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Hawgfiddle65 - Posted - 09/30/2011:  05:42:56



Hi



Question for UK banjo folks



I hope to order some parts from US suppliers for a banjo I'm building .Does anyone know if I will be slapped with import tax . I remember having to pay extra on a cd box set a few years back but I cannot remember paying any extra for a dulcimer capo I ordered from the States.  can any one advise so that I can budget!



Hawgfiddle65


BDCA - Posted - 09/30/2011:  06:07:54



I am no expert on Scottish customs or Scottish costumes for that matter, though I did live in Motherwell for a while. I have been in international business for many years and can give some general advice. It's all about the declared value and the apparent value when HM customs inspects the import.



If I were importing parts to build a single banjo I would request the vendor to mark the customs declaration as samples No Commercial Value. Another option would be musical instrument parts with a nominal value. If HM Customs thinks ther eis enough value in the import to justify the paperwork, you will probably pay some duty as well as VAT.



Maybe someone with more current knowledge can give you better advice.



 



Best regards,



 



Bob


neighbour - Posted - 09/30/2011:  06:54:11


hi i recently ordered 14 shoes ,a no knot tailpiece, an end bolt, five fiddle pegs .no tax on these to ireland maybe cause there was very little weight.

tdennis - Posted - 09/30/2011:  07:32:33



All this VAT information is available online, w/ some few minutes of searching.   Whatever anyone has experienced in the recent past , may not apply.  These sorts of tax laws, details,  & fees change from year to year.   Each nation has different fees & rules, &  they are quite different  for every country. 



Edited by - tdennis on 09/30/2011 07:41:54

jazz-phil - Posted - 09/30/2011:  07:55:14



I've only ever imported instruments, not parts, but they always attracted VAT and import duty, both chargeable on the shipping as well as the item price.



If you do get hit the total taxes adds around 25% to the price.



I think there is a break point in value before items are taxed, but it's quite a low figure, just a few pounds.



The details are here customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPo...#P30_2801



 



 



 


thereallyniceman - Posted - 09/30/2011:  07:59:00



I believe that parcels whose contents are valued at less than £18 (UK Pounds) are free of duty and VAT.  (After November 2011 the limit is reduced to £15).



Items over £18 will probably be charged a customs clearance fee, by the carrier, and this can be around £8 - £10. Then Import Duty of 10% of the value is charged and then UK VATax is charged on the whoie amount at 20%.



Yes it is also known as a "rip-off".   Asking US suppliers to fraudulently under declare the value for customs purposes is usually met with a resounding....   NO !!!! 



 



 Good luck.



 


alanjg1 - Posted - 09/30/2011:  09:25:15



Maybe you could have a look at Prucha Banjos website.



en.pruchabanjos.cz/



(Sorry if it's not a clickable link. Got a new Mac and still learning).



He supplies quality parts to banjo builders in the USA. He might have what you need and there would only be postage to pay. No tax etc.


alanjg1 - Posted - 09/30/2011:  09:25:53



Maybe you could have a look at Prucha Banjos website.



en.pruchabanjos.cz/



(Sorry if it's not a clickable link. Got a new Mac and still learning).



He supplies quality parts to banjo builders in the USA. He might have what you need and there would only be postage to pay. No tax etc.


Stephen John Prior - Posted - 09/30/2011:  13:52:52



Depends what your looking to buy. Small items tend to get past customs but in recent years they've been very keen to get your money.



They are going to charge you VAT on the declared value plus postage cost, also the post office will want a handling fee.



 I'd agree with alanjg1 Prucha might be your best bet i've bought from them in the past, nice people to deal with and good quality parts. 


country frank - Posted - 09/30/2011:  14:00:24



quote:


Originally posted by thereallyniceman




I believe that parcels whose contents are valued at less than £18 (UK Pounds) are free of duty and VAT.  (After November 2011 the limit is reduced to £15).



Items over £18 will probably be charged a customs clearance fee, by the carrier, and this can be around £8 - £10. Then Import Duty of 10% of the value is charged and then UK VATax is charged on the whoie amount at 20%.



Yes it is also known as a "rip-off".   Asking US suppliers to fraudulently under declare the value for customs purposes is usually met with a resounding....   NO !!!! 



 



 Good luck.



 






Ian is exactly right with his numbers and that's what you can expect regardless if the item is new or secondhand. I have imported banjo and guitar parts, whole banjos. [cd's, records, books and god-knows-what-else] from the states over the years and these are the figures you should be considering.



It can be worth it though, and you can still get deals. It just depends what you are looking to bring over.



 



 



Edited by - country frank on 09/30/2011 14:01:47

banjonz - Posted - 09/30/2011:  14:30:41


Can't speak for your import regualtion but here customs allow items under the value of NZ$400 before tax is put on. All that custioms can go on is the value of the goods on the declaration sticker. I have however imported items at a greater value than this but because they were small items and were in a small box, it came in under thier radar. Given the shear volume of items coming in every day, I seriously doubt if customs inspect every box. Large items attract interest of course because large = expensive!

goldtopia - Posted - 09/30/2011:  23:21:52



If the value of goods from USA to Britain are less than £36 there is no import duty.  If you buy from EEC countries there is no import duty and the VAT paid is that of the country from which you buy the goods.



In 2008 I bought a Fitch Palomino from America which overall included shipping added about 25 to 30% on the original cost.



Bill.O

motleyminstrels.co.,uk

elohim-ufogods.co.uk


goldtopia - Posted - 09/30/2011:  23:28:15



I think the Czeck Republic is part of the EEC group of countries which means you should be able to buy a Prucha banjo free of import duty, but you pay the Czeck VAT which I think is much lower than the British VAT.   Its worth looking into.



Bill.O

motleyminstrels.co.uk

elohim-ufogods.co.uk



Edited by - goldtopia on 09/30/2011 23:38:59



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