There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to France. 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.
- Products Of Animal Origin are goods which contain at least partly material derived from the body of an animal. These products can be divided in food or non-food.
Food means any substance, whether processed, semi-processed or raw, which is intended for human consumption, but does not include cosmetics or substances used only as pharmaceuticals.
Non-Food (not intended for human consumption) includes animal by-products, animal feed, samples for testing or research purposes (food-grade or non-food grade), and in vitro diagnostics (IVD).
Animal products and animal by-products are often subject to a veterinary inspection. These products can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC). In addition those products must undergo veterinary checks at an approved Veterinary Border Inspection Post (BIP) when entering the EU & EFTA countries or territories (EU regulations are aligned for EU countries or territories and NO; IS; CH; LI).
For UPS shipments arriving in the EU by air, Cologne is the first point of arrival /BIP. Inspections will be processed at Cologne but final customs clearance process will be issued in the destination country or territory.
Additional charges for Vet-inspection will be applicable see Brokerage Services and Charges.
Generally, each type of Product of Animal Origin has specific import requirements that must be met. Food which is subject to veterinary inspections must:
Come from an EU listed Third Country or Territory (no safeguard measures in place)
Come from an EU approved establishment . Registered producers are listed under the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/food/international/trade/third_en.htm
Be accompanied by appropriate Health Certificate(s), signed by a veterinarian of the competent authority of country or territory of export. Photocopies of the Health Certificate will not be accepted.
Be appropriately packaged and labelled, indicating the nature, ingredients, quantity/ weight, the country or territory of origin and manufacturer.
Any foodstuff coming from non-approved establishments, sent as samples for testing purposes, can only be imported with a permit/license from a respective national veterinary authority. The permit/license must be send to the border inspection point responsible for the veterinary inspection. Delays may occur as the license needs to be provided already at the time of inspection.
Any non-compliant shipment must be returned at shippers expense immediately. The following exemptions apply to non-commercial shipments / gift shipments or purchased by private individuals for private consumption):
Meat, meat products, animal fat - max. 10 kg from Faroe Island and Greenland.
Fish and fish products (with intestines and organs removed) - max. 20 kg from all third countries or territories; no limitation from Faroe Islands.
Other animal products (for example, honey, egg, frog, live mussels - max. 10 kg from Faroe Islands and Greenland, and max. 2 kg from all other third countries or territories).
- Antiques can be cleared with a duty rate of 0% and a reduced VAT rate if they are proven to be older than 100 years.
- Original artwork (for example, paintings, drawings, sculptures) can be imported with a duty rate of 0% and a reduced VAT rate.
Printings are accepted as artwork if they are made from a handmade plate or block and if the number of printings is limited to a very low number. The sequential number should be visible on the print.
- The invoice must include the dimensions in square meters and the composition of the material.
- All audiovisual commodities must list the following information on the invoice: duration, a concise synopsis of the contents, whether the film is black and white or color, the length and width of the film, and the reason for importation.
- Please see "Animal Products".
- Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs (for example tea with origin China)imported from certain third countries or territories are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.
The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They must be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).
The customs offices responsible for our import sites are not all defined as DPE. Commodities subject to import controls at a DPE can only be imported via UPS import ports where the responsible customs office is defined as DPE. Only site can be imported through is Paris CDG.
- Depending on the ingredients of food supplements, nutrial or diet supplements may be classified as medicine. A complete list of ingredients and their amounts must accompany the invoice to allow a correct classification by customs and avoid delays and additional costs. Please see additional information for 'Medicine'.
- The European Union (EU) has placed an import ban on Honey from certain countries or territories.
Before shipping Honey to a European Union country or territory, it is highly recommended to contact your local chamber of commerce or your importer for detailed information.
If the importation is allowed by the European Union, the shipment must be accompanied by an original health certificate provided by the shipper/producer, otherwise, importation will not be possible. Furthermore, a vet inspection at the first point of arrival into the EU is required, even for sample shipments.
Brokerage accessorial charges will apply and an import delay may occur.
If the shipper fails to verify the import regulation of the destination country or territory and sends honey which is prohibited by the European Union, then all charges that may apply for the respective shipment will be billed back to the shipper.
- Please see "Animal Products".
- Only private consumers are allowed to import small quantities of mineral water for personal consumption.
Companies are not allowed to import mineral water and sample shipments are also prohibited.
- The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine for which the part is used, and a list of the part's components.
- Small numbers of samples of negligible value and for non commercial use can be imported free of duty and VAT. Samples are only accepted for duty and VAT free import if mutilated or marked in a way which makes it impossible to sell them. The invoice must clearly state that the samples are mutilated or marked.
- In order to avoid wrong customs declarations at import, it is mandatory that the exporter provide very detailed information about the shoes (for example, what kind of leather, what material used for soles and uppers, what kind of shoes (sport shoes, sandals, boots), who is to wear the shoes (children, women, men).
- Most of modern test reagents for diagnostic research are built on antibodies which are generated from animal tissue. There are two types of antibodies, the monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antibodies.
Monoclonal antibodies are generated in vitro. Tissue from animals are taken (e.g. blood) and infected with certain substances or pathogens. The blood cells react with the production of antibodies which are than harvested and used for the production of the test kits. Due to the in vitro production and the controlled way of production those types of test kits are not subject to veterinarian control if it is a commercial production.
Polyclonal antibodies are gained from living animals like rabbits. They are infected with the substances / pathogens and the animals are producing antibodies. The antibodies are harvested from the blood stream of the animals. Test reagents with polyclonal antibodies are subject to vet inspections.
Shipment documents (commercial invoice or declaration on letterhead) should include:
the place of origin of the material
the quantity of the material, in weight or volume
a description of the material/ animal source
catalogue number and price (if available)
additives (e.g., sodium azide, glycerol), their source (e.g., whole serum, supernatant, ascites), and purification, if any.
protocols the recommended protocol or datasheet indicating any unique fixation, detergent, blocking, or incubation conditions.
the intended use (commercial/ manufacturing; research/ testing)
the name and address of the shipper
the name and address of the receiver
Commercially packaged, ready-to-use In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) containing products of animal of origin, do not require a Vet-inspection, if compliant with Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. A declaration of conformity (CE-marking) must be provided for each individual commodity (e.g. reagents, test kits, immunosorbent assays such as ELISA kits).
- To import textile shipments as samples, they must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the use only as a sample only. The shipment must include only the number of samples necessary for the purpose of testing. The shipper must write "marked/mutilated samples with no commercial value" on all export documentation.
A certificate of origin is not required for the import clearance of textiles. The need of a certificate of origin for the import clearance was reversed on October 24, 2011.
The country or territory of origin must be stated on the invoice for each invoice line. If the customs authorities doubt the correctness of the declared country or territory of origin they may request an additional proof which might be a certificate of origin.
- The importation of all toys into France requires a Certificate of Conformity. This applies to shipments from all countries or territories.
According to European law (EU Norme), the toy must have a "CE" sign written or stamped on it, certifying that the toy complies with EU standards and safety regulations. Shippers should verify that the consignee has the correct documentation available ("Dossier de Fabrication" / verification of manufacturing) in order to allow proper Customs clearance. Shipments of toys without a "CE" sign or without a Conformity Certificate will be seized and destroyed by Customs, including gift shipments. These toys cannot be returned to the shipper. The consignee may obtain a certificate from the Laboratory National D' Essai to receive a toy sample for analysis.
The Customs limit for samples of toys is four identical pieces. The consignee must send a fax in order to receive approval by the Laboratory National D' Essai. A copy of the certificate must be sent to the shipper and must be attached to the invoice when the shipment is shipped. The shipper or the consignee must provide UPS with a copy of the certificate along with the shipment in order to reduce delays.
- Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.
- A text label must accompany all shipments containing video games (devices as well as software).
The label must appear on the outside of the package and must display precautionary statements warning of the risk of epileptic seizures.
There must be a copy of the label inside the package.
Shipments that do not comply may be detained by Customs.
- Depending on the ingredients,vitamins may be classified as medicine. A complete list of ingredients and their amounts must accompany the invoice to allow a correct classification by customs and avoid delays and additional costs. Please see additional information for 'Medicine'.