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Do I have to pay for customs, duty, or import charges?Updated 9 months ago

Typically, the recipient of an international package is responsible for settling the duties and taxes, a scenario often referred to as a Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU) shipment. Upon the package's arrival in the recipient's country, customs authorities calculate the due duties and taxes, which the recipient is obligated to pay in order to clear the package from customs. Several factors influence the determination of these duties and taxes:

Value of the Goods: Most countries have a tax and duty-free threshold, known as the de minimis value. If the total value of the goods, excluding shipping and insurance costs, falls below this threshold, no duties or taxes will be applicable.

Classification of Goods: Each product is assigned a specific classification code, referred to as a Harmonized System (HS) code. Different product categories carry varying duty rates, which can range from 0% to 20% or even higher.

Country of Origin: Some countries have established trade agreements that enable duty-free import of specific goods from particular countries.

These factors collectively determine the amount of duties and taxes a recipient is required to pay when receiving international shipments.

The percentage or rate varies depending on the type of goods. You can check the tariff applicable in the TARIC database for EU and Import calculator for USA.

The methods of payment can differ from one country to another. You may receive a notification from either the customs authority or the courier company, instructing you on how to make the payment. Some countries may offer online payment options, while others may require an in-person visit to a customs office. It is possible that you will need to furnish evidence of payment to the courier service prior to the release of your package.

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