Import from China / Tax Information

6.4.2006. | 16:15

This blog post started out as an FAQ from Chinavasion about whether buyers from China end up paying import taxes. For the current FAQs on import taxes click here. This post is now a dedicated discussion thread about Customs and Import taxes in every country.

Read through the comments below for some experienced importers’ advice, and add your own real life examples!

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  1. Mihai Petrisor July 22, 00:56

    Hello Gareth,
    You are very welcome. If you are Romanian and you have more questions, please feel free to ask me, and it will be my pleasure to answer.
    Also I wish to express my gratitude for Rose Li`s “China import course” – it is very usefull.

  2. LnddMiles July 22, 01:28

    The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

  3. Marius Keraitis August 11, 19:14

    Tried shipping with UPS and DHL, tho DHL might look cheaper for shipping, they charge way more for customs so they become pricier then UPS.

    Also our customs got smarter for lower invoice prices, you need to provide payment slip. and it should match..the way around it is hidden payments for something, lets say phone is 100$ if you make it lower price like 75$ you must also add packing and handling 25$ so the SUM matches, but item is still cheaper. they would like to see shipping prices in invoices too.

    In Lithuania, customs charge 14%+18% of item value, so its about ~30% of your order value.

  4. dedra williams October 2, 02:49

    IN USA CUSTOMS SAID “IF IT’S UNDER 800.00 ITS NO FEES AT ALL ” :) BUT I ONLY ASKED ABOUT THE CELL PHONE FEES IM NOT SURE ABOUT OTHER ITEMS ,CALL YOUR LOCAL AIRPORT ASK FOR CUSTOMS .

  5. WASYL BRYTAN October 22, 07:14

    I came across this article which may be of use to Canadians:

    Duty-Free Imports from China into Canada
    The 13 product classifications below represent some of the largest and fastest-growing imported products from China in 2008. Yet while these leading imports total about US$10 billion in sales for China, Canada generates no tariff revenues from the People’s Republic on these foreign-made goods.

    The list is sorted based on imports with the highest sales in 2008.

    1.Computer laptops and notebooks (code 847130) … US$2.2 billion
    2.Video games (950410) … $1.2 billion
    3.Cell phones (851712) … $708.2 million
    4.Computer monitors (852851) … $611.1 million
    5.Modems, routers and switches (851762) … $536.1 million
    6.Computer printer parts (847330) … $430.5 million
    7.Digital cameras, TV cameras and video recorders (852580) … $410.2 million
    8.Commercial battery chargers, power supplies and controllers (850440) … $270.8 million
    9.Coke and semi-coke from coal, lignite or peat (270400) … $270.5 million
    10.Printed circuit assemblies (851770) … $266.1 million
    11.Other units of computers like adapters (847180) … $264 million
    12.Computer magnetic storage drives (847170) … $244.6 million
    13.Computer printers including ink-jet printers (844332) … $243.4 million.
    If the government of Canada was to apply modest tariff rates to the above Chinese imports, the resulting revenues would go a long way in reducing Canada’s growing domestic deficits and unemployment rates.

    Sources: Industry Canada’s Trade Data Online, based on Statistics Canada reports as of October 7, 2009 and Canada Border Services Agency’s online customs tariff manual.

    Read more here

  6. bilal November 22, 07:30

    can any body let me know about taxes on import from china in pakistan??

  7. Susana C. November 30, 02:40

    Para Portugal, aconselho a não efectuarem encomendas cujo o valor do produto(s) mais os portes (e seguro) ultrapassem os 150E porque a partir desta quantia vão ter de pagar a taxa aduaneira, abaixo deste valor estão isentos de taxa aduaneira e apenas pagam o IVA (21%) mais os direitos aduaneiros. Aconselho vivamente a encomendar apenas por AirMail, porque assim a encomenda é tratada pelos CTT e não pagam as taxas exorbitantes das transportadoras, que muito prontamente tratam do processo de desalfandegamento(são muito rápidas, mas depois preparem-se para a talhada por este serviço!!!), por isso para que por AirMail a sua encomenda não chegue dois meses após a compra, sejam sinceros (a alfandega já não cai na desculpa do “produto amostra” e “baixo valor”, ou “artigo defeituoso”), peçam antes para que junto á encomenda incluam uma factura/recibo e/ou comprovativo de pagamento, com tudo dentro da encomenda é só os senhores da alfandega e CTT verificarem, fazerem as contas, expedirem para o destino e no fim você receber o aviso a dizer para ir levantar a sua encomenda e pagar o imposto(veja a formula em baixo para não apanhar nenhuma surpresa), não se esqueça de levar o seu BI ou Cartão do Cidadão.
    Devido à quantidade exorbitante de mercadorias que chegam diariamente às alfândegas nacionais, nem todos os produtos são inspeccionados e taxados. As encomendas levantadas na alfândega pelos CTT têm menor probabilidade de serem taxadas, segundo informações prestadas por vários cibernautas que recorrem frequentemente às compras transfronteiriças. Além disso, o serviço dos CTT é o mais barato.

    Formula rápida de calcular as taxas:

    IVA: 21%
    Direitos: Depende (ver *Documento com Taxas em vigor*)
    IEC (Imposto Especial de Consumo): Só para tabaco, produtos petrolíferos, e bebidas alcoólicas.
    Taxa de Apresentação na Alfândega: ?? Mínimo 2,5€ ??
    Impresso: 1,50€
    Imposto de Selo: 1,50€
    Taxa CTT: +/- 0,15€
    Emolumentos: +/- 0,15€

    (Preçototal*21%)+3.30+0[Direitos]+0[IEC]+2.5[Ap. Alfândega]

    Quando o valor do IVA calculado é inferior a 10€ este não é cobrado.

    Na situação de haver uma encomenda que excede os 22€ o IVA irá ser calculado à percentagem devida (para a grande maioria dos artigos é 20%). Por ex.: Para um artigo de 45€ corresponde um iva de 9€ (20% de 45€), como este está abaixo dos 10€ não é cobrado.

    exemplo de formula: no caso do produto ter um preço base de 70 € (já com os portes incluídos), os cálculos serão os seguintes:

    70,00 €
    + 20 %
    ———
    84 €

    + 7 € (taxa de apresentação á alfandega, impressos, direitos, etc)
    ————————–
    Sub-total: 91 €

    NOTA: O que é preciso ter mesmo atenção é a taxa de apresentação/desalfandegamento, que é bastante variável, e depende dos honorários do despachante. Podes pedir para seres tu a tratar do desalfandegamento: Se vier por uma empresa privada (ex: UPS) basta ires a sede, pedir a carta de porte e ir a Alfândega de Lisboa; se o remetente mandou por uma companhia de correios estatal, no Aviso de Desalfandegamento, basta não assinalar o campo que autoriza o desalfandegamento pelos serviços alfandegários.
    Devo lembrar que ficar retido ou ser fiscalizado na Alfândega não significa que levamos com o IVA e todas as outras taxas – é um processo verdadeiramente aleatório, sendo aqui, que o tracking online se torna bastante útil.

    Resumo:
    Pedir que seja declarado como “Gift”, “Sample”, “Repair” ou que é mesmo um “Discounted Item” é uma mais valia, que não é 100% fiável, a Alfândega está sempre no direito de pedir um valor. A isenção de taxas alfandegárias de produtos até 150€.
    Por tua conta, podes sempre pedir ao vendedor que mande como particular, declare um valor que caiba em 150€ (produto+portes=total), venha uma factura dentro da caixa com o valor “reduzido”, e seja na mesma marcado como “Gift” se o despacho é feito com esse valor e dá entrada na alfândega, se tiverem dúvidas sobre os valores e conseguirem provar que o valor está errado (ou seja, foi declarado um valor abaixo do real) é o suficiente para a alfândega participar do importador, o que origina numa coima (multa) que poderá ser de minimo 175€/350€ (minimo).
    Em ultima analise, o tamanho da encomenda conta, se for de tamanho grande (ex: uma torre de computador ou portátil) é muito provável ser fiscalizado, se for de pequenas dimensões (ex: DVD) não se importam e passa facilmente, apesar de ser um processo totalmente aleatório.

    Serviços de transporte
    - USPS Priority e Flat-Rate, têm +/- 30% de ser fiscalizado na alfândega.
    - USPS Express Mail e Global Express Mail, permitem o *desalfandegamento rápido* (e mais barato) pelos CTTExpresso (EMS) em 24Hrs, mas a probabilidade é +/- 70% de ser fiscalizado.
    - UPS, DHL ou FedEx, têm 100% de hipóteses que vai ser regulado/fiscalizado (possíveis acordos), por outras palavras é certinho e direitinho ir ter a alfândega. Pedir sempre por companhia de correios estatal (Ex.: USA > USPS, Hongkong Postal Service, etc).
    Os CTT Expresso têm alfândega própria pelo que (à partida) sai muito mais barato mandar vir pelo correio normal, o transporte fica mais barato e as próprios taxas a pagar serão mais baixas porque penso (penso, não tenho a certeza) que os CTT não cobram taxa para desalfandegar o envio.

    Se o envio vier por DHL, Fedex, UPS, etc, ao chegar a Portugal por norma o cliente é contactado e informado que chegou a mercadoria “x” ou “y” que precisa de ser desalfandegada, e por norma dão ao cliente duas hipóteses, ir o cliente à alfândega ou utilizarem o despachante de cada uma dessas empresas para tratar do despacho.Tudo isto envolve custos, mesmo para o cliente ir à alfândega tem de pagar a cada uma das empresas para cederem a documentação original e contramarcada do V/ envio.

    Informações adicionais respectivas a Alfândega

    Para o Serviço Correspondências – Encomendas, se o local de destino do objecto pertencer aos Códigos Postais 3000, 4000, 5000 ou 6000, poderá ser solicitado o desalfandegamento no Porto (nas instalações dos CTT sitas na R da Guarda 718 – PERAFITA), devendo ser assinalado e assinado o campo respectivo no Aviso para Desalfandegamento.

    Para o Serviço EMS/EPG (Quick), a CTT Expresso têm ao dispor meios próprios para o ajudar no desalfandegamento (mais baratos que os serviços alfandegários). Para utilizar estes serviços, é necessário apenas enviar os documentos solicitados conforme indicado no Aviso para Desalfandegamento.

    A Delegação Aduaneira das Encomendas Postais assegura o exercício desconcentrado das competências da Alfândega do Aeroporto de Lisboa, competindo-lhe o desalfandegamento das mercadorias que utilizam a via postal. No ano de 1999 a Direcção-Geral das Alfândegas e dos Impostos Especiais sobre o Consumo assinou um Protocolo de Cooperação com os CTT-Correios de Portugal, S.A.. No momento presente, o tráfego postal internacional, não comunitário, está centralizado, em Lisboa, nesta delegação.

    Delegação Aduaneira das Encomendas Postais
    Av. Marechal Gomes da Costa
    1849-001 LISBOA

    Chefe: Dr. Jaime Neves
    Telefone: 21 831 81 42
    Fax: 21 837 14 33
    E-mail: dapostais@dgaiec.min-financas.pt

    A posse e guarda dos objectos postais até ao seu desalfandegamento são da responsabilidade dos serviços postais CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

    Para obter informações sobre as mercadorias encomendadas pode utilizar:
    · Linha Pesquisa de Objectos: 808 200 220 – para Linha CTT: 707 26 26 26
    · http://www.ctt.pt
    · Informação@ctt.pt

    Espero que esta informação lhes seja útil e boas compras!!

  8. chris January 2, 04:54

    Does anyone have any information on taxes and import fees in the U.S? I’m new to dropshipping and I want to dropship items that cost $50 and under.

    I don’t want to start selling until I find out how much the taxes and fees are…

  9. chris earley January 3, 05:12

    I’m from the United States and I would like to know how much taxes would cost on a single watch. Price: around $26.00 with shipping. I would also like to know about mp3 and mp4 players under $65.

    If anyone has any information can you please tell me? I’m going to start dropshipping and I want to know all of the import fees and taxes before I start selling.

  10. Diesel January 21, 04:49

    Hey guys. I’m writing about Switzerland, hope my info helps.

    The customs tax is actually the country’s VAT. To be more specific, it is the canton (county/district) VAT, i.e. not all cantons have the same VAT. For example, Vaud has 7.6%, Zurich 7.5%.

    The bad thing is that they open anything that enters the country. So there is no point in declaring you have a $10 gift inside, when they’ll see the mobile phone. They will send me a letter demanding me to give them the real value, and the whole letter sending and repacking will cost me almost 50% of the value, even with this low VAT.

    My suggestion: if you ship to Switzerland, contact the customer (if he hasn’t contacted you already) and establish a common point of view: how much to write on the invoice, how much to declare the value.

    Hope this helps,
    Cheers and keep on creating great products!
    Diesel

  11. Peter January 22, 19:42

    South Africa Customs:
    Ordered a media player/recorder through Chinavasion and had to make an additional payment when DHL delivered it equivalent to the VAT (14%) on the declared value plus a R70 DHL service fee. Still worked out cheaper than anything similar I could source locally.

  12. erick of Philippine February 7, 18:43

    I just purchased two items as a test for my plan to drop ship here in the Philippines. But to my surprise I was informed by the UPS staff that customs held the package due to unrealistic declaration, and they advice me to write a letter of appeal and show some prof of the price and I did. But the next day UPS send me back my letter of the appeal with comment from the customs officer saying ” Sir, Just pay the Ph2,112 duties and taxes” which is equivalent to $40 is ridiculous. So I didn’t argue anymore, and just pay the said amount in COD. I don’t know if this is their benchmark since I saw somebody here paid the same amount as I did. The total of my product price is $191.00 including the shipping. Now I’m thinking twice to pursue the drop shipping business, for those who already started I would to hear their story good luck everyone…

  13. Gareth February 8, 10:29

    Hi Erick,

    We’re sorry to hear about your difficulties. Normally, in these situations, we would recommend EMS delivery but as we understand it is not available in your region. You are more than welcome to put any declaration instructions into the shipping instructions box on the checkout or send them via email to support@chinavasion.com. If you want to continue to use courier services and pay the tax for customers it is possible with Courier accounts.

  14. Hans February 13, 19:38

    to The Netherlands

    Waarde van goederen < 22 Euro = GEEN heffingen

    Waarde van goederen 150 Euro = 14% over Factuurbedrag + Verzendkosten en 19% BTW over factuur+porto+14%
    Leuker kunnen we het niet maken nietwaar? Belasting over belasting…

    Bij een bedrag lager dan 150 euro gebeurd het soms dat niet eens 19% Btw betaald hoeft te worden. Zoals in mijn geval hahaha Mazzel dus.

    En ga je persoonlijk naar Shenzhen om het op te halen ? tot 430 euro invoerrechten vrij :-)

    ENGLISH:

    Value on Invoice max. 22 Euro = No Tax
    Invoice max. 150 Euro = + 19% Tax (BTW)
    Invoice more than 150 Euro = 14% over Invoice+Shipping
    and on top of that 19 % BTW

    Sometimes, if you’r lucky, you not even have to pay the 19% BTW in Case of Invoice < 150 Euro

    If you plan a Trip to Shenzhen to pick up the Goods personally :-) you may import it Duty-Free up to a Amount of 430 Euro.

    Good Luck
    Succes

  15. Rômulo Xavier da Costa February 18, 20:56

    could have my purchases declared in the less than a 50 doral.

  16. Gareth March 2, 09:11

    Hi Romulo,

    It should be possible just make a note in the special instructions box in the checkout.

  17. Benoit March 3, 06:22

    Hi everybody.

    Regarding Belgium destination, EMS is the best choice regarding fees… not regarding speed (2 to 3 weeks).

    Through UPS, DHL and FedEx, you will be charged 10 to 15 euros for administration, plus 30% to 75% of the declared amount for customs office.

    A short story : I bought a car dvd player at 63 euros (declared on the delivery note). For it, I had to pay 49 euros to customs office and 15 euros to FedEx. Total fees = 64 euros for a 63 euros DVD player.

    Sadly true. Nice importation politic.

    You could find more info at :
    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/index_fr.htm
    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/tariff_aspects/customs_tariff/index_fr.htm
    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds/cgi-bin/tarchap?Lang=FR

    There is no clear information at a single place, but these pages can give you an approach.

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  19. sanyuan March 19, 18:35

    Yes, the tax to brazil is hard, we manufacture TV SET TOP BOX to Brazil, our customer complain that the tax is too high. But i am not sure whether it is 60%, anyway, brazil tax is high. And Cyprus client said that their tax is 30%

  20. getza March 22, 09:20

    ask for dady if the car have a mp3 and where i can go drive it.

  21. Kevin Doocey April 9, 04:45

    Got the Odyssey phone to Ireland, Mayo to be precise.

    Paid a pretty big €35.84 extra for taxes and charges by UPS.
    So far, the extra €35 has been worth it.

    Not sure about other delivery companies but UPS obviously valued this item very highly to charge that amount of import duty, VAT and additional tax.

    Hope I’ve cleared a little up for some of you Irish customers.

  22. bruno April 14, 01:05

    Hello,
    does anybody know how much taxes I have to pay when ordering to Germany?

  23. Gareth April 19, 09:04

    Hi Intan,

    Here at Chinavasion we do optimize our receipts but cannot put gift/present into the box. Reason being is that customs usually ignores that anyway.

  24. José Sousa April 24, 05:50

    The articles are nice. Clearance rates are very high in Portugal which restricts further requests for Portuguese. The fees are a genuine “theft”
    ghega to be the same value as the article request. We must change this schema

  25. juarez April 29, 02:11

    How do I avoid paying customs rate of 60% of Brazil?

  26. Intan May 1, 14:50

    import rules from Indonesia Country
    http://www.beacukai.go.id/index.php

  27. LOUISA DILLON June 1, 08:12

    I do not think I have seen this described in such an informative way before. You really have made this so much clearer for me. Thanks!

  28. M Ellen July 13, 07:53

    What are the import charges for an $1,000 item purchased from China to USA? Who can I contact to find out how to be sure that I get the right item? Can you pay an insurance fee to be sure that you are safe in getting what you paid for? Thanks for your help?

  29. Adrian July 20, 14:29

    Hi Ellen,

    Please speak to the authorities in the USA about this – we cannot advise as the rules there may be changing all of the time. Thanks.

  30. Wagner Suzuki August 22, 14:57

    In Brazil the rules to import are hard…We have to pay 60% in taxes of the product + trasportation. but if you put a invoice with 50usd and say you are a non companie, or better send me like a gift, we dont have to pay. is it posible to do?
    What is Tax ID in registration?

    First Name*: Ok
    Last Name*: Ok
    Company Name: Ok
    Street Address*: Ok
    Post Code / ZIP Code*: Ok
    City*: Ok
    Telephone number*: Ok
    Tax ID (optional): ?????????????
    Country*: Please Select Ok
    State: Ok

  31. Adrian August 23, 09:25

    Hi Waguinho,

    We can offer help to customers importing goods into Brazil. Please check the following articles:
    http://support.chinavasion.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=14
    http://support.chinavasion.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=123
    http://support.chinavasion.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=129

    We don’t declare shipments as ‘gifts,’ but we will help you by giving a useful, but realistic value on the declaration.

    If you have more questions, please let us know.

  32. David August 30, 13:29

    In switzerland we have 7.6 % tax + about 25 dollars (sometime less) handling fee for parcels over 65 swiss francs.

  33. paber62 September 18, 22:43

    CAN SOMEONE LIVING IN USA OR CANADA TELL ME ABOUT IMPORT TAXES OR FEES ABOUT PRODUCTS BOUGHT FROM CHINA : CELL PHONES, MP3/MP4 PLAYERS, CAMCORDERS, CAR VIDEO, SAT NAV, AND SO ON?

  34. Praveen September 20, 17:55

    hi!
    does anyone knows how much are the taxes to India??

  35. Sean Hennessy November 18, 18:16

    Regarding importing from China to Ireland, I have written an article on my website which clarifies the situation regarding import duties.
    the link to the article is as follows: http://soileire.com/html/import_duty.html
    Please feel free to read the article and if you have any further queries please contact me; all the contact details are on the website.

  36. Petersson January 18, 06:29

    Hi from Sweden! I have a company based on dropshipping and selling through my website. The worst thing that can happen is when the shipping company (DHL etc) charges my costumer the import tax when they pick up the package. So I signed up with DHL and got a account number. If Chinavasion writes my account number on the shipment air waybill, DHL vill charge my company for any vat or tax but deliver the package to my costumer. (I always choose DHL for shipping)
    Now I only have to get Chinavasion to write my DHL account number on the shipment air waybill. I hope we can find an understanding!

  37. Matcox February 16, 04:44

    When shipping in Slovenia You are free of any tax if your item value and post cost is under 22€. If amount is from 23- 150 € you have to pay 20% of VAT+ customs handling. For the 150- 700€ you have to pay import tax (I think is 2,5%, but NOT SURE) + VAT (20%)+ customs handling. Over 700€ you have to get Import declaration and Shipping service.

    Tnx for quick delivery :)

  38. david k September 1, 15:29

    Hello

    Poseidon – Waterproof 720P HD Sports Action Video Camera with Remote Control.

    For the above product I always have to pay between £6 – £8 for customs is there a way to stop this from happening.

    Portable Multimedia DVD Player with 12 Inch LCD (16:9)

    For the above product one in three deliveries i will be asked to pay customs of between £6 – £8 there is no consistency and also no way of knowing why one product is being charged and not the other.

    regards
    david

  39. E?lenceli oyunlar October 13, 17:41

    Thank you very much.

  40. Silvana February 17, 01:46

    Hi i need to know how to import from china to ecuador and how much are the taxes

  41. Shirley February 17, 11:35

    What kind of products do you want to import from China to your country?

  42. Rob January 20, 21:56

    Just received my parcel that I had paid €76.20 for and when it arrived in Spain the courier DHL wanted a further €28.36. This was made up of €10.21 importation tax plus a ridiculous management fee of €18.15!

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