Buying guitars from the UK to USA?

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  1. ViperDoc

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    I wonder if any of you have recently imported a guitar from the UK to the USA? How did the taxes and duties work out? Worth the hassle or no?
     
  2. supergoat94

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    I've thought about this myself. Andertons gets some pretty nice stuff sometimes I can't find over here and I've been tempted to buy.
     
  3. ViperDoc

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    I was wondering about VAT and import tax as well as CITES limitations on any type of rosewood. I know BRZ is out.
     
  4. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    Cites for rosewood has been lifted in the UK. Not in the US? It only makes sense its its international.
    I expect Import Tax would mean consulting your US Mail for details.

    VAT should not be applied outside the UK and EU.
     
  5. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I believe @bodia will be able to give you an example of this.
     
  6. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I bought a Patrick James Eggle “Strat” from Peach Guitars a couple of years ago. IIRC, it was listed for 3800£ on their website. There was a box to check if you were ordering from the US. Once I checked that box, the price $3,100, and no VAT. They shipped it FedEx, and it showed up in Chicago 3 days later. At that point, I thought that was it. At the end of the month, when I checked my FedEx statement, I saw that I had been charged $174 for import fees. Since they shipped FedEx, and since I have a FedEx account, I didn’t know that happened at the time. I imagine if I didn’t have an account, they would have asked for cash on delivery.

    No issues with RW as I believe that restriction has been lifted on musical instruments. Hans and I did a trade a couple of weeks ago. Both guitars made it in about 10 days. Took a little longer due to Customs being back logged with Covid-19 delays. Neither of us had to pay anything other than shipping. And both guitars had RW fret boards. Mine went to Germany from Chicago, and his went from Germany to Chicago.
     
  7. ViperDoc

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    Thanks, I thought there would be an import tax. Looks like about 5-6%. Might just be worth it.
     
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  8. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Definitely!
     
  9. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    If it’s a USA brand returning to the States, there will be no import tax. VAT only applies if it’s a used guitar, shouldn’t be on a new one. At least this is what I was told a few years ago.

    My Nik Huber build was shipped directly to my dealer so don’t know about any tax. No VAT, and full Braz neck with CITES documentation so no issues getting through customs.
     
  10. Tone-y

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    Don't forget to take 20% off of the listed UK price. Our shops automatically add VAT which won't be payable if you're in the US.
     

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