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Custom charges on items from the US?

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Bought a ring from an American site for $20 with free worldwide delivery. It's arrived today, but Royal Mail have left a card stating there's a customs charge of £11.40 to pay. I've had a quick look… Read More
Johnny Bravo Avatar
6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Bought a ring from an American site for $20 with free worldwide delivery. It's arrived today, but Royal Mail have left a card stating there's a customs charge of £11.40 to pay. I've had a quick look on the customs website and it states that there's no charge on anything valued below £135. I'm going to pick the package up tomorrow, so will ask them about it there, but before I go has anyone any thoughts why they might have slapped this charge on?

Cheers :)
Johnny Bravo Avatar
6m, 2w agoPosted 6 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
You have to pay vat on anything over £15 plus there will be a post office handing fee.
#2
There's no duty on items below £135 but import VAT still applies for anything over £15:
https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty

I'm not sure on the rate for jewellery but that should only be a few quid, so either the £11 includes Royal Mail's fee for taking it through customs or they've got it wrong.
#3
cdm22
You have to pay vat on anything over £15 plus there will be a post office handing fee.
Totally correct. Remember that Royal Mail charge £8 for the handling fee.
#4
Royal Mail fee is £8 so the charge is correct once you add 20% of £16ish (blame Brexit again for the falling exchange rate ;) )
#5
Ahh right. That sounds about right then, it was the reference to customs charge on the note that threw me, cheers.
#6
Should by from China, they always lie about that's in the package lol. Rarely get customs charges
#7
Heads up,

DHL will try it on for duty, they have been sending me unsubstantiated requests for between £2.80 and £3.95 all year, and for EVERY parcel, yet even if you pay, you dont get ANY paperwork explaining what it is for.

I stopped paying after the first few - due to the fact the declared and accepted value was below the threshold (which is £14 - (they've quietly lowered it), and other than a 24 hour delay, they still deliver and dont chase you for the money.

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