OT: Digikey in EU

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I,m interested in getting some parts from Digikey but experieaces with US shipments to EU are of lots of expense for tax + brokerage especially with UPS which they use. Can someone tell in mainland EU say what they have actually paid in the end for say a $500 order. TIA.

Ralph Hilton

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Look for the German website of digikey (www.digikey.com -> german flag)

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The German site says that VAT is due on delivery the same as other EU sites. I'm looking for actual figures from experience.

Ralph Hilton

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UPS transportation cost was about EUR 80,00 for 0.4kg,
additional fees were EUR 25,00,
VAT (in Austria "EUSt") is 20%
/Martin.

/Martin.

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Thanks for the data. It looks as if I'll save money on the bits I need even with the extras.
Unless anyone knows a supplier of 16 x 2 blue LCDs 122 x 44mm in EU for under 30 Euro.

Ralph Hilton

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Try reichelt.de

The 16 x 2 blue LCD 122 x 44mm cost 33 EURO.

schimmi

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Tks, looks what I want.

Ralph Hilton

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If you shop from one of EU digikey sites, prices are final in euros.
Shipping is more or less standard at 18 euros and there is a handling fee of 13 euros which is waived for orders more than 100 euros exc. vat.
Digikey is paying UPS to clear the goods through customs on your behalf.(and also pays all duties EXCEPT vat)
You only pay VAT (e.g. 20%) at the UPS guy delivering the goods.
If you are a company, this vat is deductable from your account. (at your local tax office)

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Tks, Stom, the extra charges were the concern. UPS added a ridiculous handling charge to an earlier US shipment.

Ralph Hilton

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The extra charges of UPS are also ridiculous over here. They charge 60 euros for the procedure, plus any duties. I suppose, digikey has a frame agreement with ups to handle customs at a far better rate..
In any case, UPS doesn't ask for any money except the VAT.
(and there might be a way to pay this also via credit card. I'm researching the issue.)

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hello ralph,
obviously you are from austria, so try this link:
http://at.digikey.com/

regards
gerhard