uk customs & vat charges

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Peter Mackin, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. FAFOO68

    FAFOO68 Familiar Face

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    Totally agree with you Rocketeer, what value will you claim if the item is "lost" or damaged in case of undervalue (50 $ for a 300 $ jacket), the customs won't loose their time to verify each package in the 50 $ range, so you can be sure that you would'nt be inspected.
    In France, if you're declared a certain value, you can't assured a other value so you must choose...
    If prefer take my chance, with USPS, some packages are cleared, some doesn't.
    Cheers,
    F68
     
  2. John Lever

    John Lever One Too Many

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    They often assume all prices are in GBP.
     
  3. schitzo

    schitzo Suspended

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    yep, and they do that even when there's a $ in front of the number!
     
  4. B-24J

    B-24J One of the Regulars

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    When I have received items from the UK via DHL (or UPS), a bill follows in the mail a short time later. So, you may still get the bill for the import tariff.

    John
     
  5. pauleway

    pauleway Practically Family

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    Thanks for the heads-up!
     
  6. Worf

    Worf I'll Lock Up

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    SHHH Pipe down man. I've gotten 3 jackets from Europe in the last 7 months. Two from Scotland and one from the mainland. Bottom lines is I've not been charged duty once... Mebbe they're slipping up, mebbe we're just "lucky". Either way for that kind of luck to hold WE NEED TO KEEP OUR COLLECTIVE MOUTHS SHUT!!!!

    Worf
     
  7. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    Yep, Dave.:tape2: Big Brother may be watching.:usa:
     
  8. ForestForTheTrees

    ForestForTheTrees One of the Regulars

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    This was my experience as well.
     
  9. Highwaymanman

    Highwaymanman A-List Customer

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    I recently bought an Aero and a Lewis on ebay.co.uk and had them shipped to my sister who brought them over in her bag when she came to visit me in NYC. Saved a lot on shipping and all the rest but she didn't half complain about the extra weight!
     
  10. hpalapdog

    hpalapdog One of the Regulars

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    I've found x-mas is a good time to get stuff sent from the States to the UK. The PO is just to busy to levy charges.

    If it comes by courier you will almost always be billed as they are much more efficient.
     
  11. Peter Mackin

    Peter Mackin Practically Family

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    Update on charges..seller had marked customs declaration .leather coat & not jacket...thus incurring 12% rather than 4% charges ......genuine mistake but customs not interested...no surprise there then...:O
     
  12. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

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    That's unfortunate.

    I had two parcels from the US last week. One was delivered by a kind postman with NO charges levied.

    The second one, I had to drive and collect AND pay for the priviledge. Don't you just love the "admin fee" they stick on for the retrograde service?:eeek:
     
  13. Peter Mackin

    Peter Mackin Practically Family

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    If there is a plus to this...the jacket is great..lovely goatskin & 1st class workmanship..so that takes a bit of the sting out of the deal..just make sure your seller knows diff between a jacket & a coat...coz its the buyer who gets stiffed.
     
  14. too much coffee

    too much coffee Practically Family

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    The last Aero jacket I bought was delivered to my house by a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier. She said I have to pay $60 plus dollars Customs fees to get the package. I asked her why I am paying the Postal Service the money, why not Customs direct. She replied the Postal Service is the "agent" for U.S. Customs.
    I often wonder what fees the Postal Service derives from U.S. Customs acting as their "agent."

    I feel your pain Peter and I, like you, am through purchasing merchandise from the other side of the Atlantic, mostly though because of the VAT.

    Regards,
    coffee
     
  15. Peter Mackin

    Peter Mackin Practically Family

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    my pains just been eased a bit..phone call from Aero.my herc & highwayman getting shipped today..i was gonna go collect them but been told its snowing hard..Aero is shipping them free of charge ....now im feeling better
     
  16. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

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    Nice one, Peter. Pics soon, I hope:D;)
     
  17. atomjet58

    atomjet58 Familiar Face

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    If I order an A-2 from Bill Kelso in Greece would there be a VAT charge to ship it to California USA
    or is the VAT only for the UK and within EU countries? If so does anyone know what that VAT percentage would be?
     
  18. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    VAT is only for EU countries. You will only need to pay US customs, much less than >20% VAT.
     
  19. Capesofwrath

    Capesofwrath Practically Family

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    There should be no VAT for exports from the EU. It is only charged within the EU and on imports to it. The rate varies a little from country to country and is currently 20% in the UK.

    Best to email him, he replies quickly.
     
  20. too much coffee

    too much coffee Practically Family

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    I concur Capesofwrath........I like how you think. However Aero and Eastman disagree.

    Regards,
    coffee
     

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