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United Kingdom to San Marino

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Import Documentation

Customs may require a Certificate of Origin for all textile shipments depending on the harmonized tariff code. Only textile samples that are marked or mutilated in a way that ensures use only as samples, can be imported without a Certficate of Origin.

The Certificate of Origin must meet the following Customs stipulations:

  • Must be an original form
  • 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.

All shipments to San Marino must be accompanied by a T2 document issued in the Export country or territory.

In order to raise documentation prior to export,an additional copy of the Invoice should be sent by the shipper to East Midlands Airport UPS Brokerage Department by e/mail-address-wkk5geb@europe.ups.com-or fax-fax number 01332 815580,stating this is a shipment for San Marino and requires a T2 document raising prior to export.

The consignee must provide the name of a broker in San Marino.

UPS will deliver the shipment to the assigned broker for local clearance and administration of local procedures. Proof of Delivery reflects the broker's signature, not the delivery date to the consignee.

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

All shipments to San Marino must clear Customs within 3 calendar weeks or the shipment will automatically be confiscated by Customs and returned to the shipper (authorization required) or abandoned.

During this 3-week period, UPS Italy will attempt to contact the shipper a minimum of 3 times to ensure the shipper is aware of the pending confiscation date and to provide options.

San Marino Shipments

San Marino includes the postal codes 47890-47899.

The Consignee must provide the name of a broker in San Marino. UPS delivers the shipment to the broker for local clearance and administration of local procedures. Therefore Proof of Delivery reflects the broker's signature, not the delivery date to the consignee. Duties and taxes are calculated by the brokerage which is external to UPS, so we are not able to provide the exact amount that can only be paid by consignee. If the receiver refuses to pay, then the shipment can only be returned to shipper or abandoned, free domicile is not allowed since the broker is external to UPS and all customs issues (included duties/taxes) are handled by them.

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.
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 every address in the country or territory.

San Marino is not part of the European Union. The country or territory code is SM and the port code is SM3603. San Marino includes the postal codes 47890 - 47899 (Italian territory)

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0200/ Fall +0100
Italian
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 only be billed to the receiver, free domicile is not allowed between these countries.
  • 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 San Marino. 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.
Raw coffee requires a phytosanitary inspection and cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry, Bergamo (BGY) and Treviso (TSF), because both locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health.

Customs accepts a maximum of 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.) of roasted coffee for packing test or similar purposes without an import permit but the importer must provide a written declaration or confirmation of the usage.

Commercial imports of roasted coffee must be compliant with Italian requirements regarding labeling of goods (detailed description of the content, expiration date, etc.). It is the importers responsibility to obtain the import permit from the Ministry of Health. For further details please contact your Chamber of Commerce.

Shipments of cosmetics must be compliant with EU requirements regarding labelling. The labelling needs to be in Italian language with a detailed description of the ingredients of goods (e.g. content, expiry date, etc.).

Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

Cosmetics without an import permit must be abandoned or returned on shippers expense.

Private individuals can import small quantities of cosmetic products without an import permit; Customs usually accept a maximum of two different kinds and a maximum of two items of each kind.

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
Please see Medicine section
Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

UPS provides International Dangerous Goods service for shipments between the U.S. and certain European countries or territories by contract only. Accessorial charges apply as follows:

  • Hazardous Materials Class 9 (HAZ) 10.23 Euros
  • Hazardous Materials All Other Classes (HAN) 45.00 Euros
  • The Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prohibits shipments containing leather products made from non-domesticated animals. This applies to watches with leather straps.

    For leather goods not covered by CITES, the consignee must declare that the leather is not from a protected animal species. The invoice or the importer's additional declaration must include the Latin scientific name of the animal.

    Commercial shipments of medical devices must be compliant with EU requirements regarding labeling. It needs to be labelled in Italian for import (detailed description of the content etc.)

    Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur.

    Medical devices must also fulfil the requirements of the product safety regulations of the European Union. For further information please see the information regarding 'Declaration of Conformity' under header 'Additional Import Documentation'.

    Shipments of medicine require a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur.

    Private importers, in addition, must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the medicine will be taken under the doctor's supervision. In case alternative pharmaceutical product (also different than the shipped one) for the same disease is available in Italy, import will not be allowed.

    For Nutritional supplements, the prescription needs to show details of the dosage/amount which cannot exceed 8 weeks supply.

    Shipments of military equipment are acceptable to NATO bases only.
    Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

    Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

    Commercial shipments of nutritional supplements that are not registered in Italy require an import permit from the Ministry of Health which must be obtained by the importer prior to final importation.

    Commercial shipments containing nutritional supplements that are already registered in Italy do not require an import permit.

    Private importers must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the nutritional supplements will be taken under the doctor's supervision. A delay in customs clearance may occur.A UPS surcharge may apply to include the additional consignee declaration and physician prescription and an import permit issued by the Ministry of Health at the custom's port of destination.

    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.
    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.

    Samples must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the use only as a sample. This will allow the samples to import without a Certificate of Origin. The shipment should include only the number of samples necessary for the purpose of testing. The shipper must write "marked/mutilated samples with no commercial value" on all export documentation.
    Textile shipments may require a Certificate of Origin depending on the harmonized tariff code.

    Customs may require an import license for some commercial textile shipments depending on the harmonized tariff code. The importer must obtain the import license from the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

    Private importers are allowed to import appropriate quantities of textiles for personal use without a Certificate of Origin.

    Textile samples must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the use only as a sample. This will allow samples to be imported without a Certificate of Origin. The shipment must include only the number of samples necessary for the purpose of testing. The shipper must write "marked/mutilated samples with no commercial value" on all export documentation. The requirement of a Certificate of Origin and an import license is dependent on the country or territory of origin of the goods not the country or territory of export.

    For further details, please contact your Chamber of Commerce or visit www.europa.eu.int

    Commercial shipments of vitamins that are not registered in Italy require an import permit from the Ministry of Health which must be obtained by the importer prior to final importation.

    Commercial shipments containing vitamins that are already registered in Italy do not require an import permit.

    Private importers must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the vitamins will be taken under the doctor's supervision. A delay in customs clearance may occur.A UPS surcharge may apply to include the additional consignee declaration and physician prescription and an import permit issued by the Ministry of Health at the custom's port of destination.

    Gift Exemptions

    0.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) EUR
    no gift exemption
    no gift exemption

    Customs assesses a fixed rate of 3.5% duty and 20% V.A.T. for non-commercial shipments between individuals.

    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 San Marino must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

    Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

    It is recommended to include the following information, if available, on the invoice:

    VAT number for all dutiable shipments destined to companies or Tax ID number if shipment is destined to a private importer. This information will support a smooth customs clearance, otherwise the importer must be contacted in order to get these details. In addition,the consignee's telephone number, mobile number and e/mail address if available, should appear on the invoice.

    An additional copy of the Invoice should be sent by the shipper to East Midlands Airport UPS Brokerage Department by e/mail-address-wkk5geb@ups.com-or fax-fax number 01332 815580,stating this is a shipment for San Marino and requires a T2 document raising prior to export.

    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 as document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to be considered 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 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 20 kgs per shipment.

    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.
    Data shipments require an invoice stating the value of the CD-ROM or disk.
    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.
    Intercompany shipments for intercompany use with no commercial value are considered as documents.
    Shipments from a publisher or printing company are non-documents.
    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 San Marino.

    Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted with ISC contract service.

    The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty rate). Alcoholic beverages where excise duty applies can not be cleared at the UPS import sites. The same rule applies for alcohol within gift shipments.

    Commercial importers must provide a health permit to import alcohol. Private importers can import wine for their personal consumption without a health permit only in very small quantities (maximum 5 litres) and according to Customs.

    Alcoholic beverages (where no excise duty applies) cant be sold and delivered to under aged persons (under 18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of the consignee prior to shipping.

    Additional rules apply on the import of wine and wine products. Please check under wine.

    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).

    Original Fumigation certificate must be provided by shipper to destination.

    Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

    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.

    Double-sided knives
    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
    You may not ship plants or dried leaves to San Marino.
    Tobacco products cannot be cleared at UPS.

    The same rule applies for tobacco products within gift shipments.

    UPS does not offer the service of importing weapons.
    Shipping of Wine is only permitted with ISC contract service.

    The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty rate).

    Importer must provide a health permit to import Wine; health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur. Private importers can import wine for their personal consumption without a health permit only in very small quantity (maximum 5 litres) and according to customs.

    The labels of bottles have to show:

    The category of the product (e.g. wine, sparkling wine, liquor wine)

    Quantity, brand

    The actual alcoholic strength by volume, an indication of provenance, an indication of the bottler or an indication of the producer or vendor in case of sparkling wine and other product categories of sparkling wine.

    The protected designation or protected geographical indication if the wine has such a protection.

    Invoice must clearly display:

    Harmonized code, origin, quantity and type of packaging (i.e. bottles, cans) and alcoholic strength by volume.

    The import of wine is also regulated by a market organization of the European Union with rules on labelling and presentation of wine and additional documentation:

    Certificate showing drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the products country or territory of origin.

    An analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the products country or territory of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption.

    No certificate or analysis report need be presented for products originating in and exported from third countries or territories in labelled containers of not more than five litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 litres.

    The rules are laid down in EU regulation 2009/491. The regulation can be checked on the EU website http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html

    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 Standard
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

    Special Clearance Requirements

    The embassy or consulate may provide a special Customs clearance form. Write "Diplomatic embassy or consulate goods" on the invoice for customs clearance. Customs does not charge duty or taxes for diplomatic shipments of embassy or consulate goods if the special customs clearance form is available. An import delay may occur.

    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.

    Generally any kind of temporary customs procedures (goods being temporary exported and then returned for re-importation) cannot be handled at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Treviso (TSF) since our simplified customs procedure does not allow this kind of clearance. However, if the goods were exported temporarily by an alternate broker at a qualified port of entry, then UPS can forward the shipment in bond with a Transit Document to the designated broker who can proceed with the re-importation without duty & tax payment.

    If the repaired goods arrive at the UPS ports of entry, Bergamo (BGY) and Treviso (TSF) and were not exported by an alternate broker at a qualified port of entry, then the goods must be cleared as normal imports with duty & VAT payment on the total invoice value (value of the goods + repair costs).

    Goods returned after testing, exhibition, etc., please see "Repaired Goods".

    Goods returned because of refusal by the importer in the original destination country or territory (for example, wrong consignment) can be re-imported into San Marino without duty & VAT payment. The San Marino importer must provide the former export documentation as confirmation. The invoice must include the country or territory of origin and the reason for the return.

    Customs does not accept Temporary Import Bond shipments in San Marino.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value and has a maximum weight of 5 kg, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 22.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value and has a maximum weight of 5 kg, 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


    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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