Imports of silk or silk-related products (for example, linen) require an original Certificate of Origin. However, when the total quantity per shipment is less than 300 sqm, the Country or Territory of Origin may be stated on the commercial invoice without the need for a Certificate of Origin.
To enable clearance for CITES shipments, please ensure CITES Certificate is forwarded by Express service.
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between EU and Japan entered in force on 1st February of 2019, and allows the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption.
The importers can claim preferential tariff treatment based on the statement on origin provided by the exporter or based on importers knowledge.
The exporters in the EU and in Japan can self-certify that their product is originating by making a statement on origin:
(Period: from to (1))
The exporter of the products covered by this document (Exporter Reference No ...(2)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of ... preferential origin(3).
(Origin criteria used(4))
(Place and date(5))
(Printed name of the exporter)
1.This statement shall be made on an invoice or on any commercial document using the wording mentioned above
2.It can be made in any official languages of the EU or Japanese. The importing Party may not request a translation.
3.(4) - In the EU-JP EPA, the operators need to indicate the origin criteria used in their statement on origin through a code (see in Annex 3-D).
4.(5) - A statement on origin remains valid for 12 months.
5.A statement on origin may apply on multiple shipments. In this case the period shall not exceed 12 months.
In the EU, exporters need to be registered in the REX system. There is no need to be registered when the value of consignments is below 6000.00 EUR.
Importers knowledge allows the importer to claim preferential tariff treatment based on its own knowledge about the originating status of imported products in the form of supporting documents or records provided by the exporter or manufacturer of the product, which are in the importers possession. This information provides valid evidence that the product qualifies as originating.
The European Commission provides detailed guidance on the rules of origin in the European Commission_EPA
Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.
An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to prove that his products fulfill the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.
The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs below. Please see under EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement)
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.
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.
Packing list is not mandatory required.
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.
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.
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 offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.