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Topic # 60186 21-Apr-2010 12:04
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I was windering why I had to pay $149.50 to get my phone from DHL for a US-sourced phone, while others importing phones from the UK via Fedex *appear* to have only paid GST. 

I was charged:

NZ GST  $110.75
Import transaction fees (from Customs, DHL say): $25.56
GST on the import transaction fee: $3.19
Disbursement fee: $10.00

So above the GST, I also paid an additional $38.75....apparently to Customs. 

Is everyone else paying these charges via Fedex from the UK? 

Seems a bit on the nose to charge GST and also fees for charging me GST. 

Great...the huge ad next to my post completely trashed the layout of the information. *sigh*




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  Reply # 321256 21-Apr-2010 12:15
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You've always had to pay an import transaction fee on goods that require paying GST or Duty.

The even better news is that Customs are proposing to change this fee collection scheme which could result in you having to pay it on a lot more goods!

Just be grateful you weren't stung the biosecurity screening fee as well - I think that's $5 just to put your goods through an xray machine!




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  Reply # 321302 21-Apr-2010 13:31
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sbiddle: You've always had to pay an import transaction fee on goods that require paying GST or Duty.

The even better news is that Customs are proposing to change this fee collection scheme which could result in you having to pay it on a lot more goods!

Just be grateful you weren't stung the biosecurity screening fee as well - I think that's $5 just to put your goods through an xray machine!



I don't recall having to pay it before, but then I haven't imported much big-ticket stuff recently and we do tend to block out unpleasantness in any case. :-)

I'm also wondering why the people who imported the HTC Desire phones from the UK via Fedex didn't report it among their costs.  




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  Reply # 321308 21-Apr-2010 13:47
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Linuxluver: I'm also wondering why the people who imported the HTC Desire phones from the UK via Fedex didn't report it among their costs.  


There are dodgy ways of declaring the goods which will not attract import GST.  There are risks associated with this, and I would assume people are taking advantage of it in this way.



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  Reply # 321317 21-Apr-2010 13:59
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Linuxluver: I'm also wondering why the people who imported the HTC Desire phones from the UK via Fedex didn't report it among their costs.  


There are dodgy ways of declaring the goods which will not attract import GST.  There are risks associated with this, and I would assume people are taking advantage of it in this way.


From the posts I recall reading, they paid the GST ($98 or $103...or whatever....) but made no mention of these other charges.

At $40 they aren't *major*....but that's a reasonable lunch-money amount.  




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  Reply # 321320 21-Apr-2010 14:04
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The amount of GST you pay is based on the declared value of the goods, or the value on any packing slip. If it is in US dollars, then the exchange rate can cause the GST ammount to fluctuate.

From the top of my head, those feels look about right. We import our product from Europe, and pay similar fees to our agent.

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