While Stack Shipping will keep you up to date on all Customs formalities requirements, there are several fundamental things you should be aware of.

A little error might cause delays, penalties, or even the whole package being seized by foreign customs officials.

Various countries may have different customs laws. That is why we keep abreast of all the laws.

The process known as "customs transit" enables you to transport products between two places within a customs jurisdiction or between two different countries without having to pay fees at each location. There are internal and exterior transits.

There are many transportation possibilities:

  • Products are carried across (part of) the EU after entering its customs territory, and then they exit the EU once more.
  • Products go through various customs areas after leaving the EU Customs Territory before returning to the EU.
  • Products are moved from the EU Customs Territory to a location within the EU.
  • Goods are the first subject to an export procedure before being subject to a transit procedure.

A supply that is made within the EU is referred to as an intra-community supply. Free mobility of persons and products is guaranteed by the EU Customs Union. This implies that unless you are transporting by sea, you do not require export paperwork.

Export Documentation

Every EU port treats goods as though they originated outside of the EU. When traveling between two EU ports, ships can conveniently pick up commodities in a non-EU nation. Because of this, goods by water are treated as such by EU customs officials. Make sure your cargo is accompanied by T2L paperwork in order to demonstrate that your products came from the EU. The T2L is approved by the country's customs agency where the consignment will depart from an EU port.

Customs Clearance

The European Union is a region with no customs. Customs fees will not apply to products made in EU member states or any other nation having particular agreements for the free circulation of commodities. There are often no additional customs clearance costs for shipping within the European Union, but there could be for shipments coming in from outside the EU.

During the customs clearing process for overseas delivery, there are several situations in which you may not be required to pay customs duties:

  • Some business items might not be subject to customs taxes.
  • If you deal with goods that are subject to the so-called zero duty rate, there is also a chance that you will be exempt from customs duty on overseas packages.

Maintaining the customs clearance processes for foreign packages is the responsibility of Customs, often known as the customs duty office, a national authority of the local government.  Each country has different regulation systems and if you are shipping outside of the EU, we have compiled a guide on all you need to prepare beforehand!

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