ebay postage from America

Mate is looking to buy a Gas fired nail gun from ebay...but its sent from USA.

Says on their page "we will not be responsible for any extra postage charges"

Will i get charged for import etc? or is it ok to go ahead.

auction ends tnite

thanks

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Yes you 'may' get charged. Depends whether it's your lucky day or not.

Anything from a none EU contry is liable to import duties.

I thought it only had a customs charge if it was value declared at over £18,my dad orders a lot of stuff from the states,hong kong and china,its very rare we get a charge on it as most sellers seem to makr as a gift and under declare the value on the customs form

Mardyass;3788634

I thought it only had a customs charge if it was value declared at over … I thought it only had a customs charge if it was value declared at over £18,my dad orders a lot of stuff from the states,hong kong and china,its very rare we get a charge on it as most sellers seem to makr as a gift and under declare the value on the customs form



dead right md, I was assuming that this gas powered nail gun was going to be more than £18, although dealextreme are probably knocking these out for that much

Mardyass;3788634

I thought it only had a customs charge if it was value declared at over … I thought it only had a customs charge if it was value declared at over £18,my dad orders a lot of stuff from the states,hong kong and china,its very rare we get a charge on it as most sellers seem to makr as a gift and under declare the value on the customs form



There are a couple of dangers to this approach
1. Below is what customs say about this (but then you would expect them to say that)
Other websites may advertise that they will misrepresent or undervalue your goods so you avoid paying any extra Customs charges. However, by law you are the importer of the goods and are legally responsible for the information on the Customs declaration made by the sender and for any charges due. If you buy goods and the declaration is found to be incorrect, you may be liable to financial penalties or prosecution. In addition, the goods may be seized. It is in your interest to ensure the sender completes the Customs declaration accurately.
customs.hmrc.gov.uk/cha…454

2. If it goes missing in the post and you/they have to claim from the post office - how much will they pay out? the declared value or the actual value?

On the other hand if you do get charged customs it can work out quite pricey by the time the Royal Mail etc add their admin fee....

Original Poster

Thanks

He says the nail gun is over £250 -

So i told he he is liable.

Can't you ask them to tick the box for being a 'gift' ?, As i thought that means you avoid the charges ?
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