When you ship to international customers, your shipments will be subject to local duties and taxes.
Unfortunately for businesses that ship internationally, taxes and duties can be complicated. Mismanaging that crucial aspect of your sales can cause hold ups at customs, incur unexpected costs, delay deliveries considerably, and ruin your customers’ experience.
Simply put, failing to take duties and taxes into account can turn a successful export strategy into an administrative quagmire.
Since assessing every single package coming in through customs would prove economically unfeasible, most countries will only assess packages for which the declared value is above a certain threshold called the De Minimis Value.
The de minimis value is a country-specific value below which no duty or tax is charged, and clearance procedures are minimal. The de minimis value is usually different for duties than it is for taxes.
For businesses selling directly to consumers, understanding what the de Minimis is for each country can make the difference between closing a sale or losing it to a local retailer.
This Duties & Taxes Calculator will help you determine the values of the Duties & Taxes that you or your customers will have to pay on typical orders.
Use it to understand how duties and taxes will impact your ability to compete on global sales and to prepare for the added costs of doing business abroad.