Importing an LED unit - Advice needed

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  1. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    guys i have a nice oppourtunity to import an LED unit from brazil, the problem is im not too sure how 5the entire process works in terms of taxes and duties etc.. do any of you who have imported simular product have any experience that you could share on the subject?

    Before you advise of a local product equivalents im well aware of whats in the market and i have my mind set up after having used these units for some time.

    kind regards

    Les
     
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  3. Jarred van niekerk

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    orpheks les?
     
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    yup
     
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    I don't think there are duties on Electronic goods, someone with more knowledge can confirm.
     
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    on lights there is. quite alot also.
     
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    Import duty in lights from USA is close to 100%
     
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    i used to import latex balloons and the tax was almost as much as the cost of the items?
     
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    I've some knowledge on this:

    1) the are no duties on LED's aka the chips
    2) but if they in an assembled unit that plugs in and works then this will attract normal lighting commodity code an duties of 20% +-
     
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    Hi Les,

    You will be liable for 20-25% and then VAT also, my wife used to work for Hi-Q Electronics importers.
     
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    Plus a forwarding agent fee and remember if it gets held up in customs you pay per day it sits there.
     
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    been trying to work out a formula

    so far im on cost + freight + tax x rate of exchange + duties on rand amount?

    but from my understanding duties are only on invoiced amount not freight?

    any comment?
     
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    Correct
     
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    les tell them its an aquarium light fixture, there are no duties for aquarium light units, thats how i got mine in :)
     
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    i paid around 2000 bucks duty on my 2 orphek units. so worked out to roughly 20%
     
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    It depends on the country it is coming from to determine what the customs duties are. For Value Added products that are already produced in South Africa the customs duties can be very high to protect the local market (that's what customs is for). On electronics there are very high customs rates and can often come to more than 100% of the total cost of purchase... this cost of purchase will be declared by the exporter and verified by their customs. Because Brazil is a member of IBSA and South Africa enjoys good trade relations with Brazil as well as the signature of a number of agreements to facilitate trade the import of goods would be cheaper from Brazil as the custom fees have been negotiated down.

    As South Africa does not really produce aquarium LED units, the customs duty would be significantly less than say a washing machine or TV etc... Be specific how it is declared by the exporter, if it is declared as LED lighting you could face higher customs because we do produce some LED lighting in South Africa. However, if it is declared as aquarium LED fixtures then the customs would probably be lower. I cannot specifically tell you what the duty is, but if you are so inclined you can sift through the DTI's website where they have all the HS codes for various products. You can also call SARS (their call center is GREAT) and ask them what the customs duties would be on an item.
     
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