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Import/Export

Japan to Greece

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

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

Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. The import of alcoholic beverages can only be accepted on a contractual base. The type of alcohol, the percentage and the volume must be stated on the invoice.

Importers must apply for an import license which will be given to authorized warehouse keepers or registered consignees only, according to the council directive concerning general agreements for excise duty. Shipments with alcoholic beverages will be moved in bond to their warehouse for final clearance.

Private individuals can import small amounts of alcoholic beverages within gift shipments. VAT and excise duty apply.

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.

The Commodity is considered a pharmaceutical product,and requires an Import Licence.

Kitchen and table knives are acceptable. Other types of knives need permission from the Department of Justice.
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. The shipper must provide an original Phytosanitary Certificate for shipments of living plants, parts of plants, seeds, and dried leaves. The importer must provide a special license from the Greek Agricultural Ministry. Customs requires phytosanitary inspection in Greece.

Expect clearance delays of approximately 5 to 6 days.

Accessorial charges of 10.50 EUR apply.

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 not 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.

See Plants.
Telephone Equipment is subject to product safety requirements. For additional information please see 'Declaration of Conformity' in section 'Additional Import Documentation'.

Customs inspects most goods to check for CE signs indicating that the product safety requirements are fulfilled.


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