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    Default Customs again, UPS

    I checked all the threads on DR1 and it seems like all people pay different taxes. Recent updates would be nice to hear.

    I ordered a box with a new camcorder with 5 accessories total value $1068. It's been 2 days now for the customs in Santiago to calculate the tax. I called them 3 times as well as UPS, but nobody has any certainty. UPS tracking says: Package data processed by brokerage. Waiting for clearance.

    Some people say this will not be more than $200, others say over $1000 I am so puzzled and frustrated.

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    Exclamation its arbitrary

    It seems that everyone pays a different amount. Rarely is it good. There is supposed to be a book of values they consult but it still seems random. My wife is Dominican was able to get customs reduced for an English friend but it was only about %20 percent less. Still a saving. If its a lot try and get a clever well spoken Dominican to go down and negotiate for you. Dominicans will nearly always pay less and will bargain on and on. Good luck and buckle up!!!!!

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    Thank you for the answer. As per negotiating, you are right, Dominicans pay way less for everything here, even in pubs. I wish i had a friend who works at customs in Santiago... ))

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    I have found a limit of 200$ per order for no tax. Perhaps good to order accessories separately.
    I have found a week to clear customs. UPS should get a bill for you and you may need to prepay. I have found CPS better.
    Fax UPS the tracking number, copy of invoice, copy of credit card deduction etc.
    CPS charge about 6 dollars a pound approx plus taxes etc.
    You have to collect from CPS office but they will negotiate with customs for you.
    Always better to do it by fax.
    You may need to deposit customs charge plus clearance charge etc. at a local bank to obtain release and fax the bank receipt. Quite normal really.
    Yandandu

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    Thanks Yandandu!! I thought they would charge just for the camcorder but was wrong.. I will definitely check the CPS deal.. +1 rep )))

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    miozio, DR customs charge for everything that is in package, based on invoice amount, including shipping. DR customs will charge you tax including on UPS shipping. I don't know if the $1000+ you quoted was shipping included or not, but DR customs will assess tax on the TOTAL invoice amount. That's why it's good to use free shipping options with various stores, who can ship free to Miami.

    For example, photographic and movie cameras are 24% in total tax: 8% duty tax + 16% ITBIS for a total of 24% of total invoice value.

    9007.91.00 - - De cámaras 8.00% 0.00% S CAMARAS Y PROYECTORES CINEMATOGRAFICOS, INCLUSO CON GRABADOR O REPRODUCTOR DE SONIDO INCORPORADOS. CAMARAS:

    video recorders are 56% in total tax: 20% duty, 20% luxury tax and 16% ITBIS.
    8521.10.00 - De cinta magnética 20.00% 20.00% S APARATOS DE GRABACION O REPRODUCCION DE IMAGEN Y SONIDO (VIDEOS),INCLUSO CON RECEPTOR DE SE¥ALES DEIMAGEN Y SONIDO INCORPORADO.
    (This is for video and dvd recorders). But the key word is aparato (device) and recording of video and sound.

    So this description can be both applied to video/dvd recorders as well as video cameras. That's maybe why UPS was not sure what the tax duty will be assessed. In the first case it would be 24% total with VAT and customs duty, and in the second case it would be 56% total with VAT and customs duty. Good luck!

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    If you ship $$$$ article to DR you should ship it via Miami through one of many mail forwarders, because shipping charges Miami-DR are NOT calculated/included for customs purposes (the shipping charges are levied after the article passes customs). If you ship by Fedex, UPS, etc. the DR customs will include into the total package value the amount of shipping charge paid to the courier company for the international portion of your shipping.

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    Wow!! Rubio! Thank you so much for knowing the exact numbers... There is a UPS broker i presume who was in charge with my package, the status says "Package data processed by brokerage" which probably means that they have calculated the tax. If i am unlucky, i will have to pay over $600 which is 2 times a round trip ticket to NY. I could have invited two friends of mine to come over instead ))

    UPS promised door-to-door delivery but the customs said today that if the total sum exceeded RD$5000, i would have to go to Santiago or deposit the money at BHD and wait. I am sure now with your help that it will exceed 5k mark and i will need to choose. I guess the bank deposit will slow the process. I wanted to check the items by opening the box and plugging all the equipment, i am sure that will look funny at the customs office.

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    It is my understanding that taxes are assessed on shipping even on the price of shipping by Miami to DR freight forwarders. Please correct me if I am wrong on that.

    Despite schedules showing the taxes that should be charged, the actual charges do seem to be arbitrary and will likely be different each time you send the same taxable items. A total lack of transparency in the system.

    As for trying out your video camera at the customs office, I envision a good plot for Saturday Night Live in the making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post

    As for trying out your video camera at the customs office, I envision a good plot for Saturday Night Live in the making.
    I will upload it on youtube but i guess it needed to be a candid camera show...

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    The final verdict against common sense is RD$ 29.240

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