Sending a parcel from the UK to another country within the EU is fairly straight forward as long as you are aware of the rules.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this blog:
- Customs clearance
- Courier restrictions and prohibitions
- Country import restrictions and prohibitions
Do you have to pay duties and taxes when sending from the UK to the EU?
No. The UK is an EU member and goods travelling within the EU are classed as ‘in free circulation’ and are therefore not subject to customs clearance. This means that your parcel can travel without a customs invoice, and that your receiver will not have to pay any import duty or tax before they can receive your goods.
It’s important to note that not all countries in Europe are members of the EU, and that only EU countries are discussed in this blog.
There are two things to be aware of:
- Courier restrictions and prohibitions decide what you can send via courier, and what you can’t.
- Country import restrictions and prohibitions decide what you can import into a specific country, and what you can’t.
The courier restrictions and prohibitions are entirely separate to the country restrictions and prohibitions, but neither offer any flexibility.
Courier Restrictions and Prohibitions
The courier restrictions and prohibitions decide what you can and can’t send in a parcel via courier. Whilst most of it is common sense, often people can be surprised to see some items listed as prohibited for transport via courier.
Here’s a short list of some common items you can’t send via courier:
- Hazardous items such as flammable, combustible and corrosive items, including many household cleaning products such as bleach, for example.
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Perfume, nail varnish and aerosols, including some deodorants.
- Money and negotiable items
- Furs and animal skins
All parcels are security screened and x-rayed upon export from the UK to check that they do not contain any dangerous or prohibited goods.
We therefore recommend that you check our prohibited items list prior to sending your parcel in order to avoid delays or even worse, your item being returned at additional cost to you.
Whilst you don’t have to worry about customs clearance or customs delays, you will still need to ensure that your products are allowed for import into their EU destination country. Each country has their own laws and regulations, and this is also true when it comes to the importation of goods via courier.
For example, some countries may impose prohibitions or restrictions on specific products or types of household goods, whilst other countries may only have restrictions in place for the quantity of each item that you can import. The country’s import regulations are set by the local government, and they are binding by law.
Failing to check the destination country’s import regulations prior to shipping could result in your parcel being returned and additional fees.
We’re here to help, and we strongly recommend you check the rules before you send, or call us and let us check it for you.