Importing to NZ - Customs advice and any tips?

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jace
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2 Jun 06 06:11:51 am
hi im new to importing stuff. im not from the US and im trying to see if this business can work for me. can anyone give me tips on how to start up and what i should look out for in customs and stuff.

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0tnic
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2 Jun 06 08:00:09 am
as in the other post, you have to pay import duties.

Shipping to new zealand is very very expensive. i would say double what the price of the stock is and that is pretty much what you will be paying for shipping and exchange rate then add import duties to that. it does make it really hard for us people over here.

What kind of products are you after?

Good luck!

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jace
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2 Jun 06 09:15:08 am
yeah sorry bout the double post i thought the other one didn't show. anyway, im after electronics at the mo.. trying to start with little stuff first see how it works. so how has it worked for u so far?

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0tnic
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2 Jun 06 09:19:16 am
i deal mainly in clothing as i found there is very little profit to be made via electronics.
The better option is to be unique as others have said,. think of something that hardly anyone sells and search for that rather than trying for things like ipods

It takes alot of hard work and money but at the end of the day you get the rewards :D

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jace
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4 Jun 06 08:53:07 am
cool! thanks a lot :D oh and roughly how much do u pay customs? thanks

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0tnic
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4 Jun 06 09:58:07 am
its about 12.5% depending what it is. i have heard of some people having to pay up to 30% tho

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matt_16288
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4 Jun 06 10:47:31 am
Vat is 17.5 %

Customs is around 14%

For example: Suplier quotes

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0tnic
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4 Jun 06 11:01:40 am
it depends on where you live i guess. ill try and find a web page with more details for ya

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matt_16288
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4 Jun 06 11:05:54 am
it depends on where you live i guess. ill try and find a web page with more details for ya


Yeh. Importing is so complicated, and i have heard some horror stories, when people get taxed hundreds on their doorstep :shock:

You have to account for all of this when importing anything, it might be worth calling customs up..

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0tnic
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4 Jun 06 11:10:00 am
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heres a new zealand web page with some fact sheets in it. Hope this helps you

If you are registering your business and tax id etc it would pay to get an account with them where they charge you and just straight away send the packae or to go through a broker who has full contact with you and lets you know how much it will be etc.

Ive found a few times ive had to pay and my parcel has been held up by 2 weeks!!!!
not good for when you want the sales!

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0tnic
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4 Jun 06 11:11:46 am
OMG on looking at some of the fact sheets the fee is 20.5% for most things and even higher for clothing!

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filho_domicio
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6 Jun 06 01:09:17 am
VAT and customs depends on which country you are importing into. Also, customs is generally dependant on the type of product you are importing. Some products are duty free! (are still taxable via VAT)

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simon
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6 Jun 06 03:46:47 am
i deal mainly in clothing as i found there is very little profit to be made via electronics.
The better option is to be unique as others have said,. think of something that hardly anyone sells and search for that rather than trying for things like ipods

It takes alot of hard work and money but at the end of the day you get the rewards :D


will that be harder to start, if your item is so ' unique ' ?

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simon
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6 Jun 06 03:48:23 am

Yeh. Importing is so complicated, and i have heard some horror stories, when people get taxed hundreds on their doorstep :shock:

You have to account for all of this when importing anything, it might be worth calling customs up..


can you tell us about your horrible tax story?

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simon
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6 Jun 06 03:50:29 am
I am so new to this game, what is fact sheet? Is it the tax you need to pay?

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padenimports
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8 Jun 06 11:53:55 pm
Hello,

I want to order from a company in China. One that Salehoo has already checked out and are legit. Also I am having them dropshipped directly to my customers.

How will I be contacted by VAT or Customs so that I can pay what I owe? And if I can't be reached, then what? I am in the US. Thanks.

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centercorp
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9 Jun 06 12:47:12 am
If you have them dropshipped to your customers and the product doesnt hit your doorstep then you are not responsible for taxes, the customer is. You might want to check up with your state comptroller's office and ask them about that though for I am no tax law guru.


-Benjamin

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padenimports
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9 Jun 06 05:55:14 pm
Thank you.

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tomaingeroy
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11 Jul 06 11:49:22 am
The fact sheets kinda bogged me down as well. I found this page pretty useful: Link hidden: Login to view
It has all the information you need to know about importing into New Zealand.

New Zealand has a Import Entry Transaction fee of NZD $22.00 (GST inclusive). This I believe is the fee you pay just to import commercially.

An Import fee may also charged. In order to determine whether import duty is applicable to imported goods, Customs considers the following:

* Tariff classification

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