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Some advice buying from the USA

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi, I wanted to find out if its less likely that customs tax will be charged if a item is valued at £18 or less, as I've purchased an item off ebay for $14.99 and shipping was around $25, which came to just under £28, so do customs include the shipping aswell as part of the items value...
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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I'm pretty sure it's just the value of the contents, when I complete customs forms I have only been asked to list contents value anyway
1 Like #2
I think it depends on what "value for customs" the sender puts on the invoices. They tend not to charge on low value shipments, at least that's what happens when we ship out abroad from work.
Oh and no the shipping costs don't come into it.
1 Like #3
It's the value of the item, lots of Chinese sellers on eBay sell stuff for just under 18 quid then make up the actual cost with postage
#4
queenlush
I think it depends on what "value for customs" the sender puts on the invoices. They tend not to charge on low value shipments, at least that's what happens when we ship out abroad from work.


nat66
I'm pretty sure it's just the value of the contents, when I complete customs forms I have only been asked to list contents value anyway


I hope thats the case for me then also, will learn and have a rough idea once this item is shipped and arrives as to when customs do and dont charge tax.

Thanks and rep given :)
#5
thank you also sparx and like ur avatar queenlush....its actually an elmo toy item I'm buying for my nephew :) they dont have much elmo stuff over here!
#6
mai
thank you also sparx and like ur avatar queenlush....its actually an elmo toy item I'm buying for my nephew :) they dont have much elmo stuff over here!

Thank you ...i'm a bit like Elmo...cute at times but can be annoying :-D
1 Like #7
Its the value of the item unless its over the limit then they include the postage when working out the fee
1 Like #8
If goods are valued at £18 or less then no tax is payable. If they are marked as a gift then you have a £36 limit
#9
vinylandtrinkets
the £18 isnt always true, ive had dvds off amazon and playusa both only $15.00 and got stung £8.00 each for the customs charge ( which was only £2.00 was customs the rest was royal mail charges) think it depends ALOT on the mood of the customs people on the day of arrival ( or so the postie tells me)



Either Amazon/Play put the wrong amount on the package or it was misread, either way you could have appealed and got it back as it was a mistake
1 Like #10
I have been buying clothes for my daughter from Gymboree (American childrens clothes store), and i have spent litteraly £100's and i have never been charged a customs tax. Don't know if this is because its clothes or not....?
#11
Jenny1979x
I have been buying clothes for my daughter from Gymboree (American childrens clothes store), and i have spent litteraly £100's and i have never been charged a customs tax. Don't know if this is because its clothes or not....?


gonna take a look at that site lol
#12
mai
gonna take a look at that site lol


Don't do it! The clothes are TDF!
#13
Jenny1979x
Don't do it! The clothes are TDF!


Whats TDF mean? :? lol

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