CBDS Invoices

What charges apply to CBDS shipments?

CBDS is a post-paid service. When you create a CBDS shipment, the API response returns estimated charges. The charges for a CBDS shipment include the transportation cost and, if applicable, the importation costs. The terms of delivery associated with the shipment’s service class determine whether the merchant or the buyer pays the importation costs. Importation costs include the duties and taxes charged at the destination country’s border and might include a disbursement fee.

What are terms of delivery?

Each CBDS service class has a terms of delivery that determines whether the merchant or the buyer pays the importation costs. A service class uses either DDP or DDU for the terms of delivery.

  • DDP (Delivered Duty Paid)

    If a service class uses DDP, the merchant pays both the transportation cost and the importation costs. The importation costs are the duties and taxes charged at the destination country’s border and, if applicable, any disbursement fee owed to Pitney Bowes. When a merchant creates a shipment that uses DDP, the Create Shipment API returns estimates for both the transportation and importation costs. The merchant receives an invoice for the actual transportation cost after the parcel ships and receives an invoice for the actual importation costs after the parcel is cleared at customs in the destination country.

  • DDU (Delivery Duty Unpaid)

    If a service class uses DDU, the merchant pays only the transportation cost and is not charged the importation costs. Instead, the buyer is responsible for the importation costs and might have to pay these upon receipt of the parcel. Importation costs include the duties and taxes charged at the destination country’s border. When a merchant creates a shipment that uses DDU, the Create Shipment API returns an estimate only for the transportation cost, not the importation costs. After the parcel ships, the merchant receives only one invoice, the invoice for the actual transportation cost.

How does Pitney Bowes issue invoices for CBDS?

The PB Cross-Border Delivery Service (CBDS) issues separate invoices for the transportation and importation costs:

  • The transportation invoice includes the shipping charges and, if applicable, any accessorial charges. The shipping charges are based on the actual billable weight of the parcel.
  • The importation invoice, if applicable, includes the actual duties and taxes paid at the destination country’s border and any disbursement fees.

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

Does CBDS have accessorial charges?

Yes. You might need to pay accessorial charges if a parcel exception occurs at the CBDS consolidation center. Examples of parcel exceptions include the following:

  • Open Box handling fees
  • Dangerous Goods handling fees
  • Oversized Parcel handling fees
  • HS Classification fees

How do I track a CBDS parcel?

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

Does CBDS support returns?

At this time CBDS does not support returns.