Shipping Policy and Time

When selecting a shipping option, consider the urgency of your delivery, the value of the items being shipped, and your budget. Each service provider (like USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL) may offer variations of these options with different terms and pricing. We recommend USPS Priority Services to be shipped under your budget.

Shipping times can vary significantly based on the shipping option chosen and the carrier. Here's a more detailed look at typical shipping times for various options that we offer.

  1. Standard Shipping
    • Domestic: 10-14 business days.
    • International: 14-21 business days, depending on the destination country and customs processing.
  2. Expedited Shipping
    • Domestic: 2-3 business days.
    • International: 5-10 business days.
  3. Two-Day Shipping
    • Domestic: 2 business days.
    • International: Not commonly available for international shipments, but some express services can deliver in 7-10 business days.
  4. Freight Shipping
    • Domestic: Varies greatly, from 5-10 days depending on distance and mode of transport (e.g., truck, rail).
    • International: Varies from 14-30 days or more depending on the mode (e.g., air freight is faster than sea freight).

These times are general estimates and can vary based on the carrier, the specific service level, and external factors like weather, holidays, and customs delays. Always check with the specific carrier for the most accurate delivery estimates.

Shipping Costs

The particular location and delivery choices you choose will determine the shipping prices. The cost of shipping is shown when you check out.

Customs and import taxes are fees imposed by a country’s government on goods imported from abroad. Here are the key points to understand about these charges before you place an order at DSKKBLADES.COM

Types of Import Fees

  1. Customs Duties
    • Taxes levied on imported goods based on their value, type, and country of origin.
    • Rates vary widely depending on the country and the type of goods.
  1. Value Added Tax (VAT)
    • A percentage of the total value of the goods, including shipping and insurance.
    • Common in European countries, where it can range from 5% to 25%.
  1. Goods and Services Tax (GST)
    • Similar to VAT, applied in countries like Australia and Canada.
    • Typically, a flat percentage of the goods’ value.
  1. Excise Duties
    • Additional taxes on specific goods like alcohol, tobacco, and luxury items.
  1. Import Processing Fees
    • Fees charged for the administrative costs of processing an import through customs.

How They Are Calculated

  • Customs duties are calculated based on the Harmonized System (HS) code assigned to each product. The HS code classifies goods into categories, each with a specific duty rate.
  • VAT/GST is calculated on the total value of the goods, including the cost of shipping and insurance.
  • Excise duties and other fees may apply depending on the type of goods.

Who Pays the Fees?

  • The importer (buyer) is typically responsible for paying customs duties and import taxes. This can be the recipient of the goods in the destination country.
  • Some online retailers offer Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) services, where the seller includes all taxes and duties in the purchase price, making it easier for the buyer.

Paying the Fees

  • The customs authority in the destination country will notify the recipient of the amount due once the goods arrive.
  • Payment is usually required before the goods can be released from customs.
  • Some carriers (like DHL, FedEx, UPS) will pay the fees on behalf of the recipient and then collect the payment before delivery.

Avoiding Surprises

  • Research the import duties and taxes for the destination country before purchasing.
  • Check if the seller offers DDP services to include these costs upfront.
  • Contact your local customs office for detailed information about specific goods.

Factors Affecting Import Taxes

  • Value of the Goods: Higher value often means higher taxes.
  • Type of Goods: Different categories have different rates.
  • Country of Origin: Trade agreements can affect duty rates (e.g., NAFTA, EU agreements).

Practical Example

If you’re importing Kitchen Knives from the US to the EU:

  • Customs Duty: Based on the HS code for the item.
  • VAT: Added on top of the total value of the goods, plus shipping and insurance.
  • Excise Duties: Not typically applicable to electronics.

By understanding these components, you can better anticipate and manage the costs associated with importing goods.

 Note: All Expedited shipping is dependent on the availability of the order/Items in Stock.