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How much import tax can I expect to pay in the US for say an $1100 Christopher Ward?
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^^^^ I'm sure one of our US based members will be along to help shortly but, as far as I'm aware (as I'm in UK), a lot depends on which State you live in and the rate of local Sales Tax.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:37 pm …as far as I'm aware (as I'm in UK), a lot depends on which State you live in and the rate of local Sales Tax.

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Sales tax will not be an issue, just the import duties (which I can’t help you with).

While technically, state sales tax would be owed, it’s self-reported in a case like this. And I don’t know a single person …NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE!… who has EVER self-reported state sales tax! :lol:

Americans just don’t like to pay their taxes, as George III knew all too well.
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^^^ All very factual information :lol:

As far as the customs duty, I don’t think anyone knows. Not even the customs agent who’s going to be charging you! I do know that the calculation depends on a few things (like an exhibition case back might add cost because of multiple crystals) and the duty is a percentage of the cost of each part, and the percentage varies etc…

I was charged $42 on an Abyss, $86 for a Super compressor and $136 for a NN moonglow. The Abyss and SC were very close together in terms of purchase price, but more than double the duty.

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I bought a Sandstorm and DHL claimed I owed $192 to them for the $1085 watch. I calmly asked them to itemize and explain the charges. In the process $57 was found to be in error. Some of the “duties” are DHL fees which with arguing can be reduced. The process feels arbitrary and difficult to audit.

I generally figure on 10% for watches over the $800 threshold.
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My most rcent purchase was a C63 Sealander Elite on bracelet at $1695. Duty/DHL fees were ~ $114. Actual import duty should depend upon case material, movement and strap/bracelet type or cost and can vary. If all goes well DHL fees are about $40 of each transaction.
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albionphoto wrote: Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:21 am My most rcent purchase was a C63 Sealander Elite on bracelet at $1695. Duty/DHL fees were ~ $114. Actual import duty should depend upon case material, movement and strap/bracelet type or cost and can vary. If all goes well DHL fees are about $40 of each transaction.
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For reference on my Ombré I paid about $135 (purchase price was around $1100). That one had a COSC movement which I think matters in the final calculation. Mine was a couple of years ago too so the schedule may have changed a little since then.
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I was in the $110 range on my last $1,800 purchase. Depends on if they (CW) reports it or if you have to fill out the sheet to declare it. Would have been a little higher if CW had done it - apparently DHL couldn't find the sheet
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