Customs Duties and Taxes

Customs Duties and Taxes

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Almost all shipments crossing international borders are subject to duty and tax assessment by the importing country’s government. The destination country’s customs officials assess duties and taxes based on information provided on the shipping label, the Commercial Invoice, and other relevant documents.

Factors that affect a shipment’s duty and tax amount

  • Product Value
  • Trade Agreements
  • Country of Manufacture
  • Description and end use of the product
  • The product’s Harmonized System (HS) code
  • Country -Specific Regulations

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Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Value-Added Tax (VAT)

A general consumption tax is assessed on the value added to goods and services. This tax is called GST – Goods and Services Tax in some countries like Canada and Singapore. In European Union (EU) countries, this tax is known as a Value-Added Tax (VAT). It is a tax on consumer expenditure and therefore businesses that are VAT- registered and fully taxable do not bear the final costs of VAT. For EU-Specific VAT rates, visit European Commission (EC) Taxation and Customs Union website.


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