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    What does this mean?

    So I'm ordering something from over sea (Hong Kong to be more specific) and I see this at the bottom:

    Duty free import USA up to US$200, E.U. EUR 22). Duty & tax consists of your local GST/VAT rate and a processing fee.

    What does that mean, this is my first time ordering outside of the US.

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    Re: What does this mean?


    Hi! I might be able to help since we order stuff from England a lot. I think when you order from outside the US, there is a certain amount you can buy before you have to pay duty taxes. That's what the first part is "Duty free import USA up to US$200". So if whatever you're ordering is under $200 then you don't have to be concerned with that. The next part "Duty & tax consists of your local GST/VAT rate": VAT is Value Added Tax which is like a purchase tax. I'm pretty sure it is only paid when you are in the country where you are making the purchase. Could be wrong on that ...... not 100% sure but I don't recall having to pay VAT here in the US only when I was living in England. Usually when you are buying something online, there will be a page where you receive a breakdown before you confirm the purchase. That page will separate all the taxes and handling fees so you can see what you are paying for. Hope this helps and if I can find out anything else I will let you know!
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    Re: What does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteMagick View Post

    Hi! I might be able to help since we order stuff from England a lot. I think when you order from outside the US, there is a certain amount you can buy before you have to pay duty taxes. That's what the first part is "Duty free import USA up to US$200". So if whatever you're ordering is under $200 then you don't have to be concerned with that. The next part "Duty & tax consists of your local GST/VAT rate": VAT is Value Added Tax which is like a purchase tax. I'm pretty sure it is only paid when you are in the country where you are making the purchase. Could be wrong on that ...... not 100% sure but I don't recall having to pay VAT here in the US only when I was living in England. Usually when you are buying something online, there will be a page where you receive a breakdown before you confirm the purchase. That page will separate all the taxes and handling fees so you can see what you are paying for. Hope this helps and if I can find out anything else I will let you know!
    Oh cool

    thank you, that clears it up.

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