#1
Hey guys, got a friend in the US who is willing to ship me a guitar if I pay for it plus shipping myself. Sounds good seeing as the US prices are cheaper than the UK's and I maybe able to get one of the Agiles I've been gassing for.

Just a question though would him marking the guitar as a gift null all custom duty and import tax etc?

Thanks!
Bass Gear:

Mensinger: Speesy
Fender Precision 1989 (CIJ Rosewood)
Fender Steve Harris (CIJ)
Lakland J Sonic 5
Epiphone Explorer
Maruszczyk (custom) Jake

Ashdown CTM 100
#2
I could be wrong, but I think you get taxed based on the overall value of the product being sent over. It doesn't matter if it's classified as a gift. It's not based on what you paid for it, it's based on the value of the item. So yeah, you'd probably have to pay some sort of import tax.

I don't know how much that would be though. It's possible you could still end up paying less even with the tax, if the US prices are that much cheaper.
Current Gear:
2002 Gibson Les Paul Standard
'57 AVRI Fender Stratocaster
MIJ Fender Jaguar Special HH
Marshall JVM410
Vox AC15 C2
#3
If he's nice and says it's a gift then yes it would null all customs and tax fees etc
#4
Quote by 57Goldtop
I could be wrong, but I think you get taxed based on the overall value of the product being sent over. It doesn't matter if it's classified as a gift. It's not based on what you paid for it, it's based on the value of the item. So yeah, you'd probably have to pay some sort of import tax.

I don't know how much that would be though. It's possible you could still end up paying less even with the tax, if the US prices are that much cheaper.

Wrong
#5
Quote by voleurz
If he's nice and says it's a gift then yes it would null all customs and tax fees etc


Totally wrong.

Anything over £135 in value coming into the UK from outside Europe will attract importation tax at 2.5% on musical insrtuments +VAT, plus whatever the company that ships it charges you for handling the charges for you - £18 for royal mail - not sure for other carriers, unless the duty would be less that £9.

There's a load more detail here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/buying.htm#4

Have a look at the gifts from outside the EU section.
Last edited by mark_wuk at Apr 8, 2011,
#6
Quote by mark_wuk
Totally wrong.

Anything over £135 in value coming into the UK from outside Europe will attract importation tax at 2.5% on musical insrtuments +VAT, plus whatever the company that ships it charges you for handling the charges for you - £18 for royal mail - not sure for other carriers, unless the duty would be less that £9.

There's a load more detail here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/buying.htm#4

Have a look at the gifts from outside the EU section.

Yeah, that's what I thought...
Current Gear:
2002 Gibson Les Paul Standard
'57 AVRI Fender Stratocaster
MIJ Fender Jaguar Special HH
Marshall JVM410
Vox AC15 C2