Import Charges

Import Duty, Customs and Tax

Customers, including those located in the USA, are responsible for all duty, customs charges, and taxes which arise from importing their gemstone or jewelry. These additional charges are separate from shipping charges and are the responsibility of the recipient.

These charges are usually levied by Fedex on delivery of the parcel, or by mail 1 – 2 weeks after delivery.

American Customers

The USA is one of the only countries in the world where loose tanzanite and sapphire gemstones are tax free when imported.  Tanzanite jewelry is taxed at 5.5% .

Estimated Costs

Country Tanzanite Jewelry Loose Tanzanite & Sapphire Gemstones Additional Notes / Charges
United States 5% 0%
United Kingdom 20% 22.5%
Australia 15% 10% *0% charge on tanzanite jewelry or stone shipments under AU $1,000 *Orders over AU$1,000 may be subject to an $55.20 AUD import fee.
France 22.5% 20%
New Zealand 20% 15% *import transaction fee $38.00 NZD. *Often free under $400.00
Hong Kong 0% 0%
Malaysia 10% 10%
Germany 19% 19%
Singapore 7% 7%
Italy 24.5% 22%
Canada 6.5% *0% *Tax rate may be applied/ differ between States
  • The table above shows estimated duty and tax rates. The actual amount charged by customs may differ from the rates above. Please be advised that has no control over tax, duty or customs clearance charge.
  • In the event of a returning an item, customers can apply to the customs department of their country to refund the taxes and duty costs.
  • Online calculators such as can also be used to help estimate import tax & duty.
  • This information/link is intended as a helpful guide, and we take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information this table/website links provided.

Our Hong Kong Location

Because of the remote location of the gemstone mining areas in Queensland & Tanzania, Richland Gemstones’ global dispatch center is based in Hong Kong, a logistics hub where we are ideally placed to quickly and securely ship parcels globally. Customers may visit our Hong Kong offices by appointment only.

Questions ?

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