Many people will at some point in time feel the need to import fasteners. A good example of this is when the exact type you are interested in using is not available in your locality or even country. In a number of other cases, you may find that specific types of fasteners are cheaper when you import them. This is especially so of specialist fasteners such as nitronic 50 split lock washers or titanium socket set screws. In these cases, you can use the power of economies of scale to buy the specific fasteners from a firm that produces them en masse.
There are many factors you ought to consider before you go about importing fasteners. One of the most important is the amount of documentation and work you will need to get done in order to import the fasteners. One of the aspects of fastener importation that many people don’t pay attention to is the issue of taxation.
What happens when tax issues are not handled properly?
One of the major disadvantages of neglecting tax issues when importing fasteners is finding that the penalties are prohibitive. In many countries, not paying the taxes due when you import anything could attract heavy fines, and this has the potential to cripple the business particularly if you are just starting out.
In addition to that, you are also more likely to encounter difficulties with import documentation when you don’t handle taxation issues properly. This could have long term effects, including difficulties when you are balancing the books for the company.
How you can avoid tax related complications
Some of the things you could do to avoid such problems include:
- Understanding your tax obligations: You need to be clear about all your obligations when it comes to taxation. This might require you to go through some of the laws governing your locality in this respect.
- Figure out which taxes you are liable to pay: You also need to get a good idea of which taxes you are actually required to pay, and which ones you are exempt from. This depends on a host of factors including the volume of the shipment as well as the type of business you are running. You may need to get a detailed import expert to help you figure this out.
- Get help if you are not sure: In some cases, the issue of importing fasteners may sound overly complicated. In such cases, it would be wise to consult a party that might be more knowledgeable in the matter. For instance, you could work with a clearing and forwarding agent to handle all import related issues on your behalf.
- If you can carry out any tax-related process in advance, go ahead: In some countries, there are some tax-related issues you can carry out in advance such as paying all the necessary bills for a shipment before it arrives. Doing this will help you get most of these tasks out of the way, and ultimately make importation much easier.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.