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    Custom charges on items from the US?

    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

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    You have to pay vat on anything over £15 plus there will be a post office handing fee.

    There's no duty on items below £135 but import VAT still applies for anything over £15:
    gov.uk/goo…uty

    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.

    cdm22

    You have to pay vat on anything over £15 plus there will be a post office … 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.

    Royal Mail fee is £8 so the charge is correct once you add 20% of £16ish (blame Brexit again for the falling exchange rate )

    Original Poster

    Ahh right. That sounds about right then, it was the reference to customs charge on the note that threw me, cheers.

    Should by from China, they always lie about that's in the package lol. Rarely get customs charges

    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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