Tips For Outbound Shipping’s Customs Declaration


szsfc   |   October 8, 2021

When you ship your goods to Europe or America, you need to master relevant customs policy and customs declaration details, here are some countries customs declaration details I summarize.
French
Value Division
Value under 22 Euro is low value, over is high value.
Customs Specifications
1 Shipments from companies to companies: declared value under 22 euros is considered as low value (free of duty and tax); Declared value over 22 euros, duties and taxes will be assessed. Same limits are applied to private individuals to companies or companies to private individuals;
2 Shipments from private individuals to private individuals: declared value under 22 euros is considered as low value (free of duty and tax); Declared value over 45 euros, duties and taxes will be assessed.
3.Matters need attention for import goods
Alcohol and Spirits/ drinks (without alcohol): only samples are accepted and declared value is under 22 euros.
Leather goods: a CITES document is mandatory for endangered species protected by the Washington Convention.
Medicines without prescription: prohibited to private individuals. Shipments must be valued under 45 euros. An import license is required from the consignee.
Shoes/Textiles/ Fabrics: if declared value is over 22 euros, a certificate of origin is required from the shipper. A pictogram or even sample is mandatory on shoes.
All video games (including software): must be enclosed with a test label, and precautionary statements as well.

Germany
Value Division
Value under 22 Euro is low value, over is high value. When you deliver your goods via DERAM and DEAM, your declared value under 22 Euro will be free of duties.
Customs information
1.No paperwork is required for shipping within the EU.
2.Airline ticket: an invoice is required if declared value is over 22 Euro.
Alcohol and Spirits: alcohol percentage must be stated in invoice, if sweetened, the percentage of sugar. Beer samples are subject to high duties and taxes depending on the quantity and percentage of alcohol.
Chemicals: a detailed description of the goods is required, Chemical product is unacceptable.
Textiles : An import license is required if country of origin is Asia, Middle East or Africa if your declared value over 22 Euro .
3.Customs declaration Deadlines: 20 Days from arrival date into Germany (including week-ends and holidays).

UK
Value Division
Value under 18 GBP or 22 Euro is low value, over is high value. When you ship your goods via RM1R or RM1, your declared value under 135 GBP will be free of duties. If you use SFC UK warehousing service, your declared value under 18 GBP will be free of VAT when your goods deliver to UK.
Customs Specifications:
1.The VAT number of the consignee is on the invoice for a fast and smooth customs clearance.
2.Medicines : consignee should provide an import license from the department of Health. For prescription drugs, a full description of the constituent parts should be shown in invoice. For personal use, I recommended you to attach a copy of the doctor’s prescription to the invoice. Delays may be expected due to customs inspection.
Textiles (finished and unfinished), Fabrics: if your declared value is over 18GBP, import license from the department of trade and industry is required from consignee.

Malta (MT)
Value Division
Value under 30 dollar is low value, over is high value.
Customs Specifications
1.Alcohol, Medical spare parts: consignee should provide import licence.
2.Textiles (finished): consignee should provide a “No objection certificate” .

Portugal (PT)
Value Division
Value under 30 dollar is low value, over 30 dollar should declare customs.
Customs Specifications
1 Parcel: commercial invoice is required, proforma invoice won’t be accepted by customs, regardless of the value.
2 CD/DVD: value of the blank diskette/CD-ROM/CD/DVD and the value of the data contained on the diskette/CD-ROM/CD/DVD must be stated separately in the 3.Textiles (finished and unfinished), Fabrics: samples must be mutilated to be unfit for resale,or else certificate of origin should be ready for value over 22 Euro.
4.Chemicals, Cosmetics: consignee should offer import license.

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