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 May 31, 2018

Australian GST on Low Value Goods – FedEx Shipping Guide

From 1 July 2018, the Australian Government will introduce a 10% goods and services tax (GST) on the sale of goods valued at AUD1,000 or less, which have been imported into Australia by consumers.

Overseas merchants with annual sales into Australia of AUD75,000 or more will be required to comply with this new legislation. For details please go to the Australian Tax Office website or send an email to AustraliaGST@ato.gov.au.

This new legislation also requires merchants to provide relevant tax information to the transporter of low value goods. FedEx will collect this information electronically via its FedEx shipping software programs. Please click here for the shipping guide on low value goods to Australia.

 


 

Posted on January 30, 2018

Handling of Shipments Related to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics/ Paralympics in South Korea (updated)

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic and Paralympic games will take place in South Korea from February 9 to February 25 and March 9 to March 18, 2018 respectively.

Shipments brought into South Korea for Pyeongchang Olympic/Paralympic purposes are subject to Special Exemption Procedures (SEP), which gives exemptions on duties and taxes. There is no need to apply for SEP for goods for personal use that are valued under USD150 as these are tax exempt.

According to the official guideline by the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), only the official logistic supplier, Hanjin Transportation (Hanjin), offers SEP on duties and taxes at an additional charge.

Customers who ship Olympic and Paralympic-related materials to South Korea should indicate “POCOG SEP APPLY” on the consignee section of the air waybill and commercial invoice of their shipments. This is a requirement by POCOG to apply for SEP and helps us identify applicable shipments.

Upon arrival of applicable shipments, FedEx will contact recipients for confirmation and forward applicable shipments to Hanjin for SEP customs clearance and domestic delivery. The SEP-related costs will be charged directly by Hanjin, and FedEx will not be able to refund any portion of shipping charges for those shipments.

From February 1 till March 18, 2018, FedEx Express is unable to transport any shipments to the Olympics/Paralympics restricted areas in South Korea as the only the official transportation supplier is permitted access. FedEx provides consignees with the option to receive their shipments outside the restricted areas without an additional charge. FedEx will directly contact the consignee in Korea before a shipment’s delivery and provide detailed information about how to receive the shipment outside the restricted areas.

 


 

Posted on December 15, 2017

Changes of duty and tax exemption for imports to Taiwan

The Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance of Taiwan amended the "Regulations Governing Customs Clearance Procedures for Air Express Consignments". Effective 1 January 2018, the de minimis amount for import low-value duty-free consignment will be NTD$ 2,000, down from NTD$ 3,000.

If you have any questions about the regulatory changes, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

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Regulatory changes of duty and tax exemption for imports to Taiwan

Posted on June 28, 2017

Effective 1 July 2017, the Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance of Taiwan will exclude frequent importers who enjoyed the duty and tax exemption for shipments with a dutiable value of less than NTD$ 3,000. A frequent shipper is defined as one who imports six shipments or above within six months into Taiwan. The observation periods are fixed for every six months, January-June and July-December. Shipment counts will be reset to zero every January 1 and July 1.

The MINISTRY OF FINANCE Order is hereby given for the promulgation of the definition of the term "frequently imported" stipulated under Paragraph 2, Article 49 of "Customs Act" (promulgation shall be effective from 1 July 2017).

If you have any questions about the regulatory changes, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

Regulation change on express shipments to South Korea (Effective July 1, 2017)

Posted on June 26, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, Korea Customs Service (KCS) will apply the formal entry process on any import express shipments to South Korea that have an incomplete consignee address or incomplete telephone number on customs documents, regardless of the declared value. The formal entry process will take at least one day longer for customs clearance than the informal entry process, which is normally applied to express shipments valued less than USD 150 (or USD 200 from the U.S.).

In order to avoid delays for your shipments to South Korea, please include an accurate and complete consignee address and telephone number on your air waybill and/or commercial invoice.

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