If you are a frequent buyer or seller in the global world of e-commerce you may have already heard this question or even asked it yourself: “Can you mark the item as a gift?”. It is, unfortunately, common that in many trades one of the parts tries to fake the information provided in the customs declaration in order to pay less import tax or duty fees. It may seem strange, but there are a lot of different scams used to try and trick customs officers every day. Find out in this article the reasons why buyers and sellers try to cheat on customs and what are the consequences of doing so.
Most of the people that make online purchases is looking for a cheap deal. Therefore, it is no wonder that both buyers and sellers try to cut on costs wherever they can, even if that means faking the information on customs’ documents in order to avoid or pay fewer import taxes and knowingly commit an illegality. When a sent item is marked as a gift or a low-value package, the payment of customs duties may not be requested and here is where buyers and sellers may find room to avoid paying some taxes.
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The main reason behind trying to declare false information to customs is to pay fewer import taxes or not pay customs duties at all. Considering the high number of packages that are sent every day from and to a single country, it is very hard for the personnel of the customs office to check every single parcel. That’s why, unfortunately, a lot of people rely on these odds to commit fraud and trick the system with no consequences.
At this point we would like to remind you that customs duties are governmental taxes and not paying them is actually committing fraud.
There are different strategies people use to falsify customs declarations.
Imported packages are always checked by the customs personnel after entering a country. The customs officers are allowed to open any suspect parcel to avoid something illegal, dangerous or counterfeit entering the country or even to avoid tax evasion. If they suspect that your shipment’s value is higher than declared or that the items quantity or type does not correspond to the declared information, they will contact you and ask for proof of value for the goods in the package and even for certificates of origin and conformity to ensure the HS code is not falsified. According to the situation, breaking the law when importing goods can lead to different consequences.
Always remember that customs duties are taxes. It’s always better and safe for you and your shipment to follow the rules, in order to avoid unpleasant or expensive consequences.
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