Import Duties and Taxes - SCUBA Diving Equipment

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

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. By law, each package shipped internationally must include a certified true and correct itemized full value invoice for "Merchandise" classified as "Water-Sport Equipment, Other". We also list any paid shipping charges separately on our invoices, and some countries do not apply duty and/or tax to paid shipping charges. Please note that when you take advantage of our free shipping option, then no shipping charge can be separately reflected on the invoice.

Customs inspections are random and while you might have received past packages without duty or tax, there is no guarantee that future packages will be exempted, especially as the value of the order increases. A low value order for personal use 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. We also suggest avoid ordering fashion apparel such as logo t-shirts as they can have significantly different tariffs that might affect rating of the entire package.

Nearly every country sets their import duty tariff rates based on the origin of the goods being imported. Origin documentation requirements are fulfilled with a U.S. International Customs Form together with our retail invoice. Both are included with every international shipment from Dive Gear Express and clearly document "Country of Origin: USA". Occasionally, some local Customs officials (notably in South Korea and many Middle Eastern countries) may still request a Certificate of Origin. Upon request we can e-mail a facsimile of a stamped and signed copy of our invoice for your shipment to serve as a CoO.

Postal service mail carriers never charge a customs clearance fee or charge to collect payment of duty and/or tax, although the import administration is typically slower and more inconsistent than with private carriers. For expedited customs clearance via private carriers, Dive Gear Express has already pre-paid the Customs brokerage fee. While you do not have to pay Customs brokerage fees, you should always expect to pay both import duty and tax and in some areas a small "advance pre-payment" fee on DHL expedited shipments. Refusal to pay your government mandated duty and/or tax 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.

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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%
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
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%
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% No sales tax
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%


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