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#1 dood

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:47 PM

There seems to be a lot of interest in the cost of importing. This topic gives the definitive answer for a single item import from outside the EC. For the sake of example, I will use a Japanese 62 reissue P-Bass priced at Ishibashi at 42,400 yen plus 16,000 yen shipping. The formula applies to imports from the US also:

Cost of item: 42,400
plus
Cost of shipping: 16,000
= 58,400
converted at Monday's exchange rate ( 0.00498943 )= £291.38
plus
3.9% import duty = £302.74
plus
17.5% VAT = £355.73
plus
customs clearance charge - Parcelforce=£13.50, DHL=£20

So the landed cost of this example is £369.32 or £375.73 depending on the courier used.


Ishibashi in english ISHIBASHI http://www.excite.co.jp/world/english/web/...EN&wb_dis=2

I highly recommend IshiBashi. Fast insured deliveries too and much cheaper than buying the 'non export' versions in the UK

Edited by dood, 17 May 2007 - 09:48 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:50 PM

Worth noting (correct me if I'm wrong) that import duty is due on the cost of the bass plus shipping, and VAT is due on that total.
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Posted 17 May 2007 - 09:57 PM

Excellent stuff, the translations are pure gems!

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 10:13 PM

I have never imported anything, so is it easy to import a bass.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 10:18 PM

I did.. and I'm just a bass player, so.. yes.. yes it is! I will eventually copy all of the info over, but I'm lacking Mod rights at the moment.

Read this for now.. http://basstalk.co.u...?showtopic=2804

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:41 AM

It's a shame Fender Japan had to raise their prices, the deals were even better before.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 08:26 AM

It's a shame everything is so bloody expensive here :)

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 08:28 AM

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 09:49 AM

Also worth noting that the "tax man" uses his own currency rates to calculate the duties and VAT
The rates by month can be found on the Customs and Excise website. Sometimes works for you
and then sometimes against :)

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:10 AM

I couldn't be happier with my import from Japan :)

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:34 AM

I can't seem to find anything on that site Dood. Where should I be clicking?

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 10:58 AM

http://www.excite.co.jp/world/english/web/...EN&wb_dis=2

just click on stuff untill you see what you like :)
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 11:06 AM

I bought a P-bass 57 reissue with American pick ups from Ishibashi - as Dood says they were great - I just emailed them with an enquiry - they replied quickly - directed me to a secure site to pay and the bass turned up about 5 days later - really pleased with it and the whole thing was simple and relatively cheap

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:57 PM

I imported two Laklands from Bass Central in Florida. Very easy and shipped UPS it cleared customes like a dream with no dreaded (this is very unusual). They worked out £1500 for the pair shipped to my door including proper hard cases.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:17 PM

Where was that post from the guy whose tone pot had the cap missing? Luckily he could walk it back to the shop. I can't see he posting it back to the far east. Things do go wrong. Mics and electronics I can live, with but I wouldn't want to risk something as subjective as a musical instrument to a vendor 10,000 miles away.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 02:07 PM

It's worth noting that the pups on the 'US Pickup' MIJ basses aren't US pickups as such - they're built in Japan to a US design.

Not that that makes them inferior, y'understand.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 06:26 PM

How about a precision aerodyne, do you think it'd be any cheaper to buy from those, than to buy from Thomann? I can't navagate their site though.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 07:08 PM

Thanks for the Ishibashi link...

Off course the result is GAS for another bass I didn't know until now existed. The Greco Zematis Bass

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 09:38 AM

I think I'm gonna go find something I can't afford :)

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:16 PM

Very dangrous site, lots of things sparking GAS attack

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Never seen one of these before.....interesting :) Semi Telebass 70's neckbucker and jazz at bridge, wonder what that sounds like?

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:20 PM

I LOVE ishibashi, brilliant to deal with - my bass was in the UK in under 24 hours!!

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:) :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:41 AM

Hope this is of help for you all

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http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalW...;id=ERATES_2007

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:46 AM

I have no idea where I am supposed to be looking to actually browse what they have in!

Everytime I click on something which I think might take me somewhere useful, the translation loading thing comes up, it says something in English and then just totally stops!

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 10:21 AM

View Postdood, on May 17 2007, 10:47 PM, said:

I highly recommend IshiBashi. Fast insured deliveries too and much cheaper than buying the 'non export' versions in the UK

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:33 AM

I do like the look of this.

The tone cooking stove is expanded to the sound that adopts the ash material for the body, and tightens.
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Manufacturer suggested retail price \105,000 (List Price 105,000yen)
Sales including tax price \84,000
Main body sales price \80,000
(w/5%tax 84,000yen / WebShop Price 80,000yen)


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Posted 24 May 2007 - 03:19 PM

Now that is nice!

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Posted 24 May 2007 - 10:40 PM

I am very tempted.. and have been looking in to importing in a bit way all week. Will start a new topic when I decide what to do.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:18 PM

View Postped, on May 20 2007, 01:20 PM, said:

I LOVE ishibashi, brilliant to deal with - my bass was in the UK in under 24 hours!!

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Sexay that is Ped.. sexay!

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 10:38 AM

dood (or anybody) do you have the contact details for the English speaking fellas there so i can enquire on a bass?
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 07:02 PM

This was the thread I was after from BT.

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