Importing to the UK - VAT & Delivery info

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Postby HippyChick on Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:46 pm

bigmuls wrote:This only applies to prints shipped to the UK, correct?

The tariff codes / reduced fee amounts differ from country to country but the principles apply to all countries that are signed up to the harmonized tariff (HS tariff) system.

I will see if I can dig out where to look up the codes for each country
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Postby bigmuls on Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:56 pm

I'm curious if I should be adding the code to all international shipments that I send out or just to the UK.
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Postby bert on Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:50 am

Parcelforce incorrectly charged me duty on an item that was marked as a gift and below the £39 limit.

They are stating that if I claim the VAT back from HMRC, I will also get the £13.50 handling fee refunded by that correct? I would have thought I'd only get the VAT back and Parcelforce would have to refund me the £13.50 handling fee?
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Postby soupysound on Wed May 31, 2017 10:07 am

i'm a US resident and bought a print form a UK seller. does anyone have any experience or knowledge of receiving a letter from state comptroller requesting state use tax on a UK imported print? is art / printed paper exempt? i've bought many prints from overseas and have never had to pay state tax. maybe this one was flagged due to the price point being higher (and worth collecting)?

tariff code 9701100000
"Paintings, Drawing And Pastels Other Than Of Heading 4906"
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Postby dhokes on Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:59 pm

HippyChick wrote:
battleroyale wrote:Just been told by ups that 5% vat does not apply on prints if more than 30 are produced not sure if that's edition size or the amount of prints an artist releases in a year.

Anyone else heard of this

This only applies to photographs, not prints.
from section 11 of VAT Notice 702: imports (Updated 5 January 2017)

11.1 Works of art
pictures, collages and similar decorative plaques, paintings and drawings, executed entirely by hand by the artist, other than plans and drawings for architectural, engineering, industrial, commercial, topographical or similar purposes, hand-decorated manufactured articles, theatrical scenery, studio back cloths or the like of painted canvas (Tariff heading 9701)
original engravings, prints and lithographs, being impressions produced in limited numbers directly in black and white or in colour of one or several plates executed entirely by hand by the artist, irrespective of the process or of the material employed by him, but not including any mechanical or photomechanical process (Tariff code 9702 00 00)
original sculptures and statuary, in any material, provided that they are executed entirely by the artist, sculpture casts (Tariff code 9703 00 00). See Notice 718 The VAT Margin Scheme and global accounting, for the definition of sculpture casts
tapestries (Tariff code 5805 00 00) and wall textiles, made by hand from original designs provided by artists, provided that there are not more than eight copies of each
individual pieces of ceramics executed entirely by the artist and signed by him
enamels on copper, executed entirely by hand, limited to eight numbered copies bearing the signature of the artist or the studio, excluding articles of jewellery and goldsmiths’ and silversmiths’ wares
photographs taken by the artist, printed by him or under his supervision, signed and numbered and limited to 30 copies, all sizes and mounts included

It's also worth noting that the tariff codes have changed slightly too so Original engravings, prints and lithographs that are not on wood are 9702000090

I.e. screenprints? It's probably worth editing the original post.
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Postby PLUSH on Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:14 am

Sent a tube to France, 2.8lbs of which I paid postage for 2.8lbs. Guy is telling me
"But you haven't paid the surcharge Post mail
For heavy package and I must paid 15 € for having my packet".

What is he talking about?
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Postby 1nkling on Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:29 am

PLUSH wrote:Sent a tube to France, 2.8lbs of which I paid postage for 2.8lbs. Guy is telling me
"But you haven't paid the surcharge Post mail
For heavy package and I must paid 15 € for having my packet".

What is he talking about?

Sounds more likely he had a customs fee and he's confused. That or you under paid on postage but if that were the case it wouldn't get charged at the buyers end it would have been knocked back to you by the usps.
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