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customs charges-how did I get away with this?

Found 25th Nov 2009
Always been pretty luck at getting away with customs charges with stuff ordered from america,but knew the risks involved.

Ordered a pile of stuff from springsteens american website and postie just brought it-in total 310 dollars worth. Bag had been opened by customs and resealed in a plastic bag. Sender had declared full value on the customs form and yet no charge.

How did that happen? not complaining obviously but was sure when I saw the resealed bag I was gonna get asked for money by the post office.

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I don't know but I got away with a zune from the usa full price listed and no custom charges. However now I have to deal with paypal claim so I guess I am not as lucky as you.

That's strange and very lucky!!

I got caught for about £24 customs charge on a parcel worth about $100 before.

Makes you sick really!!

I seem to get caught with everything these days. Was ordering quite a bit of stuff from american eagle and avoided customs but every parcel gets caught now.

Rhianne;6996391

That's strange and very lucky!!I got caught for about £24 customs charge … That's strange and very lucky!!I got caught for about £24 customs charge on a parcel worth about $100 before.Makes you sick really!!



I know, however my evil side wants the paypal claim to end me having to send it back and putting a large sum on the customs declaration so the seller gets hit with large custom charges (seller is scum)

I've never understood how customs levy their charges, I ordered a complete Harley Davidson engine from the US, a total of $7000 delivered via UPS and incurred no charges, yet a week later ordered the "matching" sunglasses and had to pay £19 for a $50 spend.
Obviously I'm not complaining, just puzzled how it works!

pugw$sh;6996556

I've never understood how customs levy their charges, I ordered a … I've never understood how customs levy their charges, I ordered a complete Harley Davidson engine from the US, a total of $7000 delivered via UPS and incurred no charges, yet a week later ordered the "matching" sunglasses and had to pay £19 for a $50 spend. Obviously I'm not complaining, just puzzled how it works!



It is just based on what can get through.....it can be random.

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did you check if there are any duties to be paid on these kind of items.....some things like memory cards do not have to have duty paid.....thats just 1 example btw

can they still charge u after sometime of the date of purchase?

Inquisitor;6996823

can they still charge u after sometime of the date of purchase?



No. However if the delivery doesn't include to your door (ie a courier has to bring it over) they can charge you a handling fee.

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casparwhite;6996775

did you check if there are any duties to be paid on these kind of … did you check if there are any duties to be paid on these kind of items.....some things like memory cards do not have to have duty paid.....thats just 1 example btw



its all tshirts/sweatshirts etc-all the limited edition ones the uk fan store cant sell-no idea if I shoulda paid duty-just surprised that customs did actually open them and inspect,yet no charges levied.

you're just jammy!

electriclinux;6997021

No. However if the delivery doesn't include to your door (ie a courier … No. However if the delivery doesn't include to your door (ie a courier has to bring it over) they can charge you a handling fee.



Incorrect. You can be charged after the fact.

Has happened to me numerous times.
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