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Reminders for shipping gifts

In this guide, we will walk you through the key steps and considerations when shipping gifts overseas

Before shipping any gift internationally, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with the customs regulations and restrictions of the destination country. Different countries have varying rules regarding the importation of certain items, such as food, plants, and electronics. Ensure that your gift complies with the specific regulations to avoid any issues at customs.

Do I need to pay duty and tax for a gift?

If the shipment is declared as a gift, it does not guarantee exemption from duties and taxes.

Customs laws in the destination country determine the import procedures and tax requirements for all shipments, including gifts. The amount of tax owed is determined by various factors, not solely the purpose of the shipment. Generally, any gift with a fair market value is considered a taxable gift.

To declare a shipment as a gift and potentially qualify for any applicable exemptions, certain conditions should be met:

  1. The item description should include the reason for the gift (e.g., "birthday gift" for a plastic phone case or "Christmas gift" for silver earrings).
  2. The shipment should involve transactions between individuals rather than companies.
  3. The gift should be intended for personal use.
  4. The gift should be exchanged between two private individuals.
  5. The gift should be sent on a specific occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, or other celebratory event.
  6. The recipient should not make any payment for the gift.
  7. The gift should be for personal use only.
  8. The value of the gift should be lower than the tax-free threshold established by the importing country.
  9. The recipient should not receive gifts exceeding a certain value on each day.
  10. The gift should not include goods subject to special regulations, such as spirits, wine, tobacco, or perfume.

If any of these conditions are not met, the shipper or importer is obligated to pay the full rates of duty and taxes applicable to the products contained in the package.

It's important to note that these conditions may vary depending on the specific customs regulations of the destination country. 

How should I declare the gift?

When declaring a gift for international shipping, it is important to provide detailed descriptions of each item included in the shipment. Here's a suggested format for declaring the gift:

  1. Item Descriptions: Provide a clear and accurate description of each item in the gift shipment. Include information such as the quantity, type, and specific details about the item. For example:

    • 1 friction book - gift for birthday
    • 1 silver necklace - gift for anniversary
  2. Item Value: Declare the fair value of each item in the gift shipment. It is important to provide an honest assessment of the value. If you are unsure about the value, you can include a reasonable estimate based on the item's market value.

  3. Purpose of the Gift: If applicable, you can mention the purpose of the gift. Include details such as the occasion or relationship between the sender and recipient. For example:

    • Birthday gift for a friend
    • Anniversary gift for spouse

By providing detailed descriptions, accurate values, and mentioning the purpose of the gift, you help customs authorities understand the contents and intent of the shipment more effectively. This can contribute to a smoother customs clearance process.

It's important to note that these suggestions may vary depending on the specific customs regulations of the destination country. Therefore, it's advisable to consult the customs authorities to ensure compliance with the applicable rules and regulations.

If you have any further questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Spaceship customer service.


Last Updated:  16 Feb 2024