Guide to Sending Parcels to Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of the smallest states in the EU - a bit smaller than Ottawa, Canada, yet, remarkably, it has the Union's highest per capita GDP. Luxembourgers can thank that on an economy that originally focussed on steel making, but has segued to investment management. And helped in no small part by being surrounded by three much larger states: Germany, France, and Belgium.

In the e-commerce arena, Luxembourg can boast a 95% internet penetration rate, and as a result, 69% of its population orders goods or services over the internet, far outdoing the EU average of 48%. Though tiny, Luxembourg certainly punches above its weight.

Information for this page was taken from Luxembourg Customs and the Official Journal of the European Union.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Sep 19, 2021
8:49 am
Larochette, LA, LU
Delivered
Sep 18, 2021
7:18 am
Diekirch, Di, LU
In transit
Sep 17, 2021
9:03 pm
Ettelbruck, ET, LU
International Clearance
Sep 17, 2021
8:14 am
Clervaux, CL, LU
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 Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg

Documents Only

Most documents can be shipped from Canada to Luxembourg duty-free provided they have no commercial value, i.e. are not for sale.

Document shipments include:

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

Certain items may be shipped duty-free if they meet the criteria shown in the table below:

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Must be validated; will incur a 15% VAT charge
Annual reports Only those shipped to shareholders or company officials
Blueprints Must have no commercial value and are only 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 football (soccer) matches, concerts, or stage performances Shipment weight a maximum of 10 kg and cannot be from a printing company to the ticket sales office or an organiser of an event
Greeting cards and invitations Only if personalised
Manuals (technical) An appropriate number of manuals for the purpose is allowed
Negatives, slides, and print films Only those sent to a press or publishing agency are allowed; and cannot have value added through press or editorial charges
Newsletters (company) Only if they have no commercial value and are intercompany documents for use within the company May include shipments from a publisher or printing company
Newspapers Only those for non-commercial purposes are allowed
Stationery Must be personalised and with no commercial value
Travellers cheques Must be personalized

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

Shipping Gifts to Luxembourg

Shipping Gifts

Gifts sent from Canada to Luxembourg of €45 EUR (about $65 CAD) or less will be exempt from duty and taxes as long as they:

  • Have no commercial value
  • Are intended for personal use of the recipient or his/her family
  • Are sent to the recipient at no cost
  • Do not contain prohibited goods

Tobacco products, alcohol, perfumes and cosmetics may be shipped as gifts provided they meet the criteria as shown in table below.

Items Restrictions
Alcoholic beverages Distilled beverages and sparkling wines - maximum 1 L Still wines - maximum 2 L
Tobacco products A maximum of 50 cigarettes; or 25 cigarillos (maximum weight of 3 g per unit); or 10 cigars; or 50 g of smoking tobacco
Perfumes Maximum of 50 g
Cologne Maximum of 250 mL
Coffee 500 g (extracts and essences 200 g)
Tea extracts or essences 40 g

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Shipments from an individual in Canada to an individual in Luxembourg of €45 (about $65 CAD) or less will be duty-free with some restrictions for certain products such as alcohol, tobacco products, perfumes, and cosmetics.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Shipments to a business in Luxembourg from a business in Canada are not considered as gifts and will incur duties and taxes.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Shipments from a business in Canada to an individual in Luxembourg 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
Charly Gaul
Route de Dudelange 67
3222 Bettembourg
Luxembourg

Phone: +352 2 651 0038
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 in one shipment will be exempt from duty and taxes providing the shipment's total value is €45 EUR or less (about $65 CAD).

Be sure that each gift is wrapped and tagged individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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://douanes.public.lu/fr/commerce-international/colis-envois.html

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Luxembourg

Shipping Personal Effects

Canadian citizens and Luxembourg nationals who return to live permanently in Luxembourg may import their personal effects exempt from duty and taxes as long as:

  • They have lived outside of Luxembourg for 1 year or more
  • The goods are used and have been owned for 6 months or more
  • Their personal goods are declared within 12 months from the date of their return to Luxembourg

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

  • Household appliances and furniture
  • Portable instruments required for the owner's profession or trade
  • Sports equipment such as bicycles

Duty and taxes are applicable on the following items:

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

Moving Temporarily

Students

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

Items considered as personal effects include:

  • Household goods such as linens, bedding
  • Educational materials (paper and pens, computers and books)
  • Furniture used by a student, like a desk and a chair
  • Footwear and clothing
  • Portable musical instruments
Non-students

Canadian citizens may ship their personal effects to Luxembourg exempt from duty and taxes when moving temporarily.

Exemption will be granted under the following conditions:

  • The goods are used and have been owned for 6 months or more
  • The owner has lived in Canada for a minimum of 12 continuous months
  • The items are declared within 12 months of taking up residence in Luxembourg
  • The shipment does not contain prohibited goods

Moving Permanently

If you are moving to Luxembourg after having lived outside of the country for 1 year or more, you may bring your used personal effects into the country tax and duty-free.


The following conditions apply:

  • Your effects must arrive in Luxembourg within 1 year of having obtained a residence or work permit AND no later than 12 months after you arrive in Luxembourg
  • Goods cannot be shipped until all documents have been accepted and approved by customs in Luxembourg
  • Your goods may not be lent, sold, or given away for at least 1 year after your arrival
  • You must be in Luxembourg 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://douanes.public.lu/fr/voyages-demenagement/demenagement.html
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32009R1186

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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 Luxembourg

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Food and food items like candies and chocolate can be shipped to Luxembourg providing they meet the agricultural regulations and standards established by the European Union.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate, candy, and confectionery
  • Pasta and vermicelli without meat products
  • Olives stuffed with fish
  • Broths
  • Baked goods providing they do not contain meat products
  • Honey up to 2 kg
  • Meat concentrates and extracts
  • Food supplements
  • Powdered baby milk and food, and foods for special medical diets*
  • Frog legs*
  • Up to 20 kg of cured, cooked, or smoked fish
  • Maximum of 125 g of sturgeon eggs in clearly identified packaging

Do Not Ship

  • Animal-based products
  • Margarine of animal origin
  • Perishable items
  • Meat and meat 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://douanes.public.lu/fr/voyages-demenagement/denrees-alimentaires/origine-animales.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Charly Gaul
Route de Dudelange 67
3222 Bettembourg
Luxembourg

Phone: +352 2 651 0038
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 Luxembourg

Samples

Commercial samples are those that can only be used for demonstration purposes. The objective is to promote products and solicit sales; not to sell the samples.

Samples shipped to Luxembourg are be exempt from duty and tax if:

  • The goods are shipped directly from Canada
  • They are of negligible value (up to €22 - about $35 CAD - and no more than 10 kg in weight)
  • There is no more than one sample of each style or type in the shipment
  • They must be consumed or destroyed during demonstration or exported within 12 months of entry

NOTE:
Be sure to label the package: '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/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R1186&from=EN
https://logistics.public.lu/fr/formalities-procedures/required-documents/ata-carnet.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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 Luxembourg

Advertising Material

Printed material for advertising purposes is exempt from duty on imports such as:

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

Shipping advertising material to Luxembourg from Canada is fairly easy. Ensure that the parcel has a maximum weight of 1 kg, and:

  • A shipment with printed advertisements must be for only one service or product
  • The material clearly shows the name of the company offering the product or services

Advertising material shipped for display at a trade fair or exhibition may 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/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R1186&from=EN
https://logistics.public.lu/fr/formalities-procedures/required-documents/ata-carnet.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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 Luxembourg

Repairs

Sending a piece of equipment for repair to Luxembourg from Canada is fairly simple. Duty and taxes are exempt because of the European Union's inward processing rules. Inward processing means that items shipped from Canada to Luxembourg for repair will be duty-free.


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

Items Under Warranty

As Canada and Luxembourg are part of the EU free-trade agreement (CETA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Luxembourg are exempt from duty and GST charges.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

An item that is no longer under warranty and returns to Canada from Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg

Sending equipment for repair to Luxembourg is governed by the European Union's inward processing rules; therefore, they will be exempt from duty and taxes.

Returning Repaired Product to Luxembourg

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


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 Luxembourg or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html
https://logistics.public.lu/fr/formalities-procedures/taxes/suspensive-customs-procedures/processing-goods-suspension.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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 Luxembourg

Temporary Imports

Temporary imports of certain items in Luxembourg will be exempt from duty and taxes for a period of up to 2 years. This may include an article shipped from Canada to Luxembourg for repair or for display at an exhibition.


The following list include goods that qualify as temporary imports:

  • Equipment sent to evaluate and test the operation of other goods and equipment
  • Tools and specialised instruments
  • Commercial samples, professional, and scientific equipment for display at an exhibition, trade fair, meeting, or other similar events
  • Equipment required for repairing, exploring, producing, or manufacturing
  • Materials and goods to be used for entertainment - concerts and stage shows

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

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Luxembourg, 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 onvoice (CI). 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 except from normal wear-and-tear, and they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 2 years in Luxembourg

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://logistics.public.lu/en/formalities-procedures/taxes/suspensive-customs-procedures/temporary-admission.html

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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 Luxembourg

Permanent/Sold Goods

The duty threshold for shipments sent to Luxembourg is €150 (about $220 CAD). This means that duty is only applied if the value of the shipment is above €150.

Regarding VAT, starting 1 July 2021 all shipments regardless of value will incur VAT charges.

Occasional Shipper

Shipments of sold goods to Luxembourg, for example items sold on eBay, will be duty-free up to a value of €150 (about $220 CAD), but no matter their value, they will be charged VAT.

Be sure to provide a detailed description of the goods on the commercial invoice.


NOTE:
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 Luxembourg, we suggest you consult with a licenced customs broker in Luxembourg.

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


Sources:
https://guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/brexit/importation-marchandise/importation-marchandises-envoi-postal-express.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Luxembourg City
01001
Luxembourg

Phone: +502 2208 7777
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 Luxembourg. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Luxembourg, 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 enter Luxembourg while restricted goods may enter, but there are rules that limit the amount or who may send them.

Prohibited Items

  • Pornographic material
  • Money, coins, and bank-notes
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Explosive, flammable, and radioactive substances
  • Perishable biological items
    and infectious substances
  • Endangered species of plants and animals, including products made from them
  • Narcotic or psychotropic substances
  • Objects or substances that
    may contaminate or damage
    nearby parcels
  • Substances containing lead and other heavy metals

Restricted Items

  • Rough diamonds
  • Instruments of torture or for capital punishment
  • Iron and steel products

Further details regarding prohibited and restricted items can be found here.


Sources:
https://logistics.public.lu/fr/formalities-procedures/required-documents/import-export-transit-authorizations.html
https://guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/loisirs-benevolat/tourisme/droits-voyageurs/importation-marchandises-luxembourg.html

Duty & Taxes

Shipments to Luxembourg 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. The duty exemption on imports to Luxembourg is €150 (about $220 CAD).

Starting 1 July 2021, VAT will be charged on all shipments entering Luxembourg, regardless of their value.


Currency Euro (€)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) €150 (about $220 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 17%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€0*
Tax Calculation Method CIF

*From 1 July 2021, all imports will incur VAT regardless of their value.

NOTE:
Even if an item was purchased on or before 30 June 2021 but arrives in Luxembourg on July 1 or later, it will incur VAT.


Duties on Imports


Excise Taxes

In Luxembourg, excise duties will be apply to:

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

CETA is the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Canada. Through this agreement, most goods sent from Canada to Luxembourg are duty-free.


  • 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://douanes.public.lu/content/dam/douanes/fr/accises/Taux-Accises-LU-2021-02.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/luxembourg/corporate/other-taxes
https://douanes.public.lu/fr/commerce-international/colis-envois.html
https://douanes.public.lu/fr/actualites/2020/Nouvelles_regles_TVA_2021.html
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/vat/vat-e-commerce_en
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/vat/postal-operators-and-couriers_en
https://logistics.public.lu/en/publications/customs-excise/questions-import-guide/questions-before-importing.html
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/online-sellers_en
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/buying-goods-online-coming-non-european-union-country_en

Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg



Can I ship to Luxembourg?

Shipping to Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg by getting a quote now.


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