Import tax, customs & duties regulation vary from country to country. Some countries have relaxed regulations on the import taxes whilst other may not offer such benefit. You will have to check with your country’s custom and excise duty department for further information. Below is some basic information for your references.

Import Duty & Sales Tax

Most countries have two types of charges when importing goods from overseas - Sales Tax (VAT, GST) and custom duty. These amounts are usually not significant compare to your invoice value. They are calculated based on the declared value (and shipment value in certain countries). However, some categories of imported goods are exempted from taxes in certain countries.

Declare Value

When importing bulk quantity of goods into your country, there may be stricter regulation in place to control such activity. However, small quantity of goods can be imported more freely. The “bulk quantity” and “small quantity” are differentiated by the value threshold and this may vary from country to country.

Declare Content

The category of goods that you declare will determine whether you need to pay or how much you need to pay the import duty or sales tax.

The declared content of the parcel must be accurate and true for custom purpose. Any customized declaration requested from us is at your own risk. It is your responsibility and risk to bear should the custom within your country decides to seize your parcel due to incorrect description of parcel content.

How do I pay import duty and taxes:

If you use DHL, fedex or Toll as shipping option. These courier companies will usually pay the charges on behalf of you and they will subsequently issue an invoice to you. You can make payment to them using cash or credit card.

If you are making a bulk quantity purchase, i.e more than 2 boxes, you can consider hiring a professional licensed custom broker to assist you on the parcel clearance.

Drop shipping & Import Taxes:

When you use our dropship service, it means you buy from us and we ship on behalf of you to your customer without you handling the goods. This means your customer is the consignee of the parcel being sent from our Hong Kong warehouse. In this event, your customer is the importer of this parcel. Thus, your customer bears full responsibility of the tax and import duty if applicable. Please ensure you and your customers are fully aware about this situation.


We remind you that, as a dropship vendor have full responsibility to inform your dropship customers about the status of their order, which are as follows:
  • Origin of the item (i.e Hong Kong)
  • The courier company
  • Parcel tracking number
  • Date of arrival
  • Potential tax and import duty charges
  • Warranty or Guarantee
  • Any other agreement you wish to establish between you and your customers.

Under these circumstances, AC Electronic does not bear whatsoever liability directly or indirectly.

In the event that your customer refuses to pay for the import duty and sales tax or fail to comply with the import process, it will be you as the dropship vendor to bear full responsibility. If you fail to inform your customer about the import duty and sales tax, we advise you to compensate your customer the amount billed to them to resolve the case.

We, AC Electronic Limited as a retailer, dropshipper and wholesaler at no time, will bear the sales tax and import duty on behalf of our reseller customers. If you consistently fail to inform your customers on import responsibilities, leading to delivery exceptions, we reserve the right to close your account without any advance notice.

If you have any further question, you are welcome to contact us before you place the order to avoid any arguments after the goods are shipped out.

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