Guide to Sending Parcels to Hungary

Though landlocked, water is an important part of the Hungarian psyche. For starters, its thermal waters have been a destination since the time of the Romans, and to this day, the country has 450 public baths and 1500 hot springs. Perhaps this is why they are noted as the winningest water polo players in the world.

Hungarians, who know their country as Magyarország - Land of Magyars - are also unique in Europe because the origins of Hungarian is unrelated to any other major European language.

Since the early 2000s, Hungary has experienced a steady increase of e-commerce. Out of a population of nearly 10 million, 54 percent were online shoppers in 2019. By 2022, this is forecast to rocket by 20% - an additional million spenders to ship to from Canada.

Information for this page was taken from the National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary and the Council of the European Union.

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Easy Tracking Information

Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Hungary

Full tracking information for parcels to Hungary is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jun 28, 2021
8:49 am
Sopron, SO, HU
Delivered
Jun 27, 2021
7:18 am
Tihany, TI, HU
In transit
Jun 26, 2021
9:03 pm
Lillafured, LI, HU
International Clearance
Jun 26, 2021
8:14 am
Tapolca, TA, HU
In transit
Jun 26, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Jun 25, 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 Hungary 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 Hungary

Documents Only

The following documents may be shipped from Canada to Hungary duty-free provided they have no commercial value:

  • Bids
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Examination papers
  • Visa applications

The following items may also be shipped from Canada to Hungary duty-free if they conform to the restrictions listed in the table below:

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 personalised cheques allowed
Credit cards Must be personalised
Event tickets (for concerts, stage performances, football (soccer) matches A maximum of 10 kg per shipment Cannot be from a printing company to a ticket sales office or an organiser of an event
Greeting Cards and Invitations Considered as documents only if personalised Non-personalised invitations and greeting cards require an invoice
Manuals Only if technical and in a number appropriate to the purpose
Negatives, slides or print films Only if sent to a press or publishing agency and have had no value added through press or editorial charges
Newsletters Only intercompany documents for internal use and with no commercial value Shipments from a publisher or printing company are considered non-documents
Newspapers Only those for non-commercial purposes are authorized
Stationery Must be personalised, have no commercial value, and the number of items is appropriate for non-commercial use
Traveller's cheques Must be personalised

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

Shipping Gifts to Hungary

Shipping Gifts

Shipping gifts from Canada to Hungary with a value of €45 (about $65 CAD) or less will not incur duty.


Alcohol, tobacco products, cosmetics and perfumes may also be shipped as gifts but with certain restrictions (see table below).

Items Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages Maximum of 1 L of distilled spirits Maximum of 2 L of wine
Tobacco products 50 cigarettes; or 25 cigarillos (cigars weighing a maximum of 3 g per unit); or 10 cigars or 50 g of smoking tobacco
Perfumes or cologne 50 g or 250 mL
Coffee 500 g (extracts and essences 200 g)
Tea extracts or essences 40 g

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Hungary of €45 EUR (about $65 CAD) or less will be exempt from duty with some restrictions for certain products such as alcohol, tobacco products, cosmetics, and perfumes.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Shipment of a gift to a business in Hungary will be charged duties and taxes. As well, gifts sent to an individual care of a business address will also incur taxes and charges regardless of the value of the gift.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Shipping a gift to an individual to their work address will be viewed as a commercial shipment and will incur duties and taxes.


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
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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://en.nav.gov.hu/intormation_on_customs_matters/General_Customs_Information/Gift_consignments.html


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Hungary

Shipping Personal Effects

People moving to reside in Hungary can import their personal property free of duty and tax provided they are intended to be used as household goods and:

  • They are used and have been owned for 6 months or more
  • Their goods are intended for the same purpose in the new household in Hungary
  • They have lived outside of Hungary for more than a year
  • Their personal goods are declared within 12 months from the date on which returning citizens establish residence

Personal property means any items intended for the personal use of its owner and his or her family members. These goods include:

  • Household furniture and appliances
  • Clothing and linens
  • Portable instruments required for the practice of a profession or trade

The following items are excluded from the duty exemption:

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

Moving Temporarily

Students

Students moving to Hungary temporarily to study may ship their personal belongings duty-free. They must provide proof of enrollment in an educational institution and a photocopy of their passeport.

Personal belongings include:

  • Educational materials (paper, pens, calculator, computer, and books)
  • Furniture used during their students such as a chair and a desk
  • Household goods such as linens, shoes, and clothing

Non-Students

Non-students moving to live in Hungary temporarily can import their goods without duty and tax provided they are intended to be used as household goods and:

  • They have lived outside of Hungary for a minimum of 1 year
  • They must provide documentation such as an employment contract or certificate from an employer containing date of termination or end of contract
  • Their goods are used and have been owned for 6 months or more
  • Proof of residence in Hungary or a certificate of registration

Moving Permanently

Returning Hungarians may ship their goods free of duty providing:

  • They have lived outside Hungary for more than 12 months before moving to Hungary
  • All required documents have been approved by Hungarian Customs prior to the arrival of shipment

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
  • For Hungarians returning permanently, proof of having lived in Canada for at least 12 months

Sources:
https://en.nav.gov.hu/intormation_on_customs_matters/General_Customs_Information/Reliefs_for_the_transfer_of_permanent_residence.html
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:324:0023:0057:EN:PDF

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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 Hungary

Food, Chocolate, Candies

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

You May Ship

  • Baked goods providing they do not contain meat products
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Meat concentrates and extracts
  • Food supplements
  • Pasta and vermicelli without meat products
  • Olives stuffed with fish
  • Broths
  • Honey*
  • Powdered baby milk and food, and foods for special medical diets*
  • Cured, cooked, or smoked fish*

Do Not Ship

  • Meat and meat products
  • Margarine of animal origin
  • Perishable items

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
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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 Hungary

Samples

Commercial samples are shipped for demonstration purposes at meetings and trade fairs. The objective is to promote future purchases by encouraging people to place orders of the samples, not to sell them.


Samples shipped from Canada to Hungary may qualify for duty-free entry if:

  • They are of negligible value - maximum of €22 (about $35 CAD)
  • Shipment weighs no more than 10 kg
  • They are intended to solicit orders of the product
  • The goods are supplied directly from outside Hungary

An ATA carnet can be used to ship samples with no commercial value. See Temporary Imports section for more details.


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
  • Shipment is labelled: 'Mutilated Samples' or 'Marked Samples not for Resale'

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:324:0023:0057:EN:PDF
https://www.atacarnet.com/hungary

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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 Hungary

Advertising Material

Printed material shipped to Hungary from Canada is exempt from duty provided it is intended for advertising purposes. This includes:

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

When shipping advertising material to Hungary from Canada, ensure that:

  • Forms clearly show the name of the company that produces, sells,or leases the goods or that supplies the advertised services
  • Package weight is a maximum of 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 also be sent 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:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:324:0023:0057:EN:PDF

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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 Hungary

Repairs

Sending a piece of equipment to be repaired in Hungary is fairly simple. Items shipped from Canada to Hungary for repair will be duty and VAT free provided they are under warranty, and free warranty repairs done in Canada and returned to Hungary will not incur VAT.

Items Under Warranty

As Canada and Hungary have a free-trade agreement (CETA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Hungary 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 Hungary 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 Hungary

Sending equipment for repair to Hungary will be exempt from duty and VAT.

Returning Repaired Product to Hungary

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


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 Hungary 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/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32013R0952
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/inward-processing_en
https://regi.tankonyvtar.hu/hu/tartalom/tamop425/2011_0001_520_penzugyi_jog_2/ch11s08.html
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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 Hungary

Temporary Imports

Importing goods temporarily into Hungary will be exempt from duties and taxes for a period up to 24 months. These temporary imports may include an article shipped to Hungary for repair or for display at an exhibition.


Temporary imports often include the following:

  • Items that will be used or displayed at an exhibition, fair, or trade show
  • Professional and scientific equipment
  • Commercial samples
  • Tools and specialised equipment required for repairing, exploring, producing, or manufacturing
  • Instruments required to evaluate and test the operation of other goods and equipment
  • Materials and goods to be used for entertainment, for example concerts and artistic events

NOTE:
Advertising material shipped for display at a trade fair or exhibition may be sent using an ATA Carnet.


Temporary imports must respect the following criteria:

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

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Im

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Hungary, you can pick from Option 1 or 2 of the Temporary Import Methods listed 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 choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditionsmust 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 24 months in Hungary

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 cannotclear 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://regi.tankonyvtar.hu/hu/tartalom/tamop425/2011_0001_520_penzugyi_jog_2/ch11s08.html
https://www.trade.gov/knowledge-product/hungary-temporary-entry

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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 Hungary

Permanent/Sold Goods

The duty threshold for shipments from Canada to Hungary is €150 (about $225 CAD). Therefore, duty is only incurred if the value of the shipment is above €150.


Starting 1 July 2021, all shipments to Hungary, regardless of value, will incur VAT.

Occasional Shipper

If you only ship occasionally to Hungary, for example via eBay, the process is simple. 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 (in order to avoid customs delays).

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

Regular shipper

If you regularly sell and ship goods to Hungary, we suggest you seek advice from a licenced customs broker in Hungary

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

Sources:
https://www.posta.hu/static/internet/download/Customs_declaration_for_private_customers.docx
https://www.posta.hu/postal_customs_agent_service
https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGIntDestDetails-e.asp?table=tblCountry&txtLetter=HU

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Franz Liszt
8 Liszt Ferenc Square
Budapest
1061
Hungary

Phone: +36 1 321-0690
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 25 Jun 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

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 Hungary. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Hungary, 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
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is 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 Hungary while restricted goods indicate there are rules that apply to the amount or who may send them.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Narcotics and psychotropic
    drugs
  • Margarine of animal origin
  • Perishable items
  • Publications that are offensive or counter to the public order or morality of the Hungarian Republic

Restricted Goods

  • Medicines
  • Vegetables and derived products
  • Furniture
  • Plants and plant products for personal consumption (5 kg/person)
  • Items with more than 2% gold or silver

Sources:
https://www.posta.hu/static/internet/download/nemzetkozi_korlatozasok.xlsx
https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGIntDestDetails-e.asp?table=tblCountry&txtLetter=HU
https://en.nav.gov.hu/data/cms530102/Information_for_travellers_2020.pdf
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_HU

Duty & Taxes

Shipments to Hungary have VAT 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

Some countries provide a duty and tax threshold (also called the de minimis value), which means that below a certain amount no duty or taxes are incurred on the import of that shipment.

In Hungary, a shipment valued:

  • Between €0 and €22* (about $35 CAD) will not incur VAT but is subject to customs clearance
  • Above €22 and and up to €150 will be duty-free but subject to 27% VAT

Currency Forint (HUF)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) €150 (about $225 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 27%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€22 (about $35 CAD) until June 30, 2021.

€0 - effective July 1, 2021
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports


Excise Taxes

Hungary imposes excise duties on:

  • Alcoholic beverages and beverages containing added sugar or other sweeteners
  • Tobacco and tobacco products

Specific excise duty rates 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://nav.gov.hu/data/cms515466/A_kis_ertek__kuldemenyek_afamentessegenek_megsz_nesevel_kapcsolatos_tudnivalok.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/hungary/corporate/other-taxes
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/hungary/customs-procedures?url_de_la_page=%2Fen%2Fportal%2Finternational-shipments%2Fhungary%2Fcustoms-procedures&&actualiser_id_banque=oui&id_banque=0&memoriser_choix=memoriser

Hungary 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)
  • Television
  • 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 Hungary



Can I ship to Hungary?

Shipping to Hungary 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 Hungary by getting a quote now.


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