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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Uruguay

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.

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

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Shipments of any value can be held by Customs at their discretion. The consignee may clear the shipment or choose a third-party broker. If a broker is hired, the fee is approximately US$200.00.
  • Shipments with a declared value of US$200.00 or more require a formal entry process and need to be cleared by a broker. These shipments incur an additional fee for clearance and can be cleared by UPS or a third-party broker. The additional fee is based on the commodity, the value of the merchandise and the shipment value. Note: Shipments of family gifts between US$0.00 and US$200.00 will incur a flat fee of 60 percent of the merchandise value as Customs tax.
  • 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.
    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 -0300/ Fall -0300
    Spanish
    Peso Uruguayo(UYU)

    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 Uruguay. 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.
    Brochures are delivered door to door only up to 7 kgs and with a value up to US$50.00. If the package exceeds these limitations, it will be held by customs and import duties and taxes will be assessed.
    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
    For medicine that is shipped to an individual, the consignee must clear the shipment through Customs. UPS does not clear medicine shipments that are addressed to individuals.
    All electronic devices with BLUTOOTH will need to be registered at URSEC before clearance. This process can only be done by the cnee and not by UPS
    Internet purchase are delivered door to door if:
    • Consignee is an individual
    • Merchandise value + freight charge + insurance must be under US$200.00
    • If the total amount is over $200 USD, package will be held by customs and consignee will need to go to customs and clear the shipment by paying the corresponding duties and taxes and broker fees if necessary
    • CI (personal identification number) must be typed on the invoice or provided to UPS before the arrival of the package to Uruguay
    • Some products are not included in this law: toys, glasses, medicine, used products , products in guarantee, samples and gifts
    • Government allows only 3 internet purchases per year free of duties and taxes . Once this limit is exceeded, packages will be held by customs no matter the value nor type of merchandise
    The following is useful link to obtain more information regarding internet purchases and Uruguayan Customs http://www.aduanas.gub.uy/innovaportal/v/13243/1/innova.front/decreto-para-compras-en-el-exterior.html
    Shipments of medicine that is shipped to an individual will require the consignee to clear the shipment through Customs. UPS does not clear medicine shipments that are addressed to individuals.
    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.
    All textile samples that are not mutilated will be held by customs.

    Gift Exemptions

    0.00 US Dollar USD
    company-to-company
    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.

    All shipments over US$50.00 are held by Customs, these include shipments from the following: Individual to Individual, Individual to Company, or Company to Company.

    0.00 US Dollar USD
    company-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.

    All shipments over US$50.00 are held by Customs, these include shipments from the following: Individual to Individual, Individual to Company, or Company to Company.

    0.00 US Dollar USD
    individual-to-company
    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.

    All shipments over US$50.00 are held by Customs, these include shipments from the following: Individual to Individual, Individual to Company, or Company to Company.

    0.00 US Dollar USD
    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. All shipments over US$50.00 are held by Customs, these include shipments from the following: Individual to Individual or Company to Company.

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to Uruguay must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice. Invoices for non-document shipments must:
    • Be original (copies must be attached to the original)
    • Invoice cannot state
      • No Commercial Value, for Customs Purpose Only
      • Pro Forma
    • Be signed
    • Be numbered
    • Include the consignee telephone number whenever available
    • Include unit and total prices for each item listed
    • Include the date of issue
    • State "invoice" or "factura"

    Shipments with an incomplete invoice will experience delays. Customs will hold shipments until a complete invoice is received.

    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 the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Validated airline tickets only.
    Non-commercial use only.
    Non-commercial use only.
    Only up to 8 kgs and USD$50.00 are considered documents. If it exceeds either or, they will no longer be considered documents.
    Cancelled checks (Company to Company or Payroll/Personal) are classified as documents. All other checks are classified as non-documents.
    Used diskettes (including data) only.
    Only up to 8 kgs and USD$50.00 are considered documents. If it exceeds either or, they will no longer be considered documents.
    Only up to 8 kgs and USD$50.00 are considered documents. If it exceeds either or, they will no longer be considered documents.
    Non-commercial use only.
    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 Uruguay.

    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.

    Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Imports require Original Commercial Invoice and Original Transportation Documents.

    All type of glasses and frames to individuals are prohibited and can not be imported. Glasses and frames sent to a businesses, cnee needs a Health Ministry authorization that is only provided to companies.
    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
    Toys are prohibited to individuals and cannot be imported. To ship to business, cnee needs a LATU(government department) authorization and this permit is only provided to companies

    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 Express NA1
    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
      ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    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.

    All sample shipments, must be accompanied by an invoice. All samples shipped to companies, will be held by customs. Only docs, books, CD's with information and tokens, will be delivered door to door.
    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

  • 1.00 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

  • 1.00 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

    30.00 kg (66.1 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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