Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Discuss Christopher Ward watches
Post Reply
Buck327
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:19 am

Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by Buck327 »

Hi! I’m new to the forum and I just purchased my first Christopher Ward watch. The C60 Trident Pro 600 and I’m super excited. This is my first watch that cost more than a couple of hundred dollars and also the first time I purchased anything online from another country. I read that $800 is the threshold for customs/tax but I’m not really sure what that means. I’ve also read that I can get a bill for those things from the shipping carrier. Can anyone provide me with any information as to what that entails or what I can expect? Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you! Jimmy
robbo1982
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 22
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:38 pm

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by robbo1982 »

I think it would all get auto calculated once it proceeds through customs. Guess you wouldn't pay UK vat but would pay your local costs.

Unless second hand and then I think it's more a combo of declared value etc

Sent from my XQ-AS52 using Tapatalk

robbo1982
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 22
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:38 pm

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by robbo1982 »

Edit maybe ping cwl customer services as they must have good experience with USA shipping and will have come across this many times no doubt

Sent from my XQ-AS52 using Tapatalk

User avatar
jkbarnes
Senior Forumgod
Senior Forumgod
Posts: 2729
Joined: Wed May 24, 2017 8:39 pm
CW-watches: 2
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, USA

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by jkbarnes »

This question comes up quite a bit. I have no direct experience with customs duties because both my CWs fell below the $800 threshold.

Take a look at both these previous threads about it. Lots of good info there.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=53421&hilit=Us+customs+duty

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=56143&hilit=Us+customs+duty

And welcome to the forum!
Andrew
“I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.”

C65 Trident Vintage
C65 AM GT LE

Wishlist:
C65 Trident GMT Worldtimer
C9 5 Day SS
C61 Trident


Find me on Instagram @jkbarnes
Or follow my photography on Instagram @jkbarnesphotos
Thunder1
Senior Forumgod
Senior Forumgod
Posts: 1923
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:39 pm
CW-watches: 7
Location: Dripping Springs, Tx.

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by Thunder1 »

It seems to be a little hit or miss..there is a $800.00 threshold..above that amount, your carrier should charge you import duties..sometimes they do, sometimes they don't..it's a guessing game...you s/b prepared for the worst, imo..good luck hunting!!..
Ebels are a lot like women that lack a lowcut dress that zips up the side..neither gets the love that they deserve..
C60 GMT 600/C65 SH21 LE/C65 Trident Khaki & Black dials/C65 Black & Blue Dial Autos/C65 Bronze Ombre LE/C8 Power Reserve
albionphoto
Senior Forumgod
Senior Forumgod
Posts: 1585
Joined: Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:07 pm
CW-watches: 7
Location: New Jersey
Contact:

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by albionphoto »

Welcome to the forum Jimmy/Buck327. I'm guessing from your post that you're from NY and importing the watch from the UK. If so then you are correct that the threshold for import duty for any item entering the US is $800. Duty will have to be paid for any purchase above that. DHL should contact you once the watch enters the US. It should go to US customs in NYC. Expect to see an email or perhaps a text from DHL.

Ideally this email/text from DHL will just be an invoice - Pay the invoice and you're good to go.

If they send you a request to fill out a form detailing the value of parts of the watch then my advice is to contact CW customer service by phone and highlight this. Remember that the UK is currently four hours ahead of the US. CW will contact DHL on your behalf and fix the fact that DHL have lost the paperwork. Then you should receive an invoice and be good to go.

Hope this helps.
Mark
Bremont, Casio, Citizen, Christopher Ward, Omega, Orion, Oris and Seiko
DEV1ST8R
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu May 07, 2020 11:42 pm

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by DEV1ST8R »

If the purchase price was any amount over $800 and it was shipped via DHL, you will be sent an invoice from DHL to pay for customs fees and their processing fee. I received all of the communication from DHL via text messages.
Buck327
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:19 am

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by Buck327 »

Thanks for all of the quick, informative replies everyone!
nowttolose
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:58 pm

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by nowttolose »

Buck327 wrote:Thanks for all of the quick, informative replies everyone!
Let’s see a wrist shot when it is delivered.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Buck327
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:19 am

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by Buck327 »

Will do!
nowttolose
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:58 pm

Re: Tax/Customs question when buying from NY

Post by nowttolose »

Buck327 wrote:Will do!
It may not be the case for you, but I bet a few watches will be bought with the stimy cheques!
Post Reply