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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:29 AM
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Well it's a sad day

Just received a letter from customs and that my package of 250gms of tobacco is being held till I pay almost $100 U.S.
to have it cleared

It turns out that the gift concession on tobacco and alcohol has been removed and any amount of manufactured tobacco or tobacco substitute will be taxed at the percentage of $322 per KG no matter how much tobacco or nicotine is in the item!!!
Maybe time to set up a farm outback any other wanna join me.

I have been buying online for a while and always bring shisha back from overseas trips with no issues.

Is this just chance that my package has been kept and taxed? any other Aussies out there...

2 weeks back I had package opened, checked and sent direct with no issues at all.

Oh yeah I also broke a brand new funnel bowl today (first break in 6 years)
What a day



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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:32 AM
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dude that sucks the big one. wtf i hope you get your stuff.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:36 AM
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Oh man, I don't know what to tell you... Holy cow, that's a nightmare.. So sorry
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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:36 AM
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Wow $100 for 250...thats hefty...although by my math your customs tax should be $80 not $100 unless they factor in the MSRP of the tobacco with the tax. Either way, I'm sorry that you had a problem after your previous shipment went though fine.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:39 AM
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Yeah it's really quite corrupt.
The tax is over $92 AUS which almost $100 US
It's all legal to bring it in but the government wants a piece of the action which in turn is 4 X more than what the product is worth.

My country is perfect in every other way, but taxes on smoke and booze are what keeps our money here I guess

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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:43 AM
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thats rediculous. how horrible :/ so sorry for you freind.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:08 AM
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damn! that sucks man... how about herbal shisha?
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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:12 AM
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Mad Hatter, I have bought herbal before and had no problems but in saying that I have been buying real shisha with no problems, besides I am not the biggest fan of the herbals I have tried

I am hoping this is a matter of luck and will only buy again in a few months
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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:13 AM
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That is horrible. I am so sorry dude.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:13 AM
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Mad Hatter, I have bought herbal before and had no problems but in saying that I have been buying real shisha with no problems, besides I am not the biggest fan of the herbals I have tried

I am hoping this is a matter of luck and will only buy again in a few months


I'll put some nakhla in a soex box for you how about :3
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Old January 30th, 2010, 03:51 AM
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Bear in mind that they tax tobacco substitutes in the same way. It says it on the notice up above. "Herbals" will be treated in the exact same way.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:10 AM
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this is a sad day for all fellow Australians.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:34 AM
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bummer dude
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Old January 30th, 2010, 05:35 AM
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Sorry to hear it..still trying to study as much as I can about EU customs. so it wont happen to me.. (whew)
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Old January 30th, 2010, 05:58 AM
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I had a worse than that.
I was dumb enough to order a package of a total value of 168$.
When you do that the Norwegian Customs open it and tax it, since it was higher than 168$, I got a 422$ tax to get my package. That one hurt, so after that I order things for under 168$ to avoid that tax again!
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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:45 PM
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I'll put some nakhla in a soex box for you how about :3

Hahahaha Scarcity that's a funny idea repackaging, but I wouldn't' put it past them if they tax me because the word hookah is present on the packaging
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why did they write tobacco on the custom form in the 1st place?! lol that is the biggest mistake
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:45 PM
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madness! - sorry to hear it fella
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:53 PM
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WTF. That's ridiculous! You are probably better off traveling past the border (if you're close enough) and bringing some back with you. Make a day out of it!
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Old January 30th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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why did they write tobacco on the custom form in the 1st place?! lol that is the biggest mistake

I don't know what was written on the package but it doesn't matter with our customs, as almost everything that looks organic in an xray will be opened considering we have a very sensitive environment
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Old January 30th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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WTF. That's ridiculous! You are probably better off traveling past the border (if you're close enough) and bringing some back with you. Make a day out of it!

Yeah it would be nice but we are really just one huge mother of an island and don't border on any other country (believe me I have thought of everything)
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Old January 30th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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Sorry, I assumed you were from Canada. But yeah, I can see why you'd have a problem. Any local stores?
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Old January 30th, 2010, 07:58 PM
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Sorry, I assumed you were from Canada. But yeah, I can see why you'd have a problem. Any local stores?
Yeah anything in local Arabic stores and blackmarket aren't much cheaper and charge $70 - 80 for a 250g of AF or Nakhla types and very limited variety
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Old January 30th, 2010, 11:33 PM
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could you not found someone to send money to and have them send it to you?
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Old January 31st, 2010, 12:05 AM
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Yeah anything in local Arabic stores and blackmarket aren't much cheaper and charge $70 - 80 for a 250g of AF or Nakhla types and very limited variety
That is crazy...
Also, I wasn't even aware that gifting doesn't keep you safe anymore. Huge bummer.
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