Sending electronics to NZ - GST



  • My office, in another country, is sending my tablet computer to me in Auckland. It's value is about NZ$700, and I paid sales tax on it over there. Do I have to pay GST when it is sent to me in NZ?

    Any tips?



  • @Tim said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    My office, in another country, is sending my tablet computer to me in Auckland. It's value is about NZ$700, and I paid sales tax on it over there. Do I have to pay GST when it is sent to me in NZ?

    Any tips?

    You might be okay, as long as its clear it isn't a purchase. Think of it like a gift, so no tax



  • @Tim I had a tablet sent from Bali recently. DHL needed a copy of my recent inbound flight itinerary and passport to avoid GST.

    And no, I have no idea of the relevance of either of those things.



  • @canefan said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    @Tim said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    My office, in another country, is sending my tablet computer to me in Auckland. It's value is about NZ$700, and I paid sales tax on it over there. Do I have to pay GST when it is sent to me in NZ?

    Any tips?

    You might be okay, as long as its clear it isn't a purchase. Think of it like a gift, so no tax

    if they open the box and label it 'used' it should be fine? You have to make a declaration of value - that's ripe for 'interesting' interpretation of the actual value 😃



  • This is what Customs have to say on the matter:

    https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/send-and-receive-items/receive-items-from-overseas/

    Goods subject to import duty and GST

    Goods mailed to NZ may be subject to import duty. Import duties are calculated on the Customs value of the goods in New Zealand dollars.

    The goods may also be subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%, based on the Customs value of the goods, and including the duty (if any) and postal/courier charges.

    From 1 December 2019 overseas suppliers may charge GST on items sent to NZ consumers that are valued at NZ$1000 or less. The overseas supplier will indicate on your receipt and your shipping information that GST has been collected.

    We do not collect any duty, fees or GST unless the value of your item/shipment is over $1000. This doesn't apply to alcohol or tobacco.

    Please be aware that if two or more packages arrive for you at the same time, Customs may combine them as one import for the calculation of duty.

    If your goods are valued at NZ$1000 or more, you will need a client code and there will also be an Import Entry Transaction Tee (IETF) and MPI Biosecurity System Entry Levy (BSEL).



  • @Tim said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    This is what Customs have to say on the matter:

    https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/send-and-receive-items/receive-items-from-overseas/

    Goods subject to import duty and GST

    Goods mailed to NZ may be subject to import duty. Import duties are calculated on the Customs value of the goods in New Zealand dollars.

    The goods may also be subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%, based on the Customs value of the goods, and including the duty (if any) and postal/courier charges.

    From 1 December 2019 overseas suppliers may charge GST on items sent to NZ consumers that are valued at NZ$1000 or less. The overseas supplier will indicate on your receipt and your shipping information that GST has been collected.

    We do not collect any duty, fees or GST unless the value of your item/shipment is over $1000. This doesn't apply to alcohol or tobacco.

    Please be aware that if two or more packages arrive for you at the same time, Customs may combine them as one import for the calculation of duty.

    If your goods are valued at NZ$1000 or more, you will need a client code and there will also be an Import Entry Transaction Tee (IETF) and MPI Biosecurity System Entry Levy (BSEL).

    Anyone with experience on how this works in practice? It seems like some online retailers collect GST for NZ even on values under $1k. Does this mean that if I order from somewhere that doesn't collect in advance and value is under $1k I won't get charged by NZ Customs?
    If so it seems silly to purchase from those that collect.



  • @Crucial said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    @Tim said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    This is what Customs have to say on the matter:

    https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/send-and-receive-items/receive-items-from-overseas/

    Goods subject to import duty and GST

    Goods mailed to NZ may be subject to import duty. Import duties are calculated on the Customs value of the goods in New Zealand dollars.

    The goods may also be subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%, based on the Customs value of the goods, and including the duty (if any) and postal/courier charges.

    From 1 December 2019 overseas suppliers may charge GST on items sent to NZ consumers that are valued at NZ$1000 or less. The overseas supplier will indicate on your receipt and your shipping information that GST has been collected.

    We do not collect any duty, fees or GST unless the value of your item/shipment is over $1000. This doesn't apply to alcohol or tobacco.

    Please be aware that if two or more packages arrive for you at the same time, Customs may combine them as one import for the calculation of duty.

    If your goods are valued at NZ$1000 or more, you will need a client code and there will also be an Import Entry Transaction Tee (IETF) and MPI Biosecurity System Entry Levy (BSEL).

    Anyone with experience on how this works in practice? It seems like some online retailers collect GST for NZ even on values under $1k. Does this mean that if I order from somewhere that doesn't collect in advance and value is under $1k I won't get charged by NZ Customs?
    If so it seems silly to purchase from those that collect.

    The old rule used to be over $400. Sometimes they caught the parcel and you paid GST and duty, other times not. I don't know if they are going to greater effort or not, I would guess there is still a chance it could slip through although they are more alert to it now. These days most big merchants like Amazon and Aliexpress take GST for the government at time of sale. I don't believe that rule is for gifts or goods not purchased by the recipient. Perhaps you need to get your work to wrap it in birthday paper....



  • @canefan
    I don't know if I'm missing something obvious or if that customs advisory is contradictory.

    Good point about gifts though. If I had stuff sent to my son in UK and he repackaged and sent as gift I could avoid extra (if under limit)

    Edit: So what that link doesn't say is that only overseas retailers doing over $60k business pa to NZ need to collect GST. If you purchase from a small business you won't get charged



  • @Crucial said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    @canefan
    I don't know if I'm missing something obvious or if that customs advisory is contradictory.

    Good point about gifts though. If I had stuff sent to my son in UK and he repackaged and sent as gift I could avoid extra (if under limit)

    I buy a decent amount of stuff. I would usually try to stay under the $400, but sometimes when the item was too much I'd chance it. Sometimes I'd win and the item slipped through tax and duty free. Other times I had to pay when they caught it in customs. If you use NZPost You shop from USA or UK you will definitely get hit with GST. If not, maybe you get lucky



  • @Tim said in Sending electronics to NZ - GST:

    My office, in another country, is sending my tablet computer to me in Auckland. It's value is about NZ$700, and I paid sales tax on it over there. Do I have to pay GST when it is sent to me in NZ?

    Any tips?

    You might want to get advice from NZ customs as to what to do. Better use a burner phone so they can't trace you if you don't get the answer you were hoping for 😉



  • @canefan it is $1k now not $400 and yes, avoid NZPost You Shop as they will add it on every time


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