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Portugal is a Southern European country, with Spain as its only direct neighbor. Portugal's population is estimated to be over 10 million people, whilst many Portuguese reside around the world including 300.000+ in the UK alone, meaning there is a great demand for parcels to be sent back home by expats to cities such as Lisbon, Porto, and Braga. Portugal is also on the map in terms of eCommerce, with 5.9 million internet users, who spent €2.9 billion in 2014. Portuguese online shoppers spent more on online purchases, ahead of counterparts in other Southern European countries including Italy and Spain.
Sending parcels to Portugal normally means the recipient can expect a fast delivery service due to the fact this well-developed country has a strong economy and infrastructures in place to support logistics, such as new road systems linking all major towns and cities. Furthermore, Portugal has numerous major seaports in Sines, Lisbon, and Faro as well as major airports. Close to 75% of e-shoppers in Portugal prefer home delivery so this is something to consider if arranging to ship a parcel, as a door to door service may be the recipient's preference.
Maybe Portugal's biggest export is it's language, in Brazil alone, there are over 200 million speakers Due to the country’s activity during the age of exploration, Portuguese is now the fifth-most used language on earth. Brazil, Mozambique, Macau, Angola and several other countries list Portuguese as the official language, making Portugal uniquely suited for international commerce. In terms of import partners, Spain, Germany, and France are the most prominent. Data from eCommerce Europe shows there are about 2.2 million online shoppers in Portugal, who on average spent €1,330 per person so the market is ready should you wish to develop your business there. Portugal is not quite as dominant e-commerce player such as economic powerhouses like the U.K. or Germany are, is a small nation is full of potential.
With the majority of citizens having access to high-speed internet access and Portugal being in a prime geographic location it is set to expand its role as a major e-commerce destination, so utilize the competitive cross-border shipping rates we can provide. Of the e-shoppers in Portugal, 12% shop cross-border. In addition, nearly 40% of cross-border e-shoppers in Portugal were aged 34 or younger whilst the majority of goods purchased were of less value than €50.
Customs advice for shipping to Portugal
Be careful when sending toys or games containing copper sulfate, items that have a flexible metal blade and erasers that look like food to Portugal. Chocolate or any other substances containing the artificial sweetener are forbidden. Additionally, any products such as watches or jewelry containing precious metals, natural pearls, precious stones and the like must be sent insured and will require a hallmark. if you are shipping within the EU no customs documents are generally required.