Want to learn more about Import Fees Deposit in Amazon?
INTRO TO IMPORT FEES DEPOSIT
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 Amazon.com 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.
MY FIRST AMAZON EXPERIENCE
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
GRAND TOTAL: $59.55
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