I Need Help with a Large International Purchase (GST, Customs, TNT, Instructions)
So I'm in the process of making a large purchase for a $2100 AUD Delivered mixer from overseas and have a bunch of questions as I've never purchased anything this Large, Heavy and Expensive.
The purchase is over $1000 and gst is not being collected by the seller so from what I can find I need to complete some form to pay GST for this item before it will clear customs?
Submitting this form also comes with some fee attached to it? Is that right?
Or will it just arrive at customs and they will send me a letter with a bill or something?
The item will be shipped through TNT Economy Express Service which I assume from the delivery time frame must be shipped through air.
To what extent will TNT be handling things for me?
Will there be additional charges on my end for them even though I've paid to get it delivered?
Are there any other fees I should be aware of outside of the GST fee I need to pay?
The sellers have also sent me these instructions for when the item is getting delivered.
ATTENTION! ! ON RECEIPT OF GOODS VERIFY THE INTEGRITY AND QUANTITY
OF THE PARCEL/S, ASK THE COURIER TO SIGN THE CONSIGNMENT NOTE
AND ADD THE CLAUSE "Damaged Parcel/s" or "Missing parcel/s";
SHOULD OUR CONSIGNMENT NOTE NOT BE AVAILABLE
YOU MUST ASK THE COURIER FOR A PAPER COPY (hard copy) OF THE WAYBILL,
SIGN IT AND SPECIFY E.G. "DAMAGED PARCEL/S" OR "MISSING PARCEL/S".
ANY ANOMALIES OR DAMAGES MUST BE REPORTED WITHIN 5 DAYS FROM RECEIPT OF GOODS.
A BREACH OF SUCH TERMS WILL RELEASE ALLFORFOOD FROM ANY LIABILITY
So from this I'm to inspect the packaging and item for any damage first.
To what extent am I checking for damage? Am I unpacking this while the courier is standing there or just looking for obvious damage to the cardboard box or crate it comes in?
After inspecting I'm to ask for the Consignment note and if unavailable I'm to ask for a hard copy of the Waybill, and get the courier to sign it and add some clause for damaged and or missing parcels? How do they go about adding these clauses? Is this something normal to be asked for right before delivery? Shouldn't these clauses be added before or at the point of pickup?
After the inspection and getting the courier to add and sign the clauses I'm guessing I need to sign that it's been delivered? Does that sound correct?
Thanks for any help or knowledge you provide!