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How to ship into the EU over the €150 IOSS threshold

12 January 2023 / 5 minute read

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You can only use an IOSS number for shipment values up to €150, but what if some (or all) your shipments are over €150?

If you have sought advice on this from your parcel delivery company, IOSS intermediary or researched it online, you’ve probably been told (or read) that you need to have an entity and/or tax representation in the EU. With SAMOS you don’t need to do this, and it won’t cost you more.

The SAMOS Solution for IOSS over €150

The SAMOS EU parcel delivery service works very differently to others. We carry and clear EU bound parcels into the EU ourselves using our own vehicles via one EU entry point. You don’t need an IOSS number to ship with us. See more about how our service works here.

If your shipment is over €150 we simply pay the import charges on entry into the EU for you and reverse this back to you.

For example: With SAMOS a 1kg shipment to Germany valued at £170 would be charged like this:

  1. Parcel shipment charge = £10.89 see tariff here
  2. Import charges (21% of shipment value) reversed back to you = £35.70*
  3. Surcharges = None

You will have charged the import charges of £35.70* during the checkout process with your customer so this does not come out of your margins. The only charge to you is £10.89 shipping. Simple.

This solution will be why EU customers buy from you and not your competitors. You’ll be able to build a stable and loyal customer base - everything is charged in your checkout process, and they take delivery. Nothing more.

✔️ No “doorstep” charges for your customer

✔️ No need for EU entities or EU tax representation

✔️ No need for IOSS number

✔️ Works with any value shipment

SAMOS really is the solution that you need - but didn’t think existed.

Start selling to 450 million EU customers. It’s MUCH easier than you possibly thought with SAMOS. Start a trial here.

  • In this example £35.70 is an estimate. This final amount can be subject to FX fluctuations. The shipment may also be subject to duty. We’ll show you how you can check this to make sure the checkout charging on your website is accurate.

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Who are we?

We are a parcel logistics company specialising in creating and engineering customer-focussed e-commerce parcel delivery solutions. We have become particularly well known for our hybrid EU parcel delivery solution. It's growing very fast and enabled so many e-com businesses to get back on track and develop their EU markets without fear of all the export problems experienced with the other mail and parcel delivery companies.

We totally understand the frustrations of using parcel and post delivery services so we have engineered these out of our service. Customers always ask us "why didn't we know about you before?" Well, you do now. We can ship all your B2C parcels across the EU whether your have an IOSS number or not. We do not surcharge at all, just one ultra-low cost per parcel. Simple. For more information about us click here.

What Our Customers Say

Peace, Founder and owner at Nubia's Crown - www.nubiascrown.com -

Watch a vlog by Peace at Nubia's Crown, one of our amazing customers, discussing our service here.

Alie Mackintosh, CEO at AYM, www.aym-studio.com -

‘’We are incredibly happy with the service provided by Samos and would recommend their EU shipment services to any businesses requiring a solution for EU logistics since Brexit. Deliveries are fast and our customers are happy. Samos take all the stress and hassle of the new (and confusing) requirements away and provide a comprehensive and fully rounded service for both us and our customers. It’s win-win solution. We were apprehensive about the future of shipping B2C into the EU after experiencing delays in transit and confusion around additional charges, until we joined Samos. They are incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and reliable, it really is joy to be working with them."

Daphne, Co-founder at TIC CC, tic-cc.com -

"We have been working with Samos since November 2021 to fulfil all our EU customer orders. Previously we had been using mail services, which meant a lot of hassle with customs and increased expenditure to the customer and us, and taking several weeks for parcel deliveries. We have trialled other courier companies, who’s services, pricing and customs issues have been appalling. 

Since using Samos our EU order deliver is running smooth and fast, without any issues. Customers also get delivery notifications, and can easily keep track of their parcels. Their online platform is very easy to use with minimal time spent to create shipping labels and customs paperwork. The prices are extremely competitive, and the customer services is the best we have experienced compared to any other delivery partner and couriers. This has been the best service provider we have worked with. I would highly recommend Samos!"