Tobacco is one of the trickiest items to send overseas. Find out everything you need to know about shipping tobacco in the UK, Europe or internationally, whether as an individual or a business. Before booking the shipping service, check the rules and regulations for sending tobacco by post or courier.
Licensed tobacco manufacturers and retailers can legally ship tobacco as freight if they have a contract with authorised carriers. VAT and excise duty must be paid before these goods are sent to the destination country.
European companies can ship tobacco products internationally to recipients based in non-EU countries only if they have an official license, pay VAT, excise duties, and conclude relevant agreements with authorised courier services. Exporting tobacco products is a complex process, so small businesses tend to avoid shipping internationally.
It is important to distinguish between sending tobacco in the mail and travelling with tobacco. While carrying tobacco for personal use is possible, shipping tobacco between individuals is not permitted in the EU. When sending tobacco products to each other, individuals do so at their own risk.
European citizens can receive parcels containing small quantities of tobacco products (50 cigarettes, or 25 cigarillos of a maximum weight of three grams each, or 10 cigars, or 50 grams of smoking tobacco) from non-EU countries under the EU Council Directive 2006/79/EC.
However, shipping any quantity of tobacco between individuals is still prohibited by most courier companies. When choosing to send tobacco products to private consumers in the mail, individuals do so at their own risk.
The same rule applies to tobacco shipments sent to and from the UK after Brexit.
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HOW TO PACK
When shipping tobacco internationally, you should make sure that you know how to properly prepare your package for transport. Products such as cigars, pipe tobacco, and cigarillos must always be sent in their original sealed packaging.
Take these guidelines into consideration when shipping tobacco internationally. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your parcel without restriction. If you decide to send tobacco by mail or courier, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.
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