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New International Shipping Requirements to the European Union (EU) in March 2023

New International Shipping Requirements to the European Union (EU) in March 2023

>>>>> Note: New compliance deadline is July 1, 2023 <<<<<

As you’ve read for months, the European Union countries will have new international shipping requirements with a Harmonized System (HS) code on all customs forms beginning in March 2023. International Mail Service Inc (IMS) has added a field to add the HS Code in our web portal for customers who create/print their own IMS export compliant shipping labels.

More information as follows …..

From the United State Postal Service (USPS):

Effective March 1, 2023, new European Union (EU) regulations will go into effect, requiring a Harmonized System (HS) tariff code on customs forms (CN22 and CN23) and Advance Electronic Data (AED), for all EU-bound goods. With this change, the Postal Service will require an HS code for EU-bound goods.

These new regulatory changes are designed to increase accountability, efficiency, and decrease the risk of fraud and security threats. By complying with this new mandate, customers will:

  • Avoid fines and penalties associated with noncompliance.
  • Reduce safety and security risks.
  • Help ensure timely and efficient delivery to the EU.
  • Prevent customs delays and/or return of non-compliant mail items.

Per the EU, vague item descriptions on customs forms such as gifts, clothing, electronics, and even “none” will no longer be considered an acceptable description.

To learn more about providing acceptable item descriptions, read the EU’s guidance on acceptable terms at Guidance on Acceptable and Unacceptable Terms for the Description of Goods.

To search HS codes for your products, go to:

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