Sales carried out through a “snowball” procedure, or any other similar process consisting in offering merchandise to the public by suggesting the prospect of receiving products either for free or in exchange for a sum that is inferior to their real value. These sales require the presentation of vouchers or tickets to third parties, membership, or subscriptions.
Senders are held fully responsible for imprecise customs declarations and failure to respect any customs bans or restrictions. They are thus urged to seek information from relevant organisations (Chambers of Commerce and Industry, embassies, consulates, foreign country trade missions in France).
Special restrictions covering sensitive merchandise:
Independent of its country of origin or destination, certain merchandise is subject to mailing restrictions because it is considered as sensitive. The customs authorities, in cooperation with other government agencies, are responsible for applying these restrictions. Such merchandise includes: arms, medicine, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, dual use material (strategic goods that have both military and civilian uses) or products derived from species of wild fauna and flora that are protected by the Washington Convention.
Such merchandise must be accompanied by specific documents such as a licence, certificate, import or export authorization, which must be presented to government officials at the time of customs clearance or at any spot control. The French customs authorities may block such shipments.
Customs formalities for mail containing merchandise subject to restrictions or to other special formalities must be completed by the sender or by his/her representative, (-ABBR-0-e.g., La Poste) when such mail is sent. Shipments of food products are strictly regulated by most countries.
Sending counterfeit products by mail:
The export, import, mailing and possession of products with a counterfeit brand or trademark are prohibited. If such an infraction is discovered, customs may seize the merchandise.
Required declaration of cash, gold or open financial instruments
In general, mailings of cash, gold or open financial instruments should respect the postal regulations of the country of destination, which either prohibit such mailings outright or prohibit their inclusion in ordinary mail. Mailing banknotes, coins, checks, open bills of exchange or promissory notes, debt securities in bearer form, or gold bars and gold and silver coins, with a value of -ABBR-1-€7,600 or more, must be declared to customs regardless of destination, including member States of the European Union, other countries, overseas territories or the Principality of Monaco. It is also necessary in every case to ascertain whether, and if so under which conditions, the country of destination will accept such a mailing for delivery.
Declaration form -ABBR-2-CN 23 and the -ABBR-3-DAU form are filled out for gold bars and gold or silver coins sent to countries outside of the European Union.
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