Import duties United States

Are you receiving a package from the USA? Then you pay import duties, so-called import tax, because America is not a member of the European Union (EU). Read everything you need to know about sending packages to America here. Are you wondering about the level of import duties for packages from the US and who pays them? You can read it in this blog.

Chantal van Thiel

Chantal has been writing about logistics topics for almost two decades and has worked for major international carriers.

Calculating Import Duties America?

Want to calculate the amount of import duties for America? It's not easy to calculate the amount in advance on your own, but there are various online tools that can give you an indication of import duties.

The customs of America determine the final amount at the time of clearance, based on the type of product, quantity, and CIF value (Cost Insurance Freight). You can contact the customs in the US to get more information about the amount of import duties.

Import duties or import tax America, who pays this?

Typically, the recipient of the package pays the import duties. This means that when you import or order something from a webshop, you pay the import tax, or import duties USA. The sender can also pay the import duties, but it is wise to make arrangements about this in advance. The payment of the import tax from America is usually made upon delivery at the door. Or the carrier contacts the recipient in advance with the request to pay the import duties/VAT beforehand. If you don't want any surprises when importing goods from the United States, find out in advance whether you as the recipient pay the import duties or the company sending your shipment.

Looking up HS codes at ParcelParcel

How can you prevent paying too much in import duties or additional costs?
A correct goods code, or HS code, on the customs invoice ensures that your shipment is processed correctly. Customs can determine how much import duties and other import taxes you pay on the import based on this code. We have created a tool in MyParcelParcel that allows you to easily look up HS codes based on a description. Conversely, you can also check if the description matches the HS code. You need a MyParcelParcel account to use our HS code tool. You can register for MyParcelParcel for free.

On this page, you see how the new HS code tool from ParcelParcel works.

Import Duties Calculator from ParcelParcel

Receive an estimate of the import duties, VAT, and clearance costs of your shipment within 10 seconds. At ParcelParcel, we find it important that everyone can easily send internationally! We notice that many of our customers want an estimate of the import duties, VAT, and clearance costs.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to our Import Duties Calculator (or scroll down)
  2. Enter the data according to the example in our calculator
  3. You will immediately receive an estimate of the import duties, VAT, and clearance costs:


Import Duties America 2023

Import duties America 2021, you may have heard that there have been some changes. Are you going to import from America? Then consider the new VAT rules, because from July 1, 2021, the so-called VAT exemption for goods up to €22 is abolished. You always pay VAT on the goods. You use the VAT rate of the country where you sell the imported goods and can easily manage this with a one-stop system, via the internet. You can read more about this on the Tax Authority's website.

You only pay clearance fees on goods you import from the United States if the value is €150 or more. You charge this amount to the end customer when your shipment passes customs. You can also collect the amount at the time of sale by using IOSS, Import One Stop Shop.

How can you import from America via ParcelParcel?

Want to import from America via ParcelParcel? It's actually quite simple. When you want to import a package from the USA, use the shipping tool, and in the fields "pick up in" and "deliver in", click on the icon "reverse". The field "deliver in" is already filled in as the Netherlands.

Import a package from America easily and quickly:

  1. Enter where the package needs to be picked up and indicate whether you want to send an envelope, package, or pallet. Proceed to the next step.

  2. Enter the size and weight to compare rates and delivery times from carriers like FedEx, DHL, and TNT.

  3. Enter address details and describe the contents of the shipment.

  4. You receive the shipping labels and any customs invoice and email them to the sender. The sender sticks the shipping labels on the package and the package is picked up. Through Track & Trace you can see where your shipment is 24/7.

If you are going to import goods regularly, consider making an import plan. Describe the steps needed to realize your import, including laws and regulations (also per state), terms, costs, transport, and what about permits. The United States is outside the European Union. Check if you need to be in possession of an import license.

More about import duties and shipping to America?

Do you have any questions about import duties and VAT or about sending packages to and from the US? Feel free to contact us.

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