The lowdown on sending parcels to Luxembourg
Stretching just 84km from north to south, Luxembourg is one of the smallest sovereign countries in Europe. Despite this, it ranks as one of the richest nations in the world. It is also the only remaining grand duchy.
The capital, Luxembourg City, is home to around a fifth of the population and is also where the beautiful Grand Duchal Palace is located. There are plenty of castles to be found elsewhere in Luxembourg too, with romantic and dramatic examples dotted around, many dating back to the Middle Ages.
A thriving market
Known as a banking capital of the world, Luxembourg is something of a financial hub. Many major companies have headquarters in Luxembourg, thanks in part to the country's favourable tax climate. Amazon and PayPal are just two organisations that base their European operations in the country.
Despite being a big exporter of goods, import demand for Luxembourg is expected to grow at more than seven per cent to reach $45 billion by 2017, so if you aren't already sending parcels regularly to Luxembourg, you might be soon. Here's what you need to know before going ahead.
What can't you send?
As is the case in most countries, there are restrictions around sending live animals, insects and plants to Luxembourg. This extends to honeycomb, which is only admitted conditionally. Other standard items on the prohibited list include firearms and lighter fluid.
Products of animal origin intended for consumption by humans or pets must be accompanied by a certificate of origin as well as a health certificate, according to the Universal Postal Union. However, there is an exception for non-commercial packages - meaning you can send such parcels to friends and family members without any hassle. Just be sure that the product doesn't weigh more than 1kg and that its origins are known. It's worth checking the country of origin, to make sure it hasn't come from a country where imports have been prohibited for health and safety reasons.
As Luxembourg is a member of the EU, you won't need to complete a customs declaration, so just make sure your parcel's contents don't appear on any of the relevant 'prohibited' lists and you'll be fine.
Remember to package your parcel up securely. Although it doesn't have too long a journey ahead of it compared with some international destinations, it is always advisable to protect your parcel against any potential bumps in transit to ensure it arrives in tip-top condition. Pad well with bubble wrap and place in a sturdy box, closed firmly with plenty of tape, and you're ready to send your parcel on its way.
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