When sending goods to EU countries, customs documents are generally not required. This does not apply, however, to countries requiring air freight delivery: Greece, Cyprus, and Malta. In addition, special shipping documents are required for various EU customs enclaves (e.g. the Channel Islands, Canary Islands) and for countries with their own customs sovereignty (e.g. Gibraltar, San Marino, Andorra). For more information, see "Export documents" below or Export Checklist*. Your DER KURIER station will also be happy to advise you – or your send us an e-mail.
Please note our shipping restrictions as outlined in our General Terms and Conditions of Business. Hazardous goods, articles of value, personal effects, works of arts, alcohol, ATA Carnet goods, living plants and animals, perishable foods/pet food etc. are excluded from shipment. Additional restrictions are in place for a number of countries. Ask your DER KURIER station for more information.
– Export documents –
Please ensure that the commercial invoice (for EFTA-States and third countries) is attached to each shipment on original business paper in triple duplicate. For customs procedures to run smoothly, the following information must be included:
A pro-forma invoice can be issued if the goods have no commercial value, i.e. they are not-for-resale goods, samples, or free-of-charge gifts or deliveries. The information required for a commercial invoice must also be contained in the pro-forma invoice. In addition, the value of the shipment must also be declared, e.g. with the note "sample or gift - value for customs purposes only".
An export declaration is required for all parcel deliveries to EFTA and non-EU countries with a value exceeding 1000 euros. Export declarations need to be submitted to the customs authorities electronically. Take advantage of our expert knowledge and have your electronic export declarations prepared by our central customs department. To use the service, contact your DER KURIER station.
If the value of the goods does not exceed 6000 euros, the declaration of origin can be included in the invoice. The binding text is as follows:
"The exporter (or The authorised exporter, customs authorisation number ...) of the products covered by this document declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of European Union preferential origin."
The original copy of the Declaration of Origin must be signed (with the name also written in plain characters) and stamped with the company stamp if the exporter is not an "authorised exporter".
If the value of the goods exceeds 6000 euros, an EUR.1 Movement Certificate is required. This must be stamped by the responsible customs office. "Authorised" exporters are exempted from this requirement. All they need to provide is the declaration of origin and the customs authorisation number. In the case of Turkey, an A.TR. is also required.
If the low-value clearance threshold is exceeded, Proof of Origin (proof of preferential treatment) is to be provided. This certifies that your goods have been manufactured in a European Union or EFTA country. If proof of preferential treatment is provided, no customs duties (EFTA) or a lower customs duty (non-EU countries) will be imposed. If you cannot provide this proof, this should be noted on the invoice. Please let us know if you would like information on the current value thresholds.