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What are the import taxes for laptops from America??

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    lgc
    lgc  962 forum posts England
    5 Mar 2007 - 2:55 PM

    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
    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2007 - 2:58 PM

    First convert it to GBP, then add 17.5% VAT. as a rough guide.

    User_Removed
    5 Mar 2007 - 3:03 PM

    .. 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!!)

    VolcanoCowboy

    HM Revenue and Customs information here

    Adam

    User_Removed
    5 Mar 2007 - 3:14 PM

    That's the one Adam!

    cats_123
    cats_123 e2 Member 104014 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2007 - 4:05 PM

    beat me to it, Adam

    stolzy
    stolzy  83753 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2007 - 4:31 PM


    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
    5 Mar 2007 - 4:34 PM

    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
    stolzy  83753 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2007 - 4:55 PM


    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
    cats_123 e2 Member 104014 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Mar 2007 - 7:13 PM

    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
    cats_123 e2 Member 104014 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
    6 Mar 2007 - 10:40 AM

    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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