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 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.

 


 

Posted on December 6, 2017

Malaysia increases de minimis value of imports

Towards making Malaysia a regional e-commerce hub, the Ministry of Finance has made an announcement in Malaysia’s 2018 Budget to increase in de minimis value of imports from RM500 to RM800. Effective immediately, importation goods will be exempted from duties and/or goods services tax (GST) with the following conditions:

De Minimis Value of Import

Duties and Tax Exemptions Entitlement

Below RM 500

  • Exemption from Import Duties & GST

  • No submission of K1 form is required

From RM501 to RM800

  • Exemption from Import Duties Only

  • GST is chargeable

  • Submission of K1 form is required

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

 


 

Posted on June 26, 2017

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

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

Posted on December 22, 2016

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.

De Minimis Tax Exemption Provision on imports into the Philippines

Posted on November 8, 2016

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 http://customs.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CAO-2-2016-ONAR-DE-MINIMIS.pdf

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

New Regulations on the Importation of Forestry Products into Indonesia

Posted on May 5,2016

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

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