As Cyprus is a member of the EU, it’s generally easy to ship goods to the island from other EU member countries. However, there are some rules and regulations to be aware of to ensure the shipping process runs smoothly.
What Documents are Required?
Shipments coming from EU member countries that include household goods and personal effects require documentation to make sure the goods are allowed into Cyprus.
- Original T2L document signed by Origin Customs
- Packing list
- OBL or express waybill
- Original registration documents for cars, boats and bikes*
- A copy of receiver’s passport or ID card must be supplied before shipment
*Clients are required to attend Limassol customs if shipping a car, bike or boat.
Banned and Restricted Items
There are some items that are banned from being shipped, which you should be aware of before packing your items. These include the following:
- Food (unless dry or canned)
- Cash and bonds
- Explosive or flammable gases
- Poisons or toxins
- Lithium batteries
- Scuba tanks
- Gas cylinders
- Aerosol cans
- Ink or printer cartridges
The items listed below are restricted, and your freight forwarder should be contacted with any specific questions on approved quantities.
- Dairy or meat produce
Items such as pianos, alcohol, shotguns and air rifles are not classed as “normal” household goods so your freight forwarder should be informed if you’ve packed any of these items. In most cases you’ll need special packing materials and licenses to ship items like this.
Random Customs Inspections
All shipments from or to EU countries are subject to random customs inspections and any fees are charged to the client. Clients should be aware that inspections are a possibility and charges incurred are not the responsibility of the freight forwarder.