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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Panama

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

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

Upon arrival, non-documents must be entered into the UPS representative's Customs warehouse at the airport. Final release from Customs requires a formal entry prepared by a Customs broker to account for import tax and duty. The consignee is contacted to initiate clearance with the UPS representative or third-party broker.

The formal entry process for payment of tax and duty takes approximately 72 to 96 hours, except when using a special brokerage license.

With the UPS brokerage system, duties and taxes are prepaid and then collected from the consignee upon delivery. To simplify this process, include the consignee's telephone number on the waybill. Delivery usually takes place 24 hours after arrival of the shipment. Charges incurred by the consignee will be duties, taxes, and an additional processing fee.

Note: Animal products and medicines, which require a special formal entry, cannot be released through the above license.

Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight and import charges by this destination. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

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.
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.

Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring -0500/ Fall -0500
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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 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 Panama. 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.
Shipments of books are free of taxes.
Small quantities of brochures (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities (up to 2 kilograms) of calendars can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of catalogs (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of credit cards (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
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
Small quantities of audio or video discs (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of new diskettes (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of blank envelopes (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Shipments of food products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.
Small quantities of blank form (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Small quantities of greeting cards and invitations (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if they are not for commercial use.
Shipments of milk products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.
Newspapers are tax free.
The Panama Canal requires a formal entry to be issued by a customs broker for all non-documents, such as spare parts for ships and charts for vessels in transit. The cost of the entry is 35 USD. There is an additional fee of 1.50 USD per consignment and 12.50 USD for customs to release the ship.
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.
Photographs up to 2.0 kilograms can be considered as samples, if not for commercial use.
Shipments of samples with a maximum value of 20 USD can be considered as no commercial value.
Small quantities of stationary (up to 2 kilograms) can be classified as samples if it is not for commercial use.
Shipments of televisions pay 5% of the declared value to customs, plus a 5% tax Tributario de Bienes y Muebles (ITBM) which is a special tax assessed on property and furniture.
Firearms: Consignee must personally obtain the necessary import and legal permits from the Justice and Government Ministry.
Shipments of wood or wood related products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.

Gift Exemptions

25.00 US Dollar USD
company-to-company
per shipment

All packages are subject to duty and tax depending on value. Some small items of normal value are allowed to pass with no charge if declared as having no commercial value.

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.

25.00 US Dollar USD
company-to-individual
per shipment

All packages are subject to duty and tax depending on value. Some small items of normal value are allowed to pass with no charge if declared as having no commercial value.

Write "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to assure proper assessment of duties and taxes.

25.00 US Dollar USD
individual-to-company
per shipment

All packages are subject to duty and tax depending on value. Some small items of normal value are allowed to pass with no charge if declared as having no commercial value.

Write "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to assure proper assessment of duties and taxes.

25.00 US Dollar USD
individual-to-individual
per person

All packages are subject to duty and tax depending on value. Some small items of normal value are allowed to pass with no charge if declared as having no commercial value.

Write "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to assure proper assessment of duties and taxes.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Panama must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice.

The invoice should contain the correct consignee name, telephone number, address, and value of shipment.

Original invoices are required by law and avoid customs delays.

Invoices on company letterhead are preferred. All other types of invoices could cause shipments to be delayed in customs.

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.

Payroll and personal checks are classified as documents. All other types of checks are classified as non-documents.
Document weight limit up to 2 kgs.
Used traveler's checks are classified as documents. Unused traveler's checks are prohibited.

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 Panama.

Original export documents are required. The consignee must have the permits of quarantine ready before the shipment arrives in Panama.
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 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
Shipments of seed products must include a Phytosanitary Certificate (Certificado de Fitosanitario) from the country or territory of origin. If the certificate is not included it will result in the abandonment of the shipment by Panamenien authorities.

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
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

Special Clearance Requirements

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

  • 20.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • 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

  • 20.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • 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.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419 cm (165 in. ) per package
    Length and girth combined


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    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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