Importing taxes, duties, etc.

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6 Oct 13 08:59:53 pm
Hi everyone,

Maybe someone can help me on this.... Does anyone know if you have to pay taxes or duty fares if you drop ship a product from Canada to the USA or vice versa? The same with if I send some products to the USA from Canada?



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7 Oct 13 07:30:00 pm
I have wondered that myself. I would think not because really in drop shipping what my understanding of what your doing is.

Marking up an item from another store which is owned by the wholesaler or manufacturer. They are then sending the item to the person with a receipt with your logo on it. You are not actually even touching the item and to be precise your not actually even sending it. Also if you were to buy an item at a shop and send it to a friend overseas wouldn't you just go down the post office pay your money and it would be sent?

I would assume the wholesaler/manufacturer would deal with all that as they are the ones packing and sending the item. The cost I would assume you are paying but the wholesaler has built it into the price.

I could be wrong but I think it would be very complicated and time consuming for you to organise all those fees then have to re-organise back and forth with the supplier for the item to be sent. It would basically be a waste of the suppliers time and your time.

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9 Oct 13 07:15:39 pm
In most cases, it's going to be handled by the buyer, since the fee will be assessed on his end of the transaction. As far as I am aware, it is extremely rare for dropshippers or wholesalers to pay foreign duties in advance of shipping.


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25 Aug 14 03:29:31 am
Hello Everyone,

If you are importing from a wholesaler or manufacturer, the responsibility for Customs documentation and import duties is one of the things you agree upon when negotiating the shipping terms.

Most of the time it will be your responsibility to organize Customs clearance and the payment of import duties.

This will involve hiring a freight forwarder or customs broker, both of whom will work out how much duty you need to pay and will make sure all the appropriate documentation is filed. You can find lists of freight forwarders/customs brokers in your area by doing a Google search.

e.g. "[california] + freight forwarder".

For smaller imports you may prefer to use a shipping company such as DHL or UPS. These services will include duties in the overall shipping price.

If you are drop shipping to an international customer then your customer is responsible for paying any import duties. It is very important that you note this in your auction listing so that the customer is not taken by surprise!

It is also a good idea to check out the Customs rules and regulations for the countries you are going to ship to in advance. Make sure that they actually allow the product to be imported and that duties aren't going to be too expensive.

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