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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Philippines Bureau of Customs Mandates Electronic Filing of Export Declarations for Commercial Air Shipments

Posted on March 14, 2016

The Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) has released Customs Memorandum Circular (CMC) 23-2016, mandating the electronic filing of export declarations for commercial air shipments via BOC-accredited value-added service providers (VASP), before these shipments can be loaded onto an aircraft for transport.

The CMC was signed on February 29, 2016, and takes effect 15 days from its approval.

We would like to remind shippers with export commercial shipments to register in the BOC’s Client Profile Registration System (CPRS) at their respective accrediting government agencies (Refer to Table 1).

Once registered and approved by the agencies, shippers can electronically lodge export declarations through a VASP, as well as settle the payment of export fees, documentary stamp fees, and other charges associated with their export shipment.

Should an exporter fail to register, or should this BOC memorandum take effect while the exporter’s application is still pending with the respective accrediting agency, the exporter is required to obtain a certification from the accrediting agency allowing for manual filing of export declaration of commercial shipments.

Should you have any questions please call our Customer Service Hotline.

For PLDT, Sun and Smart subscribers: 1800.10.46.33339

For Globe subscribers: 1800.8.46.33339

For other network subscribers: 045.4993900

 

Table 1: Bureau of Customs - CPRS Registration

 

Customer Enterprise Nature

Accrediting Government Agency

BOI-registered enterprises

Board of Investments (BOI)

PEZA-registered enterprises

Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)

Freeport locators

Respective Freeport authority:

  • Clark – Clark Development Corp. (CDC)
  • Subic – Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)
  • Cagayan – Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA)
  • Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) – Regional Economic Zone Authority (REZA-ARMM)

All Other Exporters

(not registered with the BOI, PEZA, or freeport authorities)

Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT)

Prohibition of the Import of Used Information Technology Products to Vietnam (Effective December 15, 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.

The Korea postal code system will change from 6 digits to 5 digits as of August 1, 2015: Until further notice, continued use of the 6-digit postal codes is required to process FedEx shipments to and from Korea

Starting August 1, 2015, the existing 6-digit postal code system in Korea, which is based on the administrative units, will be changed to a 5-digit postal code system based on geographic features.

While FedEx works on updating its internal system to accommodate to the new 5-digit postal codes, FedEx requests customers continue to use the existing 6-digit postal codes on shipping documents for all shipments to and from Korea and in all FedEx shipping tools including ‘Get Rates & Transit Times’ and ‘Schedule and Manage Pickups’. Before submitting the documentation to the Korea Customs Service, FedEx will convert the 6-digit postal codes to the 5-digit postal codes in order to facilitate a smooth customs clearance.

Please click here to refer to the 6-digit codes based on 5-digit postal codes.
For any further inquiries, please contact your local Customer Service team.

New Restrictions in Shipping Lithium Ion / Lithium Metal Batteries to and from Cebu, Philippines

Effective immediately, FedEx will only accept inbound and outbound shipments to and from Cebu containing lithium ion or lithium metal batteries if they are compliant with the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods numbers 3481 and 3091 (UN3481 and UN3091).

Shipments must follow the applicable rules and guidelines of handling of lithium batteries specified in the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations.

For more information visit this link.

Should you have further questions about this matter, please call our Philippine Customer Service Hotlines:
For PLDT, Sun, Smart Subscribers: 1800.10.46.33339
For Globe Subscribers: 1800.8.46.33339
For Other Network Subscribers: 045.4993900

Release of Philippine BOC Regulated Imports List

The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has published a “Regulated Imports List” that defines all the regulated imports into the Philippines. The list provides specific details on which items are controlled, the appropriate regulating government agency, and the relevant permits required before the shipment can be cleared by the BOC.

Strict enforcement of the Regulated Imports List will be effective on Monday, May 4, 2015. You can find the list and the accompanying user guide using the following links:

Regulated Imports List: http://customs.gov.ph/regulated-imports-list-2015-04-06/

User guide: http://customs.gov.ph/users-guide-to-the-bureau-of-customs-regulated-imports-list/

Should you have any further questions about this matter please call our Customer Service hotlines.

For PLDT, Sun and Smart subscribers: 1800.10.46.33339

For Globe subscribers: 1800.8.46.33339

For other network subscribers: 045.4993900

Local Processing Fees for Subic Exports

Effective March 15, 2015, the local processing fee for export shipments from registered locators in Subic Freeport Zone (customers who have been duly registered with PEZA and are located inside the Subic Freeport Zone) using the FedEx prepayment account will be charged at PhP145.00.

 

Should you have any further questions about this matter, please call our Customer Service hotlines.

 

For PLDT, Sun and Smart subscribers: 1800.10.46.33339

For Globe subscribers: 1800.8.46.33339

For other network subscribers: 045.4993900

Regulation change on lithium metal battery shipments

Due to an ICAO/IATA regulation prohibiting the transport of lithium metal batteries on passenger aircraft effective January 1, 2015, there will be certain restrictions in destinations where FedEx is able to accept lithium metal battery shipments.

This restriction only applies to lithium metal batteries shipped by themselves and does not apply to batteries packed with equipment or contained in equipment.

For further information, please contact our customer service team.

 

For PLDT, Sun and Smart subscribers: 1800.10.46.33339

For Globe subscribers: 1800.8.46.33339

For other network subscribers: 045.4993900

The Philippine Bureau of Customs Change in Fee Structure for Informal Shipments

The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued a Customs Administrative Order (CAO No. 08-2014) on the new guidelines regarding the imposition of Customs Documentary Stamp Tax and Import Processing Fee for the informal entry shipments importation.

As per CAO No. 08-2014, the Customs Documentary Stamp Tax has been reduced to PHP 15.00 and the Import Processing Fee will cease to be collected, effective December 29, 2014.

Should you have any further questions about this matter please call our Customer Service hotlines.

 

For PLDT, Sun and Smart subscribers: 1800.10.46.33339

For Globe subscribers: 1800.8.46.33339

For other network subscribers: 045.4993900

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 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.

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 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)

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:

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.

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.

Indonesia 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 >= 100Kg 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 shipment selected by customs for physical inspectino of content
>USD 50 < 100Kg 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 < 100Kg Deminimis -
  • Handling Charge (IDR 50,000)
  • VAT (10% of Handling Charge)
No Limit >= 100Kg 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 < 100Kg Free Trade Zone -P35
  • MoU (Memorandun 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.

New Indonesia Regulations On the Importation of Controlled Items

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade has recently issued Regulation 83/M-DAG/PER/12/2012, which regulates the importation of controlled items. Commodities included as controlled items are food and beverages, traditional medicine, supplements, cosmetics, clothing, footwear, electronics and toys.

Under this new regulation the importation of controlled items can only be conducted by registered importers with a special license from the Ministry of Trade. Failure to provide the license can result in the return of the shipment.

To avoid such incidences, FedEx recommends that customers shipping controlled items to Indonesia obtain all the necessary licenses and ensure all the required documents accompany the related commodities.

FedEx recommends that shippers take note of the following requirements:

To get an importer registration number for a controlled item, the importer must submit a written request to the Indonesian Ministry of Trade with the following:

  • Copy of the importer identification number (API), customs identification number (NIK), and special importer identification number (NPIK) for the importation of controlled products affected by mandatory NPIK provisions
  • Company registration certificate (TDP)
  • Taxpayer identification number (NPWP)
  • One year import plan, which includes the quantity, type of product, the 10 digit HS code and port of entry

Other key points:

  • Every import activity for controlled items will be verified at the origin country by a surveyor. A surveyor must have at least five years of import experience, a branch or representatives and a network abroad.
  • A registered importer for controlled items must send an import execution report every three months.
  • The license will be revoked for failure to submit an import execution report twice and/or not importing controlled items over a six-month period.

You can find the details of the regulation at this link (Bahasa Indonesia only):
http://jdih.kemendag.go.id/files/regulasi/2012/12/27/83m-dagper122012-id-1357216524.pdf

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

Germany implements declaration requirement for wood packaging material (WPM) and dunnage

As of February 1, 2013, Germany requires mandatory declaration for all imports, which contain wood packaging material (WPM) and dunnage (e.g. used to build ULDs), to the national authority responsible for the point of entry. This requirement applies only to solid wood more than 6mm thick from non-EU countries. It does not apply to materials originating in Switzerland. Transit or transload shipments cleared for transit bond within Germany are not affected.

The declaration has to be made electronically by FedEx before customs clearance and must contain the following data elements:
- Shipper address
- Consignee address
- HS code
- AWB number
- IPPC-stamp (International Plant Protection Convention) (Yes/No)
- Type of treatment performed in the country of origin (Heat treated or fumigated)

The shipper must provide this information on the commercial invoice, other shipping documentation or on a separate statement accompanying the shipment. Physical spot checks can be made by the authority. Shipments may be delayed one day.

Shipments without the IPPC-stamp cannot be imported to Germany.

New Indonesia Regulations on the Importation and Distribution of Cell Phones, Laptops, and Tablet Computers

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade recently issued Regulation 82/M-DAG/PER/12/2012, which regulates the importation and distribution of cell phones, laptops, and tablet computers.

This new regulation allows only registered importers with a special license from the Ministry of Trade to import cell phones, laptops and tablet computers and mandates that registered importers hold contracts with at least three local distributors. The personal importation of cell phones, laptops, and tablet computers is prohibited. Failure to have and provide the special license can result in the return of the shipment.

To avoid such incidences, FedEx recommends that all customers shipping cell phones, laptops, and tablet computers to Indonesia obtain all necessary licenses and ensure the required documents accompany the related commodities.

FedEx recommends that shippers take note of the following requirements:

To be able to import cell phones, laptops and tablet computers, the importer must have:

  • An importer registration number for cell phones, laptops and tablet computers (for the company);
  • A cell phone, laptop and tablet computer import agreement (the license to import); and,
  • The imported product registration mark for cell phones, laptops and tablet computers (for the product).

To get an importer registration number for cell phones, laptops and tablet computers, the importer must have:

  • An importer identification number (API), a customs identification number, and a special importer identification number for electronics and its components;
  • Proof of a cooperation agreement with at least three distributors;
  • A testament of experience as a cell phone, laptop and tablet computer importer;
  • A testament of experience as a cell phone, laptop and tablet computer distributor for at least three years; and,
  • The importer registration number for cell phones, laptops and tablet computers will be valid for 2 years only.

To get a cell phone, laptop and tablet computer import agreement, the importer must have:

  • An importer registration number for cell phones, laptops and tablet computers;
  • An imported product identification mark from the Indonesian Ministry of Industry;
  • Valid certification for telecommunication devices and equipment from the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information;
  • A label in Bahasa Indonesia;
  • A proof of appointment letter from the foreign principal, validated by a local state notary and commerce attaché/diplomatic official;
  • A plan to import the goods within one year; and,
  • A statement from the foreign principal validating the one-year plan.

Other key points:

  • Imported cell phones, laptops and tablet computers can only be distributed to the distributor, not directly to the consumer or retailer.
  • The regulation also applies to cell phones, laptops and tablet computers shipped to free trade zones and free ports.
  • Every import activity for cell phones, laptops and tablet computers will be verified at the origin country by a surveyor. A surveyor must at least have five years of import experience and have a branch or representatives and network abroad.
  • A registered importer of cell phones, laptops and tablet computers must send a monthly report.
  • The license will be revoked after two failures to submit the monthly report or for not importing cell phones, laptops or tablet computers within a six-month period.

You can download the details of the regulation from this link (Bahasa Indonesia only):
http://jdih.kemendag.go.id/files/regulasi/2012/12/27/82m-dagper122012-id-1356683783.pdf


For further enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team.

Mandatory Use of EORI Number in the EU

Since July 1, 2009, the European Union (EU) legislation has required that all member states adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) scheme.

All Economic Operators (defined as natural or legal persons whose businesses are regulated by EU Customs legislation) need to use their unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international movement of goods. This means that anyone involved with export, transit or import operations need to have such a number.

The unique EORI number is allocated to each Economic Operator in the EU and must be used in all member states in which they operate.

All EU exporters/shippers or EU importers/consignees must have their EORI number readily available and communicated to FedEx prior to shipping. Customers are also encouraged to document their EU customers' EORI for all transactions to, from and within EU member states.

Shippers to the EU are also advised to quote the recipients and/or importer’s EORI number on the shipment documentation. EU exporters are requested to quote their EORI on the shipment documentation.

For more details on EORI can be found in the EU EORI guidelines or on the EU Commission’s website.

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:
    - Contract Manufacturers and Contract Sterilizers are required to register their establishments and list their devices.
    - 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.
    - 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 takes the safe transport of all shipments very seriously and strictly adheres to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations. We want to make you aware of the new lithium battery shipments requirements set forth by the 2013 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which has come into effect on January 1, 2013.

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 of lithium batteries in the shipment
  • 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 of lithium batteries in the shipment
  • 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 required
  • 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 of lithium batteries in the shipment
  • UN Specification packaging, Packing Group II standards, is required
  • Shipment must include Class 9 label
  • ICAO 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 of lithium batteries in the shipment
  • Shipment must include Class 9 label and IATA lithium battery label
  • Inner packaging and strong outer packaging must be used
  • ICAO 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 required
  • 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

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

Lithium ion and lithium metal batteries shipped under Section I 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 DG 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, including 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].

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your FedEx Sales Representative or your local FedEx Customer Service team.

Launch of Shipment Declaration System by China Customs

The General Administration of Customs in China recently launched a new Shipment Declaration System.

Effective August 8, 2012, the Declaration Elements or the description of the goods, need to be clearly defined for each commodity that is imported or exported as a formal entry shipment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in customs delays.

For more details, please visit hscode.net. Please note that the Data Elements requirements vary according to the commodity being shipped.

We look forward to being of service to you again soon.

Customs Department of Thailand Tightens Regulations on Inbound Food and Drug Related Shipments

The Customs Department of Thailand has imposed stringent measures on food and drug related shipments imported into Thailand.

All food and drug related shipments imported into Thailand, including, but not limited to, medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, food, drinks, supplementary products, vitamins, and cosmetics, must be accompanied by the appropriate license regardless of value and weight.

Non-compliant shipments may risk being destroyed or returned to the sender within 5 business days unless permits and supporting documents are provided to fulfill Food and Drug Association’s (FDA) requirements.

FedEx therefore recommends that shippers take note of the following Customs requirements:

Product Types

Customs Requirements

Personal / Commercial Use


Medicine & Pharmaceuticals

Consignee is required to have an Import license or doctor’s prescription with specific patient information prior to shipment arrival

Supplements & Vitamins


Consignee is required to have an Import license or consignee certified letter with statement “Not for sale and the purpose of import” prior to shipment arrival


Medical Equipment


Consignee is required to have an Import license or consignee certified letter with statement “Not for sale” and doctor’s prescription with specific patient information prior to shipment arrival


Food


Consignee is required to have an Import license or consignee certified letter with statement “Not for sale and the purpose of import” prior to shipment arrival


Cosmetics


Consignee is required to have an Import license or consignee certified letter with statement “Not for sale and the purpose of import” prior to shipment arrival


Drugs

Only imported by FDA


Dangerous Goods

Only imported by FDA


Active Objects (Psychotropic Substances)

Only imported by FDA

 

To avoid potential risks and to ensure your shipments can be delivered in a timely manner, the following documents are required:

  1. Statement of import purpose (original copy)
  2. Import license/purchase order (issued by Food and Drugs Association of Thailand)
  3. Authorization document allowing FedEx to process the shipment through the Food and Drugs Association of Thailand on behalf of the importer

    - Power of attorney statement
    - Company Registration from Ministry of Commerce
    - Copy of Identity Document of all authorized personnel according to the Company Registration from Ministry of Commerce
    - Copy of Identity Document of two witnesses

For further enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team.

The 2012 Australian Customs Tariff Act Amendment

On 1 January 2012, the Customs Harmonized System (HS) will be amended. In response to the HS 2012 amendments, the Australian Customs Tariff Act has been updated to mirror the changes in HS 2012.

The amended Australian Customs Tariff Act contains approximately 800 amendments and it is recommended that customers also update their internal system to reflect the change in the HS codes and facilitate smooth clearance of commodities.

While the volume of amendments is substantial, there should be no change in the amount of duty exporters and importers are currently paying. The clearance of imported and exported goods is not impacted by the amended Customs Tariff Act.

For more information on the amended 2012 Australian Customs Tariff Act, please visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website www.customs.gov.au or call 1300 363 263.

Customers may also like to contact their local service agent or a FedEx representative to discuss how the amended tariff classification may influence their existing tariff data categorization.

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