I was charged duties and taxes by Customs for something purchased online. Why wasn’t that included as part of the overall shipping costs?
Duties and taxes are most typically not included in the price of the goods you purchase online.
When purchasing goods online, some or all of these goods may not originate in the country you reside in.
When goods are not shipped domestically (within your country) or within a single customs union, such as the European Union, you are liable to pay any inbound duties and taxes which your local customs authority deems appropriate.
To ensure the DHL courier can deliver your goods in shortest possible transit time, when we enter your country, DHL pays the customs authority immediately on your behalf for any duties and taxes that are due on the goods.
DHL only releases the goods to you upon the full repayment of any duties and taxes that were paid on your behalf.