FourthDr wrote:I was looking at some of the sellers on ebay that offer UV curable soldermask. One had this disclaimer:
International Buyers - Please Note:
Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the
item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility.
Please check with your country's customs office to determine what
these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.
Just wondered if anyone has had to pay a tax or tariff or some other fee before they where able to receive there order? Especially since pretty much ALL of these vendors are in Hong Kong.
Spain recently approved a law to accomodate our customs laws to european directives, which if i'm not mistaken are followed by most countries in the european union.
You can import whatever you want without having to pay any tax or get involved in any custom clearance process as long as the declared value of the goods + shipping is less than 22â‚¬.
If it is between 22â‚¬ and 150â‚¬, you have to pay custom clearance fees (which vary from carrier to carrier) + VAT, which is 18% of the declared value here.
If it is worth more than 150â‚¬ then you have to pay VAT, clearance fees and customs taxes, which vary depending on the nature of the goods.
That's the theory, the practise is that 90% of the packages arriving through the official postal service pass whithout being stopped by the customs, and from the 10% that get caugh, 99% are big packages.
If you're unlucky, however, the custom clearance fees are high enough to remember you why adhering to the european union also has its bad things. (until this law, anything below 150â‚¬ passed without any tax)