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    I notice that on the Globalscale web site, shipping to the UK is now available. However at £24 it’s not cheap. Does this include import duties and if not, how will those be handled?
    Do you have any distributors lined up this side of the pond?


    Hmm, no response. Not exactly filling me with confidence.


    Hi Phil,

    the 24 is just the shipping cost. Duty is not included and will handled by the recepient. We are working on setting up some distribution in the UK/EU but nothing is finalized yet.


    Can you please make an announcement (best on both the blog and the forum) when you have distribution in the EU ready?


    Shipping via Amazon to Germany is just 7$US, plus 19% Tax deposit (49$ + 7$ * 1.19 = 67$)

    Unfortunately, only the 1GB versions is currently available.


    Disappointed that despite this topic shiping continues not to be addressed. I guess European support is not a priority. This board will be out of date by the time European shipping is sorted.


    I’ve often seen that people on the net do not add custom, taxes and handling to the factory-price.
    Every day people make this mistake, when shopping for cheap items from China on eBay, Alibaba, etc. and I’ve often had to explain what those numbers are and that it’s not likely that the price can be lowered legally in any way.

    My best advice is: Find out what the rules are for your location, expect to pay 50% more than your duty+handling+tax calculations and be happy if you’re wrong. 😉
    (Note: I’m not saying that you should be happy that you need to pay extra, just that it’s better to over-estimate than under-estimate!)

    In a few days, my two 2GB boards will arrive.
    As I’m located in Denmark and got the boards shipped using FedEx economy from Fullerton (USA).
    My estimates for custom handling, tax and custom if sent by airmail are as follows…
    Handling: $26.67 (always DKK 160; this lasts for one month)
    Custom : $69.67 (25% of item price + shipping price + DKK 160)
    Tax : $14.23 (5% of item price + shipping price + handling + custom if that exceeds DKK 1150,-; this can be between 0% and 25%)
    Total : $110.57 (to pay on arrival)

    The above rules applies to package values that exceed DKK 80,-
    This means if the value of the contents of the package is less than $10 (currently $13), then no additional fees are to be paid at all; the package will go right through.

    Note: It’s for safety that I used 5% for tax; the actual tax for the correct SBC tariff / taric code (8471.41.00 00) is 0%.

    Those prices are in case the boards would be sent using the standard airmail for two boards.
    If custom, tax and handling is less than that, when using FedEx, I’ll be positively surprised.

    Thus imagine I want to sell the boards to the EU; I’d get the boards shipped to Denmark, pay the duties and further shipping.
    That would be approximately $212 (including shipping via mail/airmail) for a single $79 board.
    For a $39 board, the price would be $159,30.

    If anyone live in a european country (still counting the UK as being an european country) and can import the boards for a much lower price, please post a reply here; you could perhaps make a few bucks on each such shipment and it would be helpful for other members of the community.

    Also remember that re-shipping the boards from within the EU to the destination will cost extra.


    I still don’t know why they are not restocking the boards at Amazon:

    1 GByte Board to Germany:

    Shipping & Fee Details
    Price $49.00
    AmazonGlobal Shipping + $6.00
    Estimated Import Fees Deposit + $10.45
    Total $65.45

    The $10.45 is 19% (Taxes, “Einfuhrumsatzsteuer”) of $49 + $6.

    Amazon guarantees complete coverage of taxes/duties by the deposit, i.e. if it is higher Amazon will cover the extra costs.

    Apparently Amazon shipping to Denmark is more expensive ($14.75), but still significantly lower than FedEx.

    So why is the board no longer available via Amazon, and why not the 2GByte boards?


    That’s a very low and much more attractive price. 🙂
    -Thanks for sharing this.

    I think that Amazon might also be easy for the company shipping the boards (since they’re located in the US).
    There’d be less things for the company to worry about as well.
    A solution could be to have an “agent”, which is a 3rd party seller on Amazon, located in Fullerton, who could sell and ship the boards.


    I finally received the bill for fees, tax and duties; it’s not as much as I expected:

    Handling: $24.00 (DKK 144)
    Custom : $52.67 (DKK 316, 25% of item price + handling)
    Tax : none
    Total : $76.67 (DKK 460)

    I can accept these prices (probably because I knew beforehand), though others will probably think it’s too much.
    If, however, I had them mailed by airmail, the price would very likely have been $110 (DKK 660) as shown in an earlier post.

    Would I have purchased more boards if they were available for the price on Amazon, that @StefanB mentioned ?
    -Yes, I would have ordered 3 boards then.

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