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prokaryx
post Jun 7 2004, 06:59 AM
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For those of you in Singapore thinking of getting a Zaurus shipped from Japan or any other country for that matter, here's some info you might find useful:

1. Anything shipped from overseas above S$400 is subject to 5% GST. (there are a few exceptions, but they don't apply to a zaurus).

2. The 5% GST is computed based on the CIF value (cost, insurance & freight) plus the duties payable. Luckily, duties and import taxes are not applicable for the zaurus. If the CIF is more than $400, you have to pay GST.

3. The ICA (Immigarations and Checkpoint Authority) will detain your package (if it is valued at more than S$400) when it arrives, until you pay the GST.

4. How will the ICA know if the package CIF value is more than $400? Well, some packages have their value declared on it. The ICA will also ask you for an invoice (emails are also accepted) to confirm the value.

5. A way to avoid paying GST might be to ask the seller to underdeclare the value of the zaurus so that it is less than $400. Of course, this is illegal, and I'm not how this will affect the insurance of the package. Another way is to ask the seller to not include the insurance and shipping costs on the package and invoice.

6. You cannot avoid paying GST even if the package is stated as a gift. The ICA will ask you to try to get an invoice from the person who sent the "gift" to you, or get a reasonable estimate. It's kind of ridiculous that you have to pay for your own presents.

7. You don't have to pay GST if you personally bring the zaurus in from overseas. Doe anyone else find it strange that you have to pay GST if the product was shipped to your home, whereas you don't have to pay GST if you bring it in yourself, even though in both cases, the transaction was made overseas?

8. I will say this again: you have to pay GST for _anything_ above $400 shipped from overseas. Even if you can convince the authorities that it is for your personal use and you are not going to resell it. Even free gifts that come with your purchase are subject to GST. Even after paying the GST, getting your package, discovering that the machine is faulty, and after the overseas seller agreed to ship you a new machine as a replacement free of charge......you still have to pay GST for the replacement.


You can find more information about customs, duties and GST at the FAQ in www.customs.gov.sg. You can also phone the Call Centre at 6355 2000.

Hope this is useful for potential buyers in Singapore.
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watchthewaves
post Jun 9 2004, 08:16 PM
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7. You don't have to pay GST if you personally bring the zaurus in from overseas. Doe anyone else find it strange that you have to pay GST if the product was shipped to your home, whereas you don't have to pay GST if you bring it in yourself, even though in both cases, the transaction was made overseas?


Don't think that's entirely accurate. Believe there is a $400 for carrying in new articles. So if you are travelling, you can bring in new articles below $400 w/o paying GST, but above $400, you actually have to declare and pay GST.

Just that practically speaking, it is much easier for customs to stop a parcel than to check everyone walking thru for the total value of new items bought.

So strictly speaking, I think if you walk thru Customs with the Zaurus as a new/unused/sealed article, you are liable for GST. However, if you've started using it, perhaps that could be different? Perhaps that could be treated as a personal effect and so not liable to GST? Just my 2 cents worth. I may be wrong tho' so can always call Customs to check if you need to.

But the most important question though is -- have you gotten your Z yet? laugh.gif
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sdchew
post Jun 10 2004, 06:13 AM
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Err... I got my C760 shipped to me... and I don't remember paying any taxes.
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cavie
post Jun 11 2004, 04:46 AM
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sdchew,

Just wonder will the Zaurus power supply and charger be compatible with Singapore power, which is 230V. Any other issues to take note? Thx.
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prokaryx
post Jun 13 2004, 12:13 AM
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Japan uses a 100V, 50/60Hz supply compared to Singapore's 230V, 50Hz. If you are getting a zaurus from Japan, you have to buy a 220V to 110V transformer to be able to use the DC adapter that comes with the Zaurus. The extra 10V doesn't seem to hurt my zaurus. You can get a good deal ($6-20, depending on quality) for a transformer at Sim Lim Tower (not Sim Lim Square), cos that's the DIY electronics haven.

Alternatively, you can construct your own 230V input, 5V, 1A output DC adapter if you are an electronics whiz. Much cheaper and dangerous:)
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rokugo
post Jun 14 2004, 09:52 AM
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"3. The ICA (Immigarations and Checkpoint Authority) will detain your package (if it is valued at more than S$400) when it arrives, until you pay the GST.'

To avoid this inconvenience, some couriers will pay the GST upfront and then claim from the addressee.
At least thats what happened with my shipment.
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post Jun 14 2004, 09:54 AM
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Err... I got my C760 shipped to me... and I don't remember paying any taxes.


Consider yourself lucky then . smile.gif
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celtron
post Jan 3 2005, 07:41 PM
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OKie, I just received an invoice from UPS to pay the GST; in ttl it's SGD 51.85
But no, ICA released my Z6K and mine was delivered without any hassle (only hassle was to PAY for the GST).

My Z6K came from the States. Price declared was USD500. Sigh...
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