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  #328851 11-May-2010 11:45
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i think NZ custom in the airport is more interested in meat and poultry product which may harm the agriculture industry in NZ. I wouldn't sweat over bringing in 1 or 2 iPads.

Sending in by post is a another story though....


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  #328970 11-May-2010 15:43
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Or just unbox 1 which you are going to use for yourself, and leave the other boxed. If questioned, you took 1 out of the country with you, and the other one you purchased while away..


I was wondering about this. If you bought one overseas, discarded the packaging, and used it for a few days then there's no way it would be apparent that you didn't have it with you when you departed NZ.

Seriously, I'm not encouraging or condoning dodging around rules, but I really do wonder how feasible it is to police this sort of thing.

 
 
 
 


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  #329092 11-May-2010 19:51
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freitasm: Not quite. Once you go over the $700 quota you have to pay GST on the entire amount, not the exceeding amount.



$400, not $700.  That said, if the Retailer's Association had their way according to this NZ Herald article, there would be no lower limit (i.e. you'd pay GST on a stick of gum brought through customs) and your bank would have to add GST to credit card transactions to overseas companies you buy from online.

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  #329094 11-May-2010 19:53
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PoLiGnAc: i think NZ custom in the airport is more interested in meat and poultry product which may harm the agriculture industry in NZ. I wouldn't sweat over bringing in 1 or 2 iPads.

Sending in by post is a another story though....



There are various teams there. NZ Customs is checking for products. The Immigration team is checking the passports. The MAF people are checking for meat, honey and other food products.

Very different departments.





 

 

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  #329095 11-May-2010 19:56
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Kyanar:
freitasm: Not quite. Once you go over the $700 quota you have to pay GST on the entire amount, not the exceeding amount.



$400, not $700.  That said, if the Retailer's Association had their way according to this NZ Herald article, there would be no lower limit (i.e. you'd pay GST on a stick of gum brought through customs) and your bank would have to add GST to credit card transactions to overseas companies you buy from online.


"Your personal concession allows you to bring into  New Zealand duty-free goods (excluding alcohol and tobacco products) obtained overseas and/or purchased duty-free in New Zealand with a total combined value of NZ$700. Goods in excess of this value ($700) attract duty (where applicable) and GST."

http://www.customs.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/2A05B472-7007-4DC4-BA2E-88A2D1CD429A/0/AdvicetotravellerswebFINAL.pdf




 

 

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  #330378 15-May-2010 13:25
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freitasm:
"Your personal concession allows you to bring into  New Zealand duty-free goods (excluding alcohol and tobacco products) obtained overseas and/or purchased duty-free in New Zealand with a total combined value of NZ$700. Goods in excess of this value ($700) attract duty (where applicable) and GST."

http://www.customs.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/2A05B472-7007-4DC4-BA2E-88A2D1CD429A/0/AdvicetotravellerswebFINAL.pdf


Ah, I see.  The lower limit changes depending on whether you accompany the goods into the country or not.  $400 applies if you're just having it shipped, while $700+$400 = $1100 applies if you're flying in with them (it seems an iPad could come in free - the value of the device has $700 stripped off it first as your "personal allowance", and the remainder is just barely enough that the GST would be less than $50, which means customs won't charge it).

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#330782 17-May-2010 06:10
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And i guess all these numbers are about to change as GST is expected to rise to 15% in the budget.   So the $50 threshold that Customs currently applies will mean that anything over $338 will incur a $50.25 GST component.   Hence $700 + $338 = $1038 before you will be charged GST.. 

Of course, if you also bring in 3 bottles of spirits, then you will get pinged the whole lot anyway as the tax/GST on the spirits is only just under the $50 threshold. (unless that goes up in the budget too.)

I was lucky, Customs were really busy with dodgy 'tourists' whose bags were full of work related equipment and clothing, when I came through they said it was my lucky day - thank you for declaring it, but carry on Sir!


 

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