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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.

When shipped from a non-EU international location, like the US, UPS France is unable to clear and is not allowed to store alcohol shipments.

Within the EU, it is possible to ship alcohol on an ISC (International Special Commodities) contract only, as there is no Customs involvement.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duties. The type of alcohol (for example, spirit, still wine, etc.), the variety of wine (for example, red wine, white wine) and the grape variety (for example, Chardonnay etc.), the percentage of alcohol and the quantity of the alcoholic beverage must be stated on the invoice.

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.


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