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The government of China introduced a safety license certification system in 2003 requiring manufacturers, sales outlets, and Chinese importers to obtain the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark before importing into or selling in the China market. Commodities listed in the official commodity catalog cannot leave the factory for sale, be imported into China, or be used in any business operational activities in China without obtaining the CCC mark.

The Chinese government agency, Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA), will administer this certification process. The China Quality Certification Center (CQC) has been designated by the CNCA to process the CCC mark applications. Chinese Customs may hold products not meeting the CCC requirements and impose penalties on the importers or consignees.

The following is an abbreviated listing of the commodities requiring certification:

  • Appliances for home or similar usage
  • Audio/video devices
  • Circuit switches and electric devices used for protection
  • Electric tools
  • Electric welding machines
  • Electric wires and cables
  • Information technology devices
  • Lighting devices (for example, electrical lamps, electrical lights)
  • Low power electric motors
  • Low voltage electric apparatuses
  • Motor vehicle and safety accessories
  • Motor vehicle tires
  • Safety glass
  • Telecommunication terminal devices

    Additionally, spare parts and replacement parts may, in some cases, require CCC certification or may qualify for an exemption (requires application form).

    The entire list of affected commodities and the CCC online application guide are available from the CQC Web site at http://www.ccc-cn.org/ccccatalog.htm

    Additional information can be obtained at the following Web site:

    http://www.ccc-cn.org/en/cccfaqs.html

    Please Note: China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) require the importer to provide China Compulsory Certification (CCC) and shipments are subject to compulsory quarantine inspection. Shipments of commodities listed above require CCC regardless of shipment types / category, including shipping to individuals for personal use. Shipments, other than the commodities listed above, consigned to individuals (personal use only) are exempted from providing CCC. In Shenzhen, this requirement is extended to shipments consigned to individuals.

  • New import requirements for consumer goods took effect on November 12, 2008.

    Beginning on that date importers must certify in writing that products being imported for warehousing and/or consumption conform to the rules, bans, regulations or standards administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    The new requirements apply to nearly all categories of consumer goods, including:

    • fabrics
    • wearing apparel
    • toys
    • jewelry
    • sporting goods
    • furniture
    • hazardous material
    • all-terrain vehicles
    • even pharmaceuticals subject to child-resistant cap standards

    The new certificate of conformity guidelines:

    • Only the importer must issue the certificate.
    • Foreign manufacturers and private labelers of imported products do not need to issue certificates, and they do not need to be listed as parties on certificates. For products manufactured in the United States, only the domestic manufacturer needs to issue the certificate.
    • The certificate, in hard copy or electronic form, must be available to the CPSC no later than the time the shipment is available for inspection in the U.S.
    • The certificate must contain the following information:
      • Identification of the product covered by the certificate;
      • Citation to each CPSC regulation to which the product is being certified;
      • Identification of the importer (or domestic manufacturer, as applicable) certifying compliance (including name of company, full mailing address, and phone number).
      • Contact information for individual maintaining the test results, including the persons name, email address, full mailing address, and phone number.
      • Date (at least month and year) and place (including city and country or territory or administrative region) where the product was manufactured. If the same manufacturer operates more than one location in the same city, the street address of the factory in question should be provided.
      • Date and place (including city and country or territory or administrative region) where the product was tested for compliance with the cited regulation.
      • Identification of any third-party lab on whose testing the certification depends, including name, full mailing address and phone number.
    • CPSC recommends that each issuer maintain test records supporting the certification for at least three years.
    Any shipment that is a U.S. good returning and has a value over US$10,000.00 requires the presentation of a Manufacturer's Affidavit to Customs.
    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.

    Power of Attorney (POA) is obtained to transfer the liability for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) compliance to the importer. If the POA has been properly executed, the importer is responsible for default of further obligations to CBP.

    It is essential that the following guidelines be followed in order to limit the potential liability of UPS SCS when it otherwise may qualify as an Importer of Record (IOR) for all service levels associated with the small package operations.

    These guidelines are not intended to cover all possible scenarios that might require UPS SCS to obtain a POA from a customer. Some examples that might change the decision as to whether to obtain a POA include:

  • When customer is the subject of a CBP penalty or another government agency investigation
  • If UPS SCS has been penalized by CBP or another government agency for inaccurate information furnished by customer
  • When customers credit history is poor
  • When the customers shipment values fluctuate without adequate explanation

    POA Requirements for all service levels

    POA is required from the customer when the entered value of a single shipment exceeds $50,000 USD.

    In the following cases a POA is required regardless of shipments entered values:

  • All Temporary Import Bonds (TIB)
  • Any shipment that is similar to a shipment that Customs has found not to be legally marked under the country or territory of origin marking laws (i.e. Not Legally Marked (NLMs)).
  • Shipments requiring a conditional release from Participating Government Agencies (PGA) such as Food & Drug Administration and Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Formal commercial shipments containing finished tobacco products, alcoholic beverages
  • Products subject to antidumping or countervailing duty orders
  • Shipments subject to the Lacey Act where UPS files the declaration
  • Shipments subject to Free Trade Agreements containing textiles
  • A steel licensing system has been instituted to facilitate the monitoring of certain steel imports. Under the "reasonable care" guidelines, it is the responsibility of the Importer or the Importer's Broker to obtain a steel license on all entries for consumption of covered steel products.

    You can apply for a license up to 60 days prior to the expected date of importation.

    For more information, contact the Import Administration or see http://www.ia.ita.doc.gov/steel/license

    The filer must print the license at the time of filing. The Department of Commerce will e-mail confirmation of the application and license number.

    The fee for an application or an Import License is US$21.75.

    The license is valid for 75 days and cannot be reused.

    A single license can only be presented with one Entry Summary (CBP 7501) and may cover multiple products if the Importer/Exporter, Manufacturer, and Country or Territory of Origin remain the same. A separate license will be required if the information differs.

    The one exception to the Steel License and Surge Monitoring Program will be "informal" entries. Informal entries are shipments valued at between US$200.00 and US$2,500.00.

    For licensing purposes, an informal entry is defined as:

  • A value not exceeding US$2,500.00 when using a Chapter 72 or 73 HTSUS#

    Note: Informal entries included in a formal entry will require a license.

  • 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

    Customs prohibits the direct or indirect importation to the U.S. of any article that is a product of Myanmar.

    The ban applies to:

  • Merchandise intended for commercial and personal use, including gifts or informational materials
  • Merchandise landed, but not entered for consumption, in the U.S. (for example, Free Trade Zone)
  • Imports for transshipment or in-transit movements of products of Myanmar intended or destined for a third country or territory

    The ban does not apply to:

  • Merchandise for which the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued an Import License, which may be entered for consumption or in-transit movement through the U.S.
  • Importations for U.S. or foreign diplomatic and consular officials
  • For shipments of repaired goods (this encompasses foreign made goods once imported into the U.S., sent abroad for repair and then returned to the U.S.) the invoice must state:

  • Country or Territory of Origin
  • Original cost of the item
  • Repair cost (the fair market value price of the price of repair)

    Duties and taxes will only apply to the repair cost. All other invoice requirements still apply.

  • Per U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations, as stated in 19CFR127.1, General Order (G.O.) merchandise applies to goods taken into CBP custody and deposited in a general order warehouse. This occurs when, after prescribed time limits expire, goods remain unentered into the commerce of the U.S. After time limits expire, goods may be moved into a general order storage facility under Customs custody.

    Critical Time Limits

    • 15 calendar days from the date of arrival imported goods are deemed G.O. eligible by CBP. UPS Operations/Carrier will notify CBP on the 15th calendar day after the date of arrival of any shipment that has not been presented for entry. CBP will then make the determination to move the freight to the G.O. warehouse.
    • G.O. goods stay in CBP custody in a bonded warehouse for six months from the date of arrival before they are considered unclaimed or abandoned. At that time, CBP may auction the product to recover expenses associated with the G.O.

    Withdrawing Goods from a G.O. Warehouse

    • Importers have six months from the date of importation to export general order merchandise. Storage and handling fees apply.
    • Importers may also enter the goods under a consumption entry or any other type entry. Storage and other fees including applicable fines, taxes, and duties apply.

    Penalties
    Failure to provide Customs with timely notification of G.O. bound merchandise will result in a fine up to US$1,000.00 per air waybill or bill of lading.

    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prohibits the direct or indirect importation into the U.S. any article that is the product of Islamic Republic of Iran.

    U.S. persons and companies that currently import food and carpets from Iran should be aware of the guidance issued July 1, 2010, by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) concerning a change in U.S. law made by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 ("CISADA").

    OFAC's Iranian Transactions Regulations currently contain a general license authorizing the importation into the U.S. of foodstuffs from Iran that are classified under chapters 2-23 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) (such as pistachios and non-beluga caviar (which is prohibited by other aspects of law). In addition, the importation of carpets and other textile floor coverings of Iranian origin that are classified under chapter 57 or heading 9706.00.0060 of the HTS are also authorized.

    However, due to the additional Iran sanctions recently passed by Congress, OFAC will soon issue a regulation amending the Iranian Transaction Regulations to eliminate the general license and such imports will be no longer permitted starting on September 29, 2010. OFAC has also indicated that any authorized Iranian products must be imported by September 28, 2010 and it will not issue any specific licenses authorizing any imports after that date. As a result, importers must move quickly to ensure that any pending orders are entered for consumption by their customs brokers by September 28, 2010.

    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.

    U.S. Customs & Border Protection enforces laws relating to the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Included in the IPR are trademarks, trade names, copyrights, and patents. Examples of products for import that would qualify under the IPR restrictions are: NFL, NBA, NCAA, MLB jerseys, shirts, caps, memorabilia, or any products with the registered trade name of Coca Cola, Disney, Rolex, Nike, etc. Such products may be refused entry into the U.S. if Customs believes the goods are counterfeit or for resale in the U.S. without approval from the IPR owner. Any article(s) found to infringe upon the registered trademarks; trade names, copyrights or patents will be subject to immediate seizure and forfeiture.

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    Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.

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    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.

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    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 United States. 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.

    Lacey Act Amendments

    • Passed May 22, 2008 and effective immediately.
    • Illegal to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, any plant to be taken or traded in violation of domestic or international laws.
    • Expand Lacey protection to include a broader range of plants and plant products, including timber deriving from illegally harvested plants.

    Beginning on December 15, 2008, a new import declaration will be required for plants and plant products.

    • Declaration must be made at time of importation.
    • Declaration must contain:
      • Scientific name of the plant (including genus & species)
      • Value of importation
      • Quantity of the plant
      • Name of the country or territory in which the plant was harvested
    • For paper and paperboard products with recycled content, state the average % recycled content without regard for species or country or territory of harvest.

    Declaration requirement does not apply to packaging material used to support, protect or carry another item (unless the packaging itself is the item being imported).

    USDA and CBP have informally indicated that they may implement a phased enforcement schedule. However, such schedules are only speculative at this time and there has been no official guidance yet from the agencies.

    Below are only a few potential examples of affected products:

    • any item accompanied by a paper manual or instruction booklet
    • furniture, toys
    • rayon fabric (made from wood pulp)
    • chewing gum (may contain gum arabic)
    • picture frames and mirrors
    • books and magazines
    • any garment with wooden buttons or paper hangtags
    • any machine or electronic device with a rubber hose or gasket
    • maple syrup

    Note: USDA has the right to inspect any transit shipment and additional permits or certifications may be required.

    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.

    The U.S. currently bans the importation of ruminant meat products including those for edible use, other than gelatin, milk, and milk products, from animals such as cows, deer, goats, sheep, and other cloven-hoofed animals because Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)from regions such as Europe, Oman and Israel. Under certain restrictions these products may enter from Japan and Canada.

    Beef, pork, and poultry are also prohibited or restricted entry from other regions as well due to being recognized by USDA has having animal diseases that are exotic to the United States. Examples would be certain beef and milk products from South America because of Foot-and-Mouth disease, poultry products from Asia because of the bird flu H5N1 or pork products from other regions because of swine diseases like Classical Swine Fever.

    One may be able to import certain animal products and animal-by-products. These products may require a Veterinary Services Import Permit or other government certification. Prohibited products can include apparel, jewelry, shoes, or belts. Some examples would be jewelry made from seashells, knife handles made of bone, or any article made of ivory.

    Contact the USDA Veterinary Services at www.aphis.usda.gov or 1-301-734-3277 for more information on how to import animal and animal by-products into the United States.

    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.
    For shipments of books, UPS always requires a commercial invoice. The importer is responsible for supplying a commercial invoice upon request from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Book shipments cannot be shipped in an Express envelope. They must be shipped in a UPS PAK or other shipping container.

    Please note that from origin country or territory must be key-entered with the description of "Books" along with code 03/01 and must be keyed with correct declared value.

    The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) regulates the manufacturing, processing, distribution in commerce, use, or disposal of any chemical substance or mixture that may present an unreasonable risk of injury to health and the environment as required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Importation of chemical substance in bulk or as part of a mixture or article containing a chemical substance or mixture will not be released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unless proper certification of compliance or exemption form requirements is present.

    A TSCA Declaration is required at the time of entry on all articles in Chapter 28 and 29 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Some examples include:

  • chemical elements such as fluorine, chlorine, iodine, sulfur
  • inorganic acids,
  • halogen and sulfur compounds of nonmetals
  • hydrocarbons
  • ethers

    Also included under TSCA regulations are ammonia, ball point pens, cartridges, and zinc.

    Types of Declarations

      • Negative Declaration - certification that the shipment is not subject or is exempt from TSCA regulations
      • Positive Declaration - certification that the shipment complies with TSCA regulations.

    A signed declaration must be received from the importer prior to releasing the shipment. Importers with questions should contact that TSCA Hotline at 1-202-554-1404.

  • Shipments of cigarettes to consumers are not accepted due to a growing number of states that have enacted restrictions on tobacco deliveries. These shipments will be returned to the shipper or abandoned. For further restrictions or prohibitions regarding tobacco products, please visit www.ups.com/tobacco

    UPS only accepts shipments of cigarettes to recipients who are licensed or otherwise authorized by applicable federal, state, provincial, or local law or regulation to receive deliveries of cigarettes.

    The following items are required on a commercial invoice for importing clothing into the US:

    • Fabric content
    • Manufacturer of each article
    • Complete address of each Manufacturer
    • Knit or Woven
    • Gender
    • Weight and Dimensions of Fabric
    Notebook and Laptop Computers containing CD/DVD drives as components require clearance from the Food and Drug Administration.
    All contact lenses regardless of value must clear through FDA.
    Cosmetics, including bath (essential) oils, require FDA clearance.
    A CD Rom and other portable storage media shipped commercially containing software, music, video or pictures are subject to duty and require a commercial invoice.
    Dental devices, including toothbrushes, require FDA clearance.
    Dietary supplements, vitamins and herbal supplements may be regulated in the destination country or territory. Therefore, U.S. shippers should contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inquire about the various document requirements prior to exporting their products.

    The importer in the destination country or territory should verify importing regulations with the appropriate government agency that regulates these commodities. U.S. and international shippers must include the Lot Numbers of the vitamins and dietary and herbal supplements on the export shipping invoice.

    NOTE: U.S. origin dietary supplements, vitamins, and herbal supplements containing animal products and/or animal by-products that are being returned to the U.S. are still regulated by USDA/APHIS and FDA. The U.S. exporting invoice must accompany the returning shipment.

    Additional information can be found in the Animal Product Manual under Special Procedures Table 2-4-21. The Animal Product Manual is located at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/apm_pdf/02_04specproc.pdf

    It is illegal to import medicine without FDA approval. Shipments of medicine without FDA approval will be refused entry and will be returned to the export location or destroyed.

    Allow one extra day for inspection by the FDA.

    Note: The FDA can decide not to take action against the illegal importation.

    U.S. Citizens

    U.S. citizens are not permitted to import medicines that are available in the US. They may be allowed to import unapproved medicine for personal use if these factors apply:

    • The medicine is intended for a serious condition for which treatment may not be available in the U.S.
    • The FDA does not consider the product a risk.
    • The individual seeking to import the drug affirms in writing that it is for the patient's own use and provides a US doctors letter and prescription.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    Non-U.S. citizens may be allowed to import unapproved medicine from their country or territory of birth for personal use if these factors apply:

    • The FDA does not consider the product a risk.
    • The individual must provide the generic or common name of the medicine and the intended use of the medicine as well as a doctors prescription.
    • The product is for personal use, not for resale, and is a three-month supply or less.
    • The individual (Importer) must provide FDA with proof of their foreign citizenship (Passport, Visa or Permanent Resident Card).

    Commercial Shipments

    Commercial shipments of medicine pre-approved by the FDA require the following on the invoice:

    • Generic or common name of product Scientific name of product
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Intended use of product
    Commercial shipments of medicine not pre-approved by the FDA require the following on the invoice:
    • Generic or common name of product
    • Scientific name of product
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Investigations New Drug Number or New Drug Application Number
    Compact-disc players and microwave ovens require FDA clearance.
    Eyeglass lenses and frames must comply with FDA requirements.

    Eyeglass frames with demonstration lenses must be registered with the FDA.

    Prescription lenses require a separate medical device listing number.

    Further information pertaining to the registration of products or establishments regulated by the FDA can be located at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/reglistpage.html.

    Prescription lenses for "demonstration use only" require one of the following:

  • A drop ball test certificate from the shipper or manufacturer
  • A statement showing the lenses have been de-characterized (cannot be sold)
  • The words "demo lenses" stamped across the lenses
  • On April 18, 2005 UPS Customs Brokerage redrafted its policy on Fish and Wildlife commodities entering the United States. With its designation of Louisville, Kentucky as a Fish and Wildlife port, UPS has decided to offer Fish and Wildlife clearance through the UPS Small Package system.

    Fish and Wildlife clearance encompasses all wildlife, whether animal or animal byproduct.

    In order to clear through this government agency, the customer must state the exact item description (including the genus and species of the animal) on the invoice. The country or territory of origin must be properly marked and have listed a fair market cost of the goods.

    A Fish and Wildlife Declaration (Form 3177) must be completed either by the customer or broker. The customer will also need to apply for a CITES or BFAR Permit (if applicable).

    The package must be marked with the names and address of the consignee and shipper. It must also contain a list of the wildlife with its scientific name. Packages MUST be marked as containing Fish and Wildlife regulated commodities. If the packages are not properly marked, The Fish and Wildlife Service could assess a fine of up to US$350.00.

    Please access the following link to view charges incurred for Fish and Wildlife clearance:

    http://www.fws.gov/le/pdffiles/InspectionFeeIncreases-ProposedFeeSchedule.pdf

    UPS Special Handling charge: US$25.00 per shipment.

    Please be aware, the Fish and Wildlife Service prohibits the importation of certain animals and animal products. This list includes but is not limited to: Sea turtles, Ivory, Furs (wild cats, seals, sea otter, etc.), Birds, Primates, Reptiles and reptilian leathers. Each of these items has its own exceptions, please visit www.fws.gov for more information. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 The Fish and Wildlife Service announced May 22 that until further notice it will prohibit the following with respect to trade in protected species of wild animals and plants. - Commercial import or introduction from the sea from, and the commercial export or reexport to, Guinea of specimens listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora - All imports and introduction from the sea from, and all exports or reexports to, Afghanistan, Djibouti and Lesotho of CITES-listed specimens The FWS states that all such prohibited shipments or specimens are subject to refusal of import/export or seizure and forfeiture. These prohibitions are being imposed because the countries or territories listed have failed to implement the required CITES legislation or file the required annual reports on their implementation of CITES. The U.S. therefore cannot establish the legal origin of wildlife that is exported or reexported from these countries or territories and also cannot allow trade to these countries or territories since the necessary enforcement provisions are not in place to ensure the CITES treaty is being implemented.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made some changes to its regulations on the submission of prior notice for imported food. Changes to the prior notice regulations:
    • Removes the requirement that the identity of the anticipated border crossing within the port of arrival be provided in the prior notice
    • Removes the requirement to provide the 6 digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule number in the prior notice
    • Requires the registration number of the manufacturer (or the full address of the manufacturer and a reason) in all circumstances
    • The final rule will require the PN (prior notice) to include the name and full address of the shipper, if the shipper is different from the manufacturer (in order to eliminate duplicative requirements)

    Identity of the manufacturer, for food no longer in its natural state (for commercial shipments):

    • The final rule will revise the PN information requirements in 21 CFR 1.281(a)(6) for an article of food that is no longer in its natural state, to require the name of the manufacturer and either:
      • The registration number, city and country or territory of the manufacturer or
      • Both the full address of the manufacturer and the reason the registration number is not provided

    Identity of manufacturer if such food sent as a personal gift:

    • The final rule will revise the PN information requirements for an article of food that is no longer in its natural state to remove the current option that allows the name and address that appears on the label under 21 CFR 101.5 to be submitted instead of the name, address, and registration number of the manufacturer for food sent by an individual as a personal gift (i.e., for non-business reasons) to an individual in the U.S. Prior Notice is not required for home-made non-commercial food shipments shipped by an individual, to an individual, as gifts for personal use. Furthermore, current FDA policy is not to require Prior Notice when food purchased at a commercial establishment is exported or offered for export by a non-commercial shipper for a non-commercial purpose (i.e., from an individual, to an individual, as a gift or as a household good for personal use). Additional exclusion criteria can be found at the FDA web site.

    Requirements to Submit Prior Notice of Imported Food:

    • Submitter and transmitter
    • Deadlines for Prior Notice Submitting
    • Prior Notice General Information Requirements
    • Registration Numbers
    • Grower Identity
    • Product Identity
    • Changes to Prior Notice Submissions
    • Changes to Shipments
    • PNSI and ACS/ABI Features Confirmation
    Plastic Gift Cards 4911.99.8000 per Customs Ruling W968266
    UPS provides International Dangerous Goods service for shipments between the U.S. and certain countries or territories by contract only.

    Accessorial charges of US$40.00 apply as follows:

  • Hazardous Materials Class 9 (HAZ)
  • Hazardous Materials All Other Classes (HAN)
  • Anti-dumping duties apply to helical spring lock washers manufactured in China and Taiwan.
    These items require FDA clearance.
    On October 1, 2008, the Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register notice of revocation of the countervailing duty order (C-580-851) on DRAMS from Korea.

    The order covered DRAMS from Korea, whether assembled or unassembled, and memory modules containing DRAMS made in Korea. Only those modules that contained additional items that altered the function of the module to something other than memory (e.g. video graphics adapter boards), or were returned in products for repair and destruction were excluded from the scope.

    The effective date of revocation is August 11, 2008. Imports of DRAM products entered on or after this date will no longer be required to be accompanied by the following DRAM Certifications:

    • DRAM Integrated Circuit/Module Certification
    • DRAM/Memory Module Reimportation Certification
    • KR DRAM Memory Module Destruction Certification
    • DRAM Countervailing Duty Certification for Republic of Korea (ROK)-South Korea Integrated Circuits (19 CFR 353.26).
    These items require FDA clearance.
    Due to the possibility of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or Mad Cow Disease), the U.S. currently bans the importation of all edible products (excluding gelatin, milk and milk products) of all cloven-hoofed animals. For more information, please contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plan Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Medical office at 1-301-734-7633 or visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov
    Surgical and hospital instruments for humans or animals require FDA clearance.
    It is illegal to import medicine without FDA approval. Shipments of medicine without FDA approval will be refused entry and will be returned to the export location or destroyed.

    Allow one extra day for inspection by the FDA.

    Note: The FDA can decide not to take action against the illegal importation.

    U.S. Citizens

    U.S. citizens may be allowed to import unapproved medicine for personal use if these factors apply:

  • The medicine is intended for a serious condition for which treatment may not be available in the U.S.
  • The FDA does not consider the product a risk.
  • The individual seeking to import the drug affirms in writing that it is for the patient's own use and provides the name and address of the U.S. doctor responsible for treatment.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    Non-U.S. citizens may be allowed to import unapproved medicine from their country or territory of birth for personal use if these factors apply:

  • The FDA does not consider the product a risk.
  • The individual can provide the generic or common name of the medicine, the scientific name of the medicine, the name and address of the manufacturer, and the intended use of the medicine.
  • The product is for personal use, not for resale, and is a three-month supply or less.
  • The individual can provide Customs with proof of foreign citizenship at time of entry.

    Commercial Shipments

    Commercial shipments of medicine pre-approved by the FDA require the following on the invoice:

  • Generic or common name of product
  • Scientific name of product
  • Name and address of manufacturer
  • Intended use of product

    Commercial shipments of medicine not pre-approved by the FDA require the following on the invoice:

  • Generic or common name of product
  • Scientific name of product
  • Name and address of manufacturer
  • Investigations New Drug Number or New Drug Application Number
  • Shipments of nutritional supplements or vitamins must contain the following information on the invoice:

  • Clearly write the type of supplement or vitamin.
  • Describe the purpose of the supplement or vitamin.
  • State the recommended dosage.

    The following may also be required:

  • A copy of the prescription if the product is prescribed
  • A copy of the individual's passport if the consignee is not a U.S. citizen

    Nutritional supplements that contain animal products or animal by-products may require a Veterinary Services Import Permit. Contact the USDA Veterinary Services at www.aphis.usda.gov or 1-301-304-3277.

  • Anti-dumping duties apply to paper clips manufactured in China.
    Anti-dumping duties apply to pencils manufactured in China.
    Pharmaceuticals, including reagents, peptides, and serums, require FDA clearance.
    Living plant material requirements depend on the product, country or territory of origin, and may require a permit, license or Phytosanitary Certificate. For more information, please visit www.usda.gov or www.aphis.usda.gov

    Phytosanitary Certificate:

    • APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) requires a phytosanitary certificate in order to import certain plant products
    • A phytosanitary (plant health) certificate is an official document issued by an exporting country or territory, which certifies that the phytosanitary status of a shipment meets the phytosanitary regulations of the importing country or territory
    • The intended purpose of a phytosanitary certificate is to expedite the entry of plants or plant products into the United States while protecting American agriculture. In addition, the phytosanitary certificate indicates that the shipment is free of pests and diseases that do not exist in the United States
    • A phytosanitary certificate may be obtained at the national plant protection organization of the exporting country or territory. Source: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/content/printable_version/faq_phphto.pdf
    Anything that is electronic, battery-operated, or capable of sending, receiving, or interfering with radio signals may be considered a radio-frequency device. Examples of such devices include radio and TV receivers, converters, transmitters, transmitting devices, radio frequency amplifiers, microwave ovens, industrial heaters, ultrasonic transceivers, and computers.

    Prior to July 1, 2016, importers were required to file FCC Form 740, Section 2.1203  General Requirement for Entry, and Section 2.1205  Filing of Required Declaration, along with their customs entry documentation.

    As of July 1, 2016, the preceding requirement has been temporarily suspended, (see FCC-15-135A1). A proposal is being considered to permanently discontinue the requirement to file an FCC Form 740. (see (FCC 15-92).The suspension of FCC Form 740 only eliminates the requirement to file the form.

    Importation of radio frequency equipment still requires that the product:
    (1) Has the required FCC equipment authorization;
    (2) Is only being imported for evaluation;
    (3) Is only being imported for demonstration at a trade show; or
    (4) Meets one of the conditions as permitted in Section 2.1204 (see Question 3 of the Equipment Authorization  Importation website).

    For more information, see the Equipment Authorization - Importation website.

    Import Shipments Containing Rosewood:

    U.S. imports of rosewood - only manufactured items (e.g., furniture, musical instruments, car interiors) are allowed if the shipper provides a validated (signed) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) permit for export from the shippers origin country or territory.

    Shipments of footwear must include a completed footwear declaration and submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    Soil samples must be shipped to an approved lab and the consignee must have a USDA permit.

    If the consignee does not have the permit, they must contact the USDA by telephone at 1-301-734-8716.

    Anti-dumping duties apply to spherical plain bearings manufactured in France.
    Portable storage media devices shipped commercially containing software, music, video or pictures are subject to duty and require a commercial invoice.
    Tableware items require FDA clearance.
    Anti-dumping duties apply to tapered roller bearings manufactured in China.
    Televisions with cathode ray tubes require FDA clearance.
    A Textile Declaration is no longer required for textile and apparel shipments entering the United States. In lieu of the Textile Declaration, CBP requires the shipper to report the complete name and address information of the manufacturer for each article within the shipment. Other information formerly on the Textile Declaration is still required on the Commercial Invoice or other supporting documentation, including the fabric content, whether the article is knitted or woven, the weight and dimensions of fabric, and gender.
    Per administrative message TBT-09-007 issued by Customs and Border Protection on June 10, 2009, with the elimination of the visa arrangements, the provision that allows for properly marked commercial samples no longer applies. Samples entering the United States must now meet the mutilated guidelines as described below.

    Mutilated Samples

    HTS subheading 9811.00.60, provides for duty/quota free entry of articles used in the U.S. as samples to solicit orders for goods from foreign countries or territories provided that they are 1) valued at not more than $1 each or 2) marked, torn, perforated or otherwise treated in a manner that renders them unsuitable for resale.

    Mutilation must occur before importation into the U.S. and the invoice must state "Mutilated Samples - 9811.00.60" before importation into the U.S.

    In order for the mutilation requirement to be satisfied through marking, the word "Sample" must be in a contrasting color to the garment and must appear on a prominent area of the garment which will be visible when worn. The word "Sample" must be at least one inch in height and two inches in length and written in indelible ink or paint.

    Mutilation may also be achieved by making a cut or tear in the garment. The cut must be at least two inches in length and must be made to the outside of the garment.

    If importing fabric swatches, the maximum size of eight inches by eight inches is allowed to be entered under 9811.00.60 without mutilation.

    Formal entry is required for mutilated samples valued at greater than US$2000.00.

    Customs and Border Protection has recently issued an administrative message TBT-09-007 "Amendment to Formal Entry Requirements for Textiles".

    As a result, current procedures for textile entries will change according to the following guidelines:

    • Textiles valued at $200.49 or less should be processed as a Section 321.
    • Textiles valued between $200.50 and $250.49 should be processed as Informal.
    • Textiles valued over $250.49 should be submitted as Formal.
    • With the elimination of the visa arrangements, the provision that allows for properly marked commercial samples no longer applies. Samples entering the United States must now meet the mutilated samples guidelines as described in HTS chapter 98 under subheading 9811.00.60.

    A few limited entry type exceptions, for example imports for U.S. Government Agencies, all U.S. Import entries value over $2500.49 USD require the Importer of Record to have Customs Bond. So, a presumption must be made that all private entities acting as importer of record must have a bond. The bond is the financial guarantee payable to U.S. Customs as sole beneficiary that import entry will be made, completed, lawful duties, and fees paid, and compliance with all applicable U.S. laws.

    For textiles to the U.S. if FTA is not claimed then UPS may be importer of record, up to $50,000.49 USD. Therefore, the consignee is not required to give UPS POA. Subsequently, they are not required to secure bond in there name. UPS assumes liability as importer of record and UPS's bond guarantees the entry.

    For textiles to the U.S. valued over $200.49 USD if FTA is claimed, except for NAFTA eligible shipments via certain modes of transport, then UPS may not be importer of record. UPS must secure the POA from the consignee, or other financially interested party, to make entry in their name. That party as importer of record must have a bond in their name. If a continuous bond is not already on file then UPS will execute single transaction bond in their name based on the POA's authority. A single transaction bond will carry a $4 premium charge per $1000 in surety coverage, rounded up, with a minimum of $40 USD. So a shipment bonded up to $10,000 USD will be covered by the $40.00 minimum.

    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has eliminated the need for Textile Declaration for textile and wearing apparel goods into the U.S. Instead CBP has amended the reporting requirements for importers to identify the manufacturer of textile and apparel products through a manufacturer identification code (MID). The MID is a critical element of an importer's obligation to report information to CBP on customs entries. The MID is formulated by UPS Supply Chain Solutions using information provided by the U.S. importer. For textile and apparel products subject to the updated Declaration regulations, the importer will now be required to furnish sufficient information to meet the new MID requirements. These requirements are to provide the following:

    • Full name and address of the manufacturer performing the country or territory of origin conferring operations of each textile and apparel product.
    • When textile and apparel products from multiple manufacturers are contained in a shipment, the full name and address of each manufacturer performing the country or territory of origin conferring operations must be identified separately.

    A detailed description and information is imperative to ensure compliance since the regulations clearly state that the importer must be able to demonstrate their use of reasonable care in determining who the manufacturer is that performs the country or territory of origin conferring operations.

    Although CBP has eliminated the Textile Declaration, the new MID procedures call for additional compliance measures by importers. If a MID does not meet the new requirements, CBP can deny entry of the shipment and, possibly, impose penalties for failure to exercise reasonable care. As a consequence, together with their suppliers, importers should have procedures in place to ensure proper identification of the entity that performs the country or territory of origin conferring operations and to communicate that information to UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

    All commercial imports of finished tobacco products require a valid Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) permit prior to entry. For more information on applying for a permit, contact the ATF or see http://www.atf.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/f52304.pdf

    Excise taxes are required on all finished tobacco products.

    Previously exported, U.S. manufactured tobacco shipments can only be imported by a manufacturer of tobacco products, or an export warehouse proprietor. Individual consumers cannot import previously exported, U.S. manufactured tobacco products as a retail purchase (only if the individual owned the goods prior to export). They can, however, import previously exported, foreign-made tobacco products (quantity limited).

    UPS is prohibited from delivering cigarettes in New York unless the receiver is a licensed retailer or wholesaler, a bonded Customs warehouse, or a federal or government official. Cigars and chewing tobacco products are not prohibited.

    You may not import tobacco products originating from Cuba.

    NOAA form 370 is required to ship Tuna to the United States unless it is fresh Tuna. Please see below the link to get the form needed for import.

    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/dolphinsafe/importation_2.htm#top

    These items require FDA clearance.
    All veterinary products, such as surgical and hospital instruments, medicine or vitamins, dental instruments, and other products for animals, require FDA clearance.
    Shipments of nutritional supplements or vitamins must contain the following information on the invoice:

  • Clearly write the type of supplement or vitamin.
  • Describe the purpose of the supplement or vitamin.
  • State the recommended dosage.

    The following may also be required:

  • A copy of the prescription if the product is prescribed
  • A copy of the individual's proof of foreign citizenship (for example, a visa, passport, green card, or work permit) if the consignee is not a U.S. citizen

    There is no limit on quantity.

  • Each watch component is subject to duty at a separate rate based upon its composition.

    Shipments of watches and watch movements must contain the following information on the invoice:

  • List specific values for these watch components: battery (if applicable), case, movement, and strap or bracelet
  • Describe the type of movement, such as quartz analog, digital, or opto-electronic, or mechanical (non-battery operated). Indicate how many jewels are included, if applicable.
  • Describe the composition of the case, such as precious metal, base metal clad or plated with precious metal, or entirely of base metal.
  • Describe the composition of the strap or bracelet, such as leather, textile, base metal, base metal plated or clad with precious metal, or entirely of precious metal.

    Rolex Watches

    To protect their trademark, Rolex has registered their trademark with the Intellectual Property Rights Branch of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Customs tightly controls the importation of Rolex watches. To import a Rolex watch into the U.S., the importer must provide proof to Rolex’s attorney that the watch was purchased abroad from an authorized dealer. Customs holds all shipments until proper authorization has been obtained.

    Allow at least 2 weeks for Customs clearance.

    If the watch was not purchased from an authorized dealer, it will either be seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or be returned to the shipper at the discretion of Rolex.

  • Small Package Personal Wine Shipments

    Commercial wine and beer shipments are accepted to all US states (including District of Columbia.)

    For a commercial shipment destined for the U.S., the shipper must validate with the US importer (licensed business ...i.e. Liquor Store, Wine Distributer) the following prior to shipping:

    1. Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) or COLA Waiver has been obtained and is available upon the request of US Customs and or the TTB at the time of import
    2. The US importer has a valid Basic Importer s Permit issued by the TTB

    Please refer to the above link for States that allow personal wine shipments with quantity limitations.

    For more information regarding the Lacey Act, please refer to the "Agriculture" section of Commodity Specific Stipulations.

    U.S. Regulation

    (2) Marking. The wood packaging material must be marked in a visible location on each article, preferably on at least two opposite sides of the article, with a legible and permanent mark that indicates that the article meets the requirements of this paragraph. The mark must be approved by the International Plant Protection Convention in its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures to certify that wood packaging material has been subjected to an approved measure, and must include a unique graphic symbol, the ISO two-letter country or territory code for the country or territory that produced the wood packaging material, a unique number assigned by the national plant protection agency of that country or territory to the producer of the wood packaging material, and an abbreviation disclosing the type of treatment (for example , HT for heat treatment or MB for methyl bromide fumigation). The currently approved format for the mark is as follows, where XX would be replaced by the country or territory code, 000 by the producer number, and YY by the treatment type (HT or MB):

    (3) Immediate reexport of regulated wood packaging material without required mark. An inspector at the port of first arrival may order the immediate reexport of regulated wood packaging material that is imported without the mark required by paragraph (b)(2) of this section, in addition to or in lieu of any port of first arrival procedures required by § 319.40-9 of this part.

    For more information attached is the link to the IPPC.https://www.ippc.int/publications/regulation-wood-packaging-material-international-trade-0

    Gift Exemptions

    100.00 US Dollar USD
    individual-to-individual
    per person

    In accordance to 19CFR 10.152, bona-fide gifts are shipments sent from a person in a foreign country or territory to a person in the United States, provided the aggregate fair retail value of such articles does not exceed US$100.00 or, in the case of articles sent from a person in the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, US$200.00.

    The invoice must include:

    • Name of the individual (s) shipping the gift(s)
    • Name of the individual(s) receiving the gift(s). Each gift should be separately listed in the name of the addressee/recipient. If a shipment contains gifts for five people, the invoice must display five individual names.
    • Complete description of each gift. The invoice must state the word Gift. However, gift is not an adequate description of the goods.
    • Value of all gifts to each individual.
    • Country or Territory of manufacture of each item, if known.

    A gift from a company to an individual may also qualify as a gift. As stated in 19CFR 10.153, a bona-fide gift for purposes of 10.152 is an article formerly owned by a donor (may be a commercial firm) who gave it outright in its entirety to a recipient without compensation or promise of compensation. It does not include articles acquired by purchase, barter, or so-called bonus articles.

    Gift entries require no tariff number and no duty will be assessed.

    The appropriate entry type/entry class combination is 91/02.

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to the U.S. must include one original and two copies of an invoice.

    Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

    Write or type the invoice in English to expedite Customs clearance.

    Include the following information on the invoice:

  • Shipper's name, contact name, address, and telephone number
  • Consignee's name, contact name, address, and telephone number
  • Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN) for a company.
  • Complete description of goods
  • Intended use of commodity
  • Country or Territory of origin for all commodities
  • Unit values (if the item was sent for repairs, list the original value plus the cost of the repair)
  • Extended values
  • Currency in U.S. dollars
  • Terms of sale
  • Weight of shipment
  • Any commodity-specific information

    Note: For products classified under Chapter 72 or headings 7301 to 7307 in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), a statement of the percentages by weight or carbon, and any metallic elements contained in the articles, must be presented in the form of a Mill Analysis or Mill Test Certificate.

    Express Shipments
    An invoice is required for Express shipments meeting the following stipulations:

    • any shipment valued over US$2,000.00
    • any shipment which contains textiles, bearings, shoes and integrated circuit products valued over US$5.00
    • any shipment containing finished tobacco products
  • 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 the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Airline tickets not for resale.
    Intercompany only
    Only blank checks not for resale, company-to-company checks, or payroll/personal checks
    Documents shipped in letter envelopes, Paks, or boxes do not require an invoice for Customs.

    Mark an "X" in the Documents Only box on the waybill.

    Must contain company information only
    Intercompany only
    Intercompany only
    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. Passports will require proof of immigration and/or birth certificate to be accepted into the United States.
    Must contain company information only
    Must contain company information only
    USB Sticks / SD Cards being imported with intercompany data can be entered in as an intangible entry. Intangible is a U.S. shipment entry type that will allow the shipments to release at the border regardless of value if the following items are identified as intercompany data: Records, diagrams and other data with regard to any business, engineering or exploration operation whether on paper, cards, photographs, blueprints, tapes or other media

    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 The United States.

    Because burlap or jute bagging may harbor the Khapra Beetle, such articles are regulated when arriving from countries or territories where this pest is endemic.

    If the burlap or jute is arriving from, transited, or originated in:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

    then the shipment will require a WRITTEN PERMIT and T306-c-1 or T306-c-2 (as per 7 CFR 319.75).

  • Exporters of alcohol must hold an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) clearance is required regardless of shipment value. The importer must possess a TTB import permit and Certificate of Labeling Approval (COLA). FDA Prior Notice is also required. Shipments over $2500.50 USD require a valid Power of Attorney. Please review the guidelines provided by TTB for additional details. TTB

    UPS does not accept packages containing wine, beer or spirits for delivery to a consumer. It is the responsibility of the shipper to ensure that a shipment tendered to UPS does not violate any U.S. federal, state or local laws, or regulations applicable to the shipment.

    The commercial invoice must include adequate description, country of origin, alcohol type (especially color for wine), quantity of bottles as well as volume for each container and strength must be on Invoice.

    Special Note: UPS now accepts personal Unaccompanied Baggage Wine Shipments from individuals travelling abroad. As with commercial shipments, the exporter must hold an ISC contract. In addition:

    • Exporter/Importer must be the same party
    • Exporter must complete/sign Unaccompanied Baggage Affidavit
    • Destination state must allow personal wine imports

    Note: Some destination states limit quantities of wine imported

    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.

    In all cases, batteries must be shipped with positive short-circuit protection, such as insulating caps on the terminals.

    Lead-acid batteries

    • UPS Small Package service does not handle spillable lead-acid batteries. The only lead-acid batteries handled within the UPS Small Package service are the non-spillable variety:
      • Regulated non-spillable batteries, which must be shipped as dangerous goods, "Batteries wet, non-spillable, 8, UN2800." In our small package service, we accept these batteries only from contract dangerous goods customers and only within our International Dangerous Goods service. The territory for IDG service includes the countries or territories shown at this link: http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/prepare/idg/information/acl.html
      • Exempt non-spillable batteries, which must be capable of complying with Special Provision A67 in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. The Special Provision states that non-spillable batteries are not regulated at all IF they meet the following conditions:
        • At a temperature of 55 degrees C (131 degrees F), the electrolyte will not flow from a ruptured case.
        • The battery must not contain any free or unabsorbed liquid.
        • The terminals must be protected against short circuit or, if installed in a device, the device must not be capable of accidental activation.

    Lithium and lithium ion batteries

    • Both rechargeable & non-rechargeable power sources, common in computers, cell phones, cameras & other small electronic devices. If dropped, crushed or short-circuited, these batteries can release dangerous amounts of heat & may ignite, & are dangerous in fires.
    • Special regulations apply to shipping these batteries.Shipments requiring hazardous materials shipping papers are accepted from contract hazmat shippers only & certain lithium batteries may not qualify for UPS service.

    Dry cell batteries

    • These batteries are not subject to the Dangerous Goods Regulations, provided they are positively protected against short circuit, such as being contained in a retail blister pack to prevent contact with the terminals, or singly packaging each battery in a small plastic bag, or taping the terminals, etc.
    Personal shipments of wine, beer and alcohol are strictly prohibited within the UPS system.
    Electronic cigarettes and the flavor for the electronic cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    Please refer to the US FDA website for additional information on E-Cigarettes and Products- fda.gov/tobacco-products

    Effective May 1, 2020, UPS is changing its tobacco policy to ban the shipment of any type of vaping products or accessories to or from any address in the state of New York. The only exception to this rule are licensed shippers that receive prior written approval from UPS.

    Certain HID conversion kits of vehicle headlights and taillights are prohibited from importation into the U.S.

    If the headlamps are capable of being installed and used in motor vehicles subject to the Federal Motor Vehicle Standards (i.e., "conventional 'on-road' or 'off-road' vehicles), they must comply with Standard No.108 in order to be imported. More information regarding the requirements described in Standard No.108 can be found in the Federal Regulation 49CFR571.108.

    Also, more information can be found on the website for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

    (1,000 milli watts or greater) Imported laser pointes may not emit a Class lll b or class IV visible beam. Pointers are limited to Class llla or below (class lla, ll, or l ). The upper power limit for Class lll a is 5 millliwatts (mW), the legal limit (21 CFR 1040.11(b)
    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.

    Kinder Chocolate Eggs are banned for sale and import into the United States. The toy hidden in the Kinder Egg poses a choking and aspiration hazard in children under the age of three. The Kinder Eggs are hollow milk chocolate eggs about the size of a large hen's egg packaged in a colorful foil paper. The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule. The toy requires assembly and each egg contains a different toy.

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that the product failed to meet small parts requirements with respect to children less than three years of age.

    Kratom products intended for human consumption is prohibited.

    UPS will accept Kratom products such as pigment to make paint through an ISC contract.

    United States Customs & Border Protection prohibits the importation of any lottery ticket and has the right to destroy material, including printed material, for use in a lottery.
    Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
    You may not import negotiable bonds or drafts.
    Customers must use an authorized UPS Store, UPS Customer Center or an ISC approved shipper to ship personal effects. The UPS Store,UPS Customer Center and ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "ISC-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. Note: Personal effects include Items that an individual has owned prior to a foreign travel/trip.

    The description on the invoice should include the purchase date (month/year). For properly declared personal effects, no duties or taxes will be assessed by the U.S. government, but a Brokerage surcharge may apply.

    Personal effects shipments may experience a delay for additional Customs processing.

    Prohibited articles listed in the UPS service guide cannot be accepted as personal effects.

    To import personal effects, including unaccompanied baggage, the shipper will need to complete a Customs Form 3299. This form can be obtained at www.cbp.gov. In addition to the Customs Form 3299, certain additional information and documentation may be required to accompany the shipment depending on the importing scenario:

    • Entering the US for Vacation: Photocopy of Passport or Birth Certificate with document identification numbers annotated on the CF3299.
    • Working temporarily in the US: A work VISA number annotated on the CF3299 along with a photocopy of the VISA and stamped I-94 Arrival Form.
    • Studying in the US: A student VISA number annotated on the CF3299 along with a photocopy of the VISA and stamped I-94 Arrival Form.
    • Immigrating to the US: Photocopy of the Green Card, Alien Card, stamped I-94 and the current passport number must be provided.
    • US Citizen Returning: Passport number, VISA, or Birth Certificate must be provided along with a photocopy of the document. All IDs must be issued by the US Government.

    Personal Effects items normally should not be shipped to the US prior to admittance of the sender. Shipments received before the sender enters the country or territory may be denied entry by Customs and returned by UPS.

    Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

    Imports from Iran Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prohibits the direct or indirect importation into the U.S. any article that is the product of Islamic Republic of Iran.

    U.S. persons and companies that currently import food and carpets from Iran should be aware of the guidance issued July 1, 2010, by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) concerning a change in U.S. law made by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 ("CISADA"). OFAC's Iranian Transactions Regulations currently contain a general license authorizing the importation into the U.S. of foodstuffs from Iran that are classified under chapters 2-23 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) (such as pistachios and non-beluga caviar (which is prohibited by other aspects of law).

    In addition, the importation of carpets and other textile floor coverings of Iranian origin that are classified under chapter 57 or heading 9706.00.0060 of the HTS are also authorized.

    However, due to the additional Iran sanctions recently passed by Congress, OFAC will soon issue a regulation amending the Iranian Transaction Regulations to eliminate the general license and such imports will be no longer permitted starting on September 29, 2010. OFAC has also indicated that any authorized Iranian products must be imported by September 28, 2010 and it will not issue any specific licenses authorizing any imports after that date. As a result, importers must move quickly to ensure that any pending orders are entered for consumption by their customs brokers by September 28, 2010.

    Shipments of seeds may require a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Permit or Phytosanitary Certificate. Inspection by the USDA is required.
    Note: It is the shippers responsibility to comply with government regulations or laws in each country or territory. Shipments are subject to inspection and possible delays.

    If a customer would like to import a sword for recreational use or as a collector, they must be approved by the International Special Commodities (ISC) prior to shipping the sword.

    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.

    A surcharge of 47 GBP will be charged for Saturday delivery.

    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 Express NA1
    • UPS Worldwide Expedited
    • UPS Worldwide Express
    • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    Special Clearance Requirements

    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.

    For shipments of repaired goods (this encompasses foreign made goods once imported into the U.S., sent abroad for repair and then returned to the U.S.) the invoice must state:

  • Country or Territory of Origin
  • Original cost of the item
  • Repair cost (the fair market value price of the price of repair)

    Duties and taxes will only apply to the repair cost. All other invoice requirements still apply.

  • US Goods are defined in 19 CFR 10.12(e) http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/19cfrv1_03.html

    There are very specific conditions that must be met in order to use the 9801 tariff numbers. To be eligible to receive duty free treatment the shippers invoice must clearly identify the goods, and must meet the following specifications:

  • Articles are the growth, product or manufacture of the United States
  • Products of the United States when returned after having been exported without having been advanced in value or improved in condition by other means while abroad
  • No drawback has been or will be claimed on such articles

    General invoice requirements are available in 19 CFR 141.86 & 142.6 at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/19cfrv2_03.html

    An RMA number on the invoice is not sufficient to identify goods as US origin goods.

  • Articles such as Toshiba Laptops and Hitachi Digital Cameras, while they may have been purchased from a company in the US, would likely not qualify for classification in 9801.00.10xx if they are returned.

    Additional invoice information that may be required based on tariff classification in chapter 9801:

  • Reason goods were exported, e.g. with intent to re-import after temporary use abroad
  • Reason for return, e.g. for repair, alteration, processing or the like and re-exportation; for credit, not to specifications
  • Have the goods been advanced in value or improved in condition by other means while abroad
  • Who goods are being returned to, e.g. original manufacture, original exporter
  • Were the goods sold for exportation and exported to individuals for personal use
  • Date goods were originally imported (if applicable) and exported
  • New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF 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.
    Shipments of 10KG/25KG boxes available from "Express Shops" (similar to "Air Service Centers") located in major European cities must be sent prepaid.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 800.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • When the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the De minimis value ($800 US Dollar), the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free, with the exception of shipments containing certain PGA regulated commodities, those subject to anti-dumping/countervailing, and Tariff Rate Quota.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 800.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • When the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the De minimis value ($800 US Dollar), the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free, with the exception of shipments containing certain PGA regulated commodities, those subject to anti-dumping/countervailing, and Tariff Rate Quota.

    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.


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