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Declaring gifts

You can declare the gift consignment personally or authorise someone else to declare it for you via the Customs Import Declaration Service. You can also buy the customs clearance as a service from the transport company. Read more about the customs clearance alternatives and about declaring goods.

Points to consider

You can clear your consignment as a gift through the Import Declaration Service for private persons. On page 1, select “I wish to declare a gift sent by a private person” and give the value of the gift consignment as max. 45 euros. On page 3, enter the first and last names of the recipients, as well as details on the gifts and their value per each recipient.

Please note that the gifts in your consignment are only meant for your family, and that the value of a single gift item cannot be divided. The total value of gifts to an individual member of your family must not exceed 45 euros.

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You can declare the consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. On page 1, select “I wish to declare a gift sent by a private person” and give the total value of all the gifts as the value of the consignment. On page 3, itemise each gift as a single item and include the price details. Select “I wish to be contacted by Customs”. Customs will check the conditions for gift consignments and will contact you through this service. 

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You can declare the consignment in the Import Declaration Service for private persons. On page 1, select “I wish to declare a gift sent by a private person” and give the total value of all the gifts as the value of the consignment. On page 3, itemise each gift as a single item and include the price details. Select “I wish to be contacted by Customs”. Customs will contact you, and you can then provide further information and ask for duty exemption for an individual item.

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If the value of your consignment does not exceed 45 euros and contains more than 500 grams of coffee or more than 100 grams of tea, you can give this information on the start page. If the consignment contains other goods as well, select “I wish to be contacted by Customs” on page 3, so that the person who processes your declaration can decide on the prerequisites for exempting the other goods of duty.

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  • Log in again to the Import Declaration Service for private persons.
  • You can find the declaration and the request for additional information on the page My declarations.
  • Follow the instructions in the request.
  • For more specific instructions, see the message sent by the customs clearance team. You will usually be asked to upload and send the order confirmation or some other document. You can also send the documents by email to the email address provided in the service.
  • Regarding gift consignments, you usually need to know what the gift contains and what the value of the contents is. Ask the sender (consignor) of the gift to provide this information in writing, for example by email or text message, and send the information to Customs.

Customs cannot process your declaration without the additional information.


For declaring your gift, you need the following:

  • arrival notification from the transport company
  • information on the gift and its value, for example, a free-form account on the value or a receipt on the goods. (If necessary, ask the sender for the account in advance.)
  • Customs may also wish to see other documents.

Ask the sender for an account of the content and value of the gift consignment.

Read more: Clearing gifts through Customs


Exemption from customs duties on gift consignments is defined in Council Regulation (EC) No 1186/2009, 16 November 2009 (Official Journal of the European Union L324/23 10 December 2009) articles 25 – 27.




                            

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Import Declaration Service for private persons
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