Sending a gift to Poland? There are 5 important things you need to know before sending it abroad. With a shipping time of 1-3 days and guaranteed cheap quotes on the world’s leading couriers, here is everything you need to know to send a gift to Poland.
Here are 5 essential things you need to know before sending a gift to Poland:
- What can’t I ship to Poland?
- Can I send food to Poland?
- Are there any import duties or taxes I need to pay?
- How do you package a gift to survive in transit?
- How do you get the cheapest quote?
What can’t I ship to Poland?
There are some items no courier will ship and are listed on our prohibited items list. Some of these include:
- Alcohol (or any flammable liquids)
- Perfume (contains alcohol)
- Furs (prohibited item)
- Meat (permissible item)
- Dairy (permissible item)
As you are shipping to a country within the European Union your parcel won’t need to be cleared by customs. However, there are still some restrictions and prohibitions that vary country to country; so please first read Poland’s restrictions list if you are unsure.
Poland also has restrictions on these items:
- Shoes: If you are sending shoes, it is mandatory that you provide detailed information about the shoes. For example, the kind of material used for the soles and uppers, what kind of shoes they are (sport shoes, sandals, boots) and who is to wear the shoes (children, women, men).
- Jewelry: There is a $500 limit (or local currency equivalent) on the value of jewelry that can be shipped with a courier. If you exceed this then our courier won’t be able to transport it.
- Sunglasses: Look for the European CE mark. Sunglasses are restricted from entry unless they have this mark stamped on it.
- Technology: All electronic goods need to have the European CE mark or they can’t be shipped. Goods without it could be destroyed.
- Medicine: Only a small amount of medicine for personal use is allowed to be imported into Poland. All medicine must be accompanied with a prescription.
- Toys: Toys must also have a European CE mark on them. Without the mark they could be destroyed and fines issued.
- Click here to view what you can and cannot send via courier.
- Click here to view the Polish Customs Authority’s website.
- For more details on what you can and cannot import into Poland, see here.
Any questions? Give our customer services a call on 08448804558.
Can I send food to Poland?
Yes, as long as the food item isn’t classed as perishable. Perishable items include food and drink that could spoil during transit; as long as you remember this before packing your hamper with tasty delights, you will be absolutely fine. See our prohibited items list for more details.
Food and drink items banned from entering Poland:
- Homemade items
These items are all classed as perishable and are banned from being shipped by a courier. This is because they can spoil during transit.
Restricted food items:
- Items from Japan: Due to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, if you are sending any food items from Japan then you will need to import them via Designated Point of Entries (DPE) within the EU to be checked.
Here are a few points to remember if you are sending food:
- Food must be in its original manufactures packaging, sealed and not tampered with in any way.
- All ingredients need to be listed clearly on the outside.
- Food must have a shelf life longer than 6 months.
Top tip: It is best to send food that you have bought from a store. Homemade food tends to fall into the perishable items category as they do not contain preservatives and will therefore go off or spoil during transit.
- Don’t send items that need a temperature controlled environment, like: frozen food and food that needs to be refrigerated or kept chilled – they will spoil before reaching their destination.
- Don’t send foods restricted for import into their destination. Always check the destination country’s restricted and prohibited items list, located on their customs website.
Top Tip: If you are sending a seasonal hamper (read below) to Poland then be careful not to include any alcoholic food or drinks of any kind. Alcohol and flammable liquids are prohibited items and cannot be sent via courier.
Sending a seasonal hamper?
Every year people choose to cheer up a loved one with a hamper filled with delicious treats from home. Fortunately, this is a straightforward task as long as you stick to these rules:
- Send items bought from store. Food items need to be clearly labelled with their ingredients.
- All items need to have a shelf-life longer than six months from shipping.
- Don’t send hampers with items that include alcohol or drinks of any kind. Alcohol and flammable liquids are completely banned and cannot be sent via courier.
- Sending chocolate? Remember that it turns white when exposed to heat – if this is a concern, send white chocolate instead.
- Don’t rely on the hampers packaging to protect its items – place it inside of a box with internal cushioning to keep it protected during transit. See below for more packaging tips.
- Don’t declare it as a ‘Christmas Hamper’ on your invoice – a customs official may request to look inside of it if they can’t immediately determine what your package is. List the items individually.
Top tip: Sending a gift for a holiday season? Make sure to send it in advance before the day of festivities as peak times mean delays – call our customer care team for more guidance.
How do you package a gift to survive in transit?
Packaging your parcel effectively is important, so we recommend a few simple techniques to ensure it arrives in tip-top condition.
- Whenever you send a parcel, especially one containing fragile items, it is best to invest in a new double corrugated cardboard box for the outer packaging.
- For added protection you can even purchase a triple corrugated box for those really special items.
- For internal packaging, use wrap your items individually with bubble wrap and fill any remaining space left in the box with any left-over bubble wrap, newspaper or foam.
Packaging a food hamper
Your food hamper is particularly vulnerable to being damaged during transit if it isn’t packaged properly. We recommend placing it inside of a crippled corrugated box, with each item inside individually wrapped in packaging materials.
- Make sure all items are wrapped individually.
- All must be cushioned so they cannot move. If they can move they can be damaged.
- Wrap your entire hamper in several layers of cushioning materials, like bubble wrap, before placing it inside of your box.
- Make sure every item within the hamper is allowed for import into the country.
How do you get the cheapest quote?
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