UPS Close Window

Import/Export

Japan to France

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

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

Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted ISC contract service. 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 France and the subsequent transport to another EU member state is not part of the service.

The maximum amount of alcoholic beverages per consignee is 10 litres of spirits or liquor, 90 litres of wine, 20 litres of intermediate products, 60 litres for sparkling wine and 110 litres for beer. The clearance of alcoholic beverages is a non-routine entry. Additional charges apply.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. Excise duty applies usually on the amount of beverage and the percentage of alcohol. The information must be shown on the invoice. The contractual service covers the customs clearance of alcohol at the border where duty, VAT and excise duty must be paid. 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).

Only licensed casinos are allowed to import gambling devices from certain shippers (manufacturers) into France. For detailed information, please contact your chamber of commerce
Precious metal (silver, gold, platinum, etc.) needs quantity and grammas per piece detailed on the invoice. The merchandise description must mention on the invoice if Jewelry is with or without precious stones. Jewelry cannot be cleared through simplified customs procedure. An import delay of 1 day may occur and brokerage accessorial charges may apply.

UPS Brokerage import site Paris/CDG slic 3419 is not allowed to Customs process jewelry with precious or semi- precious stone. If jewelry contains precious or semi- precious stone, importer must provide alternate broker of his choice who is able to handle it.

Shipments containing knives which are over 15 cm in length double edged with no safety between the blade and handle and thickness over 4 mm. need authorization from the Ministry of Defense (AIMG authorization form).
Also includes DHEA. Import is prohibited.
Cavier
Import of Cavier is prohibited by the CITES, even for gifts.

Creatine
Shipments of creatine are prohibited.

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 inspection can only be done at the airport in Paris CDG. If the shipment arrives at another UPS import site, customs there is no one assigned to do a Phytosanitary inspection. The shipment must be forwarded to an alternate broker (assigned by the importer). Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.

Products which are subject to phytosanitary inspection have to be stored in an outside warehouse for cooling purposes and arranging the phytosanitary inspections. The outside storage and the phytosanitary inspection cause additional charges. Delays are most likely.

Certain plants which are also classified as food (for example, fruits, nuts, spices) are subject to additional restrictions. Fur further information please see 'Food'.

Plants can only be shipped on contractual base for Special International Commodities.

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.

A Phytosanitary inspection can only be done at the airport in Paris CDG. If the shipment arrives at another UPS import site, there is no one assigned to do a Phytosanitary inspection. The shipment must be forwarded to an alternate broker (assigned by the importer) or forwarded under customs bond to UPS at Paris CDG. Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.
All tobacco products are subject to excise duty.

The import of tobacco products can only be accepted on a contractual base for International Special Commodities.

The exact type and quantity of tobacco products must be stated on the invoice.

Commercial shipments imported for resale can only be imported by a certain licensed importer.

Private persons are allowed to import up to 50 cigarettes as a gift for personal use only from another private person. Private individuals are not allowed to buy tobacco products in third countries. Importation of tobacco products bought by private individuals in a third country is only allowed in personal luggage up to certain amounts but not within shipments. For detailed information, please contact your chamber of commerce.

Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted ISC contract service. For general service restrictions please see info under alcoholic beverages.

Wine and wine products are subject to excise duty. The excise duty is calculated based on the alcoholic strength by volume. This information must be shown on the invoice. 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.

  • And 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 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 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html.


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.
Close Window