Customs clearance of gift consignments
- Public service
The transport company will notify you if a gift or another consignment sent to you must be cleared through Customs. The gift cannot be delivered to you until you have cleared it through Customs and paid any import taxes.
The gift’s content, value and country of consignment determine whether it has to be cleared through Customs. A private individual’s gift to another private individual is exempt from customs duty and tax if the gift’s value is 45 euros or less, and it is sent from outside the EU customs and fiscal territory or the EU fiscal territory. Exceptions include, for example, gifted alcohol and tobacco products which must be cleared through Customs regardless of their value. If the gift is sent from the EU customs and fiscal territory, you do not have to declare it to Customs.
Do the following
You can do the customs clearance of gifts sent as packages online in Customs’ Import Declaration Service. If you are unable to or do not wish to use the service, you can authorise another person to do the online customs clearance on your behalf.
However, certain goods, such as restricted weapons, cannot be cleared through Customs online. Postal consignments containing such goods can be cleared through Customs at the nearest Customs office.
Cargo consignments must be cleared through Customs at the Customs office closest to the goods’ storage location.
You can ask the cargo transporter for the storage location of your goods. You can clear a gift consignment through Customs personally or authorise another person or a forwarding agency to act on your behalf.
To whom and on what terms
The service is free of charge.