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Looking to buy some bike bits from Israel - Import tax?

daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,914
edited January 2013 in Commuting chat
Believe it or not!

Does anyone know if I would get hit for import duty - I assume so, but am struggling to find anything online.

Just on the offchance wondered if anyone had first hand experience?

Dan
Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
Scott CR1 SL 12
Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
Scott Foil 18

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    as it is not in the EU yes you should.

    4.8% then the VAT and then a handling charge.

    but if small low value you should be fine.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,914
    Thankyou Nick, apologies for the off topic.

    They are approx £135 of cycling shoes (of which £20 is postage), new, but used if that makes sense, so I imagine I would be looking at:

    135 * 4.8% = £6.75 (approx)
    New total = £142.75 + Vat @ 20%, so new total would be £170 - + handling fee, probably puts them up at around £180 :-(

    Hmmm, looking less attractive.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    *cough* send it as a gift/ sample avoiding possible import tax etc *cough*

    quite naughty an generally the items will be caught, opened an taxed accordingly
    Keeping it classy since '83
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    If used then no VAT, surely? Just say private sale.
  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,964
    ordered a chainset from Israel (probably same supplier) and there was no import tax.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    the problem with gift it is only up to a certain value. and if the custom look and well they have the internet as weel they can see what the value is.

    Daniel and then something goes wrong....... or they dont fit....

    there is a great company out there doing mech hanger etc now i would have no issues using them as it is low value and easier to make sure it fits.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,914
    Thanks Nick, and others for the other comments.

    They are actually shoes off of ebay, and they appear to be unused - I think they still have tags but they are not attached - does that change matters at all do you think?

    The thing that appeals is that over here the cheapest I can get these particular shoes is £220, and from reading reviews online I am fairly confident they would fit - and of course as long as they reached me ok, I could sell them on if they ended up not being the right fit for me.

    If they end up costing £180 though, it makes no sense, as I may as well may 20% more and have the return option etc etc.

    Cheers

    Dan
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • You sure that's kosher? :roll:
    Nobody told me we had a communication problem
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,914
    You sure that's kosher? :roll:

    LOL, bit of apprentice reference there?!

    Ok, so these shoes I want are a 2011 model, and I have found a website called BikeInn which I believe are French or German (?) that means I can get the latest model for £174 delivered.

    Assuming if it is a German or French website (Tricky to tell as just a .com web address) then that is all I would have to pay.

    EDIT: Looking on the contact page it would seem they are Spanish!

    Anyone bought from them?

    Many thanks

    Dan
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    Evans have price matched to bikeinn in the past for me
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,914
    edited January 2013
    coriordan wrote:
    Evans have price matched to bikeinn in the past for me


    Wow really?!

    Blimey, was that online or instore?

    EDIT: BOOO, not anymore it would seem:
    Sorry, we won't match against this company, please see our Full Price Match conditions

    Shame, would rather have given my cash to a UK based company :(
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • jamescojamesco Posts: 687
    mudcow007 wrote:
    *cough* send it as a gift/ sample avoiding possible import tax etc *cough*

    The item can only be worth up to £40 as a gift before it gets taxed. You can have multiple items, each worth less than £40, labelled for multiple people inside the same box and avoid tax that way, but that's hardly going to work with a pair of shoes :)

    I think for a pair of shoes you could get away with stating that they're used and worth £30, but that'd affect any potential insurance claim.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    I did it in store with a pair of Ultegra pedals. Just need to chat nicely to the manager.
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