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welshstar

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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
 

Timthebeaver

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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
 

welshstar

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Sorry. my bad

Although im British i actually live in Chicago
 

kalaeb

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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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