International Shipments (Outside USA) Additional Taxes/Duties May Apply:
When buying goods that ship from outside your country, the buyer is responsible for 'importing' that product.
This is not a fee charged by us, but by the countries' border services agency.
Taxes and/or Duty:
Your countries' border services agency assesses duty and provincial/state tax on goods valued over a certain price that cross their border.
Duty is a special kind of tax that you pay your government when importing goods. Duties exist to help protect local industry, to neutralize foreign manufacturers who compete with local manufacturers. Duty rates can vary from 0% (duty-free) to 20%+, depending on the type of goods.
Example: On women's leather shoes priced over $30, Canada charges 11% duty, and may charge other tax at their discretion.
Brokerage and/or Handling Fees:
Brokerage/Handling fees are not imposed by the government or by us, but by the shipping company (USPS, UPS or Fedex).
The shipping company may charge for providing customs service, being your agent when clearing your package across the border.
We use United States Postal Service for our domestic and international shipments, as they offer the most competitive rates for the size of packages that we ship. Once the products ship outside the USA, they are then passed on to the local postal carrier such as Canada Post.