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Import taxes from america?

Lucian e2
4 561
12 May 2012 9:57AM
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.
66tricky e2
8 742 Scotland
12 May 2012 2:43PM
Actually, I think photo albums are 0% rated for duty but still attract VAT at 20%.
12 May 2012 3:26PM
Also, if shipped by Fedex they will charge you 10 for processing it through customs.
Lucian e2
4 561
12 May 2012 5:36PM
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?
12 May 2012 6:32PM

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.
Graysta e2
9 1.1k England
12 May 2012 8:01PM
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?
rheyes e2
10 73 United Kingdom
13 May 2012 7:46AM
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.

whipspeed e2
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
13 May 2012 10:33AM
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.
Lucian e2
4 561
1 Jun 2012 9:48PM
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.
mikehit e2
5 7.3k 11 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:12PM
30% is about right being the VAT rate.
You may also be hit for import duty on top,
mikehit e2
5 7.3k 11 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:54PM

Quote:30% is about right being the VAT rate.

That should, of course read "20% is about right being the VAT rate. "
Lucian e2
4 561
2 Jun 2012 12:59AM
How Much is import duty?
2 Jun 2012 8:20AM
I refer the honourable gentleman to the replies given previously.

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