CBDS Invoices

How does CBDS issue invoices?

CBDS issues invoices after parcels have shipped and issues separate invoices for Transportation cost and, if applicable, Importation cost:

  • The Transportation cost is based on the shipper rate card and billable weight of the shipment as measured at the CBDS Consolidation Center. The shipment’s rate card is specific to the shipment’s service class. Different service classes use different rate cards.

    When a merchant creates a shipment, the API returns the estimated Transportation cost based on the weight and dimensions entered in the API request. The invoiced Transportation cost is based on the actual weight and dimensions measured at the CBDS Consolidation Center. The Transportation cost might also include accessorial charges.

  • The Importation cost applies only if the shipment uses a DDP service class. Importation cost includes the duties and taxes assessed at the destination country’s customs border and might also include a Pitney Bowes disbursement fee. CBDS issues the Importation invoice after the parcel clears customs at the destination country.

For parcels shipping to Canada, Pitney Bowes invoices through Pitney Bowes Canada. For parcels shipping to the rest of the world, Pitney Bowes invoices through Pitney Bowes Inc.

How does CBDS calculate billable weight?

CBDS calculates billable weight as the higher of the scale weight or the volumetric weight.

Volumetric weight is calculated as:

L x W x H / 166

What are accessorial charges?

Accessorial charges apply if a parcel exception occurs at the CBDS Consolidation Center. Examples of parcel exceptions include the following:

  • Fuel Surcharge (DDP only): This is driven by the fuel index in the shipper’s contract.
  • Open Box Processing: A parcel-level charge added if Pitney Bowes must open the box to gather additional information to complete the customs documentation.
  • Oversized Handling: A parcel-level charge added if the parcel exceeds the maximum dimensions/weight for the service and if Pitney Bowes must ship the parcel using a premium service. This charge is over and above the shipping rate for the parcel.
  • Address Correction (free for 1 year): Applies if Pitney Bowes must correct the buyer’s address during parcel processing.
  • Disbursement Fee (DDP Only): A percentage charge on the duty and taxes paid by Pitney Bowes to the brokers on behalf of the shipper.
  • Dangerous Goods: A parcel-level charge added for parcels containing Lithium batteries, limited quantity liquids, or other dangerous goods (within the limits established by the customs authorities).
  • HS Classification (free for 1 year): A charge if Pitney Bowes has to provide HS codes to the customs broker. This is charged only for the first instance of a unique SKU per country of destination. Pitney Bowes reuses the HS classification for that country for all subsequent shipments
  • Quoting services fee: A small charge per parcel if the shipper uses the Shopping Cart Quotes API along with the CBDS service.

How does CBDS handle the Australia Goods and Services Tax (GST)?

For shipments up to and including AUD 1,000, the merchant must pay the Australia Goods and Services Tax (GST) directly to the Australian Tax Office. This is known as the Vendor Collection Model. The shipments do not incur duties.

For shipments above AUD 1,000, Pitney Bowes bills the merchant for the applied duties and taxes.

For more information on the GST, please refer to the Australian Tax Office’s website: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/GST/.

How do merchants track CBDS parcels?

Shippers can track CBDS parcels through either the Tracking API or through https://tracking.pb.com/.

Does CBDS support returns?

At this time CBDS does not support returns.