Guide to Sending Parcels to Bulgaria

For millennia, Bulgaria has been invaded and subsequently rebuilt, which has given its people both strength and flexibility. So, it is no wonder that this tiny country is today home to an outsized number of champion weightlifters and gymnasts.

For a small country tucked into a corner of Europe, Bulgaria has a long and strong history of scientific, engineering, and information technology success. It is not surprising then that the Bulgarian e-commerce market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8% for the next several years.

Information for this page was taken from the Customs Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Posts.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Bulgaria is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Sep 19, 2021
8:49 am
Belogradchik, BE, BG
Delivered
Sep 18, 2021
7:18 am
Blagoevgrad, BL, BG
In transit
Sep 17, 2021
9:03 pm
Pleven, PL, BG
International Clearance
Sep 17, 2021
8:14 am
Sofia, SO, BG
In transit
Sep 17, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Sep 16, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Bulgaria before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Bulgaria

Documents Only

Most documents can be shipped to Bulgaria duty-free provided they have no commercial value and do not exceed restrictions. These include:

  • Bids
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's license
  • Visa applications

Items exceeding restrictions will incur tax and duty. These include:

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Must be validated
Annual reports Must only be shipped to shareholders or company officials
Blueprints Must have no commercial value and are for intercompany use or as a bid invitation (for example, architectural plans for an EU contract)
Brochures Must be for intercompany use or for non-commercial purposes
Business cards A maximum of 15 business cards allowed
Cheques Only personalized cheques allowed
Credit cards Must be personalized
Diplomas, examination papers A limit of 10 kg
Event tickets Tickets for football (soccer) matches, concerts, or stage performances may be sent up to a maximum of 10 kg per shipment. Tickets shipped from a printing company to the ticket sales office or an organizer of an event may not be sent as documents.
Greeting cards and invitations Only considered documents if personalized Non-personalized invitations and greeting cards require an invoice
Manuals (Technical) Only the appropriate number of manuals are allowed.
Negatives Only negatives, slides or print films being sent to a press or publishing agency are allowed If the items have had value added through press or editorial charges, they then require an invoice
Newsletters (Company) Only intercompany documents for use within the company and with no commercial value are allowed Shipments from a publisher or printing company are considered non-documents
Newspapers Only those for non-commercial purposes are allowed
Stationery Stationery must be personalized with no commercial value and the number of pieces is appropriate for non-commercial use
Traveller's cheques Must be personalized

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to Bulgaria

Shipping Gifts

Parcels shipped as gifts to Bulgaria of 30 BGN (about $23 CAD) or less will be duty and VAT free. Customs clearance procedure may be required in some cases.

Gift shipments up to the Bulgarian equivalent of 150 euros (about $225 CAD) will incur VAT but will be duty-free.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Shipments from an individual in Canada to an individual in Bulgaria valued 30 BGN (about $23 CAD) or less will be duty and VAT free with some restrictions for certain products such as alcohol, tobacco products, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Shipments to or from a business are not considered to be gifts and duties and taxes would have to be paid.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Gifts sent from a business to an individual will incur taxes and charges regardless of the value of the gift.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

Multiple gifts sent in one shipment should be wrapped and tagged individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.bgpost.bg/en/485


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Bulgaria

Shipping Personal Effects

Bulgarian citizens returning to live permanently in Bulgaria can import their personal goods free of duty and tax providing:

  • They are used and have been owned for 6 months or more
  • They have lived outside of Bulgaria for 12 consecutive months or more
  • Personal goods are declared within 12 months from the date on which returning citizens establish residence

Personal effects are for the use of its owner and his or her family. They include items such as:

  • Household furniture and appliances
  • Portable instruments of mechanical arts or liberal professions necessary for the exercise of the profession

Excluded from exemption on duty and tax are:

  • Alcoholic products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Materials for professional use

Moving Temporarily

Students

Students may ship their personal effects to Bulgaria if they move there temporarily to study.

Personal effects are considered to be:

  • Household goods such as linens, shoes, and clothing
  • Educational materials (paper and pens, computers and books)
  • Furniture that a student would use, like a desk and chair

NOTE: The student exemption may be granted several times in each school year


Non-students

There is no information at this time regarding non-students moving temporarily to Bulgaria with their personal effects.


Moving Permanently

When you are moving to Bulgaria you may import your household goods free of duties and taxes providing:

  • You have living outside of Bulgaria for 1 year or more
  • Your effects must arrive in Bulgaria within 1 year of having obtained a Residence or Work permit AND no later than 3 months after your arrival in Bulgaria
  • Your goods may not be lent, sold or given away for at least after your arrival
  • The goods must match your social and economic status
  • Goods cannot be shipped until all documents have been accepted by Bulgarian authorities and they have approved their entry
  • You must be in Bulgaria at the time your personal effects arrive

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.bcci.bg/border_cr/it2_8.htm

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Bulgaria

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Food and food items like chocolate and candy can be shipped to Bulgaria providing they follow the rules and standards established by the European Union.

You May Ship

  • Bread, cakes, biscuits, chocolate and confectionery (including sweets) providing they do not contain meat products
  • Food supplements
  • Meat extracts and meat concentrates
  • Olives stuffed with fish
  • Pasta and vermicelli without meat products
  • Broths
  • Baby milk and food, and special foods needed for medical reasons*
  • Honey*
  • Dried, cooked, cured, or smoked fish* (including prawns)

*Maximum 2 kg

Do Not Ship

  • Meat and meat products
  • Milk and milk products

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R0206&from=EN

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Bulgaria

Samples

Commercial samples are those that can only be used for demonstration purposes. The objective is to encourage people to place orders related to the samples, not sell them.

Samples shipped to Bulgaria may qualify for duty-free entry if:

  • They are supplied and distributed free of charge to the visiting public at the event
  • They are of negligible value (maximum of BGN 30 - about $23 CAD) and weigh no more than 10 kg
  • They are intended to encourage orders related to the sample
  • There is no more than one sample of each style or quality in the consignment
  • The goods are supplied directly from Canada
  • They must be consumed or destroyed during the demonstration or exported within 12 months of entry

Before shipping commercial samples to Bulgaria, you must ensure:

  • The commercial invoice must clearly state that the package contains samples
  • Package is labelled: 'Mutilated Samples' or 'Marked Samples not for Resale'

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/BG/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R0206&from=EN (English version here )
https://ec.europa.eu/world/agreements/prepareCreateTreatiesWorkspace/treatiesGeneralData.do?step=0&redirect=true&treatyId=533

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Bulgaria

Advertising Material

Printed material intended for advertising is exempt from import. This may include:

  • Calendars
  • Catalogues
  • Instructions for use
  • Price lists
  • Posters
  • Unframed photographs

If you ship advertising material to Bulgaria ensure that:

  • Forms clearly show name of the company that produces, sells, or leases the goods or that supplies the services to which they refer
  • Package weight does not exceed 1 kg
  • A shipment with printed advertisements must be for only one service or product

Advertising material shipped for display at a trade fair or exhibition may be sent to Bulgaria from Canada using an ATA carnet. See Temporary Imports for details.


Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
http://Bulgaria-tax-law.bg/taxation-regime-imports.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Bulgaria

Repairs

Sending equipment for repairs to Bulgaria is exempt from duty and taxes provided repairs are done under the warranty period.

Free warranty repairs done in Canada and returned to Bulgaria will not incur VAT.

Items Under Warranty

As Canada and Bulgaria have a free-trade agreement (CETA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Bulgaria are duty-free and will not be charged GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

An item that is no longer under warranty and returns to Canada from Bulgaria will be charged GST. The GST will be charged on the value of the repair and on any parts required for the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Bulgaria

Equipment shipped for repair to Bulgaria is exempt from duty and taxes provided repairs are done under the warranty period. Equipment with manufacturing or material defects can also be replaced free of duty and taxes as long as they are also under warranty.

Returning Repaired Product to Bulgaria

Equipment repaired in Canada under a warranty will not incur duty and taxes when they re-enter Bulgaria.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Bulgaria or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R0952&from=DA

(Under Article 260 Goods repaired free of charge)

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Bulgaria

Temporary Imports

Temporary importation of certain goods into Bulgaria, without incurring duties or taxes, is allowed for a period of up to 24 months. Make sure to clearly indicate the return date on the commercial invoice.

The following goods are often part of a temporary import:

  • Commercial samples
  • Professional and scientific equipment
  • Items that will be used or displayed at an exhibition, fair, or similar event
  • Equipment required to evaluate and test the operation of other goods and equipment
  • Tools and specialized equipment required for repairing, exploring, producing, or manufacturing
  • Materials and goods to be used for entertainment or during a public exhibition such as a trade show booth

Temporary imports must follow the conditions below:

  • The goods are not to be altered except through natural wear-and-tear
  • Goods may not stay in Bulgaria longer than 24 months

Temporary admissions are expected to abide by the following rules:

  • They will not be changed other than from normal wear-and-tear
  • Goods are expected to be re-exported from Bulgaria

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Bulgaria, you can pick from Option 1 or 2 of the Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details below.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to the 2 options above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 2 year in Bulgaria

NOTE:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically CANNOT clear goods of temporary nature)


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://chamber.ca/fr/service/services-dimportation-exportation/carnet-ata/
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R0952&from=DA

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Bulgaria

Permanent/Sold Goods

Goods shipped from Canada to Bulgaria will incur import duties as well as VAT of 20%.

Goods coming from Canada to Bulgaria are subject to clearance procedures related to the importation of goods. Importation of goods from Canada, customs duties may apply depending on the product. For additional information click here.

Occasional Shipper

If you only ship occasionally to Bulgaria, for example, items sold on eBay, there isn't too much you need to do. You will need to:

  • Include 3 copies of the commercial invoice with your shipment
  • Provide a detailed description of the goods on the commercial invoice (to avoid customs delays)

NOTE:
An Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number is NOT needed if you are shipping as a private individual.

When buying goods online in an amount that does not exceed 30 BGN (about $23 CAD)

  • When the amount is from 30 BGN (about $23 CAD) up to €150 (about $225 CAD), VAT and duty are incurred)
  • Amounts exceeding €150 require customs clearance

Regular shipper

If you regularly sell and ship goods to Bulgaria, we suggest you seek advice from a licensed customs broker in Bulgaria.

There may be specific requirements to consider, for instance, obtaining an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32013R0952&from=DA (Under Article 250)

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Petko Staynov
1000 Sofia
36 Ivan Vazov St.
Bulgaria

Phone: +359 2952 3259
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 16 Sep 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Bulgaria. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Bulgaria, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited goods are not allowed to be shipped to Bulgaria while restricted items have rules that limit the amount or who may send them.

Prohibited Items

  • Used clothing, linen, and footwear
  • Immoral or obscene material
  • Jewellery and costume
    jewellery
  • Liquids
  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Any material critical of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Religious materials connected with prohibited or unregistered sects or organizations
  • Valuable articles in uninsured postal items

Restricted Goods

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products and skins
  • Antiques
  • Coffee and tea
  • Computer software
  • Dangerous goods
  • Drugs - prescription and non-prescription
  • Foodstuffs
  • Furs
  • Gambling services
  • Ivory
  • Phones and modems
  • Plants and plant products, including seeds
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Tobacco
  • Shoes and clothing
  • Sports equipment

Sources:
https://origin-www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/support/personal/international-destination-details.page?countrycode==BG

Duty & Taxes

Shipments to Bulgaria will have VAT of 20% and duty charges calculated using the CIF method, i.e, the sum of the customs value plus insurance fees plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value of a shipment, you will be able to predict the duty and taxes owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

The duty threshold - also called the de minimis value - is the value of a shipment below which no duty or taxes are incurred. For shipments of goods to Bulgaria at or below the BGN equivalent of €150 (about $220 CAD), no duty charges will be incurred; however, VAT is applicable regardless of the shipment's value.


Currency Lev (BGN)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) BGN equivalent of €150 (about $220 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 20%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
0*
Tax Calculation Method CIF

*From 1 July 2021, the threshold value for VAT will be zero. All imports will incur VAT regardless of their customs value.

NOTE:
If an item was purchased on or before 30 June 2021 but arrives in Bulgaria on July 1, 2021 or later, VAT will be charged on the parcel.


Duties on Imports

CETA is a trade agreement between the EU and Canada. As a result, most shipments from Canada enter Bulgaria duty-free.

For additional information on duty import costs on products shipped to Bulgaria may click here.


Excise Duties

Subject to excise taxation are:

  • alcohol and alcoholic beverages
  • tobacco products

Additional information regarding excise duties can be found here.


  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and winesVariable*
  • TobaccoVariable*
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles0%
  • Computers & laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & pants0%
  • Home appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports equipment0%

Sources:
https://psc.egov.bg/documents/20124/0/ZAKON+ZA+AKTsIZITE+I+DANAChNITE+SKLADOVE_47.pdf
https://psc.egov.bg/en/web/guest/psc-customs-and-excise-duties
https://www.bgpost.bg/en/485
https://www.douane.gouv.fr/fiche/economic-operator-registration-and-identification-eori-number
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted

Bulgaria Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Bulgaria



Can I ship to Bulgaria?

Shipping to Bulgaria from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Bulgaria by getting a quote now.


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