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Old 15-11-2008, 08:42   #621
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Surely companies would be importing in bulk anyway so I doubt the new threshold would affect them very much..
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Old 17-11-2008, 14:09   #622
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So the US$ rate changes on Nov 19th to 1.5047 from the current 1.6336

I want to buy something today that is US$27.49
At the current rate it's under the limit but after the change it'll be a few pence over, will I get done by customs on this or is it safe if I buy before the change (even though it won't enter the country until after)?
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Old 17-11-2008, 14:32   #623
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Yay! From 1st December...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7727717.stm

EDIT - groan, just read you still have to pay the VAT.
Yer, read that too - good news!
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Old 17-11-2008, 15:43   #624
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Yer, read that too - good news!
I thought we'd established that it hardly makes any difference, what with the VAT and excessive RM/courier "handling charge"?

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Old 18-11-2008, 09:30   #625
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So the US$ rate changes on Nov 19th to 1.5047 from the current 1.6336

I want to buy something today that is US$27.49
At the current rate it's under the limit but after the change it'll be a few pence over, will I get done by customs on this or is it safe if I buy before the change (even though it won't enter the country until after)?
I think it's judged by when it enters the country, not when it's sent, though I'm happy to be proved wrong on that one..
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Old 18-11-2008, 09:58   #626
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Ah ok, thanks.
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Hi guys would be grateful for some advice as I'm currently in the usa trying to work rhis all out.

Am on a blackberry which is making it tough to view lots of pages and I keep on getting connection errors so I ask for mercy when asking a probably oft asked question...

I can see the allowance goes up today to 300 pounds and I have the equivalent of 405 pounds worth of stuff so far, with that in mind my questions are:

1 - will I be taxed on all 405 pounds or just the 105 I am over the limit?
2 - will this be at the new 15% vat level plus a smaller customs tax?
3 - if I buy duty free cigarettes on rhe way back will this add to the above numbers or is it seperate?

From the research I've been able to do I think the answer will be a customs charge of about 80 quid so I think its going to be best to mail myself 105 pounds worth of stuff and pay this smaller amount when it arrives, would be so grateful for guidance anyways and in the meantime I'm going to pray that this message is sent ok as its taken about 15 mins to write!
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:35   #628
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im sure i have read somewhere of a way of avoiding the payment - something about them not legally being able to charge you ??
I am sure i read this as well, does anyone have the link as I was just stung customs fee of 30p and Royal Mail fee of £8. seems very dodgy...
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:02   #629
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Hi guys would be grateful for some advice as I'm currently in the usa trying to work rhis all out.

I can see the allowance goes up today to 300 pounds and I have the equivalent of 405 pounds worth of stuff so far...
I would just do absolutely nothing, and travel back with it as normal in your suitcases, avoiding all taxes. I've never been stopped coming through customs, ever - your chances are minimal.
Obviously don't carry it all in LookHowMuchStuffIHave shopping bags
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I would just do absolutely nothing, and travel back with it as normal in your suitcases, avoiding all taxes. I've never been stopped coming through customs, ever - your chances are minimal.
Obviously don't carry it all in LookHowMuchStuffIHave shopping bags
It has crossed my mind but after actually speaking to the customs helpline i'm just gonna pay whats due and get on with it, i bought a bit more so its more for my piece of mind and its only gonna be 50 quid or so.

I was confused by the language on their website which seams to suggest that if you exceed the 300 pound limit then you have to pay taxes on everything but its only in the case of one item that on its own exceeds that amount otherwise you just pay the taxes on the excess... It will hurt spending more money for nothing but que sera sera the price for being a shopaholic!
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Old 23-01-2009, 15:30   #631
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I have just purchased something from the States. An attempted delivery was made yesterday and I was advised to collect the package from my local Post Office. Today I find a letter from Parcel Force informing me I owe £24.66 on the goods (£11.16 VAT and £13.50 Clearence Fee).

I have just been to the local Post Office and was surprised to be just handed my package. I walked out sharpish. Parcel Force are telling me in their letter that My package cannot be delivered until I have paid the charges.

Have a gotten away with paying these fees or will HMRC come knocking?

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I would guess you've gotten away with it! Doubt they would chase you since their leverage (the package) has none disappeared. Obviously, there's always the chance some overly officious type will try to, but I seriously doubt it.
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Old 28-02-2009, 14:44   #633
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Odd question regarding a purchase i've made from an Amazon seller in the US.
Amazon obviously list their prices in UKP, and charge you the same.
The item was a DVD, costing £15.37, with £1.21 p&p (well within the limit).

However, the value marked on the package was $28.03 USD, which left me with a £10.89 charge to pay (including RMs ridiculous £8 'handling' fee).

Now, I ordered the item knowing it would be within the limits, but the declaration was incorrect (as far as I am concerned). What are the chances of a refund, and who should I pester about it?
TIA!
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Post removed, wrong info posted as I misread the question!

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Old 28-02-2009, 18:32   #635
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budge - till you get a better answer, iirc there's a form to fill in to claim the refund
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Old 28-02-2009, 19:42   #636
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budge - till you get a better answer, iirc there's a form to fill in to claim the refund
Can I claim back the handling fee too?
And where's all my posts gone?
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Budge, the last few times I have used Amazon US, they only show the GBP price as a guide. It is just to make it easier for Joe Pub. When you get to the final checkout stage, in the top right box (where it shows the pricing and delivery charges, etc) there is the option to change currency.

You need to know the exact cost of the item and shipping in USD to determine if the charge is incorrect. The GBP guide price is meaningless (customs use the rate when they inspect the parcel, not when it was shipped). So, just taking a guess, even if the shipping price was marked separately, the cost of the item purchased is still over £18. Looking at the HM Revenue & Customs rates from 11/02/09 $1.4545 = £1, so £18 VAT free limit (before P&P costs) = $26.18, so, assuming the £1.21 shipping is correct, P&P = $0.83, deduct that from $28.03 = $27.20, which is $1.02 over the limit.

As mentioned, you need to know the exact cost of the item and shipping in USD to work it out for definate. Check the Order Confirmation on your Amazon account and change the currency. If the item price is $26.18 or less by itself, print off the order confirmations and send it to HM to get a refund. Once they send you confirmation, send their letter to Royal Mail to get a refund on the handling fee.

Let us know the USD breakdown.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:30   #638
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See, the thing is, it was Amazon UK.
It was from a marketplace seller who was based in the US, but Amazon UK charged me in UKP with no mention of the US price at all....
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In that case, that changes things considerably in your favour. Print off your order confirmation and send it to HM for a refund. Tell them that the sender had overvalued the goods on the customs declaration. £15.37 = $22.35 on HM rate, which is well below the limit of £18. The US price does not matter then as it was never presented or used for payment so the $28.03 is meaningless.

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Cool.
Its not so much the £2 customs charge, it's the £8 royal mail charge. Am I likely to get that back?
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