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Postal Customs in Poland

smooth_jazz 7 | 71  
31 Jul 2007 /  #1
Does anyone know what you would call customs in Polish? I sent my girlfriend a cd player in the mail and I think there is a problem with customs.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
31 Jul 2007 /  #2
I sent my girlfriend a cd player in the mail

gosh, that was foolhardy i mean brave of you...
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
31 Jul 2007 /  #4
the phrase 'and it was never seen or heard of again' springs to mind...
OP smooth_jazz 7 | 71  
31 Jul 2007 /  #5
Well she got a letter at the post office and she says there is a problem with my box but she doesn't know how to explain it to me in English. She asked if there was someone I can talk to or something. I'm thinking it's an issue with customs, is the word I'm looking for cło or odprowa?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
31 Jul 2007 /  #6
i cant help you with that s_j sorry
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
31 Jul 2007 /  #7
"cło" means customs (as the amount of money you have to pay),
"odprawa celna" - I don't know the English term exactly, but it's when you declare you have/don't have anything subject to customs (or some other goods that need special documnets to brought in/out of the country)

did you send it from EU?
OP smooth_jazz 7 | 71  
31 Jul 2007 /  #8
No and that is probably why there is a problem. I sent it from a U.S. postal office. The last time I sent her a package I sent it from the Deutsch Post and there was no problem. It could also be though because I'm sending her an electronic device (cd player). The last time I sent a package it was just chocolates and a teddy bear. She said something about them wanting to know how much it cost. I guess if it's over a certain amount she might have to pay a tax on it or something?
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
31 Jul 2007 /  #9
she should just call some customs office and ask what are the laws in this case
OP smooth_jazz 7 | 71  
31 Jul 2007 /  #10
Well today she got a letter telling her about the problem. She said the letter is kind of confusing so tomorrow she's going to the post office to find out what we need to do.
2 Aug 2007 /  #11
S_J, I sent 6 DvDs and some photos to a friend in Elblag, and I had to declare the items as worthless so that my friend didn't have to pay taxes... that was the hold up with my experience.
OP smooth_jazz 7 | 71  
3 Aug 2007 /  #12
Thanks for the information Northwood. She went back to the post office and they gave her a number to call. She contacted them and basically all she has to do is send in a letter to them stating the value of the items, and then they will send it to her.
JuliePotocka 5 | 188  
1 Mar 2008 /  #13
Sounds about right. We have this issue, believe it or not, between Canada and America! All so silly.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
9 Feb 2009 /  #14
The custom is, whatever the situation, make sure it arrives late. My mum sent my Xmas parcel on the 19th of November. She predicted that it'd arrive early Dec. She didn't leave it to chance. When did the parcel mysteriously show up? January the 8th.

Merry Xmas ;)
BLS 65 | 188  
25 Nov 2009 /  #15
I seem to remember that a package from America to Poland was exempt from customs if the declared value was below $20 or $25 - does anyone know if this is true?

I am about to have a small computer part delivered from Austria - are there any such customs' limits in regards to packages within the EU/Schengen? Thank you...
delphiandomine 88 | 18,456  
25 Nov 2009 /  #16
Nope. Import what you like, no-one will care - unless the goods attract excise duties.
ChrisPoland 2 | 123  
25 Nov 2009 /  #17
We had a similar problem US to Poland. We got a letter from the customs office. We called and the man said that we needed to declare the value of the package and in our case declare that it was not a purchase but a gift in writing. It was a car part for my American car that my father sent to me so it was technically a gift. I don't know what would have happened had it been a surprise gift that I did not know the value of.

Also I recently received Easter presents sent by my parents to my children (US to Poland) by priority post. Happy Easter in November!

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