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Where can I buy a white silk evening scarf before next Wednesday? Best I could find was TM Lewin, but delivery is 7-10 business days

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A question for online shopping experts. The clothes I wish to order from overseas is over the $1k GST threshold. Normally, my orders are shipped here using courier service (DHL, UPS) which means I need to pay duty plus GST. But I've heard that this may be avoided by using regular parcel delivery via the post office. The downside is that it takes much longer. Does anyone have experience? Thanks.
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It's not absolutely, 100% guaranteed, but I can confirm that the likelihood of being charged import duty is much lower if you use Australia Post as the delivery service (so have the package sent by USPS in the US, Royal Mail in the UK etc, to deliver by Australia Post in Australia), compared to if you use FedEx, DHL or other private couriers. 

 

What's more, just to add insult to injury, companies like FedEx or DHL will usually charge you a "processing fee" on top of the GST etc, because they calculated the duty payable and transferred it to the government on your behalf! 

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Originally Posted by benf View Post

A question for online shopping experts. The clothes I wish to order from overseas is over the $1k GST threshold. Normally, my orders are shipped here using courier service (DHL, UPS) which means I need to pay duty plus GST. But I've heard that this may be avoided by using regular parcel delivery via the post office. The downside is that it takes much longer. Does anyone have experience? Thanks.
What JM says is true from what I know. The $1,000 threshold is per order or what would be considered a complete set. So a bike cant be separated into wheels, gears etc to lower the limit. In theory.
In practice it can be spread over a few weeks as frame, gears and wheels maybe (usually) are different brands.
With clothes - I'm guessing only - a suit is one item.
But a shirt , suit, tie etc can be legitimate separate orders. You'd need to spread them a bit. Keep in mind - whole containers of cigarettes, cocaine etc get into the country undetected. The chances of your separate orders being linked up are minimal but not zero.
OTOH GST is only around 10% = $100 on $1,000 - not worth a hassle?
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

What JM says is true from what I know. The $1,000 threshold is per order or what would be considered a complete set. So a bike cant be separated into wheels, gears etc to lower the limit. In theory.
In practice it can be spread over a few weeks as frame, gears and wheels maybe (usually) are different brands.
With clothes - I'm guessing only - a suit is one item.
But a shirt , suit, tie etc can be legitimate separate orders. You'd need to spread them a bit. Keep in mind - whole containers of cigarettes, cocaine etc get into the country undetected. The chances of your separate orders being linked up are minimal but not zero.
OTOH GST is only around 10% = $100 on $1,000 - not worth a hassle?

The amount of duty & GST payable is A + B + C where
r = duty as a %
V = value of order
D = delivery cost
A = r*(V + D)
B = 10%* (V + A)
C = processing fee charged by courier co.

For clothing & shoes, duty is 5%. In my case, order value (1 item) is $1,500. So total landed cost would be $1,800 or +20%.
Edited by benf - 5/25/16 at 3:38pm
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Thread Starter 
You want to avoid paying tax but you're not asking the Greek?

You've made your bed.
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

You want to avoid paying tax but you're not asking the Greek?

You've made your bed.
I think he wants to order stuff that fits.


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Wearing a new purple micro-gingham shirt from Luxire today, my first with the fabled 'NOBD' collar (curved! genius!). The fabric is lovely and I have (even if I do say so myself) nailed the fit. Feeling very grateful to SF for freeing me from the fresh hell of poorly fitting shirts biggrin.gif

For the interested:

http://custom.luxire.com/products/purple-mini-gingham-on-white
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

What JM says is true from what I know. The $1,000 threshold is per order or what would be considered a complete set. So a bike cant be separated into wheels, gears etc to lower the limit. In theory.
In practice it can be spread over a few weeks as frame, gears and wheels maybe (usually) are different brands.
With clothes - I'm guessing only - a suit is one item.
But a shirt , suit, tie etc can be legitimate separate orders. You'd need to spread them a bit. Keep in mind - whole containers of cigarettes, cocaine etc get into the country undetected. The chances of your separate orders being linked up are minimal but not zero.
OTOH GST is only around 10% = $100 on $1,000 - not worth a hassle?

The amount of duty & GST payable is A + B + C where
r = duty as a %
V = value of order
D = delivery cost
A = r*(V + D)
B = 10%* (V + A)
C = processing fee charged by courier co.

For clothing & shoes, duty is 5%. In my case, order value (1 item) is $1,500. So total landed cost would be $1,800 or +20%.
Where did you get that from? There s no duty - only GST IIRC

Depends what it is too - you can say - get some shoes Loakes, shipped from Pediwear/Herring etc to a friend in UK FREE then they can ship them as a gift to you in Oz - GST free. But in that case you will pay UK VAT - which is higher than oz GST
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post

You want to avoid paying tax but you're not asking the Greek?

You've made your bed.

I've got a couple of mates at the ATO want me to pass them your details?biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

Where did you get that from? There s no duty - only GST IIRC

http://www.borderlinx.com
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

What JM says is true from what I know. The $1,000 threshold is per order or what would be considered a complete set. So a bike cant be separated into wheels, gears etc to lower the limit. In theory.
In practice it can be spread over a few weeks as frame, gears and wheels maybe (usually) are different brands.
With clothes - I'm guessing only - a suit is one item.
But a shirt , suit, tie etc can be legitimate separate orders. You'd need to spread them a bit. Keep in mind - whole containers of cigarettes, cocaine etc get into the country undetected. The chances of your separate orders being linked up are minimal but not zero.
OTOH GST is only around 10% = $100 on $1,000 - not worth a hassle?

I noticed after many years of not going OS that you can bring in over 2 litres of booze as well instead of the usual 1 lite of years ago.
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Any suggestions on good sourdough bakeries in Melbourne CBD?

 

 

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I noticed after many years of not going OS that you can bring in over 2 litres of booze as well instead of the usual 1 lite of years ago.


2.25 litres to be exact - which equates to three bottles of wine. Very kind of them not to set it at 2.24.

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Coxie So there are no good sourdough bakeries in the Melbourne CBD?
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

2.25 litres to be exact - which equates to three bottles of wine. Very kind of them not to set it at 2.24.

 

Damned alcohol limits! I was going to buy one of these 4L bottles of well-aged whisky in Japan but then realised that I'd have to drink almost half of it before I could take it onto the plane! 

 

 

:p

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