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Browsing through the threads I keep coming across the reoccuring theme of import taxes and the fact they are high.

I was wondering how this works. Is it on new goods only, or stuff that comes in via haulier/courier or large items, or anything that enters the country that isn't a letter?

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Could be any of those. It depends what you import to where and from where.

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If you order goods from Amazon, VAT is applied at the prevailing rate in Portugal despite not being applicable in UK e.g books.

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ANYTHING ordered from outside the EU is subject to IVA (VAT) at the prevailing rate.

Goods ordered from with the EU will have IVA (VAT) added at point of sale.

Some companies as Maggie said are adding the tax which the item is subject to in Portugal, NOT the country of origin.

For example AMAZON.co.uk (or any of the european Amazon offshoots) are adding PORTUGESE rates at point of sale.

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So, where would I go to find out the Portugese tax rates and also does anybody know if this applies to secondhand products?

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Ooh. I should have read what everybody put more carefully as well.

So, for example if I ordered a book from Amazon.co.uk. and that book was £6 and the PT tax was 20%, then Amazon would charge me £7.20?
(I'm not asking for my maths checked just if I've got the procedure correct?)

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This tax that is the same as VAT is known as IVA in Portugal, and is at present 23%.



so £7.38 on a book that costs £6

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So, where would I go to find out the Portugese tax rates and also does anybody know if this applies to secondhand products?

NO IVA (VAT) on secondhand goods as it has already been applied (charged) at source.

You cannot double vat an item

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The op was asking about import duties. The taxes you are discussing are not import duties, they are sales taxes.

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The op was asking about import duties. The taxes you are discussing are not import duties, they are sales taxes.

Have you ever tried to explain the difference to the Portuguese customs
Just as well we mention IVA(VAT) or Fidegty would still think it was 20% not the 23% it now is

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