Japan to France
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In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to France.
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'.
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).
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.
CreatineShipments of creatine are prohibited.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.