How much do the customs charge for entering the EU with a packaged and sealed netbook? (maybe it will be a smartphone). Am I better off limiting the price to a certain threshold? (when it gets expensive).
There is no common rule across the EU. It depends what country you import to. They will charge you the full VAT % of the country in Question - provided that the items cost is below a certain level. There is a standard VAT of minimum 15%, but it's hard to set one rule for the whole EU, see here.
The duty for importing electronic goods into the EU is limited by the cost of the item: - Up to a value of €430 for air and sea travelers - Up to value of €300 for other travelers
Depending on how you are entering a the EU you are exempt from taxes if the total value of goods is below a certain threshold:
(€ 300 if you are arriving on board a private ocean-going pleasure craft or private aircraft, € 430 in other cases)
If the total value of the goods you are bringing are above these threshold there are three taxes applicable, which differ per member state.
- Import duty
- Excise duty
There is a handy online calculator