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Import/Export

United States to Macedonia (FYROM)

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Macedonia (FYROM). 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.

Depending on the type of product, an Import Approval may be needed.
No approval needed to import except in special cases.
Prescriptions for personal use require an invoice and a prescription.

An Import License is required for commercial shipments of medicine. The Prescription has to accompany the package. However, it is not required to be on the outside of the package. It is acceptable to be included inside the package.

An Import Approval from the Food and Veterinary Agency is needed with no exceptions for all Food and Food Additives.

For private individuals, an Import Approval is not needed if the quantity of products does not exceed the quantity considered to be for personal use. If the quantity is higher than accepted for importation by private individuals, the goods are handled as commercial imports and require an import approval.

Industrial machines for food production and packing and parts for them need an Import Approval from the Food and Veterinary Agency.

The importation of an accumulator, intended to be used in a bottling machine, requires the following documents and proofs:

  • Import Approval from the Food and Veterinary Agency
  • CE Certificate to proof the product safety of the accumulator
  • Certificate of registered accumulator importer
Data shipments require an invoice that includes the value of the CD-ROM or disk only.
No import duties and taxes are payable on medicine if the consignee is a company whose subject of activity is registered according to the law connected with Human or Animal Health/Trade or the Production of Pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, etc.

When the company is not registered as above, the final receiver or customer (the company or organization which will receive or buy the medicines) should also be registered as above otherwise the import will not be possible. If this requirement is met, the consignee will have to obtain an import permit or license from the Ministry of Health. In accordance with customs law, 20% tax and duties are applied.

An Import Approval for Medicinal Products for Personal Use issued by the Ministry of Health  Bureau of Medicines is requested with no exception for shipments of medicines to private individuals. Private individuals can only import medicines which are not registered in Macedonia. It is mandatory for the receiver to have a prescription certified by the Ministry of Health. Quantity must not exceed the quantity of medicines prescribed by a doctor, in order to prove that the medicine is not for trading.

Duties and taxes are applied according to the Customs law. Whoever buys the medicines must obtain this legal registration to import if the consignee or company is not registered. If this legal requirement is met, then the consignee must obtain an import permit or license from the Ministry of Health. Customs law requires 20% tax and duties.

A Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the Ministry of Agriculture is requested for import with no exceptions.
A Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the Ministry of Agriculture is requested for import with no exceptions.
It is suggested and recommended that the value of the software and the value of the software devices (CD, USB, DVD, HD) to be separated on the invoice as separate values in order for some relief provision from the Law on Intellectual Property to be implemented.

Duty and taxes apply on the software devices only, not on software itself.

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 Macedonia (FYROM).

Bulk beeswax is prohibited.
Perfumes, toothpastes, shampoos, detergents and similar products for personal hygeine require an approval from the Ministry of Health  Sanitary Inspection.

Private persons are not able to apply for such an approval. They are not allowed to import these products.

An Import Approval from the Food and Veterinary Agency is needed with no exception.

For private individuals, an Import Approval is not needed if the quantity of products does not exceed the quantity considered to be for personal use. If the quantity is higher than accepted for importation by private individuals, the goods are handled as commercial imports and require an import approval.

Food supplements as medicinal products need an Import Approval. For more information please see 'Medicine'.

Gambling devices are prohibited.
Jewelry is prohibited.
Austrian Airlines (used by UPS to ship to and from Macedonia) have an embargo on Lithium Ion Battery type UN3480 (PI 965 ).
Meat is prohibited.
Medical equipment and dentistry products require an approval from the Ministry of Health, no exceptions.

Private persons are not able to apply for such an approval, therefore, they are not allowed to import these products.

Military equipment is prohibited.
Sanitary and kitchen products and equipment:

An Import Approval from the Ministry of Health  Sanitary Inspection is needed even for samples.

For private individuals an Import Approval is not needed if the quantity of products dosen't exceed the quantity considered to be for personal use. If the quantity is higher than accepted for importation by a private individual, the goods are handled as commercial imports and require an import approval.

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.
Smoked salmon is prohibited.

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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