Importing from China/Hong Kong to UK

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  • Karma:
10 Jul 19 03:55:13 pm

I am quite new to dropshipping and I am planning to drop ship from China/Hong Kong to UK.
The one thing about the whole dropshipping thing that I do not really understand is, who will have to pay at customs ? If the delivery address is the customer's will the customer have to pay for it ? Or it somehow goes in a way, that customer will not know anything ?

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  • Karma:
15 Apr 20 04:42:57 am
Hi business714,

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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