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Customs Information
Why customs information is important ?

If you are sending shipments outside of the European Union (EU) which are not documents, they have to be accompanied by a commercial invoice. We have based the following guidelines on the majority of worldwide customs regulations, but these can vary depending on the country, and they can also change without notice. So, if you think there may be a special requirement for the country you’re sending your shipment to, just tell our local Customer Service department and they’ll check it out for you. And, of course, if anything else is unclear, call them – they’re waiting to help!

When you’re preparing your invoice, be sure to include the following information :

– Sender’s name and address.
– The word ‘invoice’ (‘Proforma’ invoices are not acceptable).
– Name and address of the importer. (Please note, the receiver may be a different person or company to the importer.)
– Date of invoice.
-Invoice number.
Quantity of each item of goods supplied. Full description of each item of goods supplied. (Catalogue numbers or part numbers will not do as Customs want to know what each item actually is) The total value of goods covered by the invoice. This must at least be the intrinsic value of the goods. Don’t use the terms ‘value for customs purposes only’ or ‘customs invoice’. Make sure you make it clear what currency you’re using when you give the value of the goods. Specify the country of origin (i.e. where the goods were manufactured) of each type of goods being sent. Give gross and net weights of the goods covered by the invoice, together with the number of items consigned for carriage. The packaging material will make up the difference between the gross and net weights Include the following statement: “We certify that this invoice shows the full value of the goods and that no further invoice will be issued”.

How to Choose Provider?
Choosing the Provider:

Consider all reputable international mail service providers, whether private companies, foreign or domestic postal authorities

Consider their experience: How long have they been in business? Are they familiar with my industry & type of mail? Can they provide references?

Consider their size & scope: Are they big enough to handle my needs, do they have global coverage, are they a stable company? Will they give my account personal attention?

Consider their reputation: Can they stand behind their service quality, do they have a loyal following of customers, can they provide transit studies, are they recognized by trade organizations & other industry sources?

Consider their knowledge: Do they understand the unique requirements of your industry, business or specific mailing? Do they recommend alternative methods? Do they discuss the handling of undeliverable mail? Are they well informed of foreign postal regulations & matters that can affect delivery, such as foreign address formats/hygiene?

Addressing your foreign mail :

Develop a flexible foreign address database, with sufficient field lengths, multiple address lines, & separate postal code field. Consult industry reference material to meet the individual requirements of largest destination countries utilize the services of companies specializing in foreign address hygiene for file cleansing (generally 10,000 + records)

Country name must appear separately on last line of address, in CAPITAL letters

Postal code field must be alpha and numeric (i.e. Canada, United Kingdom)

Test your foreign address output prior to production in the format to be mailed (label, polywrap, window envelop, carrier sheet, etc.)

Return address should be country of origin or omitted.

Mail Preparation and Sorting:

Ask the international mail service about the impact on price & service, based on item weight. Foreign postal authority weight/rate breaks are mainly metric (i.e. 20, 50, 100 grams) & not ounces.

Consider the foreign market culture & practices Ask the international mail service provider about the impact on price & service, based on item size. Foreign postal authority size restrictions may be different than domestic. Consider the foreign market culture & mailing practices

Ask the international mail service provider about the impact on price & service, if you are able to sort the mailing by individual country, city, or specific postal code. Very often, this can by done at database level with the sort integrity maintained through production & packing.

Ask the international mail service provider about the impact on price & service, if you are able to preprint a permit or indicia on all or a portion of the mail items. Ask the international mail service provider for input regarding the design of your mail piece, including color, language & copy. Global providers can often offer expertise from the foreign market to review & comment

Security, Control and Quality:

Determine how many parties will be involved in moving your mail from pick up to end destination country or city Determine if the international mail service provider has measures to monitor movement of mail at all stages of the journey, to end destination Determine if the international mail service provider has means for proactive communication of delivery delays & contingency plan for problems

Determine if the international mail service provider has delivery time standards & mechanism for routine checking of performance against standard.

Determine if the international mail service provider is accessible via toll free national Customer Service, web site, email & responsive local representation & management

Determine if the international mail service provider has procedures to ensure service quality

Other Service Capabilities :

Find out its assistance is available with other elements of direct marketing supply chain:
Media choice, List acquisition, Database management/address hygiene, Ad agency mail piece/catalog
design, Translation/copy Printing/hybrid mail Letter shop and International mailing.

Commodity Information
What you can and cannot send
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Type of commodity Key
ADVERTISING – LITERATURE
ADVERTISING – MATERIAL
AIR TICKETS – BLANK
AIR TICKETS – ISSUED
ALCOHOL
ANIMAL PRODUCTS
ANNUAL REPORTS
APERTURE CARDS
APPLIANCES
ARTWORK
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Type of commodity Key
BAGGAGE TAGS
BEVERAGES – NON ALCOHOLIC
BIDS/PROPOSALS
BINDERS – EMPTY
BLOOD SAMPLES
BLUEPRINTS
BONDS – NEGOTIABLE
BONDS – NON NEGOTIABLE
BROCHURES
BUSINESS CARDS
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
BUSINESS CARDS
CALENDARS
CAMERA LENSES
CAMERAS
CASH LETTERS
CHEMICALS
CHEQUES – BLANK
CHEQUES – CANCELLED
CHEQUES – PERSONAL/PAYROLL
CLOTH
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
CLOTHING
CLOTHING – SAMPLES
COMPUTER PRINTOUTS
COSMETICS
CREDIT CARDS
CREDIT CARDS – BLANK
DEEDS
DISKETTES – CONTAINING DATA
HEQUES – PERSONAL/PAYROLL
DISKS – AUDIO/VISUAL
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
DRAFTS
DOCUMENTS
DRAWINGS
DRAWINGS – COMMERCIAL
DRAWINGS – TECHNICAL
DRUGS – NON PRESCRIPTION
DRUGS – PRESCRIPTION
ELECTRONIC PARTS
FILM
FILMS – COMMERCIAL
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
FILMS – PROMOTIONAL
FILMS – TRAINING
FINE ART
FOODSTUFFS – CANNED
FOODSTUFFS – OTHER
GIFTS – FOR INDIVIDUALS
GRAIN SAMPLES
GRAPHS
GREETINGS CARDS
INKS – HARDBACK
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
INKS – HARDBACK TECHNICAL
INKS – PAPERBACK
INKS -HARDBACK SCHOOL/MEDICAL
INKS -PAPERBACK SCHOOL/MEDIC
INTEROFFICE MAIL
INVITATIONS
INVOICES
JEWELLERY
JOURNALS
KNIVES
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
LABELS – ADHESIVE BACKED
LABELS – TIE ON
LAYOUTS
LEATHER GOODS
LIQUIDS
LIQUOR
LITHOGRAPHS
MACHINE PARTS
MAGAZINES
MAGAZINES – TRADE RELATED
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
MANUALS – TECHNICAL
MANUSCRIPTS
MAPS
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
MEDICAL SUPPLIES
MICROFICHE
MICROFILM
MONEY ORDERS
MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS
NEGATIVES
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
NEGOTIABLE DOCUMENTS
NEWSLETTERS – INTERCOMPANY
NEWSPAPERS
NEWSPAPERS – COMPANY
NEWSPAPERS – TRADE RELATED
PAMPHLETS
PAPER GOODS – PATTERNS/CUTTING
PASSPORTS
PENS
PERFUMES
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
PERIODICALS
PERIODICALS – TRADE RELATED
PHARMACEUTICALS
PHOTOGRAPHS
PHOTOGRAPHS – IN BUS. REPORTS
POLITICAL LITERATURE
PRICE LISTS
PRINTED MUSIC
PROOFS
PROPOSALS
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
PUBLICATIONS – FOR RESALE
PUBLICATIONS – INTERCOMPANY
SEALS
SEISMIC DATA
SEPIA DRAWINGS
SHARES
SLIDES
SPARES – COMPUTER
SPARES – MACHINERY
SPARES – MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
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Type of commodity Key
SPARES – VEHICLE
SPECIFICATION SHEETS
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
STATIONERY
STOCKS
TAPE – SEALING
TAPES – AUDIO
TAPES – COMPUTER
TENDERS -CONTAINING PHOTOGRAPH
TEXTILES – PIECE GOODS
Document Non-document Forbidden
Type of commodity Key
TOBACCO
TOYS
TRANSPARENCIES
TRAVELLERS CHEQUES – UNUSED
TRAVELLERS CHEQUES – USED
VIDEO GAMES
VISA APPLICATIONS
WATCHES
X-RAYS

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