Shipping to Bulgaria
Shipping to Bulgaria
With a population of over 7 million people, Bulgaria occupies a large amount of the eastern Balkan Peninsula. With mountains, plains and coastal life, Bulgaria borders five countries that include: Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. With a strong sense of history and tradition, this democratic country is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO.
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Bulgaria is divided into 28 provinces and is mostly an urbanized country. Sofia, the largest city in Bulgaria, is also the capital of the country. When it comes to shipping to Bulgaria, the country has a few different ports. One of the biggest shipping ports in Bulgaria is the Port of Varna. The Port of Varna is located on the Black Sea. The Port of Varna is also connected by a few canals to Lake Beloslav and Lake Varna. This port provides comprehensive shipping services including freight forwarding, storage, loading, discharging, intermodal and more.
During the planning stage of your international shipping to Bulgaria, make sure your goods and documents are up-to-date. Follow these custom regulations for successful shipping to Bulgaria.
Customs Regulations for Shipping to Bulgaria
If you are interested in shipping to Bulgaria, you will need to have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay. Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days in Bulgaria. After 90 days you will need to make sure you have a visa.
When shipping to Bulgaria, there are specific custom regulations you will need to follow. These include rules for items that are freely imported, prohibited items and restricted items. Freely imported items are things like perfume, coffee, tea, cigarettes and cigars. Cash sums totaling over $4K need to be converted into levs before entering Bulgaria. In addition, though you are allowed to bring pets, you need proper documentation including a certificate from a veterinarian.
Prohibited and Restricted Items When Shipping to Bulgaria
If you are shipping to Bulgaria, illegal drugs, guns and ammunition are strictly prohibited from entering the country. Further, dangerous weapons including knives and certain types of chemicals are not allowed to be shipped to Bulgaria. It is noteworthy that ammunition and guns for hunting may be shipped to Bulgaria under certain conditions.
Bulgaria has certain restrictions for those shipping home computers, alcohol, jewelry and silver into the country. Electrical items and furniture are among the items subject to certain duty fees and must be shipped with documentation that includes an invoice.
All medications need to be current and any animal or plant specimens must include the appropriate documentation.
Shipping a Vehicle to Bulgaria
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle to Bulgaria, you will be expected to provide the required paperwork. This includes the original vehicle title and purchase invoice, a customs deposit and proof of insurance.
Foreign Citizens Temporarily Moving to Bulgaria
If you are coming to Bulgaria temporarily for work or pleasure, you need to get a temporary resident passport from Bulgarian authorities. You must also make sure that you have a letter from your employer confirming that you are employed in Bulgaria (this should include the period of time and labor contract number).
If you are planning on bringing electrical appliances with you to Bulgaria, make sure you include a detailed list of your items with serial numbers for all appliances. You should also plan to include information about the value of your goods. Finally, please note that COD payments are not allowed. An experienced cargo shipping company can help you navigate other rules and regulations for shipping to Bulgaria.