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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Georgia

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

For all non - document shipments, the country or territory of origin of the items sent must be written on the invoice, no matter how much the shipment's total value is.

Commercial shipments, mainly animal products or food, depending on the Harmonized Tariff Code and country or territory of origin, may require a Certificate of Origin. Please check with your local Chamber of Commerce before shipping.

The Certificate of Origin must meet the following Customs stipulations:

  • Must be an original
  • Must contain the shipper's original signature in ink
  • Must be issued by the Chamber of Commerce
  • Must contain a seal or watermark in the paper
  • Must provide a detailed description of the goods. General descriptions of goods, such as "clothes" or "garments," will not be accepted.
For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

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.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

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 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.

Shipments in the value range 873.00 GBP - 2000 GBP have full and formal individual electronic export declarations which are completed within 14 days of export.

Shipments exceeding 2000 GBP and those that need control on export (for example, temporary exports, return after repair, export licenses) require formal and full electronic export declaration and positive Customs clearance prior to export.

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

Export Documentation

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, with a value of 300 GEL or more, and/or with total actual weight of 30 kgs or more, and/or is of special category are subject to customs clearance according to Georgian Legislation.

If the consignee is an unknown customer to the UPS ASC in Georgi, they need to come to the office, submit an ID card copy and after this, clearance and delivery is possible.If consignee is a regular customer and no problem in documentation, customs clearance is mostly done by electronic method without customer having to attend service centre. to be transferred to local Customs for clearance.

Customs Clearance Subjected Shipments

Shipment, with value 300 GEL or more, or/and with total actual weight 30kgs or more, or/and is of special category, subject to customs clearance according to Georgian Legislation.

Main Documentation For customs Clearance in Import regime

For the customs clearance,required following main documentation:

  • AWB, that should be issued on the correct consignees name
  • All permits, all certificates (if applicable)
  • If total goods value is equal to or exceeds 10000 GEL, Revenue Service fee: fixed 300 GEL applies, that should be paid on the same declaration date and after payment the consignee should submit payment confirmation documents. Regarding VAT, for such shipments, the consignee should make payment within 5 days.
  • If consignee is company - company representative needs to have POA (made and signed by the company director), if customs clearance is performed by the director require his/her ID card.
  • If consignee is private person - required his/her ID card.
  • If consignee is foreigner, who doesn't have Georgian ID card, he/she should provide Temporary Tax Payer Certificate, which should be taken into any Georgian Revenue Service office.

The invoice should have the following information:

  • Tracking number. If there is more than one package, this should be the lead tracking number
  • Shipper's information (All shipper information including contact name, company name, address, city, state, postal code, country or territory, telephone number)
  • Consignee's information (All consignee (receiver) information including contact name, company name, address, city, state, postal code, country or territory, telephone number)
  • Each kind of goods description
  • Each kind of goods quantity
  • Each kind of goods value
  • Total goods value
  • Currency
  • Shippers signature and stamp
  • Invoice number assigned by the shipper if applicable

Consignee's obligation

For customs clearance subjected shipments, the consignee is obliged to provide all correct documentation and perform all required procedures.

Duty and Taxes

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. If consignee is unknown customer needs to visit UPS ASC office, submit ID card copy and after this clearance and delivery is possible. If consignee is a regular customer and there isn't any problem in documentation, in this case, customs clearance is mostly done with electronic method without requiring customer to visit service center.

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.
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 certain cities.

Packages addressed for non-directly served areas must have a consignee phone number and can be picked up from a UPS center.

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 +0400/ Fall +0300
Georgian
Lari(GEL)

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.
  • 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

Commodity Specific Stipulations

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

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.
An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
Shipments of medicine and pharmaceuticals require an import license from the Ministry of Health.
Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts must be sent as non-doc shipments. The invoice must show the ticket price of the event. The ticket price of the event is base of the customs value.
Data shipments to Georgia require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
Shipments of medicine and pharmaceuticals require an import license from the Ministry of Health.
Any item intended for military use (uniforms, radio or electronic equipment, parachutes and spares) require an Import License.
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.
An Import License is required for all transmitting equipment for radio-phone, radio cable, communication including spares, radio equipment including radio locations and radio navigations.
Smoked salmon shipments up to 1 kg will be cleared without needing import permission. Shipments of smoked salmon exceeding 1 kg, will require the consignee to obtain an Import License from the Georgian authorities.

Import Licenses are issued either by local sanitary, veterinary control authorities, or the standardization body.enses are issued either by local sanitary, veterinary control authorities, or the standardization body.

Gift Exemptions

0.00 Lari GEL
no gift exemption
no gift exemption

Invoice Requirements

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

For Customs Clearance, the Invoice should contain all the following information:

Shippers information (All shipper information including contact name, company name, address, city, state, postal code, country or territory, telephone number)

Consignees information (All consignee (receiver) information including contact name, company name, address, city, state, postal code, country or territory, telephone number)

Each kind of goods description

Each kind of goods quantity

Each kind of goods value

Total goods value

Transportation charge separately ( or if this charge is included in goods total value, in this case, there should be written appropriate IncoTerm)

Currency

Shippers signature and stamp

Invoice number assigned by the shipper if applicable.

Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package imports to 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 the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Blank checks are classified as documents.
Generally, diplomas, can be imported as a document shipment. An Invoice will be required if the shipment contains a large quantity of diplomas with total gross weight 30 kg or more

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 Georgia.

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.

An Import License is required for jewelry.

Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

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

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
    ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
  • UPS Worldwide Express
  • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver

Special Clearance Requirements

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods shipments canĀ“t be send consolidated with non-Dangerous Goods shipments to Georgia.

The Dangerous Goods shipment must be sent on a separate UPS Shipment number.

Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

  • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
  • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
  • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
  • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

  • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
  • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
  • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

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

  • 300.00 Lari (GEL)
    • Weight limit of 20 kg if the shipment contains one commodity, 50 kg for multiple commodities. 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 and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 Lari (GEL)
  • 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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