What are Custom Duties and Import VAT?
When a package is shipped internationally, it may be subject to import taxes, customs duties, and/or fees imposed by the destination country. These charges will typically be due once the shipped goods arrive at the country of destination.
You are responsible with ensuring to comply with laws and regulations of the country of destination. FitLearn does not have any responsibility on these additional charges that may apply.
Please note that certain countries may require certain documentation before the items are sent. If the necessary information is not provided, this may result in delays in the order.
Who pays for Custom Duties and Import VAT?
You (the customer) pays the additional costs such as duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees. Import charges can vary widely but are most commonly based on the price and type of item, package weight and dimensions, origin country, and the taxes, duties, and fees of the destination country.
FitLearn are unable to predict which of these fees, if any, will be applied, and are unable to calculate or collect these fees or taxes.
What if I live in an EU country?
Custom duty is not applied on goods sold within the EU. However, VAT may still be applicable and should be included in the purchase price at the time of sale. As our courses are inclusive of VAT, you will not have to pay any additional postage fees other than the price displayed at checkout.
What if I live in a non-EU country?
Other countries outside of the EU may also apply custom duty and/or import VAT on goods purchased from another country. The amount of custom duty and import VAT payable will be assessed at the point of entry of the destination country. This may result in you having to pay additional charges which are not included in the total price displayed at checkout.
As the threshold for the application of such charges may vary from country to country, please contact your local customs/ tax office for further information. Alternatively, you should check with your local tax advisor for more information.
Please note that FitLearn is not responsible for the collection or determination of any custom duties or import VAT costs.
Additional links on country-specific tax authorities websites.
What if I live in the USA?
When goods are shipped into the US, the buyer (you) is responsible for any fees/taxes/duty that may accrue on the merchandise when it clears Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”).
Most paperwork for sending packages internationally has a section for providing CBP information. However, at the minimum it should include:
- Seller’s name and address;
- Description of the item(s) in English;
- Quantity of each type of item being shipped;
- Purchase price in US dollars;
- Weight of the item(s); and
- Country of origin of the product itself.
Merchandise shipped through the international postal service is forwarded upon its arrival in the US to one of U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Mail Branches for clearance. If the item is less than $2,000 in value and is not subject to a quota or is not a restricted or prohibited item, a CBP official will usually prepare the paperwork for importing it, assess the proper duty, and release it for delivery.
More info can be found on the U.S. CBP website.