Custom, Duties, & Import Taxes

At Vividnstylish, we sell Ladies Handbags, Backpacks, School Bags, Travel & Gym Bags, and Men’s Wallets & Bags. All kinds of products are Top Quality with free shipping and free return promised. Care was also taken not to compromise on the quality on one hand and not to increase the value of our products to a degree where our valued customers have to incur custom, duties, or VAT on the border when they receive their ordered products.

We have researched on the government sites of a few countries to check the custom, duties, and different Taxes applicable to the goods. Fortunately, if you are ordering from us, there is a 95% chance you will be having no trouble getting your package without any Tax or duty on the border.

Below are some of the excerpts we have taken from government sites. It is also advised to check these sites yourself to be on the safe side whether you have to pay any duty or customs on the orders from our site.

The following information is collected from official sites on the internet and their URL given along with it. Few countries are chosen here. Please make sure before ordering that what type of customs and duties applied to your package. This is the responsibility of the customer to check with their country laws of importing a package to the country.

Israel: Information is taken from here

Import of new objects:

Value of up to $75 - A shipment of objects with a total value of $75, excluding shipping and insurance fees if such exist and are listed separately in the purchase invoice, are exempt from all import taxes. (The exemption in this bracket does not apply to tobacco products, alcohol and intoxicating beverages).

Important! The rate of tax calculation is determined according to the value of the objects excluding shipping and insurance fees only if these fees are listed separately.

Value from $75 to $500 - a shipment containing objects with a total value from $75 to $500 excluding shipping and insurance fees if such exist and are listed separately in the purchase invoice, are exempt from Customs duty but are subject to VAT and purchase tax payments if such exist on the imported objects, for instance, televisions and car parts. (The exemption in this bracket does not apply to tobacco products, alcohol and intoxicating beverages.) In this price range one finds products such as car parts which are subject to a uniform and comprehensive 47.8% tax rate, besides certain accessories that are subject to VAT only, such as car headlights, windscreen wipers and their parts, tires, child safety seats installed in a car and the seat base, air pillows, brake discs, brake drums, composite brake pads, ABS systems, reverse backup sensors, and tire valves.

The United States of America Information is taken from here

Postal Service, Couriers and Freight

There are three ways goods can be sent to you from abroad. In order to avoid costly problems, you and the seller of your goods should agree on which will be used the international postal service, a courier service, or freight carriers.

International Postal Service: Merchandise shipped through the international postal service is forwarded upon its arrival in the United States to one of U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Mail Branches for clearance. If the item is less than $2,000 in value and is not subject to a quota or is not a restricted or prohibited item, a CBP official will usually prepare the paperwork for importing it, assess the proper duty, and release it for delivery. This procedure is generally referred to as a mail entry. Packages whose declared value is under $800 ($100 if being sent as a gift to someone other than the purchaser) will generally be cleared without any additional paperwork prepared by CBP. However, CBP always reserves the right to require a formal entry for any importation and generally exercises this option if there is something unusual about the importation, or if important documents such as an invoice or bill of sale do not accompany the item.

If any duty is owed, CBP will charge a processing fee for clearing your package. Duty and the processing fee are usually paid at your local post office, where your package is forwarded.

The UK Information is taken from here

Tax and duty

You’ll be contacted by Royal Mail, Parcelforce or the courier company explaining how to pay any VAT, duty and fees for dealing with customs.

They’ll normally hold your parcel for about 3 weeks. If you haven’t paid the fee by then, it’ll be sent back.


You pay VAT on goods sent from non-European Union (EU) countries and EU special territories (eg the Canary Islands) if they’re:

  • gifts worth more than £39

  • other goods worth more than £15

  • alcohol, tobacco products and fragrances (eg perfume, eau de toilette and cologne) of any value

  • You have to pay VAT on all goods sent by mail order from the Channel Islands no matter what their value.

You’ll be charged at the VAT rate that applies to your goods. VAT is charged on the total value, including:

  • the price paid for the goods

  • postage, packaging and insurance

  • any duty you owe

  • Customs Duty

You’ll be charged Customs Duty on gifts and other goods sent from outside the EU if they’re above a certain value.


The value includes:

  • the price paid for the goods

  • postage, packaging and insurance

  • Type and value of goods            

Customs Duty

  • Anything under £135     No charge

  • Gifts worth £135-£630   2.5%, but rates are lower for some goods - call the helpline

  • Gifts above £630 and other goods above £135   The rate depends on the type of goods and where they came from - call the helpline

The European Union

For detailed information about your country in the EU, please visit this page to get to know about the duties and custom rules of your package bought at vividnstylish.

The United Arab Emirates  Information is taken from here

Customs threshold (from which tariffs are required)


Shipments valued under AED 1000 enter free from duty and tax. Gifts carried by passengers traveling to UAE and whose value do not exceed AED 3000 are also exempt from customs duties.


Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)


With the adoption of a common tariff for the GCC countries, customs duties have been fixed to 5% of the CIF value of most products. However, alcoholic products are subject to 50% duty and tobacco products are assessed a 100% customs duty.

For more information, please click here.

Products Having a Higher Customs Tariff

- 50% of the CIF value of the product for alcohol imports
- 100% of the CIF value of the product for tobacco imports.

Preferential Rates

Effective January 1, 2003, the UAE acceded to the GCC Customs Union, which equalizes the duties paid upon entry of an item to any member state, regardless of the country of destination within the GCC and establishes a free trade area between member states.

Customs Classification

The system has been harmonized since the setting-up of the free trade area between the GCC countries in 2003.

Method of Calculation of Duties

Customs duties are calculated based on the CIF value of the product.