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Japan to United Kingdom

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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 United Kingdom.

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 can be imported up to limited quantity. It's a case by case decision. Samples are only exempt from duty and VAT. Excise duty is payable at the full rate.

Beef jerky and salami are prohibited for import, no matter what the country of origin is. Any shipment received must be returned at the shipper's expense immediately.
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.

Electronic Cigarettes can be imported for Private Individuals if shipper has ISC Contract,but shipments to Commercial organisations need a Wholesale Licence to Import into the UK.

Import restrictions may apply. Please contact your chamber of commerce for details.
Flick, gravity, spring. or butterfly knives are prohibited.
The following are prohibited:

  • Chilli
  • Chilli products
  • Curcuma
  • Curry Powder
  • Palm oil
  • Turmeric

Dried whole Chillies can be imported.

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
Plants must be accompanied by an original Phytosanitary Certificate provided by the shipper. In case of a possible phytosanitary inspection by DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), an import delay may occur.
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 samurai sword must not be longer than 50 cm and have a curved blade. Any samurai swords larger than this will be seized. Further information can be obtained at the following website -
Seeds must be accompanied by an original Phytosanitary Certificate provided by the shipper. In case of a possible phytosanitary inspection by DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), an import delay may occur.
Vegetable Matter is prohibited.

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