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Ordering dive equipment overseas, experiences with customs?

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by limbo, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. limbo

    limbo Course Director

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
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    Saw a real nice deal for a bcd online in the USofA but can only think of the field day Thai customs will have with it.
    Any ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
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    Do you have a friend with an APO/FPO? If so it can be shipped via usps if the dealer will do that.

    And is it new or used? If it's been wet I'd call is used and worth half or less of it's original value. Just saying.

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  3. limbo

    limbo Course Director

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
    970
    57
    28
  4. Sam_The_Submersible

    Sam_The_Submersible Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Thailand
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    Hey there,

    I know this thread is a few day day's old however, I've ordered a fair bit of stuff from the states and had it posted here in thailand. There has never seemed to be a consistant figure on the amount of tax that is calculated.

    The most i have ever paid is 17%, that was 10% for sporting goods and 7%VAT. The postage costs of $168usd was taxed at 10% as well. Still even with the tax and postage I got a great deal from Dive Right in Scuba (Ill mention the name cos they were great guys!).

    Another thing, same of the parcels had been opened and had 'customs inspected' tape sealing them up again, also it no use arguing with the guys at the post office about the items value or if it's second hand etc. etc. It is customs that checks the stuff and decides the tax you pay and that is done somewhere else in Thailand, the post office cant release the items without the money being paid.

    Small boxes have come through with a little paper sticker saying 'small parcel' and have no charge attached. I wonder what would hapen if i had a $1500 dive computer in the box?
     
  5. limbo

    limbo Course Director

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
    970
    57
    28
    Thanks Sam, thanks for taking the time to answer in this thread, unfortunately I'm aware of the things that you mentioned.

    For good measure, it seems that I found a solution without having to ship the materials to Thailand.
     

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