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Import/Export

United States to Greenland

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Greenland. 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.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. The excise duty is calculated on the amount of the beverage and the percentage of alcohol. The invoice should show a detailed description of each type of alcohol, the amount and the percentage of alcohol included to ensure a proper calculation of the excise duty.
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.

In addition to customs declaration, animal products have to be declared to the responsible authority (Hjemmestyret). An animal product fee will be charged.

Please note that any sugar and/or chocolate sent as a gift will be charged a fee of:
  • Sugar - 6.00 DKK per kilo
  • Chocolate - 29 DKK per kilo

Formulary to the fee clearance can be requested at akipi-aalborg@nanoq.gl (Grønlands Selvstyre  Skattestyrelsen), or if shipper prefers, the Greenland department can fill up the formulary for a fee (200 DKK per form-1 consignee-1 form).

Packages without clearance attached to the required documents (Invoices, MRNs,T1, etc) will be put on hold and RTSd within 5 days.

Coffee and coffee products (for example, powder and concentrates) are subject to excise duty. The excise duty is calculated on the amount of coffee measured in kilogram. The exact amount of coffee or coffee products must be stated on the invoice.
Data shipments to Greenland require an invoice indicating the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
Please note that any sugar and/or chocolate sent as a gift will be charged a fee of:
  • Sugar - 6.00 DKK per kilo
  • Chocolate - 29 DKK per kilo

Formulary to the fee clearance can be requested at akipi-aalborg@nanoq.gl (Grønlands Selvstyre  Skattestyrelsen), or if shipper prefers,the Greenland department can fill up the formulary for a fee (200 DKK per form-1 consignee-1 form).

Packages without clearance attached to the required documents (Invoices, MRNs,T1, etc) will be put on hold and RTSd within 5 days.

Tea and tea products (for example, powder and concentrates) are subject to excise duty. The excise duty is calculated on the amount of tea measured in kilogram. The exact amount of tea or tea products must be stated on the invoice.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

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 Greenland.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

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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