Duties and taxes may be collected upon delivery of the items you ordered from outside your country. Here's why:
- Goods that are shipped from another country are usually subject to inbound duties and taxes. A customs duty is a tariff or tax imposed on goods when transported across international borders.
- These duties and taxes are not included in the price of the goods you purchase.
- Shipping charges for Expedited Mail, Air Mail or Surface/Ground Mail do not include prepayment for your inbound duties; thus, your local post office may require you to pay these duties and taxes before your goods will be released and delivered to you.
- What is payable, if anything, 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 the items are classified by customs.