How are duties and taxes calculated at customs?

Duties and taxes are calculated by Customs officials when your package reaches the destination country. The amount of the charges depends the following:

The reason your sending the shipment

Some countries do not apply customs charges for gifts or personal effects under a certain value, whereas some do. Check the threshold for the country your sending to by visiting the country page on our site, or checking with the local customs office.

What your sending

Every product your sending has a tariff code that determines the level of duty and tax. Most customs authorities provide a web portal where you can check the correct tariff code for your product along with the applicable rate of duty and tax that will be applied when importing it into that country. learn more about tariff codes here.

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