Yes, import duties are taxes imposed on products entering a country. The type of products and their value usually determine the rate of duty.

Yes, there may be exemptions or reduced rates for duties and taxes depending on the country of import and the type of products. For example, in the United States, there’s a duty exemption for products with a total value below $800 (de minimis value). But the de minimis rule doesn’t apply to beer, wine and other fermented beverages.

The receiver of the goods is usually responsible for paying duties and taxes because customs levy them in the destination country. However, the sender can also pay these fees on behalf of the receiver and collect payment from them later.

Work with a logistics provider, like Hillebrand Gori, who can help navigate the complex rules and regulations surrounding international beverage trade and ensure compliance. Another strategy is to use free trade agreements, which can lower, defer or eliminate duty rates for certain products traded between specific countries.