VAT (Value Added Tax)


What is a VAT-Tax?
The Value Added Tax, or VAT, is a general, broadly based consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services. It applies more or less to all goods and services that are bought and sold when shipped to a foreign country (foreign to the USA).

Do I need to charge my customer for VAT?
No, because if the customer is charged the tax, they pay it when the receive the package.

Will my customer be charged for vat?
Possibly, depending on the country. However, the charge should be low. CDs and DVDs are potentially subject to Customs Duty or VAT Taxes in the destination country.

Should I tell my customer about vat?
Yes. It is advisable to mention in your listing that International buyers are responsible for all Customs Duty or VAT Taxes assessed by their country.

How much will my customer have to pay in vat taxes?
It varies by country. We fill out a customs form that specifies a low value of $6.00 per quantity. This usually means the customer will pay little or no tax. For the best current information, Google "vat tax by country". Click here for an example search result from uscib.org.

How does a foreign nation know how much to charge my customer?
We fill out a customs form that specifies a value of $6.00 per quantity. This usually means the customer will pay little or no tax.

Do I have to fill out the customs form?
No, TrepStar handles printing all necessary customs forms when we send the package.