Shipments not in compliance will be held by Customs until proper documentation is received. Fines may be charged.
It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.
It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.
Only documents are cleared by a simplified entry with no charge or delays. Samples, personal effects, and non commercial shipments will be kept at customs facilities to be cleared by the consignees with no charge of duties and taxes, but if the clearance is done by UPS or any customs agencies, the consignee will be charged duties and taxes and/or a warehouse handling fee.
Shipments which contain medication, legal drugs, food, personal care products, vegetable or animal products require a health permit before customs clearance.
Shipments over US$1000.00 and between countries or territories with free trade agreements, duties exemption, and health permits require an individual formal entry.
Shipments destined to Boca Del Toro are moved via ground service. If a shipment arrives for Isla Colon, the consignee is contacted to see if it can be sent to Boca Del Toro. If so, the shipment is moved via ground service and upon arrival in Boca Del Toro, UPS will contact the consignee to pick up the package. If the consignee refuses, the shipper is notified, resulting in RTS or the abandonment of the shipment.
This also applies to the city of Altamirante, which is an extended area.
There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Costa Rica. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.
Shipments valued up to US$50.00 are subject to duties and taxes. However, depending on the shipment's contents, a lower rate of tax may be applied. This is not always the rule; customs may impose duty on personal shipments.
In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.
Brokerage can be done by the consignees without payment of Duties and Taxes for shipments considered as personal or non commercial with a CIF declared value up to US$ 500.00, but they must be cleared between customs inspectors and the final consignee. If UPS or any customs agencies clear the parcel for the customer, the consignee will be charged with duties, taxes and Brokerage and/or Handling fees, depending on the type of merchandise
These types of shipments are considered commercial shipments and require a Formal Entry. They are subject to duties and taxes.
Write "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to assure proper assessment of duties and taxes.
Pro forma invoices will not be accepted since they are considered by Customs like simple quotations. They are not good for customs purposes, as may be modified by exporter / seller in case of any variation of the initial conditions, so they offer no guarantee that make clear the price actually paid or that will be paid.
Invoices must be translated into Spanish for Customs clearance. To avoid delays, include an extra invoice in Spanish with the shipment. The invoice must include the following information:
Descriptions of contents such as spare parts, samples, computers parts, machine parts, gifts and similar ones are not accepted. The descriptions must be very specific and must describe the purpose of use.
The consignee's telephone number, if available, must be on the invoice. Original invoices are required by law and prevent Customs delays. Invoices on company letterhead are preferred. All other types of invoices could cause shipments to be delayed in customs.
The original invoice is required in order to release any package from customs, but it is essential that it clearly shows the actual conditions of the purchase-sale transaction (prices, quantities, Inco term used, currency, etc).
The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment. Customs can change the classification of the product and charge duties and taxes. If an article is considered a non-document and is detected during customs inspection, the shipment will automatically lose the simplified clearance and will go through the regular customs process requiring a formal entry. Documents must not have a declared value or they will be considered by customs as a non-document shipment.
In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Costa Rica.
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