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Import/Export

United States to El Salvador

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

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

"Import of Alcoholic beverages into El Salvador is permitted via ISC contract service. Business to consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) shipments are allowed into El Salvador. Wine, beer and spirits (liquor). Documents additional to the invoice:  Price list  Certificate of Free Sale  Health permit  Degrees of alcohol  NIT registered in the customs system"
All chemical products must be accompanied by a detailed invoice and it needs to be VISA by the Department of Chemical and Pharmacy. A certified pharmaceutical person must certify the products with his signature. A fee of US$25.46 will be charged to the consignee.
A proforma invoice is required.
All food products need an extended import permit granted by the Food and Health Administration.
A proforma invoice is required.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper 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.

All pharmaceutical products must be accompanied by a detailed invoice and a VISA from the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceuticals. A certified pharmaceutical official must certify the products with his signature. A fee of US$25.46 is charged to the consignee. In addition, the shipment will also need a permit from the Public Health Department (Consejo Superior de Salud Publica) at a cost of US$22.60, and a permit from the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Publica)at a cost of US$16.30, all payable by the consignee.

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 El Salvador.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Imports require an Original Commercial Invoice,Original Transportation Documents and Technical data of product.

The consignee must to be registered in Junta de Vigilancia Quimica,the organization who controls the importation of the product.

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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