Marshal Kushniruk, Avalara Avalara LandedCost has been introduced by the Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based sales-and-use tax company Avalara. The application includes capabilities for tariff and harmonized system code classifications, and customs duty rates and enables merchants to calculate the taxes, tariffs, custom duties, and transportation fees associated with international shipping and delivery of products ordered online.

LandedCost is designed to provide real-time compliance around the world, the company said. Marshal Kushniruk, the company's VP of global development, says additional cost can provide troubling when customers in other countries purchase from companies based in the United Seat. "If you are selling a sweater to someone in Dublin, Ireland, the people are assuming tax and everything is included in the price," Kushniruk says. But there might be a rule about shipping Argyle sweaters from the U.S. and when the product is delivered, "There is a $27 landed-cost fee." In Europe, the postal delivery person collects those fees at time of delivery. LandedCost will provided estimates of total costs. The Avalara application determines the tax code for products sold and provides the estimates. "If the merchant uses us, instead of UPS to ship, we will guarantee the product will cross the border and you will be charged the right amount," he says.

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