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#241 Paul S

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 10:01 AM

Something worth mentioning, maybe. I have in recent months bought a couple of basses from Japan. Both were sent via DHL, which was a little bit more expensive than other methods but not much. It took 2 days, door to door, from Tokyo - shipped on a Monday, paid the duty online on Tuesday, delivered Wednesday. The duty they calculated was less than the amount I had worked out and there was no handling fee. Not only was it delivered to my door, it was 're-delivered' as I was out when they tried first time - I got a phone call in the afternoon asking if I was in to receive it. Although I guess that was down to the individual driver.

Compare and contrast with Parcelforce worldwide who handled an earlier purchase from Japan. Tokyo to Coventry took 3 days. Coventry hung onto it for 10 days before rubber-stamping the paperwork. I then had to drive 30 mins to my local depot to collect it where I had to pay, in cash as they had no facility for card payments, the 20% VAT, 3% import duty plus £13 handling fee.

If I ever import a bass again I will make sure it is handled by DHL.

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 10:54 AM

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2 days from Tokyo !! That's fantastic. I was waiting on a 48 hour delivery from Parcel Farce on Hogmanay,which of course never arrived.
It'll be the 5th at the earliest now. Should have used DHL :)

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 10:22 PM

View Postkodiakblair, on 03 January 2016 - 01:39 AM, said:

I wonder how eh Paul :)

As there's probably 10x the numbers of Rics in the US than the UK you stand a much better chance of getting a good one,hell it's even better with US Fenders.
They average $800 2nd hand :o

I would suggest keeping the tax and duty factored into any purchase you might make,if you're happy with the deal and you do have to pay at customs the purchase isn'
tarnished.

Course I think you're thinking of other options ;)

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 08:12 AM

Hi Guys,

I have this message on my parcelforce tracking for a bass I've imported from Korea...

Your parcel is currently with the customs authorities and is being assessed for import duties and local taxes. These will be notified to the addressee and usually need to be paid prior to the parcel being delivered.

Any idea how long this bit usually takes / what I can expect?
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Posted 26 December 2016 - 11:14 AM

Advice required. Thinking of importing direct from China so it's 20 vat plus 3.2% import duty plus Royal Mail handling fee? I read that you also have to pay on the shipping cost but the bass I'm looking at is sold with "free delivery" which of course means the mailing is factored in to the price, but will I get clobbered with an estimated shipping cost over the top of the actual price?

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 11:49 AM

A Bass I had delivered from Japan had free delivery. Customs ticket only showed value and that's all I paid duty on.

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:25 AM

Thanks kodiakblair, that makes calculating the end price a bit easier.

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:12 AM

If you get the sender to pay the duties then you avoid the courier handling fees.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:05 AM

The new CITES regulations are going to make this more and more difficult for buying instruments from overseas. Dealers should be doing something about licences, but where does that leave the private individual???

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 03:50 PM

 Skybone, on 01 April 2017 - 09:05 AM, said:

The new CITES regulations are going to make this more and more difficult for buying instruments from overseas. Dealers should be doing something about licences, but where does that leave the private individual???

I've just gone through the whole CITES permitting process as a US seller to a Dutch buyer. Knowing what I now do, I would have charged a minimum of $500 for all the hassle and out of pocket expense it entailed. Frankly, I probably just wouldn't ever do it again. If the US seller happens to live very near one the of the limited number of CITES inspection stations their experience would be a bit less painful, but the wait time for the main permit would still be 60-90 days, and the potential for unpleasant surprises is pretty great.
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Posted 10 July 2017 - 05:11 PM

Does anyone have experience of importing an instrument with an Indian rosewood fingerboard from the US? I am asking in relation to CITES. Did you need to do anything special? This is assuming that the US seller has already done the necessary for export.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:30 AM

View PostJimBobTTD, on 10 July 2017 - 05:11 PM, said:

Does anyone have experience of importing an instrument with an Indian rosewood fingerboard from the US? I am asking in relation to CITES. Did you need to do anything special? This is assuming that the US seller has already done the necessary for export.

The Dutch buyer I mentioned in my last post had to get his own import permit on top of the two separate US permits and the physical inspection I had to deal with. The whole process took just under 4 months. And yes, the bass in question has an Indian rosewood fingerboard.

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 09:39 AM

View PostPassinwind, on 17 July 2017 - 05:30 AM, said:

The Dutch buyer I mentioned in my last post had to get his own import permit on top of the two separate US permits and the physical inspection I had to deal with. The whole process took just under 4 months. And yes, the bass in question has an Indian rosewood fingerboard.

Thanks for your answer! This is what I have suspected. The information on a number of (official!) websites is slightly ambiguous, making it seem like it is only needed if you are a company that will be selling it on but, at the same time, making it also seem that you (as a private person) are considered an official importer and, thus, a company.
Basses: Warmoth/Firecreek P5, Warmoth fretless Jazz V; Ibanez SR1205 (1995) & SR1206 (1996). Also an old Ibanez PJ copy (1977) that is seldom played.
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