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Hi I am after some help to see at what price you have to pay duty / tax on items that have been sent to you from a foreign countyr i.e. USA? I heard it was £18 don't know if anyone can clarify. I have…
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
Hi I am after some help to see at what price you have to pay duty / tax on items that have been sent to you from a foreign countyr i.e. USA? I heard it was £18 don't know if anyone can clarify. I have tried google search but all im getting is a load of rubbish. Thank you
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#2
If they mark it as gift you can get up to £36 tax free, if they do not mark as gift then its up to £18 tax free.
Customs charges vary depending on the value marked on the customs label, the customs charges are actually minimal, however royal mail put a handling charge of £10 on each parcel, Which is a joke - i had a 76p charge and had to pay the handling fee. If your buying of a person, just ask them to mark a low value on customs form to avoid these charges :)
#3
Thank you very much
#5
Does the P+P count towards the amount ?
banned#6
ateague619;5817945
Does the P+P count towards the amount ?

no
#7
i thought it does?
#8
From my link above:
What is the value for Duty?
Customs assess the amount of Duty to be paid based on the declared value of the goods plus the transport costs to the country of destination.
banned#9
melipona;5818253
From my link above:
What is the value for Duty?
Customs assess the amount of Duty to be paid based on the declared value of the goods plus the transport costs to the country of destination.

blimey! I'm wrong! :oops:

thats just stupid in that they include Postage costs in assessing value :x
#10
Yeah it does sound a bit strange. Best thing to do then is ask the person to put the gift at a low price along with the custom
banned#11
This from HMRC makes interesting reading as it clearly states duty is not collected if the duty is below £7

[B]3.1 How are customs charges calculated?[/B]

Charges are raised by Customs staff at the postal depots where the packages are received. However, in some cases special arrangements are in place for goods purchased on the internet (see paragraph 3.4 below).
The amount of customs charges payable will depend on the type of goods imported and the value (converted using the rates of exchange for the month of importation as shown on the HMRC website) stated on the customs declaration (CN22/CN23):
Customs duty - this is usually charged as a percentage of the value. The percentage varies depending on the type of goods and their country of origin. Duty is charged on the price paid for the goods including any local sales taxes plus postage, packing and insurance costs. However, postage is excluded from the calculation for duty on gifts sent by post except for Express Mail Service (EMS).
Where the value of gifts is below £290 per consignment a flat rate of duty of 3.5% will be applied, but only if it is to your advantage.
Note: Customs duty will be waived if the amount is less than £7.


Value Added Tax (VAT) - Import VAT is charged at the same rate that applies to similar goods sold in the UK. The value of the goods for import VAT is based on the value for customs duty plus any import duties charged.
banned#12
More importantly, it looks like even GIFTS have duty / VAT if over £36

[B]2.4 Gifts[/B]

Goods sent as a gift are not free of import duties and import VAT. However, customs duty will not be collected if the amount is less than £7, and import VAT is not chargeable if:
[LIST]
[*] the value of the gift does not exceed £36
[*] the customs declaration is completed correctly
[*] the gift has been sent from a private person outside the EU to a private person(s) in this country
[*] the gift is for the use of either yourself or your family
[*] there is no commercial or trade element and the gift has not been paid for either directly or indirectly
[*] the gift is of an occasional nature only eg for a birthday or anniversary.[/LIST] Please note the purchase of goods from outside the EU to give as a gift to a relative or friend, whether or not addressed to that person, is treated as a ‘commercial consignment’ for which the import VAT relief threshold is £18 (paragraph 2.3 refers).
SOURCE

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000014&propertyType=document#P44_3927
#13
Im getting confused now. The goods I want to buy are a sfollows.

£16.98 and £3.95 P+P

£22.22 and £6.38 P+P

If I get them as a gift I dont have to pay any tax or duty or anyhting like that?
#14
ateague619;5818564
Im getting confused now. The goods I want to buy are a sfollows.

£16.98 and £3.95 P+P

£22.22 and £6.38 P+P

If I get them as a gift I dont have to pay any tax or duty or anyhting like that?


Each purchase is less than the limit for duty so you should be OK
banned#15
ateague619;5818564
Im getting confused now. The goods I want to buy are a sfollows.

£16.98 and £3.95 P+P

£22.22 and £6.38 P+P

If I get them as a gift I dont have to pay any tax or duty or anyhting like that?

assuming it is marked as a gift, even if they decide the limit is £18, the duty due will be less than £7 so they should waive it.
#16
ateague619
Im getting confused now. The goods I want to buy are a sfollows.

£16.98 and £3.95 P+P

£22.22 and £6.38 P+P

If I get them as a gift I dont have to pay any tax or duty or anyhting like that?


You shouldn't do, no. I order all the time and have expected to pay duty on items that have been clearly marked as value $150 and marked as 'other' on the customs form and haven't had to pay a penny. - Pot luck methinks :)
#17
Thank you all. Anyone had any trouble with amazon.com

Was looking at a dvd that is £27.34 plus £4.24 P+P?
#18
Bumpy and more hlp on my latest quandery?
#19
The tax limit has gone up from £18 to £105 last year. The VAT limit remains at £18 though
#20
so will I be ok with my question in post #19, as I am confused with it all?
#21
Any help??????

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