TAXES AND IMPORT DUTIES
All the taxes and import duties are different in every country so it is not possible to include them in our prices as it would be a logistic nightmare because there are 160 different countries and 160 different tax rules.
A few countries don’t have any taxes at all, like Singapore or Hong-Kong, but it is very rare.
- IMPORT DUTIES
“Import duty” is a special tax to protect imports and depends of each country but also of each type of goods.
Most of the countries except Singapore and Hong-Kong have import duties, but most in most of the countries import duties are very low, generally between 2 to 5% in Europe for example. Rarely, in some countries with very protecting own markets, like India or Brazil, for example, it might be possible have import duty up to 100% of the product price. But all countries belonging to World Trade Organization have low import duties.
In most of the Western countries, DACs are taxed at 2% and amplifiers and preamplifiers are taxed at 4%. We can quote: EU, Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, Central Europe. USA have special Tariffs .
If you are not among the countries quoted above, the best way to know it is either to Google or to call your country’s DHL hotline.
- VAT or SALES TAXES
In addition of import duties, some countries have special tax call according to countries “VAT” (value-added tax) or “sales tax” that are added to any product purchased in the country, whether in a supermarket or online. In Europe VAT is around 20% and in Canada and Australia, sales taxes are around 15%. These rates are quoted as examples, but please refer to your own country rules to know the VAT or Sales tax.
When you buy a product at the supermarket, you buy this tax at the supermarket, but when you import a product from China, that’s the customs service that charges this tax at arrival. You have nothing to do, DHL does all the clearance job for you.
WHO PAY IMPORT DUTIES OR TAXES?
Please note that all our sales are under the Incoterm CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) but do not include the import duties or local taxes, that are always paid by the importer (you) and collected with a simplified process by the Carrier (DHL) who will text you by SMS the day prior to the delivery to pay online on DHL website. If you didn’t give us a cell number, please check DHL tracking information.