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Topic # 87418 28-Jul-2011 14:31
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Hi Folks,

My bro in US wants to gift me an iPad 2. I am not sure if it is legal to ship electronic gadgets from US to NZ and if yes, what will be the costs ( Shipping, Customs and any others)  involved to ship it from Milwuakee, US to Auckland.

Could someone who receives shippings from US frequently, advice me?


Yours,
Chaitanya

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  Reply # 499007 28-Jul-2011 15:47
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Tracked courier is safest - Fedex or USPS. You'll pay GST to customs when it comes into the country as the declared value will be over $400. You could illegally declare it as less, but if it gets lost you won't get any insurance.




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  Reply # 499042 28-Jul-2011 17:20
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timmmay: Tracked courier is safest - Fedex or USPS. You'll pay GST to customs when it comes into the country as the declared value will be over $400. You could illegally declare it as less, but if it gets lost you won't get any insurance.


+1 on the tracked courier.

However I would not try to fudge Customs, they aren't stupid, they will know the value of most items, especially electronics.

Be prepared to pay GST and customs duty http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/sendingitemstonz/giftsandbelongings/Pages/default.aspx




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  Reply # 499086 28-Jul-2011 19:26
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Thank you for your replies folks.

I realized that there is no point in getting iPad through courier.

I will think of some legal and cost effective alternatives.

Cheers,
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  Reply # 499096 28-Jul-2011 19:58
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It doesn't matter how you ship something, if it's over $450 incl shipping costs you'll have to pay GST. You do occasionally get lucky if a parcel isn't picked up.


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  Reply # 499118 28-Jul-2011 20:31
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I say go for a holiday to visit your bro!





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  Reply # 499807 30-Jul-2011 17:05
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Definately.  I've imported electrical stuff before, it was a major hassle.

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