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#253947 - 07 January 19 9:23 pm - America/Chicago Importing Solar Power Equipment... Import Duty?
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Registered: 07 January 18
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From the little bit I've been able to read, it looks to me that one can import solar power systems (or any alternative energy setup) without paying import duties. I've read this in another forum, but was unable to find where it is stated in terms of government statutes, or in "black and white print".

Anyone here with first-hand knowledge about this? Next time I drive in, it would be nice to bring a complete kit along and set it up...

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#253948 - 07 January 19 9:37 pm - America/Chicago Re: Importing Solar Power Equipment... Import Duty? [Re: DavyGravy]
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Without import duties sounds like a stretch.
They won't even let you feed back to the grid. YET!
Customs broker Joseph Hamilton could answer that.
joseph@hamilton.com.bz
Might be different duty on batteries, or control systems?
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#253960 - 09 January 19 2:15 pm - America/Chicago Re: Importing Solar Power Equipment... Import Duty? [Re: DavyGravy]
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Solar power systems are freely available so I am skeptical that they would allow duty free import of competition. A friend imported and paid duty on a system but after 6 months had big problems got a local company to check it out and it was found the batteries they had brought were "fully sealed" not the wet batteries they use here, and couldn't survive the temperatures in the dry season. the local company sorted her system out and I never heard she had anymore problems. There is no way you can sell back any unused battery power to the grid so do not waste money over sizing for more than you actually can use. Most visitors from USA look at my system and assume it is too small but it is right for me.
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#253963 - 09 January 19 7:47 pm - America/Chicago Re: Importing Solar Power Equipment... Import Duty? [Re: DavyGravy]
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Just another small note on importing and import duty,,,,
the 12.5% hit called GST on everything, purchase price, shipping price and duty. Add it all up and then apply the 12.5 ouch.
Still worth it for a lot of items. I have imported tons of construction power tools, scaffolding, plumbing / electrical rough-in and finishings, sinks, toilets, faucets, towel racks, appliances, bbq, 20 ceiling fans, a pallet of 5 gallon paint, 50 lb boxes of screws. Just as easy to load up on Amazon or other suppliers, arrange shipping and delivery right to my door. Save a little money, get quality, save precious time.
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