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Old 18-06-2009, 17:34   #661
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It depends what sort of voucher it was. If it was a discount voucher, for example some code that got you a percentage off, then the price declared should reflect what you paid. However, if it was something like a gift token, then that still counts as "money" as far as what you "paid" is concerned. So - a voucher that gets you say 10% off or $5 off or something counts as a discount. But if you paid with something like a gift token, that doesn't, the price didn;t change, but someone else paid for $5 of it...if that makes sense...

The price declared on the package should always be the price you paid; if you got a discount, then the discounted price should be shown.

Some years ago a certain Canadian online store which has long since gone bust went through a phase of sending out a huge load of stuff that did NOT show their special sale prices, instead they showed the nondiscounted prices. That pushed them above the limit. But nearly everyone who got charged but shouldn't have been managed to reclaim their payment to Customs and the Royal Mail fee back as well. Even though the error was on the part of the store, rather than Customs charging wrongly - it was the declaration they went on that was wrong.

To reclaim...pay the fees and then write to Customs and get a refund from them. You'll need some proof - usually printouts of emails are enough, or better still an invoice. Once you get the refund from them you'll also have a letter saying you got charged when you shouldn;t have, and this can be used to reclaim from the Royal Mail (assuming they were the carrier). Customs are pretty easy, it;s RM who can be difficult.

As I recall, the Customs sticker on the package will have a note saying something like "if you think we have charged you when we shouldn't have call or write to..." on it somewhere.

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Old 30-07-2009, 13:32   #662
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A couple of quick questions

I have a quick question regarding buying a DVD from the USA, to be shipped to the UK.

In reference to his part of the regulations:
"Postage and packing must be remembered. If the total value of goods in the package that are liable to duty and VAT is less than £18 WITHOUT P&P, you will not be liable for a charge. If the total value of goods in the package exceeds £18, the VAT and duty is charged on the total value of the goods INCLUDING P&P"


I have my eye on "One Piece Season 2, First Voyage" (Amazon.com): Link

New, it costs $39.99 + $6.48 postage = $46.47
Used, it costs $24.79 + $12.29 postage = $37.08

1) I presume if bought it new, I would be hit by the tax, since $39.99 is greater than £18?

2) If bought used, am I correct in assuming that I would not be hit by any tax at all since $24.79 (not taking postage into account) is less than £18?

3) If bought used, I am presuming that whether I get hit or not is based on how the front of the package is labelled - in terms of how the seller notes the value. Is there a risk that I could be hit by incorrect labelling - e.g. the seller notes the value + postage, which is above £18. if this were to happen, is it hard to get a refund? Nebiroth - your last post sheds some light on this, but I am wondering if it is worth the risk...

The same DVD costs £34.99 from ebay (legit seller who I have bought from before - he imports the DVDs in so all the taxes are paid). A much more expensive option than buying it used from amazon.com, but a safe option overall if I am willing to part with more money.

4) is anyone aware of what the current HMCE exchange rate is?

My apologies if my questions sound too obvious - I have skimmed this thread, but just wanted to make sure.

Thank you.

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Old 30-07-2009, 22:12   #663
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1. Correct
2. Correct
3. Yep, ask them to mark up the value without the postage.
4. The current exchange rate for August can be found at:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...E_PROD1_029728

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Old 26-08-2009, 00:37   #664
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1. Correct
2. Correct
3. Yep, ask them to mark up the value without the postage.
4. The current exchange rate for August can be found at:

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...E_PROD1_029728
The Bear - Thanks for this.

I have another question, this time regarding Cdwow - Previously, they indicated in their T&C that UK customs charges were already paid for. Is this still the case for cdwow - I can't find any reference to this on their T&C page anymore - and I just placed a £20 order.
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Not sure if they are still customs safe as I haven't used them in years, sorry.
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Not sure if they are still customs safe as I haven't used them in years, sorry.
Just to add: I received an e-mail from cdwow - a fast response - indicating that they are customs friendly in the UK :-)
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Old 28-08-2009, 18:00   #667
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I'd try working this out myself but I always seem to **** it up so I thought I'd ask you fine people.

There are some knee supports I want to get from eBay.

The supports are $104 for two plus $39 for combined shipping.

How much is customs likely to be?

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At that price I don't think you have to worry about Customs Duty (as less than £120) so it will just be VAT (15%) and the Courier handling.

Royal mail handling is £8 so it would be ~£14 VAT + £8, about £22

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Old 09-09-2009, 17:36   #670
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Not necessarily. Import Duty is waived if it is £7 or less. But Duty rates vary depending on the nature of the goods: for example, on DVD's the Duty rate is very low - 3.5% as I recall -, so you have to order an awful lot of them before Duty becomes actually chargeable.

On the other hand, Duty rates can be very high for other things - for example I think it;s about 35% for clothing.

It all depends on how much the Government wish to "discourage" imports.

Also, remember that they tax the tax: the VAT is charged on the cumulative value of the goods+shipping costs+duty (assuming you go over the £18 limit)

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Not necessarily. Import Duty is waived if it is £7 or less. But Duty rates vary depending on the nature of the goods: for example, on DVD's the Duty rate is very low - 3.5% as I recall -, so you have to order an awful lot of them before Duty becomes actually chargeable.

On the other hand, Duty rates can be very high for other things - for example I think it;s about 35% for clothing.

It all depends on how much the Government wish to "discourage" imports.

Also, remember that they tax the tax: the VAT is charged on the cumulative value of the goods+shipping costs+duty (assuming you go over the £18 limit)
No its now no customs duty under £120 or somthing. Read back through the thread there was loads of discussion about it. The £7 is the old system.
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I have a little question regarding VAT's inside the EU. My friends in the UK bought me a laptop (£1400 incl. VAT). Right now we're discussing how to send it to me in Lithuania. Will I have to pay import VAT if this package is sent by post or a similar service? Our local customs' website was quite unhelpful regarding this.
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I have a little question regarding VAT's inside the EU. My friends in the UK bought me a laptop (£1400 incl. VAT). Right now we're discussing how to send it to me in Lithuania. Will I have to pay import VAT if this package is sent by post or a similar service? Our local customs' website was quite unhelpful regarding this.
There's no VAT to pay inside the E.U. - you already paid it at source (ie, when you bought the laptop in the U.K.)

You can probably fly to the U.K. from Kaunas Airport with RyanAir, and collect it in person, for less than it would cost you to ship it with insurance !
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Can anyone help me with this one.

Ordered a CD+Books package, worth about £60 from Canada. Asked them to declare them separately as books are VAT exempt and CD worth £10.

Today, UPS turn up, demanding £25 in import duty, although no duty should be payable. I imagine they've declared everything in one go. I didn't have £25, couldn't pay it, and so they're coming back tomorrow.

Is there anything I can do, given that duty shouldn't be payable in the first place and the retailer made a mis-declaration, despite my specfic instructions otherwise?

Update : Talked to UPS, and they now think I owe £1.09 - which I won't argue over - but why would I owe anything when the CD is under the limit, and the books are exempt?
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isn't UPS's minimum more than £1.09 ?
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isn't UPS's minimum more than £1.09 ?
I don't know. That's what the woman on the phone told me I owe, and I still don't believe I actually owe anything.
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Import duty & vat on electrical item imported from USA

Hi

Just wondering what kind of damage i can expect on an ham radio audio electrical item i have purchased from the USA for £209.08.

Can any of you give me an idea of how much please

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Hi

Just wondering what kind of damage i can expect on an ham radio audio electrical item i have purchased from the USA for £209.08.

Can any of you give me an idea of how much please

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anwyay, i reckon about 4% import duty, 17.5% vat, plus £10-£15 or so processing fee. i think it's reasonable to expect that the price you paid in dolalrs becomes the price you actually pay in pounds.
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Has the customs limit increased recently??

The reason I ask is because I bought a couple of blu-rays from Amazon.com that totalled $35. I expected to get hit with one of the Royal Mail cards but was pleasantly (sp?) surprised to see the package containing both discs being dropped off by our postie.

I mentioned this to one of my friends and she said that she was sure the limit had increased recently. She wasn't sure what to, but was positive it had increased.

Anyone know anything about this?? Or is my friend imagining it and I was just lucky???
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