Consider local laws when you’re selling internationally, or you could lose customers, hurt your bottom line and create legal headaches.
There are no customs or duty charges if you sell goods from the UK to elsewhere in the EU. That may change after the UK’s vote to leave the EU, but any changes could take a while to emerge. We’ll update this page when they do – so you can review your export and import strategies as duties, if needed.
Duties may be charged on some items and vary by country. Many international carriers offer the option to pay duties before an item ships, often called Delivery Duty Paid (DDP). Or customers can defer duty payment until it's received in-country, often called Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU).
All international shipments must clear customs. Attach detailed customs forms to the outside of your package so its contents can be seen easily. Some shipping companies will handle this for you, and PayPal Global Sellers will too. Many countries use an international harmonised system to identify import goods and apply appropriate duties and customs fees. Don’t declare contents as ‘gifts’, as it’s against the law to misrepresent an item to avoid customs fees.
The European Union has free trade agreements in place with many countries around the world. These can help sellers reduce or remove tariffs for specific product categories.
Taking advantage of negotiated free trade rates may require more record keeping. But the extra effort could save you money if you plan to export to any participating countries.
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