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    Importing parts

    I am investigating options for a gearbox for our D1 and it appears I could land a reco one from Ashcroft here at about the same price as wreckers are asking for second hand ones. I realise I would have to pay import duty but are there any other considerations or pitfalls I need to be aware of?
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    I did this 9 years ago. I started a thread about it. I'm sure many things will have changed but perhaps you could learn things from the many comments.

    Importing stuff...Grrr...

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    Thanks for that reference, lots of info and varying experiences there. I wonder how much has changed as the last comment was about five years ago? If anyone has more recent comments, I'd like to hear them.
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    As well as import duty dont forget GST is Ashcroft do not charge it and a few hundred $$$$$ in administration fees.
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    Thats it, I imported from the UK a Td5 cylinder head and all of the parts to rebuild it. Total cost was about $2600 and then got taxed about $500 at customs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolly View Post
    Thanks for that reference, lots of info and varying experiences there. I wonder how much has changed as the last comment was about five years ago? If anyone has more recent comments, I'd like to hear them.
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    Woolly.
    It is old. The point of posting it here was to show how varied the experiences were. You are doing your homework, something I did not do back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 101RRS View Post
    As well as import duty dont forget GST is Ashcroft do not charge it and a few hundred $$$$$ in administration fees.
    Jan 2018 I bought two of their ATB diff centres. Each weighing approx 5kg or so.
    1/. the freight Co(DHL) required the GST payment before goods released.
    2/. They used DHL who then charged import duties and some other admin fee.
    3/. Customs determines the value, as there was an invoice on current exchange rates(at the time).

    So ATBs came in at AU $1151 + AU$57( 5% duty) + AU$135(GST) according to the DHL invoice.

    I was curious as to why the GST was not $115 and instead at $135.
    Called the DHL chap that organised my stuff .. that's the way it is. They charge GST on the total value of the items.. ie. with shipping and duties and whatever other BS charges are applied on top.

    So the total price of the diffs came in at $1350 in totality THEN! .. GST was going to be charged. Bloody criminal, and you can't do nothing about it.

    I also bought the bearings options too, so all round price was higher than the above numbers given, but that's not the point here. Whatever you calculate .. add another 20% or so on top.

    The other thing to consider in your case tho.
    With Ashcrofts(and many gearbox/TC rebuilders) they want a core deposit(ie. change over unit).
    Ashcroft will charge 350 UK Pounds. SO this raises the 'value' of the items being imported.
    Do customs value the imported unit on this basis, or remove the exchange unit price from the equation.

    You won't get any input directly from customs, the freight handler does all this, (via email and phone for me).

    In the end, on supposedly $1150 worth of stuff, I ended up paying just over $300 in additional charges. (back in 2018)

    Quick look at Ashcrofts site. you are up for a minimum of about 850 UK Pounds. If you option it up with heavy duty bearings or a ratio change maybe then closer to 1K UK Pounds!
    At a current rate of UK 1 to Au 1.8, there's already close to Au$1800. Add in the 'value of transport and insurance' will be over $200 I assume, you're going to be in the Au$500+ ballpark region, I reckon closer to Au$600.
    (that's working off a 30% extortion rate for bringing stuff here).


    Crikey! .. I just realised 3 1/2 years later, diffs still not installed(by the mechanic!). gotta call him and kick his posterior into action soon.

    Just a side note.
    I too looked at importing large parts options(transfer in my D1) way back in 2015 when my TC spun a bearing and started screeching.
    I took warranty into account as a main factor too.
    I had three options.

    Ashcrofts
    a 'local' rebuilt unit which had itself two install options.

    Ashcrofts was going to be cheaper, but any warranty issue was going to be hard to deal with. Usually a quality built item won't require warranty, but things can go wrong, and if it turned out to be your unit that had that bearing that was made on an off day in the Timken factory .. it's going to cost a fortune for you for somethign that shouldn't cost a cent .. this is what a warranty was supposed to be about.

    So in the end I 'chickened' out in a sense and went for the 'local' option, via 4WD Industries up near Newcastle.
    I called them and asked questions.

    2 year warranty if they install it.
    1 year warranty if their local Melb person did(out in Bayswater).

    I love a short drive so arranged for them to install it in a day(Sat), they were happy too. I got there early, they took about 6hrs(actually 5 plus a bit more to service auto and change rear donut, serpentine and it's very weak adjuster)
    In at 6AM out at 1PM .. then drive home .... -ish.

    So from personal experience I can recommend 4WD Industries (slightly expensive) services.

    Hope that helps.
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    Arthur.

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    On a A$1711 order at the beginning of April I was hit with $361 in duty, GST and an 'administration fee'

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    I've been bringing in some Jeep stuff for SWMBO's CJ-10 recently. Mostly small and light and under $1K but the freight cost but of the US is often as much or more than the part cost. There are a few workarounds, Amazon Prime does free freight on orders over $50 IF the part is available on Prime and IF you can find enough bits to make up the $50.
    A third party shipper such as MYUS can sometimes be a benefit as often freight within the US is free so you can aggregate a bit and their freight costs whilst exorbitant are often less so than the retailers.
    For bigger stuff, in the past we have used the local importers who bring stuff in by the container load. There is often a wait but we have had good service from a couple of local resellers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK83 View Post
    So ATBs came in at AU $1151 + AU$57( 5% duty) + AU$135(GST) according to the DHL invoice.

    I was curious as to why the GST was not $115 and instead at $135.


    So the total price of the diffs came in at $1350 in totality THEN! .. GST was going to be charged. Bloody criminal, and you can't do nothing about it.
    GST has always been on the total import cost - eg cost, shipping, duties, fees. There has always been a compliant that this is a tax on a tax but that is the way it has always been.

    What you have to be careful of is that DHL will often try to charge you GST on the item price even when you have paid it to the seller in the UK.
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