Import Duty on Toys

Whatever your reasons for purchasing and shipping toys between countries, you will need to pay the price when it comes to getting your goods across the border. Toys shipped into the United States are subject to a duty tax from Customs whether they are for personal or commercial use, depending on several factors.

Product Value

You do not pay a duty tax on toys shipped to you from a foreign country as a gift, as long as the toys are worth less than £65. If the toys are not a gift, they are duty free up to £130 in value.

Exporter Responsibilities

The person sending the toys must include a Customs declaration form on the package that lists what is inside, its cost and whether it is a gift or not. These forms are available at most international and U.S. postal offices.

Duty Costs

Shipping and handling on shipments of toys from foreign countries will not include the duty fees. The duty will be determined by Customs agents when the goods are brought into a port.

When the Duty Is Paid

You must pay the duty fee either at the shipping office where your goods are sent or at the port of entry if the toys are shipped by freight.

Processing Fees

A processing fee will be assessed by Customs officials on packages for which you owe duty fees. These fees must be paid at time of pickup or delivery.

Types of Entry

Imported toys worth £1,300 or more, and that are for a commercial use, must go through a formal entry process requiring a customs broker who will charge a fee. Toys worth less than £1,300 and shipped for personal use can go through an informal entry process, which does not require a broker.

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About the Author

Eileen Faust began her career in journalism in 1999 and has worked as an editor for Greater Media Newspapers and the "Pottstown Mercury." She was a member of "The Mercury" editorial team awarded second-place for promotional community service by Suburban Newspapers of America for coverage of the local Relay for Life. Faust received a Bachelor of Arts in writing from Rider University in 1998.

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