Duties & Taxes

Check your product Harmonized System (HS) Code here.

When transporting goods across international borders, shipments are subject to duties and taxes as determined by customs in the destination country. A shipment must go through an import procedure as determined by custom’s law in the destination country whether if it’s a gift or not.

The shipment is cleared through customs based on the origin country, the value and quantity, but not its purpose. Dutiable shipments are subject to a customs duty, which is a tariff or tax imposed on goods when transported across international borders. The calculation of duties depends on the assessable value of a dutiable shipment. For the purpose of this calculation, dutiable goods are given a classification code that is known as the Harmonized System code.

This system has been assigned by the World Customs Organization and continues to evolve.



This is a Latin term and is a shortened version of the expression “de minimis non curat lex” meaning “the law does not care about very small matters.”

It is often considered more efficient to waive very small amounts of duties and taxes rather than collect them.  


DHL Express is the international specialist in shipping, with extensive knowledge and experience of dealing with customs topics worldwide. For your peace of mind, we provide a wide range of customs support for standard as well as non-routine customs-clearance processes. By making sure that clearance is a smooth and efficient process, we ensure your shipments arrive as quickly as possible, and leave you free to focus on your core business.We have prepared an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document to aid you in your understanding of customs clearance process. Click here for the FAQ.



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