Export classification/VAT implications shipping China to Canada


A client has asked if they ship a product direct from a manufacturing base in China to North America whether this will be quantified as an export and what the associated VAT implications will be. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


Hi Kieran,

Many thanks for your question!

If you’d like to email the commodity description to my email – [email protected] – and I can look into this for you?

I look forward to hearing from you

Kind Regards



Hi Kieran,
if the goods do not enter the UK then there are no UK Vat implications.


If sending from China to Canada, you need to determine your Haromised System (HS) code, which will then determin the duty paid upon entry, through the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). A written rulling should be obtained in advanced to confirm this. An importing guide can be found at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/import/guide-eng.html

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