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Michael Gurien
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I'm going to be purchasing some games from outside the United States and was wondering if I will have to pay import taxes once they reach the U.S. for delivery. Any information on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Scott A. Reed
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I am not a customs agent, but I believe the answer is yes you could, but it is unlikely that you will. Personally, I just received a package of games from Germany and had no problems with import taxes. But I'm not 100% certain. YMMV.
 
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Kevin Nesbitt
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I'm not American, but I can tell you that you have a $500 import limit before you face import taxes. This may not include all items, but games are definitely one of them.

So, just don't order more than $500 worth of games and you'll be fine (also don't order more than $450 just in case the American dollar slides heavily while the games are in transport).
 
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Daniel Harrison
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The Australian import duties policy is available online (this may be true of the North American too)
http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4376

Goods that would attract a duty less than $50 are exempt. The calculation is a bit involved (customes duties on goods + GST on goods&shipping), so I simply ensure that the value of a single shipment is always below $250, which is the lowest threshold for goods before they require a formal Customs Import Entry.
 
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James Pinnion
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Oh for the british customs to be so efficient. At their website there was an e-mail address which promised a seven day reply to queries. We asked about board games and two weeks later, recieved a reply saying (roughly)

"e-mail xxx@gov.uk with a description of what you want to import. They will then issue you with a ten digit code. E-mail us repeating the question and relevent code, and we'll get back to you."

At that point I gave up due to not caring enough. I've yet to order over £100 worth from overseas, and havent been taxed so far.
 
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Richard Lea
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jpinnion,

You're OK within the eurozone, of course, but isn't there a punitive import tax in operation for goods from the US? If so, does anyone know whether games are affected?
 
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Richard Lea
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Well, I guess I can answer my own question. My 3 games from Columbia games have arrived, complete with discount and free shipping. And a customs charge of £34.89. No, it's not a typo. (That's about €50, or $65). I think this is the start of a wrangel with H.M.Customs, as the levy represents a tax of over 50%!!
 
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