Czech post updates rules for sending packages and letters to UK

The impact of COVID and Brexit have both had an affect on the cost and delivery time for shipping parcels to Britain.

Tom Lane

Written by Tom Lane Published on 06.01.2021 09:52:00 (updated on 06.01.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

A number of changes are now in place for people wishing to send parcels to the UK, with the end of the Brexit transition period and coronavirus having an impact.

Czech Post has released a statement updating the rules surrounding sending post to the UK as it has become a non-EU or 'third' country.

Customers will have to fill in customs data for letters and parcels containing goods; this has been recommended since December to avoid issues for packages that arrived in January. 

The UK will be in the same price range as before, however according to iDnes, last year, the post office increased the price of ordinary and registered shipments to Great Britain weighing more than 100 grams by CZK 11.

At the same time, however, it introduced a discount of eight crowns if the sender handed over customs data in an electronic form to the post office, meaning an overall price increase of three crowns.

For example, a registered shipment over 100 grams to Britain will cost 180 crowns, while its mission to EU countries costs CZK 177. For a shipment over 250 grams, the sender pays CZK 223 instead of CZK 220 across the EU.

Parcels must be accompanied with a completed customs declaration type CN22, CN23 and in the statement Czech Post says "it is desirable that clients submit complete and correct address data, contact details - telephone number and e-mail and customs declaration data electronically."

A spokesperson said the coronavirus pandemic has also had an impact on the delivery of parcels, with a number of flights being affected. 

"Transport times are still affected by the situation around the spread of coronavirus. Our traditional carriers British Airways and CSA do not fly yet, which is why we currently use the only possible air transport," said Ivo Vysoudil from the Czech Post press department.

They have also released a list of goods that may not be sent to the UK, including animal skins, firearms, or tobacco products. You can see the full list below.

What goods may not be sent to the UK

  • Animal skins
  • Good of exceptional value such as works of art or antiques
  • Dangerous goods/materials
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Furs
  • Firearms
  • Live animals
  • Money or marketable securities
  • Perishable goods
  • Ivory or products featuring ivory
  • Plants
  • Seeds
  • Tobacco or tobacco products
  • Pornographic materials
  • Food stuffs
  • Unaccompanied baggage
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