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Japan to Hungary

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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 Hungary.

Excise duty applies on alcoholic beverages. The excise duty rate depends on the character of the alcoholic beverage. There are limited gift exemptions for importing without duty and VAT (see 'Gift exemptions'). For the import clearance of alcoholic beverages import licenses are required. Tax stamps must be attached to the bottles / containers. There are limited exemptions from providing an import license and the usage of tax stamps for private individuals and sample shipments. An invoice with a detailed description of the type, quantity and Vol% of alcohol is required for all alcoholic beverages. Customs inspections are very likely.
Antiques can be cleared with a duty rate of 0% and with the general VAT rate if they are older than 100 years.
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.

Power of attorney and declaration from the consignee required for clearance.

Flick-knife and thrower star with blades longer than 8.0 cm/ 3.1 in. require an import license issued by the Hungarian Ministry of Economics; they cannot be cleared in non-commercial traffic.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
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.

Items which contain more than 2% gold or silver must be customs cleared at a special office in Budapest, if imported for commercial purposes. Clearance must be undertaken by the consignee; also UPS can arrange the guarantee and move the shipment under bond to this office. A surcharge may apply for this service.

Shipments for private individuals can be customs cleared by UPS.

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