Customs Duty and Import Taxes

Custom Duties and Import Tax

Packages shipped internationally may be subject to customs duties, import taxes and fees that could be charged once the packages arrive to the destination country.

You as a buyer are the responsible for complying with the laws and regulations of the destination’s country.

Pretty Gifted Gifts does not have any responsibilities referred for those possible charges that the destination’s countries may or may not apply.

Who pays for customs fees?

Taxes and Customs Duties are not included in the item price or shipping charge. Buyers are responsible for the additional costs incurred such us taxes, duties and custom clearance fees once the goods arrive to the destination country. Those fees may vary depending on the origin country, type of goods, price, weight, dimensions and duties, taxes or any fees imposed by the country of the destination.

Goods arriving into the US

In US the buyer (importer) have the responsibility for paying any possible taxes, duties or fees that may be charged when the goods are cleared by the Customs and Borders Protection (CBP).

If CBP considers that there is any fee needed to be paid by the buyer for the package to be cleared, it will have to be deposited at the post office where the package is on hold.

Please check CBP website for more information about taxes and duties.

Goods purchased between EU countries

Goods sold among EU countries are exempt for paying any custom fee.

VAT usually is already being displayed in the final price of the goods offered by the seller.

Buying goods online from a non EU country

When buying goods from an non EU country the buyer automatically become a importer of those goods and become reliable of any Custom duty and import VAT that may be due.

Customs Duty

Custom Duty is not applied to goods when their total value is lower than 150 euros.


The import VAT is calculated as a percentage (VAT rate) of the taxable amount.

This VAT rate is the one applicable in the country where the goods are being delivered.

You can check the VAT rates applied in each country.

VAT is not due when the total value of all goods in a consignment (value not inclusive of customs duties or transport costs) is less than a threshold.

The threshold may vary from 10 euros to 22 euros, depending on the EU country.

Please check EU Taxation and Customs Union website for more information about taxes and duties.

Goods arriving into non-EU countries

Non-EU countries may also apply different customs duties or import taxes on purchased goods from different countries.

The different amounts to be paid by the buyer will be determined by the customs in each specific goods’ destination country.

Those possible additional charges are buyer’s responsibility.

Please check the following links for more information about country specific tax and duties information:

Possible Delays:

Those additional costs or delays may occur during international trade. We sincerely hope that you do not use additional import costs or customs clearance delays as a reason for requesting refunds or leaving negative feedback.

We hope it arrives on time but since this is an international delivery, shipping time will be highly depended on the logistics company and local weather, customs/duties, postage.

Thank you for  your understanding.

Final note:

The above document does not constitute any form of legal or tax advice and is only intended for informational purposes about the information described. You should look for a professional tax advisor if you have any additional questions to the above referred information.