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Posted Thu, 28 Jan 2021 17:13:05 GMT by Susan Nuttall
We are a registered charitable organisation supporting animal rescue centres, both in the UK and in Europe. We send pallets of donations to Romania and send a 40ft container at least once a year to Cyprus. We are receiving conflicting information as to what is required to ensure the shipments are not subject to any duty or taxes upon arrival. All the donations sent have been donated to us by the general public. We send across dog and cat food, and anything else related to the care of such animals, like collars, leads, treats, towels, bedding, cages, toys etc. Apart from the food, the rest of the donations are second-hand/used. I cannot find anything on line that tells me what the process is, and importantly whether the process is the same across Europe or whether different requirements apply in different European countries.
Posted Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:35:27 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Thank you for your post. The recent UK: EU TCA establishes zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin. Further information is available at: As your question appears to be asking specifically about customs duties applicable upon importation of goods to Romania, Cyprus and other EU member states (and if relief from any such duties might be available in their particular circumstances) rather than upon importation to the UK, we would advise the enquirer to seek further guidance in this respect from the customs authorities in those EU member states. Guidance on the procedures for exporting from the UK to the EU is available at:

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