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 January 17, 2017

Information on the Shenzhen Airport Customs Requirements for the Declaration of Category C Express Shipments

According to the Announcement of the General Administration of Customs No 19, 2016 on the Adoption of the New Express Clearance System and Related Matters [the “Announcement”], Category C express shipments are classified as those goods with a value of CNY 5,000 (not including transportation, insurance and miscellaneous fees) or below (except those goods which need to apply for licenses, export tax rebates, foreign exchange collection for export or foreign exchange payment for import).

Under the Announcement, Shenzhen Airport Customs requires that Category C express shipments be classified as "General Trade" or "Trade Samples and Advertising Items". Details about the regulation can be found on the official website:

To ensure quick and smooth clearance of your import and export express shipments that transit through Shenzhen Airport, please note the following:


  • For each shipment, indicate "General Trade" or "Trade Samples and Advertising Items" next to the description of the goods in the commodity description box of the waybill.

  • Those shipments marked with "sample" or "samples" next to the description of goods in the commodity description will be declared as "Trade Samples and Advertising Items".

  • Those shipments not marked with “sample” or “samples” or otherwise specified will be declared as “General Trade”.

  • Goods sent through online shopping platforms such as eBay, Amazon and Alibaba, will be declared as "General Trade".


  • The recipient shall call or send an email to FedEx related representative or CS to confirm whether a shipment is “General Trade” or “Trade Samples and Advertising Items” before the shipment’s arrival.

  • Shipments marked with "sample" or "samples" next to the description of goods on the waybill/ invoice will be declared as “Trade Samples and Advertising Items”.

  • Shipments not marked with “sample” or “samples” or otherwise specified will be declared as “General Trade”.

Please note that Shenzhen Customs will review and verify the declaration of documents and goods according to their functional authority and will have the final determination as to how goods are declared. Failure to comply with the above may result in your shipment being held up for processing by Shenzhen Customs.

FedEx will continue to keep you updated on the latest regulatory changes.



Posted on December 22, 2016

Stricter regulations on importing certain nicotine products to South Korea (Effective January 1, 2017)

The Ministry of Environment of South Korea will tighten the regulations on importing nicotine products to South Korea, effective January 1, 2017.

  • All importers of undiluted nicotine or solutions containing more than 1% nicotine into South Korea must submit Specifications of Chemical Materials to the Korea Chemicals Management Association. Violators will receive a fine of no more than 10 million South Korean Won (KRW).

  • If the accumulated weight of imported nicotine from January 1 of each year exceeds 100kg, importers must submit a Toxic Hazard Importation Declaration to the Ministry of Environment of South Korea. Violators will receive a fine of no more than 30 million KRW or no more than one year of imprisonment.

  • All products containing more than 1% nicotine can only be transported on vehicles approved by the Ministry of Environment of South Korea with a proper warning sticker attached on the exterior of the vehicle. Nicotine products are prohibited to be mixed with other non-toxic products during transport. A fine of no more than 50 million KRW or no more than three years of imprisonment will be imposed for the violation on these regulations.

FedEx Express is unable to transport any shipments in South Korea containing products with more than 1% nicotine. Customers who import such nicotine products need to pick up their shipments at the FedEx facility at Incheon Airport with their own transportation arrangement that meets the Ministry of Environment of South Korea requirements.



Posted on December 1, 2016

China Customs Requirement on Split Shipments

At FedEx, we are committed to getting your shipments to their final destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. That is why we want to remind you that China Customs will conduct a stricter inspection of split shipments from the same shipper to the same consignee on the same day. 

Split shipments get a higher level of scrutiny by Customs because they look like an attempt to evade import tax and/or circumvent formal entry clearance by making a high value shipment into many low value packages.  

To ensure that your shipment is processed quickly and efficiently, please declare your multiple package shipment on one air waybill with the total weight and combined value, otherwise your shipment will be considered split, which will lead to clearance delays as well as you getting a bad record from Customs.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please download China Inbound Shipments Clearance Tips for more details. 


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.

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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.

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