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Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« on: September 05, 2017, 08:11:36 AM »

Has anyone imported bats from Australia? How much is the import duty and postage for each bat? Looking at GN range in Australia like Atomic, XXX and Velocity. When is the best time to buy from Australia?
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 08:56:48 AM »

Buy online at expensive list price
- Australian GST (10%)
+ Shipping cost
+ VAT
+ Customs duty (2.5%)
+ Random ParcelForce handling charge (30?)

= A lot of money any way you look at it

Best time to buy for quality is now IMO as the new bats have been in a month or two but ordering online might still be pot luck. The benefit to waiting is reduced prices but the good ones may be taken and there was significant variation between bats when I checked them out

The cheapest way is to bring one back if worth less than 390 but they are still expensive compared to UK made bats and not all that special IMO besides the Atomic and possibly XXX11 (although I didn't see those in person).

I'll try and dig out the costs of bringing one back... might be cheaper to have a holiday :)

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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 08:58:58 AM »

Certain Atomic models will be available in the UK range as part of a limited run of Aus products

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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 09:08:13 AM »

On buying in Aus...

It is pretty complicated but as far as I can make out it is along the lines of paying in full in store including GST, amount of all goods must be over 300 dollars to qualify, get a tax invoice from the shop, show the goods and invoice at the airport before clearing border control to get a refund on GST. Then on entering the UK, you have to declare goods worth more than 390, paying 2.5% import duty and also import VAT at 20%.

So if an item is more than 300 dollars but less than 390gbp you can get GST off and pay no import duty or import VAT by flying with it unlike if those lower value items were shipped. If an item is more than 390 then you have a potential ton of hassle while travelling and only save the shipping costs.

Everything is an advantage being here, unless it is worth more then 390gbp.

On low value items under 300 dollars, for example if I buy pads for 180 dollars, I have no choice but to pay GST but have no hassle getting them in to the UK (besides my bag not being big enough!). Even if I buy a bag for them and pay GST it works out better than having them shipped without GST, paying shipping and paying import duties/ VAT. So I guess small benefit to actually be in Aus

I wouldn't buy the Atomic for 450gbp anyway but if I did desperately want it then I think I'd rather have it shipped home

Easy huh!  :(  :D

On another note, this has made me realise I have a really sad Saturday evening  :o
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 09:13:00 AM »

http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=42799.0

What was most interesting visiting various shops in Aus was that they all said the vast majority of the "interesting" Aus GN's were bought by overseas customers based on specs and pictures that look good on the internet. Once people saw these mythical bats in store they were generally not so taken by them and plumped for the more "normal" GN's, even at similar price points. I am a cynic at the best of times but I can see how this would happen as they wouldn't necessarily suit everyone.
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2017, 10:23:21 AM »

Coals to Newcastle?
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 12:24:28 PM »

Coals to Newcastle?

Transfer windows closed isn't it?
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 01:25:47 PM »

http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=42799.0

What was most interesting visiting various shops in Aus was that they all said the vast majority of the "interesting" Aus GN's were bought by overseas customers based on specs and pictures that look good on the internet. Once people saw these mythical bats in store they were generally not so taken by them and plumped for the more "normal" GN's, even at similar price points. I am a cynic at the best of times but I can see how this would happen as they wouldn't necessarily suit everyone.


I loved every bat I bought from AUS. I knew what I was getting because: a. I discussed the specs I wanted before hand, at length via phone/email; b. understood what I was getting from the vendor (in my case, Mueleman). They were honest about the pros and cons of the bat ("picks up heavy", "nothing going on with the toe". etc.). They also removed GST from the bat price so I didn't have to pay for it. I have had very good experience dealing with AUS guys. In NZ, I'd go either with MG2 or Laver. Both are top notch when it comes to quality of bats and service.
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017, 11:05:22 AM »

Has anyone imported bats from Australia? How much is the import duty and postage for each bat? Looking at GN range in Australia like Atomic, XXX and Velocity. When is the best time to buy from Australia?

I imagine it's the reverse of what I experience!
Postage 30~50 depends who you are buying off in in the U.K., probably the same here.
10% GST excluded ( same as VAT being excluded ) $725 therefore $659 about 402
https://www.cricketcentre.com.au/product-group/12221-gray-nicolls-atomic-1400-cricket-bat/product
I never pay duty importing bats into Australia, don't tell anyone!
Best time would be March but supply may be an issue.
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 11:08:09 AM »

Save all that hassle if you know some out there get them to post it did this with some boots etc
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 11:11:27 AM »

One of our friends lives in Melbourne and is coming back in October for 3 weeks. I'm really tempted to ask her to bring me one back!!
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 03:16:11 PM »

Has anyone imported bats from Australia? How much is the import duty and postage for each bat? Looking at GN range in Australia like Atomic, XXX and Velocity. When is the best time to buy from Australia?
The best time to buy from Australia is when there's a sale on as the cost is lower, but the choice might not be so good. Otherwise, on a 400 bat you'll pay around 100 charges before they'll let it into the country and deliver it to you.
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 11:29:06 AM »

http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=42799.0

What was most interesting visiting various shops in Aus was that they all said the vast majority of the "interesting" Aus GN's were bought by overseas customers based on specs and pictures that look good on the internet. Once people saw these mythical bats in store they were generally not so taken by them and plumped for the more "normal" GN's, even at similar price points. I am a cynic at the best of times but I can see how this would happen as they wouldn't necessarily suit everyone.


Maybe these "mythical" bats these various shops had in store weren't as special as the " mythical" ones I've had the pleasure to see, feel, caress, hold and use (if I wish to)
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Re: Importing bats from Australia to U.K.
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2017, 12:42:02 PM »

Maybe these "mythical" bats these various shops had in store weren't as special as the " mythical" ones I've had the pleasure to see, feel, caress, hold and use (if I wish to)

That is very likely. Worth being aware of if buying online
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