How to send a package to Peru?

How to send a package to Peru?

Are you a company or an individual
and you send parcels or documents to Peru?

You work in a company or simply you are a private individual who lives in Switzerland and you wish to send a parcel to Peru? You are not sure that the best solution to send a parcel to Peru is the Post Office? You are right to ask yourself the question. Indeed, the Peruvian Post is ranked 88ème out of 168 countries in 2021 according to the Universal Postal Union report. This does not mean that your package to Peru has no chance of arriving if you choose the postal option, but it is better not to take any risk.

What is the alternative? In two clicks you can compare the prices of shipments to Peru with express carriers such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, Aramex or DPD. You can also compare the delivery time. Then, with a few clicks, you can book your shipment online. The courier of the carrier you have chosen for your parcel shipment to Peru will come to you at the time you have chosen.

On, you benefit from discounts that we have negotiated directly with our partner carriers present on the site. Small packages, large packages up to 70kg, you choose. You can ship up to 20 parcels at a time to Peru.

Customs formalities for package to peru
Required documents

When sending a parcel to Peru, as in all countries, it is necessary for the sender to provide a number of customs documents. Generally, these documents are two in number. Of course, Peruvian customs may ask for additional documents, but generally, a bill of lading, also known as an Airway Bill, is required.

There are several ways to fill out this document. Manually when the courier passes by. You can do this if you do not have an account with the carrier. Directly on the carrier’s website, but their websites are often quite complicated and the risks of making a mistake or spending a lot of time on it are important. The last and easiest solution is to book your shipment on expedismart.chThe Airway bill is filled in automatically and you will receive it in PDF at the end of your shipment to Peru.

The second document is the proforma invoice or the commercial invoice. If you are a Swiss company and you are sending a parcel to Peru in order to sell goods, then you have to fill in a commercial invoice. The purpose of the commercial invoice is to give information to the Peruvian customs officers, notably on the content of your package and the value of the goods you are sending, all this to determine the amount of VAT to pay.

If you are a private individual and you are sending goods to Peru on a private basis, then you will have to fill out a proforma invoice, or “for form”. Like the commercial invoice, it is there to indicate to customs officials the contents of your package. Your recipient will also have to pay a VAT fee.

What information must be included in pro forma invoices when you send a parcel to Peru.

  •  The complete address of the recipient and the sender, with their emails and phone numbers
  •  The VAT number for commercial invoices (sales of goods)
  •  How much your package and how many products it contains, with the value of each
  •  Possibly a copy of the recipient’s identity card if the recipient is an individual
  •  You must have 3 copies of the invoices and they must be signed


  •  Full address
  •  Proforma document
  •  Customs declaration
  •  No banned goods

Delivery of goods in Peru?
Customs tariffs

Whatever the goods you send to Peru, whether for sale or not, your recipient will have to pay VAT charges that will be levied by the carrier you have chosen, but on behalf of Peru. Whether it is with DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, Aramex or DPD, the VAT charges will be identical. Obviously the VAT rates vary from one country to another but also from one merchandise to another.

In Peru, in addition to the VAT which is 16%customs duties may also be added to this amount. Depending on the type of goods, they are respectively 4%, 6% or 11%. Some goods are exempt. We advise you to find out at what rate your goods to Peru will be taxed.

Important information: as long as the customs duties and VAT are not paid, your packages will not be delivered. Remember to inform the recipient, so that he can prepare the necessary amount. If you have already sent your package to Peru and the recipient does not want to pay these fees, you have two options.

Either you ask to pay yourself these expenses, knowing that changing the incoterm will take time and will delay the delivery of several days, or you ask for the return of the parcel. Attention, if you choose this last option, you will also have to pay the return of the parcel, but also the VAT not paid in Peru as well as the Swiss VAT.

The goods you cannot send

Here is a partial list of products that you will not be able to send to Peru anyway:

  • Product promotion articles
  • Animal products
  • Books
  • The calendars
  • Paper catalogs
  • The cheese
  • Chemicals and other perfumes
  • Computers and their components
  • Corrosive products
  • All cosmetic products
  • Credit cards
  • All dangerous products (according to the IATA list)
  • All drugs
  • Dry and wet ice
  • Cash
  • Medical products
  • Poisons
  • Some textiles
  • Radioactive elements

The list is not complete, we recommend that you ensure the legality of the product(s) you wish to send to Peru.

Ship to Peru
Fragile goods

All carriers, whether FedEx, UPS, DHL, Aramex or DPD, normally take care of your packages. But transporting tens of millions of packages a day naturally entails risks for your goods. So, if you are shipping a package to Peru, we advise you to take note of a few things. The most important thing is to make sure that your goods do not move from your package.

To do this, nothing could be simpler, fill in the spaces between your goods and the package. Use whatever you have at hand, newspaper, bubble wrap, sagex or even fabric scraps. If you want to know more about this, expedismart has you covered, read our article on the subject. Whether you choose FedEx, UPS or DHL, mark your package “fragile” in black or red felt-tip pens on all sides of the package. You can even stick labels on each edge.

Delivery times

The delivery time depends on several factors. First of all, the type of carrier service you choose on Whether it is FedEx, UPS, DHL or TNT, each one offers faster or slower services. That’s why you will see different services when you compare. However, you should know that since the COVID-19 pandemic, no carrier guarantees the delivery time. This means that the delivery times are only indicative, it is not possible to claim the refund of the package in case of late delivery. Generally our users send to the following cities in Peru: Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa.

Pick-ups and deliveries in Peru
Festive days

Please note that carriers only deliver on working days, not on weekends or holidays. Take into account that if your package must be delivered on a holiday, it will be delivered the next working day. Here are the public holidays in Peru:

  • 1er January, New Year’s Day
  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday (Easter)
  • 1er May, Labour Day
  • Holiness of Peter and Paul, June 29
  • Peru’s Independence Day, July 28
  • The day of the military parade of Peru, July 29
  • The feast of Saint Rose of Lima, August 30
  • The celebration of the battle of Angamos, October 8
  • Reformation Day, October 31
  • All Saints’ Day, November 1 er
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8
  • Christmas, December 25

Tracking of express parcels to Peru
Track your shipment

The carriers UPS, FedEx, DHL or Aramex offer a tracking of your shipments, take advantage of it! Sometimes, the carriers ask you for certain information so that your package is delivered as quickly as possible, we advise you to look at it from time to time. Otherwise, on, we do it for you the tracking of your shipments. Learn more about tracking by reading our article or contact us for more information.