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Miks15

posted on 6/3/14 at 09:18 AM Reply With Quote
Any experts on import duty?

I'm in the process of ordering a few motorbike bits from the states. Now I realise I will have to pay a little extra when they arrive in the country, but going through the .gov website its very hard to find out any sort of rough idea of how much I will have to pay.

The guy I'm buying from said he is happy to split up the packages so each contains under a certain value of parts. Is there a value which, if the parts total is below, I wont have to pay any tax? The total value of all of the parts I'm buying is roughly 300.

Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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RickRick

posted on 6/3/14 at 10:12 AM Reply With Quote
i think the value is around 35 to dodge import duty

if your going to get hit make sure it's only once they add on vat i think then another postage charge normaly about 8 for me with light parcles and a handling charge about 8 too

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Miks15

posted on 6/3/14 at 10:20 AM Reply With Quote
Is VAT always payable no matter what? And then a possible import duty on top?

I have family in america, so would it be worth sending it to them and then getting it shipped from a private residence rather than a company?

I think I might struggle getting the guy to send it in 10 seperate boxes to get them all under 35 ha. Cheers for the info rick!

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r1_pete

posted on 6/3/14 at 10:22 AM Reply With Quote
I'm pretty sure the import duty and VAT limit is 15, and yes Parcelforce will rush you 8 handling if they are shipper.

I'm waiting on a duty demand at the moment for some parts I bought, just hoping USPS handle it and not ParcelFarce.

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r1_pete

posted on 6/3/14 at 10:26 AM Reply With Quote
From HMRC Website:
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Miks15

posted on 6/3/14 at 10:32 AM Reply With Quote
thanks pete,

so from that, it looks like under 135 I pay VAT (at 20% i presume) but no additional import duty. That might be a way of splitting it up then. Cheers.

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MikeRJ

posted on 6/3/14 at 11:10 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Miks15
thanks pete,

so from that, it looks like under 135 I pay VAT (at 20% i presume) but no additional import duty. That might be a way of splitting it up then. Cheers.


Surely the courier charges are going to be much greater sending it as multiple packages?

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Miks15

posted on 6/3/14 at 11:19 AM Reply With Quote
Yes that is possible.

Is there anyway of knowing who it will end up being delivered by?

The guy said he will ship via the US post office, so is it likely it'll just end up in the royal mail system?

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Oddified

posted on 6/3/14 at 11:37 AM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Miks15
Yes that is possible.

Is there anyway of knowing who it will end up being delivered by?

The guy said he will ship via the US post office, so is it likely it'll just end up in the royal mail system?


That will end up with Parcel Force delivering it on this side, and if it's over the 'free' limit above then it's (was a few weeks ago any way...) 13.50 handling fee plus 20% import duty on the total (invoice value which includes the shipping plus the handling fee!). Soon adds up

Ian

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Miks15

posted on 6/3/14 at 06:48 PM Reply With Quote
Cheers Ian,

Not really looking forward to the extra bill on top of what I'm paying for the bits, but looks like it cant be avoided really and just going to have to bite the bullet as I cant get the bits anywhere as well!


Cheers all for the advice

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r1_pete

posted on 6/3/14 at 06:58 PM Reply With Quote
You could get around the duty.

If your family send them to you, at their post office they will have to complete a customs certificate, stating the value of the items, if they tell the post master 'we don't know the value, they're just some old motorbike parts we are sending a relative'... and you can afford the risk of them not being insured for the full value....

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luke2152

posted on 6/3/14 at 09:19 PM Reply With Quote
I've ordered a few items in the last couple of years from the states and asia. Car and bike bits. Values between about 100 and 300. Only got a VAT bill for one item (a used ABS ecu of all things). So either I've been very lucky or a lot of the items get through unchecked.
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Miks15

posted on 6/3/14 at 09:43 PM Reply With Quote
OK cheers guys!
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