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Why the United Kingdom

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom — a modern, prosperous nation of 62 million people in an area smaller than Oregon. An international trading power, this region has the world’s sixth-largest economy. Although the U.K. is a member of the European Union, the U.S. is its No. 1 supplier of imported goods. Friendly trade relations have convinced more than 40,000 U.S. businesses to export to the U.K. as their entry market into the European Union.

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United Kingdom Shipping Options

FedEx offers you a choice: premium services when timing is urgent and economy services when reliability and savings are most important. Take advantage of our most popular FedEx® services for shipping to to United Kingdom.1

International Service Transit Time Transit Time
  U.S. to United Kingdom United Kingdom to U.S.
FedEx International Priority® 2 business days 1 business day
FedEx International Priority® Freight 2 business days 1 business day
FedEx International Economy® 4 business days 3 business days
FedEx International Economy® Freight 4 business days 3 business days

1For additional service options, see the international shipping services chart

We also offer two flat-rate packaging options for your FedEx International Priority® shipments: the FedEx® 10kg Box and the FedEx® 25kg Box. These flat-rate shipping boxes are free and available at FedEx Express locations, including FedEx World Service Center® locations and FedEx Office® Print and Ship Centers. Learn more about our flat-rate shipping options.

FedEx in United Kingdom 
FedEx Express plays an important role in connecting the U.K. and Europe to the rest of the world. FedEx U.K., our domestic express shipping company, directly serves the region’s domestic market. FedEx EuropeOne®, our dedicated express network, provides next-business-day delivery to 38 major European cities — with later cut-off times and earlier delivery due to the additional late-night sort at our Paris hub.

United Kingdom Document Assistance

Every country has its own customs requirements and shipping specifications. We’ve simplified international shipping with FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents. By automating the preparation and flow of international documents, this service saves you money while ensuring on-time delivery of shipments to Germany. The required documents are country-specific, with prompts to help you prepare everything needed for a shipment to Germany and other international destinations.

Common Documents Description
Air Waybill

A shipping label that must accompany all international shipments. Can be created with an electronic shipping solution, such as FedEx Ship Manager® — or completed manually.

Electronic Export Information (EEI)

Formerly known as the Shipper’s Export Declaration, the EEI must be filed with goods valued at US$2,000 or more from the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to foreign destinations. Connect with the federal Automated Export System and submit the required information using the FedEx Ship Manager solution. Using FedEx Export AgentFile®, you can authorize FedEx to file an EEI on your behalf. A filing fee and certain limitations apply.

Commercial Invoice

The main document used by customs officials for control, valuation and duty determination. Serves as the basis for all other documents covering the shipment. Necessary for all shipments with a value of at least US$1 and relating to commercial transactions, regardless of the value. Must be in English or accompanied by a translation. Required details include the buyer and seller, a detailed description of the goods, quantity, purchase price or fair market value, terms of the sale, and the date. Should show freight, insurance, commission and other charges as separate items. Should be signed and, if possible, attested to by a bank.

Pro Forma Invoice

Acts as a preliminary invoice, presenting the same information as the final invoice without claiming payment. Enables the end purchaser to apply for letters of credit, import licenses or foreign exchange allocation.

Packing List

Supplies shipment data, including the number and types of items being shipped. Also documents the weight and volume of your shipment — helpful information for reserving space with the shipping company. Should be signed.

Certificate of Origin

Verifies the country in which the product was manufactured. Required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes. Must be validated and notarized by a local chamber of commerce.

Price List

A detailed list of all commodities in the shipment with their unit and total prices.

Purchase Order

A commercial document issued by a buyer to a seller on the terms of a transaction, including types of products, quantities and prices.

Valuation Declaration and General Valuation Statement (GVS)

Required on any taxable shipment to the U.K. with a customs value exceeding 6,500 pounds sterling.

To avoid delays, all documents must be correct and consistent. The air waybill and Commercial Invoice require some of the same information:

  • “Consignee” is the recipient, the person to whom a shipment is being sent.
  • “Shipper” is the sender, the person with whom the shipment originates.
  • The value to declare for customs purposes is the price paid or payable for the goods, including any selling commissions, assists, royalties, packing and proceeds. It does not include freight and insurance charges.
  • The Schedule B number, or Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code, is the commodity classification number. For the correct number, go to FedEx® Global Trade Manager or the U.S. Census Bureau website — or call the U.S. Census Bureau at 1.800.549.0595, option 2.
  • Genuine samples up to the value of US$200 are not subject to duties. The Commercial Invoice and air waybill must state “Sample supplied free of cost,” and contents need to be marked as samples.
  • A description of the contents includes:
    • What the product is
    • What material it’s made of
    • Schedule B or HTS code
    • Intended use
    • Country of manufacture
    • Parts or serial numbers (if applicable)
    • Quantity and unit of measure
    • Value, per unit and in total

Additional Tips

  • Review the United Kingdom country profile. Avoid surprises by checking the U.K. country profile, which includes the latest information on import and export provisions.
  • Research your market thoroughly. The marketplace, economy, customs and laws in the U.K. are quite different from those you may be accustomed to in the U.S.
  • Ensure your project is economically feasible. U.S. companies should be especially thorough about revenue projections and business goals when entering a market outside the U.S. — other markets may be different than your own.
  • Know your associates. Get to know your business contact in the U.K. through your legal counsel, in addition to doing your own research.
  • Establish a very specific contract. With a business associate who resides in another country, it’s a good idea to employ more detailed terms than you might with a U.S. associate, just to make sure everyone’s in agreement.
  • Understand your payment terms. The U.K.’s payment customs differ from those in the U.S. in many ways, so include very specific payment terms to ensure you are paid in full and on time.
  • Protect your intellectual property rights. U.S. businesses should not rely on the same protection of their intellectual property that they enjoy in the U.S. Your best strategy is to protect yourself from infringement before you encounter a problem.
  • Make sure the goods are not prohibited. Check the list of import prohibitions for the United Kingdom.
  • Be aware of the varying policies and regulations governed by separate administrations in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Know your currency. The U.K. is a member of the European Union but has chosen to continue using the pound, rather than adopt the euro.
  • Shipments with a value exceeding 18 pounds sterling require a Commercial Invoice.

Support Services for Shipping to ther United Kingdom

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United Kingdom Import Prohibitions
United Kingdom Import Restrictions

Get tips for describing shipment contents

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Helpful Links

  • HM Revenue and Customs: information from the British customs administration. Click on "import and export" in the "businesses and corporations" section.
  • U.S. Commercial Service: trade specialists providing counsel and a variety of products and services to assist U.S. businesses with exporting.
  • U.S. Commercial Service in the United Kingdom: market research, details on trade regulations, and contact info for trade specialists and experts in London.
  • British American Business Council: helps companies connect and build their business on both sides of the Atlantic with networking, business intelligence and regulatory advice.

FedEx Tools

These tools can help simplify the management and processing of your international shipments to United Kingdom. 

Tools Features

FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com

Complete forms, print labels, track the status of shipments, get rates and transit times, and manage billing and claims.

FedEx InSight®

Proactively monitor all of your inbound and outbound international shipments without a tracking number.

FedEx® Global Trade Manager

Find international documents, estimate duties, taxes and landed cost, and more. You can also manage the documentation process with Product Profiles, which lets you create, store and edit information on up to 500 commodities.

FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents

Automate the document submission process, save time and money, and enjoy greater peace of mind.

 

Country Information

Capital: London
Population: 62,262,000 (est.)
Language: English
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: British Pound Sterling
100 Pence equal 1 Pound Sterling
Time Zone Operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Daylight Savings Time is observed April through October (plus 1 hour).
United Kingdom GMT 0:00 (Western European Time - WET)

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Trade Group Member

European Union Member Since 1973, allowing for the free movement of goods between the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) and the other Member States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, (Southern) Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Estonia, Cyprus, Malta and Croatia. ACP, African Caribbean and Pacific States provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

CAC, Central and Southern American Countries receiving special coverage for agricultural products provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

EFTA, European Free Trade Association provides duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

GSP, the General Systems of Preference provides duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

LDDC, the Least Developed Developing Countries provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

OCT, the Other Countries and Territories provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifyingproducts originating in these countries.

OCP, the Other Countries and Territories provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora provides for the seizure of shipments prohibited under this agreement and the assessment of fines.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process
When imported goods arrive to the location of unloading, the goods must be 'presented' to customs by the person who brought them into the EC or the person who assumes responsibility for their onward carriage (this includes
Freight and Air carriers, shipping and aircraft lines). Goods can only be 'presented' to customs when they have actually arrived at the place of unloading

Goods may be presented by :

Using an approved computerised trade inventory system linked to customs  or lodging a Form C1600A at the designated customs office. After presentation the goods must be covered by a summary declaration containing the information needed to identify the goods. In the UK the prescribed form of summary declaration is Form C1600 however, Customs may accept commercial documents or computer records if they contain the necessary details. Acceptable Commercial documents are:

  • bills of lading
  • air way-bills
  • container manifests
  • load lists manifests
  • consignment records (on computerised inventory systems)

Shipments will be cleared by FedEx, but the customer must be aware that clearance cannot occur without the clearance documents provided by the consignee.

If these documents are not provided, shipment must be returned. Shipments valued more than 300 Euros will require the Import Customs Declaration.

The documents required for registration are:  Consignee’s Customs Accreditation Card, Consignee’s Tax Inspection Note, Contract between shipper and consignee or confirmation that the shipment is free of charge or non-commercial, state permission if required, invoice translation into Ukrainian or Russian, confirmation about duty/VAT payment.

All goods exported from or imported into the UK from non-member state of the EC must be declared to Customs. When goods are imported it is the responsibility of the importer or his authorized agent to declare them to customs. In most cases a Single Administrative Document (SAD) is used for this purpose. A Single Administrative Document (SAD) is a customs document that you are required to complete, whether exporting, importing or transporting 'goods in transit' in countries in the European Union, the European Free Trade Area (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norwayand Iceland). It is designed to standardize customs entry procedures and is in fact used by many countries through out the world.

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many paperwork-handling steps and expedite the movement of international shipments. This is the FedEx Expressclear electronic Customs clearance system. Starting at the origin, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information which includes importers numbers, broker designation, corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting which shipments they wish to examine. By the time the plane arrives at his destination, many packages have already been cleared by Customs. As the plane is unloaded, theExpressclear system identifies packages to be examined and prints "cleared" Customs labels for all others. Cleared shipments can be transferred to trucks for immediate delivery. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process and allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained.

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

Bills of Lading - No special regulations 

Consular Invoices - None

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. 

Commercial Invoices - Invoices are required for all shipments with a value exceeding 18 pounds Sterling. Invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction.

Dangerous Goods Certification - Some goods will in addition to the standard documentation noted above, may require DG certification. IE: Perfumes, Liquor, Chemicals, etc.

C3 - This form applies to the importation of qualifying personal effects in order that tax relief may be claimed. It is used in the following circumstances:

  • private individuals moving home to the United Kingdom
  • moving for the purpose of marriage to the United Kingdom
  • foreign students engaged in a study program in the United Kingdom

C2 - This form applies to the importation of qualifying personal effects in order that tax relief may be claimed. It is used in the following circumstances:

  • Foreign military personal temporarily moving home to the United Kingdom on assignment

Valuation Declaration and General Valuation Statement (GVS)

Required for import on any taxable shipment where the customs value exceeds 6,500 Pounds Sterling. There are three different valuation declarations. The first is form C105A which is to be used by an Importer that is unrelated to the Seller and for which the transaction value qualifies to be used for duty purposes. The second is the form C105B which is used for transactions between related parties as well as where the declared value does not qualify as the value to be used for duty purposes. The third form C109 which is a general valuation statement and can be used to provide valuation information that is lodged with customs avoiding the need to have to complete either 105A or B for each importation. Individual C109 forms are required from the importer for each supplier they have and are useful to importers of large quantities.

All documents presented for use in customs clearance processing should be prepared in English, to avoid delays and expedite clearance processing.

Customs Valuation

Valuation for Ad Valorem customs duty purposes

The methods of assessing value to be declared on import  entries of goods subject to ad valorem duty are laid down in EC Regulations 2913/92,2454/93 and 1762/95. This value is arrived at by applying one of the methods listed below, in the sequence shown. However at the importer's request, the order of application of Methods 4 and 5 can be reversed.

Valuation Method 1- the transaction value of the imported goods (the price paid or payable for these goods)

Valuation Method 2- the transaction value of identical goods; (i.e..e. goods which are the same in all respects including physical characteristics, quality and reputation)

Valuation Method 3- the transaction value of similar goods; (i.e..e. goods which have like characteristics and component materials which enable them to perform the same functions)

Valuation Method 4-the deductive method (the value of identical similar goods in the EC)

Valuation Method 5-the computed value (the value based on the built-up cost of the imported goods)

Valuation Method 6-the fall back method (the value based on reasonable means constituent with valuation principles)

Import Duties

Most goods imported are subject to Ad Valorem Duty and Value Added Tax. Rates of duty vary and are based on the commodity type and country of origin. Duty is based on the cost of insurance and freight value. 

The Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) under which VAT is waived on imports will be reduced to 15UKL, effective November 1, 2011.

This means that items valued greater than 15.00UKL will incur VAT at the relevant rate (up to 20%) when imported from non-EU countries into the UK. The value used for this purpose is the intrinsic value of the goods.

Import of Negligible Value

Application

Up to 15UKL

Exempt from duty and VAT

Over 15UKL and up to 135 UKL

Exempt from duty. VAT is due

Over 135UKL

Duty and VAT due

What is LVCR?

Value Consignment Relief is the statutory exemption from VAT on imports due to their value.

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

Antidumping

An anti-dumping duty (ADD) is a customs duty on imports providing a protection against the dumping of goods in the EC at prices substantially lower than the normal value.  In most cases, this is the price which the foreign producer charges for comparable sales in the producer's own country. Each anti-dumping duty covers specified goods, originating in or exported from, named countries or exporters. Anti-dumping duty is chargeable in addition to , and independent of, any other duty to which the imported goods are liable.

Anti Dumping duties can be either provisional (imposed initially for 6 months and possibly extended for another 3 months) or definitive (imposed for 5 years with an option to review).

Excise Duties

Excisable Products The following products imported are subject to additional excise duties.

  1. Alcohol (Beer, Wine, Spirits, etc.)
  2. Hydrocarbon Oils (Diesel, Petrol, etc.)
  3. Tobacco Products (Cigarettes, Cigars, etc.)

Excisable products imported from other members states of the European Union will be subject to excise duty with the exception of alcohol which will also be liable for VAT, payable at the same time as the excise duty.

Excisable products imported from outside the European Union will be subject to regular custom duties, VAT & excise duty.

Additional Duties

Countervailing Duty

A countervailing duty is a customs duty on goods which have received government subsidies in the originating or exporting country.  For customs purposes, it is treated in the same way as anti-dumping duty.  It is possible to have both anti-dumping and countervailing duty on a product.

Other Additional Duties

There are additional duties charged above and beyond the normal duty rate, VAT and Excise taxes for certain commodities. Currently the UK does assess additional duties for Sugar, Sugar products and items containing sugar.

Import Taxes

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Most goods imported are subject to Value Added Tax. Value Added Tax is either zero, 5.0% (applicable specifically to antiques and original works of art) or 20% and is determined by the commodity type.Value Added Tax is payable on the sum of the cost, insurance, freight value plus the duty amount payable.

As a general rule, imported goods from non-EU countries (third countries) are subject to VAT at the same rate as applies to the sale within the State of similar goods.

The value of imported goods for the purpose of VAT is their value for customs purposes increased by:

  1. The amount of any duty or other tax payable in relation to their importation (but not including VAT or Vehicle Registration Tax); and

  2. Onward transportation costs to the place of final destination in the Community (if known at the time of importation).

Customs Fees

Regulatory 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 the UK. There are specific examination fees for Animal Products which may affect such commodities as cosmetics, drugs and medicines. Plant products may also be liable to charge if examined or reported under Plant Health (DEFRA) requirements.

Exchange Controls

There are no 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.

Import Clearance Process

Customs clearance is generally done electronically through the "Direct Trader Input" (DTI) by the broker performing the clearance. Entry information is sent to the CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) the central customs computer. There are four entry types used for clearance in theUnited Kingdom. The specific entry requirement is determined based on the shipment value, approved use, commodity type, and licensing or other controls and as well as reason for importation.  

General Import Entry Types

  • SAD (Single Administrative Document)
  • SPIC (Simplified Procedure for Import Clearance)
  • C21 Customs Clearance Request
  • WRD (Warehouse Removal Declaration)
  • SFD (Simplified Frontier Declaration)
  • FSD (Final Supplementary Declaration)
  • SDI (Supplementary Declaration for Imports)
  • SDW (Supplementary Declaration for Customs Warehouse Removals)

There are four common entry types:

The first entry type is a formal entry submitted on a C88 or SAD as it is otherwise known (Single Administrative Document).

The secondary entry type is a Supplementary Declaration determined by the commodity.

Third is an entry called a C21, which is used to clear documents as well as low value commodities on which tax will not be assessed.

The fourth is a trader (importer) CFSP entry which is similar to the former period entry system and for which the trader has to be prior authorised for use by customs. (This requires a simplified declaration by FedEx raised in association with the traders referencing system. When entry information is sent to CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) the central  customs computer will process the input data and send back a response to the agent giving the shipment a "routing". The routing is important as it determines how long it will take for the shipment to clear. There are four major routings, Route 1,2,3 and 6

  • Shipments selected, as Route 1 will require formal examination of the documentation by a customs officer prior to release.
  • Route 2 entries will require formal examination of both the paperwork as well as a physical examination of the contents of the shipment.
  • Route 3 is an automatic clearance at the end of what is called a time out period. The time out period is a period afforded to customs to enable them to re-select or query an entry. This period varies from port to port as well as agent to agent. As a rough guide this period can vary from 1hr 40 minutes down to 15 minutes in some cases.
  • Route 6 is the last common "routing" and is principally a computerised time-out and non-presentation format (the agent archives the entry until customs request a copy.

The following is a general guide to when each entry type may be used:

  • C21-Low value imports and documents valued up to 18.00 Pounds Sterling except for commodities subject to excise duty such as tobacco products, commodities having an alcohol or spirit content, hydrocarbon oils, etc.
  • C88 or SAD-Shipments valued 18.00 Pounds Sterling and upwards as well as any shipments below 600.00 Pounds Sterling being imported under a special regime, requiring controls or special documentation. There is a provisional proposal under Government consideration to increase an EU duty relief for shipments of a value of 150 Euros or less. This is under consideration for implementation effective 01/12/08.
  • CFSP Trader Input requires a simplified declaration raised on the importer's behalf after which approved users must account to customs fully for all imports during the previous calendar month at the end of each month.

Local Import Control Clearance
Certain approved importers, operate a clearance procedure known as "Local Import Control". Under the Local Import Control Procedure all shipments are released without delay following Customs preventative checks and the submission of a basic summary customs entry. The supplementary (formal) entry and accounting for taxes takes place at a later date. All supplementary entries for shipments customs cleared under Local Import Control Procedure must be completed and submitted to customs by the 4th day of the following calendar month. Clearance under certain customs regimes as well as commodities requiring specific documentation are not approved for clearance under the Local Import Control arrangements. These include the following:

  1. Commodities, whose movement is regulated by the requirements to provide an import license, import permit or certificate. This restriction  applies to shipments requiring a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) import permit, Certificate of Origin, etc.
  2. Goods subject to immediate Accounting: Shipments being imported under any import regime whereby duty and tax is required to be placed on deposit such as temporary importation.
  3. Goods requiring specific document checks: Customs require certain additional documentation to be provided at the time of arrival for certain shipments (e.g. Phytosanitarydeclarations). These shipments may be subject to clearance delays.
  4. Goods for importers who do not want their goods released under the Local Import Control Procedure.

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United Kingdom Import Prohibitions

The following is a listing of commodities prohibited and/or in some instances (*) restricted for entry into the United Kingdom:

  • Flick and Gravity Knives; knives with blades that open automatically by operation of a spring device, or released by gravity or centrifugal force.
  • Indecent or Obscene Material
  • Offensive Weapons; belt buckle knives, death stars, throwing stars, and martial arts equipment, Pepper and similar sprays
  • Asbestos
  • Counterfeit coins and bank notes
  • Counterfeit or pirated goods
  • Goods bearing false origin statements
  • Goods infringing a trade mark
  • Goods infringing a copyright
  • Lottery Material
  • Prison made goods
  • Stamps (fictitious) including dies and plates for manufacture
  • Video senders; equipment capable of transmitting video images
  • Eggs
  • Straw
  • Soil
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Animal Hair and Wool
  • Rice* (of US Origin-Certificate of Conformity required)
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)
  • Cartridges larger than 500g by air cargo into, via or from the UK, unless they originate from a known consignor with security arrangements approved by the Department of Transport.
  • Non perishable foodstuff weighing more than 10 kg to private individuals.
  • The importation of food products containing meat or milk products including Whey Protein for personal consumption is prohibited.
  • Two kg of infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening and that they are packaged proprietary brand products for consumer use is acceptable per person. They will require a doctor’s letter to substantiate the requirement. For anything over this amount a UK import license is required by consignee prior to shipping. Also specify if the feed is of dairy or soya based.

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

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (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. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. 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).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-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.
  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. 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).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. 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.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. 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.

Not withstanding 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.

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United Kingdom Restrictions

The following is a listing of commodities prohibited and/or in some instances (*) restricted for entry into the United Kingdom:

  • Flick and Gravity Knives; knives with blades that open automatically by operation of a spring device, or released by gravity or centrifugal force.
  • Indecent or Obscene Material
  • Offensive Weapons; belt buckle knives, death stars, throwing stars, and martial arts equipment, Pepper and similar sprays
  • Asbestos
  • Counterfeit coins and bank notes
  • Counterfeit or pirated goods
  • Goods bearing false origin statements
  • Goods infringing a trade mark
  • Goods infringing a copyright
  • Lottery Material
  • Prison made goods
  • Stamps (fictitious) including dies and plates for manufacture
  • Video senders; equipment capable of transmitting video images
  • Eggs
  • Straw
  • Soil
  • Investigational Drugs
  • Animal Hair and Wool
  • Rice* (of US Origin-Certificate of Conformity required)
  • All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)
  • Cartridges larger than 500g by air cargo into, via or from the UK, unless they originate from a known consignor with security arrangements approved by the Department of Transport.
  • Non perishable foodstuff weighing more than 10 kg to private individuals.
  • The importation of food products containing meat or milk products including Whey Protein for personal consumption is prohibited.

  • Two kg of infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening and that they are packaged proprietary brand products for consumer use is acceptable per person. They will require a doctor’s letter to substantiate the requirement. For anything over this amount a UK import license is required by consignee prior to shipping. Also specify if the feed is of dairy or soya based

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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Special Import Provisions

Temporary Imports: Including Repaired Articles or Articles for Repair
Articles consigned for Temporary Import traveling under Carnets, goods for exhibition, goods for repair, goods for incorporation into other articles and goods importer for further processing and re-export are acceptable for importation into the United Kingdom. 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 type shipments. Shipments of these type goods can also be consigned as ATA (Airport to Airport) shipments and designated for handling by an approved local clearance agent or forwarder.

Free Zones (FTZ)

UK free zones are designated enclosed areas into which non-Community goods may be moved and remain without payment of customs duty, agricultural levies or VAT otherwise due to importers. Customs charges (including import VAT) become due if the goods are removed from the zone for home  use or used or consumed within the zone. Customs charges (but not import VAT) become due when the goods are processed in the zone for the internal market.

Goods entering the zone are not subject to restrictions on economic grounds, however any import prohibitions and certain restrictions and licensing requirements which apply to normal imports also apply in free zones.

Personal Effects

Personal effects are acceptable for transport to the United Kingdom. The following conditions apply to articles being presented for entry as personal belongings exempt from duty and VAT: The importer must be a resident, citizen or a foreign student enrolled in a university located in the UK.

Resident and Citizen Goods shipped must not be new articles, but used articles that have been previously purchased or obtained locally or abroad and retained by the importer of a period of not less than 6 months. This would apply to any articles of clothing, personal goods, and appliances. The importer must have arrived in the UK and have submitted a C3 completed in full, (in addition to the proper air waybill or bill of lading and commercial invoice) in order for clearance to be initiated in their behalf. The air waybill or bill of lading and commercial invoice should be noted as covering a shipment of personal effects of a returning resident or citizen from abroad, in order to assure proper processing and handling with HM Customs.

Foreign Students Enrolled in UKUniversity or school Goods shipped can be new or used articles and must be addressed to the importer's address at the university. The importer must have arrived in the UK and have submitted a C3 completed in full, (in addition to the proper air waybill or bill of lading and commercial invoice) in order for clearance to be initiated in their behalf. Additionally the documentation provided should include a copy of the letter of acceptance that was issued the student by the school. The air waybill or bill of lading and commercial invoice should be noted as covering a shipment of personal effects for the use of foreign national enrolled at a local university, in order to assure proper processing and handling with HM Customs.

Additional Provision for Personal Effects: Returning residents and citizens of the United Kingdom additionally have special provisions in place for importation of personal effects for those persons who having lived abroad are wishing to import goods for a secondary house. The customs form C33 is required to be completed and submitted along with the air waybill or bill of lading and commercial invoice. The qualifying importer is given relief from duty and VAT, providing that the stated conditions are met.

Personal effects can also be entered into the UK under a Temporary Import Customs Procedure, for those persons that are non-residents visitors, tourists and business travelers shipment is under 4000 EUROS (at current exchange rate). This will require that the importer engage a broker locally to have their goods released and proper temporary import bond lodged. This will also require the importer to arrange for return export processing, to avoid having to pay the duty and VAT or forfeit the importer bond amounts.

Foreign Military Personnel Stationed in the UK are also provided special provisions for import of their personal belongs by providing a properly completed customs form C2. Articles Prohibited and Restricted from Import as Personal Effects

  • Controlled Drugs
  • Firearms (including CO2 pistols, torture devices, Tasers, etc.) ammunition and explosives
  • Indecent or obscene materials, regardless of media; DVD's, CD, video cassettes, films, books etc.
  • Horror Comics
  • Flick Knives
  • Counterfeit currency or coins
  • Radio transmitters (walkie-talkies, CB Radios, Cordless phones) not approved for use in the UK
  • Meat and poultry; many other animal products
  • Plants, parts thereof and plant produce including trees and shrubs, potatoes, fruits and vegetables, bulbs and seeds
  • Most animals and birds, alive or dead (mounted trophies) and most articles derived from articles covered under CITES

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Samples

Samples are acceptable to the UK and will be exempt for all Duty and VAT provided that they meet the following criteria:

If they have been mutilated. Mutilated goods must have a large hole cut in a prominent location on the outer side of the article so as to make it usable only as a sample. Cutting a sleeve off a shirt, a hole in the front of the garment, or hole in the sole of a single shoe so as to make it unusable is recommended. The shipper's documents, preferably the commercial invoice provided should state that the article(s) is a mutilated sample- not for resale or other use. A certificate of origin will not be required for import, only a standard airway bill or bill of lading and commercial invoice will be needed.

If they have been marked. Marked samples are acceptable so long as the article is properly marked on a prominent location on the outer side of the article in indelible ink. The article should be marked with the word "SAMPLE" in contrasting ink and in such a manner that it can be easily seen upon inspection. The shipper's documents, preferably the commercial invoice should state that the articles are marked samples- not for resale or other use. A certificate of origin will not be required for import, only a standard airway bill or bill of lading and commercial invoice will be needed.
  • Only single items representing a style, model etc.
  • Shoes - only 1 shoe of the pair, of a particular style, model etc.

All items must be appropriately marked as samples by either mutilation or marking in order to gain the benefit of Duty and VAT exemption. Articles that arrive without proper documents or markings as noted will be subject to normal entry and document requirements and as such full duty and VAT will apply.

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. For infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons please refer to comments earlier under UK restrictions.

Commercial or Salesman's Samples
Commercial or Salesman's Samples, are acceptable but are subject to special import handling (regime) that may require that a Temporary Import be made in the importers behalf. Additional fees and documents will be required and the goods will be subjected to additional clearance delays as a result.

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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 less than 40 UKL., 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 40 UKL. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts and 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). 

Acceptable - Duty/Tax Free Entry allowed for gift consignments of a non-commercial character which do not exceed 40UKL in value per consignee sent by private persons to other private individuals, if the consignments are of an occasional nature and contain only goods intended for personal or family use of the consignee. Perfume containing less than 50 grams or 0.25 litres of toilet water are free of customs duty or excise provided the value per consignee is under 40 UKL.

Exceptions to note, limited to only one of the following articles per gift:
Cigarettes (50 cigarettes total)
Perfume (50 grams net weight)
Toilet Water (.25 litre)
Liquor Spirits, Wine (1 litre total)
Cigars (10 cigars or 50 gms of smoking Tobacco, not of Cuban origin)

The gift shipment should be tendered with the following documents and statements:

  • Airway bill or Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • The description provided on both the airway bill or bill of lading and commercial invoice should specify the description of the actual goods enclosed and be followed with this statement or similar "Unsolicited gifts not for resale or other purpose". Descriptions such as "Gift" or "Unsolicited Gifts" should be avoided.

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. For infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons please refer to comments earlier under UK restrictions.


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Standards

Articles consigned as "Unsolicited gifts" are acceptable and will be allowed entry free of any duty or VAT providing the shipment is valued at less than 40 UKL., 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 40 UKL. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts and 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). Exceptions to note, limited to only one of the following articles per gift:


Cigarettes (50 cigarettes total)
Perfume (50 grams net weight)
Toilet Water (.25 litre)
Liquor Spirits, Wine (1 litre total)
Cigars (10 cigars or 50 gms of smoking Tobacco, not of Cuban origin)

The gift shipment should be tendered with the following documents and statements:

  • Airway bill or Bill of lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • The description provided on both the airway bill or bill of lading and commercial invoice should specify the description of the actual goods enclosed and be followed with this statement or similar "Unsolicited gifts not for resale or other purpose". Descriptions such as "Gift" or "Unsolicited Gifts" should be avoided.

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. For infant milk, infant food and special foods required for medical reasons please refer to comments earlier under UK restrictions.

 
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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Exporting from the United Kingdom requires :

  1. Exports Compliance
  2. Knowledge of your commodity
  3. Proper documentation
  4. Pre-shipment requirements from the country you are shipping to, (the destination country)

Her Majesty's Customs & Excise (HMC&E) are responsible for the enforcement of a variety of policies, regulations and restrictions designed to protect National Security, Foreign Policy, Economic Interests and British Heritage Departments such as: (BERR) Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (formerly DTI), Home Office, DEFRA Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (formerly MAFF), and The Rural Payments Agency (formerly DOE) regulate export licensing/controls that may be required for the movement of various goods from the U.K. Penalties, fine and imprisonment may result from deliberate attempts to circumvent these policies, regulations and restrictions Additionally, refusal to provide information as to the end use of the commodity being exported may be cause for concern in that the commodity may require an export license.

Customs clearance is generally done electronically through "Direct Trader Input" (DTI) by the broker performing the clearance. Entry information is sent to CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) the central customs computer via EDI (Electronic Data Interface).

Under NES there are six methods of declaration:

  • Bulk declaration - documents
  • 0 to 600 UKL (Low Value) Bulk Declaration
  • 600 to 2000 UKL (Bulk Supplementary declaration)
  • Simplified Declaration (Specific)
  • Local control Export
  • Full Declaration (Specific)

There are two entry types used for export clearance in the United Kingdom. The specific entry requirement is determined based on the shipment value, commodity type, licensing or other controls and well as reason for exportation.

The first entry type is a formal entry submitted on an Export C88 or SAD as it otherwise known (Single Administrative Document).

The second entry type is an informal or low value entry called a C21. These low value shipments not requiring a formal entry are entered in bulk on the C21. The export clearance process is generally less complex than the import process and most export entries are cleared as they are submitted. Entry to 600 Pounds Sterling is "non-statistical" and may be entered on a commercial document versus the SAD, Entry over 600 Pounds Sterling must be submitted on a SAD or via EDI message with the full statistical value.

Document Requirements

Under NES traders will still need to make available all the necessary supporting paperwork to allow Customs to complete examinations satisfactorily. The introduction of an electronic system does not remove the requirement to present supporting documents.

These documents must be fully cross-referenced to the export declaration to allow Customs to verify their relevance to the exportation in question. Examples of these documents are:

  • Commercial invoices
  • Waybills
  • INF Forms
  • T5s.
  • Export Licences (in paper form).
  • Kimberley Process Certificates.


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Germany Export Prohibitions

Export controls imposed on U.K. exporters by the United Kingdom government can take the form of prohibitions such as blockades, embargoes, boycotts and sanctions, or they can take the form of limitations/quota's which require an export license. Export controls may be product-specific, end-use, end-user or by ultimate country of destination. The following is a listing of commodities prohibited or restricted for export from the United Kingdom (but cannot be taken as definitive):

  • Certain agricultural products subject to the Common Agriculture Policy of the European Union.
  • Horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, goats and swine.
  • Counterfeit bank notes.
  • Counterfeit coin
  • Pirated goods
  • Controlled drugs
  • Salmon and trout
  • Spirits in containers holding less than 40 litres
  • Goods subject to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994
  • Goods subject to the Dual-Use and Related Goods (Export Control) Regulations 1995 (DUEC)
  • Certain cultural goods, antiques and works of art over 50 years old.


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General Export Restrictions

The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (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. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  6. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.).
  9. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  10. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  11. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  12. 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).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airpot-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.
  13. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes or other medial waste.
  14. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  15. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  16. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  17. 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).
  18. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  19. 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.
  20. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  21. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  22. 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.

Not withstanding 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.

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Germany Restrictions

Export controls imposed on U.K. exporters by the United Kingdom government can take the form of prohibitions such as blockades, embargoes, boycotts and sanctions, or they can take the form of limitations/quota's which require an export license. Export controls may be product-specific, end-use, end-user or by ultimate country of destination. The following is a listing of commodities prohibited or restricted for export from the United Kingdom (but cannot be taken as definitive):

  • Certain agricultural products subject to the Common Agriculture Policy of the European Union.
  • Horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, goats and swine.
  • Counterfeit bank notes.
  • Counterfeit coin
  • Pirated goods
  • Controlled drugs
  • Salmon and trout
  • Spirits in containers holding less than 40 litres
  • Goods subject to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994
  • Goods subject to the Dual-Use and Related Goods (Export Control) Regulations 1995 (DUEC)
  • Certain cultural goods, antiques and works of art over 50 years old.


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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

BERR (Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform)
Import Licensing Branch
Queensway House, West Precinct,
Billingham, Cleveland TS23 2NF
Tel. Stockton
011-44-1642 364333/264334
Fax. 011-44-01642 533557

  • Import Licenses
BERR (Department for Business,Enterprise &Regulatory Reform)
Export Control Organisation
Export Licensing Unit
Kingsgate House
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6SW
Tel. 0171 215 8070
Fax. 0171 215 8564
  • Export Licensing/Control
Food Standards Agency
Imported Food Helpline
Tel. 020-7276-8018
  • Licensing of Foodstuffs
Home Office
Drugs Branch Licensing Section
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London SW1H 9AT
Tel. 011-44-171 273 3147
  • Drugs
Health and Safety Executive
Safety Policy Division D5
Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge
London SE1 9F
Tel. 011-44-171 717 6377
Fax. 0171 717 6690
  • Consumer Protection
Health and Safety Executive
Explosives Inspectorate
Room 443 Magdalen House
Standley Precinct
Bootle Merseyside L20 3QZ
Tel. 0151 951 4025
Fax. 0151 951 3891
  • Classification and Authorization of Explosives
Department of Transport
Transport and the Regions
Romney House , 43 Marsham Street,
London SW1P 3PY
Tel. 011-44-171 276 3000
  • Environment Issues, CFC's and other ozone depleting Substances

Department of the Environment
UKCITES- DEFRA Animal Health
Tollgate House Houlton Street
Bristol BS2 9DJ

Tel. #'s
Reptiles / Birds: 0117 987 8170
Mammals / Plants: 0117 987 6165
Livestock: 0181 330 8193
Domestic Animals: 0181 330 8175
Fax.: 0117 987 8642

  • Endangered Species (CITES)
Chemical Weapons Convention Nat'l Authority
Department of Trade and Industry
Kingsgate House
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6 SW
Tel. 0171 215 8222
  • Certain Chemicals Subject to Control under the Chemical Weapons Convention
RadioCommunicationsAgency
Waterloo Bridge House,
Waterloo Road,
London SE1 8UA.
Tel. 011 44 171 215 2297
  • Radio Frequencies, Licensing
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) 
Government Buildings,
Hook Rise South,
Tolworth, Surbiton,
Surrey KT6 7NF
Tel. 011 44 181 330 4411
  • Agriculture, Fisheries, Food
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
Victoria House,
21 Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea SS99 1AA.
Tel. 011 44 1702 366998
  • Duty, VAT, Excise, Alexander, Antidumping, Counterveiling, Ad Valorem Taxes and Etc.
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Export Licensing Unit
First Floor
2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5BQ
Tel. 011-44-0171 211 6200
Fax. 011-44-0171 211 6170
  • Strategic, National Heritage or Foreign Policy
Veterinary Medicines Directorate
Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addleston
Surrey KT15 3LS
Tel. 011 44 0 1932 336911
Fax. 011 44 0 1932 336618 
  • Licensing for UK Veterinary Products
Department of Trade and Industry Export Control and Non-Proliferation Directorate
XNP IBI
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6SW
Tel. 0171 215 8094
Fax. 0171 215 839
  • Goods Subject to UN Sanctions

For Assistance With Tariff Classification via Mail, address your requests to:

Tariff Classification
HM Revenue & Customs,
Portcullis House
27 Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea Essex SS2 6AL
Classification Helpline Tel. 011-44-0645 600130

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Channel and Guernsy Islands are separate entities and not governed by the United Kingdom's HM Revenue & Customs.

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

States of Jersey Customs and Excise
Bureau des Impots
12 Caledonia Place
St. Hellier Jersey
Channel Islands JE2 3NG
Tel. 011-44-01534 873561
Fax. 011-44-01534 37060

  • Customs and Excise Tax
States of Guernsy Customs
PO Box 417
White Rock , St. Peter Port
Guernsy Channel Islands GY1 3WJ
Tel. 011-44-01481 726911
Fax. 011-44-01481 712248
  • Customs and Excise Tax

Additional Contacts and Organizations

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

British Chambers of Commerce
Manning House
22 Carlisle Place
London SW1P 1JA
Tel. 011-44-0171-565 2000
Fax. 011-44-0171-565 2049

 

British Importers Association Ltd.
Suite 8
Castle House
25 Castlereagh Street
London W1H 5YR
Tel. 011-44-0171 258 3999
Fax. 011-44-0171 724 5055

 

British International Freight Association
Redfern House
Browells Lane
Felthon Middlesex TW13 7EP
Tel. 011-44-0181 844 2266

 

British Importers Association Ltd.
Suite 8
Castle House
25 Castlereagh Street
London W1H 5YR
Tel. 011-44-0171 258 3999
Fax. 011-44-0171 724 5055

 

States of Jersey Customs and Excise
Bureau des Impots
12 Caledonia Place
St. Hellier Jersey
Channel Islands JE2 3NG
Tel. 011-44-01534 873561
Fax. 011-44-01534 37060

  • Customs and Excise Tax
States of Guernsy Customs
PO Box 417
White Rock , St. Peter Port
Guernsy Channel Islands GY1 3WJ
Tel. 011-44-01481 726911
Fax. 011-44-01481 712248
  • Customs and Excise Tax

 

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