Customs Clearance Process
The customs clearance process is something that happen when you order products from oversea.
It might looks very complicated but truly it’s not !
Let see how it woks !
Imagine you want to order a product from Europe and you live in USA. You can either order by regular postage service or you can use an express company (Fedex for exemple). The result will be the same for the 2 solutions but the way to solve it is more complicated from one way to another.
Each product entering your country have to go through the customs, this is the customs clearance process.
The process is to pay import taxes (if applicable), and pay the VAT on this product. Some countries have very stricts on this, Europe, and some less strict, USA.
If you ordered by postage, the parcel will remain held by the customs and notify you to come pick it up and pay the taxes in person. This is the more time consuming method because you will have to go by yourself at the nearest post office / airport. Long time ago it was an easy method to avoid taxes because not all the packages were checked. But it’s not true now.
The express shipping is when you order with a forwarder like Fedex (or any other of this type). They have in their service a customs clearance service that deal thousands of orders a day for a given country.
When you order with an express company you can also easily track your order. When the product enter the country and needs a customs clearance you will be notified by the forwarder services. You will receive a link to pay by credit card or bank transfer, and the parcel will be release after. The invoice will arrive a week of two after that.
Nowadays this custom clearance process is fast and easy because of a mainstreamed process.
Some website will offer you a price with VAT, in this case the company will do the import process by itself and all fess are belong to it. The customer paid all in once and will have no additional costs, this is the most easy way to order online !
Links : import tax calculator
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