Are you an individual, a manufacturer or a reseller willing to send tobacco by post or by courier? Get informed on how to ship tobacco products safely and legally. Have a look at tobacco shipping laws and regulations and check our packaging instructions if you are planning to send this type of product to your clients, friends, or family.
HOW TO PACK
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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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.
Licensed tobacco manufacturers and retailers can legally ship tobacco to each other as freight. 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, if they have an official license, pay VAT, excise duties, and conclude relevant agreements with authorized courier services.
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 (25 cigarillos of a maximum weight of three grams each, or 10 cigars or 50 grams of smoking tobacco or 200 sticks of tobacco for heating in electronic devices) from non-EU countries under the EU Council Directive 2006/79/EC.
However, sending any quantity of tobacco between individuals is still prohibited by most courier companies. When choosing to send tobacco products between 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.