Custom's Duties (Importation of Chinese Equipment)

Hey, longtime-lurker here wondering what types of duties you have faced at custom’s when importing Chinese equipment? I am looking at importing a few 50l rotovaps, a Jacketed reactor vessel, some vacuum ovens, and a few filters from a Chinese vendor and have had little luck using online calculators to figure out how much duty I’m going to have to pay on the importation of this equipment.

Typically it usually around 10% of the invoice value. If your state determines your using it for production, you could incure sales tax in the form of a “use tax”.

There are ways around the use tax by getting a resellers sales tax certificate with your state so they think your importing for resale.


I’ve had exporters send over two invoices, where one is significantly smaller. We will use that invoice for importing :slight_smile:

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