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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HS (Harmonized System) code requirement for Informal A Classified shipments to Korea

Effective September 1, 2014, Korea Customs Service (KCS) requires customers to indicate the HS (Harmonized System) code for all imported goods to Korea under the Informal A Classification. In addition, KCS will conduct on-site inspections as deemed necessary.

To ensure compliance and to avoid customs delays, please provide the HS Code on the air waybill for all Informal A-classified shipments to Korea.

Please refer to the HS code list on www.hscode.org or click ‘Get code’ on FedEx Ship Manager™ at fedex.com.

 


 

Please use FedEx International Broker Select (BSO) when shipping high-pressure gas to Japan

Imports of high-pressure gas to Japan require imports inspection by the prefectural governor or designated organizations for safety compliance. FedEx does not handle the clearance process of high-pressure gas imports; therefore, customers who want to import high-pressure gas to Japan need to designate another customs clearance broker by using the FedEx International Broker Select.

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The Philippine Bureau of Customs’ Importer Accreditation

The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) issued a memorandum (CMO 11-2014) that requires importers to be accredited with the BOC as per the guidelines outlined in the memorandum. Importers must also be registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for the issuance of their BIR Importer Clearance Certificate (BIR-ICC).

Failure to comply with the requirements before August 1, 2014 or the expiration date of your current BOC accreditation, whichever is earlier, will result in your shipment being unable to clear Philippine Customs.

You can find all BOC requirements and details by clicking this HERE.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Dangerous Goods Shippers Accreditation

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a memorandum (Memorandum Circular 12-14) that states that all customers who ship Dangerous Goods (DG) must secure the necessary accreditation from CAAP.

Pursuant to that regulation, and effective June 1, 2014, only companies that are currently accredited by CAAP or have submitted their letter of intent to be accredited are permitted to ship dangerous goods. All other organizations interested in being accredited by the CAAP are advised to submit their letter of intent to the authority as soon as possible.

You can find all CAAP requirements and details at this link:
http://www.caap.gov.ph/index.php/32-fsisdg/48-accreditation-from-caap-before-dealingor-transacting-with-the-aocs-authorize-to-carry-dangerous-goods

Regulatory notice from Papua New Guinea Customs Service (PNGCS)

Effective 27 May 2014, all importers and exporters must be registered with the registry section of the PNG Internal Revenue commission and obtain a Tax Code Number prior to registering with PNGCS’s Automated System. This will avoid any delays in custom clearance of your FedEx shipments.

For further information on the regulatory notice, please contact PNGCS.

Regulations Amendment on the Importation of Controlled Items into Indonesia

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade has issued Regulation 61/M-DAG/PER/9/2013, which amends regulation 83/M-DAG/PER/12/2012 regarding the importation of controlled items. This amendment imposes new limits on the quantity and value of two controlled items that may be imported into Indonesia

Effective September 30, 2013, the two products listed below are now subject to quantity limitations.

Product Category Previous Limitation New Limitation
Ready-made clothes*
  • Maximum of USD 250 per shipment
  • No quantity limitation
  • Maximum of USD 1,000 per shipment
  • Maximum of 10 pieces per shipment
Electronics*
  • Maximum of USD 1,500 per shipment
  • No quantity limitation
  • Maximum of USD 1,500 per shipment
  • Maximum of 2 pieces per shipment

** Please refer to the List of Indonesian controlled items subject to new quantity limitation (English) for more details.

The importation of ready-made clothes and electronics in quantities exceeding the controlled item limit, or the importation of other controlled products exceeding USD 1,500 may only be conducted by a registered importer with a special license from the Ministry of Trade. Failure to provide the license could result in the shipment being returned or in other Customs delays.

To avoid Customs delays or the shipment being returned, FedEx recommends that all customers shipping controlled items to Indonesia obtain all the necessary licenses and ensure all the required documents accompany the shipment.

You can find the details of the amended regulation at this link (Bahasa Indonesia only).

If you have further questions, please contact your local Customer Service team.

Russian Customs Requirements for Businesses to Consumers (B2C) shipments

Effective immediately, Russian customs requires businesses or companies sending goods shipments destined to private consignees in Russia to register with their express carrier before sending the shipment.

To register for B2C shipping to Russia, please contact your FedEx account executive or your local FedEx customer service team and have the below information ready:

  • Company name
  • Company website
  • FedEx 9-digit account number
  • General shipping commodities description
  • General shipment value & weight – can be a range

Income Tax Article 22 (PPh Pasal22) Revisions for Certain Imported Items

The Indonesian Ministry of Treasury recently issued Regulation 175/PMK.011/2013 regarding Income Tax Article 22 rates (PPh Pasal 22). The regulation changes the Income Tax Article 22 rate (PPh Pasal 22) for certain imported items. An income tax of 7.5% of the import value will be applied to items as specified in the appendix section of the regulation.

For items not included in the appendix, an income tax of 2.5% of the import value will be charged to the importer who has an Importer Identification Number (API) and an income tax of 7.5% of the import value will be charged to the importer who does not have an API.

These tax rates apply to importers who have a National Tax Registration Number (NPWP). Importers without an NPWP will be charged at a tax rate double the rate mentioned above.

Income Tax Article 22 (PPh Pasal 22) summary:

Item category

API Holder

Non-API with NPWP

Non-API without NPWP

Included in the appendix

7.5%

7.5%

15%

Not Included in the appendix

2.5%

7.5%

15%

This regulation went into effect January 6th 2014.

You can find a copy of the regulation and its appendix at the following link:
http://repository.beacukai.go.id/peraturan/2013/12/55ef3a28c6f4f9b484cdec6584ebff70-pmk-175.pdf

Assembly Shipment Order Compliance For Multiple Suppliers

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has released Australian Customs Notice (ACN) 2013/20 regarding Customs and Border Protection’s approach to managing cargo reporting compliance.  This has a particular impact on assembly shipment orders and the process for complying with ACBPS’ policy and legislative requirements.

Importers and exporters should be aware that ACBPS is now enforcing the requirement that every supplier must be declared on a separate air waybill.  The information will then be communicated via the cargo report to ACBPS so they can carry out a proper risk assessment and facilitate the clearance of the cargo.

All shipments arriving into Australia for one consignee that have multiple suppliers must now be shipped individually on separate air waybills from each supplier. Multiple suppliers cannot be consolidated into the same consignment under one air waybill. Preparation for assembly shipment orders must adhere to the requirement that only one supplier/consignee is permitted per air waybill.

Further Information on these changes can be found on the ACBPS website by clicking here or to view ACN 2013/20 click here.

If you would like to learn more about compliance on assembly shipment orders for multiple suppliers, please contact your local Customer Service team or your dedicated FedEx Account Sales Executive.

Increase in New Zealand Customs Service Transaction Fees and Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity

The New Zealand Customs Service and the Ministry for Primary Industries have increased their transaction fees and biosecurity levy rates to support the shared cost of implementing Tranche 1 of the Joint Border Management System (JBMS). Tranche 1 is the first phase of the JBMS program which includes the setting up of the Trade Single Window & introducing new sophisticated risk assessment and targeting tools.

JBMS is a joint initiative by New Zealand Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries to modernize and integrate New Zealand’s border clearance processes. JBMS will enable the two agencies to share processes, data and technology and this will lead to more effective, efficient and consistent processing of people, goods and craft.

Effective August 1, 2013, new Customs transaction fees and MPI biosecurity levy rate including Tranche 1 costs are as follows:

 

 

Import Entry Charges

Current Fee (incl GST)

New Fee (incl GST)

Increase

Import Entry Transaction Fee

$25.30

$29.26

$3.96

Biosecurity Entry Levy

$12.77

$17.63

$4.86

Total Import Entry Transaction Fee (IETF)

$38.07

$46.89

$8.82

       

Export Entry Charges

Current Fee (incl GST)

New Fee (incl GST)

Increase

Export Entry Transaction Fee

$14.56

$17.94

$3.38

 

All figures are GST-inclusive unless otherwise stated.

Full information on the increased fees and charges can be found on the New Zealand Customs Service and Ministry for Primary Industries websites respectively:

• http://www.customs.govt.nz/features/jointbordermanagement/Pages/default.aspx
• http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/regs/fees-and-charges

New Korea Customs Regulation on Bonded Transportation

Effective July 1, 2013, Korea Customs promulgated a new regulation prohibiting express carriers from transporting express shipments to normal bonded warehouses before customs clearance completes. Special bonded areas and Free Trade Zones are exempt from this regulation, but express shipments designated for other areas should be kept at the express carrier’s own warehouse during the clearance process. 

In light of the new regulation, FedEx Express recommends consignees in Korea to use a FedEx designated broker to clear express shipments if those shipments are transported to anywhere other than special bonded areas or Free Trade Zones. If consignees want to use another customs clearance broker to clear their express shipments, they still must keep their shipments in the FedEx Express warehouse during the clearance process and an additional storage fee will be imposed starting from the 4th day of its arrival in the FedEx warehouse.

Trial Paperless Clearance in Eastern and Northern China

Paperless customs clearance will be implemented in China in 2014. In order to ensure a smooth transition, China Customs in Beijing and Shanghai officially launched a pilot on paperless customs clearance in which FedEx is participating. FedEx in Beijing now offers paperless customs clearance for import and export shipments, which require formal customs declaration in northern China. FedEx in Shanghai offers paperless customs clearance for import shipments, which require formal customs declaration into eastern China.

During the trial period, companies which have good credit standing and fall within the A/AA/B categories, can apply for paperless clearance for shipments,* which require formal customs declaration.  

Benefits of paperless clearance are as follows:

  • You can transmit electronic documents directly in PDF format to your customs clearance broker.
  • Since hardcopy customs documentation will no longer be required, paper usage is reduced, promoting a low-carbon environment.
  • You can pick up or send shipments by submitting the electronic release information or Clearance Paperless Inspection/Release Notification Letter without having the customs stamps required for release when submitting paper documents.
  • The fully automated system simplifies the clearance procedures and reduces clearance costs for low risk shipments, resulting in greater efficiency.
  • Companies using paperless clearance will be in a better position to be upgraded to the AA category and enjoy more clearance privileges.

Business users can log onto the following websites for further instructions on the electronic declaration authorization system:

*Certain conditions apply. Kindly contact our Customer Service Team for further details.

Indonesian Custom Clearance Requirement

In order to minimize customs clearance delays when shipping to Indonesia, we would like to remind all customers to provide all the necessary and appropriate inbound documents for their shipments.

We also would like to encourage all customers to read the clearance requirement and information summary below prior shipping into Indonesia.

 

Value

Weight

Type

Documentation Required

Clearance Charges

No Limit > 100 Kg Extended Formal Entry
  • Taxpayer Identification Number/NPWP
  • Importer Identification Number/APIT
  • Power of Attorney/POA
  • Customs Identification Number/NIK
  • Other required licenses
  • Bank Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • Advance Fee (2.0% of Duties & Taxes)
  • Handling Charge (based on applicable weight break)
  • Admin Charge (IDR 40,000)
  • VAT (10% Handling Charge & Admin Charge)
  • Warehouse Charge (based on applicable weight break)
  • Additional charges will be applied for shipments selected by customs for physical inspection of content
>USD 50 < 100 Kg Simplified Formal Entry
  • Taxpayer Identification Number/NPWP
  • Importer Identification Number/APIT (Tax/PPh - 2.5%)
  • Without Importer Registration Number/APIT (Tax/PPh - 7.5%)
  • Without Taxpayer Identification Number /NPWP (Tax/PPh - 15%)
  • Bank Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • Advance Fee (2.0% of Duties & Taxes)
  • Handling Charge (IDR 250,000)
  • Admin Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • Tax / PPh (2.5% / 7.5% / 15% of Duties & Taxes)
  • VAT (10% of Advance Fee, Handling Charge & Admin Charge)
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 3 days and based on applicable weight break)
<USD 50 <100 Kg Deminimis

 

  • Handling Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • VAT (10% of Handling Charge)
No Limit > 100 Kg Free Trade Zone - P20
  • POA, Customs Release Permit from FTZ
  • FTZ Import Declaration
    Note:
    Consignee prepares the Customs Release Permit and submits it to FedEx to clear the shipment from customs
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 4 days and based on applicable weight break)
No Limit < 100 Kg Free Trade Zone - P35
  • MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with FedEx ID – annually renewed
  • POA – monthly renewed
    Note:
    FedEx Broker prepares the Customs Release Permit and clears the shipment from customs
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 4 days and based on applicable weight break)
No Limit No Limit PP8 - Diplomatic Bag
  • Import Declaration (PP8) endorsed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • POA
  • Handling Charge (IDR 250,000 if weight : 1-100kg)
  • Admin Charge (IDR 40,000)
  • VAT (10% of Handling Charge & Admin Charge)
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 3 days and based on applicable weight break)

 

  • Indonesian Customs requires labeling products in the local language (Bahasa) for importing consumer goods.
  • No Commercial Value (NCV) or 0 is not an acceptable value.
  • All non-document shipments must have an original Commercial Invoice. Multiple piece shipments also require a packing list clearly stating the contents of each piece and a Commercial Invoice should be itemized so Customs can match the packing list to the Commercial Invoice. It is recommended for the shipper to provide the harmonized system (HS) code on the Air Waybill & Commercial Invoice to support the clearance process.
  • USED products/shipments, regardless of value and weight, are subject to Extended Formal Entry Clearance and require a Permit from the Ministry of Trade.
  • Shipments weighing over 100kg are not allowed for individuals. Consignee must be Indonesian legal entity to receive shipments over 100kg.
  • Temporary import requires a Letter of Application for Temporary Import from the consignee addressed to the Chief of Customs explaining the details of the commodity, purpose of the import and the date when the shipment would be re-exported. The consignee needs to attach the exhibition schedule and other related paperwork required by customs. The consignee is requested to provide a Bank Guarantee that equals 100% of the total duties and taxes incurred for the shipment and a refund will be provided after re-exportation.

NOTES:

  • Seeds require an Import Permit/License from the Department of Agriculture and are subject to plant quarantine regulations (CITES).
  • Mobile phones, cell phones, and handheld computers are prohibited as personal shipments.
  • Regulations require that the importation of controlled items (food and beverages, traditional medicine, supplements, cosmetics, clothing, foot wear, electronics, mobile phones, cell phones, handheld computers and toys) can only be processed by registered importers with a special license from the Ministry of Trade. Failure to provide the license can result in return of the shipment.

As always, customers are reminded of the need to ensure your compliance with Indonesian customs laws and regulations, together with FedEx terms and conditions. Please contact your local Sales Team or Customer Service Team if you have any questions.

Indonesian Custom Clearance Requirement In order to minimize customs clearance delays when shipping to Indonesia, we would like to remind all customers to provide all the necessary and appropriate inbound documents for their shipments.

We also would like to encourage all customers to read the clearance requirement and information summary below prior shipping into Indonesia.

 

Value

Weight

Type

Documentation Required

Clearance Charges

No Limit > 100 Kg Extended Formal Entry
  • Taxpayer Identification Number/NPWP
  • Importer Identification Number/APIT
  • Power of Attorney/POA
  • Customs Identification Number/NIK
  • Other required licenses
  • Bank Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • Advance Fee (2.0% of Duties & Taxes)
  • Handling Charge (based on applicable weight break)
  • Admin Charge (IDR 40,000)
  • VAT (10% Handling Charge & Admin Charge)
  • Warehouse Charge (based on applicable weight break)
  • Additional charges will be applied for shipments selected by customs for physical inspection of content
>USD 50 < 100 Kg Simplified Formal Entry
  • Taxpayer Identification Number/NPWP
  • Importer Identification Number/APIT (Tax/PPh - 2.5%)
  • Without Importer Registration Number/APIT (Tax/PPh - 7.5%)
  • Without Taxpayer Identification Number /NPWP (Tax/PPh - 15%)
  • Bank Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • Advance Fee (2.0% of Duties & Taxes)
  • Handling Charge (IDR 250,000)
  • Admin Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • Tax / PPh (2.5% / 7.5% / 15% of Duties & Taxes)
  • VAT (10% of Advance Fee, Handling Charge & Admin Charge)
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 3 days and based on applicable weight break)
<USD 50 <100 Kg Deminimis

 

  • Handling Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • VAT (10% of Handling Charge)
No Limit > 100 Kg Free Trade Zone - P20
  • POA, Customs Release Permit from FTZ
  • FTZ Import Declaration
    Note:
    Consignee prepares the Customs Release Permit and submits it to FedEx to clear the shipment from customs
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 4 days and based on applicable weight break)
No Limit < 100 Kg Free Trade Zone - P35
  • MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with FedEx ID – annually renewed
  • POA – monthly renewed
    Note:
    FedEx Broker prepares the Customs Release Permit and clears the shipment from customs
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 4 days and based on applicable weight break)
No Limit No Limit PP8 - Diplomatic Bag
  • Import Declaration (PP8) endorsed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • POA
  • Handling Charge (IDR 250,000 if weight : 1-100kg)
  • Admin Charge (IDR 40,000)
  • VAT (10% of Handling Charge & Admin Charge)
  • Warehouse Charge (if being caged > 3 days and based on applicable weight break)

 

  • Indonesian Customs requires labeling products in the local language (Bahasa) for importing consumer goods.
  • No Commercial Value (NCV) or 0 is not an acceptable value.
  • All non-document shipments must have an original Commercial Invoice. Multiple piece shipments also require a packing list clearly stating the contents of each piece and a Commercial Invoice should be itemized so Customs can match the packing list to the Commercial Invoice. It is recommended for the shipper to provide the harmonized system (HS) code on the Air Waybill & Commercial Invoice to support the clearance process.
  • USED products/shipments, regardless of value and weight, are subject to Extended Formal Entry Clearance and require a Permit from the Ministry of Trade.
  • Shipments weighing over 100kg are not allowed for individuals. Consignee must be Indonesian legal entity to receive shipments over 100kg.
  • Temporary import requires a Letter of Application for Temporary Import from the consignee addressed to the Chief of Customs explaining the details of the commodity, purpose of the import and the date when the shipment would be re-exported. The consignee needs to attach the exhibition schedule and other related paperwork required by customs. The consignee is requested to provide a Bank Guarantee that equals 100% of the total duties and taxes incurred for the shipment and a refund will be provided after re-exportation.

NOTES:

  • Seeds require an Import Permit/License from the Department of Agriculture and are subject to plant quarantine regulations (CITES).
  • Mobile phones, cell phones, and handheld computers are prohibited as personal shipments.
  • Regulations require that the importation of controlled items (food and beverages, traditional medicine, supplements, cosmetics, clothing, foot wear, electronics, mobile phones, cell phones, handheld computers and toys) can only be processed by registered importers with a special license from the Ministry of Trade. Failure to provide the license can result in return of the shipment.

As always, customers are reminded of the need to ensure your compliance with Indonesian customs laws and regulations, together with FedEx terms and conditions. Please contact your local Sales Team or Customer Service Team if you have any questions.

FDA Amends Regulations for Medical Device Registration And Listing Requirements

On October 1, 2012 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the requirements for the registration of medical device establishments and listing of devices. The FDA now requires electronic submission of information for the registration of foreign and domestic establishments and the listing of devices unless the FDA grants a waiver and the inclusion of additional information identifying certain parties involved in the importation of the foreign establishment’s devices into the U.S.

Establishments involved in the production and distribution of medical devices intended for commercial distribution in the United States are required to register annually with the FDA. Most establishments that are required to register are also required to list the devices and the activities performed on those devices at that establishment. The FDA’s Unified Registration and Listing System (FURLS) is the internet-based system used to electronically receive this data.

Following are the key changes:

  • Electronic Submission: Domestic and foreign medical device establishments must submit registration and listing information electronically to the FDA through the FDA Unified Registration and Listing System (FURLS).
  • Additional Information: Domestic and foreign medical device establishments must provide email addresses for the official correspondent and owner-operator of the establishment and the universal resource locator (URL) of the establishment’s website.
  • Updates/Changes to Registration Information: Medical device establishments are required to update registration information within 30 days of registration.
  • Information from Foreign Establishments: Foreign medical device establishments whose medical devices are imported or offered for import to the U.S. must identify all importers known to them and provide the name of each person who imports or offers to import their device into the U.S.
  • Elimination of Exemptions:
    o Contract Manufacturers and Contract Sterilizers are required to register their establishments and list their devices.
    o Foreign establishments with devices that enter a foreign trade zone (FTZ) and re-export from the FTZ without entering the U.S. commerce are required to register and list their devices.
    o Foreign establishments importing devices under the import for export (IFE) provision are required to register and list their devices.

U.S. and Foreign Medical Device establishments should be aware of this FDA regulatory change and the importance of maintaining accurate information with FDA/FURLS. If the device establishment owner does not already have an account with the FDA, they must establish one.

Failure to keep information updated and accurate may lead to import clearance delays for medical devices.

For more information on the FDA’s overview of device regulation please click HERE. Frequently asked questions about the new device registration and listing requirements can be found by clicking HERE.

Customers shipping medical devices may also like to contact their local service agent or a FedEx representative to discuss how these FDA amendments may affect their exports.

Tips on Shipment Documentation Preparation and Import/Export Customs Declaration

China airport securities and customs authorities have tightened security inspections and checking of customs declarations for import and export shipments.

Please note the following tips to ensure smooth customs clearance and on-time shipment delivery:

  • Comply with the regulations and procedures set out by the authorities;
  • Prepare your shipment and documentation in advance, making sure all the information provided is accurate and valid;
  • Ensure that the details on your shipping documents match the items in your shipment.

    * Fill in all the necessary information – for example:
    - full and proper name of the commodities or items
    - accurate descriptions of the commodities or items
    - piece quantity, price, currency, weight, HS code, and payment settlement information about your shipments
    - contact details such as the mobile phone number of the shipper or recipient
  • Contact our Customer Service Team in advance if you have any special requirements regarding declaration for your low-value shipments.

*Failure to do so will result in shipments being caged by the China Customs and Aviation security authority. The shipper will bear legal responsibility for any inaccurately declared items.

Safety is our highest priority. Undeclared or mis-declared dangerous goods (DG) represent a danger to our customers and employees. Undeclared or mis-declared DG shipments will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken.

We thank you in advance for complying with the necessary requirements before sending your shipments.

Increase of Informal Entry Limits for Shipments imported into the U.S.

The U.S. Customs Border and Protection (CBP) has announced an increase in the value threshold for informal entry from US$2,000 to US$2,500. This final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2012, with an effective date of January 7, 2013.

Customers will no longer be required to have a surety bond on merchandise under US$2,500 and there will no longer be a minimum Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) of US$25. Customers are advised, however, to have the shipment value clearly stated on the air waybill and commercial invoice in order to facilitate clearance under the new arrangement.

CBP also proposed to remove the language requiring formal entry for certain articles that were formerly subject to absolute quotas under the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing. This is because CBP no longer requires formal entries for these articles.

With this new rule, you can now expect smoother and faster customs clearance for your shipments to U.S. For details of this final rule, please refer to the Federal Register published on December 6, 2012.

New Requirements for Lithium Battery Shipments

FedEx strictly adheres to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations and takes very seriously the safe transport of all shipments. To ensure safe delivery, all lithium battery shipments must be compliant with the new regulations set forth by the 2013 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, starting from January 1, 2013 onwards.

Key highlights of the new requirements are as follows.

Lithium Ion Batteries Section IA (UN3480, P.I. 965):

  • Shipper’s Declaration must contain net weight
  • UN Specification packaging, Packing Group II standards, is required
  • Shipment must include Class 9 label
  • DG surcharge applies

Lithium Ion Batteries Section IB (UN3480, P.I. 965):

  • Shipper’s Declaration and package must contain gross weight
  • Inner packaging and strong outer packaging must be used
  • Shipment must include Class 9 label and IATA lithium battery label
  • DG surcharge applies

Lithium Ion Batteries Section II (UN3480, P.I. 965):

  • No Shipper’s Declaration
  • Inner packaging and strong outer packaging must be used
  • Shipment must include IATA lithium battery label
  • The statement of “Lithium ion battery in compliance with Section II of PI965” must be indicated on the air waybill, when an air waybill is used.
  • No DG surcharge

Lithium metal batteries Section IA (UN3090, P.I. 968):

  • Shipper’s Declaration must contain net weight
  • UN Specification packaging, Packing Group II standards, is required
  • Shipment must include Class 9 label
  • CAO label is required
  • DG surcharge applies
  • Shipper must be on Section I (IA/IB) preapproved list

Lithium metal batteries Section IB (UN3090, P.I. 968):

  • Shipper’s Declaration and package must contain gross weight
  • Shipment must include Class 9 label and IATA lithium battery label
  • Inner packaging and strong outer packaging must be used
  • CAO label is required
  • DG surcharge applies
  • Shipper must be on Section I (IA/IB) preapproved list

Lithium metal batteries Section II (UN3090, P.I. 968):

  • No Shipper’s Declaration
  • Inner packaging and strong outer packaging must be used
  • Shipment must include IATA lithium battery label and FedEx Section II label
  • The statement of “Lithium metal battery in compliance with Section II of PI968” must be indicated on the air waybill, when an air waybill is used.
  • No DG surcharge
  • Shipper must be on Section II preapproved list

Additionally, the weight limit for Lithium batteries packaged with equipment Section II and Lithium batteries contained in equipment Section II has been limited to 5kg/package.

Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries shipped under Section I of the relevant packing instruction are fully regulated dangerous goods which must be correctly identified, classified, packaged, marked and labeled. A Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods must also be completed and signed by a trained shipper.

FedEx will not accept shipments that do not comply with the new requirements and shipments of any recalled, damaged, waste or defective lithium batteries, or any electronic product with such lithium batteries, such as laptop computers.

To view the full requirements, please click here to view the Lithium Battery Flow Chart or here for the IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document [in English only].

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About Japan consumption tax rate change from April 1st, 2014

Effective April 1st 2014, the Japanese government has enacted the law to change the consumption tax rate from 5% to 8%. As a result, the new rate will be applied for import shipments to Japan based on “import declaration date” guideline, as set by Japan Customs.

For further details, please check at Japan Customs website

http://www.customs.go.jp/news/news/consumptiontax2014/index.htm