Each destination country charges customs and administrative fees on shipments containing dutiable items. General customs information is available online at Customs. For information about specific destination countries, go to World Customs Organization, or go to the destination country website
For Postal Service customs information, refer to International Mail Manual (IMM), Section 123, individual country listings. Note: Customs issues and regulations are outside the control of the U. S. Postal Service®. We recommend that either you or the addressee contact the local customs office for specifics. This number can be found in your local phone book. Customs, duties and other fees assessed by the country an item is sent to can NOT be paid to the Postal ServiceT when an item is mailed.
All items entering a foreign country are subject to customs inspection and assessment of duties, taxes, and fees in accordance with that country's national laws. This is not new. Customs duties and taxes are assessed, generally, if the item sent is dutiable and if the value of the item is above the threshold set by the country's laws. Each country assesses customs, duties, and taxes. Check the Worlds Customs Organization Web site for general information, or visit the web site of that country's customs service.
It is important to understand that, if duties and taxes are assessed on an item mailed via the Postal Service, they are collected from the recipient. Postage is charged to cover the cost of delivery only. Postage does not cover charges assessed by customs in the destination country.