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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Road name address requirement for shipments to and from Korea

Effective November 3, 2014, Korea Customs Service (KCS) fully enforce the use of a road name address for all import and export shipments requiring customs declaration in Korea. This mandate is in accordance with the new address system based on road names and building numbers, which the Korean government put into effect on January 1, 2014.

To avoid customs delays due to noncompliance with the use of a road name address, please provide a road name address on the air waybill and commercial invoice for all shipments to and from Korea.

You may find road name addresses corresponding to the old land-oriented lot-number addresses on the address conversion site at (http://eng.juso.go.kr/openEngPage.do)

Examples of road name addresses:

 

(Old) Land-oriented lot number address

(New) Road name address

337-2, Yangjam-li, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

415, Jeokdol-gil, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

77-6, Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

209, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul

1583-10, Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul

58, Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul

 


 

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.

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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.

Original identification card or passport is required for e-Customs (Paperless)

Registration According to Customs Notification No. 28/2555 e-Customs (Paperless) Registration, an importer/exporter must register to use the e-Customs system prior to importing/exporting any shipments to/from Thailand.

Effective immediately, Customs has strengthened the registration requirements pertaining to the submission of the original identification card or passport and all the pages of a company's business registration.

Customs requires an importer/exporter to provide the following:

Type of Customer New Requirements
Corporate Customers original identification card or passport of authorized person; complete pages of business registration
Personal Customers original identification card or passport of authorized person

For further enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team at 1782 or 1800 236 236.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Dangerous Goods Shippers Accreditation

 

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)

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 clickhere

If you would like to learn more about compliance on assemble shipment orders for multiple suppliers, please contact your 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:

•    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.

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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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://inatrade.kemendag.go.id/referensi/download.php?filedown=153.pdf&id=2

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://inatrade.kemendag.go.id/referensi/download.php?filedown=151.pdf&id=2


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.

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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 at 13 26 10. 

 

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Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) Shipment Restrictions Into The EU

We would like to alert you of certain restrictions when sending a Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipment to an EU country.


DDP refers to shipments where the shipper is obligated to deliver the goods to their destination already cleared for importation. The shipper bears all risks and costs, including transportation charges, duties and taxes and other charges payable upon export and import of the goods.

DDP shipments require that customs clearance is carried out by the shipper. However, it is not always legally possible for the shipper to arrange customs clearance in EU countries. It is also important to note that customs requirements for DDP imports are not the same in all EU countries.

Please therefore note the following in relation to DDP shipments:

  • Shipper needs to be Importer of Record (IOR)

The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden require that the IOR must be the shipper in the origin country.

  • Indicate the destination city next to the DDP incoterm

Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Romania specifically require the destination city to be indicated next to the DDP Incoterm, e.g. “DDP, Berlin”.

  • Indicate freight cost and duties & taxes on the Commercial Invoice

Austria, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta and the Netherlands require the freight cost and duties & taxes charges to be mentioned separately on the commercial invoice.

If a DDP shipment is non-compliant, customs may disregard the fact that the shipment is DDP. Depending on customs’ decision, this may result in different delivery conditions.

For further information about DDP shipments and a copy of Incoterms® 2010 provided by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), please log on to http://www.iccwbo.org/incoterms/.

It is recommended that before you send DDP shipments to EU countries, you verify the local customs requirements of the specific EU destination country.

 

Specific EU country requirements for DDP shipments

 

 

Country

 

Shipper is IOR

 

Indicate Name of Destination Next to the DDP Incoterm

 

Indicate Freight Cost on Commercial Invoice

 

Remarks

Austria

 

X

X

 

Belgium

 

 

 

DDP is not in the clearance system. CIF needs to be applied

Bulgaria

 

 

 

 

Czech Republic

 

X

 

 

Germany

X

X

 

 

Denmark

X

 

 

 

Estonia

 

 

 

Broker to be appointed

Spain 

 

 

X

 

Finland

 

 

 

 

France

 

 

X

 

Greece

 

 

 

Only for exceptional cases where recipient accepts IOR status

Hungary

 

 

 

Recipient needs to give POA and act as IOR

Ireland

 

 

 

 

Italy

 

 

 

 

Lithuania

 

 

 

DDP not accepted. Recipient or broker needs to pay duties and taxes.

Luxembourg

 

 

X

 

Latvia

 

X

X

 

Malta

 

 

X

 

Netherlands

X

 

X

 

Poland

 

X

 

 

Romania

 

X

 

 

Sweden 

X

 

 

 

Slovak Republic

 

 

 

Recipient needs to give POA and act as IOR

Slovenia

 

 

 

DDP not accepted. Recipient needs to pay duties and taxes

United Kingdom

 

 

 

If no freight cost is shown on the Commercial Invoice, CIF will be applied.

Switzerland

 

 

 

 

Norway

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

* IOR refers to Importer of Record
** CIF refers to Cost of Insurance and Freight
*** POA refers to Power of Attorney

 

 

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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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