DutyCalculator Help Center
Import taxes explained
- The basics of import duty and taxes
- How to calculate import duty and taxes
- Who prepares the customs declaration
- Who pays import duty and taxes
- Minimum thresholds
- When to pay import duty and taxes
- Handling or brokerage fees
- Example calculation - golf clubs from China to USA
- Example calculation - guitar & amp from USA to UK
- Example calculation - laptop and dress from UK to Canada
- Special cases
- About DutyCalculator
- Tariff classification guidelines
Shipping or hand-carrying goods through customs: what is the difference?
Goods imported as freight are not subject to the same tax allowances as goods brought in as accompanied baggage (e.g. goods brought back by travelers returning from holiday). For example, in the UK:
- For goods imported via post/courier, taxes are payable on consignments of a value greater than £15 (€22).
- For individuals traveling by air or sea, goods up to a value of £340 (€430) can be hand-carried through customs without paying duty or VAT.
- For individuals traveling by land (train or car), goods up to a value of £240 (€300) can be brought in without paying duty or VAT.
Please note that there are limits on the quantity of tobacco and alcohol that can be hand-carried into any country tax free.