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#448078 - 10/04/12 10:34 PM Duties and GST on imported items???  
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khsmith5899 Offline
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Trying to figure out what the duty and GST would be on things such as TV's, Speakers, amplified speakers such as what you would connect to a PC. I have looked at the website and unless I'm missing it which I could be, I do not see any duties listed for these type of things. Anyone have any experience with these items or have a suggestion on a location where I can get a list?

Thanks in advance

#448080 - 10/05/12 04:32 AM Re: Duties and GST on imported items??? [Re: khsmith5899]  
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It will all depend on the person you get the day you arrive. There is no list and if there ever was it is never used. And if you argue over their prices it will only go up. if it is new things you are bringing remember to bring your receipts to prove what you paid or they will assess their own value which will be way more than you paid based on belize costs.

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#448274 - 10/08/12 06:09 AM Re: Duties and GST on imported items??? [Re: khsmith5899]  
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be polite and use "Ma'am" or "Sir" always when addressing the customs official. Make sure you smile. Your price is almost always contingent on your demeanor and manners.

#448291 - 10/08/12 09:17 AM Re: Duties and GST on imported items??? [Re: khsmith5899]  
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You are so right - and how you are treating the Belizean cart man. I usually give him his 'tip' just as we approach the customs official as that will be the last he will be helping you. At this point you get turned over to another 'cart man' that will require another 'tip' at your destination. These are small potatoes compared to what the customs people can ding you for.
The nicest response I ever had was when I had purchased the extra big Hershey bar and eaten only about 1/3 of it. I openly handed it to the customs (who just happened to be a woman that day) and said "Here, this will only melt before I get home."
Since it was partially gone I don't see how it could have been construed as a bribe.
The Honey/Vinegar thinking always helps.


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#448293 - 10/08/12 09:36 AM Re: Duties and GST on imported items??? [Re: khsmith5899]  
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For several years we have used the following rule:

Container Shipped items at 37.5% of the receipt total gets it through customs and to the island.

Luggage Carried items at 22% of the receipt still in the box....

However, we have always been pleasantly surprised to find we have not paid those numbers, simply follow the advice from Harriette....then you'll have extra money to play on....


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