Posting Items Between France and the UK: Post-Brexit Customs and Duties

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Posting Items Between France and the UK: Post-Brexit Customs and Duties

Since the UK officially left the EU on 1st January 2021, new rules and regulations have been in place regarding travel between France and the UK, and customs restrictions & allowances. Crucially, these rules also apply when posting items between France and the UK. If you’re sending a parcel to friends or family across the Channel, here’s what you need to know.

Sending a parcel from France to the UK

If you’re sending a parcel from France to the UK, it must now be accompanied by a customs declaration, but you can still use the La Poste online parcel service, which you can find here. There are few restricted items, and most food items can be sent in small quantities.

However, customs and duty fees may be applied depending upon the value of the parcel. Parcels marked as a ‘gift’ under the value of £39 (approximately €46) shouldn’t have any extra fees to pay, but any item above this will be subject to UK VAT at 20%. Items valued over £135 (approximately €159) may also be subject to customs duties depending on their origin and value. Find out more about taxes and duties here.

Costs are also notably higher post-Brexit, with parcel post to the UK starting from €15.90 and rising incrementally depending on the parcel size and weight.

Sending a parcel from the UK to France

If you’re sending a parcel from the UK to France, you will also need to fill out a customs form, which can be found here. The first thing to note is that there are restrictions on sending food items or plants to the UK – you can find a list of restricted items here, and, unfortunately, it does include popular items such as chocolates and suet puddings.

For gifts being sent to recipients in France, there should be no TVA (VAT) or customs duties to pay up to a value of €45. Items above this value will be subject to taxes and duties, which must be paid by the recipient prior to receiving the item. Find out more about French taxes and duties here.

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  • S Matthews
    2023-01-13 05:40:35
    S Matthews
    Hi, my daughter has been invited to go skiing with the family she is staying with. Will she have to pay import duties if I send her her ski clothes, helmet etc???

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    • Zoë Smith
      2023-01-17 14:34:50
      Zoë Smith
      Hi S, There shouldn't be customs or VAT added on personal items, but you must make sure that you correctly fill in the customs declaration when you send the items - I would recommend going in to the post office and getting someone to help you. Hope this helps! Zoë

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  •  Anthony Lea
    2023-01-02 08:09:16
    Anthony Lea
    I have been charged 56€ import duty on a gift from my son in uk to me in france value 20£ post 12£ this is not within all rules i have read. How do i claim a refund? All sites i try do not cover this subject. A Lea

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    • Zoë Smith
      2023-01-04 07:33:19
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Anthony, The best course of action would be to contact La Poste (or the relevant shipping company if it wasn't sent by regular mail) - you can call customer support on 3631. If this item was correctly sent as a 'gift' then this shouldn't have been charged. I've had a few people write in now with similar complaints, so I will look into this further, but in the meantime, do let us know how you get on. Zoe

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      •  Berkay
        2023-01-10 09:51:01
        Berkay
        Hello just few days ago I bought a computer part worth 950 euros and it was called RTX 4070, but they said that they could charge extra when the product goes through the customs and they didn't say how much they would get. If I don't bother you, can you tell me how much money they will get on average? I need help for this please

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        • Zoë Smith
          2023-01-17 15:00:44
          Zoë Smith
          Hi Berkay, The delivery company should be able to provide an estimation of taxes and fees due on items bought in the UK. Best, Zoe

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  •  Julie Hart
    2022-11-21 03:58:28
    Julie Hart
    I received a letter here in france from my bank in UK and was charged 9 euros. I am sure this is not correct, the web sites all cover duty on parcels, but I am sure I have read somewhere that duty is not charged on letters?

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    • Zoë Smith
      2022-11-22 00:26:30
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Julie, I’m not aware of duty being charged on letters, but this could have been a priority/registered mail charge? I would suggest contacting the relevant delivery company and/or your bank for further details of the charges. Best regards, Zoe

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  •  Rosemary Scott
    2022-10-24 08:44:59
    Rosemary Scott
    If I am sending gifts to my family in France over the value of 45 euros how much must they pay in tax inorder to receive them I live in England Rosemary Scott

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    • Zoë Smith
      2022-10-25 11:12:57
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Rosemary, You can find more about that here. Typically French VAT is 20%, but you should ask your courrier for an estimate before sending. Best regards, Zoe

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  •  Hazel Davies
    2022-09-29 05:36:32
    Hazel Davies
    I want to buy a book worth just over £5 from ebay.fr but it comes from the UK. Will I be charged customs etc on this small value item. I can’t get this book in France.

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  • Margaret Clune
    2022-09-26 01:54:31
    Margaret Clune
    What about items left behind by family that have to be posted home? In this case some of my nephew's clothes? Surely I wouldn't be paying duty on old stuff?

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    • Zoë Smith
      2022-09-27 12:30:33
      Zoë Smith
      Hi Margaret, Used items shouldn't be subject to custom's duty, but you will still have to fill in a customs declaration stating what is contained within the package. Best regards, Zoe

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  • MR DAVID R MILLER
    2022-04-15 01:07:51
    MR DAVID R MILLER
    When sending a small gift parcel from here in France to the UK is it the UK customs declaration that is used (CN 22) on the parcel or is there a French equivalent form; and if so could you please advise where this is obtainable. Many thanks.

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    • Zoë Smith
      2022-04-15 16:26:51
      Zoë Smith
      Hi David, Your local post office will have the relevant forms required for sending to France - there's no need for you to request any special forms yourself. Best regards, Zoe

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      • Chris Manning
        2022-08-30 07:54:26
        Chris Manning
        he wants to send it to uk from france ?

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