In order to comply with new legislation by the Australian government, HobbyLink Japan will begin collecting Goods and Services Tax of 10% on the cost of orders being shipped to Australia beginning Sunday, July 1st 2018 AEST.Q. Why is HLJ collecting GST?
A. Changes to Australian policy now mean that international businesses must collect GST on purchases under $1,000 AUD being shipped to Australia. We must then pay this tax to the Australian government. If we do not collect this tax on orders to Australia, there’s a risk your packages will be rejected by customs without being delivered to you.
Q. Can I see how much GST I will be charged before I pay?
A. GST will amount to 10% of the total value of your order. A "Tax” amount will be shown in the checkout when you place your order.
Q. When will I be charged GST?
A. GST will be applied to your order when it enters payment processing. If your order is a "Ship Now" order, the amount for all of the items, shipping cost, and a GST of 10% of the combined merchandise cost and shipping fee will be calculated, and will be charged to you in one transaction.
In the case of Private Warehouse orders and shipments, GST will be collected on the cost of the item when we receive your payment for its merchandise cost, and then on only the shipping fee when you create a shipment of items.
Q. Will GST be shown on my invoice?
A. Yes. This should help ensure your packages pass through Australian customs quickly and without any problems.
Q. Where can I find more information on this?
A. The Australian Tax Office guidelines on this legislation can be found on their website here: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/International-tax-for-business/GST-on-low-value-imported-goods/ , and they can be contacted for more details by any of the channels listed here: https://www.ato.gov.au/About-ATO/About-us/Contact-us/
You're also welcome to contact us with any questions.