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Avoiding import tariffs on international returns

Last updated on April 19th, 2022 -

In many cases, you can avoid paying duty on previously imported goods even when they’re not made in your country. This may come in handy for ecommerce returns or temporary exports; however, if the good’s value changes or gets improved or modified, you won’t be eligible for the duty exemption on an import.

United States international returns

The United States allows duty exemption for previously imported articles. All you need is the right harmonized code and documentation.

US made goods returning to the US
1. Use 9801.00.10 as the HS code on the commercial invoice.
2. Include the CBP form 3311: CBP Declaration for Free Entry of American Products

See the CBP for more information on US made goods.

Non-US made goods returning to the US
1. Use 9801.00.26 as the HS code on the commercial invoice.
2. Must be within 3 years of export.

See the CBP for more information on non US made goods.

EU international returns

The EU offers Returned Goods Relief (RGR) and allows for total or partial relief from duty and VAT.

Goods returning to the EU
1. Must be within 3 years of export.
2. Provide acceptable evidence of export

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About the author

Clint Reid

Clint Reid is the founder and CEO of Zonos, a St. George-based technology company on a mission to create trust in global trade. During Clint’s previous experience working in international logistics at DHL and UPS, he repeatedly witnessed the pain and frustration on the faces of global business owners losing money due to refused packages and hidden international costs. Clint decided to take a chance and started Zonos with the mindset that many cross-border problems could be solved with technology. Today, Zonos helps thousands of companies to sell cross-border.

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