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* Basic Procedure [1]

* For goods Under $1000 AU [2]
* For goods Over $1000 AU [3]
* Notes [4]

Importing anything from overseas (OS) can be a pain in the backside.

It gets to Australia and more often than not, customs picks it up,
whacks all sorts of charges on it, and wont let you pick it up till
you pay them.

THIS IS A SPACE FOR US TO FILL IN THE RULES AS WE LEARN THEM.

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BASIC PROCEDURE

FOR GOODS UNDER $1000 AU

* make sure you have an invoice.
* make sure you have proof of payment (ie; receipt).
* for goods _under_ $1000 this, with the 'first notice' you receive
in the mail, should be all you need.

You will get a notice (mine was Express Mail) from the Airmail
transit center. Take it and all you're other 'evidence' along, there
might be a bit of a wait, but it shouldn't be that painful.

You will pay GSTGIST, GUST, SGT, HST, ST, GS, GT, CST, GSA, SST, GET, GIT, GOT, GUT, DST, EST, GMT, MST, PST, G'S on the total value of the Invoice. You may also be
charged DUTY depending on the item. GSTGIST, GUST, SGT, HST, ST, GS, GT, CST, GSA, SST, GET, GIT, GOT, GUT, DST, EST, GMT, MST, PST, G'S will also be exempt on some
items.
(will update when I get details-20020522 tm)

FOR GOODS OVER $1000 AU

* Follow the same points as above.
* Call a Customs Broker. Find one near you. [5]

A Customs broker will charge you anywhere between $70-$???. Its worth
the cost if the items are even just over $1000.

By all means check out the customs clearance forms, If you have the
right information at hand, you may be able to complete it yourself. I
was pointed to _this form. [6] I'm not sure if it's the general_ form,
there are others available [7] that may be more suitable.
Reading through the Australian Customs site [8] can be pretty helpful
too.

NOTES

* Correctly identify your gear on parcel documentation. They DO open
all packages to check if it matches.
* Be aware of ALL the costs before publishing prices or making
sales. (This was one lesson learned by us, thankfully at negligible
cost, but don't let it happen to you.)
* USE YOUR COMMON SENSE, doing silly things in the post is obviously
bad.
* Customs fraud is really bad. jail bad.

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More to come..2

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I am a long term member of the group but have been quiet for a few
years as I am in shanghai as a marketing consultant.

I am happy to talk to people about collaborating from the China end
in quality check, sourcing and shipping to someone in OZ , Kym

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Please feel free to add your experiences, thoughts or comments. tmTM, Tm, Tam, Tim, Tom, tam, tom, tum, MT, Mt, mt, TQM, TN, rm, tn, M, T, m, t, ATM, MM, TA, Ta, Te, Ti, Tu, Ty, Wm, mm, ta, ti, to, AM, Am, BM, Cm, EM, Em, FM, Fm, GM, HM, NM, PM, Pm, QM, Sm, TB, TD, TV
[9]

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'contributing' troy...)

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Links:
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[1] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/#basic_procedure
[2] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/#for_goods_under__1000_au
[3] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/#for_goods_over__1000_au
[4] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/#notes
[5] http://melbourne.citysearch.com.au
[6] http://www.customs.gov.au/resources/Files/b616gst.pdf
[7] http://www.customs.gov.au/site/index.cfm?nav_id=670&area_id=5
[8] http://www.customs.gov.au/
[9] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?txrx
[10] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?JamesHealy
[11] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?txrx
[12] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?sustance
[13] http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/?CategoryHowTo

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