UK Import VAT / Tax

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Found 19th Nov 2017
I've seen a polyester tshirt I like for 45 USD shipping from Russia with free delivery.

Could someone tell me how much import fee I'd pay as the government website has really confused me. Thanks.

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$45 = £34ish

£34 + £8 Royal Mail handling fee + £8.40 VAT = £50.40

£34 + £6.80 VAT + £8 Royal Mail handling fee = £48.80

There is no duty to pay, since the total value is below £135, otherwise that would be another 2.5%.

Customs charges FAQ leaflet
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 19th Nov 2017

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SUMMONER22 m ago

$45 = £34ish£34 + £8 Royal Mail handling fee + £8.40 VAT = £50.40There is n …$45 = £34ish£34 + £8 Royal Mail handling fee + £8.40 VAT = £50.40There is no duty to pay, since the total value is below £135, otherwise that would be another 2.5%.


Is the VAT charged at 20% on all imports? Isn't it calculated on the cost of the item, so shouldn't it be £34 + £6.40 VAT + £8 handling?

If you order it with the 'simplest' postal option then you have a chance that you may not be charged VAT (or the admin charge). Definiately avoid any DHL option as they are very keen to get their £11 admin fee!

Yep 20% VAT. Some sellers, especially Chinese will mark the cost box on the customs label as less than $15 regardless what the actual item cost!

H4SS4SSH18 m ago

Is the VAT charged at 20% on all imports? Isn't it calculated on the cost …Is the VAT charged at 20% on all imports? Isn't it calculated on the cost of the item, so shouldn't it be £34 + £6.40 VAT + £8 handling?


Any item inspected/declared worth > £15 (inc p&p cost) is subject to VAT.

I am uncertain if the £8 Royal Mail handling fee already includes its VAT or not, the website doesn't say.
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 19th Nov 2017

SUMMONER29 m ago

Any item inspected/declared worth > £15 (inc p&p cost) is subject to …Any item inspected/declared worth > £15 (inc p&p cost) is subject to VAT.I am uncertain if the £8 Royal Mail handling fee already includes its VAT or not, the website doesn't say.


I paid £8 handling fee to Royal Mail for an item from America, it's a proper rip off
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