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ordering parts in from USA does this attract a tax

Discussion in 'Riding Gear and Bike Accessories/Parts' at netrider.net.au started by littleal, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. G"day all,
    I have a need to order psrts in from the usa,
    Question is is there any charge other than the normal shipping cost (like a customs charge etc)?
    The package will be marked antique motorcycle parts!



    thanks in advance
    littleal
     
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  2. iirc items with a value over $500 may attract a customs fee... But I could be wrong.
     
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  3. I think it is $1000, but the Customs page will tell you.
     
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  4. From memory a $1000 sounds about right.
     
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  5. Those who said AU$1000 including postage charges are correct.
    After that you are eligible for customs duties, GST etc.
     
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  6. My friend ordered stuff for around $980. He thought he would be ok, but then was made to pay duty as the postage pushed it over $1000.
     
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  7. Im about to order panniers from te states and dont have a clue how you actually pay duty? do they keep your stuff and send you a bill? or do you have to contact them?
     
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  8. Basically, yes.
     
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  10. The website states you need to lodge an import form??
     
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  11. Generally if your goods are pulled up, you will get a notice via mail, fax, or email from Australia Post / Australian Customs.
    If you receive this ( and other documents asking for an import clearance ) you will need to arrange clearance through Customs and pay any duty/GST and clearance fees.

    It is quite difficult to try and do yourself as you have to work out the tariff classification, amount of duty and register with Customs etc - cheaper and less hassles to get a customs broker to do it for you.

    If the value is under AUD$1000 then no duty/ GST is payable - probably only a clearance fee ( excluding engines and exhausts )

    PM me if you want more info ( I am a customs broker )
     
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  12. Be careful, some sellers charge the tax regardless. Have copped it a couple of times..
     
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  13. tell them to mark it as a gift
     
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  14. If the value of the good itself is under $1000 then you don't need to pay any tax or duty. That is the value excluding shipping cost. For example $950 part + $200 shipping is still untaxed. However if the value of the good is over $1000 you will get taxed on the good and shipping.

    Mark the good as a gift at your own risk. I believe it no longer works.
     
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  15. Reread the customs website, that doesn't sound correct.
     
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  16. Please quote the part on the customs website that shows that I’m incorrect. Based on my experience and a few dozen other people on another forum, what I states was the case for electronic goods we ordered.



    Are you sure it was the shipping cost and not exchange rate variations that pushed it over. $980 is cutting it pretty close.
     
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  17. The AUD$1000 threshold is based on the value of the goods only - freight/shipping costs are not taken into consideration ( unless deducting to get back to the true price of the value of the goods ).
    Any goods over the AUD$1000 will incur duty and Customs GST fees

    Remember - it is 1000 australian dollars ( about USD$650 with current exchange rate - approx )

    Link = http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4264
     
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  18. I remember when I ordered my alpinestars jacket from America, they marked the value as $90!

    I didn't ask them to do this, I guess they just assumed that anything over $100 might get charged.
     
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