Customs & VAT Overview
What has Changed?
From July 1st 2021:
What Qualifies as a Gift?
Items up to a value of £40/ €45 and sent from one individual to another are considered gifts.
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If you're sending an item purchased from an online marketplace - such as eBay or Amazon - even if you mark the item as a 'gift', it will not be considered a gift under the new regulations.
Do I Need to Pay VAT on my Item?
How do I Calculated the Value of my Parcel?
For EU VAT purposes, the total value of your parcel is the net price (that's the cost of goods + shipping) you've been charged or are due to pay.
Calculating the value of your parcel for VAT purposes is different than adding the value of your parcel contents during the booking process. In the booking process, the value you enter relates only to the contents of the parcel.
You're sending a £10 book to a friend in Germany as a gift. You enter £10 as the value of your parcel contents in the 'My Parcel Details' section of the booking process.
Next, you want to check if your parcel qualifies as a gift under the new regulations. Let's say the cost of shipping your parcel to Germany is £7.55.
You add the value of your parcel contents, £10, to the cost of shipping, £7.55. The total value of your parcel for EU VAT purposes is £17.55, and qualifies as a gift under the new regulations.
VAT Rates by Member State
Sellers can use the delivery address to determine the country VAT rate.
Below are the EU VAT Rates by Member State.