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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Customs Duty....

So with my ET Guitars custom build underway, was wondering how many of you have bought/had guitars made in other countries and ended up paying a customs duty on it?... Trying to see what ive let myself in for.......
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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Re: Customs Duty....

It sucks for sure. 23% here in the UK!!!!! Thing is if you want to import your guitar fully insured then you're gonna have to pay the full whack on Duty and Vat.

This online tool should give you an idea of the hit you're going to take importing an expensive guitar:

http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-im...x-calculation/
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Customs Duty....

So..... Since NZ is so close to Australia, I Can get a return flight for about $300.... If i flew over and got it, now its no longer a product im buying from overseas, i could just bring it back as luggage, duty free?
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So..... Since NZ is so close to Australia, I Can get a return flight for about $300.... If i flew over and got it, now its no longer a product im buying from overseas, i could just bring it back as luggage, duty free?
Would be nice to think so, just go through the green channel with the guitar as hand luggage. I'm sure guys have done it.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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Re: Customs Duty....

Put some removable stickers on it to make it look like a used piece of shijzer
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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So..... Since NZ is so close to Australia, I Can get a return flight for about $300.... If i flew over and got it, now its no longer a product im buying from overseas, i could just bring it back as luggage, duty free?
And if you get pulled by customs at the airport you'll get done for a fine as well as the GST, because they'll make you prove previous ownership. Your choice.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 11:50 PM
 
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Re: Customs Duty....

customs duty 20% for stringed instrument here.
+ 10 % VAT
+ 7.5 % income tax

such a pain in the arse importing guitar for us.
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Would be nice to think so, just go through the green channel with the guitar as hand luggage. I'm sure guys have done it.

I did just that when buying a guitar in New York City. No problem what so ever. No tax-no questions-no nothing.
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Re: Customs Duty....

Nice site to check stuff on. If I got a guitar from UK on a 1500 guitar with same value in insurance. 100 shipping it would only at 77 bucks. Not as bad as I thought it would be.
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I did just that when buying a guitar in New York City. No problem what so ever. No tax-no questions-no nothing.
i used to do that too, but not 100% working all the time.
customs officers are getting smarter , especially when they see you are carrying a nice brand new case with 'PRS' or 'GIBSON' logo on it.. well..needs a lot of luck to get through the immigration without question asked.
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i used to do that too, but not 100% working all the time.
customs officers are getting smarter , especially when they see you are carrying a nice brand new case with 'PRS' or 'GIBSON' logo on it.. well..needs a lot of luck to get through the immigration without question asked.

Well then you will have to find some way of saying you got a couple of guitars as a gift or heritage. I could also assume that Customs in Asia might be harder. But that is only speculation.
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