Where can I find out about import tax and duties?

Where can I go to find out about import tax and duties so that when I purchase from China I will be able to obtain an overall cost anaylast with all taxes and product prices combined.


You are wise to be thinking about import duties and taxes.  Too many new-to-China buyers focus only on product price and then get an ugly surprise when they learn there are applicable taxes which they didn’t plan for in the budget.  Another mistake is to ask the supplier in China to confirm the taxes and duties in the destination market.  Suppliers may not be knowledgeable about how your government would classify the given product and what taxes apply. So I find it best to ask an expert. Because the regulations and taxes can change on short notice, you would be wise to develop a working relationship with a freight forwarder or customs broker based at your local port, who has experience dealing with China imports.  They also go by the name “3PL” for 3rd party logistics service providers.  These companies are the experts in this area and they make a living arranging shipments. A big part of their job is to stay current on the import taxes and duties.   Not only can they quote on the costs of moving your goods, but they can also confirm if there are any import taxes or duties.

Read the article at http://chinasourcinginfo.org/endorsed-service-providers/#3PL to learn how to find a quality a 3PL.

Also, let me know where you are based, I will be happy to make a recommendation if I know any reputable customs brokers in that area.

Wishing you successful China sourcing!

Question answered by Mike Bellamy, host of “Ask the Experts” at the China Sourcing Information Center.

Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (chinasourcinginfo.org/book) and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (www.PSSchina.com )


  1. Mike Bellamy, with CSIC on August 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I am afraid i don’t have any contacts in Indonesia for duty confirmation, BUT here is an article that explains how to find a customs broker that would be able to answer your query: http://chinasourcinginfo.org/2010/12/14/qualifying-3rd-party-logistics-3pls/

    Also, for your reference, keep the Sourcing Service Center in mind if you need China side support: http://sourcingservicecenter.com/

    Thanks for your questions.
    Volunteer at CSIC

  2. Ken Wickes on August 5, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I am based in Bali Indonesia and looking at importing security equipment. Cctv, alarms, and door entry/access electronic equipment. Would you have some advice for import duties here.


  3. Ana on October 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm


    Thanks for the information in your article.
    I am a first time buyer of products from China and I am based in London, UK to where I plan to ship the product.
    If you could recommend any reputable customs broker I would really appreciate.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

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