Customs duties on Gearbest

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Customs with Gearbest

I will remind you, right at the beginning of this guide, there is very little risk of paying customs with Gearbest products. Indeed, for many products (those that are most commonly purchased), these are available in warehouses located in Europe. They are not subject to VAT. The choice of the warehouse is made more or less implicitly when you choose the delivery method, during the ordering process. At that moment you have to choose “France Express” as shown in the picture below. If you do this you won’t have any problems and you won’t have to pay any extra charges for your order.

But for those who would have gone a little too fast with their order and would have chosen delivery from China, or if your product is not available in the EU, here is a short guide to help you calculate your future costs.

Calcul des frais de douane

Pour vous éviter de sortir votre calculette, j'ai développé ce petit outil. Rentrez le le prix d'achat, choisissez le type de produit que vous avez acheté et vous aurez une idée des frais que vous aurez à payer.

Prix du produit en euros

Frais de port en euros

Choisir le type du produit

Choisissez le transporteur, si vous ne savez on prendra 15€ comme frais de dossier

Are costs systematic?

So no, it’s not systematic. This will depend on the carrier chosen. If your parcel is transported by DHL, Fedex, UPS or TNT there you can be almost sure to pay for it (with handling fees in excess of 15 / 20€). When ordering outside the EU, it is best to choose the local post office. If your parcel transits by the Chinese post it will take between two and three weeks but there will be much less chance that it will be opened to its arrival in France and therefore taxed. Even if your package is opened, there is no indication that it will be taxed. Another parameter is also relevant here. The value of the product (see table below). If your product costs less than 20€ it will not be taxed. Chinese sellers are used to, and often underestimate the price of the product. We therefore end up with statements that are sometimes a little misused. An example: I bought a computer type media center worth more than 400€. The product was declared as a TV box for €16…
The risk is also proportional to the size of the package. The larger your package, the more likely it is to be opened. The format also counts. Customs officers are experienced and they will immediately see the difference between a parcel containing a shelf and another of the clothes.

Customs duties, for imports and shipments from countries outside the European Union

So in the pessimistic case where on Gearbest you would not have chosen the right delivery method and your parcel will come outside the EU, it is good to know in advance what we will pay not to be surprised.

How to calculate VAT and customs duties

There is nothing better to understand than a good example. So I’m going to put myself in the situation of the buyer who has just realized that his super smartphone will be taxed.

Example 1:

I bought a 200€ smartphone
I see in the table that telephones have no customs duty 0%.
I have a processing fee / file = 15€.
I will pay VAT (20%) on the 200€ + 15€ = 20% * 215€ = 258€.

When purchasing my phone the total price will be of:
258€

 

Example 2 :

I bought a drone for 350€.
There are customs duties (7%) i. e. 7% * 350 = 24.5€.
administration fees add up (15€) i. e. 374,5 + 15 = 389,5€.
I pay VAT (20%) on all this = 389,5 * 20% = 467,4 €.

My drone will have returned to me at 467,4 €.

 

NOTE: For foodstuffs, cosmetics, medicines and other similar products, customs may require sanitary checks, therefore they will send to the consignee of the goods, i. e. you, certain forms to fill in and return to customs where you will have to describe the goods, take responsibility for the use of the product, and if it is intended for private or commercial use, obviously the time is longer than for other products. In the case of sending forms, customs tariffs will be capped at 11 €.

NOTE 2: Calculated quotations may not exactly coincide with the amount of customs duty presented to us at the time of delivery of the goods because customs officials, as stated on the Agency’s website itself, determine and apply final customs duty values based on their own assessment criteria.

 

Recent products:

Customs adapts to new products. Proof this tables or products such as watches connected, hand spinner that no one will hear about anymore in 1 year or drones have their specific rights.

Marchandise à déclarer à 
la douane
Droits de douane
TVA
Nomenclature 
douanière
Montre connectée0 %20 %8517 62 00
Gyropode / Hoverboard6 %20 %8711 90 00
Drone civil7 %20 %8525 80 99
« Hand spinner »0 %20 %9503 00 99

 

1. Electronic equipment: camera, camcorder, computer, games…

I invite you to take a good look at this table because it is the main products that are bought on gearbest. So it’s quite likely that your answer will be found under there.

Marchandise à déclarer à 
la douane
Droits de douane
TVA
Nomenclature 
douanière
Tablettes tactiles0 %20 %8471 30 00
Ordinateur portable0 %20 %8471 30 00
Téléphone portable0 %20 %8517 12 00
Kits mains libres pour téléphone portable0 %20 %8517 62 00
Appareils photo numériques et caméscopesde 0 % à 7 %20 %8525 80 ..
Consoles de jeux0 %20 %9504 50 00
DVD/Blu-ray enregistrés0 %20 %8523 49 10
Jouets électroniquesde 0 % à 4,7 %20 %9503 00 21 à 9503 00 99
Jeux électroniques (genre Sudoku)0 %20 %9504 90 80
Téléviseur portable couleur (TV de petite taille qui possède son antenne) et écran récepteur de télévision14 %20 %8528 72 ..
Ethylotest électronique1,3 %20 % 9027 10 10
Système de navigation GPS1,9 %20 %8526 91 20

2. Musical instruments: piano, string or wind instruments

Marchandise à déclarer à 
la douane
Droits de douane
TVA
Nomenclature 
douanière
Instruments de musiquede 2,7 % à 4 %20 %de 9201 .. .. à 9208 .. ..

3. Watchmaking, jewellery Example of watchmaking and jewellery articles

Connected watches are not counted in this table. They have no customs duty. You will pay only 20% VAT.

Marchandise à déclarer à 
la douane
Droits de douane
TVA
Nomenclature 
douanière
Montre bracelet4,5 %, avec :
un minimum de 0,3 € / pièce
et
un Maximum de 0,8 € / pièce
20 %de 9101 .. .. à 9102 .. ..
Articles de bijouterie ou de 
joaillerie et leurs parties en 
argent même revêtus, plaqué 
ou doublé d’autres métaux 
précieux
2,5 %20 %7113 11 00
Bijouterie de fantaisie4 %20 %7117 .. ..

 

4. carpets and floor coverings

Are there any rugs on Gearbest? If ever here is the information:)

Marchandise à déclarer à 
la douane
Droits de douane
TVA
Nomenclature 
douanière
Tapis dits “kelim” ou “kilim”, “schumacks” ou “soumak”, “karamanie” et tapis similaires tissés à la main3 %20 %5702 10 00
Revêtements de sol en coco4 %20 %5702 20 00
Tapis et autres revêtements de sol en matières textiles, touffetés, même confectionnés8 %20 %5703 .. ..

 

5. clothing

Marchandise à déclarer à 
la douane
Droits de douane
TVA
Nomenclature 
douanière
Vêtements et accessoires du vêtement en  bonneterie (dont articles d’habillement en maille)Cas général : 12 %
(fourchette de 8 % à 12 %)
20 %61.. .. .. (Chapitre 61)
Vêtements et accessoires du vêtement autre qu’en bonneterie (par exemple en tissu).Cas général : 12 %
(fourchette de 6,3 % à 12 %)
20 %62.. .. .. (Chapitre 62)
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