Hi All, I am going to Canada next wk and wondered if I would have a pay custom and tax if I were to bring back a guitar less than £150. I know I can ring Customs but its Sunday and I need some info pretty quickly. Thanks in advance. People here might know the ANSWER.
You might find the answer here click here I brought into the UK, a couple of 'musical' items approximately 2 years ago from South America. Had to pay duty on arrival, plus the airline charged extra for excess baggage. Didn't prove to be bargain buy's in the end.Make sure that the packing is secure, as the airline I used, would not allow these items as 'hand baggage', and they ended up in the hold, after a good security check.
The £145 allowance depends on the custom officers 'little book'and whether it is a 'low value proven gift'. In my case, I had all the receipts and paperwork, and the custom's worked out a favourable discount for me. I didn't actually pay for the goods, as they were a departing friendship token, but the customs still made a tax charge on their 'little book' calculations and findings.