Import Taxes, Anybody knows?
Pavel
Aug 5 2007, 12:39 AM
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Hey guys! I was reading on Outworld's forum about who ordered the Dean RC-7 and there are many people from UK, Sweden and other European countries and they mentioned import tax. I ordered the guitar but the guy from the store i was in contact with didn't mention anything. I asked him how much will i have to pay for shipping and he told me 165$. Ok, it's a good price. Now, what started to bother me is the import tax.

Have any of you ever ordered a piece of equipment from another country? Amps, effect, guitar? Did you have to pay the import tax or only shipping?

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Aug 5 2007, 01:01 AM
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Hey there,
Whether or not there will be import taxes (or "duty" as it's sometimes called) will depend on your country's policy for imported goods, it has nothing to do with who you are buying the products from.

Once your guitar checks in to your country's customs, they may charge an import tax on it, and if they do, it will be a certain percentage of the declared value of the guitar and maybe even a handling fee. For example, say the guy you bought the guitar from declares it for $2000, and your country's import fee is 10%, then you will have to pay $200 in import fees before they are able to hand the guitar over to you. When I order stuff from the States, Canadian customs charges 15% of the declared value of the item plus a flat $5 handling fee.

The only way to be sure about the taxes is to contact your customs agency and ask about their policies regarding imported items and whether or not you will have to pay any fees on them.

Hope that helps, hopefully customs won't rip you off too much smile.gif

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Pavel
Aug 5 2007, 01:05 AM
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Thanks for reply! I think they will rip me off!! It's good i asked about it - now i know i have to get some more money to pay the tax! sad.gif

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It's 17% of price when it comes to me in Bosnia sad.gif

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QUOTE (muris @ Aug 4 2007, 09:08 PM) *
It's 17% of price when it comes to me in Bosnia sad.gif


I guess governments all over the world try and gouge their citizens for as much money as they can get away with mad.gif it really sucks, but it's just one of those things that are a part of life...

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yeah,sad but true sad.gif ......in a key of E minor cool.gif

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QUOTE (muris @ Aug 4 2007, 09:25 PM) *
yeah,sad but true sad.gif ......in a key of E minor cool.gif


laugh.gif laugh.gif

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I bought my Epi off ebay and had to pay $76 Cdn duty....plus $70 for shipping, plus $350 for the guitar.

All in all, it worked out to about the same as it if I bought it in a store.... I would recommend it only if your knew 100% you wanted that exact guitar. But I guess in your case, it's your only option. So good luck man.

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$165 sounds right for a guitar, when my Bandmate ordered his PRS From UK, It was about $145 for the tax.

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Pavel
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I'll have to pay around 500$ only for taxes. But anyway it's the only way.

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QUOTE (Pavel @ Aug 6 2007, 07:36 PM) *
I'll have to pay around 500$ only for taxes. But anyway it's the only way.


500? what a rip

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Pavel
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Yes because the guitar is 1900$ and from what i have heard here the tax is like 20-25% of the price so, you know, i am kinda prepared to give away 500$. I hope it will be less.

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Does the 1900USD include some element of US tax? (Some shops etc include local country tax in the price and some don't. If you export then you shouldn't pay the local country tax but your own. ) If it does then you should get that offset against the @500 you'd pay on importation Pavel and you can quote a lower purchase price for tax calculation. Just a thought...

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I wonder how the people on customs know the price of the shipment!?!? I really have no idea how this works because it's my first time ordering from another country!



I just checked the invoice i received from the shop and there is a place where it says: STATE TAX: 0.00 - what does this mean?

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Not too sure Pavel but looks like they have charged nothing for a local state tax. Does the invoice say anything about VAT (UK term) or Sales Tax (which I think is the US equivalent of VAT)?

BTW - last time I bought something from abroad the export company/manufacturer had to declare the value to the shipping company (in this case UPS) who then collected the tax on behalf of UK Customs and Excise. So even if someone might want to under-declare this would help prevent it. In the UK it would also be an tax offense to under value...

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Pavel
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No - nothing about VAT. Only the thing i posted above! Well thanks for info anyway!

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I've ordered from Germany and payed the local german price + shipping (~15 Euro). That's all.
If my goods get stuck in the customs I will have to pay swedish VAT, they will then withdraw what I already payed (german VAT) and add swedish VAT so that would be a bit extra.

Regarding taxes (spot tax) if differes from country to country and you should really call the customs to see what they would charge. I wouldn't pay any spot tax up front especially not to the store, I'd only pay if the customs find it.
Did you order this from the US, right? Sometimes they are a bit picky about their goods, like some stuff stores aren't even allowed to ship abroad. It would be no problem for them to send it anonymously and add a note saying "you forgot this" or "happy b-day friend".
Probably huge stores won't but eBay stores does if you ask them nicely.
Or you would run it by a friend in the US to whom you'd order your amp/guitar/pu's or whatever. He packs it and sends it to you as a gift.
That would work for you unless you order 100 pcs of EVO pu's with a clear intention to sell.

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