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Import/Export

United Kingdom to French Polynesia

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

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.

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
The following items require an Import License:
  • Flour
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rice
  • Sugar
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 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

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 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.

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.

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.


    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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