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
Posted on March 21, 2016
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.
- 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.
- Stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA, IB and Section II) are forbidden as cargo on passenger aircraft.
- 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”
- 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:
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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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Shipping items subject to quarantine in Japan
Posted on September 21, 2015
Under its Standard Conditions of Carriage, FedEx does not accept packages that require animal or plant quarantine. Please be advised that in the event we find an item that requires animal or plant quarantine upon arrival in Japan, we will either return the package to the original shipper or destroy it. We appreciate your cooperation in contacting and informing your shipper not to ship items requiring animal or plant quarantine when using our services for shipment to Japan.
Examples of items subject to animal or plant quarantine
Fresh/cut/dry flowers, potpourri, green produce, frozen fruits, green coffee, soybean, beans, malt, hay, seeds, fresh/frozen meat, beef jerky, ham, sausage, blood sample except human and mouse*, antibody, serum, fur pelts, feathers, bacteria
*Human and mouse blood samples addressed to the quarantine office are not acceptable.