Can you send alcohol

Customs regulations for sending parcels - regulations for postal services

Exceptions to the obligation to present:

There are exceptions to the disclosure requirement. For example, shipments from private individuals to private individuals, gift shipments and shipments of low value do not have to be presented to customs. No customs fees are charged for these shipments and they can be delivered directly to the recipient. But as is so often the case, there are a few rules to be observed here so that the shipment is really free of charge and free of charge.

The following applies to the import of mail from a country outside the EU (third country):

1. Private-to-private mail

Private mail that is imported into the EU from a third country must not have a value of more than 45 euros so that it is free of import duties. In addition, they may only be intended for private use or consumption by the recipient and the sender may not receive any payment from the recipient for the shipment or its content. In addition, specified maximum quantities of certain goods such as tobacco, alcohol, perfume and coffee may not be exceeded. Information on the exact quantities of the individual product groups can be found at

For private mail, both the recipient and the sender must be private individuals.

2. Shipments of little value

In the case of low-value items, on the other hand, it does not matter whether the sender and recipient are private individuals or companies. However, one caveat must be made beforehand: alcohol, tobacco products, coffee and perfume never fall into this category, regardless of their value.

In the context of low-value items, all mail items up to a total value of 150 euros (including foreign sales tax; transport costs are not included) are duty-free. Mind you, only duty-free! Other taxes such as import sales tax are still due. Until November 30, 2008, there was still a maximum limit of 22 euros for low-value items. For the duty-free this limit has risen to 150, - Euro, but for the complete duty-free (sales tax etc.) it remains at the limit of 22, - Euro. However, alcohol, tobacco products, coffee and perfume are excluded.

3. Returns and items for the blind

Returns and items for the blind can usually be sent without customs formalities.

The following applies to the export of mail from the EU:

1. Gift shipments

If you want to send a gift to a country outside the EU, you can do so as a gift shipment. Gift items can be sent to a third country without any customs formalities. The prerequisite, however, is that the mail item only contains goods that are either not intended for commercial purposes or, if they are intended for commercial purposes, do not exceed a value of 1,000 euros. In addition, the shipment must not be a partial shipment. This means that the content may not be divided into two or more packages if the value would then exceed a total of 1,000 euros. Regular deliveries are also not permitted and must be cleared through customs. When sending gifts, too, it must be ensured that the goods to be sent are not subject to any prohibitions or restrictions. An overview can be found in the chapter "Prohibited and restricted content". The responsible customs authority can provide detailed information.

Postal items can only be declared as gift items when they are exported from the EU. When goods are imported, the rules for private-to-private mail or low-value mail apply.

Tip: When shipping personal items or handicrafts that have a high ideal value, it is advisable to only state the value of the goods. A self-knitted blanket by an aunt from the USA can otherwise become an expensive gift for the recipient. For example, if you give a goods value of $ 200 even though the value of the materials is significantly lower, the blanket costs the recipient about 40 euros in customs duties.