When purchasing from an international seller, keep in mind that shipping can sometimes take longer and cost more than buying from a seller in your own country. If you have any questions about shipping, contact the seller before you go to checkout.
Where to find the cost of international shipping
You'll find the estimated cost of shipping in the Shipping and payments section of every eBay listing. You'll also see the shipping service the seller offers and where the item will be sent from, as well as a list of countries the seller ships to.
Listings also include an estimate of customs and import charges, if applicable. The charges you see on the listing aren't final until you pay for the item at checkout. For example, if you change your delivery address during checkout, or if the applicable import rules change before you complete your payment, the charges could change.
The final cost you'll need to pay to have your item delivered will be confirmed at checkout.
Buying from sellers using eBay International Shipping
If your seller is sending your item through eBay International Shipping, you'll pay for delivery charges at checkout and you'll pay for any customs charges, import fees and taxes either at checkout or when your item arrives.
When you buy an item from a seller using eBay International Shipping, you can benefit from lower international postage costs negotiated by eBay. Keep in mind that you currently won't be able to combine postage if you purchase multiple items from sellers in this program.
Once you've completed checkout, the seller will send your item to our shipping hub, and from there it's sent to you. Tracking is automatically added so you can track your item from the hub to your door.
Items sent by eBay International Shipping can be returned up to 30 days from the delivery date. If you need to return an item, go to our Return an item for a refund page.
International purchases are covered by eBay Money Back Guarantee as long as all other eligibility requirements are met. Learn more about eBay Money Back Guarantee.
Buying from sellers using the Global Shipping Programme
If your seller is sending the item through the Global Shipping Programme, you'll see the GSP logo on the listing.
Benefits of the Global Shipping Programme for buyers:
- You'll pay all shipping, taxes, and import charges up front, and you won't have to pay any extra charges when your item is delivered
- Tracking is always included so you can track your item right to your door
- International deliveries made through GSP include customs clearance so you don't need to handle any extra paperwork
Once you've paid for your item, the seller sends it to the global shipping center. From there, it's sent to you. When you pay, your payment will be split into two transactions:
- The first payment goes to the seller to cover the item price and any domestic shipping costs to send the item to the global shipping center
- The second payment covers the international shipping cost and any import charges, if applicable
After you've completed payment, you'll be able to see both the total cost and the amounts paid to the seller and the global shipping provider on the Order details page.
Items purchased through GSP can't be delivered to P.O. Box numbers or APO and FPO addresses.
Buying from sellers using other shipping services
If your seller sends your item through an international shipping service instead of an eBay shipping program, you'll pay for the cost of delivery and VAT, if it applies, at checkout.
However, you may still have to pay any necessary customs, duties, and import fees when your item arrives. Either your seller or their international shipping service will manage the customs forms.
eBay is partnering with third-party carriers to provide affordable international shipping services for items that fit certain eligibility criteria. Buyers with a shipping address in Mexico can select international shipping with Estafeta - opens in new window or tab, and buyers with a shipping address in China can select HDB International Shipping Services - opens in new window or tab when purchasing eligible items.
Customs and import charges
As a buyer, it's your responsibility to check which customs and import charges may apply, and to pay them. These import charges are generally based on the item's price, weight, dimensions, and country of origin, as well as any taxes, duties, and fees added by your country.
Your seller might be able to give you some information about import charges, but before you bid on, or buy an item, it's a good idea to check with your country's customs office for more specific details.
Import charges include
- Sales, goods, and services
- Value added taxes
- Excise taxes
- Other amounts assessed or levied by any government authority in connection with the importation of goods into the applicable country of importation
- Third party brokerage fees (including advancement and disbursement charges as well as customs brokers’ handling and filing fees)
- Classification charges associated with the assignment of a Harmonized System (HS) classification code
- Charges for export compliance screening and verification and the assignment of an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)
- Charges relating to the management of variances between the quoted import charges and actual costs
Import charges are in addition to the customs duties and taxes imposed by country tax and customs officials.
Importing items into the United States
If you are importing a high value item into the United States, the shipping carrier may reach out to you directly for more information. This is because U.S. Customs has asked the carrier to provide it with your tax ID number. A tax ID number is typically a social security number or an employee ID number.
It's important to respond to the carrier's request promptly so that shipping is not delayed. If U.S. Customs does not have the information it requested, the carrier will be unable to import the item.
When you're buying items from overseas, there may be restrictions on certain items in your country. Find out more in our international trading policy.