Understanding International Customs and Regulations

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As one of the world’s largest customs brokers, we can help simplify the customs clearance process for you around the world. Our localised customs expertise can mean less red tape and reduced delays. When you ship, our online shipping tool will help you complete required customs clearance forms.

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Better understand customs clearance

Customs clearance is a term commonly used in international shipping and refers to the process of entering and clearing goods through customs according to regulatory requirements. This includes the payment of duties, fees or taxes levied on the goods. Costs can vary depending on the items and countries being shipping from and into. Every country has its own requirements, but no matter where you're shipping, our online shipping tools can help you anticipate what costs to expect.

Enjoy a fuss-free shipping process

Contribute to a greener supply chain and ship via ups.com web shipping. We’ll generate forms required for customs clearance for you automatically by collecting information as you proceed through the shipping process.

Get duties and tax estimates in advance.

When you ship internationally with us, the import codes and compliance data for all your products are gathered and saved to your global parts catalog. We can use this information to provide you an instant estimate of duties and taxes when you ship that product again.

Listed below are the most commonly-used international forms you may need as you import and export.

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