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Import & Customùs per country
#1
Dear readers,

I'm living in a 3 world country. Our government told us we are on our own for electricity from November on (no joke)....welcome to Belgium.

So I'm working hard on projects to foresee my own supply.

Now, one more big issue with our great country is customs. We can only import 22EUR/25$, if it's above we have to pay import tax, with minimum 15EUR handling fee.
So if  you buy an item for 22.5 EUR, you pay 22.5 + 15 + tax, real bummer isn't it? This means I can't import 10 PCBs for building the Jehu battery project without sponsoring those white collar criminals.

So instead of throwing money into a big black hole of nothing I'm looking for an intermediate solution,  a country where I can deliver hardware in EU and they can forward items into the EU. Can you please post the max. amount of hardware you can import for you country? Goal is to make a summary, can be useful for many buyers.

Thanks guys.

F.
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#2
Wow!! That's ridiculous! Good thing you're gaining knowledge here to help out your power needs.

Could you potentially have a mail box outside of Belgium that either you or a friend has access to that you receive the large quantities from? And then either pick them up and drive them across the border, or the friend could repackage them into smaller quantity packages so the totals aren't so high?
Or is this a cumulative import cost (if you purchase over the course of a week a total of 22EUR, not in one order/delivery)?

Oooor, is that what you're trying to do in getting it shipped outside and drive it across the border?

What a bunch of crap you guys gotta go through. Makes my troubles seem like ant sized problems
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Its same as Sweden and common in many EU countries. Nothing new im afraid.

Many china vendors do pre-ship to germany and holland to bypass above. Have you looked at that? For instance Banggood does that with the expedited shipping method.

But on other hand. Staying on the legal you should pay tax and vat but I agree the extra fee hurts. I always order big sets directly and from same vendor = the fee itself is small compare to total value
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(10-01-2018, 01:29 PM)Franky Beuselinck Wrote: Dear readers,

I'm living in a 3 world country. Our government told us we are on our own for electricity from November on (no joke)....welcome to Belgium.

So I'm working hard on projects to foresee my own supply.

Now, one more big issue with our great country is customs. We can only import 22EUR/25$, if it's above we have to pay import tax, with minimum 15EUR handling fee.
So if  you buy an item for 22.5 EUR, you pay 22.5 + 15 + tax, real bummer isn't it? This means I can't import 10 PCBs for building the Jehu battery project without sponsoring those white collar criminals.

So instead of throwing money into a big black hole of nothing I'm looking for an intermediate solution,  a country where I can deliver hardware in EU and they can forward items into the EU. Can you please post the max. amount of hardware you can import for you country? Goal is to make a summary, can be useful for many buyers.

Thanks guys.

F.

In UK you can import £135 worth items before any duty in incurred.
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#5
In the UK imported goods are subject to duty and VAT, which is payable on the sum of the goods+postage+duty.
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#6
Here is the government website.

VAT allowance is different from Customs allowance
All detailed here https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty
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(10-01-2018, 04:44 PM)hermitdave Wrote: VAT allowance is different from Customs allowance.

Could you explain what you mean, specifically your use of the word "allowance" ?
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(10-01-2018, 05:30 PM)Sean Wrote:
(10-01-2018, 04:44 PM)hermitdave Wrote: VAT allowance is different from Customs allowance.

Could you explain what you mean, specifically your use of the word "allowance" ?

VAT
You pay VAT on goods sent from non-European Union (EU) countries and EU special territories(eg the Canary Islands) if they’re:
  • gifts worth more than £39

  • other goods worth more than £15

  • alcohol, tobacco products and fragrances (eg perfume, eau de toilette and cologne) of any value
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#9
Guys, thanks for the answers so far.
Hope to receive some feedback from southern countries like Italy, Spain & Portugal.

Will check the banggood route too.
Already bought several items via german shipping, some solar panels via spain too....

Frank
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#10
Belgium must have a short run PCB house ?
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