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United States to Ukraine

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

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

Spare parts for cars sent to private individuals require certification from the Centre of Metrology.
Ceramic tiles shipped to a company require certification.
Products of the chemical industry must be proofed by the Radiological and Ecological Control Agencies. Cosmetics registered by this agency can be imported.
Shipments of coffee require certification by the Ukrainian Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing, and the approval of the Radiological and Ecological Control agencies, the Sanitary-Epidemic Control agency, and the State Quarantine Control Agency. It is the importers responsibility to get all the necessary approvals and certificates, however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge. Furthermore import shipments of coffee must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate provided by the shipper.
By Ukrainian Customs law, private individuals are not allowed to import more than 20 compact discs (CDs). Goods shipped to private individuals require a simplified declaration. Duty and VAT will apply.

CDs valued under 100.00 EUR that are shipped to companies do not require a customs entry, but the company must produce certain trading papers. An Import License is required and it must be obtained by the importer from the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine (costs about US$160.00). CDs valued at or above 100.00 EUR that are shipped to companies require a full customs declaration and an Import License that is obtained by the importer from the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine (costs about US$160.00). Compact Discs of no commercial value shipped to companies (for example, for inter-company use) do not require an Import License if accompanied by a proforma invoice. Compact discs accompanied by commercial invoices need an import licence.

Cosmetics have to be proofed by the Radiological and Ecological Control Agencies. Cosmetics registered by this agency can be imported.
Shipments of used diskettes may be inspected by Customs officials for content.
Shipments of intercompany data on CDs or disks require an invoice showing the value of the CD or disk.
Shipments containing leather require a Veterinary Certificate from the shipper and must be approved by both the Radiological and Ecological Control agencies. This applies to both, raw and processed leather. It is the importers responsibility to get the necessary approvals, however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge.
Maps shipped to or from Ukraine require authorization from the Ministry of Transport.
Medicine shipments require permission from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

Private individuals are not allowed to import medicine. In special cases they can import medicine on prescription of a doctor and with permission of the Ministry of Health.

Only mobile phones certified by the Ukraine authorities can be imported.

Private individuals must provide permissions of the Ukrainian Radio Frequency Committee (Ukrchastotnaglyad) and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to import a mobile phone. Only one mobile phone can be imported by private individuals.

There is no specific list of items that are can be imported. The consignee will be required to supply the correct test certification to enable clearance, and may be charged duty on the goods.
Imports of foodstuffs addressed to private individuals are prohibited. These private shipments will be rejected by Ukrainian Customs and returned to the shipper.
Wood packing/articles require quarantine control.

Empty plastic bottles or with plastic cover require ecological control.

Packing for scientific and research purposes require Sanitary-Epidemic Control and certification.

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.

Personal shipments can be imported duty and tax free under the following conditions:

  • The weight may not exceed 50 kgs
  • The total customs value (value of the goods + freight value)for all shipments to the same consignee per day, may not exceed 200 EUR
  • No commercial purpose allowed.
The import of power supplies, accumulators, batteries and all products containing these items requires a license from the Ministry of Economics (import of chemical power supplies-for example watches containing a battery need a license).
There are no other duty and tax exemptions in place for importing samples, other than for diminimis shipments. A detailed description is needed for the tariff classification of samples. The value of the samples must be calculated according to the sale price.
Shipments of blank and recorded audio, video and magnetic tapes for professional purposes are examined by a specialist Customs department. A customs fee of US$20.00 is charged for this service.

Shipments of audio, video and magnetic tape for private purposes may similarly be examined and a charge made.

Shipments of television equipment require a certificate of import from the Ukrainian Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing, and also permission from the Radiological, Ecological and Sanitary-Epidemic Control agencies. It is the importers responsibility to get the necessary certificate and permission, however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge.
Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.
Video recorders imported by companies require a certificate of import from the Ukrainian Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing. It is the importers responsibility to get the necessary certificate, however, UPS can obtain it on behalf of the importer for an additional charge.

Shipments for private individuals do not require a certificate of import.

Shipments of vitamins require approval from the Radiological Control Agency and the Sanitary-Epidemic Control Body. It is the importers responsibility to get the necessary approvals, however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge.

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 Ukraine.

Agricultural products are any animal or plant product classified within chapter one to 24 of the Harmonized Tariff Code.

Agricultural products addressed to private individuals are prohibited. Shipments containing these items will be rejected by Ukrainian Customs and returned to the shipper.

Agricultural products shipped to companies require certification by the Ukrainian Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing, and the approval of the Radiological and Ecological Control agencies, the Sanitary-Epidemic Control agency, and the State Quarantine Control Agency. It is the importers responsibility to get all the necessary approvals and certificates; however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge.

Furthermore, import shipments of food items must be accompanied by a health certificate provided by the shipper.

The importation of alcoholic beverages are not allowed by private individuals because they are classified as food items which are generally banned from import by private individuals

The importation of alcoholic beverages by companies cant be offered by UPS because the local customs house does not have the authorization to clear alcoholic beverages.

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

A Health Certificate must accompany all animal products.

For animal products the same controls apply like for Agricultural products.

For some products the Health Certificate will ease getting necessary permissions in Ukraine:

  • For horn (not ivory) a veterinary control is mandatory beside the necessary approvals and certificates.
  • Articles made from horn and varnished feathers require a sanitary-epidemic control, a quarantine control and permission from the Ministry of Culture.
  • Signed credit cards are prohibited. Only blank credit cards can be imported.
    Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

    A Conformity Certificate is required to import into Ukraine.

    Employment records are prohibited.
    Food items are processed agricultural products classified within chapter one to 24 of the Harmonized Tariff Code.

    Food items addressed to private individuals are prohibited. Shipments containing these items will be rejected by Ukrainian Customs and returned to the shipper.

    Food items shipped to companies require certification by the Ukrainian Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing, and the approval of the Radiological and Ecological Control agencies, the Sanitary-Epidemic Control agency, and the State Quarantine Control Agency.

    It is the importers responsibility to get all the necessary approvals and certificates; however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge. Furthermore, import shipments of food items must be accompanied by a health certificate provided by the shipper.

    Food items addressed to private individuals are prohibited.

    Food items shipped to companies require certification by the Ukrainian Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing, and the approval of the Radiological and Ecological Control agencies, the Sanitary-Epidemic Control agency, and the State Quarantine Control Agency. It is the importers responsibility to get all the necessary approvals and certificates; however, UPS can obtain them on behalf of the importer for an additional charge.

    Furthermore, import shipments of food items must be accompanied by a health certificate provided by the shipper.

    Jewelry containing precious stones or stones made of glass need a certificate of an expert from the responsible state center of Ukraine (Gemological Control Agency) stating the character of the stone. Delays and additional costs may apply.

    Rough diamonds cannot be cleared by UPS. The customs house responsible for UPS is not an approved customs house for clearing rough diamonds.

    Military cards are prohibited.
    Commodities originated from the Russian Federation.

    According to a decree released by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine certain commodities like e.g.

    agricultural products; Meat; fish; dairy products; coffee; tea; products of the milling industry; sugars and sugar confectionery; cocoa and cocoa preparations; preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastry cooks products; beverages, spirits & vinegar; miscellaneous chemical products; plastics and articles thereof are prohibited to be imported into Ukraine in case these products originated from the Russian Federation and until further notice. A detailed list of goods prohibited for import can be found at:

    http://sfs.gov.ua/zakonodavstvo/mitne-zakonodavstvo/postanovi/65875.html

    The importation of money is prohibited. Any money found by Ukrainian Customs during inspection will be seized.
    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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