Camera gear import duty into Oz

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Dave Ello, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. Dave Ello

    Dave Ello Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm looking to purchase a couple of lenses from B&H and have them brought
    back to Sydney by a friend, currently in the US. This will make a US rebate
    possible (just confirming this) and will get the new toys into my grubby
    hands very quickly indeed!

    Do camera items attract an import duty of 10%? I'm not sure on this and
    trying to get the details out of the ATO website is proving difficult.

    I may just have them sent by courier but will be prepared to pay the duty
    either way (no choice eh?).

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Dave Ello, Dec 29, 2003
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    GB Guest

    10% GST, no Duty

    there is a difference, batteries for example, attract a 10% GST and a 5%
    duty (if you break the $250 limit via courier).
    GB, Dec 29, 2003
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    Woody Guest

    Woody, Dec 29, 2003
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    petal666 Guest

    Get him to bring back just the lenses. Send documentation (and flattened
    boxes if required) back by post. Shouldn't have to pay anything then.
    petal666, Dec 29, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    Don't bet on it.

    Rob, Dec 29, 2003
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    Scott Coutts Guest

    And also maybe customs clearance fees if it comes by courier (rather
    than USPS for example).

    Scott Coutts, Dec 30, 2003
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    Peter Guest

    Well I have just been to and back from the US in the last 2 months
    with a locked pelican case half full of camera gear that would be many
    $$$ to replace.

    Customs in both Oz and USA didn't even want to see inside it. They
    asked what it was, and they x-rayed it .. but no proof of purchase was

    When I go back at the end of Jan with the same case of equipment, I
    will be on the lookout for things to fill the rest of the case with,
    and I am not expecting any trouble at all with customs.

    Of course if Oz Customs reads this post I am dead meat .. lol

    Peter, Dec 30, 2003
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    Johnnie5 Guest

    i know someone ;) that just came through customs with

    2x tele
    Kodak 2 MP digi
    Sony 3.3 MP digi

    and a 3 litre vodka

    all went through the Xray and not a question was asked
    Johnnie5, Dec 30, 2003
  9. 10% GST did not replace import duties. GST is charged after the
    import duty is collected.

    The last bit of camera gear I bought from the US was charged at the
    rate of 22% !!! import duty. Then 10% GST was added by FedEx. It
    ended up costing me more than buying it locally.

    FedEx would not deliver it to me until I paid them with a credit card,
    and I had to pay a handling fee too even though B&H charged me for
    freight when I ordered.

    AVOID FedEx, use anyone else and it'll probably be cheaper.

    Glenn Schultes, Dec 30, 2003
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    Scott Howard Guest

    It didn't replace it as there has never been import duty on cameras.
    GST did replace the 22% (previously 32%) wholesale sales tax on camera gear.
    Then you got done. Simple as that.
    This has been discussed here at length before - there's a big difference
    between the freight and the fees that they charge for customs clearance.

    Scott Howard, Dec 30, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    If this occurred after the introduction of the GST then you were had,
    I'd suggest that you review the paperwork provided to you by FedEx.

    Rob, Dec 30, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    So we know stuff does slip through the customs net but you also
    obviously know that there are potential penalties and GST is payable on
    used goods entering the country so why mislead people?

    Rob, Dec 30, 2003
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    petal666 Guest

    You should read the customs website 'cause you got done over big time.
    petal666, Dec 30, 2003
  14. Nothing but positive experience from FedEx here.
    Of course they are charging their fee here in Australia but everybody
    knows that (or they didn't do their home work *before* buying overseas).

    Cheers and a Happy New Year
    Gerhard Beulke, Dec 30, 2003
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    ron chappel Guest

    Does anyone know the secret to using the quick reply window?It looks
    like it was designed by a computer person....

    As to the customs question-anything up to $400(incl postage costs!) is
    allways free but they can go abit over $400 sometimes,i often hear $500
    as the limit.
    If you are bringing in multiple items then it would make sense to get
    them sent seperately so no items totaled more than $400 (if possible
    and if the extra postage is worth it
    ron chappel, Dec 31, 2003
  16. I have it on good authority they don't want to catch the small fry - too
    much paperwork for a small result, but when it comes to drugs, etc.,
    another issue altogether.

    They are also keen to catch food and animal importers. (undeclared stuff,
    of course).
    Flatulent Dingo, Dec 31, 2003
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    GB Guest

    that limit is $250 if via courier like Fedex or UPS.
    GB, Dec 31, 2003
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    Miro Guest

    When the coffers are low they charge landing tax to the migrating ducks.
    Miro, Dec 31, 2003
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    Miro Guest

    Rubbish, FedEx has no control over Australian laws.
    Miro, Dec 31, 2003
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    Scott Howard Guest

    True, but depending on the price of the goods there's a very good chance
    it will be cheaper via USPS than vis FedEx (or DHL, or any other courier

    Scott Howard, Jan 1, 2004
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