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Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) Shipment Restrictions into the EU

We would like to alert you of certain restrictions when sending a Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipment to an EU country.

DDP refers to shipments where the shipper is obligated to deliver the goods to their destination already cleared for importation.  The shipper bears all risks and costs, including transportation charges, duties and taxes and other charges payable upon export and import of the goods.

DDP shipments require that customs clearance is carried out by the shipper.  However, it is not always legally possible for the shipper to arrange customs clearance in EU countries. It is also important to note that customs requirements for DDP imports are not the same in all EU countries.

Please therefore note the following in relation to DDP shipments:

  • Shipper needs to be Importer of Record (IOR) - The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden require that the IOR must be the shipper in the origin country.

  • Indicate the destination city next to the DDP incoterm - Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Romania specifically require the destination city to be indicated next to the DDP Incoterm, e.g. “DDP, Berlin”.

  • Indicate freight cost and duties & taxes on the Commercial Invoice - Austria, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta and the Netherlands require the freight cost and duties & taxes charges to be mentioned separately on the commercial invoice.

If a DDP shipment is non-compliant, customs may disregard the fact that the shipment is DDP.  Depending on customs’ decision, this may result in different delivery conditions.

For further information about DDP shipments and a copy of Incoterms® 2010 provided by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), please log on to http://www.iccwbo.org/incoterms/

It is recommended that before you send DDP shipments to EU countries, you verify the local customs requirements of the specific EU destination country.


Specific EU country requirements for DDP shipments


Country

Shipper is IOR

Indicate Name of Destination
next to the DDP incoterm

Indicate Freight Cost on Commercial Invoice

Remarks 

Austria

 

X

X

 
Belgium       DDP is not in the clearance system.  CIF needs to be applied
Bulgaria   

 

   
Czech Republic

X

 
Germany

X

X

   
Denmark

X

Estonia       

 

     Broker to be appointed
Spain

X

Finland    
   

 

 
France
   

X

 
Greece             Only for exceptional cases where recipient accepts IOR status
Hungary              Recipient needs to give POA and act as IOR
Ireland    
   

 

 
Italy

 

     
Lithuania
DDP not accepted.  Recipient or broker needs to pay duties and taxes.
Luxembourg

X

Latvia  

X

X

 
Malta    

X

 
Netherlands

X

 

X

Poland  

X

   
Romania  

X

   
Sweden

X

     

Slovak Republic       

 

 

Recipient needs to give POA and act as IOR
 Slovenia              DDP not accepted.  Recipient needs to pay duties and taxes
United Kingdom,
Switzerland,    
Norway   
      If no freight cost is shown on the Commercial Invoice, CIF will be applied.

Notes
*  IOR refers to Importer of Record
**  CIF refers to Cost of Insurance and Freight
*** POA refers to Power of Attorney