Denmark Country Snapshot

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Country Information

Capital: Copenhagen
Population: 5,580,516 (est.)
Language: Danish, Faeroese, Greenland (an Inuit dialect), German. English is the predominant second language.
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: Danish Kroner (DKK)
Time Zone Central European Time (CET) daylight savings time is observed from the end of March until the end of October (CET + 1). 
Denmark CET + 1

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Trade Group Member

Denmark is a member of a number of international economic organizations including the: 

European Union

Since 1957, the European Union allows for the free movement of goods between Denmark and the other member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Croatia and United Kingdom. The European Union has numerous bilateral and multilateral agreements, such as the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (formerly the Multi-Fiber Agreement), PECO countries Agreement, Israel Agreement, Turkey Agreement, Baltic Sea countries Agreement, European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland). All these agreements are grouped under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization (WTO). All agreements ratified by European Union Executive Commission automatically apply to all EU member states. Exemption or reduced tariff is applicable only to qualified members under the agreement as originating goods.

World Trade Organization

Established in 1995, the WTO has a membership of over 140 countries. It is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters and importers conduct their business.

World Customs Organization

The WCO aids the national economic wealth and social protection of its members by promoting honest, transparent and predictable Customs. Established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council, the WCO is an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. With 164 Member Governments, it is the only inter-governmental worldwide organization competent in Customs matters.

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The mission of the OPCW is to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention in order to achieve the OPCW's vision of a world free of chemical weapons, and a world in which co-operation in chemistry for peaceful purposes for all is fostered. In doing this, their ultimate aim is to contribute to international security and stability: general and complete disarmament, and global and economic development.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna

CITES was initiated in 1975 and now has a membership of 152 countries. These countries act by banning commercial international trade in an agreed list of endangered species and by regulating and monitoring trade in others that might become endangered.

Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer is a landmark international agreement designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. The treaty was originally signed in 1987 and stipulates that the production and consumption of compounds that deplete ozone in the stratosphere are to be phased out

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

The OECD groups 30 countries in an organization that, most importantly, provides governments with a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy. They compare experiences; seek answers to common problems; and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies that increasingly, in today's global economy, must form a web of even practice across nations.

Wassenaar Arrangement

Established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations. Participating states, Denmark included, will seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of theses items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities, which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.

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General Import Clearance Information

Customs Number

Clearance Process

Upon arrival in Denmark, goods may be declared for consumption, for transit, for storage, or for re-exportation. Goods entering Denmark are classified into one of two categories. For imports that originate outside the EU and that have not cleared through customs in any EU country, whether they arrive directly from a third country or have been transshipped through another EU country, formal customs clearance is required. Imports that either originate in another EU country or originate in a non-EU country but have cleared customs in another EU country are considered to be in free circulation within the EU, and no formal customs clearance is required. If the importer is not in a position to present the necessary shipping documents when the goods are being cleared or if the invoice does not contain all necessary particulars, the importer may be allowed a certain time after clearance to produce such documents. The information required in declarations varies according to the kind of goods and their tariff treatment, as well as the place of customs clearance.

EU Feed  & Food Products

The European Commission introduced increased controls on the import of feed and food products from Japan which might have been affected by the recent incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Be aware that these items will certainly incur delays and possibly also additional costs due to examination and investigation of their source. Certification and advance warning is required in order to allow the processing to proceed correctly. The measure will be valid from March 27 2011 until March 31, 2014 and will be reviewed by the European Commission on a monthly basis until further notice. This applies to concerned items either originating in or consigned from Japan.

EORI Scheme

The EU legislation requires all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) scheme.

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

A unique EORI number will be allocated to each Economic Operator in the EU, to be used in all member states in which they operate. This EORI will be used for making import, export and transit declarations.

Failure to provide an EORI number at the FedEx clearance locations when exporting out of, or importing in the EU in your name will result in customs clearance delays. For more information visit the EU Commission website on EORI.

Document Requirements

Goods that are shipped to a Danish customs area without proper import licenses or declarations are usually subject to considerable delay and may run up substantial demurrage charges. Prior to making shipments, exporters should ensure that the importer has obtained the necessary licenses. Several different forms of documentation may be required for shipments to Denmark:

Sanitary Certificates - Animal and Plant Health Inspections certificates are required for the importation of living plant material, including plants, plant products and seeds into Denmark. Health inspection requirements also govern the importation of animals and parts of animals, including meat products, skins, hides and similar products, marine mammals, fish, crustaceans, or mollusks and parts thereof.

Pharmaceutical Certificates - These certificates are required by Danish Customs for drugs and certain sanitary items. A standard analysis bulletin issued by the manufacturer, listing the product composition, is acceptable for customs purposes.

Bills of Lading - No special regulations

Certificates of Origin - Certificates of Origin maybe required for the importation of textile products valued at or over 45 Euro. Exceptions from this includes: textiles products falling under section XI of the Nomenclature, marked and mutilated samples; luggage made up of textile materials, canvas bags, bona-fide gifts and personal effects. The country of origin is required to be stated on the Commercial Invoice. If preferential duty is being claimed, supporting documents such as a Form A is required. 

Certificate of Origin Form A - A Certificate of Origin Form A may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements of Generalized System of Preferences. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in the possession of the Importer at the time of entry. The origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

EUR 1 form Import - An EUR 1 form may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under various bilateral agreements by the European Union countries and some specific countries or groups of countries. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in possession of the Importer at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

EUR 1 form Export - An EUR 1 form may be from the European Union to some countries to claim preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements as per the above paragraph.

Quotas - Quotas have been assigned by the European Union to specific countries for specific products, which allow for the controlled importation of specific products.

Commercial Invoices - Invoices are required for all dutiable shipments relating to commercial transactions between companies, companies and individuals, regardless of the value. Commercial invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction. It must be in Danish for export shipments or accompanied by a translation. Specific invoice details are required for a number of commodities including the following:

  • Textiles - the fabric breakdown, whether knit or woven, for clothing articles, and the gender
  • Marked/mutilated samples - the words "mutilated samples" or " marked samples, not for resale" as applicable
  • Software on CD's and floppy disks - The value of software must be shown separately from software support

Dangerous Goods Certification - In addition to the standard documentation noted above, some goods might require a DG certification. Examples include: perfumes, liquor, chemicals, etc.

Air Waybill - An air waybill or carriers certificate (naming the consignee for customs purposes) is required as evidence of the consignee's right to make entry.

Declaration of Antiquity - A declaration must be shown on the invoice for goods over 100 years old. The statement must include the words " circa date" followed by the year of manufacture whether known or estimated.

Customs Valuation

All goods categorized, as non-document commercial goods shipped to Denmark must have a proper value declared and proper description provided which should convey the shipper's intent related to the goods as well as any special processing requirements that exist for the goods shipped. Everything has a value, whether or not a transaction took place. Failure to properly document value of any goods will result in delays and or additional fees as deemed necessary in addition to warehouse fees.

Duties are levied on a CIF basis and adhere to Article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade concerning customs valuation.

Ad Valorem Duties

The agreement stipulates five methods for the determination of customs valuation in descending order of application. The first states that customs valuation is the transaction value, i.e., the price actually paid or payable for the goods by foreign importers, plus certain cost and expenses. For the transaction value to be acceptable, certain conditions must be met, notably that the buyer and seller be unrelated. If the first method is rejected by Customs, other means may be adopted to establish customs value as follows: transaction value of identical goods; transaction value of similar goods; deductive method, i.e., the resale price, less such costs as customs duties, taxes, and commissions; or computed value, utilizing cost of production, profit, and other expenses. The agreement further provides customs valuation based on either FOB or CIF value. Other areas are covered, such as rapidity of clearance of goods, currency convertibility, appeal privileges and rights, and publication of laws and regulations.

Import Duties

Denmark, like most member states of the European Community, bases its Harmonized Tariff Schedule on the TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Community) which is issued by the Commission and the Member States for the purpose of applying Community measures relating to import and exports as well as trade between member states. The TARIC also serves as a basis for the working tariffs and tariff file of Denmark and other Member States. Denmark has the best record of all the European Union (EU) countries regarding single market and non-tariff barrier policies. As a member of the EU, common external duty tariffs apply to all products imported from non-EU countries. The Customs procedures for Denmark, including classification and valuation are governed by EU rules. Once goods have cleared customs in one European Union country they may circulate freely within the union. Duties typically vary from 5 to 14% on industrial goods. All goods and services are subject to a 25% Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT is payable on the sum of the value of the goods, plus insurance, plus freight costs, plus any duty amounts the goods may be subject to as well as all post border costs. The consignee must have an import VAT number for all shipments. If not, an administration fee of 125 (DKK) will be assessed.

Some goods are assesed duties on the basis of weight rather than value. Duties assessed in this manner usually are applied on the net weight of the goods. Wrappings or containers sold with the goods at retail are included in the dutiable weight, except in the case of manufactured tobacco and metal filament lamps. The Minister of Finance has authority to enact additional regulations governing the determination of dutiable weight.

A commercial invoice is required for all shipments with a declared value of 80 (DKK) or more. There are exceptions that require a commercial invoice regardless of value. Examples include but are not limited to: dangerous goods, drugs, food, liquor, perfume, tobacco and seeds. The consignee must be a registered importer for all commodities with a value exceeding 20,000 (DKK). Any shipment that requires an invoice must contain the following statement: "The above stated price is the same as the final price".

All shipments from Canada, China, Japan and the United States containing non-manufactured wood packing materials (NWPM) of coniferous wood, must be treated and marked as such. Denmark has very few import license requirements. However, there are a few exceptions such as: alcoholic beverages, dual-use items, select drugs and chemicals, certain food products and dangerous goods. Most imports enter under MFN Rates (Most Favored Nation) rates. Goods may be transported in-bond to another point of entry for clearance by re-manifesting (infrequent) to that location, by using house air waybills or by using T docs (EU transit system). A bonded carrier is required to transport the shipment from the point of arrival to point of clearance. Arrangements for transporting the merchandise to an interior point in-bond may be made by the consignee, by the customs broker or by any other person having sufficient interest in the goods for that purpose.

If it is desired to postpone the release of the goods, they may be placed in FedEx's cage in a bonded warehouse until the documentation has been obtained for appropriate release. If the goods are not released from Customs within 5 days, they are reported to the Customs Office warehouse and abandoned or sent back to the origin at shipper's expense. Below is a summary of the new rules for EU deminimis value that enter into effect December 1, 2008:

  • A commercial shipment below 22 Euros: no duty and no VAT collected.
  • A commercial shipment between 22 Euros and 150 Euros: no duty but VAT is collected.
  • A commercial shipment over 150 Euros: duty and VAT are collected.

It is recommended that before you send Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipments to Denmark; verify the local customs/VAT requirements at the EU destination country.

Antidumping

Antidumping or countervailing duties may be levied on foreign goods that cause, or threaten to cause, material injury to domestic industry. Dumping is considered to take place if the price at which a product is exported from a foreign country into Denmark is less than the comparable price, in the ordinary course of trade, for the like product when destined for consumption in the exporting country, or in the absence of such domestic price, is less than either the highest comparable price for the like product for export to any third country or the cost of production of the product in the country of origin plus a reasonable addition for selling cost and profit. Due allowance will be made in each case for differences in condition and terms of sale, for differences in taxation, and for other differences affecting price comparability.

No antidumping duty can be greater than the difference between the dumped price and the comparable price of the product as determined by the Minister of Finance. No countervailing duty is to be levied in excess of an amount equal to the estimated bounties or subsidies granted by a foreign country, directly or indirectly, on the manufacture, production, exportation, or transportation of the product. No antidumping or countervailing duty can be imposed for more than six months at a time.

Excise Duties

Excise taxes are assessed against certain commodities, which are normally identified as "luxury" goods. The excise tax is normally assessed against tobacco products, perfumes and alcohol products but can also be assessed against other goods as deemed by Danish regulations.

Additional Duties Countervailing

Countervailing duties are assessed to counter the effects of subsidies provided by a foreign government for merchandise exported to Denmark resulting in artificially low prices that are detrimental to Denmark and other European Union member states industries.

Watch Duty Rate

Watches imported into Denmark are subject to classification and duty assessment based on a per item basis. The actual duty and the final rate of duty are determined based on the classification of the watch at the time of entry processing with customs.

Import Taxes

Imports are subject to a value-added tax based on the CIF value plus duty. Luxury and excise taxes are levied on household appliances, tape recorders, gasoline, perfumes, tobacco, alcoholic beverages and automobiles. A fine is imposed on anyone giving incomplete or false information on statistical declarations. A false declaration of the value of goods also is punishable by fine. Antidumping or countervailing duties may be levied on foreign goods that cause, or threaten to cause, material injury to domestic industry. Dumping is considered to take place if the price at which a product is exported from a foreign country into Denmark is less than the comparable price, in the ordinary course of trade, for the like product when destined for consumption in the exporting country, or in the absence of such domestic price, is less than either the highest comparable price for the like product for export to any third country or the cost of production of the product in the country of origin plus a reasonable addition for selling cost and profit. Due allowance will be made in each case for differences in condition and terms of sale, for differences in taxation, and for other differences affecting price comparability.

Customs Fees

Invoice Fee

Customs in some situations will assess additional fees based on the invoices provided for a shipment. The fee is usually levied if they deem them necessary as part of the terms of entry due to the size of the shipment and the related large number of invoices provided by the shipper for his goods.

Examination Fees

Additional fees can be assessed on some commodities to cover the expense of performing the examinations and or testing required as a condition of the goods entry into the commerce of Denmark. Commodities affected: cosmetics, drugs, medicines and artwork.

Exchange Controls

No foreign exchange controls.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade, as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures, go to http://www.wto.org/index.htm

Consular Fees

There are no consular fees for Denmark.

General Import Clearance Information

The importation of certain classes of merchandise may be prohibited or restricted to protect the economy and security of Denmark and other EU member states, to safeguard consumer health, well being, and to preserve domestic plant and animal life. Some commodities are also subject to an import quota or a restraint under bilateral trade agreements and arrangements. In addition to Customs requirements, many prohibited or restricted imports are subject to laws and regulations administered by other Danish government agencies for which the Danish Customs Department is the enforcer. These laws and regulations may, for example, prohibit entry; limit entry to certain points; restrict routing, storage, use; require treatment, labeling or processing as condition of release. Customs release only takes place when the additional requirements are met. These requirements apply to all importation types, including shipments made by mail. The exporter should make certain that the Danish importer has provided proper information to (1) permit the submission of necessary information concerning packing, labeling, etc. and (2) ensure that necessary arrangements have been made by the importer for entry of the merchandise into Denmark.

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Denmark Import Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited via FedEx Services into Denmark:

  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • L-tryophane and any items having L-tryophane as an ingredient
  • Atlantic red tuna fish (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, and Honduras
  • Rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption
  • Certain U.S. Beef hormones
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)

Due to the risk of contamination with E coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits the immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

Rocket sprouts
Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
Soya bean sprouts
Soya beans, whether or not broken
Sugar beet seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) seed
Vegetable seeds
Mustard seeds, for sowing
Other mustard seeds
Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
Fenugreek seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts

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General Import Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).


  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Denmark Restrictions

The importation of food products containing meat or milk products for personal consumption is prohibited unless accompanied by the necessary documentation from the official veterinary services of the country of origin. Infant milk, food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and that the packaging is unbroken.Antiques

Furs

Psychotropics

Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA

Guns and weapons - strictly controlled by license

Wildlife - controlled by CITES and health restrictions

Non Prescription Drugs

An EU-wide ban has been placed on the commercial import of all Seals, Walruses and Sea Lion products. Any products containing such items (either processed or unprocessed, deriving or obtained from seals, walruses and sea lions, including meat, oil, blubber, organs, fur skins and raw fur skins, tanned or dressed including fur skins assembled in plates, crosses and similar forms, and articles made from fur skins) unless you have a permitted exemption that is subject to customs declaration requirement. For further information, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service Representative


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Special Import Provisions

Temporary Imports: Including Repaired Articles or Articles for Repair

Articles consigned for temporary import traveling under Carnets, goods for display, goods for demonstration, goods for exhibition, goods for repair, goods for incorporation into other articles and goods imported for further processing and re-export are not acceptable for importation into Denmark via FedEx IP Service. These articles require special processing and customs clearance, which are not handled under the express carrier operation commitments. Clearance delays could be experienced on entries lodged for these types of shipments.

Import License

Import license are required for alcoholic beverages, weapons and arms, certain drugs and chemicals, and certain food products. License can be obtained from the Ministry of Business and Industry. Goods must clear Danish customs before the expiration date of the license.

Labeling

Labels should indicate accurately the nature of the contents of the package and should not be misleading. Certain products are required to be labeled to indicate the country of origin. These products include roofing materials, electric meters, electric machines (dynamos, electromotor, and transformers), enameled and galvanized kitchen and household utensils, aluminum ware, hinges, doorbells, nails, screws, brushes, knives, matches, soap powder, vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, various agricultural implements and tools, dry batteries, rope and twine, pianos and organs, meat and meat products, poultry and eggs, and horses and cloven-footed animals.

The following goods must be labeled Udenlansk (foreign): fat, tallow, and honey. Tombstones, furniture, and furniture frames must be marked Tilvirket I Udlandet (worked abroad).

Most gold and silver imports are subject to hallmarking. Medicines and pharmaceuticals are subject to strict trade controls and to regulations for labeling and packaging. Special regulations also are in effect concerning the labeling and displaying of prices for goods for retail sale. Textiles must be labeled to show the fiber content. Consumer products must be labeled in Danish or another language such as Norwegian or Swedish that differs from Danish only slightly in spelling. Use of statements, signs, presentation, or labeling designed to mislead the consumer about the country of origin of textiles is prohibited. Labeling requirements are in effect for prepackaged foodstuffs, footwear, canned and otherwise preserved fruits, vegetables, marmalades, life jackets and similar safety items, floating safety equipment, pewter ware containing more than 10% lead, and antimony intended for use in connection with foodstuffs and prepackaged goods.

All food products must be labeled in accordance with provisions of the Government Labeling Announcement (Maerknings-bekendtgoerelsen No. 165/91). The announcement includes aspects of both EU and Danish legislation. The following information is required for labels on consumer ready food products:

  • Identification of the production run, batch, or lot to which each particular unit belongs
  • The name or trademark and address of  the producer or packer or the address of an agent or distributor in the EU
  • A description of the product and its ingredients (all ingredients must be listed individually stating the quantity of each ingredient at the point of production)
  • Specific additives included in the product with their chemical identity or their "standard identity" (the label should also indicate the group to which the additive belongs-preservative, artificial sweetener, color, etc. - in addition to information concerning labeling requirements for food additives on the "positive list" described above)
  • Nutritional information if the manufacturer is making specific claims for the product such as that is "light"
  • Net mass or weight (the actual contents of the container or package, as well as the weight of the produce without pickle or other liquid)
  • The last date the product should be offered for sale in the format of day, month, and year (labels for certain products such as wine, salt, and sugar are exempted from this requirement)
  • For certain meat products, the date and time of production and packing
  • For some products, including seafood and meat, the country of origin
  • Information on how to store and/or use a product, if necessary

A stick on label can be used as long as it is easy to read and clearly visible. English or another language used in the union can be used on a label as long as it is supplemented by a Danish translation.

European Community Council Regulation 76/768 specifies that labels of cosmetic products contain the following information: name and address of registered office of the manufacturer or distributor in the EU or country of origin for products originating outside the EU; nominal content at the time of packaging; expiration date for products whose stability is less than three years; special precautions to be taken in use (may be on an enclosed leaflet with a reference to it on the container, if the information cannot be shown on the container); and the manufacturing batch number or the reference for identifying the goods, except for small articles, in which case this information may be shown on the multiple retail pack or on the sleeve.

Eco Labeling

Voluntary regulations require cigarette packets to be labeled with a warning about the health hazards smoking entails. A voluntary Ecolabeling program is in use throughout the European Union. Products awarded an Ecolabel are those with a "reduced environmental impact." The production of life cycle of the product must meet general and specific criteria established for that product. The program also encourages consumers to purchase products according to their overall environmental performance. Ecolabel criteria have been adopted and published for washing machines, dishwashers, soil improvers, tissue paper, laundry detergents, single-ended light bulbs, indoor paints and varnishes, bed linens and t-shirts, photocopying paper, and refrigerators. The symbol for the Ecolabel is the flower. Denmark also participates in a similar program with other Nordic countries. The symbol for the Nordic ecolabel award is the swan. The Danish Standards Association administers the EU and Nordic Ecolabeling programs.

Personal Effects

Personal belongings of Denmark (EU) citizen residents are entitled entry free of duty. Personal belongings taken abroad, such as worn clothing, etc. may be shipped back to Denmark and receive free entry provided they have not been altered or repaired while abroad and prior ownership can be proven. The shipping documents should be clearly marked "Danish Goods Returned" with the reason why clearly stated and with the goods identified as personal effects.

Items such laptops, watches, PC's, cameras, tape recorders, Camcorders, video players, CD and DVD players or other articles that may be uniquely identifiable by serial number or permanently affixed marking, should be documented on owner declaration at the Customs Office at the port of exit, at the time of export or when physically carried abroad. This declaration will expedite free entry of these items upon return. The declaration is valid for any future trips as long as the information on it remains legible. Registration must be made in person.

Samples

Denmark is a signatory to the International Convention to Facilitate the Importation of Commercial Samples and Advertising Material. Samples with no commercial value may be imported into Denmark free of  customs charges if:

  • They are of negligible value (EUR 45 or less)
  • They are for solicitation of orders for the goods of the kind represented by the sample
  • There is not more than one sample of each style or quality in a consignment
  • The goods are supplied directly from abroad
  • They will be consumed or destroyed during demonstration and are packaged and properly marked in a manner which precludes their being used as other than samples. IE: foodstuffs, non-alcoholic beverages, perfumes and chemical products

Some samples of a commercial value may enter Denmark and be free of duties and taxes if a bond or deposit of the total amount of duties and taxes is arranged. These samples must be re-exported within one year in order to recoup the deposit.

Designer Samples (Textiles)

Apparel manufacturers importing samples of apparel for the manufacturing of similar goods in Denmark can bring one sample of each style duty free into Denmark. A shipment may contain several different samples, as long as there is only one sample of each kind. In order to enforce this condition, Customs requires that the style number of each sample appear on the commercial documents. The commercial invoice must contain in the product description the intent of the shipper that the goods are intended as samples. Failing to provide this information clearly will result in normal consumption entry with duty and taxes assessed.


Gifts

Articles consigned as "Unsolicited Gifts" are acceptable and will be allowed entry free of any duty or VAT providing the shipment is valued at 344 DKK or less, originated from and consigned to an individual, and are individually wrapped. Multiple gifts can be consigned in one shipment so long as the individual parcels enclosed are individually tagged with the recipients name, are individually wrapped and the value does not exceed the per person limit of 344 DKK. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts. They will be subject to full duty and VAT. Generally, most articles can be consigned as gifts, except those articles noted prohibited or restricted for import (see General Import Prohibitions and Restrictions).

The importation of food products containing meat or milk products for personal consumption is prohibited unless accompanied by the necessary documentation from the official veterinary services of the country of origin. Infant milk, food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening, that they are packaged proprietary brand products for direct sale to the final consumer, and that the packaging is unbroken.


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Standards

The European Union issues directives to harmonize safety standards for regulated industrial products marketed in member countries. The European Union wide "CE" mark will supersede all other compliance requirements. The CE mark is mandatory by law for products to be marketed in all the EU member states. For many products, the EC mark may be affixed by the manufacturer, based on its own testing to verify that the product meets EU requirements. EU legislation may require that an independent third party be involved in product assessment and has established "notified bodies" (testing or certification agencies) as qualified third parties. Harmonization diminishes trade barriers, promotes safety, allows interoperability of products, systems and services, and promotes common technical understanding.

The European Committee for Standardization - CEN works in partnership with the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization - CENELEC (www.cenelec.org) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute - ETSI (www.etsi.org). Several EU Directives are imposed on the electrical and electronic appliances, which govern standards on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), low voltage (safety of electrical equipment), energy labeling of household lamps, gas appliances, etc.

The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive requires that all electrical and electronic products to be sold in the EU market must not emit electromagnetic disturbance exceeding certain maximum levels, and must be of adequate levels of immunity to such disturbance.

The EU new Directive (98/101/EC) limits the content of mercury in batteries and accumulators imported into the European market from 1 January 2000. Regulated batteries and accumulators cannot contain more than 0.0005% by weight of mercury. The limitation of cadmium and lead remains the same as 91/157/EEC.

Imports of  telecommunication products must be approved by British Approval Broad of Telecommunications (BABT) in UK and Federal Approvals Office for Telecommunications (Bondsman fur Zulassungen in der Telekommunikation, BZT) in Germany.

The EU directive 92/75/EEC on the energy labeling of household electric refrigerators, freezers and their combinations, household washing machines, household electric tumble dryers, combined washer-dryers, dishwashers and household lamps.

Criteria for Eco-label for personal computer are: energy savings on monitors and control units; accompany with a commercial guarantee from the manufacturer that the computer system and the monitor will function for a period of three years and a year after the date of delivery to the customer respectively; composition of certain components of the computer where 90% of plastic and metal materials in the housing shall be recyclable; and the unit come complete with user instructions and an environment declaration of its ecological attributes.

Ionization chamber - type smoke detectors are required to meet safety regulations of the EU regarding electromagnetic radiation. Space detectors are also required to be in compliance with local radio frequency regulations of overseas markets.

Products to be sold to EU must carry a CE mark to show the product conform to the stipulated requirements in all directives. The CE mark shall affix onto the product by its manufacturer or importer, as a self-declaration. For some products, supplementary certification marks issued by a notified body as certification of conformity are required.

EU labeling regulations and standards need to be carefully monitored. Imports, which fail to meet marking and labeling requirement, will be refused for entry. Products bearing the CE mark are guaranteed free circulation within the EU market.

CE Marking

The CE (Conformité Européenne) marking is required to be displayed on regulated products offered for commercial sale on the European market. It indicates that a product complies with applicable European Directives related to health, safety, environment and consumer protection. Because the CE Marking identifies products that meet a common set of criteria established and adopted by the 15 CE members, the CE Marking on your products will permit them to move freely in commerce throughout the European market. The manufacturer or authorized representative is responsible for placing the CE Marking on compliant products. The common CE Marking logo is placed on the product, product literature or packaging as described in each Directive. Articles regulated under the European Directives that are not properly marked when imported are subject to delay in customs and may not be cleared for consumption.

Eco-labels

In March of 1992, the EU Council approved law 880/92 establishing a community-wide system for granting Eco-labels (green label) to products that voluntarily satisfy environmental standards.

The EU's objectives in setting up a system for issuing green labels are twofold. The labels inform consumers of products that are environmentally safer than others in all aspects of a product's life cycle. Furthermore, they improve the design, production and marketing as well as increase the use of products that have low or non-adverse effects on the environment and that use natural resources wisely.

The EU hopes that these objectives will increase the standards of health, security and the condition of the environment of the EU countries. Products imported into the EU that wish to obtain a green label must follow the same strict criteria as EU members.

Denmark participates in the EU Eco-labeling program.


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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Exporting from Denmark requires:

  1. Export Compliance
  2. Knowledge of your commodity
  3. Proper documentation including permits, licenses and related certificate of origins
  4. Pre-shipment requirements from the destination country.

Document Requirements

Export documentation requirements vary depending on the value of the goods, destination of the shipment and if the goods are controlled, prohibited or regulated. Goods that must be reported require a bill of lading/air waybill, a commercial or a pro-forma invoice, as well as any export permits, certificate, licenses required for controlled, prohibited or regulated goods. All controlled, regulated commodities require an export permit regardless of the value. It is extremely important that all documents tendered for export clearance processing are accurate in every way. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation may result in lengthy delays in customs processing and may result in warehousing and other customs fees.

Export Permits - Specific export permits are for commodities subject to export controls. The Forsvarministeriet (Ministry of Defense) is the government office for dual use exports (commercial items that may have military applications). Other departments and agencies have regulatory jurisdiction and issue licenses for controlled substances and precursor chemicals, for endangered fish and wildlife species, for defense services and articles, for arms and munitions, for nuclear material, equipment and technology, for fuels, for drugs and medical devices. Before exporting these items, special licenses must be obtained from customs office to insure that the items are not part of the national heritage of Denmark. License requirements are dependent upon an item's technical characteristics, the destination, the end-use, end-user and other activities of the end-user. Specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to the lead agency. Agency information, telephone number and basic commodities that might require export permits could be identified by accessing the Department and agency web sites listed in the profile.

General Export Clearance Information


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Denmark Export Prohibitions

The following commodities are prohibited via FedEx Services out of DENMARK:

  • All forms of asbestos fibers
  • L-tryophane and any items having L-tryophane as an ingredient
  • Atlantic red tuna fish (Thunnus Thynnus) originating from Belize, Panama, and Honduras
  • Rubber erasers that are similar in appearance to food products that are easily ingested
  • Medical thermometers containing mercury intended for human consumption
  • Certain U.S. Beef hormones
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate


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General Export Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).


  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.


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Germany Restrictions

Antiques

Furs

Psychotropics

Dangerous

Goods as defined by IATA

Guns and weapons - strictly controlled by license

Wildlife - controlled by CITES and health restrictions


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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Udenrigsministeriet(Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Asiatisk Plads 2
DK-1448 Copenhagen K.
Tel: 33 92 00 00
Fax: 33 92 08 12

  • Issues import and export licenses and permits for restricted commodities medicines, and fertilizers

Okonomi og Erhvervsministeriet
(Ministry of Trade and Industry)
Slotsholmsgade 12
DK-1216 Copenhagen K.
Tel: 33 92 33 50
Fax: 33 12 37 78

  • Controls the inspection of imported and exported seeds, pesticides, vet medicines, and fertilizers
  • Drafts rules and regulations concerning the inspection and quarantine of imported and exported seeds, pesticides, vet medicines and fertilizers

Ministeriet for Fodevarer, Landbrug og Fiskeri
(Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries; Veterinary and Food Directorate)
Moerkhoej Bygade 19
DK-2860 Soeborg
Tel: 33 95 60 00
Fax: 33 95 60 01

  • Controls the inspection of imported and exported seeds, pesticides, vet medicines, and fertilizers
  • Drafts rules and regulations concerning the inspection and quarantine of imported and exported seeds, pesticides, vet medicines and fertilizers

Told Skat
(Central Customs and Tax Administration)
Snorresgade 15
DK 2300 Copenhagen S.
Tel: 32 88 73 00
Fax: 32 95 18 74

  • Issues import and export licenses and permits for restricted commodities
  • Import & export clearance
  • Levies duty & taxes
  • Inspects shipments
  • Issues regulations about clearance
  • Controls import & export enterprises
  • Evaluates shipments

 

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