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    1. Bosley is offline

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      Are customers put off by import taxes?

      I ask because I just read a little about Canadian tax which is payable by the cutomer. I can't find anything which outlines exactly how much it will be per order. Many sites seem to just add a disclaimer that the customer is responsible for this.

      I can find more solid information for some other countries, usually giving a threshold (in American dollars), below which goods are non taxable.

      Surely this unpredicatability of final cost would deter some people from ordering internationally?
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      Is there a specific country for which you need information on the duty exempt threshold?

      You can find information on Irish import duties at Tariff

      The issue is whether you can still be competitive with low priced items that fall under the import duties threshold, because shipping rates to overseas customers will be high.

      For example, if you sell sub $15 giftware to Europe, you may have cheaper pricing than European sellers, and most of your European buyers won't have to pay any import duties to receive your orders. However the high shipping cost from the US to Europe is likely to make the final price of your low priced giftware higher than the price European sellers are selling at. An argument in favor of selling higher priced items to overseas customers (unless your product is a hard to find item).

      Regarding import thresholds, if for example you are selling to UK customers, they won't pay import duties for imports up to the value of £105, and no import duties and no VAT for imports up to the value of £18.
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