About Customs Duties & Taxes

If you're ordering something for delivery to an address in a country covered by the Amazon Global programme an estimated Import Fees Deposit and additional taxes may be applied to the order.

How customs work on items sold or fulfilled by Amazon on Amazon.co.uk

This deposit will be used to pay any Import Fees on your behalf (or on behalf of the recipient). For more information about the Amazon Global programme please see About Import Fees Deposits.

If the country your order is being delivered to isn't covered by the Amazon Global programme then any additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by you. We have no control over these charges and can't predict what they may be.

Customs policies vary widely from country to country, so you should contact your local customs office for further information. Additionally, please note that when ordering on Amazon.co.uk for international delivery, you're considered the importer of record and must comply with all laws and regulations of the country in which you're receiving the goods.

Customs offices in some countries require the importer of record to provide a particular form of identification before releasing a parcel. As the importer of record, you may be required to provide the recipient's identification number such as a Unique Identification Number, CPF, or Tax ID. You can include this when you Add a New Address to Your Account. If the destination country requires this information, you'll have the option to include it here.

If new Region 1 DVDs are sold from the USA or Canada, you may be subject to import duties and taxes which are levied once the package reaches your country. Again, please note that when ordering new Region 1 DVDs from Amazon Marketplace Sellers, you're considered the importer of record and must comply with all laws and regulations of the country in which you're receiving the goods.

Generally, customs forms for international parcels will list the value of the contents of your order by product type. For instance, orders containing CDs, videos, books and software will generally be listed like this:

  • Books value £29.55
  • CD value £9.95
  • Video value: £39.95
  • Software value: £37.95

Customs forms for non-EU shipments show the value of items included in the delivery by product type. We reserve the right to provide such information to customs in order to simplify the process for our customers or due to legal obligations. Customs can open and control packages, we have no influence over that.

If the order is a gift, the package will be marked "Gift". The prices of the articles are nevertheless shown in the customs form. We are currently unable to describe the content in any other way.

The recipient of an international shipment may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. As a rule, additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient . For goods sold and shipped to Switzerland and Liechtenstein by Amazon itself as well as items that you buy from merchants using Fulfillment by Amazon ("FBA") , Amazon will calculate and charge the Customs, Duties and Taxes during the order process, and relieve you from the customs formalities.

For more information, see our help page About Deliveries in Switzerland.

Your Privacy

Your privacy is important to us and we know you care about how information about your order is used and shared. We'd like our international customers and customers dispatching products internationally to be aware that cross-border deliveries are subject to opening and inspection by customs authorities.

We may also provide certain order, delivery and product information, such as titles, to our international carriers and such information may be communicated by the carriers to customs authorities to facilitate customs clearance and comply with local laws.

Shipments into the United States

Orders placed on Amazon.co.uk and sold by Amazon EU Sarl or Amazon Export Sales, LLC (Amazon US) and shipped into the United States may be subject to additional US state and local sales taxes.

Orders placed on Amazon.co.uk and sold by Marketplace Sellers shipped into the United States to states with Marketplace Facilitator legislation, additional US state and local taxes may apply.

For additional information about US tax requirements, please see the following Amazon.com Help pages:

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