Below is a quick overview of customs and shipment requirements around the world that may cause delays to the delivery of your international mail.
Russian Federation - Customs Requirements for Import Shipments.
In order to fulfil Russian customs control measures, it is of utmost importance of include the indication of trademarks, manufacturer name, and country of origin on invoices for shipments to Russia (especially for fashion and hi-tech industries) to exporting clients. Lack of this information in documents can affect clearance times by causing delays due to customs inspection of non-document shipments.
Please also be reminded, that only documents which were written/printed on paper can be sent as "document shipment" (15D) to Russian Federation. Any other type of shipment including CD of documents, etc. are regarded as non-document shipments.
All other non-document shipments that are not 'true documents' (i.e. actual written or printed papers) are revealed by customs and considered to be a violation of RU Customs legislation, which can result in delays and fines.
Please ensure that oinly true document shipments are shipped as documents to Russia.
Documentation Requirements for shipments to Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia (Dharran)
Please note that for all Economy Express consignments destined for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in particular for all Express consignments destined for the Eastern province (Dharran) only, a Formal customs clearance is required if:
Any shipment contains any single piece/item that exceeds 150cm x 150 cm x 150cm
Any shipment with a value of more than US $13,250
The Saudi customs authority require the below documentation in order to process a formal clearance:
• Certificate of origin
• original invoice
• packing list
To facilitate clearance at import into Saudi Arabia clearance gateway (DHA), please ensure exporting customers are also aware of the below importer documentation to ease clearance on arrival:
• Proof of payment
• Authorisation letter from the receiver to clear
• Copy of receiver commercial registration & customer information sheet
Please note that storage charges may apply for delay in clearance of goods that do not meet the above Saudi Arabian customs standards.
Mozambique - 9th December 2013
Customs Classification of CDs
Mozambique Customs no longer allow classification of CD's as documents and require formal customs clearance formalities to be completed. Due to this change, an original commercial invoice must accompany all consignments of CD's.
Guatemala - 9th December 2013
All shipments into Guatemala MUST be accompanied with the original commercial invoice; no copies of any kind will be accepted. Shipments without an original commercial invoice may incur penalties up to USD $250.00.
Please ensure that the original commercial Invoice is attached to the Air Way Bill (consignment note) for all shipments.
Canada - 9th December 2013
Prior Shipping Requirements for Goods Containing Soil, Plants or Seeds
All shipments containing soil, plants or seeds require approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) authorizing the goods to be imported, prior to the shipment departing the country of origin.
Advance notice of such shipments will allow TNT Canada to work with the importer's chosen Customs broker in providing the customs documentation required to notify CFIA of the shipment, and request authorization to have the goods imported.
Goods of this nature which are not pre-alerted to the CFIA, will not be allowed entry into Canada. The shipment will need to be returned to origin in-bond on arrival, or forfeited to Canada Customs.
Australia - 9th December 2013
Customs Requirement for Agricultural Machinery, Equipment and Parts
Australian Customs require the following statement / declaration to accompany ALL imports of agricultural machinery, equipment and parts.
This statement can be in the form of a valid declaration or included in the commercial invoice from the exporter, supplier or company representative (who may be based in the country of import), stating that :
"The machinery, equipment and/or and parts are new and have not been field tested or factory trialled."
The company representative who signs the statement must be a representative of the exporter, supplier or manufacturer.
Failure to comply will result in the consignment being held for inspection in every case where a statement is not provided.
Further details of Australian Customs notice of requirement can be found here: Customs Notice 83-2013.
Iran - 9th December 2013
Iranian Customs restrictions only permit clearance of prescribed drugs with limited volumes and only when an original and valid prescription accompanies the consignment.
Failure to provide the correct paperwork will result in the consignment being held by Customs and potential fines imposed.
For further details please contact the TNT Customer Service Department
Macadonia - 9th December 2013
It is prohibited to import consignments containing any food or beverage (whether alcoholic or non alcoholic) into FYRO Macedonia. This rule applies to both companies and private individuals.
All consignments contain any food or beverage will be returned to origin.
Example of items affected include:
- Dry Fruits
South Africa - 11th November 2013
South African Customs will no longer accept any "Proforma" invoices for clearance purposes, all invoices must be "commercial" invoices only.
All shipments arriving in South African with a proforma invoice will automatically be detained by Customs and a request for a commercial invoice issued.
Shipments detained due to invoice requirements will experience a minimum delay of 24 hours and release from Customs will be dependent on availability of commercial invoice from origin.
There is also the possibility of penalties being issued on these shipments.