Customs requirements of Bulgaria
Bulgaria Customs Contact Information
Address:'Rakovski "47 Sofia 1202 Bulgaria
Telephone: +359 298594210
Bulgaria is a country situated in the south-eastern Europe, bordered by Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea. The country is a member of the European Union, NATO, the Council of Europe and a founding state of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Bulgaria's trade policy is the same as those of other members of the EU. Non-tariff barriers include agricultural and manufacturing subsidies, import restrictions for some goods and services, market access restrictions in some service sectors, non-transparent and restrictive regulations and standards, and inconsistent customs administration across EU members.
Goods are declared by a customs declaration. Besides the customs declaration, the other required documents by the customs authorities are an invoice, certificate of origin, transport documents, etc. A veterinary or phyto-sanitary certificate is necessary for goods of animal or plant origin.
Customs Duties on imports are 20% for non-European countries.
The National Customs Agency falls under the supervision of the Bulgaria Minister of Finance and its structure includes the Central Customs Directorate and eleven customs houses located at: the Sofia Airport, in Burgas, Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Svilengrad, Svishtov, Stolichna, Ruse and Yougozapadna.
Bulgaria, being a member of the European Union since 2007, follows all its directives and regulations. Thus, special permits and licenses may be necessary for performing certain trade activities in Bulgaria.
The internal market of the EU is a single market which allows the free movement of goods and services. Therefore, no import duties apply.
Most goods can be imported into Bulgaria without restriction. However, permits will be required for:
- nuclear materials
- dual use goods
- plant protection products
- hazardous chemicals