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United States to San Marino

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

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

All animal products must be accompanied by a Health Certificate, except processed leather, processed horn or varnished feathers. When importing meat, fish and other food that contains animal products (like milk, cheese, etc.) the following issues have to be considered:

  • There is no difference between commercial and non-commercial shipments (or between businesses or from businesses to consumers).
  • The shipment must be accompanied by a Health Certificate that has to be provided by the shipper. The Certificate must be original (no copies will be accepted) and has to be stamped and signed by the official agency in the export country or territory.
  • The Health Certificate is only valid if the company which provided it has a registration number in the European Union.
  • The shipment will be inspected by a veterinarian at the point of arrival into the EU. Inspection in the destination country or territory is possible due to national food laws.
  • Brokerage accessorial charges may apply.
  • For gift shipments, see gift exemption section.

Note: The only exception to this is for fish and fish products up to 1 kg. which doesn't require a veterinarian inspection or health certificate if they are a gift shipment between private individuals.
Raw coffee requires a phytosanitary inspection and cannot be cleared at the UPS ports of entry, Bergamo (BGY) and Treviso (TSF), because both locations are not assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health.

Customs accepts a maximum of 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.) of roasted coffee for packing test or similar purposes without an import permit but the importer must provide a written declaration or confirmation of the usage.

Commercial imports of roasted coffee must be compliant with Italian requirements regarding labeling of goods (detailed description of the content, expiration date, etc.). It is the importers responsibility to obtain the import permit from the Ministry of Health. For further details please contact your Chamber of Commerce.

Shipments of cosmetics must be compliant with EU requirements regarding labelling. The labelling needs to be in Italian language with a detailed description of the ingredients of goods (e.g. content, expiry date, etc.).

Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

Cosmetics without an import permit must be abandoned or returned on shippers expense.

Private individuals can import small quantities of cosmetic products without an import permit; Customs usually accept a maximum of two different kinds and a maximum of two items of each kind.

Cheese, milk, and milk products are considered Animal Products. Refer to Animal Products.
Please see Medicine section
Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

The Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prohibits shipments containing leather products made from non-domesticated animals. This applies to watches with leather straps.

For leather goods not covered by CITES, the consignee must declare that the leather is not from a protected animal species. The invoice or the importer's additional declaration must include the Latin scientific name of the animal.

Commercial shipments of medical devices must be compliant with EU requirements regarding labeling. It needs to be labelled in Italian for import (detailed description of the content etc.)

Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur.

Medical devices must also fulfil the requirements of the product safety regulations of the European Union. For further information please see the information regarding 'Declaration of Conformity' under header 'Additional Import Documentation'.

Shipments of medicine require a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur.

Private importers, in addition, must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the medicine will be taken under the doctor's supervision. In case alternative pharmaceutical product (also different than the shipped one) for the same disease is available in Italy, import will not be allowed.

For Nutritional supplements, the prescription needs to show details of the dosage/amount which cannot exceed 8 weeks supply.

Shipments of military equipment are acceptable to NATO bases only.
Customs requires that private consignees provide a written declaration stating that the goods are for "personal use only".

Commercial importers must provide a declaration stating that "Italian royalties have been paid" to competent authorities.

Commercial shipments of nutritional supplements that are not registered in Italy require an import permit from the Ministry of Health which must be obtained by the importer prior to final importation.

Commercial shipments containing nutritional supplements that are already registered in Italy do not require an import permit.

Private importers must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the nutritional supplements will be taken under the doctor's supervision. A delay in customs clearance may occur.A UPS surcharge may apply to include the additional consignee declaration and physician prescription and an import permit issued by the Ministry of Health at the custom's port of destination.

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.

Samples must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the use only as a sample. This will allow the samples to import without a Certificate of Origin. The shipment should 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.
Textile shipments may require a Certificate of Origin depending on the harmonized tariff code.

Customs may require an import license for some commercial textile shipments depending on the harmonized tariff code. The importer must obtain the import license from the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

Private importers are allowed to import appropriate quantities of textiles for personal use without a Certificate of Origin.

Textile samples must be marked or mutilated in a way that ensures the use only as a sample. This will allow samples to be imported without a Certificate of Origin. 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. The requirement of a Certificate of Origin and an import license is dependent on the country or territory of origin of the goods not the country or territory of export.

For further details, please contact your Chamber of Commerce or visit www.europa.eu.int

Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.
Commercial shipments of vitamins that are not registered in Italy require an import permit from the Ministry of Health which must be obtained by the importer prior to final importation.

Commercial shipments containing vitamins that are already registered in Italy do not require an import permit.

Private importers must provide a prescription from an Italian doctor stating the vitamins will be taken under the doctor's supervision. A delay in customs clearance may occur.A UPS surcharge may apply to include the additional consignee declaration and physician prescription and an import permit issued by the Ministry of Health at the custom's port of destination.

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 San Marino.

Shipping of alcoholic beverages is only permitted with ISC contract service.

The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty rate). Alcoholic beverages where excise duty applies can not be cleared at the UPS import sites. The same rule applies for alcohol within gift shipments.

Commercial importers must provide a health permit to import alcohol. Private importers can import wine for their personal consumption without a health permit only in very small quantities (maximum 5 litres) and according to Customs.

Alcoholic beverages (where no excise duty applies) cant be sold and delivered to under aged persons (under 18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of the consignee prior to shipping.

Additional rules apply on the import of wine and wine products. Please check under wine.

Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

Original Fumigation certificate must be provided by shipper to destination.

Importer must provide a health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) that can be requested through UPS with additional costs.

UPS provides International Dangerous Goods service for shipments between the U.S. and certain European countries or territories by contract only. Accessorial charges apply as follows:

  • Hazardous Materials Class 9 (HAZ) 10.23 Euros
  • Hazardous Materials All Other Classes (HAN) 45.00 Euros
  • Double-sided knives
    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.

    You may not ship plants or dried leaves to San Marino.
    Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
    Tobacco products cannot be cleared at UPS.

    The same rule applies for tobacco products within gift shipments.

    UPS does not offer the service of importing weapons.
    Shipping of Wine is only permitted with ISC contract service.

    The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty rate).

    Importer must provide a health permit to import Wine; health permit (issued by Health Minister Border Office) can be requested through UPS with additional costs. Delays may occur. Private importers can import wine for their personal consumption without a health permit only in very small quantity (maximum 5 litres) and according to customs.

    The labels of bottles have to show:

    The category of the product (e.g. wine, sparkling wine, liquor wine)

    Quantity, brand

    The actual alcoholic strength by volume, an indication of provenance, an indication of the bottler or an indication of the producer or vendor in case of sparkling wine and other product categories of sparkling wine.

    The protected designation or protected geographical indication if the wine has such a protection.

    Invoice must clearly display:

    Harmonized code, origin, quantity and type of packaging (i.e. bottles, cans) and alcoholic strength by volume.

    The import of wine is also regulated by a market organization of the European Union with rules on labelling and presentation of wine and additional documentation:

    Certificate showing drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the products country or territory of origin.

    An analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the products country or territory of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption.

    No certificate or analysis report need be presented for products originating in and exported from third countries or territories in labelled containers of not more than five litres fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 litres.

    The rules are laid down in EU regulation 2009/491. The regulation can be checked on the EU website http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html


    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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