Duty , Tax , Vat In Different Country
Posted 26 January 2005 - 06:56 PM
I sell alot of solid perfume on and off eBay. I am always curious to know what is the price limit of a solid perfum in order not to get duty, tax and Vat in different county custom.
Most of the collectors request me to put a lower value in order to save on tax. However, we are always not sure how much. Because I am selling most from my own collections, I have the choice to put the value on it.
It will be good for the seller and the buyer to know exactly what is the value in order to save that extra $$.
In Singapore, all import tax is 5% for any product that exceeds USD250 in value.
Posted 27 January 2005 - 12:30 AM
I think you can have up to $400 without being taxed. I bought 3 solids from Harrods and didn't get taxed. It was definitely over $400. I don't have any idea how much customs charge. They seem more concerned with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. I don't mind.
Posted 30 January 2005 - 02:50 AM
As far as I remember it is a $50 limit for items shipped from Germany to the US. And it is Ä 45 for items shipped to Germany from anywhere, and probably for other European countries except Switzerland, and maybe the UK (our friends from the Island perhaps know more).
I don't know how Harrods is able to send items of $400 without the addressee not being taxed.
Greyhound, do you still remember what was written on the customs label ?
If exceeding Ä 45 we have to pay up to 17% custom and another 16% VAT, sad but true.
That's the reason why most people ask for a lower value. In my opinion it makes no sense to have an item send by insured mail because most sellers know how to wrap & pack a solid perfume carefully. It's more a matter of "receiving the item", therefore, I always ask to send the package by registered mail.
Posted 30 January 2005 - 05:23 AM
But I do not know how much (what %) is charged.
Posted 31 January 2005 - 05:32 PM
Posted 01 February 2005 - 04:42 PM
Pity it didn't happen before the Harrods solids were released!
Posted 06 February 2005 - 01:28 PM
Doesn't matter if the item is marked as a gift whenever I get them from ebay. I'm still charged the duty taxes. What is worse is that the box is opened by customs officials. You can tell when you get that bright yellow tape on the box that says "opened by customs" in big black letters when you get it. It also depends on who is the custom examiner that day, if I'm lucky sometimes I don't have to pay duty at all. They must randomly pick the boxes that arrive customs.
Basically pretty sticky here in Canada.
Posted 06 February 2005 - 08:45 PM
What about if the package is registered? Those from the US Post must be signed for each time they change hands.
Posted 06 February 2005 - 10:37 PM
Posted 07 February 2005 - 06:50 AM
every time I have been charged customs duty and gst it has ALWAYS been on the full amount of the goods including postage!
Posted 07 February 2005 - 04:03 PM
Posted 07 February 2005 - 07:51 PM
Posted 07 February 2005 - 10:41 PM
Our govt. sure knows how to raise money, hey?!!?
Posted 07 February 2005 - 11:07 PM
Posted 08 February 2005 - 07:10 AM
1. Retail price in USA etc, ADD
2. Tax if applicable in USA state ADD
3. Freight to Australia TOTAL and CONVERT to $Au
4. Multiply by 1.05 to add in customs duty on the LOT
5. Total this then multiply by 1.1 to add in GST on the LOT
6. Total to get final price.
7. Depending on how your freight was done you may need to add on the cost of your freight company's completion of the paperwork for customs.
At one stage I paid over $800 Au in taxes and freight just to get my delivery of solids!! I have since worked a spreadsheet to calculate all costs prior to buying in the US - but guess what? Its still usually cheaper to buy in the US!! Generally the service is better also especially if you have a regular representative. At this rate the prices will remain high in Aust because the smaller the market the higher the prices (so says EL). Try to keep an eye out for specials such as the Bergdorf gift card or the Sak's 20% off and buy where US taxes are not applicable. These discounts add up to a lot more when you do the above calculations. You have a lower price on which to get charged customs, GST etc. For cheaper prices closer to home try Asia: Singapore and Hong Kong get good prices I believe and the Singapore dollar is worth less than the Aussie dollar. (A couple of years ago a stage coach was only around $450 - 500Au when converted compared to around $800 in Sydney ) And just in case you think you see a flaw in my calculations - yes we do pay GST on customs duty (a tax on a tax)!!
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