Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/10

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: EU/German Custom
From: "Matt Morgan" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 08:49:14 -0800

If you import an item, yes it is liable for whatever local VAT etc. If 
companies such as DHL, Fedex etc are used, they will also charge an
administration fee for clearing the item through customs. In the UK it's
about £10.
The key factor is the amount of declared value. If the value is declared at
a much lower price, then obviously the tax is lower; not always possible to
get reputable dealers to engage in this illegal practice.
Customs will not check the items if they have been declared by Commercial
Invoice by one of these security listed companies. DHL, Fedex just pay the
bill and collect from you.

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>From: Nathan Wajsman <>
>Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: EU/German Custom
>Date: Tue, Aug 8, 2000, 12:44 pm

> Hans-Peter,
> In principle you have to pay customs duty (if any) plus the local VAT, in
> your case 16%. But of course you can make an arrangement with Tom to avoid
> this. For instance, he is coming to Photokina in September, so you could
> just ask him to bring the Rapidwinder and do everything in cash on the spot
> in Cologne.
> Nathan
> Hans-Peter Lammerich wrote:
>> I have lusted for rapidwinder and sofiies, but found them obcenely
>> priced in Germany (USD 600+ for a used rapidwinder, USD 30 for a softie
>> at Foto Hobby in Frankfurt/Main).
>> Is there any experience what happens if you order directly from the US,
>> e.g. from TomA?
>> Hans-Peter
> --
> Nathan Wajsman
> Herrliberg (ZH), Switzerland
> e-mail:
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> Belgium photo site:
> Motorcycle site:

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