From: Luis Felipe
Sent: Tue, February 8, 2011, 1:28 AM
Subject: Re: Order Process
Good morning, Last Friday I picked up the violin at the customs office. I am writing to thank you for fast shipping. The violin arrived in perfect condition and I am delighted for his impeccable work and finishing, and for its high quality sound and playability. Thank you very much for everything, and congratulations on such great work.
As for taxes, in Spain for one year ago (march-2010) is necessary pay taxes (IVA/VAT=18%) on any purchases that exceed 22 euros, including transport costs. If the purchase exceeds 150, also is necessary to pay tariffs (approximately 3.2%). To calculate this, typically is required the purchase invoice or receipt of paypal. First add the percentage of tariff, and then add the IVA (VAT).
These taxes have to be paid at the office, if they retain the package, which being the usual.
As the custom office is in Madrid Airport, if you are living in madrid you can pick up the package yourself.
For the purchase of a violin, for example, picking up the package yourself:
-about 3.2% of customs duty,
-a 18% IVA (VAT),
-about 5 euros in the postal counter so you'll get the package.
Another option for those who can not pick it up themselves, is to hire a customs broker, which costs about 25 - 30 more.
In my case the value of Violin + Case + Shoulder rest + 55$ transport = 823$, --_ 622, I had to pay a total of ((622+3.2%)+18%) = 135,44 taxes + 5 service in the postal counter --_about 107$.
In any case the quality of your violin is worth it, because the violins sold in Spain are more expensive and lower quality.
Greetings, and if you need anything more I am at your disposal.