Dear Friends,

We would like to inform you about customs policies and fees in your countries. All the information is carefully accumulated below for your comfort. Please note, that we only introduce the data about the countries we ship to.

  • As you receive a parcel from our warehouse in China, you therefore ‘become’ the Importer – which means that you are liable for all import duties and other taxes that may appear.

If your parcel is eligible for any customs charges, you will be contacted by the company, shipping the item to you when your package arrives in your country. Then the company will complete a customs declaration for you. When you retrieve the package, you will pay

  1. Customs duty
  2. VAT

to the company who have completed your declaration.

Other taxes that in rare cases would be applicable:

  1. Testing of the goods.
  2. Examining the imported goods

It is best to determine what these charges will be before ordering, as the final price of the item may be much higher than what you initially expected.

Customs fees depend on the laws of your country. In the majority of cases you are not required to pay any customs fees, as we don`t sell very expensive items.

  • Custom duty and VAT are counted using 2 main methods of assessment with which the amount of tax is calculated. It may vary from country to country. 2 main methods are
  1. FOB (free on board) - assessment method with which the amount of tax is calculated only on the value of imported goods (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs).
  2. CIF (cost, insurance and freight) - assessment method with which the amount of tax is calculated on the value of imported goods + insurance + shipping cost.
  • If you want to return goods that you have bought on the Internet in a country outside the EU, you can apply for a VAT and customs duty refund.

Find out whether your parcel is eligible for paying any customs duties or VAT below.

1. Countries- members of EU.

Austria

Assessment method-  FOB.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some items are not subject to customs duties (eg, books).

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=20% of the FOB.

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 20%.

Parcels valued more then 150EUR are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

On the Austrian customs site is indicated that packages sent from private person to private, declared as "gift", for personal use with a maximum of 45EUR cost are not subject to any customs duties and VAT.

Information taken from the site www.bmf.gv.at

Belgium

Assessment method-  FOB.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic devices are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
21% of the FOB.

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 21%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Property, the carriage of which is prohibited by any law, regulation or statute of any federal, state or local government of any country to or through which the shipment may be carried.
  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Cotton seed
  • Ivory
  • Pornography

Bulgaria

Assessment method-  FOB.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. 

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
20% of the FOB.

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 30BGN are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 20%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Croatia

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic devices are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
25% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 20%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)

Cyprus

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic devices are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
19% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 17EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 19%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Imitation (replicas)
  • Banderols/tax stickers

 

Czech Republic

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic devices are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
21% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 21%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Denmark

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. 

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
25% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 80DKK are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 1150DKK are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 25%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Dangerous goods
  • Ivory
  • Pornography

Estonia

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic devices are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
20% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 21EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 20%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Asbestos
  • Cash letters (NI)
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals & stones

Finland

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
24% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 24%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Imitation and pirated products

France

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
20% of the (CIF+duty).


The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 20%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

 

Germany

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some items are not subject to customs duties (eg, books).

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
19% of the (CIF+duty).

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 19%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Imitation and pirated products, Swastika, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Brazil Nuts, Pistachios, Figs
  • Animal products
  • Animal skins
  • Asbestos
  • Ivory
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals & stones

 Information taken from the site www.zoll.de

Greece

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some items are not subject to customs duties (eg, books).

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
24% of the (CIF+duty).

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 24%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Imitation (replicas)
  • Banderols/tax stickers

Hungary

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some items are not subject to customs duties (eg, books).

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
27% of the (CIF+duty).

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to sales tax of 27%.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Asbestos
  • Banderols and stickers
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Imitation (replica) firerarms, weapons, explosive devices and ammunition

Information taken from the site en.nav.gov.hu

Ireland

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game instruments are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
13,5-23% of the (CIF+duty).

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Abortion Kits
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Furs
  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Ivory
  • Pornography
  • Milk, Diary Based products including Whey Protein

Italy

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic products are duty free.

Sales tax (VAT)
22% of the (CIF+duty).

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Ivory

Latvia

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game instruments are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=21% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Drugs: prescription
  • Military equipment
  • Money orders (NI)
  • Pornography

Lithuania

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game instruments are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=21% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Luxembourg

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game instruments are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=17% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Drugs: non-prescription
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Pornography

Malta

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game instruments are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=18% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Netherlands

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game instruments are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=21% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Medicines for private persons
  • Imitation and pirated products

Poland

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic goods are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=23% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Portugal

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, CellPhones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles are duty free

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=23% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Pornography

Slovakia 

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, CellPhones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles are duty free

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=20% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Pornography

Slovenia

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%.  Average duty rate- 20%. 

Electronic goods such as Books, Laptops, CellPhones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles are duty free

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=22% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Spain

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 17%. Some electronic goods are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=21% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 22EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels with a FOB value up to 150EUR are not subject to customs duties, but subject to VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Prohibited items:

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Drugs: non-prescription
  • Gambling devices
  • Imitation and pirated products
  • Melatonin
  • Playing cards
  • Pornography
  • Shark cartilage

Sweden

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 48,5%. Average duty rate- 20%. Some electronic goods are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=25% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 1300SEK are not subject to customs duties.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and VAT taxes.

As there is no threshold to VAT, it is payable irrespective of import value.

 

Great Britain

* Since March 2017, the UK has launched a process of withdrawal from the European Union, which will last 2 years.

Assessment method- CIF = cost of goods + amount of insurance + shipping cost - a method of calculating of duties and taxes used by the customs service.

Customs duty
From 0 to 17%. Some goods are not subject to customs duties (for example books).

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
20%  of the (CIF+duties).

Threshold for duty-free importation
The packages with the FOB value (only the declared value of the items, excluding delivery and insurance) up to 15.00 GBP are not subject to customs duties or sales tax.

Parcels with the value of FOB up to 135.00 GBP or with an estimated customs duty of up to 9 GBP are not subject to customs duties, but are subject to VAT sales tax.

Postal items with a declared cost above 135 GBP are subject to customs duties and sales tax.

Prohibited items:

  • Air guns, imitation or replica firearms, firearm parts and replica ammunition (includes rifle butts, trigger mechanisms, screws / bolts etc which are manufactured for the sole purpose of creating a functional firearm)
  • Antiques and works of art with a shipment value in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Banderols / Tax stickers with a shipment value in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes with a shipment value in excess of EUR 500,000.
  • Dangerous / hazardous goods including but not limited to perfumes, aftershaves, aerosols, flammable substances, dry ice, biological substances, UN classified dangerous goods and any goods specified as such under International Air Transport Association regulations (“IATA”), the Agreement on Dangerous Goods by Road (“ADR”) or International Maritime Dangerous Goods (“IMDG”) regulations. Applicable to all shipments valued in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Financial and monetary commodities – examples include but are not limited to activated SIM cards for mobile phones, blank or activated credit or cash dispenser cards, blank cheques, event tickets, lottery tickets, money or postal orders, pre-paid phone cards, tickets (blank stock), travellers cheques, vouchers/tokens, unused stamps etc. Applicable to all shipments valued in excess of EUR 500,000
  • Furs
  • Jewellery and watches and with individual values in excess of EUR 5,000. The shipment must not exceed EUR 100,000

If you think you are charged too much or returning your goods:

Ask for a refund of VAT or Customs Duty if you:

-return your goods

-think you’ve been charged too much

Download and fill in:

form BOR 286 if Royal Mail or Parcelforce delivered the goods

form C285 if a courier or freight company delivered the goods


The information is taken from the website of the UK Customs: www.gov.uk/topic/personal-tax/income-tax

2. Other European countries.

Norway

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 25%.  Average duty rate- 1,06%.

Some goods like books and electronic products like laptops can be imported free of duty.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=25% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
No Duty and VAT for CIF value less than or equal to NOK 350.00(excluding alcohol and tobacco products)

Switzerland

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties

Import duty is calculated based on the gross weight of the product. Average duty- 10CHF per applicable product.

Some products can be imported duty-free (for example books, laptops and other electronic products).

Gifts sent from private individuals living abroad to private individuals in Switzerland are duty-free up to a goods value of CHF 100.00.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
8% of the (CIF+duties).

Threshold for duty-free importation

Parcels with price CIF up to 62CHF are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Parcels valued above this value are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Russia

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 100%. Average duty rate- 7,8%.

Imports with more 1000 EUR CIF cost and weighing more than 31 kg (per month) are subject to the 30% duty taxes, but not less than 4 € / kg.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=18% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with goods for personal use, with CIF cost less than 1000EUR and weighing less than 31 kg (both per calendar month) are not subject to any customs duty or VAT.

Restricted goods for import:

  • Electronic means and (or) civilian high frequency devices, including built-in devices or devices that make part of other goods which import to the Customs Union are restricted.
  • Undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment which import and export from the Customs Union is restricted;

Turkey

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
0 to 145%. Average duty rate- 6,02%. Some electronic goods are duty free.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
VAT=18% of the (CIF+duty)

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels with price FOB (declared cost of goods without transport and insurance costs) up to 30EUR are not subject to customs duties or VAT sales tax.

Israel

CIF - The valuation method used by the Israeli Customs Service.

Customs duty
There is no clear information on the amount of customs duties. Israel's Customs apply the Duty taxes as they please.

Sales tax(ST) or VAT
17% of the amount of CIF and customs duties.

Threshold for duty-free importation
Parcels with the value of FOB (the declared value of the item, but excluding the cost of delivery and insurance) up to 75$ are exempt from payment of duties and taxes.

Parcels with a FOB value of up to 500$ are not subject to customs duties, but are subject to a 17% sales tax.

Customs website of Israel http://mof.gov.il/

3. North America.

Canada

Assessment method- FOB.

Customs duty
0-35%. Average rate- 8,5%.

Sales tax(GTS)
GST: 5% of FOB, PST, HST

In Canada there are three types of Sales Tax:

  1. GST
  2. PST
  3. HST

Note: Commercial importers are subjected GST and Non commercial or Private importers are subjected to GST, PST or HST.

The table below outlines the sales tax rates in the different provinces:

Province

Code

Sales 
tax type

Provincial
rate

Combined effective rate

Alberta

AB

GST

0%

5%

British Columbia

BC

GST + PST

7%

12%

Manitoba

MB

GST + PST

8%

13%

New Brunswick

NB

HST

10%

15%

Newfoundland and Labrador

NL

HST

10%

15%

Northwest Territories

NT

GST

0%

5%

Nova Scotia

NS

HST

10%

15%

Nunavut

NU

GST

0%

5%

Ontario

ON

HST

8%

13%

Prince Edward Island

PE

GST + PST

9%

14%

Quebec

QC

GST + QST

9.975%

14.975%

Saskatchewan

SK

GST + PST

5%

10%

Yukon

YT

GST

0%

5%


On March 23, 2018, the Saskatchewan PST as raised from 5% to 6%.


Threshold for duty-free importation
Parcels with the value of FOB (the declared value of the item, but excluding the cost of delivery and insurance) up to CA 20$ are exempt from payment of duties and taxes.

Postal items with a declared cost above CA 20$ are subject to customs duties and sales taxes.

Applying for a refund of duty and taxes
In case of overpayment of duty and taxes, the importer can apply for duty and tax refund refund of duty and taxes

USA

FOB - Valuation method used by the US Customs Service (the declared value of the package, excluding the cost of insurance and shipping).

Customs duties
0 to 37.5% of the FOB. With an average value of 5.63%.(Duty is not levied some electronic products)

VAT sales tax and other fees

Along with duty, imports may be subject to a Merchandise Processing Fee (is charged on formal and informal entries), Sales tax, and Federal Excise Tax (import of alcoholic beverages and tobacco), based on the imports and regulations.

There are 50 Customs Territory in the U.S. below table provides Sales tax and Merchandise Processing Fee for each state:

States Sales tax in % Merchandise Processing Fee
Alabama 4 0.3464
Alaska 0 0.3464
Arizona 5.6 0.3464
Arkansas 6.5 0.3464
California 6 0.3464
Colorado 2.9 0.3464
Connecticut 6.35 0.3464
Delaware 0 0.3464
Florida 6 0.3464
Georgia 4 0.3464
Hawaii 4 0.3464
Idaho 6 0.3464
Illinois 6.25 0.3464
Indiana 7 0.3464
Iowa 6 0.3464
Kansas 6.5 0.3464
Kentucky 6 0.3464
Louisiana 5 0.3464
Maine 5.5 0.3464
Maryland 6 0.3464
Massachusetts 6.25 0.3464
Michigan 6 0.3464
Minnesota 6.875 0.3464
Mississippi 7 0.3464
Missouri 4.225 0.3464
Montana 0 0.3464
Nebraska 5.5 0.3464
Nevada 4.6 0.3464
New Hampshire 0 0.3464
New Jersey 6.875 0.3464
New Mexico 5.125 0.3464
New York 4 0.3464
North Carolina 4.75 0.3464
North Dakota 5 0.3464
Ohio 5.75 0.3464
Oklahoma 4.5 0.3464
Oregon 0 0.3464
Pennsylvania 6 0.3464
Rhode Island 7 0.3464
South Carolina 6 0.3464
South Dakota 4.5 0.3464
Tennessee 7 0.3464
Texas 6.25 0.3464
Utah 4.7 0.3464
Vermont 6 0.3464
Virginia 4.3 0.3464
Washington 4.75 0.3464
West Virginia 6 0.3464
Wisconsin 5 0.3464
Wyoming 4 0.3464



The threshold for the duty-free import
If product value is less than US$800 then import is duty free.

Information is taken from the website of the US Customs Service- www.cbp.gov/

4. Australia, New Zealand.

Australia

FOB - rating method with which the amount of tax is calculated only on the value of imported goods.

Customs duties
From 0 to 10%. Some items are not subject to customs duties (for example, laptops and other electronic products).

Sales tax (VAT)
10% of the FOB.

The threshold for the duty-free import
Parcels up to 1000AUD (≈750.5USD) of the FOB are not subject to any customs duties or sales tax (VAT).

Prohibited items:

  • Banderols/tax stickers
  • Bullion (of any precious metal)
  • Cash-like negotiable instruments in bearer form (except event tickets)
  • Complete firearms, ammunition, explosives and weapons
  • Firearm parts, including but not limited to, parts of imitation or replica firearms, parts of paint ball guns, parts of air guns, parts of BB guns, parts of toy guns and parts of water pistols
  • Firearm accessories, including but not limited to, ammunition of any type including replica ammunition, scopes, monopods, bipods, flashlights and bayonets
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Illegal goods
  • Imitation (replica) firearms, weapons, explosive devices or ammunition



Information taken from the website of the Australian Customs www.border.gov.au

New Zealand

Assessment method- CIF.

Customs duties
From 0 to 15%. Average rate is 5,11%.

Some items are not subject to customs duties (for example, laptops and other electronic products).

Along with import duty, import goods are also subject to GST, IETF, ICTF and excise duty on some products.


Sales tax (GST)
15% of the (CIF+duty+other taxes)

GST is calculated on the sum of the CIF value, any applicable duty, excise, ALAC (HPA) Levy, and HERA Levy.

The threshold for the duty-free import
No duty or other charges when the duty and tax payable is less than or equal to NZ$60.

Prohibited items:

  • Banderols/tax stickers
  • Cash-like negotiable instruments in bearer form (except event tickets)
  • Imitation (replica) firearms, weapons, explosive devices or ammunition

Hope we cleared it up a bit about customs fees. Have a pleasant shopping with us!:)

Customs policies and duties. – tripatricks