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Old 11-02-2012, 12:10   #741
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Wife's parcel just got shafted. Current exchange rate dragged it to £15.23 so that's an £11 bill.
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Old 19-03-2012, 00:37   #742
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http://www.reghardware.com/2012/03/1...loophole_open/

Looks like the days of tax-free imports could be coming to an end !
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Old 19-03-2012, 03:50   #743
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http://www.reghardware.com/2012/03/1...can_be_closed/

Oh dear.
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Old 19-03-2012, 15:14   #744
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Yep, thread about it in this very sub-forum:

http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/fo...d.php?t=615332
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Old 20-03-2012, 11:47   #745
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It applies only to goods fromthe Channel Islands though. The £15 allowance remains for everywhere else outside of the European Union.

There are no Customs issues for anything from another EU member state, it is treated as domestic and the VAT etc is paid in the country of purchase. A package from another EU state doesn't even require a Customs declaration, it is treated as domestic mail.
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Old 20-03-2012, 14:56   #746
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It applies only to goods fromthe Channel Islands though. The £15 allowance remains for everywhere else outside of the European Union.

There are no Customs issues for anything from another EU member state, it is treated as domestic and the VAT etc is paid in the country of purchase. A package from another EU state doesn't even require a Customs declaration, it is treated as domestic mail.
Within the UK it should be VAT based upon the purchasers country for physical goods. Hence when you buy from Amazon.de you pay a bit more than the quoted price as UK VAT is 20% and German 19.5%
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Old 20-03-2012, 21:06   #747
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Yes, I should have said - the VAT is deemed to have been paid where the purchase takes place.

The effective upshot is that you can buy stuff from any other EU country and you won't face any extra costs - the EU is, in effect, one single domestic shopping area and there are no customs issues when buying goods in another state; the package won;t even have a declaration on it.

The only exception to this are items that have excise levied against them, for example, cigarretes. That remains in place because the Member States felt it was necessary they retain control over and instrument that is used to make "undesirable" products as expensive to import as they are to buy locally.

Even in the case of Excise, though, it is the responsibility of the supplier to ensure it has been paid. The products often also have to have health warnings and appropriate marks and if they don;t they will likely be seized.
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Old 15-05-2012, 22:33   #748
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Do we know what rate they use? Just ordered a CD ($15) - $21 including shipping - that should be customs free right?
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Old 15-05-2012, 22:45   #749
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Do we know what rate they use? Just ordered a CD ($15) - $21 including shipping - that should be customs free right?
Current rates are here - you're fine (current limit is USD 24.04, excluding shipping)
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Old 08-06-2012, 16:38   #750
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Gonna order a parcel from bodybuilding. Com
Total bill comes to 16.28, this includes packaging and p
Will I get hit?
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Old 08-06-2012, 16:40   #751
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Gonna order a parcel from bodybuilding. Com
Total bill comes to 16.28, this includes packaging and p
Will I get hit?
As long as the postage is more than £1.28 you're fine.
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Old 08-06-2012, 16:44   #752
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As long as the postage is more than £1.28 you're fine.
Item is $20.99
P+p. Is $4.29

Sounds good. To me
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Old 08-06-2012, 16:46   #753
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Item is $20.99
P+p. Is $4.29

Sounds good. To me
Yep, that'll be no problem.
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Old 21-11-2012, 10:07   #754
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Warning: Amazon.com are currently putting full retail prices on their Customs declarations.

This is incorrect, they should be putting the price paid for the item values. Putting the full RRP means that many packages are attracting Customs charges when they should not. This is not an error by HMRC, it is Amazan who are screwing up.

It is possible to recover excess charges, but a pain in the arse.
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Old 27-12-2012, 12:17   #755
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Just got stung buying a set of headphones from the states. They were $100 so it was to be expected. But the charge was levied on a value including the shipping cost ($40). Is it the case that the value should include shipping cost?
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Old 27-12-2012, 12:46   #756
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Is it the case that the value should include shipping cost?
Yes. It is just the price of the goods themselves that is used to determine if a charge is due, but if it is it is levied on the total cost of the goods.
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Old 27-12-2012, 16:05   #757
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Yes. It is just the price of the goods themselves that is used to determine if a charge is due, but if it is it is levied on the total cost of the goods.
So if the goods are under £15 if purchase or £36 if gift then it is tax free.
However if over the whole amount is subject to VAT, what you paid for the goods plus shipping (including insurance if relevant) and import duty.
However import duty is waived if small value and DVDs are only 3.5% so not relevant in most cases.

What is a con is if you have to pay import duty they VAT that as well, so tax on a tax. Is like fuel where they have petrol duty which again then has VAT applied on top.
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Just got stung buying a set of headphones from the states. They were $100 so it was to be expected. But the charge was levied on a value including the shipping cost ($40). Is it the case that the value should include shipping cost?
Yup. Once the value of the goods goes over £15 - or £38 for gifts - then they add the shipping charges to the goods value and then tax the total.
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Warning: Amazon.com are currently putting full retail prices on their Customs declarations.

This is incorrect, they should be putting the price paid for the item values. Putting the full RRP means that many packages are attracting Customs charges when they should not. This is not an error by HMRC, it is Amazan who are screwing up.

It is possible to recover excess charges, but a pain in the arse.
I just had a card from Royal Mail on an Amazon order, correctly declared as $21.99 item, and $6.48 shipping, but was charged £11.69 import fee (£8 RM fee and £3.69 VAT).

Further investigation has shown that Royal Mail passed the parcel to HMRCE for charging, declaring the amount as $28.47 (combined total), and after speaking to Royal Mail, HMRCE and Mount Pleasant (Border Control or something now, I believe), there is absolutely nothing I can do other than pay the £11.69, and then go through the 2 month rigmarole of claiming the charges back from (firstly) HMRCE and then Royal Mail.

So, yet again the customer is screwed for an error made by Royal Mail, and I simply have to live with it...They don't appear to be answerable and weren't prepared to do anything to rectify the error.

I made an official complaint, but was told there and then that I won't hear anything back in regards to the complaint. I asked what was the point in making a complaint then, but was told that it was for me to decide that.

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Old 18-01-2013, 14:35   #760
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What have amazon said about it? Not Royal Mail's fault they are putting the wrong prices on! Unless I've misunderstood something?
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