Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Finch

2688 posts

Uber Geek


#148642 25-Jun-2014 21:26
Send private message

Hi guys.

I want to order something off Amazon. The total price is $404.52 (The item is $368.07) which includes shipping ($36.45). I have searched on the forums here and have seen a few threads, some older some newer but I am even more confused. I have read you don't need to pay anything for orders under $400, but then I have read I have to pay if my order is over $60!??

I put something into whatsmyduty.org and it said I will need to pay $120-$130 in tax? Is that for real or did I do something wrong?

I would say my order comes under the "toys" category (If that matters).

The order would be shipping directly from America-NZ, would the import tax be more/less if I used Youshop as the middle man?

Thanks for the help!

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
Xeon
280 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #1074605 25-Jun-2014 21:42
Send private message

If the duty and GST exceeds $60 then you will be charged for duty/GST/import fee otherwise they do not bother collecting. For items with no additional duty this means you only have to pay if your order (including shipping) exceeds $400 NZD. Import tax would not be less via youshop (unless youshop shipping is cheaper).

MikeB4
15555 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #1074607 25-Jun-2014 21:42
Send private message

Customs have an 0800 number, give them a call and get the correct answers from the horses mouth

 
 
 
 


Behodar
7167 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1074608 25-Jun-2014 21:43
Send private message

You need to pay tax if the tax is over $60 - this means purchases over $400 if no specific duty is collected (60 / 0.15 = 400).

The entire purchase price is assessed, including delivery, so tax will be payable. At $404.52 you'll be paying just over $60 in GST, plus another $60 or so in import fees and other miscellaneous charges; that's where the $120-$130 comes from.

Edit: Two replies snuck in while I was typing :)

andrewNZ
2326 posts

Uber Geek


  #1074610 25-Jun-2014 21:45
Send private message

Two different taxes here

The $400 threshold is for GST only. Duty is different and extra.

Not every parcel is affected, they only check a certain number of parcels.




Electrician.

 

Location: Dunedin

 

 


Xeon
280 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #1074621 25-Jun-2014 21:50
Send private message

andrewNZ: Two different taxes here

The $400 threshold is for GST only. Duty is different and extra.

Not every parcel is affected, they only check a certain number of parcels.


$400 threshold includes both GST and Duty, see here: http://www.whatsmyduty.org.nz/faq

alexx
700 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #1074640 25-Jun-2014 22:09
Send private message

You have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.
If the item is a 'toy' it attracts 5% duty.
http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/resources/factsheets/Documents/Fact%20Sheet%2028.pdf

Then there is G.S.T. to add on top of the item which already has 5% duty... plus, if your item is over the threshold there is an Import Entry Transaction Fee.
http://www.whatsmyduty.org.nz/faq

Duty plus G.S.T. plus Import Entry Transaction Fee can quickly add up to a large number.




#include <standard.disclaimer>


Finch

2688 posts

Uber Geek


  #1074658 25-Jun-2014 22:12
Send private message

Thanks everyone for the replies.

I still don't understand it but after reading through the answers a few times hopefully I will understand it, don't worry its not you guys its me.

How do I know if the tax will be over $60?

Lets say I go through with the order, is there a chance I wont have to pay anything extra? IE if Customs or whoever don't check my parcel and just let it through? Or is everything checked and I will 100% have to pay?

Seems very steep to be paying $130 on top of something that costs $400 or is that just the norm? Puts me off majorly.

 
 
 
 


MikeB4
15555 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #1074675 25-Jun-2014 22:15
Send private message

Put the purchase price and freight in the customs calculator and it will tell you the amount payable

Dratsab
3597 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1074678 25-Jun-2014 22:17
Send private message

There's also a link at the bottom of the calculator which says "Breakdown of calculation" - have you tried clicking that? It gives a relatively comprehensive breakdown of why the duty calculation works out at what it does. Kinda like this:


Kyanar
3214 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1075020 26-Jun-2014 13:57
Send private message

If you're ordering from Amazon, they usually pre-clear it with Customs and charge you the tax and duty at the time of purchase (the advantage is that if they undercalculate it, they pay the difference and if they overcalculate it they refund the difference).  Check to ensure that Amazon hasn't already estimated tax on your order.

Bung
3502 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  #1075048 26-Jun-2014 14:44
Send private message

You're so close to being under the $400 threshold do you have to buy now? Any chance that the price will drop in near future?

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic





News »

Nanoleaf enhances lighting line with launch of Triangles and Mini Triangles
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:18


Synology unveils DS16211+
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:12


Ingram Micro introduces FootfallCam to New Zealand channel
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:06


Dropbox adopts Virtual First working policy
Posted 17-Oct-2020 19:47


OPPO announces Reno4 Series 5G line-up in NZ
Posted 16-Oct-2020 08:52


Microsoft Highway to a Hundred expands to Asia Pacific
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:34


Spark turns on 5G in Auckland
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:29


AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors
Posted 9-Oct-2020 10:13


Teletrac Navman launches integrated multi-camera solution for transport and logistics industry
Posted 8-Oct-2020 10:57


Farmside hits 10,000 RBI customers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 15:32


NordVPN starts deploying colocated servers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 09:00


Google introduces Nest Wifi routers in New Zealand
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00


Orcon to bundle Google Nest Wifi router with new accounts
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00


Epay and Centrapay partner to create digital gift cards
Posted 2-Oct-2020 17:34


Inseego launches 5G MiFi M2000 mobile hotspot
Posted 2-Oct-2020 14:53









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.