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Hey guys and girls,

I'm still on the cliff edge of purchasing a 30" Korean display. I've seen people saying they've paid different amounts in import duties. Can you guys tell me your experience importing to the EU, do rates vary by country? Do some countries have more relaxed customs. I ask because I could have it sent to friends/family in a number of different countries. Does getting the seller to say you paid a lower amount work? Could I get a seller like bcc to state that the monitor is defective/damaged somehow to justify a low value on the monitors price tag? I was slightly freaked out because I phoned customs in my country to see what they would charge (apparently, almost 25% with duty and tax) and when I mentioned that the item was from South Korea the official asked straight out if it was a monitor.

Slightly off topic but is it true that an updated LG panel is being launched in March//April or something?
Oh and is the only difference between the 30Q5 and 3020MDP the inputs/scaler and power consumption? I need a DVI input and VESA mount.

Sorry for the rambling nature of this post
Edited by Kolya - 2/6/13 at 6:22am
post #2 of 36
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OK, so that was underwhelming. Are there no Europeans on the forum?
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The seller works with you if you request it. He and you don't want to pay customs so the first question he will ask is if you don't mind him putting the value of each monitor bought under a certain amount. I have them shipped from Korea to USA and have never paid customs so far. This is due to me and the seller working together and allowing him to put them at a certain value on the forms, which ofcourse is not the value when purchased. If you work with the seller then the answer is no you,should not pay custom tax, if your hard headed and want it all done the "right" way then yes expect to pay.
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Thanks for the reply, that was great. Could you recommend a seller?
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Thanks for the reply, that was great. Could you recommend a seller?

Everyone including myself have have gotten excellent monitors and customer service from AccessoriesWhole (AW)
Link to there Store:
http://stores.ebay.com/AccessoriesWhole/CROSSOVER-/_i.html?_fsub=5015903015&_sid=1033343855&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322
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The seller works with you if you request it. He and you don't want to pay customs so the first question he will ask is if you don't mind him putting the value of each monitor bought under a certain amount. I have them shipped from Korea to USA and have never paid customs so far. This is due to me and the seller working together and allowing him to put them at a certain value on the forms, which ofcourse is not the value when purchased. If you work with the seller then the answer is no you,should not pay custom tax, if your hard headed and want it all done the "right" way then yes expect to pay.

The reason you don't pay tax is due to the US and South Korea having a free trade agreement, there is no such agreement for any European country AFAIK.

Some sellers may be willing to mark down a lower price to help you paying less tax or avoid it completely but in doing so you open yourself to shipping insurance problems if anything goes wrong as the shipping company will only pay what the item is marked for, not to mention the fact that it is tax fraud.
post #7 of 36
Im not sure which EU country your referring to Kolya but in the UK you generally pay %20 VAT on what the item is worth and on how much it cost to ship and insure the item. I dont think you pay any duty charge unless its a really high amount.

For instance say I buy a $400 computer part. Its worth $400, costs $25 to send it shipped & fully insured, so I get charged $85 when it arrives in UK customs. Also you may have to pay Handling fees for whoever delivers it, this is usually a small amount, say like $10.

If your looking to get it shipped to the UK, id be prepared to pay 20% on what its declared value is at least, then guess how much tax your gonna pay on shipping/insurance/handling fee. Im not 100% sure if you get charged the 20% on the postage.

As BM & BS mentioned, your likely to get in trouble for not paying correct tax amounts. If the item is declared as being worth $100 but you insure it for $300, that obviously wont add up if it gets damaged.
Edited by $ilent - 2/7/13 at 9:38am
post #8 of 36
Shipping does not get taxed unless it is part of the declared value on the customs form.

If it is marked as $400 you will pay tax on $400, handling charge (in the UK this is £8) and possibly duty if the value is over the allowance.
post #9 of 36
ahh my mistake, I wasnt sure if you get taxed on that or not. So yeah generally duty is free but tax is 20% on the declared value. In my opinion you should always put the actual item of the value down as its declared value and just insure it for that and be done with it.
post #10 of 36
Would like to point out that anything above 50 euro is going to get taxed on customs.

I would like to wish the best of luck to anyone who tries to get a 30" monitor from outside EU into EU under 50 euro pricetag.

That will not happen! You will pay taxes for the monitor, and lieing about it, won't make it easier on you or your seller.
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