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Duties & Taxes Explained

  • Whether a shipment is a gift or not, it must still go through an import procedure as determined by custom’s law in the destination country. The shipment is cleared through customs based on the origin country, the value and quantity, but not its purpose or intended use. Dutiable shipments are subject to a customs duty, which is a tariff or tax imposed on goods when transported across international borders.
  • The calculation of duties depends on the assessable value of a dutiable shipment. For the purpose of this calculation, dutiable goods are given a classification code that is known as the Harmonized System code.
  • This system has been assigned by the World Customs Organization and continues to evolve. Pro Carrier can assist with this process – please contact your account manager for additional information or see Pro Carrier HS code classification.
  • The payment of duties and taxes is the responsibility of the either the receiver (DDU) or the sender (DDP). With
  • DDP, after shipment delivery, Pro Carrier invoices the shipper for the duties and taxes we paid on their behalf at destination, plus a small administration fee.

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