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United Kingdom to France

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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.

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
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.

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
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 from the Ministry of Foreign Trade. The requirement of an import license depends 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 organized 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 authorized 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 (for example, brand and serial number). The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorized representative.

On request, the manufacturer or his authorized representative within the EU must provide the DoC. In case the manufacturer is not an EU entity and has no authorized representative, the importer must be able to provide a copy of the DoC and additional proofs if requested.

National Requirements
For some commodities, the conformity with the product safety regulations must be declared by the importer within the customs declaration. The DoC is required as a valid proof for the safety of the products and their compliance with the directives. These commodities are everything with CE marking like:

  • toys
  • electronic equipment
  • radio & telecommunication equipment
  • medical devices
  • sunglasses
  • chemical substances
  • measuring devices
  • pressure equipment
  • pyrotechnic articles

Spot checks are carried out. If no CE marking is found and no DoC can be provided, the shipment is RTS'd or seized. Abandonment is also possible.

Customs procedure time is 2-3 months.

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.

EORI Number

For every formal customs declaration the identification number of the importer is mandatory. The identification number used in the European Union is called the EORI number (Economic Operators' Registration and Identification System).

The French EORI number is based on SIRET number. Companies who are VAT registered still have to apply for the registration of their EORI number which is mandatory for Customs declaration. Companies can apply for the registration at the PAE (Pole Action Economique) by phone or e/mail. Every declaration without the EORI number of the importer will be rejected by customs if the importer is a company.

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 certain cities.

Service Agents are used in Corsica. There are three parties involved in Corsica: UPS, Service Agent ROCCA and Service Agent Sea Company SNCM.

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
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 France. 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.

Antiques can be cleared with a duty rate of 0% and a reduced VAT rate if they are proven to be older than 100 years.
Original artwork (for example, paintings, drawings, sculptures) can be imported with a duty rate of 0% and a reduced VAT rate.

Printings are accepted as artwork if they are made from a handmade plate or block and if the number of printings is limited to a very low number. The sequential number should be visible on the print.

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.
The invoice must include the dimensions in square meters and the composition of the material.
The invoice of all audio visual commodities must list duration, a brief but satisfactory synopsis of the contents, whether the film is black and white or color, the length and width of the film, and the reason for importation.
Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs (for example tea with origin China)imported from certain third countries or territories are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

The customs offices responsible for our import sites are not all defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE can only be imported via UPS import ports where the responsible customs office is defined as DPE. Only site can be imported through is Paris CDG.

Depending on the ingredients of food supplements, nutrial or diet supplements may be classified as medicine. A complete list of ingredients and their amounts must accompany the invoice to allow a correct classification by customs and avoid delays and additional costs. Please see additional information for 'Medicine'.
Only private consumers are allowed to import small quantities of mineral water for personal consumption.

Companies are not allowed to import mineral water and sample shipments are also prohibited.

Carpets
An additional day is required for customs clearance of Carpets. The invoice must include the quantity in square meters and the composition.

Safety Headgear
Imports of safety headgear for bicycles and motor bikes require a Certificate of Conformity. This applies for all countries or territories to ensure items meet European Union standards. The article must have "CE" stamped or written on it.

Video Games
All shipments containing video games (devices as well as software) must be accompanied by a text label. A text label must be placed inside the package and also displayed on the outside of the packaging, warning of the risk of epilepsy due to the games use, and detailing precautionary statements. Shipments not complying may be detained by Customs.

The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine for which the part is used, and a list of the part's components.
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.
Small numbers of samples of negligible value and for non commercial use can be imported free of duty and VAT. Samples are only accepted for duty and VAT free import if mutilated or marked in a way which makes it impossible to sell them. The invoice must clearly state that the samples are mutilated or marked.
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).
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).

To import textile shipments as samples, they must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the use only as a sample only. 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.

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.

The importation of all toys into France requires a Certificate of Conformity. This applies to shipments from all countries or territories.

According to European law (EU Norme), the toy must have a "CE" sign written or stamped on it, certifying that the toy complies with EU standards and safety regulations. Shippers should verify that the consignee has the correct documentation available ("Dossier de Fabrication" / verification of manufacturing) in order to allow proper Customs clearance. Shipments of toys without a "CE" sign or without a Conformity Certificate will be seized and destroyed by Customs, including gift shipments. These toys cannot be returned to the shipper. The consignee may obtain a certificate from the Laboratory National D' Essai to receive a toy sample for analysis.

The Customs limit for samples of toys is four identical pieces. The consignee must send a fax in order to receive approval by the Laboratory National D' Essai. A copy of the certificate must be sent to the shipper and must be attached to the invoice when the shipment is shipped. The shipper or the consignee must provide UPS with a copy of the certificate along with the shipment in order to reduce delays.

Depending on the ingredients,vitamins may be classified as medicine. A complete list of ingredients and their amounts must accompany the invoice to allow a correct classification by customs and avoid delays and additional costs. Please see additional information for 'Medicine'.

Gift Exemptions

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

In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" or "gift" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.

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

  • Tobacco products - 50 cigarettes or 25 cigarillos (maximum weight of 3 grams ea) or 10 cigars or 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 sprits, 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 liters.

Goods exceeding above quantities are excluded from duty-free admission.

If the shipment value exceeds the gift shipment limit, Customs clears the shipment as a non-gift shipment.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to France must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice. Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

The consignee's telephone number is required on the invoice for shipments to private individuals with a value above 22.00 EUR.

The consignee's mobile number and e-mail address should also appear on the invoice if available.

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 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
Documents (paper) of no commercial value will be cleared without any import charges up to a total weight of 20 kg.

Documents with a total weight above 20 kg may require additional information and a more detailed description. A formal customs declaration may be necessary if the documents will not be classified as 'duty free' documents according to the Customs legislation. In the event of a formal declaration, an invoice and a customs value is required. Duty and VAT may apply.

Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents provided they are sent in an Express envelope and the value does not exceed 22 Euros.

Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices can not be sent as documents.

Gift cards are 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 as documents.
Must be personalized to be considered documents.
Non-personalized greeting cards and invitations are considered non-documents and require an invoice.
Intercompany data on CD-Rom/Disk of no commercial value will be classified as documents, no Duty or VAT will apply.
Up to 2 manuals (with no monetary value) can be considered as documents.
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 France.

Alcoholic 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.

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).

Only licensed casinos are allowed to import gambling devices from certain shippers (manufacturers) into France. For detailed information, please contact your chamber of commerce
Precious metal (silver, gold, platinum, etc.) needs quantity and grammas per piece detailed on the invoice. The merchandise description must mention on the invoice if Jewelry is with or without precious stones. Jewelry cannot be cleared through simplified customs procedure. An import delay of 1 day may occur and brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

UPS Brokerage import site Paris/CDG slic 3419 and Paris / EVRY 9659 are not allowed to Customs process jewelry with precious or semi- precious stone. If jewelry contains precious or semi- precious stone, importer must provide alternate broker of his choice who is able to handle it.

Shipments containing knives which are over 15 cm in length double edged with no safety between the blade and handle and thickness over 4 mm. need authorization from the Ministry of Defense (AIMG authorization form).
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.

Also includes DHEA. Import is prohibited.
Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Personal Effects Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "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:

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

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

3. 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 cannot be cleared as personal effects.

According to the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds are considered to be plants.

A Phytosanitary inspection can only be done at the airport in Paris CDG. If the shipment arrives at another UPS import site, customs there is no one assigned to do a Phytosanitary inspection. The shipment must be forwarded to an alternate broker (assigned by the importer). Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.

Products which are subject to phytosanitary inspection have to be stored in an outside warehouse for cooling purposes and arranging the phytosanitary inspections. The outside storage and the phytosanitary inspection cause additional charges. Delays are most likely.

Certain plants which are also classified as food (for example, fruits, nuts, spices) are subject to additional restrictions. Fur further information please see 'Food'.

Plants can only be shipped on contractual base for Special International Commodities.

The importation into, or exportation from France 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.

A Phytosanitary inspection can only be done at the airport in Paris CDG. If the shipment arrives at another UPS import site, there is no one assigned to do a Phytosanitary inspection. The shipment must be forwarded to an alternate broker (assigned by the importer) or forwarded under customs bond to UPS at Paris CDG. Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.
Tobacco products cannot be cleared at UPS. The same rule applies for tobacco products within Gift Shipments.

Private individuals are not allowed to buy tobacco products in third countries or territories. Importation of tobacco products bought by private individuals in a third country or territory is only allowed in personal luggage up to certain amounts but not within shipments through Express carriers or Post. For detailed information, please contact your chamber of commerce.

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.

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 Express
  • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS Worldwide Standard
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
  • WorldWide Economy DDP
  • WorldWide Economy DDU
  • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

Special Clearance Requirements

The Embassy or Consulate may provide a special Customs clearance form. Write "embassy or consulate goods" on the invoice for customs clearance. Customs does not charge duty or taxes for embassy or consulate goods if the special customs clearance form is available. An import delay may occur.
Inward Processing Relief (repair ,processing and return)

The customs procedure of inward processing is used for goods which will be repaired inside the European Union and re-exported after repair. Under this import procedure the goods stay under customs control until re-exportation under customs control.

The importer is obliged to re-export the items during the determined period granted for repair within the import declaration for inward processing. If the deadline for re-export is exceeded duty and VAT become due. Customs inspections with both import and re-export clearance is most likely.

Customs will not permit this procedure if goods are exempt from duty according to the tariff code and the importer can deduct the import VAT as deductable input VAT at his finance department.

Business

UPS does not offer the service of clearance under the Temporary Import Procedure. The goods have to be declared as definite import, duty and tax apply. Forwarding under bond to another customs broker assigned by the importer is possible. Additional charges apply.

Solid Wood Packing Material

A temporary emergency measure has been adopted by the European Commission. Certain coniferous solid wood packing materials are subjected to any of three specified treatments before it may import to the European Union, to prevent the introduction of pine wood nematode.

Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums & similar items, pallets, pallet collars, box pallets & other load boards whether or not used in the transport of objects are affected by this measure.

Wood packaging must be subject to one of the following treatments:

  • Heat treated or kiln dried to a minimum core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for at least 30 minutes in a closed chamber or kiln that has been tested, evaluated & officially approved for this purpose.
  • Chemical pressure impregnation with an approved chemical in accordance with an official recognized technical specification.
  • Fumigated with an approved chemical in accordance with an official recognized technical specification.
Packaging must display markings indicating where & by whom it was treated.

Certificates or forms of any kind are not required. Marking of the solid wood packing material is the only recognized compliance method for emergency measures.

Additional information & inspection companies contact numbers:

  • CA: www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/for/woode.shtml or Canadian Food Inspection Agency 1-800-442-2342 or 613-225-2342
  • CN: www.aqsiq.gov.cn or contact the State General Administration of the People's Republic of China for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
  • JP: www.pps.go.jp/english/eindex03.htm or Plant Protection Div. of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries 03-3502-8111 ext. 3832
  • US: www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/swp/eunmwp.html or USDA APHIS Export Services 301-734-4382
Outward Processing Relief (Goods re-imported after repair)

In order to qualify for any exemption from duties and taxes when re-importing repaired goods, the initial export declaration must have been the outward processing procedure. The initial export documentation needs to be available for the re-import declaration. Without these preconditions only declaration into free circulation is possible, duty and VAT will be payable on the value of the goods in addition to any repair costs.

Provided the correct initial export documentation is available no duty or VAT applies for a warranty repair when re-importing. When charges occur to the re-importer for the repair and / or repair parts / labor costs etc., duty and VAT will be raised on these charges only.

The invoice must clearly state "return after repair", the type of repair (warranty repair or charges for repair), also the value of the commodity before repair, as well as any charges to re-importer. Customs inspections with both export and re-import clearance is most likely. The Outward Processing Relief has to be handled by the broker who raised the initial export declaration for outward processing. Due to the fact that UPS does not offer the service of raising any kind of special export procedures (for example, outward processing, temporary export) the shipments has to be forwarded under bond to the broker who raised the export declaration on outward processing.

Otherwise the shipments have to be imported as definite importation, duty and VAT apply.

If the repaired goods arrive at the UPS ports of entry and were not temporarily exported by an alternate broker,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 being returned to France can be re-imported without applying duty and tax under the following conditions: The goods have not been repaired or worked on while being in export country or territory; they have been in export country or territory no more than three years; the re-importer can proof the export with the initial export documents. The reason for the return should be stated on the invoice (for example, refused by consignee or not conform to the goods ordered etc.)

Customs requires an invoice for each shipment of returned goods. French Customs must be alerted of the shipment in advance to import the shipment free of duty and taxes.

UPS France must contact the consignee for proof of export, complete the documentation, and alert French Customs. Duty and taxes apply if this procedure is not completed before importation. Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may 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 on deposit by the importer prior to release. The security will be paid back by customs when re-exporting the goods under customs control.

The invoice must clearly state that the goods are being temporarily imported but not for processing or repair. It will be also useful to put the reason of import on the invoice. Customs inspections might be possible.

In order for the importer to reclaim the security goods, the shipment must be re-exported under the temporarily import / export procedure.

We highly recommend to check, before shipping, with the local destination Brokerage department, if this service can be provided (in most cases when a security has to be provided, UPS does not) and if the additional costs applicable will be in line with the value of shipment or if the costs will be even higher than paying duties and taxes. Taxes can be reclaimed from businesses.

If service cannot be provided through UPS, the consignee has to name an alternate broker for the customs procedure of temporary importation.

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)
    • Goods with a value up to 22.00 EUR are no longer exempt from VAT. This impacts all businesses importing into the EU, whether they are shipping to consumers or businesses. These low-value goods will now require formal customs clearance and be subject to VAT.

      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 but tax is raised.

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

    Commercial Shipments

  • 150.00 European Monetary Unit (Euro) (EUR)
    • Goods with a value up to 22.00 EUR are no longer exempt from VAT. This impacts all businesses importing into the EU, whether they are shipping to consumers or businesses. These low-value goods will now require formal customs clearance and be subject to VAT.

      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 but tax is raised.

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

    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.


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