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    Buying from Japan

    Hi

    When you buy from any of the Japanese makers direct do you normally have to pay import duties, if so what percentage

    Thanks

    Alan

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    Where are you living?

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    UK, for goods of value exceeding 18GBP (which I reckon covers most knives discussed here)

    VAT - 20%
    Customs duty - 8.5% iirc
    Some couriers will charge a holding fee, typically around 10 GBP (flat rate)

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    If you're from the UK you will pay import duty and all that from most vendors. If you order from JCK though you'll only pay $7 postage and no other fees. I've ordered a couple of things from the States and other Japanese vendors and chances are you'll have to pay about 30 quid duty and fees and all that on a 200-ish dollar knife

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    Sorry. my bad

    Although im British i actually live in Chicago

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    Quote Originally Posted by welshstar View Post
    Sorry. my bad

    Although im British i actually live in Chicago
    i've never had to, and i've ordered lots of things from overseas, over the years, including from Japan.

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    Koki always seems to know what amount to put on the customs decalaration to make it beneficial to the buyer.

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    Not for the US, although you're supposed to pay state sales tax.

    Stu.

    (Who won't falsify a legal document for any reason, but I'll bend the rules as far as I legally can...)

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