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Japan to Germany

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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

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

Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted ISC contract service. Shipping of wine and wine products are not part of the service. Wine and wine products cant be cleared at the port of entry used by UPS.

The contractual service covers the customs clearance of alcohol at the port of entry where duty, VAT and excise duty must be paid. A customs clearance of alcohol for free circulation with a subsequent transport of alcohol under the excise duty suspension regime is not possible. The customs clearance in Germany and the subsequent transport to another EU member state is not part of the service.

The delivery of spirits or liqueurs to persons under the age of 18 is not allowed. The delivery of other alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 16 is also not allowed. The shipper or seller is responsible to check the age of the buyer.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. Excise duty applies usually on the amount of beverage and the percentage of alcohol. The following information must be shown on the invoice: % alcohol + quantity in Litres + clear description of the product.

Additional rules apply on the import of wine and wine products. Please check under wine.

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).

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

Customs may inspect or restrict shipments of switchblades and long blades. Some knives are defined as weapons by German Weapons Law and could require an Import License. Contact the Brokerage Department for further information.
Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country from various origins.

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

In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish, and Reptiles  with exception to Live Ornamental Fish) are prohibited between the countries selected. For more details, please contact your ISC Coordinator.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
According to the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, nuts, vegetables and seeds are considered to be plants. A Phytosanitary Certificate must accompany restricted plants.

Phytosanitary Certificates are only accepted by German authorities when the issuing authority of the export country includes complete and all necessary information in the Certificate. An inspection is required by the Health Department and additional charges will apply.

Certain plants which are also classified as food (for example, fruits, nuts, spices) are subject to additional restrictions. For further information please see 'Food'. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires, prior to exportation, a Phytosanitary inspection for certain plants, parts of plants, or seeds. This inspection may incur an additional cost.

Plants mentioned in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), for example, must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

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.

Tea from China

According to EU regulation 2009/669/EC, tea from China is 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 customs office responsible for our import sites are not defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE cant be imported with UPS. Please also see "Food" in "Commodity Specific Stipulations" below.

All tobacco products are subject to excise duty. The import of tobacco products can only be accepted on a contractual base. The exact quantity of tobacco products has to be stated on the invoice.

For commercial importation of tobacco products, excise duty has to be paid prior to import. With paying the excise duty the importer gets the tax stamps. The tax stamps have to be affixed to the products in the export country.

Smokeless tobacco ("Snus") - The commercial import of "snus" is forbidden in the whole of the EU, with the exception of Sweden.

Shipping of wine and wine products is not permitted. For general service restrictions please see info under alcoholic beverages.

German customs restrict the allowance to clear wine and wine products to certain customs offices. The customs office used by UPS for import clearance is not one of them.

Wine and wine products are subject to excise duty. The excise duty is calculated based on the alcoholic strength by volume. The following information must be shown on the invoice : % alcohol + quantity in Litres + clear description of the product.

The import of wine and wine products is also regulated by a market organization of the European Union with rules on labelling and presentation of wine and additional documentation. The Importation of wine and wine products are subject to the presentation of a:

Certificate showing drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the products country of origin.

An analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the products country of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption.

No certificate or analysis report need be presented for products originating in and exported from third countries in labelled containers of not more than five litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 litres. The only wine shipments which can be cleared are sample shipments.

The labels of wine and wine products have to show some the following compulsory particulars like the category of the product (e.g. wine, sparkling wine, liquor wine), the protected designation or protected geographical indication if the wine has such a protection, the actual alcohol strength by volume, an indication of provenance, an indication of the bottler or an indication of the producer or vendor in case of sparkling wine and other product categories of sparkling wine.

The rules are laid down in EU regulation 2009/491. The regulation can be checked on the EU website

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 of origin.
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