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Cost of goods imported to Australia going up - including supplements

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by lafarfelue, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. lafarfelue

    lafarfelue Senior Member

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    Thought this important enough to post about, considering how many of us import supplements to reduce the often overwhelming cost of managing our illnesses.

    Starting July 1, 2018 the 10% goods and services tax (GST) will be applied to all imported goods to Australia.

    It's a bummer. I can imagine that for some this will mean the difference between being able to take certain supplements and not being able to afford them at all.
     
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    Art Vandelay Senior Member

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  3. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    Nothing like living in the nanny state. Should have the hammer and sickle instead of the union jack on the flag.
     
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    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    How are they going to be able to collect the gst? Open every parcel? Charge the company or the purchaser? Get iherb to put a receipt in your order for $5 instead of the real price? So many holes in trying to collect gst. Mobile phone cover from china for $1.50, its going to cost them more to process stuff to get their 15cent gst.
     
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  5. pamojja

    pamojja Senior Member

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    In my country they do inspect it on the arriving airport, charge a €10,- handling fee for each, and then add either 10 or 20% import tax (to be paid at handover from postal-service). Because iherb limits shipment to my country to $100, having to pay each time at least 20% on top is annoying. Though because the parcels are very small, some to regularly go through without being inspected or charged. First was very upset by so much arbitrarilyness, when I found EU-wide the import tax alone would actually be above 20% I'm glad they still haven't caught up yet ;).
     
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    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    Handling fee, they know how to sting you.
     

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