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Will there be any extra charges from the shipping provider?

Additional charges will vary from company to company, however the shipping provider may charge:

  • a customs clearance fee, or customs handling fee for processing the import declaration
  • an advancement fee for paying the duty and VAT on behalf of the recipient
  • an airline handling fee for loading and unloading the goods
  • a security fee for screening or x-raying the goods
  • a fee for preparing the customs declaration


See below some examples of additional charges:

  • Import handling fees by Royal Mail: £8 per parcel liable for customs charges.
  • Import handling fees by DHL for import to UK: £1.25, or 2% of the import duty & taxes due, whichever is higher.
  • Import ancillary service fees by FedEx vary on the country of import. 
  • UPS charges include a disbursement fee of minimum $5, a transportation handling fee and a pre-release notification fee for import shipment.
  • In Canada, to process goods imported as mail that are subject to duty and/or tax, Canada Post charges the recipient CAN$9.95.
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