I'm a foreigner who moved to Australia a year ago. I've been looking to build my first gaming PC, BUT as I've look in some computer stores in Australia, the parts are a little bit expensive for me. When I checked the parts in the country where I came from (Thailand) it is way cheaper than here.

If I fly from Australia to Thailand and buy all the parts, then bring them back to Australia, am I allowed to bring them in? Am I going to get charged by customs for bringing it in?

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If you are 18 or older, Australia allows you to bring AUD900 of "general goods", which includes electronics, without paying duty.

If you exceed AUD900 in goods, you are liable to pay duty and tax on all of the goods you're bringing in, not just the excess, so make sure not to exceed it (so for example, if you buy your PC parts for AUD850, don't also buy some jewellery for AUD100, since you'll then be taxed on all AUD950 of your goods).

Under the duty free limit, you do not need to declare your goods, but you should make sure to hold on to your receipts, in case you are inspected at customs.

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    Leave a bit of wiggle room too. Customs will use the currency exchange rate on the day you enter Australia, not the day you purchased the goods. Commented Oct 1, 2020 at 16:29
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    are laptops excluded ? most good laptops are anyways over 900 .. what happens in that case?
    – Nigel Fds
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 4:48
  • @NigelFds I've not checked the Aus rules, but I would not expect so. If you bring in a $2000 laptop, legally you'd be required to pay the appropriate duties and taxes.
    – CMaster
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 9:38
  • My experience (not in Australia but in other countries) is if you speak to customs and bring a laptop that you've had for a while, they'll probably not make you pay tax. But then, the Australian government is known for being authoritarian. Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 10:49
  • @NigelFds This is specifically for goods which you are importing. If you own a laptop and take it out of the country and then return with it, or you bring your laptop in for a temporary visit, it does not count as importing. Also, there are different rules if you are moving to Australia and bringing in your personal effects. If you are resident in Australia and you return with a brand new laptop, yes, you'd need to pay duty on it (unless it's worth less than AUD900).
    – MJeffryes
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 13:33

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