In the context of shipping and logistics, it refers to the value threshold at which a shipment is exempt from duties and taxes/VAT upon import into a particular country.

Different countries have various de minimis thresholds. Once a shipment's value surpasses this predetermined threshold, duties and taxes/VAT apply.

For example, members of the European Union 🇪🇺 who use the Euro as their currency all have the same de minimis thresholds. If the shipment's value is up to 150 EUR, it is exempt from duties. However, VAT is always charged regardless of the value. If the shipment's value is over 150 EUR, both duties and VAT apply.

The de minimis value is significant because it can substantially influence the total cost of an international transaction. Therefore, understanding the de minimis value of the destination country can help you estimate the overall cost of shipping, including potential import duties and taxes.

Forwardme offers a reference sheet with each country's de minimis values, which can help you plan your international shipping more effectively. Remember, these thresholds are subject to change as countries adjust their import policies, so always ensure to check the current de minimis value before proceeding with your shipment.


CountryISODuty de minimis (in local currency)Tax de minimis (in local currency)
United StatesUS$800$800
CanadaCACAD 20CAD 20
AustraliaAUAUD 1000AUD 1000
JapanJPJPY 10,000JPY 10,000
United KingdomUK£135£15
ChinaCNCNY 50CNY 50
BrazilBRBRL 50BRL 50
South AfricaZAZAR 500ZAR 500
IndiaININR 5,000INR 5,000
MexicoMXMXN 50MXN 50
SwitzerlandCHCHF 300CHF 5
TurkeyTRTRY 150TRY 30
Saudi ArabiaSASAR 1,000SAR 1,000
SingaporeSGSGD 400SGD 400
South KoreaKRKRW 150,000KRW 150,000
New ZealandNZNZD 400NZD 60
SwedenSESEK 1,600SEK 300
United Arab EmiratesAEAED 1,000AED 1,000
ArgentinaARARS 3,000ARS 500
NorwayNONOK 3,000NOK 350
MalaysiaMYMYR 500MYR 500
ThailandTHTHB 1,500THB 1,500
PolandPLPLN 150PLN 45