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Customs officials use a shipment's declared value (the value the shipper declares on the goods being shipped), along with the description of the goods, to determine duties and taxes. It is important to ensure that the declared value claimed is accurate. Inaccurate declared value is one of the most prevalent reasons for duty and tax disputes. A shipment's declared value represents the selling price or fair market value of the contents of the shipment, even if not sold.
It is important to consider the effects of duties, taxes, port handling fees and other customs charges when determining your shipment's total shipping charges. Depending on the content of your shipment and the destination country, customs charges will affect the price the recipient is willing to pay for your product. Being able to calculate and communicate the "landed" cost up-front can often save both you and the recipient valuable time and money.
Almost all shipments crossing international borders are subject to the assessment of duties and taxes imposed by the importing country's government.
A shipment's duty and tax amount may be based on:
- Product value
- Trade agreements
- Country of manufacture
- Use of the product
- The product's Harmonized System (HS) code
We may require the following for international shipments.
- Customs Description
- Product Value
- Country of Manufacture or Origin
- Harmonized (HS) Code
Your customers have to pay the customs duties and taxes requested by customs. If your customers deny paying the customs duties and taxes the shipment may be delayed/canceled. Please note that we cannot help with customs clearance related to USPS shipments
|Item||Customs Description||HS Code|
|DVD / Blu-ray / USB||Optical Media||NR|
Every shipment should have a custom's value of $1 or more. Even if you are sending gifts, $0 is not allowed. You may provide the production cost of your product instead of the selling costs in such cases.
HS Code, Duties and Taxes video
The United States - Mexico and Canada agreement:
Certification of Origin (COO) is required if your invoice is over certain value.
Shipment to Canada valued at more than $3300 needs COO
Shipment to Mexico valued at more than $1000 needs COO
Shipments to the US from Canada and Mexico valued at more than $2,500 need COO
Please refer to the attached agreement.
Canada and Mexico require a customs broker to clear your shipment if the product value is more than $3,300 and $1000 respectively. In addition to customs duties and taxes, there will be a broker fee. Please check with our support team if you are shipping such high-value products to arrange for a broker.
Due to the free trader agreement, there are no customs duties and taxes to Canada for a shipment valued up to $40. Shipment valued over $40 will have customs duties and taxes.
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