Compliant shipments entering the U.S. with a retail value of less than $800 USD, are exempt from taxes and duties. However, when shipping internationally, duties and/or taxes may apply to your shipments depending on any of the following:
- The destination country
- The value of the shipment
- The contents of the shipment*
As each country has its own specific import limits (i.e. de minimis), you are responsible for knowing which limits apply to your shipments before you drop off with us. You may want to reference this list of international duty limits before you ship.
If duties and taxes are applied to your shipment, the recipient may be required to pay them either before or upon delivery. Unfortunately, these cannot be paid in advance, so you may need to inform your recipient to make the appropriate arrangements.
Additionally, if taxes and duties do apply, delivery times may be impacted. The shipment may require extra time in order to clear customs in the destination country. It is important to clearly and accurately declare all shipment contents and values to ensure smooth customs processing.
*This refers to both the items contained in the shipment as well as the package content type e.g. Merchandise, Gifts, Returned Goods, etc. All Asendia shipments are marked as Merchandise on customs declarations. If you wish to send a gift to an international recipient, we recommend using one of our other international postage options.