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GST on bringing bike in?

Post by sturoy » Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:28 pm

Hi,

I am moving to Sg in a couple of months time, and I want to bring my race bicycle with me.

If I bring it on the airline (emirates) they are going to charge me about £300. I think I can ship it there cheaper then that, but does that mean I am going to have to pay GST on it? It is about a year old, cost about SGD2k.

Secondly, as I do not yet have a job lined up, do I just enter on a tourist visa? And does this in any way affect the GST payable?

Thanks.

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Re: GST on bringing bike in?

Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 31 Jul 2012 3:30 pm

sturoy wrote:Hi,

I am moving to Sg in a couple of months time, and I want to bring my race bicycle with me.

If I bring it on the airline (emirates) they are going to charge me about £300. I think I can ship it there cheaper then that, but does that mean I am going to have to pay GST on it? It is about a year old, cost about SGD2k.

Secondly, as I do not yet have a job lined up, do I just enter on a tourist visa? And does this in any way affect the GST payable?

Thanks.
You will enter on a tourist visa. What country are you from (passport)? You may need to apply for a visa.

Your bicycle, since it is more than one year old, is not subject to GST. Whomever you select as a shipper should be able to provide you with a blank pro forma invoice for a value declaration... not the new price... its current value, and a form that you will fill out to indicate that this is previously owned personal property.

BTW, where are you planning to ship the bike (local address, that is)?

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Post by sturoy » Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:00 pm

The bike will be getting shipped in from the UK. I'm British, so I don't think I need apply for a visa, I just get it on arrival.

I am going to get the bike shipped to a friends address, but I should arrive in Sg before the bike does.

Does that mean that anything over a year old that I ship will be free from GST, regardless of its value?

Thanks for your help!

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