Do I have to pay tax on orders I buy
depends on what country you are receiving the goods in.
Tax is a complex issue,
because it depends what country you are receiving the goods into.
countries are easy to import into, and have few restrictions and no taxes.
Other countries are ultra restrictive and have high taxes.
Before you start
importing bigger quantities of China electronics to your
country, you'll need to research what the law and practices are in your country.
Please read the following notes for some basic
No Sales Tax Charged By Esgreen
There are no sales taxes
or hidden charges to pay on the China
side when you buy at Esgreen.com - However, you may need to pay some taxes on
your local side when you receive the goods. Please read below for more information.
When you buy from China,
and the products are delivered to your country, this is by definition importing.
This means the process to receive the goods will usually be different to simply
buying mail-order products from shops inside your country.
Import Duty and Sales Tax Charged By Your Country
- Some countries charge tax on certain
imported products, at certain quantity/value levels. Some countries do
not. You are responsible for finding out the situation in your own
- Whatever you order from Esgreen, we will
send you. We won't enforce any rules so it's up to you to make sure that
what you are buying is OK to import in your country.
- Many countries charge two
kinds of tax when you import anything from overseas. These are (1) Sales
Tax (VAT); (2) Import Duty. Usually these taxes are not very
high,and the tax is calculated according to the value of the goods (+
shipping sometimes). On the other hand, many countries do not charge
any tax on certain types of goods, or on small shipments.
Declared Value: Packet Value Affects Tax
- Usually, importing big quantities of goods
from overseas is controlled by your country's customs quite strictly, but
smaller quantities can be imported more freely. The definition of
"big quantity" and "small quantity" (often defined by
a value "threshhold") varies from country to country.
- The term "ad
valorem" in import taxes means that the tax you have to pay is
calculated as a percentage of the total value of the goods (+sometimes the
shipping too). Obviously there would be an advantage to declare the value
of the goods lower in such cases. This is known as
"under-declaring" the goods and is not permitted, despite being
widespread practice. Any customization you request from us in regard to
declaration value on the shipping paperwork is at your own risk.
Declared Contents: Packet Contents Affect Tax
- The category of goods you are importing
often has an effect on whether you have to pay tax, or how much.
- Obviously, certain categories of dangerous
or restricted goods are illegal to import in most countries. Other,
specific restrictions on certain items such as spy cameras and jammers may
apply in your country as well - please research that information for your
- The declared contents of
a package must be true and accurate for customs purposes. Any
customization you request from us regarding declaration of packet contents
is at your own risk.
Tax And Air Mail Packets
- Typically, taxes are more often / more
strictly applied to courier shipments (UPS, FedEx, DHL) than postal
shipments (Air Mail, USPS, EMS). In many
countries, for single items, postal shipping is a simple way to reduce or
eliminate import taxes.
- However, shipping by air
mail is not necessarily a guarantee of avoiding such taxes.
How To Pay Import Taxes
- If you have to pay any tax on the goods
you receive, the most common way is that the taxes are first paid at
customs by the courier (e.g. EMS, DHL,
FedEx, UPS) and then you simply pay back the courier using cash or your
credit card, when they deliver the goods to your door.
- On bigger orders
(meaning, for most countries, anything more than one or two cartons) you
should consider hiring a professional licensed Customs Broker to assist
you with the clearance of your goods when they arrive in your destination
country. This is because tax and contents assessment is applied most
strictly to bigger shipments.
Why You Need To Do Your Own Research
- Import and tax rules are (a) different in
every country; (b) changing often; (c) highly dependent on the shipment
size and contents; and (d) not consistently applied by your country's
different ports and customs houses. Therefore Esgreen cannot offer you
specific advice about how much tax you will have to pay, or any guarantees
related to this issue.
- We will always do our best to help you
import successfully and profitably. If you have any doubts, simply open a
live chat or help ticket with our English-speaking Customer Support Team.
- Sometimes the importing
rules according to your country's government and customs are not enforced
as strictly or consistently as they say. A good way to find out the
realities of importing into your country is to begin with a series of
smaller orders from Esgreen and make careful notes of what (if any) steps
you had to go through or charges you had to pay. You may be pleasantly
surprised how easy importing is for you.
Who Provides Import Paperwork?
- In general all the paperwork required for
clearing your goods through customs is provided by Esgreen. Usually the
shipping invoice and courier waybill included with all shipments from Esgreen
- Sometimes additional paperwork such as
product licences are required by customs. We track all of your shipments
until they reach you, so if there is such a requirement, we will respond
to it promptly on your behalf, usually without the need for you to take
- You may need to show a copy of the
shipping invoice to receive your products in some cases, and we will give
you the papers you need on request.
- It is your responsibility
to confirm the details of the shipping paperwork with Esgreen before the
goods are sent out. We will follow your instructions for customizing the
shipping documentation according to your requirements, and you, as the
importer, bear full responsibility for any exception arising from this
- The importer is solely responsible for all
import taxes, sales taxes, and any other customs-related charges.
- Esgreen accepts no liability for any such
charges. Importing taxes and charges cannot and will not be
quoted/predicted, and they cannot be reimbursed to you under any
- If an importer refuses to
pay taxes or otherwise refuses to comply with requirements of the
importing or customs clearance process, the goods will usually not be
delivered successfully. In such cases the goods could be seized by
customs, destroyed, or returned back to China. In any such cases you,
the importer, bear sole responsibility provided no error has been made by Esgreen
in following your order requirements.
Getting More Information About Taxes
- Please undertake your own research about
import regulations and taxes in your country. We can offer informal
pre-sales advice, but we will not offer any formal advice or guarantees
due to this issue being beyond our control.
- After you have placed your order from Esgreen,
make sure you get in touch with us to confirm details of any customization
that you require for your shipping invoice declarations.
- After your packets have been sent out from
our warehouse, we will stay in touch with you and help you with any
further importing process steps.