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Import/Export

Japan to Italy

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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 Italy.

Alcoholic beverages require excise tax payment in Italy and cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice (VCE) because these locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Finance.

The same rule applies for alcoholic beverages within gift shipments.

Antiques can be imported. To apply for the reduced VAT rate the importer need an expertise from the Fine Arts authority. To be classified as antique the commodities has to be older than 100 years. Delays and additional costs may apply.
Artwork can be imported. To apply for the reduced VAT rate the importer need an expertise from the Fine Arts authority. Delays and additional costs may apply.
Human hair has to be accompanied by a Health Certificate. Wigs and hair parts already finalized do not need a Health Certificate.
Double-sided knives need a police permit to be imported. Swords dont need a permit if they are made for ornamental purpose only. Swords which can be used as weapons need a police permit.
Human hair is prohibited, unless a Sanification Oxigenation Certificate is provided.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
Mineral or petroleum oils in chapter 27 of the Harmonized Tariff Code cannot be cleared in Italy-The UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice (VCE) because these locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Finance.
According to the customs legislation living plants, parts of plants, fruits, vegetable and seeds considered to be plants. Plants require a phytosanitary inspection and cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice (VCE) because these locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Resources.
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.

Raw coffee requires a phytosanitary inspection. It cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice [VCE] because these locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health.
Seeds require a phytosanitary inspection and cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice [VCE] because these locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health
Tobacco products require excise tax payment in Italy and cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry Bergamo (BGY) and Venice (VCE) because these locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Finance.

The same rule applies for tobacco products within gift shipments.

Weapons and parts of weapons (goods destined to military use)

They require a valid import license provided by the importer with the import port mentioned on the license. Shipments can be cleared under a non routine formal entry. UPS is not able to offer the service of importing weapons.

Guns and low power air-guns

Guns are not allowed. Please see "Parts of Weapon". Any mechanism that produces a muzzle energy higher than 1 Joule (and lower than 7.5 Joules) is considered a "Low-power air gun"; the sale of such instruments is open to anyone over 18 years of age without license or registration. Any device developing a muzzle energy equal to, or higher than, 7.5 Joules is considered a "High-power air gun", requiring Police licensing and registration for purchase and detention just like any firearm.

Bows, crossbows and similar are exempt from this rule. The muzzle energy of such devices is certified by a governance office called "Banco di Prova". Customs may require a transport under bond to the office for certification. Air guns developing less than 1 Joule of muzzle energy are categorized as Airsoft, which are considered by law as toys, with no restriction whatsoever to their trade, except that they need to have the red cap on the barrel, can never be modified to achieve a higher muzzle energy and must be only able to shoot 6 mm plastic pellets.


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