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Import/Export

Japan to Ireland (Republic of)

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Ireland (Republic of).

Customs restricts the importation of alcohol, including wine. Before sending alcohol to Ireland the shipper must appoint an approved and regulated agent, who acts as fiscal representative and is fully responsible for customs clearance. After UPS receives the final customs clearance documents back, we deliver the shipments to the final consignee. This procedure also applies to intra-EU shipments.

Private individuals are allowed to import only a small quantity of alcohol (max. 2-3 bottles).

Accessorial charges may apply, import delays may occur.

UPS does not offer the service of importation of alcohol.

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 but Commercial Companies need a Wholesale Licence to import into Ireland.

The importation of jewelry may require special customs clearance by a Government Agency known as the Dublin Assay Office. UPS Brokerage will forward the import paperwork to the Assay Office for customs purposes. The Assay Office will inspect and rate the items. After this has been done the Assay Office will complete clearance and levy the duties and taxes. UPS will then deliver the shipments to the Assay Office. Once the shipments have been delivered to the Assay Office there is generally no further action that UPS need to take. The consignee will be contacted and the shipments may be posted out by the Assay Office or collected directly by the intended consignee.

For costume jewelry it may be the case that UPS is contacted by the Assay Office, asked to pick up the shipment and deliver directly to the intended consignee. It might also be the case that the Assay Office authorises UPS to clear a shipment if it does not require assaying.

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
According to the customs legislation, living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetable and seeds are considered to be plants.

The importation of plants is highly restricted by the Department of Agriculture/Horticulture. The importer must apply for an import license if shipment is acceptable for importation. The shipper must provide an original Phytosanitary certificate. It is highly recommended that shipper and importer check the import restrictions before shipping the goods.

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.

Please see "Plants".
Tobacco products are subject to excise duty. The excise duty based on the amount of tobacco products (number of pieces, weight of tobacco) and the market value. Tobacco products cannot be imported and customs cleared with UPS.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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