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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Pakistan

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

A Form A is only valid for imports from countries or territories covered by the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The products must fulfill the rules of be originating in the export country or territory Most products can be imported at a lower duty rate while others are fully exempted from duty. The Form A certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.
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 proof that his products fulfil 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 above.

US-UN Aid

Packages entering as US-UN aid require:

  • Exemption certificate from US-UN aid
  • Exemption letter from US-UN aid for K.M.C. Octroi
  • No value restrictions
MSDS/NON DG

It is not required for all, however shipments that are being 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.

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.

A Packing List is required for multiple packages only, detailing contents of each box.
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

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

Effective from Monday 11 January 2016, all shipments to Pakistan are being released through a new customs process called WEBOC (Web Based One Custom).

Shipments should be cleared from Customs within 15 days of import. Customs may auction all shipments after the 30-day time limit.

Please be informed that the penalties under Section 156 read with Section 79 has been revised by Customs authorities. As per revised import rules, consignee needs to get shipment cleared within 10 days, otherwise daily penalty will be imposed until the final release.

Non-Document shipments with duty amount less than US$100.00 are cleared on arrival but shipments above the threshold (Duty US$100.00) are detained to be cleared through formal entry process in ICG. Duty and taxes are not refundable.

Imports of low-value shipments of value up to US$200.00 arrive handled by the Immediate Clearance Group (ICG) for same-day clearance. Free Domicile (FD) shipments of value up to US$1,000.00 or less than 50 kgs also arrive at Immediate Clearance Croup (ICG) for same-day clearance.

High-value shipments over US$200.00 or in case of free domicile over US$1,000.00 or over 50 kgs arrive at Air Freight Unit (AF) for formal entry clearance. Clearance may take 1 to 3 days provided that the consignee submits documents and pays the duty promptly, or has exemption status or certificates. A few organizations (Diplomatic shipments/UNDP/UN/Duty exempted organizations) have instructed us not to clear their shipments but to send the Customs Detention Receipt to them for self-clearance. For shipments detained by Customs due to value or any other reason, we would send the detention receipt to the consignee to avail the opportunity of either clearing through their own agent or to send us the paperwork to clear the shipment for them. The return of the detention receipts from Karachi/Lahore/Islamabad & Rawalpindi/Faisalabad/Sialkot and Peshawar takes approximately 48 to 72 hours while other cities take 72 hrs.

For shipments detained by Customs, the consignee is required to submit copies of their National Tax Number and Return of Sales Tax for the previous month along with Sales Tax Registration, Customs Detention Receipt and authority letter in name of the nominated broker or clearing agent. If a shipment is addressed to a non serviced area, the consignee is required to send the duties and taxes via demand draft or cross check to the UPS service partner before delivery takes place. This can cause delay. For urgent shipments, it is recommended to be exported Free Domicile.

Pakistan Customs are checking Courier shipments closely and specifically checking if shipper has stated documents only, when in fact goods included. Another courier company had misused the Immediate Clearance Group (ICG) facility of bringing in computer and computer parts under Documents. The Pakistani Customs was ready to withdraw the ICG facility and impose formal clearance for all courier material. This would have meant additional 2 days increase in Time in Transit. However this was avoided by assuring that no non-document shipment will be brought under Document Manifest. The Collector has warned that in case such shipments are found, the courier company will be penalized by withdrawing the ICG facility. Please therefore remind shippers to classify shipments correctly.
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.

Shipments for Karachi (KHI)

Shipment will be released on Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) and request letter without any charges for individual customers.

For shipment of commercial purpose, national tax number (NTN)/Government and Services tax (GST) is required and if consignee fails to provide the required information then fine from RS 3000 to 5000 will be enforced.

Shipment for Lahore (LHE) hub

In the absence of National Tax Number (NTN)\ Government and Services tax (GST), fine from RR 3000 to 5000 will be charged to the consignee.

In case of individual customers Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) and request letter is required in order to get the shipment released. For commercial shipments national tax number (NTN)/Government and Services tax (GST)is mandatory.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from certain cities.
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.

Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0600/ Fall +0500
English, Urdu
Pakistan Rupee(PKR)

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.

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Pakistan. 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.
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
For shipments of medicine, the consignee must obtain a certificate from the Director General of Health Department.
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.
Samples of cereals, seeds and rice are checked by government departments before clearance. Tins of food must show an expiration date which is valid for at least half of its shelf life.
For shipments of medicine, the consignee must obtain a certificate from the Director General of Health Department.
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 Pakistan must include 1 original and 3 copies of an invoice.

The invoice should contain the following information:

  • Contents of the shipment
  • Weight of shipment
  • Value of shipment
  • Consignee's telephone number

Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

The consignee's telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice.

Any shipment which arrives without the required invoice will incur a fine of up to PKR 5000.00 on every shipment subject to Pakistan Custom rules. Any shipment which arrives without the required invoice will incur a fine of of US$65.00 on every shipment.

Invoice must scan in IDIS for non-document shipments to Pakistan as per the requirement of State Bank of Pakistan for remittance to importer in Pakistan.

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.

Each airline ticket must be issued to an individual name to be considered a document.
Weight limit to be clased as documents is 5 kg with maximum value of $20
Non-commercial use only.
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 Pakistan.

Cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are considered domesticated animals. All other animals are considered non-domesticated animals. Items or products made from non-domesticated animals are restricted in the UPS system and only allowed with a UPS ISC contract. CITES permit and additional restrictions may apply, please check with your local ISC Coordinator.

Imports of Ham and Pork are prohibited.

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.

Used electrical items are prohibited.
Used electronic items are prohibited.
Blank invoices
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.

Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Perishable goods that require temperature control cannot be handled at Karachi airport. This also includes shipments shipped under ISC contract, which should not be accepted.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
These items are generally not permitted. The consignee must have government permission prior to import.
From November 2014, Pakistan Customs restricted the import of Telecommunication equipment without type approval by PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). Users, Importers and Manufacturers can obtain the guidelines from the given below link. Local manufacturers, importers and users are provided certificates while maintaining full details and information about equipment and accessories supplies, its purpose of use and place of installation.

http://gadgetgizmodo.blogspot.com/2011/03/pta-issues-list-of-telecom-equipment.html

Shipments with such content will be detained in Customs so the importer should provide approval for clearance but if not, then the shipment will be seized by Customs. The Importer would be considered as a violator if not following the procedure as per standards and liable for legal action.

Please note used cell phones are not allowed to be imported into Pakistan.

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 Expedited
    ((England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland))
  • UPS Worldwide Express
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
  • WorldWide Economy DDU

Special Clearance Requirements

These shipments require an Exemption Certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Organizations that are exempt from duty must submit the following exemption certificates prior to clearance:
  • Exemption Certificate for payment of duty and taxes
  • Exemption Certificate for payment of local taxes

If these certificates are not submitted, duty and taxes must be paid to effect clearance. If exemption of payment is not obtained from the associated government department, the consignee must pay the duty affixed to Customs clearance documents, along with sales tax, warehouse rent, and other duties and taxes. Failure to comply with the above instructions will cause a delay in the clearance of non-documents.

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.

There is no value restriction for small parcels sent as samples. However, the total value of one or more shipments of samples imported in a calendar year should not exceed 25,000.00 Pakistani rupees.
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

  • 0.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of shipment value.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of shipment value.

    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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