Goods re-imported into the European Union (Returned Goods Relief)


You can re-import goods into the European Union (EU) without payment of Customs Duty and Value-Added Tax (VAT). These goods:

  • must have been originally exported from the EU
  • and 
  • can include parts or accessories belonging to other products previously exported.

This is called Returned Goods Relief (RGR).


The relief from VAT is only allowed if the person that re-imports the goods is the same person who originally exported them.

Information for individuals claiming RGR after a trip outside the EU is available at Return of personal items left behind while travelling abroad.

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