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Import/Export

United States to Argentina

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Argentina. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are considered domesticated animals. All other animals are considered non-domesticated animals. Items or products made from non-domesticated animals are restricted in the UPS system and only allowed with a UPS ISC contract-CITES permit and additional restrictions may apply, please check with your local ISC Coordinator.
Betacams can only be imported door to door with an original signed sworn declaration, specifying that the content has no commercial value (only for promotional purposes). The authorization must include the tracking number, shipper┬┤s and consignee┬┤s information.
Shipments of books will not pay duty or tax if they have the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) on them.
Camcorders require a formal entry.
Shipments containing printed material can be imported in Argentina by door to door with a maximum limit of 10 kgs per shipment.

Shipment with more than 10 kgs cannot be imported by door to door service. The consignee will be responsible for submitting a formal entry at customs through a customs broker or by himself. In order to clear printed material, the consignee must be registered at customs as an importer and process the Secretary of Industry Certificate.

Only 3 units can be accepted for personal proposal
Shipments of checks must be accompanied by a Proforma invoice as a formal entry. Checks cannot be cleared as documents.
Chemicals are on the Cargo Mode Exclusion List.

Shipments of all types and quantities of chemicals require government agency certificates (ANMAT or Public Health Department) in order to clear Customs.

Expect a delay of up to 48 hours from the day of arrival for Customs clearance. The consignee must pay all warehousing fees.

Can be delivered by door to door service with the following limits: up to 3 similar items per shipment, U$S 1,000 and 50 Kg, 5 times a year.
Debit and pre-paid cards cannot be imported door to door via the Courier system into Argentina.

In order to import these cards into Argentina, the ultimate consignee needs to present a Declaration Form provided by AFIP (Administracion Federal de Ingresos Publicos, the equivalent to IRS in the USA), which must be endorsed by BCRA (Banco Central de la Republica Argentina - Argentinas Central Bank).

With this form, the shipment, regardless of value, will undergo formal clearance. Without this form and declaration provided by the ultimate consignee, clearance of debit cards and pre-paid cards will not be possible.

Dangerous goods service is available in Argentina as follows:

  1. Dry Ice
  2. Biological Substances:
  3. Rules for shipping Biological Substances:

    For import and export shipments in Argentina the shipment needs a government agency certificate (ANMAT) or a letter signed by a doctor registered enrollment and a description of the types of biological substances. Ensure that goods in the shipment are under CATEGORY B ( UNO3373).

    Without this documentation the shipment can be on hold and could suffer delays in a time in transit delivery.

  4. Dangerous Goods Excepted Quantities
  5. Unregulated Biological Material
  6. Exempt Human or Exempt Animal Specimens
All types and quantities of dental products are on the Cargo Mode Exclusion List.

Shipments of dental instruments, including prosthesis or any sterilized dental product, require government agency certificates (ANMAT) in order to clear Customs.

Customs holds shipments containing medical prosthesis elements for importation in Cargo Mode.

Expect a delay of up to 48 hours from the day of arrival for Customs clearance. The consignee must pay all warehousing fees.

Electrical items such as cellphones, tablets, laptops, etc. can be delivered by door to door service with the following limits: up to 3 similar items per shipment, U$S 1,000 and 50 Kg, 5 times a year.
All types of eyewear and eyewear components (including sunglasses, frames, and prescription lenses) are on the Cargo Mode Exclusion List.

Materials for the handicapped may enter under Cargo Mode. Customs does not assess duties or taxes unless these items enter under Carrier Mode.

Expect a delay of up to 48 hours from the day of arrival for Customs clearance. The consignee must pay all warehousing fees.

Food (only if it is ready for sale  not bulk -) can be delivered by door to door service with the following limits: up to 3 similar items per shipment, U$S 1,000 and 50 Kg, 5 times a year.
Magazines are considered documents
Customs holds maps, or other articles including maps, for importation in cargo mode.

The Argentina Military Geographic Institute must inspect all shipments.

Shipments of all types and quantities of medicine require government agency certificates (ANMAT. The consignee will be responsible for submitting a formal entry at customs through a customs broker. In order to clear these kinds of goods, the consignee must be registered at customs as an importer and process the Secretary of Industry Certificate.
Newspapers are considered documents.
Periodicals are considered documents.
Can be delivered by door to door service. Personal effect (only if they are for personal use, not for resale) can be delivered by door to door service with the following limits: up to 3 similar items per shipment, U$S 1,000 and 50 Kg, 5 times a year.
Shipments containing printed material can be imported in Argentina by door to door with a maximum limit of 10 kg per shipment. Shipments over 10 kg cannot be imported by door to door service and the consignee must pick-up the paperwork from ours UPS counter. The consignee will be responsible for submitting a formal entry at customs through a customs broker or by himself. In order to clear printed material, the consignee must be registered at customs as an importer and process the Secretary of Industry Certificate
Proposals are considered documents.
Publications are considered documents.
Shipments of automobile tires to a company require a formal cargo entry. The Argentina Industry of Commerce inspects all shipments
Samples for commercial purposes will be under Courier System import requirements
Shipments for Vessel containing only documents can be delivered door to door service.

Non document shipments cannot be imported door to door service. UPS will only deliver to the consignee the paperwork needed for clearance. Consignee must pick-up the paperwork from our UPS counter. The consignee will be responsible for submitting a formal entry at customs through a customs broker.

Shipments of shoes and other footwear, including parts, are on the Cargo Mode Exclusion list if they have a value of US$100.00 or greater and require a Certificate of Origin.

Customs may require a stamp detailing the composition and size.

Customs clears unused samples without a Certificate of Origin.

Expect a delay of up to 48 hours from the day of arrival for Customs clearance. The consignee must pay all warehousing fees.

Can be delivered by door to door service with the following limits: up to 3 similar items per shipment, U$S 1,000 and 50 Kg, 5 times a year.
Can be delivered by door to door service with the following limits: up to 3 similar items per shipment, U$S 1,000 and 50 Kg, 5 times a year.
Only products with original nutrition facts from producer company labeled and packaged for sale can be delivered by door to door service. Product packaged in bulk cannot be delivered by door to door service and need formal entry
Customs clears medicine for veterinarian use and veterinarian products in Cargo Mode.
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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Argentina.

Alcoholic Beverages can be shipped to AR and will be imported door to door up to 50Kgs & U$S 1,000 per shipment, per consignee and per day. DTC is allowed as well as B2B (business to business)
This is acceptable for Brokerage clearance. For commercial shipments, the consignee should have their own Import License. Customs may require a local value if they think the value declared is not okay. A formal entry is always required for import or export.
Please refer to 'Medicine'.
Only 3 units can be accepted for personal proposal
All types and quantities of soap are prohibited.

Shampoo and deodorant are on the Cargo Mode Exclusive list. To clear customs properly, they require a Government Agency certificate ANMAT. The consignee must be registered at customs as an importer and release the items through a formal entry with a third party broker.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

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 or territory of origin.
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