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United Kingdom to Belgium

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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.

Certificate of Origin must meet the following customs stipulations:

  • Must be an original form
  • Must be issued and originally signed 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
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:

http://www.newapproach.org/Directives/DirectiveList.asp

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:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando

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 organised and performed at national level. Each member state of the European Union [EU] 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 authorised 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 (e.g. brand and serial number). The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorised representative.

On request the manufacturer or his authorised representative within the EU must provide the DoC. In case the manufacturer is no EU entity and has no authorised representative the importer must be able to provide a copy of the DoC and additional proofs if requested.

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

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.
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.
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
Dutch, French
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 Belgium. 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.
Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts must be sent as non-doc shipments. The invoice must show the manufacturing cost of the ticket.
All shipments require an invoice.
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.
The UPS waybill must indicate whether the samples are marked or mutilated.

Marked or mutilated samples of a low value can be imported duty and tax free.

For non-mutilated samples, the duty and tax free importation depends on the case by case decision of the responsible customs officer. If not accepted, the samples must be cleared within a formal customs declaration. A detailed invoice needs to be provided with product description and intrinsic value of the goods according to GATT / customs valuation.

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).
Soft drinks and energy drinks are subject to excise duties. Any substance in any form used for the manufacturing of soft drinks or energy drinks (for example, extracts used in the manufacturing process) will be subject to excise duties, even if imported separately.
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.

Gift Exemptions

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

Shipment Value 0.00 to 45.00 Euros are free of import charges.

Individuals can only ship tobacco products, alcohol or perfume as gifts without duty and tax with the following limitation on quantities:

  • Tobacco products - 50 cigarettes, 25 cigarillos (maximum weight of 3 grams ea), 10 cigars, 50 grams of smoking tobacco
  • Alcoholic beverages - 1 liter of distilled beverages and spirits of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol., - 1 liter of distilled beverages and spirits, and aperitifs with a wine or alcoholic base, of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol., sparkling wines, liqueur wines - 2 liters wines
  • Perfumes and toilet waters - Perfumes: 50 grams perfume - Toilet water: 0.25 litres.
  •  Coffee and Tea  Coffee: 500 grams, Coffee extract: 200 grams, Tea: 100 grams, Tea extracts: 40 grams.

    Goods exceeding above quantities are excluded from duty-free admission. Write "gift" or "gift shipment" on the invoice. Write the name and address of the gift giver on the invoice. If products and shipping are ordered in a gift shop or on the Internet, the name of the gift giver must be on the invoice to be considered as a gift shipment.

  • 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
    Plastic magnetic cards (similar to credit cards) with a specific value assigned/debited to the card to purchase food, goods, or other merchandise typically relating to only one specific business or retailer. Only up to 5 gift cards can be considered 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 Belgium.

    Alooholic 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 and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques can be cleared duty free and with a reduced VAT rate if they are older than 100 years. For a duty free declaration an original certificate of authenticity is required.
    Artwork shipments are restricted and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Original artwork (for example, paintings, drawings, sculptures) can be imported without duty and with a reduced VAT rate.
    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).

    It is not possible to clear any kind of food products through the UPS simplified customs procedure at the customs office where UPS Brokerage operates. Therefore, all shipments must be forwarded under customs bond to an authorized broker, assigned by the importer, who is allowed to clear the goods at a designated customs office.

    Accessorial charges will apply and import delays will occur.

    Guns and gun parts can only be imported with an import license. The original license must be provided with the declaration. Delays will occur.
    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.
    Private individuals may accept medicinal products delivered by post (including express mail and courier deliveries) within and between countries of the EEA if the supplier operates legally and the medicinal product has been approved by the authorities of the country in question.

    When you buy medicines in foreign online pharmacies, you must observe the import restrictions on medicines.

    Buying and receiving medicines from outside the European Economic Area is prohibited for private individuals in the European Union. Only business to business shipments are allowed. The importer or buyer of the medicine is solely responsible for any risks involved in illegal medicine trade.

    Valuable Commodities

    Belgium has introduced new legislation that prevents precious stones, platinum and gold, as well as checks and vouchers which are accepted in retail trade as payment, from being accepted for inbound Belgium packages and shipments, unless they are transported by a private security company.

    UPS is not registered as a security company and as such these Items cannot accepted for transportation by UPS into Belgium and will not be eligible to receive an IHVW contract.

    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 the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetables and seeds are considered as plants.

    A Phytosanitary Certificate must accompany all shipments of plants. Most plants require a phytosanitary inspection by the responsible Belgian authority.

    It is not possible to clear plants through the UPS simplified customs procedure at the customs office where UPS Brokerage operates. The local customs house is not allowed to clear plants. All shipments must be forwarded under customs bond to an authorized broker, assigned by the importer, who is allowed to clear the goods at a designated customs office.

    Accessorial charges will apply and import delays will occur.

    The importation into, or exportation from Belgium) 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: Yes

    Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

    A surcharge of 47 GBP will be charged for Saturday delivery.

    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
    • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

    Special Clearance Requirements

    A special customs clearance form (form 136F) from the Embassy is required. The invoice should state "diplomatic goods". No duty and taxes are applied to these shipments. Import delays will apply.
    The customs procedure of inward processing is used for goods that are to be repaired inside the European Union and re-exported after repair.

    The import procedure requires customs control until the correct re-export of the goods. A provision of security to cover duty and VAT is most likely.

    The importer is obliged to re-export the items during the period granted for repair within the import declaration for inward processing. If the re-export fails within this given period, duty and VAT become due.

    Customs inspections with the import and re-export clearance is most likely. This customs procedure will not be accepted by Customs for duty free items if the importer is a company (able to deduct the import VAT).

    UPS does not offer the service of inward processing. The items can be cleared within a normal customs declaration or forwarded under bond.

    Army / NATO shipments
    A special customs clearance form (form 302) from the Army/NATO base is required. The invoice should clearly state that the merchandise is destined to an Army/NATO base or to an employee who is working there. No duty and taxes are applied to these shipments. Import delays will apply.

    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.

    In order to re-import goods, it is mandatory that the merchandise was exported temporarily. For importation, the export documentation is required from the original shipper, duty and tax may apply on repair costs and added value. The invoice must declare the value of the commodity before the repair, as well as the value of the repair and clearly state that it is a re-importation.

    Import delay and accessorial charges will apply.

    The import of goods exported within the last three years can be done without duty and VAT. The items must be in the same state like they were at the time of export. The invoice must include the country or territory of origin and the reason for the return. The original export documentation has to must be provided by the original shipper.

    Import delay and accessorial charges will apply.

    Within the customs procedure of temporary importation, goods designated to be imported for a limited stretch of time and remaining in the same state can be cleared without duty and VAT.

    The imported goods are often intended for exhibition purposes, testing purposes or presenting to potential customers. The goods remain under customs control until the re-export. Goods imported with the customs procedure of temporary importation are subject to the provision of security with limited exemptions. The security covers duty and taxes and will be calculated on the base of the customs value used for a declaration for free circulation. The security has to be paid by the importer prior to release. The security will be paid back by customs when re-exporting the goods under customs control. UPS does not offer this service if a formal customs declaration and the provision of security is required. The items can be cleared within a normal customs declaration or forwarded under bond to another customs broker.

    The customs clearance of personal effects is often exempted from formal customs declarations with the provision of security and can be provided by UPS. (see 'Personal Effects' in section "Prohibited and Restricted Commodities").

    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. This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

    Commercial Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • 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. This regulation does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tobacco and perfume.

      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.

    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.


    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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