Yamaha ELS-02C has finally arrived home in Buenos Aires, Argentina!! I am very satisfied with your team's work. At first I was a bit concerned about buying something so expensive online, but at the end of the day it is fair to say that your work and dedication has been excellent. It's good to know that everybody has the possibility to buy stuff in Japan with Taro's help and assistance. Many thanks!
You are right. Tax rates in Argentina are high. The main tax to pay is VAT, that is 21% of CIF value + Custom duties. Custom duties are a bit higher than other countries (here is 10% of CIF value), but is not high as other tariff positions also in Argentina than may reach the 35%. Also,if you are final consumer you have to pay an additional 11% as "income tax", which fortunatelly my customs agent manage to avoid.
Additionally, you have to do some paperwork to ask for an exception of something called "seguridad eléctrica" (electrical safety) if you are final consumer, OR (big and important "or") certify the electrical safety of the organ if you are importing the organ to sell it. This part was the most difficult for me, because nobody know how to ask the exception, so it took one month me to figure out how the matter should be done and one additional month waiting for the government response.
Not big deal to transfer the money overseas. As far as I know, this was not the case a couple of years ago.
So, at the end of the day you pay:
- Item Price
- 10% on Item Price + Shipping
- 21% on Item Price + Shipping + 10% of previous line
- 11% of income tax if you are final consumer (somehow it can be avoided)