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Greek Post to charge €15 fee for parcels sent from non-EU countries

Did you live to shop online cheap items from China? The times of Alibaba are over as the 40 thieves are here… Recipients of parcels from non-EU countries have to pay a 15-euro fee to the Greek Post in order to receive their package. The price increase has gone into effect since February 3, 2020, the Hellenic Post (ELTA) said in a statement. The measure has triggered reactions among consumers who make online purchases from non-EU countries, preferably from China and the USA – and soon also from UK?

Any item with a customs declaration will be subject to a “Customs Clearance”, the minimum amount of which was set at 15 euros, according to an ELTA circular.

Until recently, parcels outside of European countries that were charged with customs duties were those with a value of more than 22 euros.

According to the new regulations:

For parcels ranging from 0 to 22 euros, customs duties are 15 euros.
For parcels ranging from € 22 up to € 150, customs duties are € 15 + 24% VAT.
For parcels worth more than € 150, customs duties are € 15-50 depending on the cost of the package, + 24% VAT + customs duties.

According to the ELTA announcement, for “all maailed items marked as free by the Customs Authorities, ie without customs declaration, the customs duty was and remains zero.”

ELTA underlines that the fees are imposed by the Greek Customs Authorities and not the Hellenic Post.

*Alibaba is the Chinese global e-commerce supplier.

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16 comments

  1. Hello. this has already been the case for at least a year for packages coming from Switzerland. It’s scandalous.

  2. Europe started protectionist trade policies. This is only a symptom. Carbon tax on EU-borders are also in the list.

    However, I think this is a bold move for shifting online-shopping towards products made in the EU.

    There is a risk that China conjures a phase-out company within the EU to send the parcels just for circumvent the fee.

    I really think this fee is a correct thing to do in order to boost domestic demand, which in turn will increase employment levels. Smuggling will arise, so stay vigilant.

    • No, this is totally incorrect. The EU has massively reduced almost all customs duties, and has effectively free trade with most countries of the world. The charges imposed are at the discretion of national government, and consist of VAT and processing charges. The exception lies with hi-tech goods and some other categories of recent production, where the EU tries to protect certain industries. Even there, where there are trade agreements between the EU and third countries covering such goods, the duties are very low.

      The problem lies with national governments, not the EU.

  3. This is ridiculous, as it does not take into account the date an item was purchased. Essentially you are punished for making a prudent purchasing decision on a specific date, where by the time the product you purchased arrives, your decision factor (total cost) has changed. If they are to impose these changes, with a financial impact, it should take into account when the product was purchased.this essentially will result in thousands of items left at the post office. Infor example have purchased many items I simply can’t find in Greece that are worth a few euros at most, now to make something 2-4 euros, result in 17-19 euros, is a no brainer…. Leave it and take the loss of just a few euros, else take a hit for much, much more.

  4. There seems to be some confusion and disinformation going around. This schedule of fees has already been imposed for some time, as I have personally paid 15 euros processing fees for items sent from the USA.

    The situation is the following. Under EU law, a country has the right to charge each of the following:
    (1) customs and excise duties, normally defined by EU regulation (but not always)
    (2) VAT as determined solely by the country of import, standard for such items and including postage costs
    (3) a processing fee, which can be levied on all items — even those which have no duties levied.

    My last package from outside the EU, about 6 weeks ago, was not subject to customs and excise duties or VAT. Nevertheless, they charged 15 euros plus the VAT on 15 euros. About 6 months ago, I was obliged to import a US-made motherboard from Russia: it is a slightly out-of-date technology and you can find them only in Russia and Israel. The board was already expensive, the postage costs from Russia were obscene, so the total fee paid to the Greek state was actually about 90% of the cost of the computer part. This is blatant money-collecting by the ND government: far from reducing taxes they are increasing them.

    In the distant post, when importing items that carried no duties, there was a processing fee (and you had to collect the package yourself from a post office near Omonoia) of 3 euros. Items of value less than 150 euros were not charged duties at all (as allowed by EU law then and now).

  5. If the Customs Department are charging €15 for items of €0-€22, what do they propose to charge for an item with a negative value. Once an item has left the factory floor with a value, it automatically loses value. If something is bought at, say, €2, by the time it has left the factory, gone to packing and been placed in an envelope, it is almost second hand, of no value at all…therefore, in future, I am instructing a company from Ali Express to put a negative value of the item in the package. What will customs do then? Try to charge for something that doesn’t exist? WATCH THIS SPACE

  6. Mafia tatitcs!!🤔🙃🙃…. wait until they reverse the tariffs….. Alibaba can swallow Greece alive with its dominance with Amazon…

  7. More to the point there are no countries in EU who can match pricing against China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Thaliand,India…..this is a loosers game…. wait until Greek logistics begin to go bankrupt and the aftermath begins… Think of supply chain disasters….down the line…

  8. What are the free of duty items referred to? “all maailed (sic) items marked as free by the Customs Authorities, ie without customs declaration, the customs duty was and remains zero.”

  9. If I send a present from Canada to someone in Greece, are they going to have to pay?

  10. This is a petition against it:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/el/community_petitions/giannis_ohi_sto_haratsi_ton_15eu_ton_elta/?fbclid=IwAR0JQ8mqtV6w-g-qyWIKNVl-mbIYRREd7MO0tTUehmcMWfKx9DGqVNTstDI

    Also, I plan to order 100s of worthless tiny packages that I will refuse, just to overload the custom, and remind them how pointless this is.

  11. This is illegal according to the EU low.

    https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/individuals/buying-goods-services-online-personal-use/buying-goods/buying-goods-online-coming-from-a-noneu-union-country_en#heading_5

    Member States cannot impose charges related to customs clearance higher than the actual costs incurred.

    • Kwanrawee Borwonpratheep

      My parcel just arrive on 6th February. It have 1 set of mu used close that I leave in home of my sister in law. Have 3 silk peice (not real silk) that my sister in law hive to me for a gift.
      Cost of silk is 1700 bath and 1400 bath of thaipost sending.

      They put together of 5000 bath about 132 euro and they charge me 95 euro.

      Are they crazy. For the fee of package 15 euro,I can accept this.

      But the other ? ???? Is crazy.

      Or they want to take my things to sale for money.