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Poland Customs Information

Customs Information

Please take a moment to review the important customs information before shipping to Poland.

Personal Effects Customs Clearance Poland

If the consignee is a Polish citizen or permanent resident, their TAX ID (PESEL) or copy of their Polish ID Card (Dowód osobisty) will need to provided, along with a copy of their passport and flight ticket showing entry into Poland. If the consignee is not a Polish citizen or resident, a copy of their passport and proof of entry into Poland, such as their flight ticket is required.

Consignees will need to provide a written statement to Polish customs detailing what their Personal Effects are for and why they are being shipped to Poland. This written statement can be automatically downloaded from your Send My Bag account based on the reason selected for shipping.

If the consignee is shipping to Poland for study they may be required to provide their enrolment or placement letter for customs clearance.

Duty relief is only granted to shipments considered as permanent imports for one year or more such as for relocation or study, where the relevant evidence is also provided.  Polish customs law does not consider temporary imports such as for a vacation/holiday or business trip, or imports from returning residents who have been outside of Poland for less than one year, as tax exempt unless the declared value is less than 45€ /$45 USD / £35 GBP.  Should this value be exceeded, any duty and taxes will need to be paid by the receiver and are not covered by Send My Bag.

If shipping to Poland for relocation, customs may request evidence of living outside of Poland for more than one year such as a copy of an employment contract, lease or rental agreement and evidence of your new address in Poland.  In order to claim duty exemption in these circumstances, the owner of the goods must have already arrived in Poland and be in the country at the time of clearance.

Shipments that require customs inspection will also incur an additional fee of 170PLN to be paid prior to delivery of the goods, directly to the delivering courier.

If a shipment is held by our courier partner due to waiting on missing paperwork from the consignee, storage charges may be applied.

General Personal Effects Customs Information

Personal effects are typically defined as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your shipment is checked by  customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you shipment may not be assessed as personal effects. Keep this in mind if you are sending Christmas gifts or other new items. Please check with customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.

In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of 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 Dresses, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Pair of Gloves", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

As customs processes and allowances vary by country, we advise all customers 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 on our customs information page.

Customs Clearance Time

When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, impromptu inspection, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 7 working days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

Personal Effects Customs Clearance Poland

If the consignee is a Polish citizen or permanent resident, their TAX ID (PESEL) or copy of their Polish ID Card (Dowód osobisty) will need to provided, along with a copy of their passport and flight ticket showing entry into Poland. If the consignee is not a Polish citizen or resident, a copy of their passport and proof of entry into Poland, such as their flight ticket is required.

Consignees will need to provide a written statement to Polish customs detailing what their Personal Effects are for and why they are being shipped to Poland. This written statement can be automatically downloaded from your Send My Bag account based on the reason selected for shipping.

If the consignee is shipping to Poland for study they may be required to provide their enrolment or placement letter for customs clearance.

Duty relief is only granted to shipments considered as permanent imports for one year or more such as for relocation or study, where the relevant evidence is also provided.  Polish customs law does not consider temporary imports such as for a vacation/holiday or business trip, or imports from returning residents who have been outside of Poland for less than one year, as tax exempt unless the declared value is less than 45€ /$45 USD / £35 GBP.  Should this value be exceeded, any duty and taxes will need to be paid by the receiver and are not covered by Send My Bag.

If shipping to Poland for relocation, customs may request evidence of living outside of Poland for more than one year such as a copy of an employment contract, lease or rental agreement and evidence of your new address in Poland.  In order to claim duty exemption in these circumstances, the owner of the goods must have already arrived in Poland and be in the country at the time of clearance.

Shipments that require customs inspection will also incur an additional fee of 170PLN to be paid prior to delivery of the goods, directly to the delivering courier.

If a shipment is held by our courier partner due to waiting on missing paperwork from the consignee, storage charges may be applied.

General Personal Effects Customs Information

Personal effects are typically defined as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your shipment is checked by  customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you shipment may not be assessed as personal effects. Keep this in mind if you are sending Christmas gifts or other new items. Please check with customs so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow any advice given and attach all necessary documentation.

In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of 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 Dresses, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Pair of Gloves", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".

As customs processes and allowances vary by country, we advise all customers 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 on our customs information page.

Customs Clearance Time

When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, impromptu inspection, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 7 working days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, 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 and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Poland

  • Coal & Firewood;
  • Invoices;
  • Isopropanol;
  • Military Equipment;
  • Perishables;
  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

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, Mobile 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.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, 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 and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Poland

  • Coal & Firewood;
  • Invoices;
  • Isopropanol;
  • Military Equipment;
  • Perishables;
  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

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, Mobile 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.

Prohibited items

Prohibited Items

With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in luggage, for security and customs reasons however certain items are prohibited, please find these listed below.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Nail varnish, perfume and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy. The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish and perfume;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, 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 and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Poland

  • Coal & Firewood;
  • Invoices;
  • Isopropanol;
  • Military Equipment;
  • Perishables;
  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

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, Mobile 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.

On EU standard services (not express) and all UK and US domestic services you may send:

  • Shower gel.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Other non flammable and non alcohol based liquids, pastes & gels for use on holiday.

Nail varnish, perfume and aerosols are not permitted. If these items are included in your luggage it may be returned to you.

Whilst non alcohol based liquids are permitted, damage caused by leakage is not covered by complimentary cover and therefore only small amounts should be sent. If an x-ray shows liquids of any type security may stop your bag for inspection.

A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy. The following items are prohibited at all times:

  • Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
  • Alcohol based or Flammable Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type including, but not limited to, nail varnish and perfume;
  • Toner Cartridges;
  • Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
  • No more than ONE device containing a lithium battery in line with our battery policy OR when shipping to / from Australia or China, NO device containing any kind of battery;
  • Tracking devices such as AirTags;
  • Animals and Animal products;
  • Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
  • Flowers and plant products;
  • Human remains or ashes;
  • Medical samples;
  • Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
  • Pornography;
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
  • Tobacco and vaping products regardless of nicotine content;
  • Religious Artefacts
  • Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as milk chocolate and protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, 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 and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
  • Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
  • Credit cards;
  • Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
  • Irreplaceable items;
  • Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
  • Counterfeit goods;
  • Items from sanctioned countries;
  • Other illegal or restricted goods.

More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.

Additional prohibited items for Poland

  • Coal & Firewood;
  • Invoices;
  • Isopropanol;
  • Military Equipment;
  • Perishables;
  • Single use plastics including cutlery, plates, straws, cotton bud sticks, and food containers and cups made of polystyrene.

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, Mobile 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.

Why Ship to Poland?

Why Ship to Poland?

If you are moving to Poland to live there, either permanently or for a limited period, you will need to ship enough of your possessions to allow you to set up home – in which case Send My Bag can help by shipping your belongings to Poland in suitcases or boxes. This is particularly useful for international students in Poland who need to quickly set up home in their student accommodation.

Send My Bag can also help ship your luggage to Poland if you are going there on holiday, to allow you to sail through your journey without having to think about dragging your baggage behind you. This is especially helpful if you need to bring sporting equipment, such as skis or golf clubs with you.

Send Luggage to Poland

Send Luggage to Poland

You can save yourself a lot of stress and hassle by sending your luggage to Poland with Send My Bag, rather than dragging it behind you on your journey through airports and onto public transport. By sending your luggage, you can bring more with you than your airline baggage allowance would permit. Your possessions will be looked after for you, allowing you to get on with exploring your new surroundings or enjoying some outdoor pursuits. To learn more about sending luggage to Poland, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.

Removals to Poland

Removals to Poland

If you are moving to Poland permanently, international removals to Poland is something you will have to think about, in order to transport all of your possessions. If you go for this option, ensure that all your items are carefully packaged using suitable packaging materials so that they won’t get damaged in transit.

Student Shipping to Poland

Student Shipping to Poland

If you are an international student wishing to study at one of Poland’s universities, such as the University of Warsaw or Jagiellonian University, there is no need to worry about getting all your belongings to Poland. You can just send your possessions to Poland, to your student accommodation, with Send My Bag. Find out more about student shipping on our student removals page.

Sending a Parcel to Poland

Sending a Parcel to Poland

You can also send a parcel to Poland with Send My Bag. Friends or family members can send you mementos from home in a parcel, or you can send them gifts from Poland, including birthday and Christmas presents. Just make sure you choose a good sturdy box when sending a parcel to Poland and tape it up well to ensure safe transit. Also, read up on rules regarding personal effects and brand new items. Take a look at our information page on parcel shipping to find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.

Ways of Shipping to Poland

Ways of Shipping to Poland

If you are moving to Poland, studying there or going on holiday and need to bring your possessions with you, you should look into the various options available for shipping to Poland. You can choose between several different options for international shipping to Poland.


Send Golf Clubs to Poland

Send Golf Clubs to Poland

Although not a traditional golfing holiday destination, Poland has plenty to offer keen golfers. There are around 25 courses to choose from, including Modry Las, Sand Valley and Postolowo. You can play golf using your own golf clubs by sending them to Poland with Send My Bag. This means you will avoid any oversized baggage fees from your airline, and it will be much easier to travel to Poland without dragging large golf bags behind you. Find out how best to package your golf clubs by visiting Send My Bag's golf clubs shipping page.

Send your Bike to Poland

Send your Bike to Poland

There is plenty of pretty countryside for cyclists to enjoy in Poland. This, together with good road conditions, makes Poland a good destination for cycling holidays. You can send your own bicycle to Poland with Send My Bag and enjoy cycling through Poland's beautiful landscape. Check out our bike shipping page to find out how to send your bike, including how to package it appropriately. If you send your bike you will avoid oversized baggage fees and won't have the stress of carrying the bike to and from the airport.

About Poland

Poland is a Central-European country bordering seven other European countries, including Russia, Germany and Ukraine. The country has been a member of the European Union since 2004 but does not use the Euro; it has its own currency ‒ the Polish Zloty. The Polish climate is moderate with summer temperatures between 20°C (68°F) and 30°C (86°F) and winter temperatures between 3°C (37°F) and -8°C (18°F).

Poland’s capital city is Warsaw, located towards the east of the country. It is a large city with over 2 million inhabitants. Visitor attractions in Warsaw include the Market Square, Lazienki – the Royal Residence Park, and the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

Other Polish cities well worth a visit include Krakow and Gdansk with their beautiful Old Towns. Day trips can be taken in Poland around the fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mine, to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and to Malbork Castle.

If you are into outdoor activities, Poland offers good hiking and horse-riding in the Tatra Mountains and in the many national parks around the country. Water sports can be enjoyed on the north coast and skiing in the mountains in the south, between November and February. 

Please explore this page further to find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Poland.

Other Ways of Shipping to Poland

Other Ways of Shipping to Poland

As well as sending parcels, baggage and luggage to Poland you could look into the following alternatives for shipping items internationally, especially if you need to send large, bulky items like furniture.

Air Freight to Poland

If you have large items ? like an ottoman or a nest of tables ? that you need to send to Poland, you could go for air freight. You should normally allow one or two days for items to be flown to Poland. The service is quite speedy, but it can be quite expensive, especially as you will likely have to pay for a customs agent to sort customs clearance for you. An additional cost to consider is getting your items to and from the airport, which means the price of using air freight could quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to Poland your items will arrive at one of the major airports, such as Warsaw, Krakow or Gdansk Airports.

Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Poland

Rather than choosing air freight, you could go for sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions, such as a snooker table or a canoe, to Poland. This is a good option if you don’t need to receive your items immediately. It can be less expensive than air freight, but you will still need to use the services of a customs agent and will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports. So, the cost could be more than expected. When using container shipping to Poland your items will most likely arrive by ship at one of the major sea ports, such as Gdansk or Gdynia.

Shipping Goods to Poland

You should be aware of the current customs rules when shipping goods to Poland. You need to know about any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Poland, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited.  Take a look at the prohibited items and customs sections on this page for more information.