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Belgium to United States

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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to The United States.

Because burlap or jute bagging may harbor the Khapra Beetle, such articles are regulated when arriving from countries or territories where this pest is endemic.

If the burlap or jute is arriving from, transited, or originated in:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

    then the shipment will require a WRITTEN PERMIT and T306-c-1 or T306-c-2 (as per 7 CFR 319.75).

  • Exporters of alcohol must hold an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) clearance is required regardless of shipment value. The importer must possess a TTB import permit and Certificate of Labeling Approval (COLA). FDA Prior Notice is also required. Shipments over $2500.50 USD require a valid Power of Attorney. Please review the guidelines provided by TTB for additional details. TTB

    UPS does not accept packages containing wine, beer or spirits for delivery to a consumer. It is the responsibility of the shipper to ensure that a shipment tendered to UPS does not violate any U.S. federal, state or local laws, or regulations applicable to the shipment.

    The commercial invoice must include adequate description, country of origin, alcohol type (especially color for wine), quantity of bottles as well as volume for each container and strength must be on Invoice.

    Special Note: UPS now accepts personal Unaccompanied Baggage Wine Shipments from individuals travelling abroad. As with commercial shipments, the exporter must hold an ISC contract. In addition:

    • Exporter/Importer must be the same party
    • Exporter must complete/sign Unaccompanied Baggage Affidavit
    • Destination state must allow personal wine imports

    Note: Some destination states limit quantities of wine imported

    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.

    In all cases, batteries must be shipped with positive short-circuit protection, such as insulating caps on the terminals.

    Lead-acid batteries

    • UPS Small Package service does not handle spillable lead-acid batteries. The only lead-acid batteries handled within the UPS Small Package service are the non-spillable variety:
      • Regulated non-spillable batteries, which must be shipped as dangerous goods, "Batteries wet, non-spillable, 8, UN2800." In our small package service, we accept these batteries only from contract dangerous goods customers and only within our International Dangerous Goods service. The territory for IDG service includes the countries or territories shown at this link: http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/prepare/idg/information/acl.html
      • Exempt non-spillable batteries, which must be capable of complying with Special Provision A67 in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The Special Provision states that non-spillable batteries are not regulated at all IF they meet the following conditions:
        • At a temperature of 55 degrees C (131 degrees F), the electrolyte will not flow from a ruptured case.
        • The battery must not contain any free or unabsorbed liquid.
        • The terminals must be protected against short circuit or, if installed in a device, the device must not be capable of accidental activation.

    Lithium and lithium ion batteries

    • Both rechargeable & non-rechargeable power sources, common in computers, cell phones, cameras & other small electronic devices. If dropped, crushed or short-circuited, these batteries can release dangerous amounts of heat & may ignite, & are dangerous in fires.
    • Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries.Shipments requiring hazardous materials shipping papers are accepted from contract hazmat shippers only & certain lithium batteries may not qualify for UPS service.

    Dry cell batteries

    • These batteries are not subject to the Dangerous Goods Regulations, provided they are positively protected against short circuit, such as being contained in a retail blister pack to prevent contact with the terminals, or singly packaging each battery in a small plastic bag, or taping the terminals, etc.
    Personal shipments of wine, beer and alcohol are strictly prohibited within the UPS system.
    Domperidone is currently banned in the United States. On June 7, 2004, FDA issued a warning that distributing any domperidone-containing products is illegal.

    EXCEPTION: CDER is permitting imports of domperidone for foreign nationals as long as PIP requirements are met and it is a continuing treatment.

    Effective April 5, 2021, UPS will prohibit the shipment of all Vaping Products throughout its domestic network including import and export and including but not limited to e-cigarette devices and e-liquids or gels, regardless of nicotine content. "Vaping Product" means any product intended for human consumption by inhalation that relies on vaporization or aerosolization, including but not limited to e-liquid, electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic cigarillos, electronic pipes, electronic vaping product delivery pens, hookah pens, and any other similar devices that rely on vaporization or aerosolization. Additional details can be found at Shipping Tobacco.

    Certain HID conversion kits of vehicle headlights and taillights are prohibited from importation into the U.S.

    If the headlamps are capable of being installed and used in motor vehicles subject to the Federal Motor Vehicle Standards (i.e., "conventional 'on-road' or 'off-road' vehicles), they must comply with Standard No.108 in order to be imported. More information regarding the requirements described in Standard No.108 can be found in the Federal Regulation 49CFR571.108.

    Also, more information can be found on the website for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

    (1,000 milli watts or greater) Imported laser pointes may not emit a Class lll b or class IV visible beam. Pointers are limited to Class llla or below (class lla, ll, or l ). The upper power limit for Class lll a is 5 millliwatts (mW), the legal limit (21 CFR 1040.11(b)
    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.

    Kinder Joy Eggs are admissible if all U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and FDA requirements are met. The CPSC requirements can be found on their website here: https://business.cpsc.gov. The FDAs policy on toys intermingled with candy can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/cpg-sec-515350-candy-mixed-trinkets-and-sold-vending-machines, and the FDA requirements on food imports can be found here: https://www.fda.gov/food/food-imports-exports/importing-food-products-united-states.

    Kinder Surprise Eggs are not admissible.

    CPSC determined that the Kinder Surprise Egg failed to meet small parts requirements with respect to children less than three years of age.

    Kratom products intended for human consumption is prohibited.

    UPS will accept Kratom products such as pigment to make paint through an ISC contract.

    United States Customs & Border Protection prohibits the importation of any lottery ticket and has the right to destroy material, including printed material, for use in a lottery.
    You may not import negotiable bonds or drafts.
    Customers must use an authorized UPS Store, UPS Customer Center or an ISC approved shipper to ship personal effects.

    The UPS Store,, UPS Customer Center and ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "ISC-Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

    Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

    All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

    An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)

    A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only

    A photocopy of passport or ID card

    Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

    Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

    Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

    Imports from Iran Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prohibits the direct or indirect importation into the U.S. any article that is the product of Islamic Republic of Iran.

    U.S. persons and companies that currently import food and carpets from Iran should be aware of the guidance issued July 1, 2010, by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) concerning a change in U.S. law made by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 ("CISADA"). OFAC's Iranian Transactions Regulations currently contain a general license authorizing the importation into the U.S. of foodstuffs from Iran that are classified under chapters 2-23 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) (such as pistachios and non-beluga caviar (which is prohibited by other aspects of law).

    In addition, the importation of carpets and other textile floor coverings of Iranian origin that are classified under chapter 57 or heading 9706.00.0060 of the HTS are also authorized.

    However, due to the additional Iran sanctions recently passed by Congress, OFAC will soon issue a regulation amending the Iranian Transaction Regulations to eliminate the general license and such imports will be no longer permitted starting on September 29, 2010. OFAC has also indicated that any authorized Iranian products must be imported by September 28, 2010 and it will not issue any specific licenses authorizing any imports after that date. As a result, importers must move quickly to ensure that any pending orders are entered for consumption by their customs brokers by September 28, 2010.

    Shipments of seeds may require a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Permit or Phytosanitary Certificate. Inspection by the USDA is required.
    Note: It is the shippers responsibility to comply with government regulations or laws in each country or territory. Shipments are subject to inspection and possible delays.

    If a customer would like to import a sword for recreational use or as a collector, they must be approved by the International Special Commodities (ISC) prior to shipping the sword.


    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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