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How to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into Mexico

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When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Mexico, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Mexico is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Mexico are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) DTA (Customs Processing Fee)
  • 3) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the goods plus shipping cost and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Mexico range between 0% and 140.4%, with the typical average duty rate at 13.97%. Products, such as: Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. Besides, depending on the country of manufacture some goods may be subject to additional duties.

    The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Musical Instruments 0%
    Clothes 25%
    Books 5%
    Foods and Drinks 20%
    Toys 15%



    DTA
    DTA or Customs Processing Fee is applied to all imports at a rate of 0.8% of the sum of the total value and duty.


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the goods plus shipping cost, insurance and duty amount payable. The Mexican standard rate of VAT is 16%. Although, certain goods, such as drink and food products are VAT free.


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products at rates between 25% and 160% on the sum of the total value and duty. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.


    Examples:



    1) Product: Digital Camera, Value: $350
    –Duties = $0
    –DTA: 350*.008 = $2.80
    –VAT: (350+2.80)*.16 = $56,45
    –Total cost: $409,25
    ———————–


    2) Product: Cookies (Food Product) Value: $300
    –Duties (300*.20) = $60
    –DTA: (300+60)*.008 = $2.88
    –VAT = $0
    –Total cost: $362.88
    ————————


    3) Product: Remote Control Car (Toy), Value: $600
    –Duties (600*.15) = $90
    –DTA: (600+90)*.008 = $5.52
    –VAT: (690+5.52)*.16 = $111.28
    –Total cost: $806.80
    ————————



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  • How to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into ITALY

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Italy, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Italy is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Italy are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow this threshold guideline:

  • If a commercial shipment is below 22 Euros; no duty and no VAT are collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is between 22 Euros and 150 Euros; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is over 150 Euros; both duty and VAT are collected.


  • If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about Duties or VAT fees. But if you fall under the second or third bracket it is important to know how these fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.


    Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the goods plus shipping cost and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Italy typically range between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. Besides, depending on the country of manufacture some goods may be subject to additional duties. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:


    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Musical Instruments 3.7%
    Bags & Accessories 3.7%
    Clothes 12%
    Books 0%
    Food Products 0%
    Toys 0%


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the goods plus shipping cost, insurance and duty amount payable. The Italian standard rate of VAT is 22%. Although, there are reduced rates of 10% and 4% for certain goods such as books, health-care products, vitamins and medicines.


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.


    Examples:

    1) Product: Doll (Toy), value: €20
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: 0
    –Total Cost: €20
    ———————–


    2) Product: Wallet, value: €100
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (100*.22) = €22
    –Total Cost: €122
    ———————–

    3) Product: Guitar, value: €250
    –Duties: (250 *.037)= €9.25
    –VAT: (250 + 9.25)*.22 = €57.04
    –Total Cost: €316.29
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  • Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported or exported into Spain

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Spain, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Spain is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Spain are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • To determine which one of these two fees is applicable to your shipments, you can follow the following threshold guideline:

  • If a commercial shipment is below €22; no duty and no VAT are collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is between €22 and €150; no duty is collected, but VAT is collected.
  • If a commercial shipment is over €150; both duty and VAT are collected.
  • If you fall in the first bracket, that’s great! You do not have to worry about duties or VAT fees. But if you fall under the second or third bracket it is important to know how duties fees are calculated to avoid potential surprises.


    Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the product plus its freight and insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Spain typically range between 0% and 17%. Products, such as: Books, Laptops, Mobile Phones, Digital cameras and Video Game consoles, are Duty free. The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Shoes 8%
    Clothing and Apparel 8%
    Blankets 6.9%
    Laptops accessories 2.7%
    Toys 0%


    VAT
    The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The Spanish standard rate of VAT is 21%. Although, there are reduced rates of 10% for health products and 4% for goods considered as basic necessities, such as food and reading material.



    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products. Additional customs fees can be charged to cover the expense of performing any required examinations, verification and or testing of the imported goods.



    Examples:
    1) Product: Laptop Case, value €15
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: 0
    –Total Cost: €15
    ———————–

    2) Product: Shoes, value €120
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (120*.21) = €25.20
    –Total Cost: €145.20
    ———————–

    3) Product: Blanket, value €250
    –Duties: (250*.069) = €17.25
    –VAT: (250+17.25)*.21 = €56.12
    –Total Cost: €323.37


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  • Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into Australia

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Australia, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and the taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Australia is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Australia are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties
  • 2) Taxes (called GST: Goods and Services Tax)
  • 3) Import Processing Charge



  • Duties

    Import duties in Australia are exclusively based on the value of the imported goods.

    All imports with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from duties.

    The Duty rates typically range between 0% and 10%, with an average duty rate of 5%. Some goods like laptops and other electronic devices are not subject to duty.

    The table below summarizes the duty rate for the most common commodities:

    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    Laptops 0%
    Mobile  phones 0%
    Digital cameras 0%
    Video Game Consoles 0%
    Musical Instruments 5%
    Clothing and Apparel 5%
    Food Products 5%



    Taxes (GST:Goods and Services Tax)

    All shipments with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from taxes (GST).

    For shipments valued above AU$ 1000 the standard rate of GST is 10% of the combined value of the goods, duties, freight and insurance.

    Some goods imported into Australia, such as basic food, certain medical aids and appliances, cars for use by certain people with disabilities and precious metals qualify for certain customs duty concessions, are exempt from GST.

    Import Processing Charge

    All shipments with a value below AU$ 1000 are exempt from Import Processing Charges.The Import processing charge fee depends on the mode of entry and the type of import declaration. The charges are as follows:


    Description

    FOB value between A$1,000 and 10,000:

    FOB value greater than A$10,000

    By air or post (electronic import declaration) AU$40.20 -
    By sea (electronic import declaration) AU$50.00 -
    By air or post (documentary import declaration) A$48.85 -
    By sea (documentary import declaration) A$65.75 -
    By air or post (electronic/documentary import declaration) - A$122.10
    By sea and an (electronic/documentary import declaration) - A$152.60



    Other taxes and customs fees
    A Wine Equalisation Tax or WET of 29%, is payable on wines and other alcoholic beverages, as well as a Luxury Car Tax or LCT which is a 33% on certain motor vehicles with a value above a specified threshold.



    Examples:

    1) Product: Jacket, value AU$200 ($147.19)
    –Duties: AU$ 0
    –GST: AU$ 0
    – Import Processing Charge: AU$ 0
    – Total Cost: AU$200 ($147.19)

    ————–

    2) Product: Mobile Phone, value AU$1500.00 ($1 103.93)
    –Duties: AU$ 0
    –GST: (1200*.10) = AU$150.00 ($110.39)
    – Import Processing Charge: AU$48.85 ($35.95)
    – Total Cost: AU$1698.85 ($1 250.86)

    ————–

    3) Product: Chocolates value AU$1200.00 ($883.14)
    -Duties: (1200*.05) = AU$60.00 ($44.16)
    -GST: (1200+60)*.10 = AU$126.00 ($92.72)
    -Import Processing Charge: AU$48.85 ($35.95)
    -Total Cost: AU$1434.85 ($1055.98)

    ————–



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  • *AUD: Australian dollar
    *Exchange rate used: AUD 1 = 0.73595 USD

    Guide to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into NORWAY

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Norway, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and the taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Norway is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Norway are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • Duties
    Duties are based on the value of the shipment plus the cost of the insurance (if any). The Duty rates applied to goods imported into Norway typically range between 0% and 25%. But most products, such as, books, Cosmetics, Watches, shoes, Mobile phones, PC, Laptops and other electronic devices, are Duty free.

    In addition, it is important to know that all goods with a CIF value below NOK 350.00 ($42.35) are exempt from duties. This tax exemption applies to all goods except alcohol and tobacco.



    VAT (Value Added Taxes)
    The Norwegian standard rate of VAT is 25%. Although, there is a reduced rate of 15% for certain goods like food products, on the sum of the CIF value, duty and other taxes if applicable. Goods exempt from the VAT include health-care and education, such as books.

    In addition, it is important to know that all goods with a CIF value below NOK 350.00 ($42.35) are exempt from VAT (Value Added Taxes). This tax exemption applies to all goods except alcohol and tobacco.


    The table below summarizes the duty and VAT rates for the most popular import items to Norway:


    Commodity

    Duty Rate

    VAT Rate

    Laptops 0% 25%
    Car and motorcycle parts 0% 25%
    Cosmetics 0% 25%
    Mobile Phones and Digital Cameras 0% 25%
    Video Game Consoles 0% 25%
    Watches 0% 25%
    Jewelry 0% 25%
    Shoes and Boots 0% 25%
    Clothing and Dress 10.7% 25%
    Baby Clothes 5.6% 25%
    Books 0% 0%
    Toys 0% 25%
    Food Products 0% + NOK 7.62 per kg 15%


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products.



    Examples:

    1) Product: book. Value: NOK 340.00 ($41.14) (including CIF)
    -Duty: 0
    -VAT: 0
    -Total Cost: NOK 340.00 ($41.14)

    ———————–

    2) Product: Computer. Value: NOK 5000.00 ($605.06) (including CIF)
    -Duty: 0
    -VAT: (5000*.25) =NOK 1250.00 ($151.26)
    -Total Cost: NOK 6250.00 ($756.32)

    ———————–

    3) Product: Shirt. Value: NOK 850.00 ($102.86) (including CIF)
    -Duty: (850*.107) = NOK 90.95 ($11.01)
    -VAT: (850+90.95)*.25 = NOK 235.24 ($28.47)
    -Total Cost: NOK 1176.19 ($142.33)

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  • *NOK: Norwegian krone
    *Exchange rate used: 1 NOK = 0.121043 USD
    *Further information on import declaration procedures and import restrictions is available at the Norwegian Customs website

    How to determine Duties and Taxes for shipments imported / exported into SWITZERLAND

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    When shipping packages or goods from the United States into Switzerland, the biggest unknown is typically the cost associated with the duties and taxes. Every country has different regulations and policies to follow, Switzerland is no different. But as a general rule, most goods imported into Switzerland are required to pay for:

  • 1) Duties (Ad Valorem Duty)
  • 2) VAT (Value Added Taxes)


  • According to the Swiss Customs Administration, there are two general steps to find out whether or not you will have to pay duty and VAT and how much you will have to pay:

  • 1st Step: Does the total value of all goods exceed CHF 300 ($310.21)?
  • –> YES: Liable to VAT
    –> NO: Exempt from VAT

    The VAT rate is based on the value of the shipment, the insurance cost plus the duty amount payable. The Swiss standard rate of VAT is 8%. Although, there is a reduced rate of 2.5% for certain goods such as food products and books.

  • 2nd Step: Does the amount exceed
  • A) 1 kg meat and meat products, with the exception of game?

    B) 1 kg/l butter or cream?

    C) 5 kg/l oil, fats or margarine for human consumption?

    D) 5 l alcoholic beverages of up to 18% vol.?

    E) 1 l alcoholic beverages by volume of more than 18% vol.?

    F) 250 units/g cigarettes/cigars?

    G) 250 units/g other tobacco products?



    –> YES: Dutiable. Customs duty is levied on excess quantities

    A) CHF 17 ($17.58) per Kg

    B) CHF 16 ($16.54) per Kg/l

    C) CHF 2 ($2.07) per Kg/l

    D) CHF 2 ($2.07) per l

    E) CHF 15 ($15.51) per l

    F) CHF 0.25 ($0.26) per unit

    G) CHF 0.10 ($0.10) per g



    –> NO: Duty Free

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    Here is a diagram that describes the process

    swithzerland duties and taxes

    Switzerland duties and taxes diagram


    Other taxes and customs fees
    Excise duty is payable on tobacco and alcohol products


    Examples:

    1) Product: Dress, value CHF 20 ($20.61)
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: 0
    –Total Cost: CHF 20 ($20.61)
    ———————–


    2) Product: Computer, value CHF 700 ($723.82)
    –Duties: 0
    –VAT: (700*.08) = 56 ($57.71)
    –Total Cost: CHF 756 ($779.06)
    ———————–


    3) Product: 2 Kg of Butter, Value CHF 50 ($51.70)
    –Duties: (16*2) = CHF 32 ($32.98)
    –VAT: 0
    –Total Cost: CHF 82 ($84.50)
    ———————

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  • *Harmonized System (HS): is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers which the Swiss customs uses for the tariff and classification of goods subject to Duty.
    *CHF: Swiss Franc
    *Exchange rate used: CHF 1 = 1.03 USD