Shipping Regulatory Update

Customs regulations for inbound and outbound shipments change from time to time. We have collated important announcements by customs authorities worldwide to help our customers stay up-to-date when shipping with us. Timely understanding and compliance with new requirements such as duty and tax information, tariff descriptions, product-harmonized codes, and customs clearance documentation will avoid costly shipping delays.

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Posted on November 8, 2016

De Minimis Tax Exemption Provision on imports into the Philippines

On October 26, 2016, the Philippines Bureau of Customs will implement a new De Minimis Tax Exemption Provision to increase the threshold from Php 10 to Php 10,000.

Importations into the Philippines with a Free on Board (FOB) or Free Carrier (FCA) value of Php 10,000 (or approx. USD200) or less will not be subject to duties and taxes.

For full details about the Customs memorandum, please visit

Should you have any question, please call your local FedEx Customer Service team.



Posted on October 31,2016

Assurances that imported goods do not contain asbestos

It is the responsibility of importers to ensure they do not import prohibited goods such as asbestos. Definitive enquiries should be made with suppliers outside Australia about any use of asbestos at the point of manufacture, prior to importing the goods into Australia.

Importers are required to confirm via a signed declaration to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that certain goods do not contain asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM). Simply click here to understand which goods may contain asbestos and ACM.

Any unauthorised goods found to contain asbestos will be seized and the importer may face penalties and/or prosecution.

For further information please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website



Posted on July 04,2016

New biosecurity legislation commenced 16 June 2016

Important changes to Australia's biosecurity system came into effect on 16 June 2016 with commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015. There are new requirements that will affect how the biosecurity risks of goods entering Australia are managed.

It is important to understand what can and cannot be brought to Australia and the conditions that may apply. Simply click here to understand the changes that may affect importers of goods to Australia.

Importers should ensure permits are applied for in advance of the expected landing date of the consignment with applications made via BICON. As indicated at the BICON page, certain goods will not require an import permit if they can meet specified import conditions in BICON as an alternative to requiring an import permit.

For further information please contact the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 1800.040.629 or email to request the Biosecurity Act 2015 information pack.

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New Regulations on the Importation of Forestry Products into Indonesia

Posted on May 5,2016

New Regulations on the Importation of Forestry Products into Indonesia

The Indonesia Ministry of Trade implemented a new regulation, 97/M-DAG/PER/11/2015, on importing forestry products. This regulation requires the consignees in Indonesia to be registered as importing companies with an importers’ registration number, namely the API (Angka Pengenal Impor), and import approval, namely PI (Persetujuan Impor). The PI is a special license from the Indonesia Ministry of Trade to import forestry products into the country.

To avoid customs delays we encourage our customers to comply with this regulation before shipping forestry products into Indonesia.

Forestry products include but are not limited to:

1. Wood products such as fuel logs, veneer, plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, etc.
2. Wood boxes, packing, frames, barrels
3. Parts of carpentry tools made of wood
4. Tableware, kitchenware made of wood
5. Wooden furniture
6. Jewelry boxes, marquetry, statuettes, and other ornaments made of wood
7. Wood pulp
8. Paper used for writing, printing or other graphic purposes
9. Toilet paper, tissue, paper towels, table napkins, table cloths, articles of apparel or clothing made of paper, etc.
10. Kraft paper, paperboard, greaseproof paper, cigarette paper, wallpaper
11. Carbon paper, other self-copy paper, stationary paper
12. Original engravings, prints and lithographs, framed or not framed

IATA Changes to the Provisions for the Transport of Lithium Batteries (April 1, 2016)

Effective April 1, 2016, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will make the following changes to the provisions for the transport of lithium batteries.

  1. All stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN3480, P. I. 965) must be shipped at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity.

     - Stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN3480, P. I. 965, Section II), at an SoC greater than 30% are not permitted.  
     - Stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN3480, P. I. 965, Section IA and IB) (acceptable to dangerous goods locations only), at an SoC greater than 30% may only be shipped with written approvals by the State of Origin and the State of the Operator.
  2. Stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA, IB and Section II) are forbidden as cargo on passenger aircraft.
  3. Only one package of stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480 PI 965, Section II) and stand-alone lithium metal batteries (UN 3090 PI 968, Section II) may be included in any overpack or single consignment. There is also a limit of 8 cells or 2 batteries per overpack.
     - When the package is placed in an overpack, the lithium battery handling label and Cargo Aircraft Only label required by this packing instruction must either be clearly visible or the label must be affixed on the outside of the overpack, and the overpack must be marked with the word “Overpack”
  4. Packages prepared according to Section II of PI 965 and PI 968 must be offered to the operator separately from other cargo and must not be loaded into a unit load device (ULD) before being offered to the operator.

Due to airline restrictions and government regulations, some countries are not available as origins or destinations for certain lithium battery shipments. Please contact Customer Service for information on these service limitations.

This prohibition impacts all FedEx Express international services including FedEx International Priority (IP), FedEx International Economy (IE), FedEx International Economy Freight (IEF), FedEx International Priority Freight (IPFS), FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) and FedEx International Airport to Airport (ATA).

This restriction generally does not apply to lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries packed with equipment or contained in equipment.

Further information regarding IATA regulations on lithium batteries can be found here.

If a shipment inadvertently is transported to a prohibited destination country, it will become “undeliverable” and will be returned to the shipper/sender when possible, following standard procedure. The shipper will be charged for:

       -  transportation to the destination country
       -  transportation from the destination country
       -  any customs duties & taxes FedEx has already been assessed by destination customs for the shipment.

Shipments from Egypt and Bangladesh prohibited into Australia

Posted on December 22, 2015

The Australian Government implemented restrictions on December 17, 2015 regarding the carriage of air cargo originating from, or transiting through Egypt, Syria, Bangladesh, Yemen, or Somalia.

Because transportation of goods from Somalia, Syria, and Yemen are already prohibited by FedEx Express, the focus is on Bangladesh and Egypt.

The restrictions will be implemented through legislative instruments made by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, under Section 65B (2) (b) of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004. The instruments came into force on Saturday 19 December 2015, and will remain in-force until such instruments are revoked.

Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Egypt; or Bangladesh will be prohibited. These restrictions apply equally to air cargo carried on passenger and freighter aircraft.

FedEx Express will cease picking up ANY shipments that originate in Bangladesh or Egypt and are destined for or transiting through any Australian destination

This prohibition will take place Saturday, December 19, 2015 as per the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 cited above.

The primary destination that receives transit shipments on a regular basis through Australia is New Zealand. Even though some shipment exceptions exist by the Aviation Transport Security Act regulations, the FedEx Express policy will prohibit the pick-up of ALL shipments that originate in Bangladesh or Egypt and are destined for or transiting through Australia, which includes shipments destined for New Zealand.

Non-compliance with the instrument or restrictions set out in the instruments is an offence of strict liability under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004.

Prohibition of the Import of Used Information Technology Products to Vietnam (Effective December 15, 2015)

Posted on December 7, 2015

The Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam will prohibit the import of used Information Technology (IT) products to Vietnam effective December 15, 2015. This prohibition applies to used IT products such as laptops, tablets, mobile phones, speakers, flash disk drives and digital cameras, as well as liquid-crystal display and light emitting diode screens. The ban will also apply to used components and accessories of these products.

Exceptions apply when a shipment has an import license from the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam. The import license may be issued when used IT items are imported to Vietnam for science research or study, or for recycling processing or repair purposes for foreign traders.

Revision of Government Assessment Fee for Imports into Australia with Biosecurity Risk

Posted on December 1, 2015

Effective 01 December 2015, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) has redesigned its biosecurity cost recovery fees and charges for imports with a biosecurity risk valued at over AUD1,000, which require a full import declaration (FID). The new Biosecurity Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2015-16 released by DAWR outlines the redesigned fees and levies.

The FID levy, which is a charge to assess the consignment’s biosecurity risk, will increase from AUD16 to AUD33 for air imports.

For import consignments transferred into the Agriculture Import Management System (AIMS) for assessment of biosecurity risk, there is no longer a fee if the DAWR requires additional information to process a consignment. However, if an assessment takes longer than the expected 15 minutes, it will be charged at AUD30 for each additional 15 minutes.

The standard AIMS assessment fee for activities performed in-office has been reduced to AUD30 per 15 minutes, while the out-of-office standard fee has been increased to AUD50 per 15 minutes:


AIMS Assessment Standard AIMS Assessment Fee effective 01 December 2015
In-office activities conducted by DAWR
(including inspection, examination, analysis, clearance, fumigation, supervision, or other service, performed in relation to goods)
AUD30 per 15 minutes
Out-of-office activities conducted by DAWR at different locations AUD50 per 15 minutes

For further information please contact the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) on 1800.900.090.

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Changes to Import Processing Charges in Australia effective 1 January 2016

Posted on December 14, 2015

As part of the 2015-2016 Commonwealth Budget, the Australian Government will restructure the Import Processing Charge (IPC) to recover the costs of all import-related cargo and trade functions undertaken by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

FedEx imports will be subject to revised Import Processing Charges from 1 January 2016.

What are the changes to the Import Processing Charge (IPC)?

Customs-declared Value of Consignment

Current IPC per consignment

IPC per consignment effective

1 January 2016

AUD1,000 or less

No charge

No charge

AUD1,001 to AUD9,999



AUD10,000 or more



If you wish to learn more about the increases to IPC please click here.

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