import duty on 2nd hand film camera?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by rb, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. rb

    rb Guest

    I've got my eye on a secondhand film camera on ebay, it's OS and it's
    going for over a grand AUD. What are the chances of getting whacked with
    import duty if aussie customs decide to open the package for inspection?

    rb, Feb 1, 2009
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    depends how obvious it is that it is 2nd hand. If it looks
    like it is new, eg is packed in the original packing, cords
    still with twist-ties around them, CD & manual still in
    sealed plastic bags etc, then it is almost a certainty
    you'll get charged import duty. OTOH if it shows wear marks,
    is shipped like a typical used camera (eg put in a plastic
    bag in a brown box filled with shredded paper), then it is
    almost certain they won't charge import duty. Anywhere in
    between the 2 extremes gives you an idea of the odds.
    Doug Jewell, Feb 1, 2009
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    -Lunacy- Guest


    just ask the sender to mark customs value at 900 aud
    -Lunacy-, Feb 1, 2009
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    DRS Guest

    Second hand goods are still liable for GST.
    DRS, Feb 1, 2009
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    D-Mac Guest

    There is no import duty on cameras in Australia. We don't have any
    local camera manufacturers to protect - DUH!

    10% GST is applicable to new or used cameras over $1000 value.
    Otherwise your only cost will be the freight. Have your seller send it
    via UPS and it'll be delivered to your door.

    If they break it down into two invoices neither will attract sales tax
    as long as they are under $1000. It is quite legal to pay $750 for a
    camera body and $750 for a lens and not have to pay any sales tax when
    they are individule sales, shipped in the same package.
    D-Mac, Feb 1, 2009
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