The setup is as follows. Two private individuals sent a package across international borders via some shipping company. The shipping company asked the sender to fill out some paper work and pay fees for the import regulations. The package was then shipped and delivered to the recipient. A few days after receiving the package the recipient received a letter from the shipping company asking them to pay an import tax plus a handling fee for the shipping company. Does the shipping company have any legal claim to thes fees from the recipient?
I believe the shipping company had to pay the import tax and handled the import. But I don't see how they have any claim on the recipient, unless they can somehow claim that accepting the package establishes some kind of delivery contract with them. Presumably the sender should have paid these fees, but if the shipping company didn't charge them when the package was sent, it seems to me they screwed up and have to eat the cost themselves.
Sender is outside the EU, receiver is inside in case this makes a difference.