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Import/Export

Japan to Austria

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

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

Alcoholic beverages can be accepted for import. The type of alcohol, the percentage and the volume must be stated on the invoice. Excise duty will be applicable.

Samples are not exempt from excise duty. They must be declared within a formal entry declaration.

Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs imported from certain third countries (for example tea with origin China) are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

The customs offices responsible for our import sites are not all defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE can only be imported via UPS import ports where the responsible customs office is defined as DPE. Possible import site is Vienna.

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
According to the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetable and seeds are considered to be plants.

The importer must register every import at the Phytosanitary Agency (Pflanzenschutzdienst)  importers should be aware that the agency charges a fee for every registration. Without registration it is not possible to import plants.

A Phytosanitary Certificate must accompany all shipments of plants or parts of plants. These kinds of goods require a Phytosanitary inspection at import. For a smooth customs clearance process it is helpful if the invoice lists the Latin name of the goods. Plants mentioned in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

Due to the required Phytosanitary inspection, an import delay may occur and brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

The European Union (EU) has implemented specific conditions and detailed procedures for the import of plastic kitchenware (HS-Code 3924 1000 11) made of polyamide and melamine and originated in or consigned from China or Hong Kong (regulation 284/2011). Tableware (for example plates, flatware, cups) are excluded from the restrictions. The reason for the new regulation were notifications and alerts by the European 'Rapid Alert System'-kitchen tableware was recognized which exceed the thresholds of aromatic amines and formaldehyde released into food.

Based on the regulation, controls must be performed at the point of introduction into the EU by the competent authorities. They include documentary checks on all consignments and identity or physical checks (including laboratory checks) on 10% of the consignments. All consignments of kitchen tableware (HS code 3924 1000) originated or consigned from China or Hong Kong must be accompanied by a declaration confirming that it meets the requirements concerning the release of primary aromatic amines and formaldehyde. The declaration shall be accompanied by a laboratory report that the consignments fulfill the requirements.

The goods and declaration must be examined at the first point of introduction into the EU.

The consignments shall be notified at the first point of introduction at least two working days in advance. Our main points of entry (Cologne, Germany and East Midlands, United Kingdom) are not competent to perform the checks and forwarding under bond is prohibited without the checks. Products covered by the new regulation and destined to the EU can't be accepted by UPS. Exporters should clearly state on the invoice the material and the country of origin of plastic kitchenware to avoid holds on commodities not subject to the regulation.

Please see 'Plants'.
Tobacco products are subject to excise duty. The excise duty is based on the amount of tobacco products (number of pieces, weight of tobacco) and the market value.

Before customs clearance, UPS Brokerage is obliged to contact the Austrian Tobacco Agency "österreichische Tabakregie" in Vienna, to ask for the current market value of cigarettes, cigars, etc. as it isn't allowed to import with the declared value on the commercial invoice, only with the official market value issued by the agency.


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