Saarbrücken (ots) - Also this year, Black Friday at the end of November heralds the hot phase of pre-Christmas online shopping and means high season for parcel senders and services. What many online shoppers do not consider, however, is that if the desired parcel is sent from a non-EU country, customs are involved in a number of ways.
Because if the long-awaited sneakers or the latest smartphone are ordered from an online retailer in a third country, additional customs duties and import sales tax may apply. In the case of goods subject to consumer tax, such as alcohol, it may even be the case that consumption taxes may still have to be paid.
The following provisions apply to mail from a third country:
Goods value up to 22 euros: There are no customs duties and no import sales tax. Excise taxes, such as for alcohol or tobacco, are levied.
Goods value over 22 euros to 150 euros: The import sales tax (currently reduced from 19 to 16 percent or from 7 to 5 percent) and, if applicable, consumption taxes are charged.
Goods value over 150 euros: In addition to the import sales tax, there are also goods-related customs and, if applicable, consumption taxes.
If the package ends up at customs, the customer will find an information card from the post office in his mailbox, on which not only the customs office is indicated, where the shipment must be picked up within 7 days, but also which documents are to be brought for customs clearance.
Since February 2020, mail no longer has to be picked up personally at the customs office. Shipments up to a value of 1.000 euros can also be dispatched without appearing in person. Due to the corona pandemic, this mail service can be used from home to avoid further personal contact and to inhibit the spread of the virus.
In addition to a possible customs clearance of the goods, import bans and restrictions must always be observed for postal and courier shipments. For example, customs oversee the examination of commercial legal protection and product safety of technical products or clothing to protect consumers.
"Supposedly cheap branded products can quickly turn out to be a bad investment if they are counterfeit," said Dominik Brach, press spokesman for the main customs office in Saarbrücken. “The goods are seized and destroyed, the purchase price is not refunded by the supplier. In addition, the parcel recipient may expect civil law proceedings with the rights holder. "
Post and courier shipments from other EU member states can usually be received without customs formalities. However, if you order alcohol or tobacco from another EU country, you may have to pay taxes. In addition, certain import bans must also be observed here.
So if you want to give presents at Christmas in a relaxed way, you can find out more in good time at Zoll.de or with the “Customs and Post” app.
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Originally written by: Main customs office in Saarbrücken
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