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United Kingdom to Portugal

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Import Documentation

A certificate of origin is not required for the import clearance of textiles.

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.

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.

Customs does not require a Certificate of Origin for non-commercial shipments of textile samples, provided that the sample items meet the conditions to be considered as samples (for example, mutilated, appropriate quantity).

Declaration of Conformity (CE marking)
The European Community require certain standards on product safety for certain types of goods. The range of products covered by the directives must comply with the applicable directives when it is placed on the community market for the first time or put into use. Placing on the market in the meaning of the directives is the action of making a product available for the first time, either for payment or free of charge. 'Putting into service' takes place at the moment of first use within the Community by the end user (for example, produced for own use of the importer).

Range of products
The most important products are toys, in-vitro diagnostic medical devices, medical devices, machinery, low voltage equipment, safety devices (for example, helmets), exhaust systems and electromagnetic compatibility. For a full overview please see the EU website:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/new-legislative-framework_en

Responsibilities
Manufacturers are defined as the persons responsible for designing and manufacturing products supposed to be placed on the EU market. The manufacturer has an obligation to ensure that a product intended to be placed on the Community market is designed and manufactured, and it's conformity assessed, to the essential requirements in accordance with the provisions of the directives. The manufacturer may appoint any natural or legal person, established in the European Union, to act on his behalf as an authorized representative.

The authorized representative may be addressed by the authorities of the member states in regard to the manufacturer's obligations.

The importer is defined as any legal or natural person responsible for placing products on the EU market. He is responsible to provide the market surveillance authority with the necessary information about the safety of the product and a copy of the Declaration of Conformity (DoC). If the manufacturer is established in the EU or has a so called authorized representative it is his obligation to provide the necessary information.

Conformity Assessment Procedure
Goods subject to the regulations on product safety need to be tested according to the rules applying for each group of products. Manufacturers have to draw up an EC declaration of conformity which is the first step of the conformity assessment procedure. The declaration of conformity has to include technical information containing the way of testing and the steps to be taken to obtain the attestation of conformity. The way of testing and steps to be taken depends on the type of product. If the testing was successful the producer is allowed to apply the so called 'CE sign' on the product or where this is not applicable (for example, surgical instruments) at the retail package or on a "Declaration of Conformity" certificate.

The "Declaration of Conformity" has to be issued by a notified body certified by a member state of the European Union.

Notified Body
A notified body is an organization certified by the national government to carry out the tasks of the conformity assessment procedures. They can offer their service to any economic operator inside and outside the European Community. They can carry out the tests or monitor the tests carried out by the manufacturer. They can carry out these activities inside the EU or on the territory of third countries or territories.

Information about notified bodies and notified bodies itself can be found on the EU website:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/building-blocks/notified-bodies_en

For additional information, please also refer to "Product Safety

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 of the EU (European Union) 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.

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 (no exceptions) everything with CE marking, like:

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

Most concerned shipments are inspected. If no CE mark is found, a DoC is needed. If DoC can not be provided, the goods will be RTSd. Customs procedure time is up to 2 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

Customs Declarations in Portugal must be made within 20 days after the shipment arrived. In order to not exceed the time-limit, UPS reserves the right to return uncleared shipments automatically if and when a shipper fails to advise/instruct within the appointed time (first 17 days after shipment arrival) through the ERN.
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 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.
A delivery to the Azores takes 3 days from Customs clearance to delivery.
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.

Expedited and Standard service is not available to the Azores and Madeira.

Please note that the islands may be served by mail from Portugal on request but no proof of delivery (POD) is available to the islands of: Corvo, S. Jorge, Flores, Santa Maria, Graciosa, Porto Santo, and Pico.

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 +0100/ Fall +0000
Portuguese
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 Portugal. 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 cosmetics can be imported by companies and private individuals if they provide an import permit issued by INFARMED. Shipments destined to private individuals, with low quantity of products (2 or 3 items), are generally absolved of the INFARMED license requirement.

The shipper must provide a Certificate of Analysis.

The shipments may be rejected by customs and returned to the Country or Territory of Origin. Refused shipments may be subject to a return charge.

Customs classifies certain food supplements as medicine, especially vitamins and other products with physiological effects. If this is the case, companies must provide an import license for customs clearance and an import permit issued by INFARMED.

Private individuals can import dietary and food supplements without an import permit up to a value of 200 Euros. They must provide an import permit issued by INFARMED if the value of the goods exceeds 200 Euros.

In addition, there might be products / dietary supplements classified as prohibited by INFARMED so that the procedure described above will not apply. It is highly recommended to have a check on this before exportation.

If dietary or food supplements are classified as medicine or cosmetics the import regulations for medicine or cosmetics applies.

Dietary supplements and food supplements classified as medicine for which the importer cannot provide the required documents will be returned or destroyed.

Shipments of food, including coffee, tea, meat and spices require a sanitary inspection prior to customs clearance and the following documents/information are requested:
  • Health Certificate provided by the exporter
  • Registration number of the importer
  • Registration number of warehouse facilities
  • Certificate of analysis of the products (including lot numbers and other identification marks) provide by the exporter
  • Letter from the importer stating the intended use of the product

Imports of food products by individuals are restricted. These shipments may be rejected by customs and abandoned, destroyed or returned to the country or territory of export. Refused shipments may be subject to a return charge.

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.

Please see "Dietary Supplements".
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)
  • Data shipments to Portugal require an invoice with the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
    Meat is considered as Animal Products.
    Shipments of medicine can be imported by authorized companies (for example, pharmaceutical companies, laboratories) and doctors with an Import License from the Portuguese Ministry of Health. The product must also be registered in Portugal.

    For each import clearance of medicine shipments, Customs requires a single import authorization. Special regulations exist for human and animal derived products. A Certificate of Product Analysis and company business permits are required. Prior to Customs clearance, a sanitary inspection is required. This inspection takes 2-3 additional days and additional import charges will occur.

    For private individuals, INFARMED, the legal body of medicine control in Portugal, doesnt allow the import of medicines. Its the legal bodys understanding that only pharmacies or hospital units may, under a special authorization, import medicines from another country.

    A traveler can carry their own medicines in their luggage, when having a doctors prescription and indications about its use, but the quantities shall not exceed an use period more than 30 days.

    The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine for which the part is 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.
    Under special circumstances, samples with no commercial value can be imported without paying duty or V.A.T. charges. The samples must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures use only as a sample. The shipment can include only the number of samples necessary for the purposes of testing. The invoice must include a description of the sample and indicate if the sample is marked or mutilated.
    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).
    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.

    Customs may require an import license 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.

    If the import license cannot be provided by the importer, the textiles must be returned or abandoned.

    Please see food/dietary supplements.

    Gift Exemptions

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

    Shipments with a value up to 45 Euros may not contain tobacco products, alcohol, perfume or coffee as gifts. 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. Write the name and address of the gift giver on the invoice. Gift shipments exceeding 5 kgs (11 lbs) may be rejected by Customs.

    The value of the commodities must be realistic. Undervalued commodities will not be accepted by the customs authorities. Customs inspections on gift shipments are most likely. Additional cost may occur.

    If the value of the gift shipment exceeds the threshold, the shipment may be cleared as a dutiable shipment with import duty and VAT charges.

    The shipper and the consignee of a gift shipment must be a private individuals. The shipper must be a resident of a non EU country or territory to fulfill the requirements of a duty free import. Gift shipments from residents of EU countries or territories, sent back to the EU during a journey, can't be classified as 'gift shipments'.

    Invoice Requirements

    An invoice is not required for shipments between European Union Countries or Territories, as long as the goods are in free circulation.

    Goods not in free circulation are goods which originated outside the EU and have not yet cleared Customs inside the EU. These goods require a 'Transit Accompanying Document' (TAD) also know as T1 Document. The T1 status must be clearly indicated within the shipment data transferred to the UPS system or on the waybill. For additional information please see 'Clearance Comments' in section 'Additional Clearance Comments'.

    Goods that are transported from one EU member state to another via an EFTA (European Free Trade Association) member country or territory require a T2 Document and clearance.

    The United Kingdom departed the European Union on 31 January 2020. There is a transition period until the end of the year where nothing changes. UK will stay within the common market.

    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 have no commercial value. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to classify as a document shipment.

    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 up to a limit of 2 kgs per shipmen.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    An CE Conformity Certificate is required from the manufacturer.

    Electronic Cigarettes, smoking devices and its accessories, nicotine or other plant based preparations to smoke, are prohibited to be imported by a private individual, in Portugal.

    These products can only be imported by an authorized importer, that must previously ask the national Direction of Health for permission, presenting all necessary detailed reports about the products.

    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.

    In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries or territories link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles} are prohibited between the countries or territories selected.
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Masks, goggles, clothing, helmets and other PPEs need to have CE mark in order to be imported in Portugal/EU.

    Also a Declaration of Conformity issued by the manufacturer is mandatory (please see details in Additional Documentation):

    For guidance see also

    https://standards.cen.eu/dyn/www/f?p=CENWEB:5:::NO:::

    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 Portuguese customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetables and seeds are considered to be plants. Portugal places prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of certain plants.

    A Phytosanitary Certificate must accompany all shipments of plants.

    These kinds of goods require a Phytosanitary inspection, therefore additional charges and an import delay will occur.

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

    Importation of radar detectors is prohibited. Goods are embargoed by Police authorities.
    Importation into, or exportation from Portugal 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.

    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 EU Express
    • UPS EU Express Plus
    • UPS EU Express Saver
    • UPS EU Standard
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    Special Clearance Requirements

    The Embassy must provide a special Customs clearance form. Write "diplomatic goods" on the invoice to expedite Customs clearance. Customs does not charge duty or taxes for diplomatic shipments. Allow an additional 2 or 3 days for Customs clearance.

    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.

    Customs requires export documents from the original shipper. Write "returned after repair" on the invoice and it must include both the value of the commodity before repair and the cost of the repair. Customs may charge duty and taxes for shipments of repaired goods. Allow an extra 2 or 3 days for Customs clearance.
    Customs requires export documents from the original shipper. Write "returned goods" on the invoice and it must state the country or territory of origin and the reason for return. Customs does not charge duty or taxes for shipment of returned goods. Allow an extra 2 or 3 days for Customs clearance.
    Goods cleared under the customs procedure of temporary importation must remain in the same state and are subject to the provision of security with limited exemptions.

    The security covers duty and is calculated on the base of the customs value used for a declaration for free circulation and has to be paid by the importer prior to arrival. The security will be paid back by customs when re-exporting the goods under customs control.

    Temporary imports and exports might be declared by UPS, but in case of Temporary Import, the importer must request directly to Portuguese Customs a Temporary Import Authorization, as well as a guarantee. UPS only submits the Formal Entry. In case the importer needs an external brokerage service to submit those formalities, it has to assign an alternate broker. Accessorial charges may apply if the shipment has to be sent to an alternate broker. Shippers should be aware that we clear "free domicile shipments" as normal imports and duty & tax will 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 tax 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 tax 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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