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Topic # 199094 4-Aug-2016 10:19
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I'm looking to buy a couple of things from Amazon and have found a strange occurence.

 

The items (including shipping) from Amazon.co.uk total to GBP$203 (NZD$377), or on Amazon.com they're USD$250 (NZD$376). However Amazon.com adds a NZD$115 import duty tax payment...

 

Am I likely to be stung for the tax when my UK sourced items arrive, or would I be refunded from the US site?


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  Reply # 1604130 4-Aug-2016 10:35
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That does sound a bit off.

 

Maybe check with www.whatsmyduty.org.nz


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  Reply # 1604138 4-Aug-2016 10:46
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Beware - if duty is not claimed on the US order when Amazon takes a deposit, it takes 60 days for the deposit to be refunded. I'm currently waiting for $100 to be returned to me, really puts me off it. 




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  Reply # 1604146 4-Aug-2016 11:06
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pulsta:

 

That does sound a bit off.

 

Maybe check with www.whatsmyduty.org.nz

 

The USD price is OK, and so is the UK price, however the UK price does show a warning stating that it's very near the limit of $60 duty.


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  Reply # 1604149 4-Aug-2016 11:11
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$400 NZD is the level that GST ( and other fees ) will kick if its non-duty item

 

The exchange rate they use is at the time of arrival and it is NOT the bank rate

 

http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/utilities/pages/rates-of-exchange.aspx

 

So you are close to the level, and if the Ex rates move by the time you item arrives you could get stung.


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  Reply # 1604151 4-Aug-2016 11:16
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Disrespective:

 

I'm looking to buy a couple of things from Amazon and have found a strange occurence.

 

The items (including shipping) from Amazon.co.uk total to GBP$203 (NZD$377), or on Amazon.com they're USD$250 (NZD$376). However Amazon.com adds a NZD$115 import duty tax payment...

 

Am I likely to be stung for the tax when my UK sourced items arrive, or would I be refunded from the US site?

 

 

Odd... I thought that under NZ$400 there was no GST to pay. And duty is minimal on most stuff; 10% on a few things (clothing, shoes, motor vehicle parts), 5% on others, but mostly 0%. http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/resources/tariff/theworkingtariffdocument/Pages/default.aspx has the full list. So on $376 at most there would be $94 to pay.

 

Are you importing these things for a business?

 

 




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  Reply # 1604161 4-Aug-2016 11:35
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Nah, it's computer hardware, and I always thought it was as soon as I needed to pay more than $60 of GST ($400 of goods) then they'd sting me for it. Not some arbitrary number, but I guess there's other levies and charges there that they need to take on my one-off single item purchase that would be there if I imported 10 of them.

 

*shrug*

 

I was just surprised that the AmazonUK system wasn't able to see that the GBP price was close to the threshold, like the US site did, and preempt the fees.

 

Regardless, I put the order through with AmazonUK so we'll see how it goes.


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