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Minimum Threshold for Customs Duty

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What is Threshold in Customs?

It means you will not need to pay any customs duty if your shipment value is below that amount. However there may be different threshold for Custom duty and Tax (like GST / VAT) in some countries. For example in European Union countries VAT threshold is 22 EUR and Custom Duty threshold is 150 EUR.

Example: If you bought a dress for 50 USD  from Amazon.com and wants its delivery in Italy, then you need to pay VAT in your country (Italy in our example) but no customs duty.

Customs Duty (Import Duty) and Taxes Threshold:

Country Minimum Threshold Custom Duty % Country Tax (VAT / GST / Sales Tax)
Argentina 25 USD 25%
Algeria 50,000 DA 0% to 30% 17%
Antigua and Barbuda no minimum 0 to 70% 15%
Austria 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty 27 2.5%
Angola 187 USD
Australia 1000 AUD 20%
Andorra 220 EUR 15% VAT always charge
Aruba No minimum 0% to 57% 0%
Belarus 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Brazil 50 USD 50%
Barbados No minimum 0% and 70% 17%
Belgium 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Bangladesh 1000 BDT VAT always charged
Botswana No Minimum 0% to 45% 12%
Belize No minimum 0% and 70% 12.5%
Bulgaria 30 BGN
Burundi No Minimum 0 to 100% 18%
Canada 20 CAD 15%
Czech Republic 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Canary Islands 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
China 22 USD 15%
Colombia Duty will be applicable on all imports Tax applicable if shipment value is above 200 USD
Croatia 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Chile 30 USD 6% 19%
Cambodia no minimum 50
Cyprus 17 Euro
Denmark 80 DKK
Dominican Republic 176 USD
El Salvador no minimum 13%
Estonia 21.98 Euro
Egypt No Minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 13%
France 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Finland 22 Euro
French Guiana 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty 0 to 17%
Grenada no minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 15%
Guadeloupe 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty 8.5
Guatemala No minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 12%
Greece 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Germany 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty 20%
Guyana No minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 16%
Hungary 22 Euro
Indonesia 50 USD VAT always charge
India No minimum
Isle of Man 15 GBP
Ireland 22 Euro
Iceland 1,500 ISK
Italy 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Israel 75 USD
Iran 50 USD
Jersey 12 GBP
Jamaica No minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 16.5%
Jordan JOD100
Japan 10,000 JPY
Kenya No Minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 16%
Kazakhstan 1000 EUR (31Kg / Month)
Latvia 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Liechtenstein 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Lithuania 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Luxembourg 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Lesotho No Minimum 0% to 45% 14%
Mayotte 150 EUR Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 0 to 17%
Madeira 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Malta 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Monaco 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Morocco no minimum Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial 20%
Martinique 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Malaysia MY$ 500
Mexico 50 USD
Norway 350 NOK
Netherlands 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Namibia no minimum 0 to 45% (Depends whether shipment is personal or commercial)
New Zealand 60 NZD
Nigeria no minimum 0 to 35% 5%
Panama 100 USD 100
Pakistan No Minimum
Poland 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Portugal 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Paraguay 100 USD VAT always charge
Philippines 10000 PHP
Peru 200 USD 200
Puerto Rico 800 USD
Romania 10 Euro 27
Russia 1000 Euro / month
Reunion 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty 0 to 17% 8.5%
Rwanda no minimum 0 to 100% 18%
South Africa no minimum 0 to 45% 14%
South Korea 150,000 KRW
Slovakia 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Slovenia 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Singapore 400 SGD
Switzerland 5 CHF
Spain 22 EUR for VAT, 150 EUR for Custom Duty
Sweden 1300 SEK
Swaziland No minimum 0% to 45% 14% vat
Thailand 1000 THB 28
Turkey 75 Euro
Tanzania No minimum 0 to 100% 18%
Taiwan (ROC) 300 TWD
Uganda No minimum 0 to 100% 18%
United States 800 USD
United Arab Emirates 1000 AED
United Kingdom 15 GBP 15 to 20%
Ukraine 22 Euro for Custom Duty and 150 EUR for VAT
Vietnam 1000000 Dong
Venezuela 100 USD

 

Below are some frequent questions people have in mind when they are buying something online from a overseas website / seller like Aliexpress / Amazon / Ebay / Walmart / Alibaba etc.

Who is responsible to Pay Custom duty?

Buyer (who is also importer) is liable to pay Customs duty and Tax levied by importer’s country customs. However, shipping companies and many international sellers provide option to buyer to pay custom duty (and / or tax) in advance.

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Do I need to pay custom duty on Shipping?

Technically yes, If you bought something from Aliexpress for 100 USD and paid additional 20 USD for shipping, then you will need to pay Customs Duty and/or Tax on whole amount i.e. 120 USD. Sometimes seller include shipping in product price, still seller should declare product price and shipping separately on shipping invoice. If you don’t then Customs have right to charge duty / tax on standard shipping amount they calculate.

What is Customs Processing and Handling Charges?

These are most unexpected charges buyer see when their shipment gets for Customs Clearance. Almost all shipping companies charge Processing and handling charges (different companies use different name for these charges) for dealing with customs, doing paper work and paying Customs Duty on your behalf.

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Let’s say you bought a handmade product from India for 1000 USD and asked to deliver it to your home in USA, then when your shipment will reach USA and US Customs hold it for custom duty then your shipping company (Aramex / DHL / FedEx / UPS etx) will contact you and offer you to pay those charges to them and they (shipping company) will do all paper work, get shipment clear from Customs and deliver it your door step. So you don’t need to fill forms, go to Customs office and pay the amount by your-self. Shipping companies do all of this for a fee.

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