Tax Charged on inports from The USA

I've bought some clothes from an internet site in the USA costing £70, and when UPS tried to deliver to my house I wasn't in. But they left a card to say they called and put on it that I owe £44 in import taxes. Surely this can't be right? I only expected to pay VAT of £12.25.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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This might include an admin charge for them taking the payment.

In an ideal world, that would be great;-)

You also are paying UPS for sorting out the customs for you to speed things up, which will be the bulk of the charges.

Original Poster

Cheers guys, I'm a bit gutted that the cost of my clothes has effectively gone up 60%. I'll think twice now before ordering from The US again. :oops:

GMC1001;1748352

Cheers guys, I'm a bit gutted that the cost of my clothes has effectively … Cheers guys, I'm a bit gutted that the cost of my clothes has effectively gone up 60%. I'll think twice now before ordering from The US again. :oops:



Using UPS is not the wisest choice I'm afraid and it probably would be better to order your clothes in bundles that fall under the import allowance.

Providing you aren't ordering incredibly expensive designer clothes I can't see why you couldn't get your clothes delivered without import duties.

Check the allowances on HMCE site.

if you do order from usa makes sure its less than £19 otherwise they will tax you they did it to me

You have to pay *both* Duty and VAT on the cost of the items and the P&P. The Customs Duty rate for clothes is 12%.

So add together the price of the items and P&P.
Add 12% to that.
Then add 17.5% VAT.

You will also have an administration fee on top of that.

collo;1748505

if you do order from usa makes sure its less than £19 otherwise they will … if you do order from usa makes sure its less than £19 otherwise they will tax you they did it to me



It's less than £18 (£36 for gifts).

I learnt the hard way too :x

does anyone know if you have to pay charges when buying childrens clothes

haylsey;1750271

does anyone know if you have to pay charges when buying childrens clothes



There probably be some part of a charge but they shouldn't chart you the VAT as you don't pay VAT here on childrens clothes.

seems a bit much to me i will have a look how much i paid for a ring i bought from Cartier i only thought i paid about £40 and the value was $4000 dollars

Qty SKU Description Price
1 W5601G0040-3D-E14 Pooh Studio Collections Tee
Size : M
$4.99
1 49859-06 Princess 3-Pr. Sock Pack
Size : 6
$7.99
1 W2313G0013-DJ-E12 Princess Denim Jacket with Charms
Size : S
$18.74
1 51919 Tinker Bell Stamper Set
$5.99
2 25118 Crown Princess Royal Wall Border
$2.99
1 W2205B0012-NV-E66 Lightning McQueen Cars Cargo Shorts
Size : 8
$14.99
1 51904 Cinderella Stamper Set
$5.99
1 H4916G0030-05-E63 Ariel & Flounder PJ Pal
Size : 5
$16.50
1 51905 Sleeping Beauty Stamper Set
$4.99
1 49284 Ariel Crown & Wand Set
$9.99
1 W4010K0019-3D-E53 Pooh Studio Collection Bodysuit for Infants
Size : 12mo
$3.99
1 B1155X0007-MT-D00 Toy Story & Beyond 8-Pc. Figurine Set
$12.50
1 51916 Cars Stamps & Sketch Pad
$7.99
1 W2305G0008-DJ-E63 Princess Denim Jeans with Charms
Size : 5
$18.74
1 W2305G0009-DJ-E12 Princess Denim Skort With Charms
Size : S
$14.99
1 H4916B0019-DW-E66 Cars Piston Cup Race Track PJ Pal
Size : 8
$16.50
1 H5612G0011-87-E12 Aurora Long Sleeve Foil Tee
Size : S
$9.50
1 49587-L Cars Swim Hat
Size : L
$1.99
1 H5612G0014-5L-E12 Ariel Golden Filigree Tee
Size : S
$9.50
1 49344-S Tinker Bell Quilted Faux-Fur Ear Flap Hat & Mittens Set
Size : S
$12.99
1 H9282G0005-4H-D00 Tinker Bell Fleece Scarf for Girls
$8.50
1 W4010K0012-3D-E52 Minnie Studio Collection Bodysuit for Infants
Size : 6-9mo
$3.99
1 H9282G0009-4H-D99 Tinker Bell Fleece Gloves for Girls
Size : XS
$8.50
1 48762 Ariel Wig
$6.99
1 51907 Fairies Stamps & Sketch Pad
$7.99
2 49712 Lightning McQueen Cars Attachable Lunch Tote
$5.99
1 W4010K0026-WL-E52 Classic Pooh Pink Gift Set for Infants
Size : 6-9mo
$14.99
1 H9282G0008-3D-D91 Tinker Bell Fleece Hat for Girls
Size : S/M
$8.50
2 29769 Pretty as a Princess Rose Wall Border
$2.99
1 B1156G0020-MT-D00 Princess 8-Pc. Figurine Set
$12.50
1 48655-S Ariel Costume
Size : S
$19.99
1 57876 Tinker Bell Compact
$18.99
1 W4010R0026-WL-E52 Classic Pooh Blue Gift Set for Infants
Size : 6-9mo
$14.99
1 W4010K0018-3D-E52 Bambi Studio Collection Bodysuit for Infants
Size : 6-9mo
$3.99
2 49707 Ariel Attachable Lunch Tote
$5.99

Subtotal: $364.70
Discount Savings: ($73.89)
Shipping & Handling: $44.33
Sales Tax(estimated): $0.00


Total: $335.14


I order mainly children's items and this order worked out to be about £168 when they took payment,when UPS delivered it, I needed to hand over the driver a cheque,and it was for about £45. Well I missed delivery 1st time and said cos charge to be paid they couldn't leave it with neighbour.I called up and got amount off UPS so I had cheque ready for next day for driver.
If items come in with Royal Mail you don't always get taxed,my partner ordered Metallica Club and his order to come to about $150 ( £75 ish ~) and he didn't get taxed.
I find if I get 10 parcels in of considerable value then I'll have a charge to pay on 5 them,sometimes I escape it sometimes I don't.

haylsey;1750271

does anyone know if you have to pay charges when buying childrens clothes



If I recall correctly you don't pay VAT but you still pay Duty at 12%. However, the customs label has to be clearly labled Children's Clothes.

If it isn't, then it will be counted as normal clothes and you'll have to pay both Duty and VAT (as above).

I am not 100% certain about the first bit though, so as always, if in doubt give the HMRC a call.

fedex do the same thing and stiff you too - beware as they are the agent sometimes for usps express intl mail, its not always parcelforce. Parcelforce dont charge anything but fedex will get you every time
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