Paying duty on buying a phone overseas.

Hi there, I was just wondering if anyone here has purchased a phone overseas and has been charged a customs duty. I'm just looking at possibly purchasing a phone online.

Thanks in advance!

geek_signmc1, Mar 16, 3:45 pm

Luck of the draw really. A new higher value phone < +/- $400 there's a good chance. Used maybe not. I got hit once of the many brought from ebay. You really need to do your homework to make sure it's going to work for your network here.

geek_shinedog, Mar 17, 2:53 pm

heres the calculator

http://www.whatsmyduty.org.nz/

just plan to pay it, and if it gets in and you dont have to then its a bonus

geek_quotejoss, Mar 17, 3:14 pm

It'd be pretty easy to just open it and make them think you left with it / have no reason to think it's new.

geek_black-heart, Mar 17, 6:36 pm

they said online, so itll be getting posted

geek_quotejoss, Mar 17, 6:37 pm

Yeah, seems to be luck of the draw like some of you say. Guess I'll think about it a bit more, but thanks anyway for the info!

geek_signmc1, Mar 19, 8:24 pm

This is dependent on the value of the goods as given by the seller. Found out the hard when when bringing in an iphone 4 when they were first released,

geek_33b, Mar 24, 11:16 pm

Dont think there's any Customs Duty on cellphones. But there could be GST, particularly if the total cost (cost +shipping) is over $400 NZ. Beware some sellers overseas think they are being helpful by putting "gift" or "sample" on Customs Declaration form and that just encourages Customs to delve further.

geek_tigra, Mar 25, 10:47 am

I find it also depends on the shipping company.

UPS usually pre-clear high value shipments so you have to pay no matter what.

geek_mazdasix, Mar 25, 12:12 pm

also if it gets lost or damage you can forget about getting any kind of insurance if its been mislabled

geek_quotejoss, Mar 25, 12:19 pm

For myself, I thought I have find the most cheeper place to buy electronics (phones, tablets and any geeks products) online, this site www.hongkongeek.com is located in HongKong and deliver goods duty free (without any VAT) and transport free too , prices are very nice.

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geek_guest, Aug 7, 1:42 pm