Import Duty on Luxury Watches

I just purchased Secondhand Omega Speedmaster Triple Date from eBay from seller called eLady Japan.
Total cost of the watch and shipping was AU$1,780.

Other than 10% GST what sort of duties or tariffs can I expect to pay on the item?

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    a 2 second google search found this
    https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/impo/buyi

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    Get them to tick gift and make the value $999

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      Really? That works?

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      Gift means diddly squat on an import declaration.

      Omega watches are made in Switzerland so you will have 10% GST, 5% duty and depending how it is shipped, sometimes the handler charge a customs broker fee for inputting the entry.

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        Not true. Country of manufacture is TOTALLY irrelevant.

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          Your statement is totally untue. THere are free trade agreements for goods made in certain countries (USA and China for example). We have no free trade agreement with Switzerland so there is 5% duty.

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          @2jzzzz:

          Country of MANUFACTURE or Country the watch is sent from? I was very specific in my previous reply.

          I'm guessing that eBay seller eLady Japan, is from Japan, which whom we have a Free Trade Agreement ………..

          Thoughts?

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          @oscargamer:

          It is determined on the country of manufacture. Chanel handbags attract 5% duty as they are French, even if you buy them from USA, China, Singapore or Japan (All have FTAs).

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          @2jzzzz:

          On new and used items, regardless of value?

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          @2jzzzz: How are border staff to determine whats real Chanel and whats replica?

          they send me a tax bill for Chanel item, i tell them its actually a phony, made in China, worth $50 at worst. what next? how do they argue back?

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          @R-Man:

          i've bought a couple of used Omega's, in the last 12m, both less than $1000, never been hit for any additional duties………

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          @R-Man: THey charge you for importing a fake and you will now have bigger trouble with Intellectual Property Rights. Plus they are taught how to spot fake Gucci, LV, Rolex etc. Not too hard.

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          @oscargamer: You don't get charged on things less than $1000. If they are old, they have to have been in your possession overseas for more than 12 months with evidence.

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          @oscargamer: Still has to be over $1000, but yes, jewellery (including watches) never deprciate.

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          They confiscate the counterfeit item?

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          @2jzzzz:

          I'm asking about the 5% duty. On new and used items, regardless of value?

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          @oscargamer: There's no duty to calculate if value of goods are under $1000

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          @Krankite: Sure do. Then all details forwarded to the IPR Objector (LV, Gucci etc) and they can take you to court if they wish.

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      has to be less than $1000 INCLUDING postage

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    Wouldn't you rather get a Vacheron Constantin or Patek Philippe?

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    $1800 luxury watch second hand from eBay.
    Hope it works out for you OP

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      I think this is realistically a $3k watch local or US or EU so there's a big saving there.

      Japan is generally looked upon as a country that does not scam esp. these ebay types with lots of feedback (yes I know its ironic).

      Even with gst its under market.

      I dont know what I'd do here. You could ask them to mark it was a sub $999 purchase and see if you get away with it. Even at this point they could look up Omega values and ask why its "only $1,780".

      I wouldnt put it as a 'gift' - that's just asking for customs to root you with your pants on.

      However I would possibly ask them to put on as sub $999 unrepaired vintage watch.

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    Last time I bought a pre-owned watch from Antiquorum Switzerland and I only got charged 10% GST plus brokerage fee by FedEx, then there was another time that I bought a pre-owned watch from an Ebay seller in Hawaii and I was expecting to pay GST but it slipped through without me paying GST, when I looked at the parcel there was no value declared.

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