized representative, the importer must be able to provide a copy of the DoC and additional proofs if requested.

National Requirements
For some commodities the conformity with the product safety regulations must be declared by the importer within the customs declaration. The DoC is required as a valid proof for the safety of the products and their compliance with the directives.

These commodities are everything with CE marking, like:

  • toys
  • electronic equipment
  • radio & telecommunication equipment
  • medical devices
  • sunglasses
  • chemical substances
  • measuring devices
  • pressure equipment
  • pyrotechnic articles

Exceptions are shipments to private individuals with no CE checking.

Spot checks are carried out. If Customs finds goods without CE marking, the considered goods are seized until further decision is met. This can take several weeks. Goods are no longer under UPS control. In case a matching DOC is provided, goods can be released or goods can be given to inspection from TÜV (charged with 300 Euros per item to be checked).

Customs procedure time is between 1-6 weeks.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

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). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

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 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Driving Licenses Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Shipments Between Countries or Territories of the European Union

No invoice and no customs clearance is needed if all goods are in free circulation. Goods subject to excise duty like alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not in free circulation from a tax point of view. They can only be sent under a contract for International Special Commodities (ISC). The exporter is responsible to accompany the necessary documentation to the package and ensure the payment of excise duty in the destination country or territory prior to departure.

Goods not in free circulation within the EU, usually coming out of a bonded warehouse, must be accompanied by an invoice and a 'Transit Accompanying Document' (TAD). Goods not in free circulation can only be forwarded with express service levels. The shipper is responsible for marking the goods as 'not in free circulation' within the shipping software or on the air waybill.

Please address any general Brokerage related inquiries direct to our generic email account importde@ups.com, if the shipment is still in the Customs clearing process, or to importinfo@ups.com if the shipment has already been released from Customs or for any non-shipment related inquiries on any Brokerage issues.
Germany offers door-to-door delivery except to the following postal codes/towns where deliveries are made by islands forwarding agents:

18565-Hiddensee25952-25956-Norddorf, Amrum 26476-26486-Wangerooge
25846-25849-Pellworm25961-25980-Westerland, Sylt26533-26548-Norderney
25859-Hallig Hooge25985-25992-List, Sylt26557-26571-Juist
25863-Langeness25993-25996-Wenningstedt, Sylt26572-26579-Baltrum
25869-Gröde, Hallig25997-Hörnum, Sylt26737-26757-Borkum
25929-25938-Wyk auf Föhr25998-25999-Kampen, Sylt27483-27498-Helgoland
25940-25943-Wittdün, Amrum26453-26465-Langeoog27499-Insel Neuwerk
25946-25949-Nebel, Amrum26466-26474-Spiekeroog 
Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
There are very detailed Customs regulations regarding temporary importation of goods for exhibitions that need to be followed in regards to classification of the goods. Please note, UPS does not offer the service of clearance under the temporary import procedure, Germany Brokerage can only clear the exhibition goods into free circulation, which means that duty and tax will be payable. In order to avoid possible delays in delivery due to payment issues in the destination country or territory,the UPS billing option should preferably be Free Domicile.

Furthermore, shippers should ensure that the proforma invoice lists the name of a contact person and a valid phone/mobile phone number so that Brokerage in the destination country or territory can get in contact with the consignee of the goods in order to agree on the clearance procedure.

If duty and tax should not apply,the importer must assign an alternate customs broker who is able to clear exhibition goods as temporary import. Additional charges will apply.

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.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory, except for Busingen, postal codes 78263, 78264 and 78266. This town is a part of Germany which is geographically enclosed from Switzerland. Due to customs law regulations, it is impossible to provide pickups and deliveries directly to this city.

If a customer wants to use the UPS service, he/she needs to give another address (for example, nearby in Switzerland), where the package can be picked up or delivered to.

Also, for all shipments to Busingen a complete export documentation is mandatory because they will be delivered in Switzerland.

All shipments to and from Helgoland (Postal Codes 27483-27494 and 27498) require a commercial invoice, even if being shipped to/from another European Union country or territory.

Deliveries to APO or any other military P.O. Box can not be made by UPS as we do not have contracts to do so. Auto RTS will be initiated.

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.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0200/ Fall +0100
German
European Monetary Unit (Euro)(EUR)

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 to 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.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • 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
  • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
  • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
  • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Germany. 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.

Antiques can be cleared with a duty rate of 0% and with the reduced VAT rate if they are proven older than 100 years.
Original artwork (for example, paintings, drawings, sculptures) can be imported with a duty rate of 0% and with the reduced VAT rate.
Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Goods which are destined for an exhibition may be subject to duty & tax. There are very detailed Customs regulations regarding goods for exhibitions that need to be followed by German Brokerage in regards to classification of the goods. It is solely the decision of German customs if import charges must be paid. Hence, shipments for exhibitions - which are normally time sensitive - should preferably have UPS Billing Option "Free Domicile" in order to avoid possible delays in delivery due to payment issues in the destination country or territory. Even if the billing option is Free Domicile it is highly recommended that shippers attach a confirmation that they are willing to pay the German import charges in case they incur. This will help to avoid clearance and delivery delays.

Furthermore, shippers should ensure that the proforma invoice lists the name of a contact person and a valid phone/mobile phone number so that Brokerage in the destination country or territory can get in contact with the consignee of the goods in oder to agree on the clearance procedure.

Certain food products (for example, figs, nuts, spices) are subject to inspection at authorized customs offices only. They can not be imported at the UPS import site. They must be returned or forwarded under bond to another customs broker assigned by the importer. Additional costs apply.

A veterinarian inspection or a Health Certificate may be required to import processed food depending on the percentage of animal products contained. A veterinarian determines the requirements for an inspection or Health Certificate based on the percentage of egg, meat, fish, milk, and milk products (especially cheese). The percentages of egg, milk, milk products, fish and meat should be stated on the invoice to support customs clearance.

Brokerage accessorial charges will apply and an import delay may occur.

Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs (for example tea with origin China) imported from certain third countries or territories are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

The customs office responsible for our import sites are not defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE can't be imported with UPS.

Customs classifies certain food supplements as medicine, especially vitamins with higher dosage than twice the recommended daily allowance and other products with physiological effects.

Private individuals cannot import medicine without an import license.

Food supplements classified as medicine in Germany and shipped without an Import License will be returned to the shipper or destroyed under customs control.

For additional information please see 'Medicine'.

UPS provides International Dangerous Goods service for shipments between the U.S. and selected European countries or territories by contract only.

Accessorial charges of US$40.00 apply as follows:

  • Hazardous Materials Class 9 (HAZ)
  • Hazardous Materials All Other Classes (HAN)
  • Shipments require an Invoice.
    For the cartridges apply the rules of the german pharmaceuticals act, independently of the substances (nicotine etc.). Every import of electronic cigarettes requires an examination by the health authority pharmacy.
    The invoice must include a description of the part, the machine for which the part will be used, and a list of the part's components.
    Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
    Samples of no commercial value can be imported free of duty and VAT under special circumstances. Samples marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the only use is a sample can be imported without duty and VAT in a number necessary for the purpose of testing. If the marking or mutilating is not reasonable (e.g. garments for a fashion show), samples up to 5 pieces and up to a maximum of 50 Euros per Commodity group can be imported without duty and VAT being charged. The term "Commodity group" means different qualities, colors and other differences customary in the trade except for the difference of sizes. Samples of no commercial value must be indicated as such on all export documentation.
    In order to avoid wrong customs declarations at import, it is mandatory that the exporter provide very detailed information about the shoes (for example, what kind of leather, what material used for soles and uppers, what kind of shoes (sport shoes, sandals, boots), who is to wear the shoes (children, women, men).
    A Health Certificate from the country or territory of origin must accompany shipments of smoked salmon. For U.S. shippers, obtain a Health Certificate by calling the Fish and Wildlife Department at 1-800-358-2104.

    A veterinary Health Certificate from the country or territory of origin must accompany shipments of smoked salmon from non-E.U. countries or territories. A certified veterinarian must then permit importation at the import site. Accessorial charges will apply.

    For additional information please see Animal Products and Food.

    Most of modern test reagents for diagnostic research are built on antibodies which are generated from animal tissue. There are two types of antibodies, the monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antibodies.

    Monoclonal antibodies are generated in vitro. Tissue from animals are taken (e.g. blood) and infected with certain substances or pathogens. The blood cells react with the production of antibodies which are than harvested and used for the production of the test kits. Due to the in vitro production and the controlled way of production those types of test kits are not subject to veterinarian control if it is a commercial production.

    Polyclonal antibodies are gained from living animals like rabbits. They are infected with the substances / pathogens and the animals are producing antibodies. The antibodies are harvested from the blood stream of the animals. Test reagents with polyclonal antibodies are subject to vet inspections.

    Shipment documents (commercial invoice or declaration on letterhead) should include:

     the place of origin of the material

     the quantity of the material, in weight or volume

     a description of the material/ animal source

     catalogue number and price (if available)

     additives (e.g., sodium azide, glycerol), their source (e.g., whole serum, supernatant, ascites), and purification, if any.

     protocols  the recommended protocol or datasheet indicating any unique fixation, detergent, blocking, or incubation conditions.

     the intended use (commercial/ manufacturing; research/ testing)

     the name and address of the shipper

     the name and address of the receiver

    Commercially packaged, ready-to-use In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) containing products of animal of origin, do not require a Vet-inspection, if compliant with Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. A declaration of conformity (CE-marking) must be provided for each individual commodity (e.g. reagents, test kits, immunosorbent assays such as ELISA kits).

    A certificate of origin is not required for the import clearance of textiles. The need of a certificate of origin for the import clearance was reversed on October 24, 2011.

    The country or territory of origin must be stated on the invoice for each invoice line. If the customs authorities doubt the correctness of the declared country or territory of origin they may request an additional proof which might be a certificate of origin.

    Import licenses apply only if origin of textiles is Belarus, or Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).

    Vitamins are considered medicine if the dosage exceeds considerably the limits based on the recommended daily allowance. For additional information please see Medicine.

    Gift Exemptions

    45.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) EUR
    individual-to-individual
    per person

    Shipments with value up to 45.00 Euros are free of import charges. Individuals can only ship tobacco products, alcohol, perfume, or coffee as gifts without duty and tax with the following limitation on quantities:

    Tobacco products - 50 cigarettes or 25 cigarillos (maximum weight of 3 grams ea) or 10 cigars or 50 grams of smoking tobacco

    Alcoholic beverages - 1 liter of distilled beverages and spirits of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol., - 1 liter of distilled beverages and sprits, and aperitifs with a wine or alcoholic base, of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol., sparkling wines, liqueur wines - 2 liters wines

    Perfumes and toilet waters - Perfumes: 50 grams perfume - Toilet water: 0.25 liters. Goods exceeding above quantities are excluded from duty-free admission. Write "gift" or "gift shipment" on the invoice. Write the name and address of the gift giver on the invoice. If products and shipping are ordered in a gift shop or on the Internet, the name of the gift giver must be on the invoice to be considered a gift shipment.

    Coffee - 500 grams of coffee or 200 grams of goods made on a coffee base

    Shipment value 45.00 to 700.00 Euros - Import charges for duty and V.A.T. equal a flat rate of 17.5% of the value of the goods. Shipments from exporting countries or territories which have a preferential agreement with the EU can be imported with a flat rate of 15%. The quantity limits for excise duty free importation of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, perfumes and toilet waters, see gift shipments under 45.00 Euros. If quantities are exceeding the limits, excise duties apply.

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to Germany must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

    Every shipment (commercial, samples, gifts, repair, return) requires an invoice which shows the realistic market price of the commodity. Shipments with unrealistic low merchandise value may be delayed.

    Where Incoterms applied, this should include the city shipped to, for example DDP Berlin where shipped Free Domicile. This will help to avoid clearance delays.

    Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

    The consignee's telephone number is required on the invoice for shipments to private individuals with a value above 22.00 EUR.

    The consignee's mobile number and e-mail address should also appear on the invoice if available.

    UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory classifies the following items as document shipments. The items must be of no commercial value. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to classify as a document shipment.

    To prove the document character of a shipment, a pro forma invoice is required for shipments of 10 kg and above.

    Validated airline tickets only
    Must be for shareholders or for intercompany use only.
    Must be for intercompany use or a bid invitation (such as architectural plans to obtain a contract inside the European Union) and have no commercial value.
    Must be non-commercial brochures or for intercompany use only
    Document limit: up to 15 business cards
    Must be personalized checks
    Personalized credit cards
    Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents.

    Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.

    Plastic magnetic cards (similar to credit cards) with a specific value assigned/debited to the card to purchase food, goods, or other merchandise typically relating to only one specific business or retailer. Only up to 5 gift cards can be considered documents
    Must be personalized to be considered documents.
    Non-personalized greeting cards and invitations are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
    The number of manuals must be appropriate for the purpose and not be of commercial character.
    Must be negatives, slides, or printing films being sent to press or publishing agencies.
    If the value includes press or editorial charges, the items are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
    Document: intercompany shipments for intercompany use with no commercial value
    Non-document: shipments from a publisher or printing company
    Must be for non-commercial purposes
    Must be personalized stationery and have no commercial value. The amount (number of pieces) must be appropriate for non-commercial use.
    Must be personalized to be considered documents.

    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 Germany.

    Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty payments in the country or territory of consumption within the EU. The shipper is responsible to comply with the regulation on goods subject to excise duty. They have to provide the necessary accompanying documents showing that excise duty has been paid in the destination country or territory or that the payment of the excise duty has been guaranteed by him or his customer. Shipments send to business need to be accompanied by simplified accompanying documents. The business consignee has to present the documents to the responsible tax office to get them stamped after paying the excise duty of the country or territory of consumption. The stamped document serves as a proof to get the excise duty refunded the shipper paid in the country or territory of dispatch.

    Shippers selling to private individuals (so called distance selling) are responsible for paying the excise duty of the country or territory of consumption prior to arrival or guarantee the payment via his fiscal representative in the country or territory of consumption. The shipper has to provide paperwork like a pro forma invoice or a transport document, proofing the tax registration of the shipper in the country or territory of consumption.

    UPS offers the shipping of alcoholic beverages between EU countries or territories under a contract for International Special Commodities. The UPS service covers only the transportation. Accepted goods are all kinds of alcohol with less than 70% volume alcohol content and stored in bottles or other containers with a capacity of 5 litres or less. Alcoholic beverages coming from a bonded warehouse or a freezone which are not in free circulation within the EU are excluded from this service.

    UPS offers the transport service for shipments between two EU countries or territories to all EU countries or territories excluding Finland & Sweden and any areas that are part of the EU customs area but not part of the EU common system of Value Added Tax (VAT).

    The service is offered for domestic shipments within the following countries or territories: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and UK.

    Alcoholic Beverages shipped under excise duty suspension regime are also transported but with further restrictions regarding the Geographical coverage. Shipments under excise duty suspension within or from Latvia and Malta are exempt from the service offer.

    Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

    All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

    Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

    Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

    Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

    Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Customs may inspect or restrict shipments of switchblades and long blades. Some knives are defined as weapons by German Weapons Law and could require an Import License. Contact the Brokerage Department for further information.
    Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory from various origins.

    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

    In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries or territories link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish, and Reptiles  with exception to Live Ornamental Fish) are prohibited between the countries or territories selected. For more details, please contact your ISC Coordinator.
    Private individuals may accept medicinal products delivered by post (including express mail and courier deliveries) within and between countries of the EEA if the supplier operates legally and the medicinal product has been approved by the authorities of the country in question.

    When you buy medicines in foreign online pharmacies, you must observe the import restrictions on medicines.

    Buying and receiving medicines from outside the European Economic Area is prohibited for private individuals in the European Union. Only business to business shipments are allowed. The importer or buyer of the medicine is solely responsible for any risks involved in illegal medicine trade.

    Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
    Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
    According to the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds are considered to be plants. A Phytosanitary Certificate must accompany restricted plants.

    Phytosanitary Certificates are only accepted by German authorities when the issuing authority of the export country or territory includes complete and all necessary information in the Certificate. An inspection is required by the Health Department and additional charges will apply.

    Certain plants which are also classified as food (for example, fruits, nuts, spices) are subject to additional restrictions. For further information please see 'Food'. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires, prior to exportation, a Phytosanitary inspection for certain plants, parts of plants, or seeds. This inspection may incur an additional cost.

    Plants mentioned in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), for example, must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

    The importation into, or exportation from Germany of any rough diamond is prohibited, from whatever source, unless the rough diamond has been controlled through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Rough diamonds, which have become known as conflict diamonds, are defined as diamonds used by rebel movements to finance military action opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments.

    The KPCS is a joint government internationally recognized certification system that imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as conflict-free and prevent conflict diamonds from entering legitimate trade.

    Tea from China

    According to EU regulation 2009/669/EC, tea from China is subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state. The customs office responsible for our import sites are not defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE cant be imported with UPS. Please also see "Food" in "Commodity Specific Stipulations" below.

    All tobacco products are subject to excise duty. The import of tobacco products can only be accepted on a contractual base. The exact quantity of tobacco products has to be stated on the invoice.

    For commercial importation of tobacco products, excise duty has to be paid prior to import. With paying the excise duty the importer gets the tax stamps. The tax stamps have to be affixed to the products in the export country or territory.

    Smokeless tobacco ("Snus") - The commercial import of "snus" is forbidden in the whole of the EU, with the exception of Sweden.

    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 Express
    • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS Worldwide Standard
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU
    • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

    Special Clearance Requirements

    The Embassy in Germany must provide a special Customs clearance form (form 0349) in original.

    Write "diplomatic goods" on the invoice to expedite Customs clearance. A contact person and telephone number at the embassy should be stated on the invoice.

    Customs does not charge duty or taxes for diplomatic shipments.

    Allow an additional 2 or 3 days for Customs clearance.

    Please refer to Military Shipments.
    The invoice should state "Government Shipment" for faster Customs clearance. Normally no duty or taxes apply to these types of shipments. Typical delay is 2-3 days.

    Inward Processing Relief (repair, processing and return)

    The customs procedure of inward processing is used for goods which will be repaired inside the European Union and re-exported after repair. Under this import procedure the goods stay under customs control until re-exportation under customs control.

    The importer is obliged to re-export the items during the determined period granted for repair within the import declaration for inward processing. If the deadline for re-export is exceeded duty and VAT become due. Customs inspections with both import and re-export clearance is most likely.

    Customs will not permit this procedure if goods are exempt from duty according to the tariff code and the importer can deduct the import VAT as deductable input VAT at his finance department (Business).

    If the goods are exempt from duty and the VAT can be deducted as input VAT (Business) the procedure of free circulation might be the more favorable procedure to the importer as no additional charges apply and the goods are not under customs control.

    To apply the inward processing procedure the invoice must clearly state that goods are being imported for the purpose of repair or processing.

    Additional charges apply.

    Shipments where the consignee is the NATO Armed Forces and is for NATO use require an Army Form 302 from the consignee (army). The invoice should state "Military Shipment" to make clearance easier. All shipments destined to the United States Armed Forces need an approval of the US Customs Clearance Office (CCO) prior to clearance. The COO issues the Army Form AE 302 for army goods only. Shipments destined to companies not covered by the NATO regulations have to be cleared as normal import shipments. Shipments destined to individual members of the NATO Armed Forces for their personal use need to be cleared within another procedure (see 'Military Personnel')

    Military Personnel

    Duty and tax do not apply for shipments of military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces into Germany with a Form AE 550-175A. However, according to legislation, a courier company (UPS) may not represent the consignee at Customs using Form 550 175A, only the consignee or a representative of the US Forces can enter the customs declaration at the customs office at Cologne Airport. The only exception exists for shipments sent because of relocation of an Army member. Alternately UPS can enter customs declaration for military personnel into free circulation if consignee agrees to pay duty and taxes. In this case consignee must then provide UPS with a written authorization (POA). The customs declaration must be made within 20 days after the shipment arrives in Germany. UPS automatically returns the shipment after 19 days at shipper's expense if the declaration is not made before the expiration of this deadline.

    For further information, see the internet link of the U.S. Army Headquarters in Europe:

    http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/opm/customs.htm

    Outward Processing Relief (Goods re-imported after repair)

    In order to qualify for any exemption from duties and taxes when re-importing repaired goods, the initial export declaration must have been the outward processing procedure. The initial export documentation needs to be available for the re-import declaration. Without these preconditions only declaration into free circulation is possible, duty and VAT will be payable on the value of the goods in addition to any repair costs.

    Provided the correct initial export documentation is available no duty or VAT applies for a warranty repair when re-importing. When charges occur to the re-importer for the repair and / or repair parts / labor costs etc., duty and VAT will be raised on these charges only.

    The invoice must clearly state "return after repair", the type of repair (warranty repair or charges for repair), also the value of the commodity before repair, as well as any charges to re-importer. Customs inspections with both export and re-import clearance are likely.

    Import delays and accessorial charges will apply.

    For information please see 'Outward Processing Relief'.
    Goods being returned to Germany can be re-imported without applying duty and tax under the following conditions: The goods have not been repaired or worked on while being in export country or territory; they have been in export country or territory no more than three years; the re-importer can prove the export with the initial export documents.

    VAT charges only apply if goods have been sold to a third party before being returned.

    The invoice should state "Return Goods" and the reason for return. Customs inspection with re-import clearance is most likely. Import delay and accessorial charges will apply.

    Within the customs procedure of temporary importation goods designated to be imported for a limited amount of time and remaining in the same state can be cleared without duty and VAT. The imported goods are often intended for exhibition purposes, testing purposes or presenting to potential customers. The goods may not be processed or changed while remaining in the EU. The goods remain under customs control till the re-export under customs control.

    Goods imported with the customs procedure of temporary importation are subject to the provision of a security. The security covers duty and taxes and will be calculated on the base of the customs value used for a declaration for free circulation. The security has to be paid on deposit by the importer cash on delivery. The security will be reimbursed by customs when re-exporting the goods under customs control. Customs inspections with both import and re-export clearance are likely.

    UPS does not offer the service of clearance under the Temporary Import Procedure. The goods have to be declared into free circulation, duty and tax apply. Forwarding under bond to another customs broker assigned by the importer is possible. Additional charges apply.

    The European Union implemented a directive restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in all Electronic & Electrical Equipment effective July 1, 2006. This directive is called the RoHS Directive (2005/618/EC), which stands for the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

    The RoHS directive is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods.

    These directives will ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) (PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in some plastics).

    Manufacturers (and distributors and individual sellers) will need to understand the requirements of the RoHS/WEEE Directives to ensure that their products, and their components, comply. Goods falling under these categories do not require any accompanying documentation for importation.

    For more information on the EU directives, please check the following European Union web link or contact your local chamber of commerce:    http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/pdf/faq_weee.pdf

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • VAT - The limit whereby VAT will not be charged remains at 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro). Shipments with a value above 22.00 EUR need to be Customs cleared as a formal entry.

      Duty - In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty free but taxed is raised.

      This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    Commercial Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • VAT - The limit whereby VAT will not be charged remains at 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro). Shipments with a value above 22.00 EUR need to be Customs cleared as a formal entry.

      Duty - In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty free but taxed is raised.

      This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    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.


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