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How are customs charges worked out?

winifer Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
Got a note from royal mail today saying that i needed to pay customs charges on an order i placed from america, it was for 4 t shirts which came to £37.07 and customs have decided to stick on top a charge of £12.45, which is basically 33% of the initial cost.

Mt questions are,
Are they allowed to charge this much?
How do they work out the cost?
And is there any way to get them recinded as this seems rather expensive

thanks
winifer Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
there is a different charge for different materials imported
banned#2
they can charge what they like, if its 33% more for your shirts thats the cost, they won't haggle
banned#3
#4
Pay it and stop whining.
#5
hunchback
Pay it and stop whining.


To be fair, not all of us are made of money, this country trys to stiff us everyway possible and i don't want to get ripped off.

Your comment is pointless and not helpful
#6
There is tax of VAT and duty, and then a service charge to cover RMs costs. £ 12 odd sounds about right. If the value of the items were less than £ 18, then there would be no fee.
#7
whatsThePoint


Thanks that shows it should be half the price at £6.65, anybody know how i can get it changed? obviouly plus whatever royal mail add, anybody know the amount?
#8
winifer
Thanks that shows it should be half the price at £6.65, anybody know how i can get it changed?


Rest will be the royal mail admin charge
#9
they charge a £8 handling fee :(
#10
snootin
they charge a £8 handling fee :(


£8 ;-) robbing gits, they already got paid by the company sending it :w00t:
banned#11
when you get the parcel it should have a breakdown of all charges on it
#12
Are they allowed to charge this much? - Unfortunately they are
How do they work out the cost? - Total cost (including shipping) + duty (if applicable) + VAT + handling charge
And is there any way to get them recinded as this seems rather expensive - Unlikely, it sounds like the calculation is correct but double check it

This is why I'd only buy from the US if the cost was very low in the first place or it was something rare I couldn't get elsewhere and prepared to fork out for - with shipping and al the customs charges it does make it expensive most of the time.

John
#13
If i ever buy anything from abroad i ask them to give a lower value on their declaration .
#14
Tazzer
If i ever buy anything from abroad i ask them to give a lower value on their declaration .


Yer normally they put gift on it or lower the costs so it gets in under the limit when i buy from abroad, but this company obviously doesnt do that.

Sigh live and learn i guess
#15
declaring as gift (if it isn't) or undervaluing is illegal....
banned#16
winifer;8330957
£8 ;-) robbing gits, they already got paid by the company sending it :w00t:

how is that robbing? They are collecting the customs fee on behalf of HMRC. Seems quite cheap to me.

maybe you should look into charges before ordering from abroad and then you wouldnt have anything to whine about :thumbsup::-D
#17
gozomark
declaring as gift (if it isn't) or undervaluing is illegal....


Don't you just love those ebayers that request this yet do not consider the consequences.....confiscated goods or fines. Then subsequently leave negative feedback as the seller is not prepared to break the law or lessen their insurance cover for loss.

Maybe next time, if possible, the OP should order the items separately so each order is under £18
#18
If they were for you they could have been declared as Personal Effects which would have been FREE of taxes.:-D

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