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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Venezuela

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

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.

Effective September 2, 2005 Shipments to Venezuela over US$5000.00 will no longer require the Pre-Inspection document.
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.

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

The following items are categorized as dutiable shipments by nature of the product:

  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • News and other information on magnetic media, movies, and other media

    The following items are categorized as dutiable shipments by justified urgency:

  • Medicines and vaccines
  • Spare parts
  • Medical and scientific equipment
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Other emergency aid material
  • Material for searches
  • Investigation and rescue material
  • Material for the needs of the press
  • Radio or television media
  • Cinematographic or any other professional material

    The material imported must not be for commercial use or resale in Venezuela. Multiple copies of catalogs, magazines, or manuals may be considered commercial material by Customs and therefore are subject to duties and taxes.

  • Express FOB shipments with a value of $2,000 or less that require the inspection of CADIVI (Currency Exchange Authority), could take up to 15 working days to be process for clearance.

    DAI Process: Venezuela customs has implemented a new procedure which requires to manifest and declare the import volume one day prior to aircraft's arrival at Maiquetia International Airport. If this pre-arrival process is not completed, shipments cannot be forwarded to Caracas.
    Situations that cause Customs holds:

  • If one or more shipments under 1 Master Air Waybill do not meet the commodity description, quantity, or value
  • If one or more shipments under 1 Master Air Waybill requires a special permit
  • If the number of shipments on the Air Waybill, the Air Cargo Manifest, and the UPS Manifest do not agree
  • If the Air Waybill, Air Cargo Manifest, or UPS Manifest are not originals, not typed, or not signed
  • UPS can clear UPS Worldwide Express shipments with values up to US$2,000.00. A broker must clear shipments valued more than US$2,000.00. This applies to import or export shipments and requires a formal entry presented by a licensed customs brokerage agent. The consignee expecting shipments of US$2,000.00 or higher need to provide their selected customs brokerage agent with:

  • An original Power of Attorney
  • Photocopy of the Fiscal Indentification (registro de Informacion Fiscal RIF)
  • Photocopy of the company Register (Registro Mercaltil) (when the consignee is a corporation)
  • Photocopy of the company's legal Representative Identification number (celula de Identidad).

    Other documents may be required by customs officials based on the nature of the shipment, such as origin certificates, health related permits, etc. It is recommended the consignee be contacted and documentation required is provided to selected customs brokerage agent prior to departure of any shipments with a value of US$2000.00 or higher.

  • All import shipments with a declared value of US$2,000.00 or greater must have duties and taxes paid in full before they can be formally cleared by Customs, except Free Domicile (F/D) shipments. The length of time shipments are held will depend on how quickly the duties and taxes are cancelled by the shipper or consignee. As soon as this type of shipment arrives in Venezuela, a UPS account executive will be responsible for contacting the consignee to inform them of the total charges for duty and tax. These shipments require the following paperwork at the time of clearance: importer rif, importers nit, and copy of importers merchant registration power letter
    UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

    Areas Served

    Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory. Note: Due to the countrys political instability, volume arriving to Venezuela will experience delays. WorldCom will be monitoring the situation.
    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 -0400/ Fall -0400
    Spanish
    Bolivar(VEB)

    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 Venezuela. 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.
    Shipments of chemicals require a Sanitary Permit.
    Shipments of cosmetics require a Sanitary Permit.
    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
    Shipments of products for human consumption require a Sanitary Permit.
    The Venezuelan government issued a communication referring to Official Law # 36.843 which stipulates a series of requirements for the importation of Medical Devices and materials. This law covers all companies importing, manufacturing and/or supplying maintenance services of materials, equipment and devices in the healthcare industry and obligates them to be registered at the National Sanitary Registration Entity. In order to be eligible for this registration all imported products and materials must present a sticker from the country or territory of origin on their packaging with all Venezuelan regulatory information in Spanish.
    A Darfa Authorization is needed.
    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.
    A Sencamer Permit is needed.
    An Xencamer Permit is needed.
    A Sencamer Permit is needed.

    Gift Exemptions

    100.00 US Dollar USD
    company-to-company
    per shipment

    Gifts are exempt only if no commercial value is declared.

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

    100.00 US Dollar USD
    company-to-individual
    per shipment

    Gifts are exempt only if no commercial value is declared.

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

    100.00 US Dollar USD
    individual-to-company
    per shipment

    Gifts are exempt only if no commercial value is declared.

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

    100.00 US Dollar USD
    individual-to-individual
    per shipment

    Gifts are exempt only if no commercial value is declared.

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

    Invoice Requirements

    As of July 10, 2013, Venezuelan Customs requires the Original Commercial invoices (NO PROFORMA INVOICES ALLOWED) for importing goods, non compliant goods may be subject to a US$470 fine for each violation and returned. Non-document shipments to Venezuela must include (1) original and (2) copies of the invoice. This must be signed by the shipper.

    To avoid customs delays, the invoice should be on company letterhead. The physical contents of the shipment must be in absolute agreement with the information on the invoice, including the declared value, commodity description, and number of pieces.

    The invoice must be written in English or Spanish and contain the following information:

  • Weight in kilograms (kg) or pounds (lbs.)
  • Declared value, which must be accurate and in U.S. dollars if possible
  • Consignee's telephone number, if available
  • 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.

    Validated airline tickets are classified as documents. Blank airline tickets are classified as non-documents.

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Venezuela.

    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 Original Commercial Invoice,Power of Attorney and Original Transportation Documents.

    The customer must to be signed in CADIVI organization who control foreign currency or Explanation Letter from the consignee which should describe how they obtained foreign currency.

    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.
    Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
    The following commodities are prohibited to be imported into Venezuela. Be aware that local customs will have the authority for destroying or retaining these shipments and sanctioning local companies which transport these type of products.

    • GAS MASKS
    • BULLET PROOF & PERSONAL PROTECTOR VESTS
    • AIR, PAINT, BB GUNS & RELATED AMMUNITIONS
    • SLING SHOTS (ANY TYPE)
    • PEPPER SPRAY
    • EYE DROPS
    • FIRST AIDS KIT
    • ANTACID No Liquid anti acid only in pills and in small quantities
    • TEAR GAS SPRAY
    • ELECTROSHOCK WEAPONS
    • ROLLER BALLS & BALL BEARINGS
    • MARBLES
    • PRODUCTS CONTAINING COMPRESSED GAS NOR AIR
    • KNIVES (ANY TYPE)Miami operations must reach out to Venezuela operations prior to shipping to review and approve the type of knife being sent and confirm whom is the consignee
    • POLICE TYPE BATONS
    • PROTECTIVE SPORTING GOODS only sports clothing
    • CAMOUFLAGE ITEMS
    • HELMETS (ANY TYPE)
    • CHEST PROTECTORS
    • PROTECTIVE GLOVES
    • GOLF BALLS
    • BASEBALL BALLS
    • BASEBALL BATS
    • FACE MASKS & PROTECTORS
    • ELBOW & KNEE PROTECTORS
    • MEDICINES only small quantities and sent directly to the consignee. If it is for a company Miami must contact Venezuela to call the customer so they know to get the correct permits and documents to present to customs prior to package arriving to Venezuela

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: No

    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

    Special Clearance Requirements

    DUTY CALCULATION For Duty payments the following currency exchange will be used for shipments from FOB USD$100 to FOB USD$2000: 1. Destined to Government Entities: VEF6.30 to USD$1 2. Personal shipments with a value of USD$300 or less: VEF12 to USD$1 (SICAD I) 3. Commercial shipments with supporting documentation: VEF6.30 to USD$1 4. Commercial shipments with supporting documentation: VEF52.10 to USD$1 (SICAD II) 5. Any other shipment without supporting documentation: Rate set by the Central Bank (SIMADI) Importers must forward supporting documentation to UPS two business days prior to arrival to: crisitina.saccoccia@ups.com, yennyramirez@ups.com, and acastillogonzalez@ups.com . Depending on the shipment, supporting documentation include: Autorizacion CENCOEX and/or Declaracion Jurada, Notificacion Bancaria Adjucacion Divisas, SWIFT y Estado de Cuenta). In any case UPS Venezuela may, before arrival, contact to consignee only if your contact details are available in the shipment documentation
    Shipments addressed to the American Embassy in Venezuela must be addressed to the attention of an individual or department. Failure to follow these regulations will result in the return of the shipment, as amendments to the UPS waybill will not be permitted.
    Products of human consumption, chemicals, and cosmetics must have a sanitary permit.

    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

  • 100.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 100.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    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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