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One of the wedding albums i use is now not available for purchase in the uk and the only place it can be purchased is america. Can anyone tell me if i will be liable for import charges if i order from america.
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yes on anything above £18 i believe it is.
Actually, I think photo albums are 0% rated for duty but still attract VAT at 20%.
Also, if shipped by Fedex they will charge you £10 for processing it through customs.
So is this charge on top of the postage that the supplier will charge? I think it is ups that is the courier. I dont want to get any surprise charges?
Quote: Actually, I think photo albums are 0% rated for duty but still attract VAT at 20%.
From a quick scan through the Revenue & Customs website, I "think" that is correct - assuming that they do count as books, which would be my guess. I think the VAT will be charged on both the goods cost and the postage.
Further to Eddie's point about Fedex - other carriers may well make a handling charge as well if they are doing both the collection and the delivery.
Also, no matter who actually carries the goods as far as the UK point of arrival, if the Royal Mail (or Parcelforce) get to handle it at this end they will also charge a customs handling fee.
Just looked at buying some memory from US .Pound per Dollar saving £120 ish + Import and VAT
Loosing about £40 the gov dont even touch it but UPS know the score they will always get your back pocket at the door, Look on Ebay they have a section on the subject of buying outside EU.
What ever happened to a good fiddle?
Have a look here. I have used this before to get estimated costs and it hasn't been far of.
And as has been said above, allow for admin cost from the carrier.
Just bought a custom air filter for my son's Harley from the states. Cost in UK Sterling was £289.00, plus £36.00 carriage via USPS. The import tax was £11 and the VAT £50.00. Still worked out even including carriage at £90.00 cheaper than buying in uk.
If i spend say £150 on albums from america do you think it will cost about £30 or something in customs charges or do you think it will cost a lot more. The album works out about £35 pounds in america and it was costing me about £55 in this country. Its a really nice wedding album and is better than some wedding albums that cost over £100.00.
30% is about right being the VAT rate.
You may also be hit for import duty on top,
Quote: 30% is about right being the VAT rate.
That should, of course read "20% is about right being the VAT rate. "
How Much is import duty?
I refer the honourable gentleman to the replies given previously.
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