Greece - Customs and duties

The import tariff protects domestic products and provides a source of government revenue. Many Greek industries are not yet large enough or sufficiently modern to compete in price with foreign products, either in markets abroad or in Greece itself. As a full member of the European Union since 1981, Greece eliminated its remaining tariffs and quotas on imports from EU nations by 1986 and aligned its own tariffs on imports from other countries with those of EU members. Greek exports to EU countries are tariff-free. Imports from non-EU countries are subject to the EU's common customs tariff. Most raw materials enter duty-free, while manufactured goods have rates between 5% and 7%. Textiles, electronics, and some food products have higher rates. Motor vehicles, yachts, and motorcycles are subject to special duties. In addition, Greece imposes an 8% to 18% value-added tax and special consumption taxes on alcohol and tobacco up to 150%.

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Jun 3, 2011 @ 9:09 am
custom and tax in Greece for firewood Please send me if you now,i like start import firewood from Serbia,Please explained me all
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Sep 6, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
whats customs and all duties on all variety of rice , i am intend to export rice to greece from pakistan
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Jul 11, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
I come from Thailand. Recently, I send a goods to Greece but my courier(DHL) said that it's stopped by customs. Then I have to pay taxes and broker fee. I asked DHL for clear customs by myself but DHL said I have to clear though broker only.

I would like to ask you that is there anyway to clear taxes without broker?
Effie Vasiliadis
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Aug 10, 2020 @ 7:19 pm
Greece needs to be more clear re your important taxes. I can understand why taxes are charged for those who purchase online from outside of Europe. However, it is ridiculous when someone is sending a gift to a family member and the person receiving the gift(that they don’t know that they are receiving) gets asked to pay a duty to receive a present! I recently sent a gift to my niece with DHL who stopped parcel at customs. The gift cost me $142 Australian . Which is around £90+ ? It was under a kilo. Yet I was charged £71 in taxes, after lots of emails because DHL was asking for the money from my niece! This present was supposed to be a surprise. Clearly no surprise for her, now?
Also the Greek banks do not accept bank transfers under £100 so in order for me (after about 30 emails backwards and forward) with DHL I paid the £100 just to finish the ordeal! I’m now waiting for a receipt to actually see how they charge the taxes.. it is absolutely disgusting that a gift to a relative ended up being so frustrating, ridiculously expensive. A baby gift that cost me well over $300 because Greece doesn’t disclose what the actual taxes are when we are initially sending a GIFT to a family member!

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