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 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Stand-alone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480, PI 965, Section IA, IB and Section II) are forbidden as cargo on passenger aircraft.
  3. 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”
  4. 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:

       -  transportation to the destination country
       -  transportation from the destination country
       -  any customs duties & taxes FedEx has already been assessed by destination customs for the shipment.

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Shipments from Egypt and Bangladesh prohibited into Australia

Posted on December 22, 2015

The Australian Government implemented restrictions on December 17, 2015 regarding the carriage of air cargo originating from, or transiting through Egypt, Syria, Bangladesh, Yemen, or Somalia.

Because transportation of goods from Somalia, Syria, and Yemen are already prohibited by FedEx Express, the focus is on Bangladesh and Egypt.

The restrictions will be implemented through legislative instruments made by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, under Section 65B (2) (b) of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004. The instruments came into force on Saturday 19 December 2015, and will remain in-force until such instruments are revoked.

Air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Egypt; or Bangladesh will be prohibited. These restrictions apply equally to air cargo carried on passenger and freighter aircraft.

FedEx Express will cease picking up ANY shipments that originate in Bangladesh or Egypt and are destined for or transiting through any Australian destination. This prohibition will take place Saturday, December 19, 2015 as per the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 cited above.

The primary destination that receives transit shipments on a regular basis through Australia is New Zealand. Even though some shipment exceptions exist by the Aviation Transport Security Act regulations, the FedEx Express policy will prohibit the pick-up of ALL shipments that originate in Bangladesh or Egypt and are destined for or transiting through Australia, which includes shipments destined for New Zealand.

Non-compliance with the instrument or restrictions set out in the instruments is an offence of strict liability under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004.

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

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)
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)
Export Entry Transaction Fee $14.56 $17.94 $3.38


All figures are in New Zealand dollars and 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:

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