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Import taxes on clothes in Finland (E.U.)?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ville_e, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. ville_e

    ville_e Well-Known Member

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    Does someone know how much clothes can be brought into Finland without paying taxes on them or is there some amount (Dollar, Euro) you are allowed to purchase without paying taxes ?

    The import law is the same as the E.U. import law so maybe the European members here can help me out. I would like to order some shirts from the States and I'm wondering if they are below a certain price (ex. below 20 dollars) do I still have to pay taxes on them ?
     
  2. speedster.8

    speedster.8 Well-Known Member

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    If bought in EU there is an agreement for country of origin tax to be maintained.
    But for non eu you will have to pay duty and vat as well as vat out lay by UPS/FEDX etc.
    Check the finish tax regulations. The Finnish government is bound to have a site. Not being fluent in finish limits my help here.

    Speed
     
  3. WN2

    WN2 Well-Known Member

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    Does someone know how much clothes can be brought into Finland without paying taxes on them or is there some amount (Dollar, Euro) you are allowed to purchase without paying taxes ?

    The import law is the same as the E.U. import law so maybe the European members here can help me out. I would like to order some shirts from the States and I'm wondering if they are below a certain price (ex. below 20 dollars) do I still have to pay taxes on them ?


    50 euros, I recall. If you're lucky your package won't be caught by customs. And despite the urban myth, it doesn't matter whether your package is labeled as a "gift" or not.

    For clothes the customs tax is 12% and VAT the usual 22%. See:

    http://www.tulli.fi/fi/03_Yksityishe...ilta/index.jsp
     
  4. ville_e

    ville_e Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help guys! Much appreciated! [​IMG]
     
  5. whyme?

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    going to bump this. i won't be ordering from the states, but the UK, so presumably VAT will already be taken into consideration. the value will be aout 70 euro - am i good to go? I read the threshold was 150 euro, not 50. any nordics confirm?
     
  6. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    UK to Finland?

    Did a war breakout? They're both EU. No duties. Unless you're a commercial buyer no VAT:
     
  7. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Well-Known Member

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    There are no taxes or custom charges from one EU country to another EU country (exclusions are alcohol or tobacco). VAT will be charged at the current rate in the country of origin and will not be adjusted to the rate in the country of destination (although this country might have a higher or lower VAT rate).

    You pay the advertised price (plus postage, if applicable) and the goods will be delivered to your front door.
     
  8. whyme?

    whyme? Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the informative responses, guys. whilst i assumed the above, i'm new to the eu and wasn't sure.

    on a somewhat related note, if i'm to get some things sent from japan, marked as gift, what should the total value be below to avoid said fees?

    tia!
     

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