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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-16-2010, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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import costs buying from the usa

morning fellas so how much does it cost shipping a guitar from usa to england ???,also how much do you get charged off customs for bring guitar into the country.im thinking about buying another guitar soon so just doing a bit homework first,cheers lads.rob
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Here's a handy guide for working out the customs charges. Shipping costs depends on the weight of the package and delivery class, so you'll need to find out the total weight once everything's packaged to figure out the shipping costs.

You might want to shop around the UK a bit more though (unless its a guitar only available in the US) as the overhead costs you'll experience through shipping and import tax could actually make the guitar more expensive to import than finding and purchasing the same model in the UK. Anyway, good luck with your search!
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Rob, try this online duty calculator. It might be of some use.

http://www.dutycalculator.com/calculation/
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Rob, try this online duty calculator. It might be of some use.

http://www.dutycalculator.com/calculation/
ta mate very handy bit of kit.i worked out 2000 dollar guitar would cost just over 300 quid in vat&import duty.nothing saved really hardly worth the hassle,just thought i might save a few bob buying cheaper from abroad.think ill just buy from the uk.thanks very much mate for that,rob
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Here's a handy guide for working out the customs charges. Shipping costs depends on the weight of the package and delivery class, so you'll need to find out the total weight once everything's packaged to figure out the shipping costs.

You might want to shop around the UK a bit more though (unless its a guitar only available in the US) as the overhead costs you'll experience through shipping and import tax could actually make the guitar more expensive to import than finding and purchasing the same model in the UK. Anyway, good luck with your search!
cheers mate nice 1
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Re: import costs buying from the usa

i pretty much calculate it roughly as 20%..
dont forget you will pay duty and vat on shipping costs too.
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dont forget you will pay duty and vat on shipping costs too.
That's just criminal. To pay tax over shipping costs.

Unfortunately it's the same in the Netherlands..
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That's just criminal. To pay tax over shipping costs.
If shipping was tax free then everyone would just load the cost price into the shipping and not pay tax. There is a reason for these things...
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man the shipping and tax is a pain.
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isn't there a way that you can "blag" that the guitar is a gift so you don't have to pay tax on it?
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isn't there a way that you can "blag" that the guitar is a gift so you don't have to pay tax on it?
I'm in the business of importing and there is no way to escape tax. The UK customs also have a database so they can cross check the value of the items. If you declare your guitar worth 100 usd and they find out then you're in trouble...

Gifts don't work either as all good imported into the UK are subject to VAT unless they are under the threshold (20 gbp for gifts?).

To sum it up, you'll pay tax. If you cheat then you can be caught and fine or worse...the guitar can be wrecked and the courier company will only refund the declared value.
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I'm in the business of importing and there is no way to escape tax. The UK customs also have a database so they can cross check the value of the items. If you declare your guitar worth 100 usd and they find out then you're in trouble...

Gifts don't work either as all good imported into the UK are subject to VAT unless they are under the threshold (20 gbp for gifts?).

To sum it up, you'll pay tax. If you cheat then you can be caught and fine or worse...the guitar can be wrecked and the courier company will only refund the declared value.
ouch!
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I know...b#mmer really, there are so ma'ny axes in the US or Japan I'd like to get my mits on. Just no keen on buying unseen.
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