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Calculate Your Landed Cost

What is a Landed Cost? 

A “landed cost estimate” provides the total amount paid for the transit cost, insurance charge, applied duties, taxes and fees for the commodities.

The calculation of duties depends on the assessable value of a dutiable shipment. For the purpose of this calculation, dutiable goods are given a classification code known as the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code. Taxes are imposed on goods that are moved across a political boundary and are enforced by local Customs authorities. 

When a waybill is prepared, the option is presented to select the party that will be responsible for payment of duties, taxes and fees. A billable DHL Express account number is required when the party selected is not the receiver. When DHL services are paid with a credit card, the receiver becomes fully responsible for payment of the duties, taxes and fees. DHL will contact the designated payer on behalf of Customs to arrange the payment prior to delivery. This allows our customers to enjoy the simplicity of having to interact with a single company.

When looking at the landed cost estimate, it’s easy to see that trade lanes, cost of goods and Customs charges added together can affect your cost of doing business. 

Customs utilizes the following information to determine the total monetary value of the shipment to then calculate the duties, taxes and fees:

Landed Cost Checklist

The following checklist includes details needed to obtain a landed cost estimate in Trade Automation Services:

  1. Sender’s address
  2. Receiver’s address
  3. Commodity description
  4. Commodity country of manufacture
  5. Commodity classification code – HTS, ECCN or Schedule B
  6. Commodity quantity
  7. Commodity price per unit

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