Here you will find all the explanations that will allow you to send a package to Portugal safely with carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT or Aramex or Spring. Whether it's a Christmas shipment, a birthday present or a business parcel, there is a solution for everyone.
How do I send a parcel to Portugal? The safe solution.
The best way to send a parcel quickly and safely is to use an express carrier. Unlike the National Post Office, the parcel is tracked and the risk of losing the parcel is much lower.
For a parcel shipment to a European country like Portugal that needs to arrive quickly and safely, we recommend the express services of DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT or Aramex. Delivery is made within 24 hours or 48 hours depending on the service chosen. Your package will be picked up directly from your company or your home, within the time period you have selected. It will then be handed over to the recipient in Portugal against signature, so you will have proof that the package has been delivered.
What are the necessary customs documents to join to your shipment?
Here is the information that must be contained in a commercial or proforma invoice to Portugal :
- The full names and addresses of the senders and receivers
- Their telephone numbers and email addresses (in case Customs would like to contact them)
- A full description of the goods contained in the package, either in English or in Portuguese
- An indication of the value of the goods
If you would like to know more about how to fill out a proforma invoice correctly, here is an article that can explain it to you.
How to send a parcel to Portugal? The value of the shipped goods
Indicating the fair value of the merchandise is important because the Portuguese customs can randomly check the contents of your package for two reasons:
- If you indicate a value of the goods that is too low, for example the last iPhone for 100 francs, the customs will block your package and ask for the true value. This will result in a delay in the delivery of your package.
- If you wish to insure the full value of your goods, you will be obliged to indicate the REAL VALUE. Please also be aware that in the event of loss or damage you will need to prove this value to the insurance company.
How to send a parcel to Portugal? The VAT
Consumption tax is levied by Portuguese customs on goods receipts, it is called Imposto Sobre o Valor Acrescentado (I.V.A) and corresponds to VAT.
The standard VAT rate in Portugal is as follows:
- 23% in Continental Portugal
- 22% on Madeira Island
- 18% in the Autonomous Region of the Azores
There are also reduced VAT rates, but these apply only to basic consumer goods. These rates fluctuate between 13% and 6% depending on the region.
Please remember to inform the recipient of your package that he or she will have to pay these VAT charges when your package is delivered.
For example, if you are declaring 100 francs worth of goods, tell your recipient that he will probably have to pay around 23 francs VAT (customs duties). You should also be aware that if the recipient is a company, it can be reimbursed for this amount.
If you do not want the recipient to pay the customs charges, and you are sending your package with DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT or Aramex BY EXPEDSIMART, you can request this from us and we will activate a function that will allow you to pay the VAT yourself. In this situation, you will not be able to get a VAT refund.
If you would like more information about VAT, please consult our dedicated article.
How to send a parcel to Portugal? Smart advices
In Portugal, there are many public holidays throughout the year and customs are often closed on these days. We advise you to take this into account when you send a parcel.
Here is the list of the main national holidays in Portugal :
- January 1st
- Mardi Gras (the date is variable, check the year)
- April 25: Carnation Revolution
- May 1st: Labour Day
- 12, 13 May, Fatima Pilgrimage
- 10 June: National Day
- June 11: Corpus Christi
- June 24: Saint-Jean
- August 15: Assumption
- October 5: Fall of the Monarchy
- 1 November: All Saints' Day
- December 1: Independence
- December 8: Immaculate Conception
- December 25th: Christmas
How to send a parcel to Portugal? Prohibited goods
Whether you send a parcel to Portugal with the Post Office with carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT or Aramex, be aware that some goods may be blocked at customs because they are prohibited from entering the territory, unless special authorisations are obtained: generally, these include alcohol, tobacco, perishable goods (fresh food), dangerous products (corrosive, explosives, etc). For more information you can consult our dedicated page dedicated to prohibited goods.