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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.