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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Bolivia

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

A Certificate of Origin is required for all shipments valued over 3,000 USD.
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.

As per Customs Regulation, starting February 2016 all shipments with various types of products or commodities will require a Packing List
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.

Per regulatory requirements all Freight Forwarding Cargo shipments require that MAWB and HAWB to be used for import purposes must be original hardcopies and not copies or excel reproductions, in addition the consignee will require original commercial invoice and packing slip as part of the entry clearance documentation, with a clear description of the goods being shipped.

Please note goods with zero value ($0) or nominal value for "customs purposes" are not accepted, all goods must have a reasonable value to avoid delays and subjective valuation by the authorities.

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

Import packages weighing 40 kg (88 lbs.) or more will require formal entry and a broker must be assigned.
Door-to-door delivery is available for shipments valued up to US$1,000.00. Shipments valued over US$1,000.00 are cleared by a third-party broker (UPS will not make delivery). If the consignee does not have a broker, UPS can recommend one.
The Express Clearance System is available for shipments valued less than US$1,000.00. All shipments of greater value require a third-party broker. If the consignee does not have a broker, UPS can recommend one.
Bolivia receives import volume only 3 times a week: Tuesday and Saturday from Mercosur, and Tuesday and Friday from Chile.

Documents can clear the same day of arrival or the following day depending on the volume and timing of the non-daily imports service.

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

Please note service to following extended areas limited to documents only:

Town Postal Code
Villa La Merced 11900
Belen 12600
Alto SanPedro 12700
Don Bosco 12800
Caranavi 45000
Guanay 46000
Copacabana 47000
San Buena Victoris 48000
Apolo 49000
Chulumani 50000
Sorata 51000
Cobija 52000
Reyes 54000
Santa Ana 55000
Rrurrenabaque 56000
Santa Rosa 57000
San Borja 58000
Riberalta 59000
Guayamerin 60000
Punata 64000
Arani 65000
Mizque 66000
Villa Tunari 67000
Tupiza 71000
Villazon 72000
Yacuiba 74000
Bermejo 75000
Chuquisaca 76000
Carmago 77000
Villamontes 78000
Robore 78500
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 -0400/ Fall -0400
Spanish
Boliviano(BOB), US Dollar(USD)

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 Bolivia. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Shipments of biological products will incur delays due to paperwork that must be completed at the destination.
Shipments of chemicals need additional paperwork once at their destination and will be delayed by one day.
Shipments of coffee need additional paperwork once at their destination and will be delayed by one day.
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
Shipments of medicine require additional paperwork and will be delayed 1 day.
Shipments of medicine need additional paperwork once at their destination and will be delayed by one day.
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.

Gift Exemptions

0.00 US Dollar USD
no gift exemption
no gift exemption

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Bolivia must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice.

To avoid any customs delays, original invoices are required by law. These original invoices should be on company letterhead. All other types of invoice including Pro-Forma Invoices are not allowed and will cause shipments to be delayed in Customs.

The consignee's telephone number must appear on the invoice.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Non-commercial use only.
Non-commercial use only.
Blank checks will be valued at 7.50 USD per printed booklet for duty and clearance purposes.
Non-commercial use only.
Non-commercial use only.
Non-commercial use only.
Non-commercial use only.
Non-commercial use only.
Unused traveler's checks will be valued at 7.50 USD per printed booklet for duty and clearance process.

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 Bolivia.

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.

Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited to the country or territory due to a ban by the airline.
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.

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

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 Worldwide Expedited
    ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver

Special Clearance Requirements

All dutiable shipments into Bolivia will include in the value calculation, the freight cost of the shipment. If the freight cost is reflected in either the air bill or the commercial invoice, then only 25% of this cost will be added to the value of shipment for the purpose of calculating the duties and taxes.

However, if this cost is not included in the air bill or the commercial invoice, then the authorities will perform an estimated cost and that cost will be applied at 100% to the shipment value, hence increasing the duties and taxes significantly.

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.

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

  • 1000.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All shipments are subject to pay the duty/tax if the value of the package is more that US$1000.00. The consignee needs a broker to clear the shipment.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 1000.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All shipments are subject to pay the duty/tax if the value of the package is more that US$1000.00. The consignee needs a broker to clear the shipment.

    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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