Letter mail
Prohibited articles list
Additional requests
Weight / size limit admitted:
üPostcard – maximum weight 20g.  maximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness – 5mm
üLetter – maxsimum weight 250gmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 5mm.
üSmall packets – maxsimum weight 2kgmaximum size - 240X340mmmaximum thickness: 50mm.
üM bag – maxsimum weight 30kg. maximum height - 80cmmaximum circumference -120cm.
Insured* letters admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value – 4630 SDR**;
On-line tracking provided – yes;
Payments for inbound items in case, when content is a goods:
ü Customs clearance fee - 30 EURO / for gifts - 22 EURO;
ü Items containing goods are subject to VAT. The exception is a gift sent between individuals, the value of which does not exceed 45 euros.
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound letter – 1;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English, Dutch, German, French;
Delivery charge for small packets exceeding 500 g 
Period of retention for letters – 1 month;
Web site address of postal administration –
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.

**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 

***Custom declaration for letter post is required only in case, when content is a goods.
Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
Insured* parcels admitted – yes;
Maximum insured value - 4000 SDR**;
On-line tracking provided – yes;
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound parcels – 2;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – French, English, Dutch;
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 30 EURO / for gifts - 22 EURO;
ü Items containing goods are subject to VAT. The exception is a gift sent between individuals, the value of which does not exceed 45 euros.
To customers’ address:
ü Free – yes;
ü Paid service – yes;
Period of retention for parcels:
ü Min – 15 days;
ü Max – 
Web site address of postal administration – www.BPOST.BE
*Insured Parcel–Type of Registered Parcel,  which is insured at cost declared by the sender. Insured value should not be more than the actual cost of the package content and should not exceed 10 000 GEL.
**SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 


Weight / size limit admitted:
ü Max weight – 20 kg
ü Max size - 1,05m X 1,05m X 1,05m (or 2m length & greatest circumference);
Maximum insured value:
 for documents: 4000 GEL
 for merchandise: 10 000 GEL
Numbers of customs declarations required for inbound EMS – 2;
Languages in which customs declarations must be completed – English;
Payments for inbound parcels:
ü Customs clearance fee - 30 EUR;
ü Items containing goods are subject to VAT. The exception is a gift sent between individuals, the value of which does not exceed 45 euros.
How many attempts at delivery are made: 1
Period of retention for EMS items: 15 days;
Coverage: entire territory
Days of the week on which EMS items are delivered: 1/2/3/4/5
EMS item delivery to P.O. Box: Yes
National holidays on which EMS items are not delivered: 1 January, 22 April, 1,30 May, 10 June, 11,21 July, 15 August, 27 September, 1,11 November, 24,25,31 December
Web site address of postal administration –
*SDR–Monetary unit (Special Drawing Rights) created by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The value of the SDR in terms of the US dollar is determined daily based on exchange rates quoted at noon each day in the London market and posted on the IMF’s 
The amount of insurance paid by the customer should not exceed the actual value of the contents of the parcel

Definition of Terms



·        Prohibited items – items whose import into the country is prohibited.    

·        Items admitted conditionally – items whose importation into the country is allowed with the term if a document issued by the relevant authorities of the exporting country is presented.    

·        Items admitted without conditions – items whose import into the country is allowed.    


Detailed information on the HS codes and their titles can be found on the Revenue Service web-page ( or at the following address:


For easy search for a desired item, you can use the “ctrl+F” combination. A search field will appear in the right upper corner where you can write the title of the item. Pressing the “Enter” button will highlight the search word provided by you throughout the text in a different color.


The below information is based upon the official source of Belgium

Part I:
List of articles prohibited as imports (or in transit) or admitted conditionally
Section I                       Live animals; anima; products
Chapter 1                      Live animals
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles

01.01-01.06 0101.11-

All live animals, with the exception of bees, leeches and silkworms (Postal ban).
■ Articles admitted conditionally

01.06            0106.90    Bees, leeches and silkworms; importation is subject to veterinary inspection. See Part II, § 1.1.
Chapter 2                      Meat and edible meat offal
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

02.01-02.10 0201.10-
02.08            0208.10

Foodstuffs of animal origin are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 1.3.
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.
Several hundred animal and vegetable species, as well as articles obtained from them, are subject to protective measures. See Part II, § 1.5.
The importation of game is subject to compliance with hunting legislation. See Part II, § 1.4.
■ Prohibited articles

02.08            0208.90    Bird carcasses. See Part II, § 1.6.
Chapter 3                      Fish and crustaceans, molluscs another aquatic invertebrates
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

03.01-03.07 0301.10-

Foodstuffs of animal origin are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 1.3.
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.

Chapter 4                      Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

04.01-04.10 0401.10-

Milk, eggs, honey and other foodstuffs are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 1.3.
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.

Chapter 5                      Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

05.01-05.11 0501.00-

Importation is subject to veterinary inspection. See Part II, § 1.2.

Section II                      Vegetable products
Chapter 6                      Live trees anotheplants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers anornamental foliage
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06.01-06.04 0601.10-
06.02            0602.10

Some vegetable products are subject to phytosanitary (plant health) inspection. See Part II, § 2.2.
Poplar plants and cuttings, as well as vine shoots, are subject to seed and seedling health inspection. See Part II, § 2.4.

Cut flowers and fresh foliage. See Part II, § 2.1.
Several hundred animal and vegetable species, as well as articles obtained from them, are subject to
protective measures. See Part II, § 1.5.
Chapter 7
Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Potatoes are subject to phytosanitary inspection. Young potato plants are subject to seed and seedling
legislation. See Part II, § 2.2 and 2.4.
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations.
See Part II, § 3.
Some fresh vegetables are subject to quality inspection. See Part II, § 2.1.
Chapter 8
Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Some fresh fruits are subject to quality inspection. See Part II, § 2.1.
Apples and pears are subject to phytosanitary inspection at certain times of the year.
See Part II, § 2.2.
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations.
See Part II, § 3.
Chapter 9
Coffee, tea, maté and spices
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations.
See Part II, § 3.
Chapter 10
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations.
See Part II, § 3.
Chapter 11
Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations.
See Part II, § 3.
Chapter 12
Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
The importation of seeds is subject to quality inspection; moreover, certain seeds are subject to
phytosanitary inspection. See Part II, § 2.4 and 2.2.
Hop cones are subject to quality inspection. See Part II, § 2.1.
Indian berry. See Part II, § 2.3.
Chapter 13
Lac; gums, resins anothevegetable saps and extracts
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
Hop juices and extracts are subject to quality inspection. See Part II, § 2.1.
Chapter 14
Vegetable plaiting materialsvegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Section III                     Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
Chapter 15                    Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

15.01-15.22 1501.00-

The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.
Foodstuffs of animal origin are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 1.3.

Section IV                     Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
Chapter 16                    Preparations of meat, of fish oof crustaceans, molluscs oother aquatic invertebrates
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

16.01-16.05 1601.00-

The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.
Foodstuffs of animal origin are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 1.3.

Chapter 17                    Sugars and sugar confectionery
Heading             HS Code
17.01-17.04                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 18                    Cocoa and cocoa preparations
Heading             HS Code
18.01-18.06                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 19                    Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

19.01-19.05 1901.10-

The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.

Chapter 20                    Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

20.01-20.09 2001.10-

The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.

Chapter 21                    Miscellaneous edible preparations
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

21.01-21.06 2101.11-

The importation of pre-packed foodstuffs is subject to compliance with labelling regulations. See Part II, § 3.
Foodstuffs of animal origin are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 1.3.

Chapter 22                    Beverages, spirits anvinegar
Heading             HS Code
22.01-22.09                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 23                    Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
Heading             HS Code
23.01-23.09                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 24                    Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
Heading             HS Code
24.01-24.03                   Articles admitted without conditions.

Section V                      Mineral products
Chapter 25                    Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
Heading             HS Code
25.01-25.30                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 26                    Ores, slag and ash
Heading             HS Code
26.01-26.21                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 27                    Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
Heading             HS Code
27.01-27.16                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section VI                     Products of the chemical or allied industries
Chapter 28                    Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements oof isotopes
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
28.06            28.06.10   Hydrogen chloride or hydrochloric acid.
28.07            2807.00    Sulphuric acid.
28.41            2841.61    Potassium permanganate. See Part II, § 4.
■ Prohibited articles
28.44            2844.10    Radioactive materials (Postal ban).
Chapter 29                    Organic chemicals
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally

29.01-29.42 2901.10-

The importation of narcotics is subject to authorization from the Ministry of Public Health.

29.02            2902.30    Toluene.
29.09            2909.11    Diethyl ether.
29.14            2914.11    Acetone.
2914.12    Methylethylketone (MEK or butanone).
2914.31    Phenyl-1-propanone-2 (phenylacetone).
29.15            2915.24    Acetic anhydride.
29.16            2916.34    Phenylacetic acid.
29.22            2922.43    Anthranilic acid.
29.24            2924.29    N-acetylanthranilic acid (2-acetamide benzoic acid).
29.32            2932.90    3,4-methylenedioxyphenylpropane-2-one, isafrole (cis+trans), peperonal, safrole.
29.33            2933.32    Piperidine.
29.39            2939.41-   Ephedrine, ergometrine, ergotamine, lysergic acid. Pseudoephedrine.
All these products are subject to legislation on precursors. See Part II, § 4.
Chapter 30                    Pharmaceutical products
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
30.02-30.04                     Authorized only for pharmaceutical agencies (pharmacies) as addressees, and not for private individuals.

Chapter 31                    Fertilizers
Heading             HS Code
31.01-31.05                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 32                    Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles

32.03-32.06 3203.00-
32.08-32.10 3208.10-

Colouring matter (Postal ban).
Vacuum-sealed paint tins (Postal ban).

Chapter 33                    Essential oils and resinoidsperfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
Heading             HS Code
33.01-33.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 34                    Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scourinpreparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" andental preparations with a basis oplaster
Heading             HS Code
34.01-34.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 35                    Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
Heading             HS Code
35.01-35.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 36                    Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
Materials considered as inflammable or dangerous:
36.01            3601.00    Propellent powders.
36.02            3602.00    Explosives.
36.03            3603.00    Detonators. Mercury fulminate capsules.
36.04            3604.10    Rockets, fuses.
36.05            3605.00    Matches.
36.06            3606.10    Combustible materials (Postal ban).
Chapter 37                    Photographic or cinematographic goods
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles

37.04-37.06 3704.00-

Indecent photos and films.

Chapter 38                    Miscellaneous chemical products
Heading             HS Code
38.01-38.25                   Articles admitted without conditions.

Section VII                    Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof
Chapter 39                    Plastics and articles thereof
Heading             HS Code
39.01-39.26                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 40                    Rubber and articles thereof
Heading             HS Code
40.01-40.17                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section VIII                   Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
Chapter 41                    Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
41.01-41.15                     Several hundred animal and vegetable species, as well as articles obtained from them, are subject to protective measures. See Part II, § 1.5.
Chapter 42                    Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers;
articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
42.01-42.06                       See chapter 41.
Chapter 43                    Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
43.01-43.04                       See chapter 41.
Section IX                     Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto oootheplaiting materials; basketware andwickerwork
Chapter 44                    Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
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44.01-44.21 4401.10-

Certain woods are subject to health authority inspection. See Part II, § 2.2.

Chapter 45                    Cork and articles of cork
Heading             HS Code
45.01-45.04                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 46                    Manufactures of strawof esparto oof other plaiting materials; basketware anwickerwork
Heading             HS Code
46.01-46.02                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section X                      Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard;
paper and paperboard and articles thereof
Chapter 47                    Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard
Heading             HS Code
47.01-47.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 48                    Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
Heading             HS Code
48.01-48.23                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 49                    Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts anplans
Heading             HS Code       ■ Prohibited articles
49.01-49.02                   Newspapers using the "chain principle" or any other similar procedure.
49.03            4903.00    Indecent publications.
49.07            4907.00    Bank notes; bearer bonds.
49.11                             Printed matter relating entirely or partly to foreign lotteries or lotteries not authorized in Belgium.
■ Articles admitted conditionally
49.07            4907.00    These articles are prohibited in ordinary parcels and must be sent in insured parcels.
Section XI                     Textiles and textile articles
Chapter 50                    Silk
Heading             HS Code
50.01-50.07                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 51                    Wool, finor coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn anwoven fabric
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
51.01-51.13                   Some textile products are the subject of economic measures. See Part II, § 5.
Chapter 52                    Cotton
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
52.01-52.12                   See chapter 51.
Chapter 53                    Othevegetable textile fibres; papeyarn and woven fabrics of papeyarn
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
53.01-53.11                   See chapter 51.
Chapter 54                    Man-made filaments; strip and the like of man-made textile materials
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
54.01-54.08                   See chapter 51.
Chapter 55                    Man-made staple fibres
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
55.01-55.16                   See chapter 51.
Chapter 56                    Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
Heading         HS Code           ■ Articles admitted conditionally
56.08         5608.19       So-called "Japanese" nets for trapping birds. See Part II, § 1.6.
Chapter 57                    Carpets another textile floor coverings
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
57.01-57.05                   See chapter 51.
Chapter 58                    Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
58.01-58.11                   See chapter 51.

Chapter 59
Impregnated, coated, covered or laminatetextile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
See chapter 51.
Chapter 60
Knitted or crocheted fabrics
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
See chapter 51.
Chapter 61
Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
See chapter 51.
Chapter 62
Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
See chapter 51.
Chapter 63
Other madup textile articles; sets; worn clothing anworn textile articles; rags
HS Code
■ Articles admitted conditionally
See chapter 51.
Section XII
Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops
and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers; articles of
human hair
Chapter 64
Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 65
Headgear anparts thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 66
Umbrellas, suumbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 67
Prepared feathers andown and articles madof feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XIII
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass
and glassware
Chapter 68
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 69
Ceramic products
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 70
HS Code
Glass anglassware
Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XIV
Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with
precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
Chapter 71
Natural or cultured pearls, preciouor semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XV
Base metals and articles obase metal
Chapter 72
Iron and steel
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 73
Articles of iroor steel
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 74
Copper and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 75
Nickel and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 76
Aluminium and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 77
(Reserved fopossible future use in thharmonized system)
Chapter 78
Lead and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 79
Zinc and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 80
Tin and articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 81
Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
HS Code
Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 82                    Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
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82.01-82.15                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 83                    Miscellaneous articles obase metal
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83.01-83.11                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XVI                   Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders andreproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
Chapter 84                    Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
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84.01-84.87                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 85                    Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
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85.01-85.48                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XVII                  Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
Chapter 86                    Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway tract fixtures and fittings anparts thereof; mechanical (includingelectro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
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86.01-86.09                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 87                    Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, anparts and accessories thereof
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87.01-87.16                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 88                    Aircraft, spacecraft, anparts thereof
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88.01-88.05                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 89                    Ships, boats and floating structures
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89.01-89.08                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XVIII                 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks anwatches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 90                    Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
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90.01-90.33                   Articles admitted without conditions.

Chapter 91                    Clocks anwatches anparts thereof
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91.01-91.14                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 92                    Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles
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92.01-92.09                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XIX                   Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 93                    Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
Heading             HS Code       ■ Articles admitted conditionally
93.01-93.07                   Importation of weapons ie subject to public security inspection. See Part II, § 6.
Section XX                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Chapter 94                    Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included;illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
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94.01-94.06                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Chapter 95                    Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
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95.03                             Toys must satisfy labelling conditions. See Part II, § 7.
Chapter 96                    Miscellaneous manufactured articles
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96.01-96.18                   Articles admitted without conditions.
Section XXI                   Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
Chapter 97                    Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
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97.05         9705.00       Stuffed birds; empty eggs. See Part II, § 1.6.

Restriction on imports by post
i      Designation of products. The products included in the present list are often called by a global name, such as "game" or "foodstuffs of animal origin". Some of these products are the subject of specific, and sometimes very extensive, lists which can be consulted at customs offices. For instance, the list of textiles and textile articles dealt with in section XI is 27 pages long, and the list of species covered by the Washington Convention (CITES) comprises several hundred species. Moreover, certain categories of products referred to apply to a vast range of items which cannot be reduced to just a few codes in the harmonized classification system. This applies to products coming under regulations concerning:
–   the safety of the products;
–   counterfeit goods;
–   trademarks which lead people to believe the goods are of Belgian origin.
Moreover, no account has been taken of articles which are unlikely to be transported by post, such as refuse.
ii      Product classifications. Mainly for the reasons given above, specific classification, according to the harmonized system, of all the products referred to is impossible. Products with a global designation were therefore included in the classification in which they are most frequently found.
iii     Postal bans. These products have been included in the table, in accordance with the instructions received. The Post is alone empowered to administer this matter and to draft anycommentary for Part II.

Part II:
Conditions of admission of articles imported or in transit
1Animals, animal products and foodstuffs of animal origin
1.1 Bees, leeches and silkworms
Imports of bees, leeches and silkworms must be examined at an inspection post immediately after their arrival on Community territory. In Belgium, the inspection posts are:
By sea                               By air Antwerp                                           x                                        xOstend                                             x                                        x Charleroi-Gosselies                                                                   xZeebrugge                                       x
Zaventem                                                                                   x
Bierset                                                                                        x
They can be released for use only after presentation to Customs of a veterinary inspection certificate signed by an inspection post expert.
1.2. Products of animal origin
Imports of animal origin must be examined at an inspection post immediately after their arrival on Community territory. In Belgium, the inspection posts are:
By sea                               By air Antwerp                                           x                                        x Ghent                                               x
Ostend                                             x                                        x Charleroi-Gosselies                                                                   xZeebrugge                                       x
Zaventem                                                                                   x
They can be released for use only after presentation to Customs of a veterinary inspection certificate signed by an inspection post expert.
1.3. Foodstuffs of animal origin
Imports of foodstuffs of animal origin intended for human consumption must be examined at an inspection post immediately after their arrival on Community territory. In Belgium, the inspection posts are located at Antwerp, Ghent, Gosselies, Ostend, Zaventem and Zeebrugge.
The person responsible for importing the goods has an obligation to inform the inspection post at least 24 hours in advance by means of an import control document (annex 1).
Such foodstuffs can only be released for use after presentation to Customs of this control document signed by an inspection post expert.
Moreover, appraisal and inspection fees, calculated and collected by Customs, may be payable on certain products. These regulations are not applicable to:
i      products which are the subject of a special permit from the Ministry of Public Health;
ii      products imported to a private address, in quantities not exceeding one kilogramme (gross weight); this exemption applies to the importation of meat and meat-based products only if the goods originate from one of the countries on the list in annex 2 and subject to the conditions set out therein.

1.4 Game
As a general rule, the release of dead game for use is authorized only during the period from the opening of the hunting season for the game until the tenth day after it closes. Because hunting legislation comes under regional jurisdiction, hunting season opening and closing dates may vary from one region to another.
In the Flemish region, outside this period, the importation of deep-frozen big game, as well as of deep-frozen hares, partridges and pheasants, is nevertheless authorized, provided there is no reimportation of game originating from the Flemish region which was previously exported.
In Wallonia, the importation of slaughtered game, whether deep-frozen or not, is authorized all year round, provided there is no reimportation of game originating from Wallonia.
1.5. Species protected under the Washington Convention
In the EEC, certain endangered species of wild fauna and fauna are subject to application of the Washington Convention which covers several hundred different species. These regulations provide in particular that, on importation of these animals
or plants, the required permit or certificate (annexes 3 and 4) must be presented to Customs.
These regulations do not apply to the importation of herbaria and other museum specimens which have been preserved, dried or put in inclusion, and of live plantwhich are the subject of loans, donations and exchanges for non-commercial purposes between scientists and scientific institutions; when circulating for the above-mentioned purposes between Convention signatories, such specimens bear a label conforming to the model in annex 5 or a label similar to it when they originate from Convention non-signatories.
These measures also apply to all articles obtained from protected species.
1.6 Birds, eggs and traps
Importation of the following is also prohibited:
i      dead wild birds (even stuffed) native to the Benelux countries, their eggs (even blown eggs and egg shells), chicks and feathers;
ii     snares and devices for capturing or destroying birds, such as trapping nets and in particular, so-called "Japanese" nets. Game birds and exotic and domestic birds do not come under this ban. Importation of Japanese nets is subject to the
authorization of the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences of Belgium.
2. Plants and plant products
2.1. Quality control
The importation of certain fruit and vegetable, live plant, cut-flower and hop products is subject to quality control. Consequently, such imports are only permitted on production to Customs of acertificate of equivalence issued by the competent foreign authority or by the National Agricultural and Horticultural Marketing Office (ONDAH) (annex 6).
These regulations do not apply to:
i      the importation of such products in quantities not exceeding 3 kg net per species;
ii      the importation of hops and lupulin in packs of 1 kg net maximum, nor to the importation of hop extract in packs of 300 g net maximum, provided that the packaging of these products bears their designation, weight and end use and that they satisfy one of the following conditions:
(a)  that they are presented in small parcels intended for sale to individuals for their private use; (b)  that they are intended for scientific and technical experiments;
(c)   that they are intended for trade fairs, under the exemption conditions applicable;
iii    to products imported under cover of 136 F declarations;
iv    to products imported under cover of 302 declarations, for the requirements of foreign armed forces stationed in Belgium.
2.2 Phytosanitary inspection
Numerous plants or plant products are subject to phytosanitary inspection. Their importation is subject to the consent of Ministry of Agriculture officials.
The regulations are too complex to be summarized. The administrative instructions available at all customs offices should be consulted.

2.3 Indian berry
The importation of Indian berry in quantities of less that 50 kg is forbidden, except in the case of products sold and delivered to a pharmacist and accompanied by a bill from the seller.
The above measures apply not only to Indian berry proper, but also to parts and powders of this fruit, as well as to products containing them.
2.4 Seeds and seedlings
The importation of certain types of seeds and seedlings is subject to inspection by the National Agricultural and Horticultural Marketing Office (ONDAH). In practice, importation is authorized onlyon presentation to Customs of an inspection certificate showing that these products have been checked, admitted and fully identified by an ONDAH official.
The above-mentioned regulations are not applicable to seeds and seedlings intended for trials, scientific experiments or selection work, provided that authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture is presented.
3. Pre-packed foodstuffs
This section applies to pre-packed foodstuffs only. "Pre-packed foodstuffs" is interpreted as meaning the article for sale, intended for presentation to the end consumer as it is, comprising a foodstuff and the packaging in which it was made up prior to being put on sale, whether this packaging covers it wholly or partly, but in such a way that the contents cannot be changed without the packaging being opened or changed.
Such goods are generally classed in chapters 2 to 4, 7 to 11 or 15 to 22 of the combined system, but their classification does not constitute a limiting criterion.
Compulsory label indications must be affixed to the external packaging. These indications must state:
–    the sales description;
–    the minimum shelf-life or, in the case of extremely perishable foodstuffs, the "sell-by" date;
–    the name or corporate name and address of the manufacturer or packer, or of a retailer based in one of the European
Community member States.
4. Precursors
These substances can play a part in the manufacture of certain drugs.
All imports must be the subject of appropriate documentation. In particular, commercial documents such as invoices, manifests, customs documents, transport and other dispatch documents must contain sufficient information for definite identification of:
–    the designation of the substance as given in Part I;
–     the quantity and weight of the substance and, where this consists of a blend, the quantity and weight of the blend, as well as the quantity and weight or the percentage of the substance(s) contained in the blend;
–    the names and addresses of the exporter, importer, distributor and ultimate addressee.
Where operators label classified substances for importation with the type of product or its commercial name, the labelling must show the name of these substances as given in Part I.
5. Textile products
Irrespective of their origin or provenance, the release for use of certain textile products is subject to the production of written proof of their origin.
1 For certain goods, a certificate of origin (annex 7) must be issued in the country of origin of the goods.
2 For other textiles, Customs requires the presentation of a declaration by the exporter or supplier, affixed to the invoice or
some other commercial document relating to the textiles, stating that the goods originate from the country where the declaratiowas prepared.
The list of codes designating these textile products is 27 pages long. It can be consulted at all Belgian customs offices. Exceptions
Certificates or declarations of origin are not required:
i       for goods accompanied by EUR 1 or EUR 2 documents, by a declaration of origin from the exporter on the invoice within the framework of relations with EFTA countries, by Form A certificates of origin or APR documents, providing that a preferential tariff has been granted;
ii      for goods accompanied by A.TR 1 or A.TR 3 documents bearing in the "Comments" box the indication "Turkish origin" authenticated by the signature and seal of the appropriate authority,providing that a preferential tariff has been granted;
iii    for hand-made products accompanied by the certificate required for application of tariff quotas;

iv    for craft products accompanied by a certificate, this exemption does not apply to imports from Brazil, Hong Kong and
v     for non-commercial imports for which, in accordance with the provisions governing preferential systems, none of the documents referred to in i and ii is required;
vi    for products exempt from import licence requirements;
vii   for goods reimported wholly or partly free of charge under the "return of goods" system;
viii  for goods reimported under the "passive improvement" system for compensatory products which are regarded as products of Community origin.
6. Weapons
The importation of prohibited weapons is forbidden.
Defensive firearms and weapons of war may only be imported by the following individuals or legal entities:
i      arms manufacturers, arms traders and gunsmiths, dealers and collectors who produce a licence (see annex 8) issued by the Governor of the province where they exercise their activity or bythe Minister of Justice;
ii      as regards defensive firearms: persons holding a licence to possess a defensive firearm (see annex 9) issued by the Police Superintendent (Commissaire de police) or by the Chief of Police(Commandant de gendarmerie) of the place where the acquirer is domiciled or, where appropriate, of the province in which the acquirer is domiciled; if the acquirer is not
domiciled in Belgium, this licence must be issued by the Minister of Justice or his delegate. Holders of hunting permits or equivalent documents are allowed to import semi-automatic rifles designed for hunting and featuring a fixed, non- transformable magazine or cartridge chamber with a capacity of two cartridges at most;
iii     as regards weapons of war: persons holding a licence to possess such a weapon (see annex 9), issued by the Governor of the province or by the Minister of Justice or his delegate, if thepersons are not domiciled in Belgium; such a licence may not have been issued more than three months before importation;
iv    persons previously authorized to possess a weapon in Belgium and who on their return to Belgium produce a Belgian firearm registration certificate permitting the possession of such aweapon, or an authorization conforming to the model annexed to these instructions; in the latter case, the lower part of the authorization shall have been duly completed and signed by the vendor or grantor, or by the customs officials who previously allowed the importation of the weapon.
The above provisions also apply to the importation of spare parts subject to official testing by the Weapons Testing Authority in
Liege, as well as to accessories which, mounted on firearms, modify the category to which the weapon is supposed to belong.
The following are considered as spare parts subject to official testing:
–    the frame;
–    the barrel;
–    revolver cylinders;
–    pistol breeches and slides;
–    safety catches and locks;
–    the hammer.
The following are considered as accessories which, when mounted on a firearm, change the category to which the weapon is assigned:
–    sliding, folding or easily removable grips (defensive weapons);
–    hand-held grips instead of shoulder butts (defensive weapons);
–    combination shot-guns less than 60 cm long (defensive weapons);
–    parts for rifles designed to make a weapon suitable for firing pistol or revolver ammunition (defensive weapons);
–    mechanisms which convert an automatic weapon into a semi-automatic weapon (defensive weapons);
–    mechanisms which convert a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon (weapons of war);
–    parts making it possible to fire military-calibre cartridges (weapons of war);
–    silencers or mufflers (prohibited weapons).
Importation of the following is prohibited:
i      armour-piercing, incendiary or explosive ammunition;
ii     dumdum ammunition for pistols and revolvers;
iii    projectiles for such ammunition.

7. Toys
Before importation, importers or distributors must have the following printed on their toys:
–    either their name; or the name of their company; or their brand name;
–    their address in the EC;
–    the mark "EC".
However, for small toys or toys made up of small components, this information may be put on the packaging, a label or notice. In such cases, the importer has an obligation to draw consumers'attention to the expediency of keeping this information. Moreover, this information may be shortened, provided the abbreviation permits identification of the importer. It must be affixed visibly,legibly and indelibly.

Part III:
Special provisions, Customs and other
1. Drawinuof customs declarations
To avoid a postal item being considered as irregular or being the subject of a violation, the green CN 22 label must be stuck onto the item, or a CN 23 customs declaration must accompany the item (in this case, the upper part of the CN 22 label must be stuck onto the item).
The postal parcel must be accompanied by a CN 23 customs declaration (the upper part of the CN 22 label must be stuck onto the item).
These forms must be completed as accurately as possible to enable the Post (postal item) or the Belgian Railways (postal parcel) to carry out customs formalities as quickly and precisely as possible, without consulting the addressee.
2. Need to insert invoices
For likewise expediting customs clearance, it is advisable to attach a copy of the invoice to the postal item or postal parcel
(eg. by sticking it onto the item/parcel).
A copy of the invoice must be attached to the customs declaration. If it is not attached to the item or parcel, the Post or the
Belgian Railways has to approach the addressee to obtain it.
It should be noted that a copy of the invoice is not required in the following cases:
–     if the goods imported were not for sale; in this case, the person on whose behalf or instructions they are being cleared through Customs shall attach to the declaration of entry for personal use an attestation to that effect, stating at the same time on what grounds he has the goods at his disposal;
–     if it transpires from the CN 23 customs declaration or the CN 22 label that the value of each batch of goods to be declared separately does not exceed 250 EUR;
–     items addressed to private persons, provided that the imported goods involved are not of a commercial nature and that the value indicated on the CN 23 customs declaration or the CN 22 label does not exceed 375 EUR;
–     when, for goods shown on one and the same invoice, part of which were declared previously to the same office, the declaration mentions the date and number of the first declaration for personal use.
In the cases referred to under the second and third dashes above, the customs value and/or the basis for VAT charges are established on the basis of the value mentioned on the CN 23 customs declaration or the CN 22 label.
Where Customs finds that the value given on these documents is not acceptable and that the above limits have been exceeded, an invoice or a copy thereof must be submitted.
3. Need to attest to the origin of goods
3.1 Certificates of non-preferential origin
For the application of certain tariff measures (suspension, quota, anti-dumping laws, etc) or the application of other economic measures, provision is made for postal items to be accompanied (ora posteriori) by certificates of non-preferential origin in accordance with articles 22 to 26 of the Community Customs Code.
3.2 Certificates opreferential origin
Favourable tariff treatment for goods contained in postal items is subject to the production of an EUR 2 form or of a declaration of origin on invoice, in accordance with the specific provisions laid down in each preferential agreement.
Moreover, each agreement provides for the value ceilings fowhich these documents (EUR 2 form and declaration of origin)
may be signed by the exporter, without involvement of outward Customs.
It should be noted that within the framework of the Generalized Preferential System (SPG), Community regulations (article 27 of the Community Customs Code) provide for the use of the APR form and for a value ceiling.
Above these value ceilings, the preferential agreements and Community regulations provide for the use of EUR 1 A.TR 1, FORM A goods circulation certificates and, for certain "licensed exporters", for the use of a declaration of origin on invoice, as appropriate.
3.3 Miscellaneous
Moreover, numerous legal and administrative procedures regulate matters in connection with import licences, exemptions, customs value, excise duties, VAT and offences.
These matters are the subject of administrative instructions which can be consulted at all Belgian customs offices.

Annex 1

Annex 2

Annex 3 (front)

Annex 3 (back)

Annex 4

Annex 5 (front)
Annex 5 (back)
Annex 6


Annex 7

Annex 8

Annex 9

Annex 10


Letter mail containing goods, as well as parcel and EMS , must be accompanied by customs declaration (CN22 or CN23 form).