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10-25-2009 08:46 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Paul Gleeson

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For some reason the prices in the US are much cheaper (even with shipping) for many items.

Does anyone know how much the customs duty cost is to import into Europe?

Or even better, how to avoid it? Like by labeling the packages as a "gift"

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10-25-2009 09:36 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Seablade

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don't bother trying to avoid the taxes, it is not worth it.
even if you put gift on the customs label, you have to say what the gift is! (you can't surprise anyone with a gift anymore!)
Depends on what the item is for customs duty. What you can "try" is to get the people who ship the item to write a receipt for lower then the value of the items for the packing list, but don't go crazy saying something that cost $500. only cost $25.00 because the customs people are not stupid.
Of course, the customs person who inspects your package might fly heli's too, so they'll know exactly what you have in value! Mine does...lol.

"Vini, Vidi, Velcro"

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10-26-2009 12:49 PM  8 years agoPost 3
JKMRS

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I order a lot from the US (mostly Amainhobbies for heli stuff and Tower for the rest).
I think it's standard in the EU, but anything below 60$ (including shipping) is not taxed. Above, it's just taxed at the local VAT (19% for me).
It also depends on the size of the parcel - I just ordered a YS 50 that went right through customs without being stopped. Same thing happened with quite a few parcels with small electronic equipment, but never with bigger boxes, e.g. kits...
Some website also offer to reduce the value of the content on the declaration, but I would not recommend that.

Jacques

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10-26-2009 04:20 PM  8 years agoPost 4
Seablade

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Some website also offer to reduce the value of the content on the declaration, but I would not recommend that.
Do not recommend that one either. If you knew the person in the shipping dept. where you made the purchase, yeah maybe you could "try" it, but as said earlier it's just not worth it in the long run. It's hard to see any of the legitimate vendors doing that for you.

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