|11/27/2010, 12:44 am||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Commerical invoice for international shipping
I would appreciate if you could be very careful with the commercial invoice you enclose for international orders.
In Germany, for example, the recipient needs to pay 19% import taxes if the declared value including shipping costs exceeds $30. - Especially during the "50% off" and "free shipping for orders of $50 and more" sale, it can make a huge difference how you declare the goods that get physically shipped abroad.
Example: Somebody orders "Tales of Monkey Island" (including the free DVD), a "Sam & Max" T-Shirt, and the new "Back to the Future" game. - Including the 50% discount on the first two items, that would result in $51.90 and thereby qualify the order for free shipping. (*hooray*)
If you declare $17.48 (50% to "ToMI"), $9.48 (50% of the T-Shirt) and no shipping costs on the commercial invoice for the goods physically shipped, which is actually what the customer has paid for the content of the box, that would be $26.96 overall, so a customer in Germany would not have to pay any taxes at all! - However, if on the commercial invoice...
Therefore please, please, please think twice about what you declare in the commercial invoice.
On the other hand, when I ordered my "free" DVDs for some older games last year, I also had to drive to the customs office, as you declared their value as $1 each, and the customs officer considered such a low value to be implausible for a computer game...
|11/29/2010, 10:49 am||#3|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: San Francisco CA
I'm going to be posting some actual customs declarations there in about an hours.
|customs, international, invoice, tax|
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