Baggage Shipping to Latvia
Important Latvia Customs Information
Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag™ shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
More information is available in on our customs information page.
In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
What can I send to Latvia? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Illegal or restricted goods;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Irreplaceable items.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
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Latvia is a northern European country located in the Baltic region, which borders Estonia, Belarus, Russia and Lithuania. With a population of just less than 2 million, it is a relatively small country. The currency used is the Euro and the official language is Latvian, one of only two of the surviving Baltic languages along with Lithuanian. The climate in the country is temperate and typical of continental European with well-defined seasons that are cold in winter, with daytime temperatures of around 23F and frequent heavy snowfall, and warm in summer with temperatures reaching the 80s but cooled by a breeze from the Baltic Sea. Riga is the capital city of Latvia, a charming old city filled with narrow winding streets covered in cobbles. Many tourists spend their time in the city exploring these streets and uncovering the history behind them in the beautiful squares that are home to sights such as the Dome Cathedral. It’s also a fantastic place for shopping, whether at markets or small independent boutiques, it has a nearby seaside resort, Jurmala, and a booming nightlife in the Old Town that draws hen and stag dos from across Europe to taste the local beers and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Outside of the city, you’ll find Latvia to be a stunning place with plenty to keep tourists occupied. The coastline boasts some of the best bird watching in Europe with Liepaja on the Kurzeme coast being on sea bird migration paths and home to songbirds and raptors too. Hiking is an exceedingly popular past time in the gorgeous Gauja National Park with a river, caves, dense woodland, and wildlife all protected. It also draws tourists with the promise of exciting water sports such as white water rafting and river kayaking.
WHY SHIP TO LATVIA
Tourists flock to Latvia for a myriad of reasons, whether they’re hitting up the bars in the Old Town of Riga for a weekend break away, spending some time hiking amongst the tranquil forests and unspoilt nature of the country’s national parks or sunning themselves on the beach in the summer time. Budget airlines are now a popular way of getting around Europe quickly and easily with affordable prices, but often include hidden extras you didn’t realize you’d need to pay for, such as paying to check bags into the hold or stumping up cash for bags that are slightly overweight. If you’re packing up a case filled with your own hiking equipment that is likely to be over the baggage allowance, or perhaps you’re making a big move out to the country, you don’t want to have to pay so much extra for the privilege of getting your stuff there with the hassle of having to do the work yourself. SendMyBag will pick up your luggage, whether its suitcases, bags or boxes, even overweight or outsized items, right from your doorstep and deliver it to wherever you need it in Latvia. It not only saves your money, but also saves you on time and hassle having to wait around at luggage carousels and transport awkward luggage around an unfamiliar country.
When shipping to Latvia you need to supply a breakdown of all the items you are sending unaccompanied. When you book through SendMyBag, we will send you a link where you can provide this information. It’s easy to do and will mean you avoid any delays whilst your items are being processed through customs. Then it’s just as simple as booking in the dates for the collection and getting your plane to meet your luggage at your destination.