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)|
|Antigua And Barbuda||10%||15%|
|Aruba||6%||No sales tax|
|Australia||5%||10% (AUD $1000 exemption eliminated 2018)|
|Bahrain||5%||No sales tax|
|Bermuda||22.25%||No sales tax|
|Bosnia And Herzegovina||5%||17%|
|Brazil||20%||Depends on province|
|Brunei Darussalam||0%||No sales tax|
|Canada||0%||Depends on province. ( For orders shipped via UPS, carrier is required by CA law to telephone customer to arrange delivery.)|
|Cayman Islands||22%||No sales tax|
|French Guiana||2.70%||No sales tax|
|Gibraltar||12%||No sales tax|
|Guernsey||2.70%||No sales tax|
|Hong Kong||0%||No sales tax|
|India||10%||No sales tax|
|Isle of Man||2.70%||20%|
|Kuwait||5%||No sales tax|
|Lao People's Democratic Republic||5%||10%|
|Liechtenstein||0% + CHF45.00 per 100 kg||8%|
|Macau||0%||No sales tax|
|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.)|
|Montserrat||10%||No sales tax|
|Myanmar||2%||No sales tax|
|Oman||5%||No sales tax|
|Qatar||5%||No sales tax|
|Saint Kitts And Nevis||10%||17%|
|Saint Martin||0%||No sales tax|
|Saint Vincent And The Grenadines||10%||15%|
|San Marino||2.70%||No sales tax|
|Switzerland||0% + CHF45.00 per 100 kg||8%|
|Trinidad And Tobago||10%||15%|
|Turks And Caicos Islands||30%||No sales tax|
|United Arab Emirates||5%||No sales tax|
Customs Clearance for Small Parcels
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.