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What Shopify plan do I need?

All paid Shopify plans work with the Duty and Tax Calculator App; with regular Shopify, the duties and taxes calculated will be added to the shipping cost. With ShopifyPlus, the duties and taxes are a separate line item under shipping.

How many shipping zones can I have?

The Duty and Tax Calculator has a maximum limit of 20 shipping zones. Countries can be present in more than one shipping zone, but only active in one.

How does the app work with my current payment gateway?

We support whatever currency your store is in. If you send in the request in USD, we will return values in USD, if you send it in EUR, we will return a calculated response in EUR.

How accurate are the calculations?

The calculation’s accuracy directly depends on the merchant setup using the inputs the calculator needs— the HS code provided, country of origin of the goods, freight value, insurance and if other optional parameters are included, such as weight. The calculator will only return a duty and tax amount if applicable i.e. the de-minimis value for the importing country has been reached and either taxes, duties or both are due.

Are duties and taxes calculated on the product price?

Yes, but there are other components that go into calculating duties & taxes depending on the country. For example, Liechtenstein calculates based on weight, Canada calculates based on cost, and France calculates based on cost, insurance and freight. Basically, will depend on the country it is going to.

de-minimis

Each country typically has a minimum value below which taxes, duties or duties AND taxes are not assessed, called the de-minimis value. If your shipment’s value is below this threshold, taxes, duty or both may not apply. For example the de-minimis for both duties and taxes in the United States is $800 US (with certain exceptions), but in Canada, the tax de-minimis is $40 CAD if shipping from US or MX. So a retail shipment from Spain valued at $700 and shipped to the US may not be subject to import duty & tax, but it would be in Canada.

HS Code

The HS Code system is a way of identifying commodities by group. It's also referred to as a "Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, and is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics.

Over 98 % of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HS. Each HS Code is 6 digits long, arranged in a legal and logical structure, and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification.