Import Duties and Taxes - SCUBA Diving Equipment
With very few exceptions, upon international delivery of your package you should always expect to pay both import duty and tax on the value 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 many areas, expedited couriers like DHL and UPS also apply a service fee for paying the duty and tax in advance during customs clearance.
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. We will prepare the necessary Customs clearance paperwork for your order. Documentation requirements are fulfilled with an International Customs Form along with an extra copy of the invoice, both affixed to the outside of the package, that includes a value declaration as "Merchandise" for the invoice amount described as "Water-sport Equipment, Other" and "Country of Origin:USA".
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Duty and tax rates for "HS 9506.29 Water-sport Equipment, Other"
In many areas, the local office of third-party expedited couriers like DHL and UPS apply a service fee for paying the duty and tax in advance during customs clearance, then collecting in arrears at time of delivery. The service fee is typically about 2% to 3% of the amount advanced, usually with a $10.00 to $15.00 minimum. Slower postal service delivery typically does not include a fee for collecting the duty and tax. Please keep in mind that for a low value order the fee minimum can be disproportionate to the value of the order, so consider carefully before ordering low value goods with expedited shipping.
|Country||Duty||Sales Tax (VAT)|
|Antigua And Barbuda||10%||15%|
|Aruba||6%||No sales tax|
|Australia||5%||(Exemption for GST eliminated)|
|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, US Dollar (USD $) 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 many areas, the local office of third-party expedited package delivery services like DHL, UPS and FEDEX may also include a surcharge for paying the duty and tax in advance then collecting in arrears, although slower postal service delivery does not normally include a fee for collecting the duty and tax. Please keep in mind that for a low value order the fee minimums can be disproportionate to the value of the order, so consider carefully before ordering low value goods with expedited shipping.
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, or the entire order might be confiscated. 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 prominently display the International Notice in bold type on our About Us,Ordering Guide, 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.