De minimis Values (by country) You Need To Know For Your Business Today

Planning to sell to an international audience? Welcome to a world of excessive customs and tax clearance! Customs may sound like a long drawn process, but if you prepare yourself, nothing is a significant task. Awareness about various aspects of these tax clearances is what you need to overcome these small hurdles.

Thus, in this blog, we guide you through ‘De minimis values,’ which are a significant catch with international shipping. They are different for each country and to which country has which De minimis value, carry on!

What are De minimis values?

These are maximum values up to which, no import duties/taxes can be collected from the sellers. Therefore, goods valued at below these specified values can enter that country duty-free.

For example, In 2016, USA changed its De minimis value from $200 to $800, giving a major boost to sellers across the world, looking to export to the USA.

In August 2018, Mexico has changed its De minimis threshold from $50 to $100 under the revised trade agreement with the U.S.

How are De minimis values a boon?

As a seller, you must be aware of the pricing of your goods. To maintain good profits and avoid any losses, you need to plan the price of the product keeping in mind the shipping and the clearance. These conditions are the reason why most buyers see a shift in rates when they place an international order.

When deciding the prices of products, you are bound to keep in mind the making costs, shipping costs, clearance costs, return shipping cost and the insurance. Thus, If you can combat the clearance costs, you can also decrease the overall cost of products. This move can lead to better marketing and add as a USP to your product.

Disclaimer: These values are subject to change from time to time by the stipulated federal authorities. Shiprocket does not take any responsibility of any liability for the inaccuracies contained therein or decision made by the information listed below.

Country De minimis value "no duty/tax collection" Remark
in national currency in USD in SDR
Andorra 12 EUR 14 10
Argentina 25 USD 25 18 only for postal shipments
Armenia 150000 Armenian Drams 300 213
Australia 1000 AUD 756 537 Considers elimination of de minimis
Austria 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Azerbaijan 1000 USD and 50 kg 1000 710 Only for non-­‐commercial shipments below threshold
200 USD and 20 kg 200 142 For all postal shipments below threshold
Bahrain No de minimis 0 0
Bangladesh 1000 Taka 13 9
Belarus 10 EUR 11 8
Belgium 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Belize 50 USD 0
Bolivia 100 USD 100 71 only for postal shipments
Bulgaria 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
15 EUR (VAT) 17 12
Brazil 50 USD 50 36 only for postal shipments
Brunei 400 BND 210
Cambodia 50 USD 50 36
Canada 20 CAD 15 11
Chile 30 USD 30 21 Duty preferences for postal shipments only
China Shipments with duty and VAT liability less than RMB 50 8 6
Colombia 200 USD 200 142
Costa Rica No de minimis 0 0
Croatia 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Cyprus 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
17 EUR (VAT) 19 14
Denmark 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Dominican Republic 200 USD 200 142
Ecuador 400 USD & 400 KG 400 284 per shipment -­‐ regardless of value.
El Salvador No de minimis 0
Estonia 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
21.98 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Ethiopia 20 EUR 23 16
Finland 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
France 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18 minimis in EU law
Georgia 500 GEL and 30 kg 217 154 For non-­‐commercial shipments only and only for foodstuffs classified in headings 0401-­‐0406, 1702-­‐1704, 2101-­‐2102, chapters 06, 07, 08, and 19 of the Harmonized System.
1000 GEL and 50 kg 434 308 For non-­‐commercial shipments only and only for Commodities classified in HS chapters 28-­‐96.
3000 GEL and 50 kg 1302 924 For non-­‐commercial shipments by air only and only for Commodities classified in HS chapters 28-­‐96.
Germany 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Greece 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Guatemala Not applicable 0 0
Honduras 500 USD with certain exceptions 500 355
Hungary 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Iceland 1000 Icelandic Krona 8 6
India 10000 INR 150 107 Only samples and gifts
Indonesia 50 USD 50 36 There is a pending draft of Customs regulations concerning Customs plan to change de minimis threshold from USD 50 to 100.
Iran 50 36
Ireland 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Israel 100 USD 100 71
Italy 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Japan 10000 JPY 90 64
Jordan 20 Jordan dinars for commercial samples 28 20
Korea 150 USD (FOB) 150 107 Only personal shipments and samples, except medicine, herb medicine, wildlife-­‐related products, quarantined items such as agricultural, live stock and marine products, nutritional supplement, food , alcoholic beverages, tobacco, cosmetics (only applied to functional cosmetics, placenta-­‐containing cosmetics, cosmetics containing steroids, and hazardous cosmetics), and others.
200 USD 200 142 Only for trade with USA and Puerto Rico as per Korea-­‐US FTA.
Latvia 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Liberia 150 USD 150 107
Lithuania 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Luxembourg 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Malaysia 500 MYR 128 91
Malta 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Mexico 50 USD 50 36
Mexico 300 USD 0 only for postal shipments
Morocco 300 Moroccan Dirham 31 22
Netherlands 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
New Zealand 400 NZD 272 193 collect”. As NZ GST is 15 percent, de minimis threshold is 400 NZD, but
Norway 200 NKR 24 17
Panama 100 USD (Not implemented correctly in practice); down from 200 USD 100 71
Paraguay 100 USD 100 71
Peru 200 USD 200 142
Philippines 15 PHP 0.33 0 The Customs Modernisation and Tarriff Act (CMTA) increases the de minimis threshold to USD 200. The CMTA is still waiting to be signed into law by the Philippines President.
Poland 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Portugal 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Qatar 822 USD 822 584
Romania 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Russia 7964 RUR 119 85
Rwanda 400 284
Saint Lucia No de minimis 0
Singapore 400 SGD 296 210
Slovakia 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Slovenia 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Spain 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Sweden 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
22 EUR (VAT) 25 18
Switzerland Total duties/taxes less than 5 CHF are waived 5 4
Chinese Taipeh 3000 TWD 93 66
Thailand 1000 Thai Baht 28 20
Uganda 10 USD 10 7
Ukraine 100 USD 100 71
United Kingdom 150 EUR (Customs duties) 170 120
15 GBP (VAT) 21 15
Uruguay 200 USD 0 Non-­‐commercial shipments, only 4 shipments per year per person.
United States 800 USD 800 568
Venezuela 100 USD 100 71
Vietnam 1000000 VND 40 28 New circular 191, which might be effective in April, will require express carriers in Vietnam to comply with the following: a. Import shipment with value under de minimis threshold and export shipment with value under 5 million VND can be declared using simplified mode in VNACCS system;

Source: GEA overview on de minimis_9 March 2018

Additional information

As mentioned, US recently changed it’s De minimis value from $200 t0 $800, but this does not mean all products are exempt from duties.

According to a recent report, the US has brought out a change in its policies and revoked the duty-free concessions on import of at least 50 Indian products from 1 Nov 2018. These products are majorly are a part of the handloom and agriculture sector. A few of those products include

– Dyed, plain weave certified hand-loomed fabrics of cotton, containing 85 percent or more cotton by weight.
– Plain weave approved hand-loomed fabrics of cotton, providing 85 percent or more cotton by weight,
– Hand-loomed carpet, and other textile floor coverings.
– Base metal clad with gold mixed link necklaces and neck chains
– Keyboard musical instruments, like harmoniums (instruments with free metal reeds)

This information can help you avoid any confusions and plan your shipments in a much better manner.  

Thus, awareness and preparedness can lead to intelligent decision making, decreased losses and improved functioning of your eCommerce business!

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