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#312217 - 11/24/08 11:53 PM Duty on books  
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I picked up some books the other day at the post office and they charged me 50 Belize for duty!! I was always under the impression that books did not have duty on them?? So I asked and they told me that duty was charged on a weight basis!! Absolutely ridiculous! Anyone know anything about duty?


#312218 - 11/24/08 11:59 PM Re: Duty on books [Re: CarlosCabanas]  
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No duty on books.

#312220 - 11/25/08 12:00 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: dabunk]  
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So why are they charging me and what recourse do I have.... go pick up my mail with a customs officer?

#312227 - 11/25/08 04:18 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: CarlosCabanas]  
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I believe you are charged duty on the cost of the postage and packing and not on the weight. I had things shipped from one state to another and then sent to Belize and the post office told me they could charge duty on that as well and not just on the shipping to Belize. You may have to check with people there. I also believe it is up to the post office to charge you or not charge you. Some times I got away with it.

#312265 - 11/25/08 10:42 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: Inplub]  
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Correct, duty can be charged on postage alone. Call the postmaster of Belize for clarification. We have books shipped in all the time.

#312287 - 11/25/08 12:17 PM Re: Duty on books [Re: dabunk]  
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Thank you Dabunk, it is nice to know I was right.

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#312393 - 11/26/08 07:41 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: Inplub]  
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A freind sent me three used books and the post office in Dangriga charged me $1.50BZ duty for them.

#312397 - 11/26/08 08:27 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: hpvpaul2]  
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I have not paid very high duty on books and often none.

They will add in postage into duty costs sometimes and not others.

Cross fingers and hope for the best when walking through the post office doors lol.

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#312398 - 11/26/08 08:30 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: tacogirl]  
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There is also Sales Tax on many (not all) things that are not dutiable - which means not just shipping costs but actual purchse price.
Sales Tax is 10%.

#312408 - 11/26/08 09:33 AM Re: Duty on books [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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My mother sent 1 book for my kids and we paid no duty. I use quick silver and Dianne picks up my mail.
I came in with about 50 pounds of kids books that I gave to the library paid nothing but I put them in my suit case.

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