Tax and customs for goods sent from abroad

3. Documents

Check that goods sent to you from outside the European Union (EU) are declared to customs correctly.

If they’re not declared correctly, your goods may be seized.

You must either:

  • check that the sender fills in the customs declaration form correctly
  • fill in the customs declaration yourself - this can delay getting your goods by at least 4 weeks

Filling in the customs declaration yourself

The sender must write ‘goods to be declared by importer’ on the customs declaration form.

Before you can collect your goods, you’ll be sent:

  • a full customs declaration form to fill in
  • a letter explaining how to pay any tax or duty you owe