Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications
Effective January 1, 2017, shipments containing Power Banks must be classified as batteries, assigned as UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, where applicable, and prepared in accordance with the “2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document” published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“Power Banks" are portable devices containing a lithium battery or batteries with a circuit to control the power flow. They are designed to be able to charge consumer devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Power Banks must therefore be tendered as fully regulated Section IA or IB UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, whichever is applicable, for transport in the FedEx system. All UN 3090 Power Banks are subject to the FedEx pre-approval process.
For your reference, the following are examples of common types of Power Banks:
Universal Power Bank. This comes in many sizes and configurations, which can be tailored to the needs of the user and device. This item typically has a Mini or Micro-USB socket for charging and full-sized USB sockets for discharging.
Solar-Charged Power Bank. This has photovoltaic panels, which can trickle-charge the internal battery when placed in sunlight.
Battery Phone Case. While this older style can be handy, it has very narrow device compatibility.
Please refer to the 2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document for further information as to how these devices must be classified and prepared for air transport.
Should you have any questions, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service team and ask to speak with a Dangerous Goods specialist.
Shipping Regulatory Update
To obtain clearance status of import shipments, customers can visit http://beacukai.go.id/barangkiriman.
To check non-document shipments, customer can directly enter FedEx air waybill number into the provided field. To check document shipments, please reach out to FedEx Customer Service to obtain the consolidated document submission number that will be used as tracking number. Please be advised that this tracker is valid only for non-formal (non-PIB) clearance type.
Customer can also find the link on fedex.com/id home page under "Useful Link".
The Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance of Taiwan amended the "Regulations Governing Customs Clearance Procedures for Air Express Consignments". Effective 1 January 2018, the de minimis amount for import low-value duty-free consignment will be NTD$ 2,000, down from NTD$ 3,000.
If you have any questions about the regulatory changes, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.
Effective July 1, 2017, Korea Customs Service (KCS) will apply the formal entry process on any import express shipments to South Korea that have an incomplete consignee address or incomplete telephone number on customs documents, regardless of the declared value. The formal entry process will take at least one day longer for customs clearance than the informal entry process, which is normally applied to express shipments valued less than USD 150 (or USD 200 from the U.S.).
In order to avoid delays for your shipments to South Korea, please include an accurate and complete consignee address and telephone number on your air waybill and/or commercial invoice.
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