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Morning All,

So, I want to order a relatively pricey piece of 'quipment online. It's coming from Europe, and I can get it shipped here (NZ) incl. shipping for some 30% less than the local price. 

Of course there'll be 15%GST and 5%duty on top of that, I presume.

What's the deal though? HOw's the customs process work? Do I just plug in a shipping address and then at the border customs call and say, "Hey buddy, you gotta pay xxx"?


It's a potential 1700 saving... so I'm certainly looking into it...


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The freight forwarder/shipping agent will get in touch with you prior to the shipment arriving in New Zealand.  You'll need to apply for a customs number (not an onerous task) and then provide some identification details to customs.   You'll need to pay GST and any duty (via credit card is the best way).

This link should help you get the gist of it.


It's not particularly arduous and can be completed in it's entirety from behind the comfort of your keyboard.

(Not an expert but have done the process myself)



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