Import duty on speakers

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uncle eric

Guest
Import duty from the states is 9% plus the obligatory 17.5% Vat.
Fron the far east, it gets worse. Duty is 13.4%.
Eric
 

oaklandraiders

Well-known Member
Yo

Oh no 9% thats putting them up a fair bit, coming from USA as well.
Technically as ones a powered sub could that attract a different rate ?

Thanks

John
 

Dar

Active Member
I'm pretty sure it's 4.5% from most countries including USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong. I work in freight forwarding and we import loudspeakers for a customer from the far east.

We are talking about speakers without internal amplification?
 

oaklandraiders

Well-known Member
Yo

Yep its a 5.1 setup with stands for front 2 with an active sub, I'm just putting it all through as speakers. Coming from USA.

john
 

John DB

Active Member
Its 4.5% import duty from the states + 17.5% vat on top.

If you ring C&E and tell them exactly what your importing and where from they'll give you a code number for the items import duty. You then have to ring another number, tell them this code no and they will give you the % figure.

Its definately 4.5% for an active subwoofer from the states but as for multiple speakers/stands/sub I couldn't say.

John.
 

oaklandraiders

Well-known Member
Yo

Great that makes it all more reasonable at 4.5%. I should have them in approx 2 weeks, I'll post how I got on !

john
 

Reiner

Active Member
Note that in most countries the cost of shipping is added to the value of the items before calculating the tax!
 

Dar

Active Member
Good point Reiner, should have mentioned that. In some instances insurance has to be included as well before taxes are calculated.

FYI If you are having the speakers or anything else sent by airfreight, under the 'Official Journal of the European Communities No. L 393/3', a percentage of the airfreight costs can be used. An example would be from the USA to London you would use 75% of the airfreight cost form the east coast (New York, etc) and 84% from the west coast (Los Angeles, etc).
 

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