dickytim: I don't need to argue with customs, that is what the customs broker is for and we don't pay tax on freight or insurance.
Bung:richms: the 12.5% is the GST, so its if its over $400 - that would give you the $50 threshold of what they bother to collect.
Things have higher amounts on the list if they have duty as well, like amplifiers because we all know that NZ has a booming amplifier industry to protect...
The $400 also includes international freight and insurance costs.
Are you suggesting that there is no NZ amplifier industry or just that you can't afford them :0