Who Pays Customs Duties, Fees or Taxes?
Either the seller or the buyer of a shipment must pay customs duties, fees or taxes. Generally, the party responsible for payment is prearranged in the shipper and receiver’s terms of sale. (Check your terms of sale to learn whether you’re responsible.) Terms will typically require the buyer to pay. This is called Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU).
If a shipment is DDU, the buyer pays any applicable customs duties, fees or taxes when the shipment arrives at the border - before the shipment can be delivered. However, if the shipment is designated Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), the seller pays. Typically, merchants will ship DDP and pass the cost along to the consumer up front.
Depending on the quantity or value of what you’re shipping, and where the shipment is going, there may be no costs at all. Use our landed costs estimator to calculate what your expected costs are likely to be.