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Estonian Tax and Customs Board recommends travellers and postal subscribers to be ready for Brexit

15 October 2019

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB) points out that in the event of Brexit on 1 November, the United Kingdom (UK) will become a third country for the European Union, and both travellers and postal subscribers will have to consider the completion of customs formalities.

The main change for travellers is that if the goods brought across the border exceed the tax-free threshold of EUR 300 (up to a maximum of EUR 430 for air and sea travellers), and if the quantitative limitations free of duty for tobacco, alcohol and fuel are exceeded, the goods exceeding the limit must be declared and customs duty and VAT paid. Excise duty shall also be chargeable for excise goods. The introduction of some goods into Estonia has a quantitative limit or a special authorisation requirement while entry of some goods may be prohibited. Specific requirements, prohibitions and restrictions can be further read on the Estonian Tax and Customs Board website.

In the case of parcels arriving in postal or courier shipments, it should be borne in mind that, in the event of Brexit, the goods must be declared to customs and VAT will be charged on the goods where the value of the goods exceeds EUR 22, but does not exceed EUR 150. Goods worth more than EUR 150 are subject to both customs duty and VAT. The dispatch of excise goods by post is allowed only from a private individual to another private individual. Quantitative limitations and a special permit requirement have been set for some goods introduced into Estonia while introduction of some goods may be prohibited. You can find out more about the prohibitions and restrictions on the Tax and Customs Board website under “Consignments from outside the European Union”.

When ordering goods, attention should be paid to purchase conditions, since certain stores offer the possibility to order customs clearance as part of the transport service. If you have only paid for the goods and transport, you must be ready to declare the goods to the customs. You can either do it yourself through the e-MTA or order a paid declaration service from a courier company or postal operator on the arrival of the consignment.

According to Ms Külli Kurvits, Head of customs service, when travelling and ordering postal parcels, you should keep abreast of how long a delivery or journey is going to take. “If a passenger arrives in Estonia after 31 October, the passenger needs to know that he/she may have to declare the goods, and quantity limits may have been imposed on certain goods whereas some goods may be not allowed to cross the border. The new rules also apply to the postal package if it arrives in Estonia after the end of October. Whereby it does not matter whether the parcel was ordered before the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, but when the package arrives in Estonia ", stressed Kurvits.

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