New Customs Requirements for Packages to European Union (EU) Countries

If you're shipping packages to countries that follow European Union (EU) customs rules, there are new customs regulations you'll need to follow. If you don't provide more-detailed content descriptions on your customs forms, your packages may be returned or refused. 


Starting March 1, 2023:

New customs rules apply to all outbound international packages going to European countries that follow EU customs regulations. This includes small personal gifts, ecommerce orders, and military and diplomatic mail (APO/DPO/FPO).


  • Every item in your package must be listed on the customs declaration form.
  • For each item's description: You can't just name a general category; your description must be specific. For example, you can't just say "electronics"; you have to be specific about the type of electronics, like "computer," "mobile phone," or "television."


Guidance for Acceptable Descriptions

  • Unacceptable - Acceptable
  • Clothes - Men's shirts, girls' vest, boys' jackets
  • Appliances - Refrigerator, stove, microwave oven
  • Artwork - Oil painting, pencil sketch, bronze statue
  • Battery - Lithium batteries
  • Gifts - Scented candle, remote-controlled car, cashmere scarf
  • Medicine - Painkillers, antiviral spray
  • Health & Beauty Products - Detergent, toothbrush, towels
  • Vegetables - Eggplant, onions, broccoli



Countries That Follow European Union (EU) Customs Rules

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus, Republic of
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


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