Whether you are an individual or a reseller willing to send cigarettes by post or by courier, get informed on how to ship cigarettes in a safe and legal way. Find answers to your most popular questions about the regulations related to posting this type of items and have a look at our useful packaging tips.
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When shipping cigarettes internationally, you should make sure that you know how to properly prepare your package for transport. These simple instructions will surely help you send cigarettes by post or via courier services:
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Licensed cigarette manufacturers and retailers can legally ship cigarettes to each other as freight. VAT and excise duty must be paid before these goods are sent to the destination country.
European companies can mail cigarettes internationally to recipients based in non-EU countries, if they have an official license, pay VAT, excise duties, and conclude relevant agreements with authorised courier services.
It is important to distinguish between mailing cigarettes and travelling with cigarettes. While carrying cigarettes for personal use is possible, shipping cigarettes between individuals is not permitted in EU. When mailing cigarettes to each other, individuals do so at their own risk.
EU citizens can buy cigarettes online in another Member-State as long as the retailer has concluded a relevant agreement with an authorised courier company. Excise duties and VAT will still apply.
European citizens can receive parcels containing up to 50 cigarettes from non-EU countries under the EU Council Directive 2006/79/EC. However, sending any quantity of cigarettes between individuals is still prohibited by most courier companies. When choosing to send cigarettes between private consumers in the mail, individuals do so at their own risk.
The same rule applies to cigarette shipments sent to and from the UK after Brexit.