Taxes. Everyone charges them, but does anyone understand what we’re being charged for?

You may have some questions of your own when it comes to taxes and international fees regarding your brand new e-commerce store, and we’re here to hopefully help you better understand this topic.

Speaking of taxes, especially within international sales, the situation can get tied up between terms like VAT and Customs Fees. Even Printify, as a company, must comply with the regulations and charge a VAT tax to its customers. We’re not thrilled, but our hands are tied. European Union (EU) regulations require Printify to collect Value Added Tax on orders produced/shipped within the EU. You can take a look at EU regulations here.

If you’re selling your products to customers within the EU, then VAT is obligatory. Customs fees can apply to shipments from multiple countries in the world and are not exclusive to the United States. 

We suggest that you do your research, as the fees are non-refundable from our side, and consider selling with a local print provider to avoid these fees.

It’s possible to get a VAT Exemption, as long as you have a registered business in the EU and a valid VAT number. Send us your details to [email protected] and we’ll apply the exemption in our system. After applying for the exemption, the responsibility of charging your customers VAT will transfer to you.

Printify is already taking the necessary steps to help you make sales and avoid customs fees by providing a versatile choice of print providers within the United States and Europe. Our goal is to continue adding print providers scattered across the globe to ensure that, no matter the location, your sales are making the maximum profit.

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