Amazon: What’s Import Fees Deposit

Want to learn more about Import Fees Deposit in Amazon?


Amazon is charging an extra Import Fees Deposit on top of the item total and shipping fee if the purchased item will be shipped to another country. Say, United States to the Philippines.

Yap! It is possible to purchase items* in and to send them abroad. It’s just that the shipping fee is higher versus local shipping and there’s an extra Import Fee Deposit that the Amazon system assesses or calculates automatically if the destination country is included in the AmazonGlobal program. Check the list here.

The advantage of Import Fees Deposit is it expedites the customs clearance or release of a parcel upon arrival in the destination country because it serves as an advance payment or down payment.

Amazon has a designated carrier [some sort of a partner company or agent] in a supported country who is taking care of parcel clearance and of paying the tax or import fees.

It is possible that a payable Import Fees Deposit is higher or lower than the actual tax that will be assessed.

What will happen if there’s an excess? What if there’s a deficit?

Before I answer that questions, I’ll give first an example of an order from Amazon with a paid import fee.


First import (Remington CI95AC2 T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand) from Amazon
First import (Remington CI95AC2 T|Studio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand) from Amazon

I bought the item in the picture two months ago.

The total amount I paid to import the item is $59.55 [PHP2,805.30]. The Import Fees Deposit is already included there which costs $18.00 [PHP847.95].

Here’s the breakdown of what I paid:

Item(s) Subtotal: $20.78
Shipping & Handling: $20.77
Total before tax: $41.55
Estimated tax to be collected: $0.00
Import Fees Deposit: $18.00

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  1. Import Fees Deposit works fine, but remember to switch off Amazon’s currency converter as Amazon uses a rip-off exchange rate. Your credit card company will probably offer you a better exchange rate.

  2. Why did they not refund you for the whole import fees deposited when the item you purchased and shipped to PH is below Php10,000? Hmmm

          1. I have chatted with an Amazon associate also inquiring the need to still advance an import fee deposit if the cost of the item is less than P10,000 as this should now be exempt of import duty this year. They said this is still their policy and I was saddened by this reply as their deposit estimate was even twice than the cost of the item I was ordering and I therefore backed out.

  3. Hi. I live in Egypt and intended to buy a laptop from and pay by CC and to be sent to a friend in Germany (estimated import fees deposit is $224). I will collect the item later on and fly to Cairo-Egypt. How I get back the the import fees deposit? Thanks.