Sending international shipments to Europe has never easier. Knowing the basic rules and regulations helps ensure predictable clearance, costs and transit times. The Canadian European free trade agreement CETA provides duty free access for Canadian companies who ship qualifying goods. Securing duty free entry may only require a certification on the invoice.
See note below on CETA duty free importing from Canada to the EU
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Send your shipments to Europe free of duty and VAT!
Most parcel shipments to Europe under 22 Euros (~$30 CD) can be cleared without duty and value added tax (VAT). The low value threshold is also referred to as the “de minimus value.”
The de-minimis value refers to the minimum value of the goods below which no duties and taxes are being collected by the Customs.
Many international parcels to Europe containing product sample and small parts qualify for this exemption. Inexperienced shippers often over value a shipment by casually assigning a value - which results in unnecessary customs fees for clearance of their international parcel.
The de minimis value for international shipments to England is 15 UKL /~$25 CD (member of EU but not "eurozone")
Sending your international shipment to Europe Duty Free:
To most countries in the Eurozone, shipments valued under 150 Euros (~$220 CD) can be cleared with only Value Added Tax charges and no duty. For businesses who do not sell to the final consumer, the VAT can most often be claimed back from the government.
European Union ≠ Unified Clearance
Although shipments originating in Europe travel freely within the EU, shipments sent from outside the EU must be cleared in the destination country.
For companies that wish to send high volume parcel flows to Europe, they have to set up dedicated customs processes in each country.
Clearly Note the “C.I.F. Value”
When sending international shipments to Europe, we advice our customers to clearly state the cost including cost, insurance freight. This is commonly known as the C.I.F. Value.
Companies that send small parcels to Europe often simply state a value not realizing that European customs might assume the insurance and freight is not included. This can result in higher Duty and Value Added Tax.
CIF (Cost, Insurance, Freight): A pricing term indicating that the cost of goods, insurance, and freight are included in the quoted price. Duty is calculated by adding all costs together.
Determine who will be paying for customs charges?
Although most parcels sent using commercial carriers (including Jet Worldwide) include clearance, consignees are often charged duty, VAT and “administrative fees” upon importation.
The default option for parcel shipments to Europe is for the customs charges to be paid by the consignee (referred to as Delivery Duty Unpaid/ DDU).
If you do not want the consignee to be charged, you should send the shipment with your carrier using the DDP. You must also mention this on your invoice for customs.
Delivery Duty Paid
“Delivered Duty Paid” means that the seller delivers the goods when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer, cleared for import on the arriving means of transport ready for unloading at the named place of destination. The seller bears all the costs and risks involved in bringing the goods to the place of destination.
Note: More shippers use an updated Inco-Term, Delivery to Place / DTP in place of "DDP"
Contact Jet Worldwide for European Delivery Solutions For Your Shipments To Europe
Sending international parcels to Europe has never been easier. The most important advice is to simply provide as much detail as possible on the invoice you prepare with the shipment paying particular attention to the shipment description and value.
If the product description is a technical term not commonly understood, we recommend including a brief statement on why it is being send and how it will be used.
European Canadian / CETA duty free clearance shipping from Canada
The good news for Canadian shippers is that CETA rules don’t require a formal certificate in order to obtain tariff benefits. A declaration on the invoice or any other commercial document accompanying the shipment is enough.
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