Customs Duty is a tariff or tax imposed on goods when transported across international borders. The purpose of Customs Duty is to protect each country’s economy, residents, jobs, environment, etc., by controlling the flow of goods, especially restrictive and prohibited goods, into and out of the country.

Customer duty is ascertained by multiple factors which include but not limited to the value of the shipment, size of shipment, the volume of shipment, cause for import or export like transfer of residence, etc.

When shipping or moving internationally you should understand the difference of difference between custom clearance and customs duties. Most of the shipping companies will include “Custom Clearance” in their quote. Do not get this confused with custom duty. Custom clearance is processed in which the shipping company or the licensed customs agent will work with various parties like shipping line, port authority, and customs officers, etc. to ascertain custom duty and get the shipment released from customs bonded warehouse.

You can click here to learn more about customs regulation and a requirement for various countries for the transfer of residence. 

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