Guide to Sending Parcels to Malta

Malta is a very small but strategic archipelago between Sicily and Libya. Centred in the shipping lanes of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has been a targeted possession of ten different powers from the Phoenicians to the English, each of whom have left their cultural and architectural marks. This partly explains why Malta has been the setting or backdrop for more than 100 movies; not to mention the near perfect weather - 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, which has made Malta a tourist's mecca.

Malta's history may go back 8,000 years, but its e-commerce activity is firmly rooted in the 21st century. Since 2014, EU and Maltese legislation has encouraged mobile phone and internet penetration rates and boosted e-commerce activity and sales.

Information for this page was taken from the Maltese Import Duty Act 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
Zabbar, ZA, MT
Delivered
Sep 18, 2021
7:18 am
Feed, FE, MT
In transit
Sep 17, 2021
9:03 pm
Bridge, BI, MT
International Clearance
Sep 17, 2021
8:14 am
Birkirkara, BI, MT
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 Malta 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.
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Documents Only

The following items are allowed entry into Malta as document shipments:

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

The following items are considered documents if they abide by the restriction shown.

Item Restriction
Airline Tickets Only if validated
Annual reports Only for use of shareholders or inter-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 cards is permitted
Cheques Only if personalised
Credit cards Must be personalised
Event tickets for concerts, stage performances, football (soccer) matches Cannot be from a printing company to a ticket sales office or an organiser of an event
Examination papers Maximum shipment value of €22 (about $35 CAD)
Greeting cards and invitations Only if personalised
Manuals Only if technical in nature and in an appropriate quantity
Newsletters Only intercompany documents for internal use and with no commercial value
Cannot be from a publisher or printing company
Newspapers Only if they are for non-commercial purposes
Stationery Must have no commercial value and be for personal purposes
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

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

Shipping Gifts to Malta

Shipping Gifts

Shipping a gift to someone in Malta from Canada will be duty-free if:

  • Its value is €45* or less (about $65 CAD)
  • The contents are for the use of the recipient or his or her family, and have been shipped without any payment by the recipient
  • It is an occasional occurrence
  • The amount in the parcel is clearly non-commercial

*If the total value of the shipment exceeds €45, duty exemption can only be claimed on the gifts up to this value, and cannot be shared from one gift to another.

For example, a shipment with 2 gifts, one with a value of €40 and the other €10, can claim exemption up to €40; the second gift CANNOT be split to make a total of €45.

NOTE:
For gifts of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, perfumes, and toilet waters, there are quantity limits as outlined below:

  • Tobacco: 50 cigarettes; or 25 cigarillos (maximum weight of 3 g each); or 10 cigars; or 50 g of tobacco (or a proportional amount of these items)
  • Alcoholic beverages: sparkling wines - 1 L; or still wines - 2 L; or distilled drinks - 1 L
  • Perfumes: 50 g
  • Toilet waters: 250 mL

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment to an individual in Malta from an individual in Canada will be exempt from duty if its value is €45 or less (about $65 CAD), and:

  • The recipient has not paid for the gift
  • The gift is for the use of the recipient or his or her family only
  • The size of the gift is appropriate for the recipient, i.e. it is not a commercial shipment
  • It is an occasional shipment

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Gift shipments from a business in Canada to a business in Malta will incur duty and taxes regardless of its value. There are no exemptions.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

All gift shipments to an individual in Malta from a business in Canada will be liable to duty and taxes no matter 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
Emvin Cremona
Auberge D'Italie
Merchants St.
Valletta
Malta

Phone: +356 2122 0006
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

If there are 2 or more gifts in a shipment and their combined value exceeds €45 (about $65 CAD), duty exemption cannot be split from a gift.

For example, a parcel contains 2 gifts, one of €30 and the other €25. Duty exemption can be claimed on the €30 gift, but the €25 gift CANNOT claim the balance, i.e. €15 as a duty exemption.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

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

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://legislation.mt/eli/cap/337/eng/pdf

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Malta

Shipping Personal Effects

As a result of a transfer of residence, personal effects can be shipped from Canada to Malta exempt from duty providing:

  • You have lived in Canada for at least 12 months
  • The items have been used for at least 6 months
  • The goods will be used for the same purposes in Malta as they were in Canada
  • The shipment is imported from 6 months before taking residence up until 1 year after
  • The goods cannot be sold, lent, or rented out for at least 1 year of residence in Malta

Personal effects include items such as:

  • Clothing and footwear
  • Furniture and appliances
  • Linen and crockery
  • Tools and instruments required for a person's trade or livelihood

NOTE:
Duty exemption will NOT be given for foodstuffs, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, and restricted goods.

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students moving with their personal effects to Malta to study.

Non-students

Canadians with a permanent residence in Canada may ship their personal effects to Malta for the purpose of furnishing a secondary residence exempt from duty charges.

Duty exemption is granted for this purpose only once, and provided:

  • The goods are used and you have owned them for at least 6 months
  • You have lived in Canada for at least 12 continuous months
  • You own the secondary residence or have rented it for at least 12 months
  • You will not rent the Maltese residence to someone else when you are away from it

Moving Permanently

If you are moving your residence to Malta from Canada, you may ship your personal effects exempt from duty charges under the following conditions:

  • Your goods are used and have belonged to you for at least 6 months
  • Your belongings will be utilized in the same way in Malta as they were in Canada
  • You have lived in Canada for a minimum of 12 continuous months
  • You do not sell, rent, or lend out your goods for the first 12 months in Malta
  • Your personal effects arrive in Malta from 6 months before to 1 year after your arrival

Items typically comprising a shipment of personal effects include:

  • Appliances and furniture
  • Footwear and clothing
  • Kitchen tools and items, and linens and towels
  • Instruments or tools used for your profession or trade

NOTE:
The following items DO NOT qualify for duty-free entry:

  • Restricted goods
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Foodstuffs
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://legislation.mt/eli/cap/337/eng/pdf
https://customs.gov.mt/individuals/transfer-of-residence

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

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

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 Malta

Food, Chocolate, Candies

The European Union imposes strict controls on the importation of animal, dairy, and plant products in order to prevent the spread of diseases that may potentially harm agricultural production.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Baked goods, pasta, and vermicelli (must NOT contain meat products)
  • Meat concentrates and extracts
  • Food supplements
  • Olives stuffed with fish
  • Broths
  • Honey*
  • Powdered baby milk and food, and foods for special medical diets*
  • Fish* - smoked, cooked, or cured

*Maximum weight of 2 kg

Do Not Ship

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

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
Emvin Cremona
Auberge D'Italie
Merchants St.
Valletta
Malta

Phone: +356 2122 0006
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 Malta

Samples

Commercial samples may enter Malta exempt from import duties if:

  • They have little value
  • They are only being used to solicit sales
  • They are in a quantity and condition that they CANNOT be sold or used for any other purpose

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://legislation.mt/eli/cap/337/eng/pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

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

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 Malta

Advertising Material

Advertising material - printed matter, consumables, goods sent free of charge - may enter Malta exempt from customs duty.

The conditions for a duty-free entry are as follows:

  • The material has been sent without charge
  • Printed matter clearly shows the name of the enterprise providing the good or service
  • No more than one document (or a single copy of each of multiple documents) is in the parcel; or
  • The parcel has a maximum weight of 1 kg if there are several copies of 1 document

Printed items include:

  • Catalogues
  • Directions for use
  • Price lists
  • Brochures
  • Unframed photographs
  • Calendars

Advertising in the form of consumables or items used at a trade fair or exhibition will also be allowed duty-free entry to Malta from Canada. Examples of such materials include:

  • Small quantities of representative goods made in Canada
  • Machines or other apparatuses for demonstration
  • Supplies required to decorate a stand or booth (paint, wallpaper, etc.)
  • Printed items - posters, photographs, calendars, price lists, catalogues
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://legislation.mt/eli/cap/337/eng/pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

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

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 Malta

Repairs

Because of the free-trade agreement between Canada and the EU (CETA), repairs made under a warranty may return to Canada exempt from GST.

Conversely, when repairs have been done in Canada at no charge, they can re-enter Malta exempt from duty charges.

Items Under Warranty

Equipment repaired in Canada under warranty without charge may re-enter Malta exempt from import duty.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment repaired in Canada from Malta that is no longer under warranty will incur GST on the value of the repair and on any new parts required to complete the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Malta

Equipment for repair may be shipped to Malta under the EU's inward processing rules. This means the work will be exempt from and duty and VAT providing the equipment is returned to Canada.

Returning Repaired Product to Malta

Equipment repaired in Canada under warranty will be exempt from duty when it returns to Malta.


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

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

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

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 Malta

Temporary Imports

Goods of a temporary nature may be shipped to Malta exempt from duty* providing they are returned to Canada within the prescribed time limit (no more than 24 months).

*Typically, a refundable security deposit in the amount of duty owed will be required.

NOTE:
Temporary imports must not be changed or repaired whilst in Malta.

Goods that are often shipped for temporary entry include:

  • Commercial samples
  • Equipment, tools, or products for testing
  • Products for display at fairs and exhibitions
  • Sports gear for athletic events and competitions
  • Scientific and teaching equipment
  • Items required for artistic endeavours and events

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Malta you can pick from 1 of the 2 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 are shown in the table.

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 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 24 months in Malta

Note

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently/li>
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of a 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://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/specific-use_en

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

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

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 Malta

Permanent/Sold Goods

Sold goods shipped to Malta will be exempt from duty if their value is €150 or less (about $225 CAD).

From 1 July 2021, there no longer is a VAT threshold value; therefore, all goods will incur VAT when they enter Malta regardless of their value.

Occasional Shipper

Selling goods over the internet to a resident of Malta is straightforward. Providing the shipment's value is €150 or less (about $225 CAD), it will be duty-free; however, it will incur VAT no matter its value.

Regular shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Malta, it is advisable that you consult a licenced Maltese customs broker.

Sources:
https://www.maltapost.com/customs

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/SolReasonForExport="Permanent/Sold

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

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/SolReasonForExport="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 Malta. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Malta, 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


Goods deemed prohibited may not enter Malta whereas those deemed restricted may enter but they may have quantity limitations or must abide by other rules or regulations.

Prohibited Items

  • Ivory, fur skins, and reptile leather
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Obscene or pornographic material
  • Weapons, such as flick knives
  • Narcotics and illicit drugs
  • Counterfeit currencies
  • Pirated goods
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Plants and animals

Restricted Items

  • Meat and its byproducts
  • Dairy products
  • Perishable goods
  • Gambling machines

Sources:
https://legislation.mt/eli/sl/117.14/eng/pdf
https://www.maltapost.com/customs

Duty & Taxes

Maltese authorities calculate the duty and taxes owed on a shipment using the CIF method, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By using the CIF method yourself, you can predict the amount of duty and tax owed by the recipient of your shipment.


Thresholds

The threshold value for duty charges on goods shipped to Malta is €150 (about $225 CAD). Also known as the de minimis value, it is the amount below which no duty is incurred.

Regarding VAT, all shipments regardless of value will incur duty. This is a new rule that started on 1 July 2021.


Currency Euro (€)
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) €150 (about $225 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 18%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€0*
Tax Calculation Method CIF

*From 1 July 2021, all shipments to Malta will incur VAT regardless of their value.

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


Excise Taxes

The following products will incur excise taxes when they enter Malta:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Toilet waters*
  • Cosmetics and personal hygiene products*

Duties on Imports

Canada has a free trade agreement with the EU (CETA); therefore, a reduced or zero rate of duty applies to most imports to Malta from Canada.


  • 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://www.maltapost.com/customs
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
https://customs.gov.mt/docs/default-source/default-document-library/what-is-changing-(b)-.pdf?sfvrsn=0
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/malta
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/tedb/taxDetails.html?id=4131/1609455600
https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/s395_e.pdf

Malta 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 Malta



Can I ship to Malta?

Shipping to Malta 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 Malta by getting a quote now.


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