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29-09-2014, 06:24 PM
evening all,

want to buy a few things from the US and wondered if theres a limit before import tax etc is applied???

29-09-2014, 06:32 PM
Hit and miss I brought a seat for 30 dollars then paid tax when it arrived the only way out if they say it's a gift :thumbd:

29-09-2014, 07:13 PM
Is that right? :cool: So I could get order bits to be delivered to a relative in the states and they could post it onto me. Why've I never thought of that before, doh! :thumbu:

29-09-2014, 08:12 PM
Is that right? :cool: So I could get order bits to be delivered to a relative in the states and they could post it onto me. Why've I never thought of that before, doh! :thumbu:

Tried that & still got copped for the import tax, even if its marked as a gift & it get opened as happened with me you can still get copped so ive give up now:(

29-09-2014, 08:34 PM
Bugga! Foiled again:thumbd:

29-09-2014, 08:42 PM
so is import tax just the usual 20% vat please???

29-09-2014, 08:48 PM
Plus you often get charged a handling fee.

John Hopkins
29-09-2014, 08:55 PM
No it varies depending on the item..

There is a way to get some things through without paying duty..I don't know what the groups are but your local tax office should have an up to date list..

For instance..if you bought a walkie talkie back in the sixties the tax was 85% but if you bought the same item with the covers off as an educational kit it went down to 15%.. if you bought it as spare parts it was different again and if you bought it as second hand spare parts or scrap it changed again..

You need to get hold of the list of catagories and fit your spares into the right one..

Edit:- I forgot to say the most important bit..The import tax is based on a percentage of the value of the item..a $5 item is going to cost less that a $50 item..


29-09-2014, 09:31 PM
A lot of suppliers on ebay etc work out the additional costs and you can pay them up front though. Just means you're not getting the item as cheap as you could.

30-09-2014, 05:38 AM
thanks all, have a virtual pint on me and have sunday off aswell :thumbu:

Biker Buster
30-09-2014, 08:02 AM
The snakes in Westminster just recently reduced it to $24.00.

So you'll pay the import duty and possibly VAT on the product as well as the postage plus the dirty thieving rip off post office fee of 9.00



John Hopkins
30-09-2014, 04:49 PM
thanks all, have sunday off :thumbu:

I can't I'm a vicar..


30-09-2014, 08:52 PM
in that case you can have mon-sat off john

John Hopkins
30-09-2014, 09:55 PM
No I'm a seventh day adventist jewish vicar..


01-10-2014, 06:33 PM
It depends upon the shipping method.
I`ve had stuff via USPS and its 50/50 whether I get a card through the letter box asking me to pay taxes.
I`ve had better results avoiding import taxes using various couriers, but UPS seems to be the one where I get clobbered 99% of the time when stuff is shipped across the pond.
Sellers are generally reluctant to mark items as gifts, or commercial samples with minimal value, but its worth asking

08-10-2014, 01:04 PM