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Import/Export

United Kingdom to El Salvador

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

All import shipments with a declared value of 1000 USD or over requires a company license with a Tributional Identification Number (NIT).
An Import Declaration must be signed by an authorized broker.
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.

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.

Freight Forwarding: Per regulatory requirements all Freight Forwarding Cargo shipments require that MAWB and HAWB must be used for import purposes. They must be original hardcopies and not copies or excel reproductions, in addition, the consignee will require original commercial invoice and packing slip in Spanish 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, subjective valuation by the authorities and fines.

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

An original waybill is required for clearance.

UPS provides clearance once the consignee has paid the duties on the shipment.

All goods, regardless of the commodity or value, are assessed duties and taxes.

UPS provides Brokerage services for shipments that are valued at US$1000 or less. Shipments that are greater than this value will require an independent licensed broker who is authorized by Salvadorian Customs. Fee for processing is an additional US$48 (Valid beginning on February 15)

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.

If a shipment is going back for re-importation (for example, warranty, repair, or other), a temporary export form must be prepared with the appropriate documentation showing the shipment's original inbound receipt.

Goods must be returned within 45 days from exportation of repairs or they will be subject to the formal entry process.

This shipment will only pay for duties and taxes based on the cost of repair.

Goods misrouted must be sent out within 48 hours or they will be considered as imported and subject to all formal entry procedures. This procedure needs to be done by a certified Customs agent.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from various cities in the country or territory.
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 -0600/ Fall -0600
Spanish
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 El Salvador. 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.
All chemical products must be accompanied by a detailed invoice and it needs to be VISA by the Department of Chemical and Pharmacy. A certified pharmaceutical person must certify the products with his signature. A fee of US$25.46 will be charged to the consignee.
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
A proforma invoice is required.
All food products need an extended import permit granted by the Food and Health Administration.
A proforma invoice is required.
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.
All pharmaceutical products must be accompanied by a detailed invoice and a VISA from the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceuticals. A certified pharmaceutical official must certify the products with his signature. A fee of US$25.46 is charged to the consignee. In addition, the shipment will also need a permit from the Public Health Department (Consejo Superior de Salud Publica) at a cost of US$22.60, and a permit from the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Publica)at a cost of US$16.30, all payable by the consignee.

Gift Exemptions

0.00 US Dollar USD
no gift exemption
no gift exemption

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to El Salvador must include 3 original invoices. Failure to include an original invoice will result in clearance delays of 5 to 10 days. Customs will not accept copies, scanned, or faxed invoices, invoices from DIS or invoices with UPS format. Salvadorian Customs is not accepting Worldship invoices until further notice.

Invoices must include:

  • Commodity description
  • Freight and other cost detail
  • The name and address of the seller
  • Place and date that package is being shipped
  • The name and address of the buyer of merchandise
  • The detailed description of goods by brands, model or style, etc.
  • The quantity of the merchandise
  • Unit value and total value of the merchandise
  • Term of sale (Incoterm) agreed with the seller

Imported shipments without the original invoice will be held and will cause a delay.

The consignee's telephone number, if available, should appear on the invoice.

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

Validated Airline tickets are classified as documents. Blank airline tickets are classified as non-document and require an invoice.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
Packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
In order to ship intercompany data on a diskette or CD ROM as a document shipment, the following guidelines must be followed:
  1. The content must not be sold commercially or have commercial value.
  2. The data cannot be software.
  3. Specifically write "intercompany data on diskette/CD ROM" in the description of the goods field of the waybill.
  4. Mark an "X" in the documents only box on the waybill.
All other shipments of intercompany data on diskette or CD ROM are classified as non-documents and require an invoice.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have a commercial invoice and without value in system.
Used traveler's checks are classified as documents. Unused traveler's checks are prohibited.
To be accepted as a document the maximum weight needs to be 1kg, packages must not have commercial invoice and without value in system.

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 El Salvador.

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.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Imports require an Original Commercial Invoice,Original Transportation Documents and Technical data of product.

The consignee must to be registered in Junta de Vigilancia Quimica,the organization who controls the importation of the product.

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.
Razor Blades
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories

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.

For shipments coming from Guatemala, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula only.

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
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

Special Clearance Requirements

Embassy and diplomatic shipments do not incur duties or taxes.

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

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

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

    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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