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GST on overseas products more than $1000

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by ryooma, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. ryooma

    ryooma (Banned or Deleted)

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    Is the GST on the amount over a $1000 or the whole amount?

    say i bought a camera online for $1500 USD. Is the tax calculated on $1500 or $500?

    thank you
     
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  2. zach

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    Entire amount including shipping + lodging fee.
    Cameras are exempt from GST, 10% duty + lodging fee is the only payable amount.

    EDIT:
    Probably best to do a search, this stuff is pretty readily available
     
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    ryooma

    ryooma (Banned or Deleted)

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    thats not cheap then :|
     
  4. zach

    zach (Banned or Deleted)

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    Paying $200? You could always buy it landed from a grey importer like DDP.
     
  5. echelon6

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    for a big ticket item like that im sure you can negotiate with the seller. Tell him to mark the product value as 950aud and insure it for that much. You're risking 550 aud in case shipment gets lost, but you save 10% GST and 5% duty and other sht that comes to 200aud+. Worth the risk.
     
  6. Mcrawler

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    Your also risking getting quite a large fine or having the goods confiscated if caught mislabeling imported goods.

    Anyways the OP will get hit with 10% GST and 5% customs duty on his 1500 import, so the new total will be 1725

    Its all listed http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page5653.asp
     
  7. echelon6

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    How would you get caught? Obviously tell the seller to print the enclosed invoice for the lower amount as well (and send the proper invoice via email). USA sellers are very understanding, particularly if they stand to make a good buck from the deal. Sometimes it pays to not shop for the cheapest seller, find one that sells for slightly more expensive (those are more willing to accommodate your requests as theres more money on the table for them) but cheapest for you overall after factoring in the savings.
     
  8. Dopefish

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    hows the customs department going to prosecute a guy in the US for labelling a product?
     
  9. B3ND3R

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    Or just go to Harvey Norman. And get price raped.
     
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    There is no customs duty on photography equipment. GST will still apply though. And any other brokerage fees that some courier companies like to tack on.

    You've got it around the other way ;), cameras are exempt from duty, 10% GST + any fees are still payable.
     
  11. zach

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    Knew it was something like that :lol: had the right mark-up in the end.
    If your patient and do the forms yourself, it'll save you $55 minimum for a customs broker.
     

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