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MrJonathanNZ

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#154866 11-Nov-2014 07:47
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I have a pair of shoes coming from the states, I've got a UPS tracking number but since its hit NZ shores there has been no updates (been in NZ for 2 days now).
There is a chance that it will exceed the $60 duty threshold (item was $189usd), my question is do I need to wait for a NZ tracking number i.e courier post or some other nz courier comapny or if I ring them with the UPS tracking number will that suffice?
I'd rather not wait up to a week for snail mail to arrive (snail mail in this day and age seems bizarre).

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  #1172581 11-Nov-2014 08:03
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For shoes you will get hit with duty etc

Working it out from http://www.whatsmyduty.org.nz/whats-my-duty you will get a nice letter from customs/agent saying you need to pay $111.10, which you can do by ringing them and paying via credit card etc.



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  #1172582 11-Nov-2014 08:03
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You have to pay duty and GST regardless as shoes incur duty no matter what price they are.

You should get a call (if they have your number) or letter from Fliway (the UPS agents) to arrange the payment which can easily be done over the phone with a credit card. If you contact them they can possible expedite this.



 
 
 
 


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  #1172586 11-Nov-2014 08:06
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Ok so it's just waiting for the call I guess. I got an import notification on Sunday at 11am so now I pay the waiting game.

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  #1172589 11-Nov-2014 08:07
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MrJonathanNZ: Ok so it's just waiting for the call I guess. I got an import notification on Sunday at 11am so now I pay the waiting game.


Now the real question is what shoes did you get? lol

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  #1172592 11-Nov-2014 08:16
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Olympic lifting shoes.

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  #1172600 11-Nov-2014 08:36
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sbiddle: You have to pay duty and GST regardless as shoes incur duty no matter what price they are.

It still seems to be luck of the draw; I've imported three or four pairs over the years and have never had to pay duty/GST on them (I didn't even know that they were dutied until reading this).

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  #1172607 11-Nov-2014 08:52
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Behodar:
sbiddle: You have to pay duty and GST regardless as shoes incur duty no matter what price they are.

It still seems to be luck of the draw; I've imported three or four pairs over the years and have never had to pay duty/GST on them (I didn't even know that they were dutied until reading this).


It's a funny one, it seem that $170US does not have a cost to it, however when you get to 175US it does

I had the number wrong before as well, 189US is 110 NZ dollars duty

 
 
 
 


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  #1172615 11-Nov-2014 09:01
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Behodar:
sbiddle: You have to pay duty and GST regardless as shoes incur duty no matter what price they are.

It still seems to be luck of the draw; I've imported three or four pairs over the years and have never had to pay duty/GST on them (I didn't even know that they were dutied until reading this).


That seems to be the case when importing many products - I've had plenty of things over the years that I've never paid charges on when they should have been liable.

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  #1172624 11-Nov-2014 09:16
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I just bought a pair of Tiva saddles from Amazon for the wife, cost NZ$38 shipping via Youshop.  Wonder if I'll get hit as you can no longer buy this brand here.,.   Why is there still duty on shoes here??




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  #1172630 11-Nov-2014 09:37
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mrtoken: For shoes you will get hit with duty etc

I'm not convinced this is correct. In the last ten years I've brought in dozens of pairs of causal shoes, football boots, netball and running shoes and have never been invoiced for duty. The converted amounts in NZD have ranged from $50 to $500.

[e] I used to be licenced to fill in customs declarations and the rules then were anything under NZD$400 had no fees, between $400-$800 was at the discretion of the customs officer looking at it who would base it on anything from who was importing the item, what it was to be used for, had they brought in items before (and how many) to had someone split their coffee earlier that day. It really was pot-luck. Anything over $800 would get charged regardless of what it was.

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  #1172640 11-Nov-2014 09:52
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I've bought in shoes recently declared as shoes clearly and didn't get hit. Are you sure it's not just a cost threshold thing?


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  #1172644 11-Nov-2014 09:59
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networkn: I've bought in shoes recently declared as shoes clearly and didn't get hit. Are you sure it's not just a cost threshold thing?


I think it has a lower threshold than other products before you get hit



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  #1172651 11-Nov-2014 10:01
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networkn: I've bought in shoes recently declared as shoes clearly and didn't get hit. Are you sure it's not just a cost threshold thing?



I'm pretty sure you are right. Customs don't collect if the total payable is less than $60. For goods which don't attract duty, and only have GST on them, this means the threshold is $400. For goods with duty it depends on the applicable rate for that item, but from memory for clothes and shoes the threshold is effectively around $225. More details are here:

http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/charges/dutiesandcharges/Pages/default.aspx


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  #1172762 11-Nov-2014 12:10
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sbiddle: You have to pay duty and GST regardless as shoes incur duty no matter what price they are.


Wrong.  If you don't hit the $60 threshold then no duty or GST will be payable.  Shoes and other items that attract duty are no different to non duty items in terms of the threshold.  It's just these items reach the threshold at lower prices.

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  #1172770 11-Nov-2014 12:16
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I imported some Doc Marten's a few years ago that I couldn't get here, no duty or GST, I think they cost around $150-$200 NZD inc. shipping.

Got a card to collect and went to the post office and picked them up, nothing to pay.

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