Overseas purchases of binoculars

To: Paul McDonald <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Overseas purchases of binoculars
From: Andrew Hobbs <>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 13:12:46 +0800

Remember that the US price needs to be adjusted for relative values of the US and A dollars. Postage will be about $40-50, and insurance (advisable for high value items) will add to that cost. You don't need to pay duties or taxes if the amount you paid (item cost) is less than A$1000. Above that you need to check with the Aust Customs website, but it would probably be 5% of the cost for duty and 10% GST on all costs (ie cost, duty, postage and insurance) and there may be document lodgement fees.

Warranty claims could well be a headache, since you might need the official documentation to allow the duty and tax free import of the repaired item.



Paul McDonald wrote:
Hi All,

I'm looking to upgrade my current pair of binoculars, and noticed that many e.g. US sites have much cheaper prices than current in Australia. However, I was wondering if someone had used this in the past with/without success?

Moreover, would import duty be a straight 10% of purchase price? And what would warranty claims involve, could they be carried out here or would the bins need to go back to the states...

Any advice people have would be gratefully received,
Dr. Paul G. McDonald

Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109

Ph: +612 9850 9232 Fax: +612 9850 9231


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