FlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 6 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
We just recieved an invoice from our shipping agent due from monies paid to France for tax claimed due on a part shipped to our aircraft while A.O.G. in Corsica. Does anybody have any knowledge whether there may be an exemption due to the fact that the part did not remain in France once the aircraft was repaired? The bill was paid so in this case I guess we'll be looking to get a refund.
[Edited 2006-10-18 18:36:41]
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Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2232 times:
As far as I know, this is general rule : any piece of equipment entering a country has to be customs-cleared and import taxes are levvied.
I have never heard of an exemption or a refund.
For instance,an airline keeps a set of spare parts on an airport in the US, in the customs area. If a plane needs a spare, then US customs will clear the item and impose the import tax on it.
When that rule becomes ridiculous is when it happens in ,say the French Carribbean : they have a tax called "Droits de Mer", litterally "Sea rights" they cash on items coming from France.
As an aside, in India the import taxes for "technology equipments" are a flat 300% of factory catalog prices ! India is not a place for an AOG !
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 28470 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Definitely happens. I know an airline which recently decided to move near its entire parts inventory out from a major Asian airport as they were all subject to a very hefty import and annual inventory tax.
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