Taxes/fees for shipping iphone to europe

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dadude77, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. dadude77 macrumors newbie

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    If i was to ship a phone to europe, would I have to pay a tax or something upon arrival? if so any idea how much it would be?
     
  2. rbrian macrumors 6502a

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    It depends where in Europe, which is a big place, made of many different countries. Generally the tax will be the same amount of tax you would have paid had you bought in that country; this, plus the shipping, would usually make it more expensive. If your package doesn't get checked, you might get away with it, but it's probably illegal.

    Another thing to bear in mind, in the USA, you can only get an unlocked iPhone direct from Apple, and Apple US will only ship to a US address. There are remailer companies which provide a proxy address, and charge a small fortune for it.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes, you'd have to pay the customs duty. It is not worth it - either buy the phone unlocked in the US and fly it over there if you're traveling or just buy one in a European country.
     
  4. dadude77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how do you find out how much a customs duty is?
     
  5. rbrian macrumors 6502a

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    If you tell me which country you're asking about, I can Google it for you.
     
  6. dadude77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    its to belgium, had been looking but hadn't found a good place to look, but I don't know exactly what taxes etc apply.

    On ups or fedex if you put it as declarable, and the value, the price that pops up, does that include the customs/vat tax?
     
  7. rbrian macrumors 6502a

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    I looked, and found this: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/ which allows you to calculate import taxes for all kinds of things. The important numbers are here:

    Notes on duty & taxes rates
    Iphone has an import duty rate of 3.7% and VAT rate of 21% .

    I ran the numbers for you. A 649 dollar unlocked iPhone 4s 16Gb would cost 639 Euros after tax, not including shipping. You can buy the exact same phone in Belguim for 649 Euros. So, unless you can get transatlantic shipping for less than 10 Euros, it simply isn't worth it.
     

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