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International trading policy

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.

Policy overview

Listing items globally can be a fun and rewarding experience and is one of the unique benefits of using eBay. At the same time, it's important that all listings and transactions comply with applicable laws. Members are responsible for making sure their transactions are lawful in both the country of the seller and the country of the buyer.

We strongly encourage all members to learn about the laws in their own country as well as the countries where they plan to do business. If you're posting worldwide, please be aware that your item may not appear in the search results in countries where the item is not allowed.

You can exclude countries you don't want to post to by selecting buyer requirements.

Make sure your listings follow our guidelines. If they don't, they may be removed or removed from search results on sites where the item is not allowed, and your buying and selling privileges could be restricted.

Some examples

Here are some examples of items that may be legally prohibited or restricted, or that breach our policies:

Additional information

Additional information for sellers

  • Items must comply with export laws: Make sure any items you're selling can be lawfully shipped outside of the country where you live. The export of certain items may require special licenses, or may be banned altogether. For example, the export of certain computer equipment may be highly regulated, and may be restricted or banned even if the computer is not considered "high performance". For more information, see our Embargoed goods and prohibited countries policy and Firearms, ammunition, replicas and militaria policy.

  • Items must comply with import laws: When selling an item, make sure that the item can lawfully be imported into the buyer's country before sending it. Each country has different laws that limit the types of goods that can be imported into their country. For example, the buyer's country might have restrictions on foods, plants, clothing, luggage, or even books that might result in the seizure and destruction of the imported item. We recommend that you discuss possible import problems with your potential buyers, and do research to avoid any problems.

  • High-value and volume transactions: If you plan to do substantial business with customers in other countries, or if you're dealing in higher value or highly regulated items, be sure to do careful research, and hire an expert if necessary to make sure that all transactions comply with all applicable laws. There's often paperwork that you must fill out when completing these transactions.

Reasons to check applicable laws before trading internationally:

  • Goods may be intercepted by customs officials. There may also be fines or other liabilities associated with goods impounded or seized by customs.

  • You may be prosecuted. Such liability may exist in relation to the owners of trademarks, copyrights, or other rights (for example, if a European trademark owner were to attempt to assert rights in connection with the importation into Europe of legitimately manufactured goods that were intended for another market).

Visit the World Customs Organization for more information about customs regulations around the world. You might also want to contact a specific country's embassy for guidance.

Additional information for buyers

  • Items less than $200.00: As a general rule, if you purchase items on eBay valued less than $200.00, you shouldn't have any trouble importing them. While some items are generally not allowed for import (like narcotics, tainted food, or child pornography) or restricted (like alcohol, tobacco, or firearms), these items are usually banned on eBay anyway. There are a few exceptions, such as plants, food, automobiles, and certain cultural items, where an item might require licenses or special permits.

  • Items more than $200.00: If you import items that cost more than $200.00 for personal use, you might have to pay a duty, or tax, on the item, even if the item is used. The amount of the duty, if any, depends on the type of the item and its value. Some items can be imported without paying any duty at all. Check with the laws of your country for details.

  • Items for commercial use: If you import goods for a commercial purpose, you may have to deal with quotas, duty, and paperwork. Commercial goods (goods intended for resale) may have special entry requirements, and it's up to you to educate yourself on the laws to ensure you're in compliance.

 

We encourage all sellers and buyers to comply with all governmental laws and regulations, both domestic and abroad. Since the import and export of items are highly regulated by law or may cause harm to eBay or our members, members should educate themselves on the laws governing the import and export of items prior to listing those items.

Important: This information is not intended to be legal advice. If you have any doubts about whether an item can be sold on eBay, we encourage you to consult a lawyer.

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