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Transfer of goods through the Latvian border



After Latvia joined EU, the following differentiation of goods must be observed: import of goods from EU member states and import of goods from non-EU countries. Regulation No 918/83 stipulates the system of fiscal and customs exemption which in its turn exempts EU from customs charges.

The following countries are EU members: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Great Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and new EU member states: Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary

From the European Union member states:
Customs clearance of the goods imported or exported through the EU internal boundaries is performed only in case customs offices hold the corresponding information about goods flow forbidden by law. Any person can transfer all the required household goods for personal use through the country border, with observance of exceptions, determined by the corresponding acting normative acts of Latvian Republic.
Excise foods imported by an individual for personal use only, purchased freely in another EU member state are exempt of taxes, should all the corresponding taxes be paid in this EU member states in respect of the aforementioned goods.

Tobacco products:
800 cigarettes
400 cigarillos (cigars weighing not more than 3 grams each)
200 cigars
1 kilogram of smoking tobacco

Alcoholic beverage:
110 litres of beer
90 litres of wine (specifically no more than 60 litres of sparkling wine) or any other fermented drinks
20 litres of semifinished products
10 litres of other alcoholic beverages

Coffee - 10 kilograms
Non-alcoholic beverages - 110 litres
Fuel, in a standard fuel tank of the transport vehicle or motorcycle crossing the border of Latvian Republic, as well as in portable fuel can, with the volume of not more than 10 litres.

Since there is no special permanent customs clearance at EU internal boundaries, contrary to the law applied before Latvia joined EU, starting with 1 May 2004, the amount of goods stipulated by law can be imported to Latvia through any state border crossing point.

From non-EU countries
Personal luggage of individuals moving in Latvia from the countries which are not members of EU are exempt from import customs duty, should the import of such goods be non-profit.
The import of goods is considered non-profit if it bears random character and if the goods are imported for traveller’s personal use only, use in the family, as a present and their exterior appearance and quantity do not prove their profit character.

An individual aged 17 and older can import the following goods customs charge-free:
Tobacco products:
200 cigarettes
100 cigarillos (cigars, weighing not more than 3 grams each)
50 cigars
250 grams of smoking tobacco
Spirits and alcoholic beverages:
1 litre of beverage with the alcoholic strength of not more than 22 % or non-industrial alcohol with the alcoholic strength of 80% and more,
2 litres of beverage with the alcoholic strength of not more than 22 % (aperitifs based on wine or spirit, sake, tafia or similar drinks),
2 litres of sparkling wine, still wine, dessert wines
50 grams of perfume and 0.25 litres of eau de toilette,
medications for traveller’s personal use, used in the course of treatment of up to three months upon presentation of the corresponding documents, for example, the copy of prescription.

Fuel, in a standard fuel tank of personal transport vehicle or motorcycle crossing the border of Latvian Republic, as well as in portable fuel can, with the volume of not more than 10 litres.
The goods with the price exceeding the stipulated goods transportation benefits or customs duty shall be imported upon payment of the corresponding customs charges.
Food products, being a part of traveller’s personal luggage for personal use, can be imported up to 10 kilograms only.
Other goods, the cost of which does not exceed 175 Euro.

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