[LINK] Claim by Harvey Norman That Imports Are GST Free

Michael Skeggs mike@bystander.net mskeggs at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 11:32:28 AEDT 2012

And now I have found the page on the customs site I was after:
- PDF on buying over the internet:
- discussion of the recent brouhaha about low value imports:

Michael Skeggs

On 2 February 2012 11:29, Michael Skeggs mike at bystander.net
<mskeggs at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2 February 2012 11:16, Fernando Cassia <fcassia at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Just curious, what´s the duties/tax rate on electronics imported  by
>> individuals say from the USA to Australia? (say, a couple routers delivered
>> over FedEx or UPS, with commercial invoice enclosed).
>> Thanks...
>> FC
> For imports via normal post/airmail there is no taxes or duty
> collected if the total value is below $1000.
> FedEx and UPS do collect GST and duty (where applicable) for lower
> value imports. I think they will collect if the tax/duty is over $50.
> They will then also charge an administration charge.
> Since the post office is pretty honest and reliable here, and the
> FedEx and UPS rates are extortionate, even without the customs
> charges, it is nuts to use them.
> Regards,
> Michael

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