Just went to the Post Office yesterday (its opposite my school. I went and spoke to the manager and asked him how musical instruments are taxed...It goes like this somehow:
Customs duty is about 20% on a guitar , then they add their usual transportation , handling etc etc and it comes up to 34.42% on a guitar coming from a Factory/Shop..
Customs duty is 17% on a guitar , that comes from a private home such as a friend etc etc. And it has to have GIFT written on it. You cant have GIFT written on a guitar that's coming from a shop or such...If you do, they will call you to the P.O and interrogate you lol.
Customs on pedals,pedalcases,cables etc (Accessories) is 17% from Shop/Factory. No clue about the customs faced when coming from a friends place.
Customs on gold plated,rimmed,edged items is 35% and can vary from product to product.
When sending a guitar/Importing a guitar the guy told me to have the following done :
1.Packing should be extra secure- Lots of bubble paper , cardboard and preferably hard case.
2.Paste an invoice of whats in the box on the package and make it clearly visible to avoid being called by Customs to the PO.
By doing so they will just send you a letter saying your parcel has arrived , please collect it at your local POST OFFICE. If there isnt an invoice you have to do the following:
1.Give a letter with:
- Detailed description of the package and whats in it .
- Maximum price of the guitar.
2.Meet the customs guy and explain what it is.
All this is if you get the guitar through speed post, and other such courier services. If you are getting a guitar through FedEx etc....they pay whatever Customs asks and you pay them later. Whereas in Speed Post, EMS etc if they put 100% Customs on you...you can appeal for 35% .
I SAW THE CUSTOMS BOOK AND IT SAID 35% , as for the others...not too sure!