Customs regulations for your trip to Luxembourg

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Customs Regulations

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list copy in French or in German
  • Bill of lading (express release) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Certificate de Franchise en Douane
  • T-Form for transit within the European Union (EU) (new furniture and goods)
  • Original purchase invoice of new furniture and goods
  • Consumption declaration (COM 4) for new furniture and goods
  • Customs declaration in French or German
  • Inventory list numbered in French or English and without any blanks (5 copies)
  • Declaration 136 F
  • Attestation from employer / “Fiche de Renseignements”
  • Inventory list in French or English (3 original, completed, and signed on every page by the owner of the goods)

Specific Information

  • Based on these documents, we will set-up the Customs declaration in French, that the owner of the goods will have to sign in original (as well as the passport copy, the packing list, and an attestation that the belongings are used).
  • If the owner of the goods cannot provide the certificate “de franchise en douane” because the owner of the goods does not have a permanent residence permit, then the owner of the goods must provide:
    • Attestation from employer telling that the employee was residing outside the European territory for these last 12 months
    • Copy of rental contract in Luxembourg
  • If the employer cannot provide the attestation from employer, then the employer needs to provide utility bills covering the last 12 months before arriving in Luxembourg.
  • If an owner of the goods cannot provide some of the documents, a deposit for temporary import formalities is available.
  • All new furniture and goods are subject to taxes duties.
  • Diplomat removals are duty-free entry IF a 136 F declaration can be provided by the diplomatic organization / Embassy in Luxembourg.
  • Removals within the EU territory are not subject to taxes duties.
  • Duty-free entry for used furniture and goods must meet the following criteria:
    • The objects have been owned and used abroad by the owner of the goods.
    • The goods will clearly show signs of use.
    • The articles were not obtained for the purpose of a duty-free import.
  • For used furniture and goods, a provisional exemption of duties will be granted by Customs pending the presentation of documents and the authorization, against a deposit of the following:
    • The import charges (approximately 3.5% of the declared value of the goods),
    • The value added tax (VAT) of 15% (based on 10% plus the declared value)
    • A sum of €200.00 to secure a correct settlement of the Customs documents.
  • The certificate of residence must be issued by the local authorities (Commune) of the new domicile in Luxembourg, showing the nationality, previous residence abroad for at least 12 months, and the date of registration of the domicile in Luxembourg, and state that the applicant has not resided previously in Luxembourg (nationals not previously living in Luxembourg).
  • For citizens residing abroad for at least 12 months with a declaration of change of domicile, a certificate of residence issued by the local authorities (Commune) of the new domicile in Luxembourg, showing the nationality, the previous residence abroad, the date of the previous de-registration of domicile on leaving Luxembourg and the date of the re-registration of domicile in Luxembourg or two certificates are required:
    • One issued by the local authorities (Commune) in the city of residence in Luxembourg, bearing the date of emigration, and the commune abroad to which the owner of the goods relocated.
    • One issued by the local authorities (Commune) in the city of the new residence.
  • For nationals or non – citizens registering for a change of residence within the previous year  or no change of residence, proof must be furnished that:
    • The stay is not the consequence of a temporary situation (travel, mission, studies) of limited duration.
    • The owner of the goods had no residence in Luxembourg throughout the entire duration of stay abroad.

French, German and Luxembourgish are the administrative languages.

The minimum legal drinking age is 16 years, but being drunk and disorderly in public is a criminal offence that can result in arrest for a night and a heavy fine.

Taking food and drink into the EU

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

Free Import when travelling within EU

Although there are no limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco one can bring in from EU countries, customs officials are more likely to ask you questions if you have more than:

Tobacco products:

  • 800 cigarettes;
  • 400 cigarillos (max. 3g each);
  • 200 cigars;
  • 1kg smoking tobacco;

Alcoholic beverages:

  • 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
  • 20 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
  • 90 litres of wine (though no more than 60 litres of sparkling wine);
  • 110 litres of beer.

These quantities can be seized if customs are satisfied that they are of a commercial nature.

Free Import quantities when travelling from outside EU

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages

Over 17 years olds can bring (in personal luggage) the following quantities:

  • 1 litre of alcohol that does not exceed 22% volume of alcohol, or un-denatured ethyl alcohol 80% volume and over
  • 2 litres of alcohol that does not exceeds 22% volume of alcohol
  • 4 litres of still wine
  • 16 litres of beer.

The passengers can combine the first two types of alcohol as long the alcohol volume does not exceed 100%.

Over 17 years old that belong to the following categories:

  • persons residing in the frontier zone (region beyond the expanding borders of the European Union including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro)
  • frontier-zone workers,
  • the crews of means of transport used between third countries and the Community,

may bring (in your personal luggage) alcohol in the following quantities:

  • 0,5 litre of alcohol exceeding 22% volume, or un-denatured ethyl alcohol of 80% volume and over
  • a total of 0,5 litre of alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% volume
  • 0,5 litre of still wine
  • 2 litres of beer.

The passengers can combine the first two types of alcohol as long the alcohol volume does not exceed 100%.

Note that the consideration of what constitutes frontier countries lies entirely with EU and the list outlined above may change.

Tobacco products

When travelling by air or sea , over 17 years old can bring tobacco products for personal use only the following:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 100 cigarillos or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 250 g of smoking tobacco.

Each amount specified in above points will amount to 100% of the total allowance for tobacco products.

When travelling by land, over 17 years old can bring tobacco products for personal use only the following:

  • 40 cigarettes or
  • 20 cigarillos or
  • 10 cigars or
  • 50 grams of smoking tobacco.

Each amount specified in all the points will amount to 100% of the total allowance for tobacco products.

Other goods

  • Medication – for personal use only
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to 430 euro when travelling by air or sea
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to 300 euro when travelling by land
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to 150 euro for travellers under 15 years of age.

Non-commercial item are of an occasional nature and consist exclusively of goods for the personal or family use of the traveller, or of goods intended as presents. The nature and quantity of the goods must not be such as to indicate that they are being imported for commercial reasons.

pets need to be identifiable (tattoo or an electronic identification system), vaccinated against rabies and have a health certificate. For more information please refer to the nearest embassy.

  • maximum of 10 kg of meat, milk and dairy products coming from Croatia, Færøer Islands, Greenland and Iceland
  • powdered milk for babies, food for children and special medical food (including pets food) may be allowed if they need not to be refrigerated prior opening and that it is brand packaged food and the packaging has original seal (unless in use at the time) and its quantity must not exceed the weight of 10 kg originating from Croatia, Færøer Islands, Greenland and Iceland, and of 2 kg if originating in other countries.
  • fish only if it is disembowelled and does not exceed the weight of 20 kg,
  • currency – no restrictions if coming from EU country. Declarable for all travelling outside EU when the amount exceeds 10.000 euro or equivalent in another currency.
  • coats, fur and leather shoes made of protected animals will need special authorization.

Prohibited Items

  • Meat and milk and any items thereof from non-EU countries with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries
  • Protected species and products thereof as listed by the CITES (Washington Convention) for example ivory, tortoise shell, coral, reptile skin, wood from Amazonian forests.

Miscellaneous (Pets, Motors, and others.)

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Prohibited: It is not allowed to import arms and ammunition from Russian Fed. and Syria. For more information see sanctions map

Crew members customs regulations:

For crew members the allowance of the quantities listed is restricted to once per month. At other entries they are allowed to import only one packet of cigarettes.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Luxembourg.

Exempt:
– baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Luxembourg if it is labeled to that destination;
– baggage of passengers who embarked in another Schengen Member State .

Currency

Currency Import regulations:

Same regulations as for export apply.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Euro – EUR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list copy in French or in German
  • Bill of lading (express release) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Certificate de Franchise en Douane
  • T-Form for transit within the European Union (EU) (new furniture and goods)
  • Original purchase invoice of new furniture and goods
  • Consumption declaration (COM 4) for new furniture and goods
  • Customs declaration in French or German
  • Inventory list numbered in French or English and without any blanks (5 copies)
  • Declaration 136 F
  • Attestation from employer / “Fiche de Renseignements”
  • Inventory list in French or English (3 original, completed, and signed on every page by the owner of the goods)

Specific Information

  • Based on these documents, we will set-up the Customs declaration in French, that the owner of the goods will have to sign in original (as well as the passport copy, the packing list, and an attestation that the belongings are used).
  • If the owner of the goods cannot provide the certificate “de franchise en douane” because the owner of the goods does not have a permanent residence permit, then the owner of the goods must provide:
    • Attestation from employer telling that the employee was residing outside the European territory for these last 12 months
    • Copy of rental contract in Luxembourg
  • If the employer cannot provide the attestation from employer, then the employer needs to provide utility bills covering the last 12 months before arriving in Luxembourg.
  • If an owner of the goods cannot provide some of the documents, a deposit for temporary import formalities is available.
  • All new furniture and goods are subject to taxes duties.
  • Diplomat removals are duty-free entry IF a 136 F declaration can be provided by the diplomatic organization / Embassy in Luxembourg.
  • Removals within the EU territory are not subject to taxes duties.
  • Duty-free entry for used furniture and goods must meet the following criteria:
    • The objects have been owned and used abroad by the owner of the goods.
    • The goods will clearly show signs of use.
    • The articles were not obtained for the purpose of a duty-free import.
  • For used furniture and goods, a provisional exemption of duties will be granted by Customs pending the presentation of documents and the authorization, against a deposit of the following:
    • The import charges (approximately 3.5% of the declared value of the goods),
    • The value added tax (VAT) of 15% (based on 10% plus the declared value)
    • A sum of €200.00 to secure a correct settlement of the Customs documents.
  • The certificate of residence must be issued by the local authorities (Commune) of the new domicile in Luxembourg, showing the nationality, previous residence abroad for at least 12 months, and the date of registration of the domicile in Luxembourg, and state that the applicant has not resided previously in Luxembourg (nationals not previously living in Luxembourg).
  • For citizens residing abroad for at least 12 months with a declaration of change of domicile, a certificate of residence issued by the local authorities (Commune) of the new domicile in Luxembourg, showing the nationality, the previous residence abroad, the date of the previous de-registration of domicile on leaving Luxembourg and the date of the re-registration of domicile in Luxembourg or two certificates are required:
    • One issued by the local authorities (Commune) in the city of residence in Luxembourg, bearing the date of emigration, and the commune abroad to which the owner of the goods relocated.
    • One issued by the local authorities (Commune) in the city of the new residence.
  • For nationals or non – citizens registering for a change of residence within the previous year  or no change of residence, proof must be furnished that:
    • The stay is not the consequence of a temporary situation (travel, mission, studies) of limited duration.
    • The owner of the goods had no residence in Luxembourg throughout the entire duration of stay abroad.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Original title
  • Customs declaration in French, signed by the owner of the goods
  • Original bill of lading / air waybill
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Proof of insurance covering the previous 6 months
  • Certificate of residence
  • Proof of invoice or another document as evidence of the ownership abroad
  • Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs verifying diplomatic status or employment
  • T-Form for transit within the European Union (EU)

Specific Information

  • Vehicles are permitted duty-free if in the owner of the goods’ possession and use for at least 6 months, had more than 6000 km when registering with the local authorities (Commune), and note that the owner of the goods is transferring to a residence to Luxembourg.
  • The car will not be sold or transferred before 12 months after the move.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Medical examination may be required on arrival
  • As regulations are often changing, contact the destination agent or Consulate for specific information.

Wedding Trousseau / Gifts

  • Form 136
  • Inventory certificate from the local authorities abroad, giving evidence that the applicant has resided together with his parents before marriage (residence is compulsory for one person of the couple) (duty-free import – 5 copies)
  • Certificate document showing place and date of the marriage (duty-free import)

Document showing that at the time of the marriage one spouse was residing in the country and the other abroad (duty-free import)

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