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

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Thu Feb 2 12:09:17 AEDT 2012

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM, Michael Skeggs mike at bystander.net <
mskeggs at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.

This changed a few years ago.  It used to be that the limit was $1000 via
Aus Post, but $250 via "courier" (ie, non AusPost)

As of a few years ago it's $1000 regardless of whether it's Australia Post
or Courier.

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.

This depends on your contract with Fedex.  If you're sending more than the
very occasional package, if the paperwork is completed correctly, and if
the duty is being charged to a Fedex account you can normally completely
eliminate their fees.


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