Normally parcels are not taxed if the declared value are lower than the tariff threshold of destination. But the case of false declaration is another matter. If your package is taxed, you will have to pay the tax yourself and help
with the customs clearance. But this is a rare occurrence, currently only 0.3% of packages are taxed.
Reference table for tariff thresholds：
The United Kingdom
No Exemption quota
100 Swiss francs
1.The tariff threshold in Switzerland is 100 Swiss francs and the VAT threshold is 65 Swiss francs.
2.Canada and European countries have strict inspections on parcel. The parcels shipped by Commercial Express like DHL、UPS are more likely to be taxed.
3.Packages shipped by Canada special line, which are more than 5kg or with declared value higher than the tax threshold, may be taxed when they are inspected by the customs. The related cost is about 10usd. The cost is considered as
COD cost by the local post office.
Attached: List of taxes collected by various provinces in Canada
Province of Delivery
Newfoundland & Labrador
How to avoid paying tax? Below are 3 tips for you：
1.The weight of the package is an important criterion for customs office to decide if it is commercial package. Parcels more than 10kg is more likely to be regarded as a commercial package. Therefore when you submit the waybill, please
consider the weight of the package. If you choose DHL, the volume of the product is also needed to consider. The charged weight by DHL is based on the volume weight and real weight.
2.The upper limit of package weight is 30kg. If it exceeds 30kg, you can submit separate orders/shipments. It is recommended that each order/shipment should not exceed 10kg.
3.Excessive quantity of the same product is also one important criterion for customs office to decide if it is commercial package. Please try to avoid sending a large quantity of the same product in the same package.
Of course, as you know, we cannot give you a 100% guarantee whether your package will be taxed or not.
In conclusion, the weight of each package and quantity of the same product in one package are important criterion for customs office to decide if it is commercial package. Parcels more than 10kg is more likely to be regarded as a commercial
package. Additionally, please try to avoid sending a large quantity of the same product in one package when you submit the shipment.
On the other hand, according to the limit of Customs policy, please be carefully if you need to ship foods.
The information above comes from the Internet which is only for reference. Standard guidance is not provided. For more details, please refer to national tariff standards of different countries.