Import Duties and Taxes - SCUBA Diving Equipment

Purchasing online for international delivery is simple, not much different than purchasing online from a local merchant, but there is an extra step in the process called Customs clearance. If you are unfamiliar with purchasing internationally, please read our article titled Customs Clearance for Small Parcels for a more detailed explanation of import duty and tax.

With very few exceptions, upon international delivery of your package you should always expect to pay both import duty and tax on the invoice value of water-sport equipment as per the rate table below. They are assessed during customs clearance and paid by the carrier as the package enters the country; then the monies are reimbursed to the courier by the package recipient upon delivery. In some areas, the local courier may also include a small surcharge for paying the duty and tax in advance then collecting in arrears.

We will prepare the necessary Customs clearance paperwork for your order. Documentation requirements are fulfilled with an International Customs Form affixed to the outside of each package that includes a value declaration as "Merchandise" for the invoice amount described as "Water-sport Equipment, Other" and "Country of Origin:USA". In order to be properly insured for full value, and as required by law, your order will also ship with a certified true and correct itemized invoice. We list any paid shipping charges separately on our invoices, and some countries do not apply duty and/or tax to paid shipping charges. When you take advantage of our free shipping option, then no shipping charge is reflected on the invoice. A de minimus Customs value order might be exempted from duty but exemptions are limited and usually only apply to the import duty, the shipment is still subject to local taxes.

Dive Gear Express guarantees safe arrival of your order.

Duty and tax rates for "HS 9506.29 Water-sport Equipment, Other"

Country Duty Sales Tax (VAT)
Algeria 30% 17%
Andorra 2.70% 4.50%
Antigua And Barbuda 10% 15%
Argentina 20% 21%
Aruba 6% No sales tax
Australia 5% 10% (AUD $1000 exemption eliminated 2018)
Austria 2.70% 20%
Azerbaijan 15% 18%
Azores 2.70% 18%
Bahrain 5% No sales tax
Bangladesh 10% 15%
Barbados 10% 17.50%
Belarus 11.70% 20%
Belgium 2.70% 21%
Belize 10% 12.50%
Bermuda 22.25% No sales tax
Bolivia 20% 14.94%
Bosnia And Herzegovina 5% 17%
Botswana 0% 12%
Brazil 20% Depends on province
Brunei Darussalam 0% No sales tax
Bulgaria 2.70% 20%
Burundi 25% 18%
Cambodia 0% 10%
Canada 0% Depends on province. ( For orders shipped via UPS, carrier is required by CA law to telephone customer to arrange delivery.)
Canary Islands 2.70% 7%
Cayman Islands 22% No sales tax
Chile 6% 19%
China 14% 17%
Colombia 15% 16%
Costa Rica 9% 13%
Croatia 2.70% 25%
Cyprus 2.70% 19%
Czech Republic 2.70% 21%
Denmark 2.70% 25%
Dominica 10% 15%
Dominican Republic 20% 18%
Ecuador 30% 12%
Egypt 5% 10%
El Salvador 10% 13%
Estonia 2.70% 20%
Finland 2.70% 24%
France 2.70% 20%
French Guiana 2.70% No sales tax
Germany 2.70% 19%
Gibraltar 12% No sales tax
Greece 2.70% 23%
Grenada 10% 15%
Guadeloupe 2.70% 8.50%
Guatemala 10% 12%
Guernsey 2.70% No sales tax
Guyana 10% 16%
Honduras 10% 15%
Hong Kong 0% No sales tax
Hungary 2.70% 27%
Iceland 10% 24%
India 10% No sales tax
Indonesia 15% 10%
Iran 10% 8%
Ireland 2.70% 23%
Isle of Man 2.70% 20%
Israel 0% 18%
Italy 2.70% 22%
Jamaica 10% 16.50%
Japan 0% 8%
Jersey 2.70% 5%
Jordan 30% 16%
Kazakhstan 11.70% 12%
Kenya 25% 16%
Kuwait 5% No sales tax
Lao People's Democratic Republic 5% 10%
Latvia 2.70% 21%
Lebanon 5% 10%
Lesotho 0% 14%
Liechtenstein 0% + CHF45.00 per 100 kg 8%
Lithuania 2.70% 21%
Luxembourg 2.70% 17%
Macau 0% No sales tax
Madeira 2.70% 22%
Malaysia 0% 6%
Maldives 0% 6%
Malta 2.70% 18%
Martinique 2.70% 8.50%
Mayotte 2.70% No sales tax
Mexico 0% 16% (Orders over $1000.00 shipped via DHL or UPS, require the customer provide their own in-country customs broker.)
Monaco 2.70% 20%
Montserrat 10% No sales tax
Morocco 2.50% 20%
Myanmar 2% No sales tax
Namibia 0% 15%
Netherlands 2.70% 21%
New Zealand 5% 15%
Nicaragua 10% 15%
Nigeria 20% 5%
Norway 0% 25%
Oman 5% No sales tax
Pakistan 10% 0%
Panama 5% 7%
Paraguay 20% 10%
Peru 6% 16%
Philippines 1% 12%
Poland 2.70% 23%
Portugal 2.70% 23%
Puerto Rico 0% 7.25%
Qatar 5% No sales tax
Reunion 2.70% 8.50%
Romania 2.70% 24%
Russian Federation 11.70% 18%
Rwanda 25% 18%
Saint Kitts And Nevis 10% 17%
Saint Lucia 10% 15%
Saint Martin 0% No sales tax
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines 10% 15%
San Marino 2.70% No sales tax
Saudi Arabia 5% 5%
Serbia 5% 20%
Singapore 0% 7%
Slovakia 2.70% 20%
Slovenia 2.70% 22%
South Africa 0% 14%
South Korea 8% 10%
Spain 2.70% 21%
Sri Lanka 0% 0%
Suriname 10% 10%
Swaziland 0% 14%
Sweden 2.70% 25%
Switzerland 0% + CHF45.00 per 100 kg 8%
Taiwan (ROC) 2.50% 5%
Tanzania 25% 18%
Thailand 10% 7%
Trinidad And Tobago 10% 15%
Turkey 2.70% 18%
Turks And Caicos Islands 30% No sales tax
Uganda 25% 18%
Ukraine 10% 20%
United Arab Emirates 5% No sales tax
United Kingdom 2.70% 20%
Uruguay 20% 22%
Venezuela 20% 12%
Vietnam 5% 10%

Customs Clearance for Small Parcels

International Notice: Orders shipped outside the US are subject to local import fees collected by the courier upon delivery. Please read our SCUBA Diving Equipment Import Duties and Taxes (VAT) page for detailed country by country guidelines to estimating duties and taxes.

Nothing in life is certain but death, and taxes. - Ben Franklin 1789

Purchasing online for international delivery is simple, not much different than purchasing online from a local merchant, but there is an extra step in the process called Customs clearance. We will take care of Customs clearance for you, but consumers unfamiliar with international transactions are sometimes not aware that their federal government may have import tariffs (duty) on goods entering from outside their country. Likewise, local governments also have their usual consumption or value added taxes (VAT). When purchasing locally, the duty and VAT may be "invisible" to the consumer because they are included as part of the merchant's retail price, although this practice varies widely depending on the locale and product.

As a global retailer, prices shown on the Dive Gear Express website can not include your local tax or duty. We also can not include these as part of our order transaction because tax and duty must be determined by, and remitted in local currency directly to, your government. They are assessed during customs clearance and paid by the carrier as the package enters the country; then the monies are reimbursed to the courier by the package recipient upon delivery. ( Australia is the only exception. ) In some areas, the local courier may also include a small surcharge for paying the duty and tax in advance then collecting in arrears.

Import fees collected by the courier should be not be significantly different than is imposed on any similar local purchase. Refusal to pay your government mandated duty and/or tax to the courier when they attempt to deliver your package can ultimately prove to be very expensive. The package will be automatically returned to us and any refund amount will be reduced by both the outbound and inbound actual shipping costs from the order.

When preparing the documentation required for Customs clearance we are careful to accurately describe the nature, value, and contents of the shipment. Our long experience is that Customs agents are thorough when inspecting our shipments and providing anything other than an accurate description would likely result in a substantial delay and penalty. Keep in mind that Dive Gear Express guarantees safe arrival for all our packages and we wouldn't want to do anything to put that guarantee at risk.


† We do our best to make our international customers aware of duty and tax. We display the International Notice on our Pricing & Payment and Shipping & Delivery information pages, as well on our Shopping Cart. We also include the notice in the Order Confirmation page and the order confirmation e-mail.


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