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  # 662976 27-Jul-2012 15:05
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menabassily:
NZtechfreak:
menabassily: Sorry mate, I thing you're wrong, I've been there a few times so, the calculation should be based on the total price including shopping, they calculate it anyway and if the duty+ GST is more than $60 nzd, you have to pay them, this roughly gives you a tax free allowance for up to $400 nzd of total cost


Actually you are right about including shipping charges, I've always had it calculated off the declared value of the goods though (and I've, uh, had my fair share of shipments too!). Wonder if that is because mine are usually being brokered through customs by Fedex/DHL?

Anyways, point is that the $298 figure isn't really pertinent, its about the value in NZD in terms of whether GST import duties are applied or not.


At the time when I had this $298USD incident, the US dollar was strong against the NZD, but you don't know what's gonna happen by the time your shipment arrives to NZ, so I just use it as a measuring point to avoid the hassle, anything under 298 (lol) is probably safe unless the USD goes stronger against NZD.


Makes me wonder, is there any way to determine what exchange rates customs are using?




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  # 662977 27-Jul-2012 15:05
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menabassily:
NZtechfreak:
menabassily: Sorry mate, I thing you're wrong, I've been there a few times so, the calculation should be based on the total price including shopping, they calculate it anyway and if the duty+ GST is more than $60 nzd, you have to pay them, this roughly gives you a tax free allowance for up to $400 nzd of total cost


Actually you are right about including shipping charges, I've always had it calculated off the declared value of the goods though (and I've, uh, had my fair share of shipments too!). Wonder if that is because mine are usually being brokered through customs by Fedex/DHL?

Anyways, point is that the $298 figure isn't really pertinent, its about the value in NZD in terms of whether GST import duties are applied or not.


At the time when I had this $298USD incident, the US dollar was strong against the NZD, but you don't know what's gonna happen by the time your shipment arrives to NZ, so I just use it as a measuring point to avoid the hassle, anything under 298 (lol) is probably safe unless the USD goes stronger against NZD.


Makes me wonder, is there any way to determine what exchange rates customs are using?




Twitter: @nztechfreak
Blogs: HeadphoNZ.org


 
 
 
 


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  # 662978 27-Jul-2012 15:09
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menabassily:
NZtechfreak:
menabassily: Sorry mate, I thing you're wrong, I've been there a few times so, the calculation should be based on the total price including shopping, they calculate it anyway and if the duty+ GST is more than $60 nzd, you have to pay them, this roughly gives you a tax free allowance for up to $400 nzd of total cost


Actually you are right about including shipping charges, I've always had it calculated off the declared value of the goods though (and I've, uh, had my fair share of shipments too!). Wonder if that is because mine are usually being brokered through customs by Fedex/DHL?

Anyways, point is that the $298 figure isn't really pertinent, its about the value in NZD in terms of whether GST import duties are applied or not.


At the time when I had this $298USD incident, the US dollar was strong against the NZD, but you don't know what's gonna happen by the time your shipment arrives to NZ, so I just use it as a measuring point to avoid the hassle, anything under 298 (lol) is probably safe unless the USD goes stronger against NZD.


Makes me wonder, is there any way to determine what exchange rates customs are using?


http://www.customs.govt.nz/news/utilities/Pages/Rates-Of-Exchange.aspx

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  # 662984 27-Jul-2012 15:23
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Here are some examples of things under and above $400 NZD and the way to calculate duty and taxes.

Example 1 some books

DescriptionAmount(a) Value for duty of goods (Foreign)£184.00(b) Value for duty of goods (NZ$) – converted using Customs exchange rateNZ$383.00(c) Duty = (b) at a rate of duty of 0%  NZ$0.00(d) Freight, insurance and shipping costs (NZ$)NZ$50.00(e) GST value = (b) + (c) + (d)NZD$433.00(f) Goods and Services Tax (GST) = 15% of the total of (e)NZ$64.95
(exceeds the de minimus)PayableCustoms charges payable = (c) + (f)NZ$64.95Import entry transaction fee (IETF)NZ$38.07Total payableNZ$103.02
Example 2, digital camera

DescriptionAmount(a) Value for duty of goods (Foreign)US$680.00(b) Value for duty of goods (NZ$) – converted using Customs exchange rateNZ$895.00(c) Duty = (b) at a rate of duty 0% NZ$0.00(d) Freight, insurance, and shipping costs (NZ$)NZ$95.00(e) GST value = (b) + (c) + (d)$990.00(f) Goods and Services Tax (GST) = 15% of the total of (e)NZ$148.50
(exceeds the de minimus)Payable Customs charges payable (c) + (f)NZ$148.50Import entry transaction fee (IETF)NZ$38.07Total payableNZ$186.57

Example 3, toys, Note that the total is $399 NZD but you still gonna pay them :(

DescriptionAmount(a) Value for duty of goods (NZ$) – converted using Customs exchange rateNZ$380.00(b) Duty = (a) at a rate of 0%NZ$0.00(c) Freight, insurance, and shipping costsNZ$19.00(d) GST value = (a) + (b) + (c)NZ$399.00(e) Goods and Services Tax (GST) = 15% of the total of (d)NZ$59.85
(does not exceed the de minimus)PayableCustoms charges payable = (b) + (e)NZ$59.85Total payableNZ$59.85
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  # 662986 27-Jul-2012 15:26
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Tables don't seem to view nicely, here you go





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  # 662987 27-Jul-2012 15:27
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They do not bother collecting if total owing is under $60 unless it is alcohol or smokes.

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  # 662988 27-Jul-2012 15:28
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shanep10: They do not bother collecting if total owing is under $60 unless it is alcohol or smokes.


Please explain this one then, it's so confusing.


 
 
 
 


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  # 662990 27-Jul-2012 15:32
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menabassily:
shanep10: They do not bother collecting if total owing is under $60 unless it is alcohol or smokes.


Please explain this one then, it's so confusing.



http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/sendingitemstonz/Privateimportsbypost/Pages/default.aspx

Answered in 3rd question down.

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  # 662996 27-Jul-2012 15:53
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shanep10:
menabassily:
shanep10: They do not bother collecting if total owing is under $60 unless it is alcohol or smokes.


Please explain this one then, it's so confusing.



http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/sendingitemstonz/Privateimportsbypost/Pages/default.aspx

Answered in 3rd question down.


This means that this example above, you shouldn't be paying anything, right??

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  # 662997 27-Jul-2012 15:55
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menabassily:
shanep10:
menabassily:
shanep10: They do not bother collecting if total owing is under $60 unless it is alcohol or smokes.


Please explain this one then, it's so confusing.



http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/sendingitemstonz/Privateimportsbypost/Pages/default.aspx

Answered in 3rd question down.


This means that this example above, you shouldn't be paying anything, right??


From past experience that is correct. I have brought a few things from overseas and never had any issue as long as I stuck to under $400 nzd using the rate of exchange listed on the customs website.

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  # 662999 27-Jul-2012 15:57
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Cool

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  # 663006 27-Jul-2012 16:16

Why would Nexus 7 owners be worried about prices for a device they already own? There is a separate thread for these discussions...

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# 663068 27-Jul-2012 19:15
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hey guys i was looking at getting a friend to bring a nexus 7 over from the states in a few weeks, and I found this site. (nice forum btwLaughing)
so my question is, has anyone had any success bringing a nexus 7 over to New Zealand from america? as I wont be paying for postage its quite a lot cheaper, but will the charger work? also concerned about reports that some of them have faulty screens, but i guess ill just get him to check it when he buys
thanks!
 

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  # 663180 28-Jul-2012 09:11
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Many thanks to those who helped with the lack-of-flash issue. Now have it running on the Nexus and wife can watch Coro via On Demand.

Only prob now is prising the tab back off her..

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  # 663386 28-Jul-2012 19:06
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Bum gravy, I've scratched mine already despite being super careful with it, expected better durability than that

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