International Shipping – customs fees

If you are ordering goods from outside of Australia, it is important you are aware of the customs rules and regulations specific to your country.

  • Most countries charge duties, GST, VAT or other fees on items purchased online outside of your country. 
  • These fees vary enormously from country to country. 
  • Please check your government’s website for customs information before ordering any item.
  • Some countries have ‘duty free’ limits for anything up to $2500 (eg. US) but for most countries in the European Union the fees are much higher, often between 20-30% of your purchase price (depending on country).
  • For those in Europe, that means for a print that costs €130, your government’s customs division will likely charge approx. €40 in duties and fees that needs to be paid before they will deliver your print.  
  • If you are unsure of what you will be charged, please get in touch with your customs authority. To give you an accurate quote on charges they will ask you for the tariff numbers of the items. These are listed below:
  • Art Prints Tariff number: 4911.91.20
  • Original artwork (paintings): 9701.10.10

Customs and Duties – where to find more information?

To help make your online shopping a bit easier, we have compiled the below list of countries outlining customs and duties details. If your country is not listed below, please try searching in google for your country name and something like “buying goods from outside {your country name}….” 

United States

  • https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/360/kw/duty-free
  • Australia has a free trade agreement with the US so most artwork purchases under US$2500 will not require payment of any duties. 
  • Both original works of art and giclee prints are classified as duty free under the harmonized tariff schedule.

The above details were correct at time of writing (2017), but please check the above government website for up to date and complete details.

United Kingdom

  • https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/overview.
  • VAT rate of 20% will be charged on the total cost of goods and postage cost combined.
  • For all parcels valued between £135 – £630 an additional 2.5% customs duty is charged.
  • Please ensure you track your parcel here: http://www.parcelforce.com

The above details were correct at time of writing (2017), but please check the above government website for up to date and complete details.

Germany

  • http://www.zoll.de
  • In most cases, the standard duty charge for packages with a value between €45 and €700 is a flat rate charge of 17.5% of the total value.

The above details were correct at time of writing (2017), but please check the above government website for up to date and complete details.

New Zealand

  • https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export/internet-purchases
  • All packages will be charged GST (currently 15%).
  • All packages will be charged an additional import duty of 5%.
  • An additional ‘Entry Fee’ of NZ$49.24 will also be charged for all packages valued over $60.
  • Duties and GST will be charged on the total cost of goods and postage cost combined.

The above details were correct at time of writing (2017), but please check the above government website for up to date and complete details.

Singapore

The above details were correct at time of writing (2017), but please check the above government website for up to date and complete details.

Canada

Other countries

If your country is not listed above, and you are unsure of the customs and duties laws in your country, it’s a really good idea to understand these BEFORE you place an order. Customs and fees vary in every country so you will need to check your governments regulations.

  • try googling “receiving goods from outside of * your country name *”
  • or “Tax and customs for goods sent from abroad”
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