Importing to the UK - VAT & Delivery info

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Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:53 am

Also need to take into account the Parcelforce 'handling charge' which seems to be either £8 or £13 on top of whatever your import tax is charged at.

I still haven't figured out why there are two different charges. Thieving bastards are probably making it up as they go along.
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Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:32 am

Yeah , i know its an excessive fee that they charge for paying the VAT upfront for us and then charge us when they deliver it to us , but thats set in stone , as much as I loath it i know by clicking the button to buy i am going to get hit by their "fees" for being the middle men between me and our Government taxes.

But what does choke is the clearing agents not doing ( or knowing ) the job that they are surposed to be doing and marking a "print" ( 5%) down as a mass produced"poster" (20%) ......and its endemic , endemic to the point of near criminality in everyday life.

If I were to try and charge you £24.50 a pint :pint: instead of £3.50 and rely on you to challenge me before admitting that i was overcharging you i would be hauled up infront of the judge ...and rightfully so?

These are THEIR rules , so play by them.
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Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:39 am

I have a good friend/customer who works for a clearing agency in Heathrow , and he tells me there are sooooo many differing levels of VAT charges to ABCXYZ items its bewildering , and they have thick books full of the diffrent codes/charges of differing items that he maintains they couldnt possibly keep up with them.

I argue back that its their job to know these things , thats why they are there and getting a wage.....to know their job ....is that too much to ask?
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Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:55 am

Makes sense from the Inland Revenue point of view not to train them better though...overcharging the public is a great 'stealth tax'. After all, 99% of people either don't know that they may be being overcharged, or can't work their way through all the paperwork to figure out what they shoudl be charged. Even then, most wouldn't know that they could claim it back, or how to do it.

Things haven't changed much since King John's days :lol:
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Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:02 am

thanks for this awesome thread... keeping track, and i#ll update if i have any issues. Just bought something which i am pretty sure is going to attract the 20% rate.
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Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:12 am

ROYAL MAIL SHIPPING - MAX TUBE DIMENSIONS

http://www.royalmail.com/royal-mail-you ... aignid=pip

When shipping from the UK, maximum tube length is 90cm AND twice the diameter plus length cannot exceed 104cm.

As a rough guide, this means:

3" tubes cannot exceed 89cm in length
4" tubes cannot exceed 84cm in length
5" tubes cannot exceed 79cm in length
6" tubes cannot exceed 74cm in length

If you stay a couple of cm under these lengths, you should be fine. Take a tape measure and a print out of the above web page when you ship from a new post office though, as they most likely will challenge a large tube.
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Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:28 am

UK ROYAL MAIL SHIPPING OPTIONS

In price order (prices shown are for a 4" tube, value £50, 500g, sent to US):

RM 1st class - max £46 value, no tracking, no sig, delivery aim 5 days - £7.98

RM 1st class recorded - no tracking, sig on delivery, delivery aim 5 days - £13.13

RM Airsure - tracking in UK, delivery confirmation but no sig, delivery aim 4 days - £13.38

Parcelforce Globalvalue - not tracked, delivery aim 5-9 days - £26.80

Parcelforce Globalpriority - tracked, delivery aim from 3 days - £45.40

Parcelfroce Globalexpress - tracked, delivery aim from 1 day - £49.75
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Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:09 am

suchanoo wrote:Also need to take into account the Parcelforce 'handling charge' which seems to be either £8 or £13 on top of whatever your import tax is charged at.

I still haven't figured out why there are two different charges. Thieving bastards are probably making it up as they go along.
I checked with RM - £8 is the charge if the parcel is sent "normal" delivery. £13 is for "express"

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Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:27 am

djdrever wrote:I checked with RM - £8 is the charge if the parcel is sent "normal" delivery. £13 is for "express"

dd
Thanks for checking!

That takes the piss right? As if it makes any difference to the service you get this end from PF. They deliver the day after you pay the charges in any case, so it's the same service. What a rip off!
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:58 am

Sooo my parcel is stuck in customs. Question - anyone ever have any luck having the charges changed before payment? I am going to give it a bash as soon as i get the letter, as long as it has been marked correctly.
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:23 am

jampar5000 wrote:Sooo my parcel is stuck in customs. Question - anyone ever have any luck having the charges changed before payment? I am going to give it a bash as soon as i get the letter, as long as it has been marked correctly.
By the time you get the letter, your package is already with Parcelforce, and the tax has been paid (by them).

Even if you could get through to someone at border control before they handed it over to PF, any flags waved about a particular package might encourage them to open it up for a look inside!
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:37 am

thanks - i may call them anyway to chew the fat :)
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:39 am

Just an idea...how about sending the seller your own address label to print out and tape to the tube? Something like...

__________________________________

UK CUSTOMS TARIFF 9702 00 00 (REF. HMRC NOTICE 702 - APRIL 2010)
HAND SCREEN PRINTED LIMITED EDITION ART @ 5% VAT


NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, POSTCODE
UNITED KINGDOM

UK CUSTOMS TARIFF 9702 00 00 (REF. HMRC NOTICE 702 - APRIL 2010)
HAND SCREEN PRINTED LIMITED EDITION ART @ 5% VAT

__________________________________
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:40 am

jampar5000 wrote:thanks - i may call them anyway to chew the fat :)
Good luck, let us know how you get on!
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