Your country's customs agency may collect duties and taxes upon delivery of the items you ordered from outside your country. Here's why:
- Goods shipped from another country are usually subject to inbound duties and taxes. The customs duty is a tariff or tax imposed on goods when transported across international borders.
- The price of the goods you purchase does not include these duties and taxes.
- Shipping charges do not include prepayment for your inbound duties; thus, your country's customs may require you to pay these duties and taxes before your parcel will be released and delivered to you.
- What is payable depends on the type of goods, their transactional value, and the weight of the package.
- Duties and taxes may fluctuate due to changes in currencies, shipping costs, clearance fees, or how customs classify the items.