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What are the import taxes for laptops from America??


lgc e2
10 62 England
5 Mar 2007 2:55PM
I was going to order a new laptop from BhPhoto in America,the order comes to a total of $1311 does anyone know what the import taxes will be?

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cameracat e2
11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Mar 2007 2:58PM
First convert it to GBP, then add 17.5% VAT. as a rough guide.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
5 Mar 2007 3:03PM
.. and there used to be a 4% additional levy. Don't know if that still applies. There's a list somewhere on the Customs & Excise site (as was! Can't get used to their new name!!)
5 Mar 2007 3:05PM
HM Revenue and Customs information here

Adam
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
5 Mar 2007 3:14PM
That's the one Adam!
cats_123 e2
10 4.3k 25 Northern Ireland
5 Mar 2007 4:05PM
beat me to it, Adam
stolzy 9 3.8k 7
5 Mar 2007 4:31PM

Quote:HM Revenue and Customs information here

Interesting reading. Why is a digital camera free of duty, but not a 35mm SLR? Presumably a digital SLR is free of duty?
User_Removed 10 3.3k Russian Federation
5 Mar 2007 4:34PM
As I understand it, it's only a lens or complete camera (SLR + Lens) that incurs duty. Camera bodies are exempt. The digital cameras listed will refer to compacts.
stolzy 9 3.8k 7
5 Mar 2007 4:55PM

Quote:As I understand it, it's only a lens or complete camera (SLR + Lens) that incurs duty. Camera bodies are exempt. The digital cameras listed will refer to compacts.


What it says is:

Digital, still - free
Film Camera - 35mm SLR - 4.9%
Camera lenses - 6.7%

Just wondered whhere a digital SLR would fit and what the overall rationale was (if there is one)
cats_123 e2
10 4.3k 25 Northern Ireland
5 Mar 2007 7:13PM
think you're right, Stolzy..not sure why the differential, probably EU agreements to allow import of `new' technology. Don't forget vat is due on cost + duty


will try and find out why the difference (tomorrow)
jeff
cats_123 e2
10 4.3k 25 Northern Ireland
6 Mar 2007 10:40AM
couldn't find a good description of why SLRs are treated differently, but the linked article from AP magazine seems to hit the right notes

Digital still cameras - currently exempt from import duty because they are classed as information technology products

hope this is of some use

jeff

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