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Postal Services Guide



Section 4 :  Country-specific Requirements

Countries starting with E


EAST TIMOR

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

ECUADOR (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

Spanish or French as well as English.

Commercial invoice and/or any other accompanying certificates required for entry of goods into Ecuador.

Provide ID number, RUC (taxpayer identification) number or passport number of the final recipient [mandatory requirement by Ecuador's National Customs Agency (SENAE)].
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes, currency notes, coin or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques; platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, jewels, precious stones and other valuable articles; circulation of printed matter, brochures, periodicals, posters and in general any kind of documents containing literature or propaganda of communist characteristic. Importation of used clothing and shoes in quantities over 4 kg. Mobile phones.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of plants and seeds. Import licences are required for all goods. Gifts are regarded in the same way as commercial consignments, i.e. customs duties are normally levied on the contents and many goods are prohibited. An import licence is not required if the value of the packet does not exceed 40 U.S. dollars.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Spanish or French as well as English.

Commercial invoice and/or any other accompanying certificates required for entry of goods into Ecuador.

Provide ID number, RUC (taxpayer identification) number or passport number of the final recipient [mandatory requirement by Ecuador's National Customs Agency (SENAE)].

Parcels containing personal articles should be declared as not having any commercial value, while other parcels with a declared commercial value should have the actual customs value of the items indicated in the Customs Declaration.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; gaming appliances, communist literature. The importation of many other classes of goods into Ecuador is prohibited. Importation of used clothing and shoes in quantities over 4 kg. Mobile phones.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of cigarette paper; cotton goods; pharmaceutical products; plants and seeds; manufactured or leaf tobacco, alcoholic beverages. Import licences are required for all goods.
Invoices A consular invoice should be sent separately by letter post to the addressee for every parcel or consignment of parcels for one addressee, of which the value exceeds 200 sucres, sent from a place in which an Ecuadorean Consular Officer is resident, otherwise a fine is imposed by the Ecuadorean authorities. Commercial parcels are liable to confiscation unless the addressee holds an import permit from the Central Bank of Ecuador.
Gift Parcels Gifts are regarded in the same way as commercial consignments, i.e. customs duties are normally levied on the contents and many goods are prohibited. An import licence is not required if the value of the parcel does not exceed 40 U.S. dollars.
Inland Conveyance Charges Charges for inland conveyance are collected from the addressees, except at Bahia, Esmeraldar and Manta.
Postal Parcels, Customs  Duty

The postage charges paid to the administration of origin do not include the customs duty payable to the Ecuadorian Customs Corporation (Corporacion Adouanera del Ecuador). This duty must be paid by the addressee, according to the value of the goods contained in the parcels.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

EGYPT (Arab Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available

(1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature. (6) Express (No delivery on Fridays and Public Holidays).
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); bank-notes, currency notes, coin or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques; platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, jewels, precious stones and other valuable articles except in insured letters; printed matter relating to football and jockey pools; and subject to special restrictions, sample of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco of all kinds.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of patent medicines and plants.
Import Licence See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available Express (Air Parcel Only).
Customs Declarations

Parcel Despatch Note.

Declaration should bear the actual signature of the sender.
Prohibitions1 Letters; printed matter relating to football and jockey pools; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); cotton seeds, unmanufactured cotton (except samples of ginned cotton not exceeding 2 kg addressed, "Entomological Section, Ministry of Agriculture, Customs House, Alexandra, The Arab Republic of Egypt, for Mr...); tobacco seeds; sudanese tobacco; adulterated or artificial tobacco.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of coin (other than Egyptian); patent medicines; plants; shaving brushes and bristles or hair for use in their manufacture. The importation of postal parcels the contents of which exceed 100 Egyptian pounds in value is admitted, provided that an import permit is obtained before-hand. In cases of contravention such parcels will be confiscated.
Gift Parcels The only concession applies to parcels up to 10 kg in weight, and an approximately 10 Egyptian pounds in value, containing mixed goods (excluding tobacco); such parcels are admitted at a special rate of duty 25 percent of the declared value. Other parcels are liable to full import duty, and should be clearly marked "Unsolicited Gift".
Import Licences Import licences are required for most classes of goods and senders are advised to confirm before posting a parcel that the necessary licence has been obtained by the addressee. Goods imported into Egypt without permit are liable to confiscation. The number of permit in question should be entered on the postal articles as well as on the documents relative to them.
Address

Addresses on parcels must include the following key elements:

- Full name and address of the addressee;

- Full name and address of the sender;

- Fixed-line or mobile phone number and e-mail address (if any) of the addressee;

- Detailed description of the contents of the parcel on the accompanying documents.

 

The address of a parcel; intended for delivery through a bank or other intermediary should not contain any reference to the ultimate consignee, but the latter's name and address should be enclosed in the parcel.

Invoices A copy of the relative invoice should be enclosed in the parcel.
Packing Parcels should be very strongly packed.
Delivery Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collections.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

EIRE - See IRISH REPUBLIC




 

EL SALVADOR(Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small Packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes; currency notes and all documents payable to bearer; coin; platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not; precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles; immoral, subversive or anti-democratic publications as well as correspondence bearing signs or drawings of this nature. Ordinary and registered letters containing articles subject to customs duty.

Inquiries concerning the non-receipt of ordinary letter-post items will no longer be accepted.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of pharmaceutical preparations; wines
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

The contents of a parcel should be fully described on the declaration in accordance with the classification of the Customs tariff of El Salvador.

Spanish or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters; roulette and other apparatus for games of chance.
Restrictions1 Apply to the importation of pharmaceutical preparation; wines; spirits.
Invoices Eight copies of the commercial invoice made out in Spanish and legalised by a Consul for El Salvador are required for consignments valued at 50 U.S. dollars or more. One copy of the invoice may be enclosed in the parcel, or, if sent separately, it should be posted in time to reach the addressee before the parcel. One voice is sufficient for a consignment of parcels posted at the same time by one sender to the same addressee. If the invoice covers a consignment of parcels and is forwarded with them, the parcels should be marked 1, 2, 3 and so on, by the sender and the invoice should be enclosed in parcel no. 1, which should be noted accordingly; the reminding parcels should be marked "Invoice in parcel No. 1". If an invoice is sent separately the parcel or parcels concerned should be marked accordingly.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

ELLICE ISLANDS - See TUVALU




 
EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Republic of)
(Rio Muni and Fernando Po)
(formerly Spanish Guinea)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

Spanish or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Coin; gold; jewellery; platinum; precious stones; silver; bank-notes; currency notes and documents payable to bearer; playing cards.
Restrictions1 Tobacco.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Spanish or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcels or persons residing with them; playing cards; potatoes; rosaries, relics and similar articles; Spanish bank-notes; tobacco.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of jewellery, precious metals and precious stones, pharmaceutical preparation; plants and parts of plants.
Address Parcels are accepted only for Bata, elobey, Santa Isabel de Fernando Po and San Carlos.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

ERITREA


LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Registration. (3) Small packets. (4) Blind Literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Coin; gold; jewellery; platinum; precious stones; silver; bank-notes; currency notes and documents payable to bearer; printed matter, designs or emblems contrary to public order.
Restrictions1 Same as for PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Spanish or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of certain foodstuffs; drugs and medicines; plants and parts of plants including seeds; tobacco; weights and measures.
Certificate of Origin If a certificate of origin is required in respect of a particular parcel sent to Eritrea, it may be enclosed in the parcel, provided the Customs declaration and the cover of the parcel are noted "Certificate of origin enclosed". If the certificate relates to more parcels than one, the Customs declarations and the cover of each parcel should be suitably noted as to which parcel contains the certificate.
Import Licences Import licences are necessary for all parcels sent for commercial purposes and applications for licences must be made by the addressee to the Trade Commissioner, Eritrea. Parcels sent under import licence must be endorsed "Commercial" and parcels not sent for commercial purposes must be endorsed "Private, not commercial purpose".
Invoices Every parcel for Eritrea addressed to a commercial firm and containing goods for sale must be accompanied by an invoice dated and signed by the sender. One invoice is sufficient for a consignment of parcels posted at the same time by one sender to the same addressee, provided that the parcels are clearly marked to show in which parcel the invoice is enclosed.
Delivery Charges Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collection. Delivery charges are collected.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

ESTONIA (Republic of)
(formerly a state of USSR)


LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Insured letters, air only limit, $1,900. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small Packet. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Coins, bank notes (of any kind), foreign currency or bearer securities of any kind, travellers' cheques; platinum, gold or silver, precious stones, jewels or other valuable articles; trade marks and labels; narcotic and psychotropic substances; explosive, inflammable or other dangerous substances; radioactive substances.
Restrictions1 Cancelled or non-cancelled stamps are admitted only as part of an organised philatelic exchange; medicines and vitamins are only admitted on authorisation of the Records Offices for Medicines and Pharmaceutical Products; printed papers are admitted provided they do not contain printed material prejudicial to Estonia, pornographic, obscene or erotic material. Alcoholic beverages may be sent in postal items provided they are addressed to a legal person licenced to import alcohol. Tobacco products may be sent in postal items provided they are addressed to a commercially registered merchant licenced to import tobacco products.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Personal correspondence in parcels; weapons of any kind, their components, ammunition, explosives and other analogous articles, as well as special chemical products and devices for their uses; gas pistols, balloons with nerve and tear gas; special instruments used by the police and the special services; narcotic and psychotropic substances, as well as devices for their consumption; poisons and highly active medicinal substances; blood preparations; trade marks and labels, uncancelled postage stamps, forged or counterfeit bank notes, coins of other than noble metal; antique coins; currency notes, paper securities serving as instruments of payment, stocks,   noble metals, precious stones and jewels made from them; radioactive substances.
Restrictions1 Animal products (including all kinds of canned meat and fish) may be imported if accompanied by a certificate issued by a veterinary service in the country of origin. For items containing seeds and all kinds of plants, a phytosanitary certificate issued by the plant quarantine service of the country of origin must be attached. Alcoholic beverages may be sent in postal items provided they are addressed to a legal person licenced to import alcohol. Tobacco products may be sent in postal items provided they are addressed to a commercially registered merchant licenced to import tobacco products.
Customs Duty Inherited goods originating from abroad are allowed into the country, free of customs duty, if certificates are received from foreign consulates as regards the right inheritance and the composition of the legacy. Documents issued by foreign authorities or public bodies should be stamped by a consul of Estonia. Imported goods up to the value of 1000 EEK (Estonian kroons) are not charged. If the total value of goods exceeds 1000 EEK, 18% of import charge is taken from the part exceeding this amount. Articles or parts of articles sent to Estonia for repairs or replacement are admitted free of customs duty, if a written declaration from the sender is inserted in the parcel.
Import Permits and Invoices Postal articles sent to state institutions and cooperatives, containing items of commercial value are admitted subject to an import permit issue by the Ministry for Foreign Trade of Estonia. Invoices must accompany postal articles with a commercial value, which are delivered on presentation of the appropriate import permits and payment of customs duty.
SMS/E-mail Notification of Arrival An SMS or email notification of item arrival will be sent to addressees of registered and insured letters, parcels and EMS items bearing their valid mobile phone number and email address.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

ETHIOPIA


LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small Packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind Literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Bank notes; obscene or immoral articles; articles bearing indecent or obscene impressions, photographs or engravings; written documents bearing obscene, defamatory or seditious inscriptions; recordings and cassettes with the same characteristics.
Restrictions1 Same as for PARCEL POST.
Address The country of destination must be shown as Ethiopia without any alternatives or additions such as Italian East Africa or A.O.I.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available Express (Air Parcel Only).
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Live animals, except: bees, leeches and silkworms; parasites and other organisms destructive of insect pests, but only if they are despatched by and to institutions authorised to send and receive them; song-birds; other animals imported in conformity with the rules in force and at present valid; weapons, explosives, ammunition, bank notes, coins, precious stones; articles contrary to public morality or seditious articles; articles liable to customs duty, except those sent in accordance with existing regulations on imports and exports of such items. The sending of urgently needed sera, vaccines and medicaments shall not, however, be subject to these regulations. Fragile items.
Restrictions1

Restrictions apply to the importation of opium, morphine, cocaine and other narcotic substances despatched for scientific or medicinal purposes, by and to institutions duly authorised to send and receive them. Radioactive substances and dangerous goods or the like despatched for medicinal purposes, by registered post or postal parcel, by and to institutions duly authorised to send and receive them. Live animals and their products, prepared food and beverages, used clothes and medicaments. Recorded cassettes and video tapes. Books and magazines. Tree seeds and other seeds and grains. Tobacco, matches, lighters. Merchandise worth more than 50 Birr.
Address Same as for LETTER POST.
Import Licences Import licences are necessary for all parcels sent for commercial purposes and applications for licences must be made by the addressee to the Trade Commissioner, Ethiopia. Parcels sent under import licence must be endorsed "Commercial" and parcels sent for commercial purposes must be endorsed "Private", not commercial purpose".
Invoices Every parcel for Ethiopia addressed to a commercial firm and containing goods for sale must be accompanied by an invoice dated and signed by the sender. A certified invoice is required for all parcels for Ethiopia. One invoice is sufficient for a consignment of parcels posted at the same time by one sender to the same addressee, provided that the parcels are clearly marked to show in which parcel the invoice is enclosed.
Packing Parcels for Ethiopia must be strongly packed and, if their contents are liable to be affected by dampness, enclosed in two waterproof covers.
Delivery Charges Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collections. Parcels for Ethiopia may be cleared only from Addis Ababa or Dire Dawa; delivery charges are collected.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.