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UK CollectorsUK Imports and Customs everything you need to know!

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  • nhleggRegular Boarder
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    And I thought 30quid was bad lol
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    nhlegg (3 months ago) #31477351And I thought 30quid was bad lol

    Once customs duty gets involved and item value increases it gets pretty nasty.

    As an example if you buy something for £100, pay £20 shipping and there's £10 declared as paid for insurance you'd be looking at £26 VAT as VAT is due not just on the £100 item value but the £30 shipping/insurance (sometimes Royal Mail will just charge £20 VAT as it seems they don't care too much about calculating it properly)

    This example isn't big enough to qualify for duty but on figures it's 4.5%.

    But that 4.5% is not on the value of £100, or even the total of £130 it's on the total of £156 - You basically have to pay a tax on your tax when you spend above a certain point.
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    bethykins (3 months ago) #31477328Just had to pay £130 customs fir a doll :/ rip wallet

    Ouch. The worst I've had to pay was about £250 on a Volks SD17. I was fully expecting it, and I have no regrets about the purchase, but it was not a happy day when I got that letter...
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    Selidor (3 months ago) #31477447Ouch. The worst I've had to pay was about £250 on a Volks SD17. I was fully expecting it, and I have no regrets about the purchase, but it was not a happy day when I got that letter...

    I find myself feeling lucky now! I usually buy via proxy to avoid customs but had to go direct to Volks this time >_>
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    bethykins (3 months ago) #31477450I find myself feeling lucky now! I usually buy via proxy to avoid customs but had to go direct to Volks this time >_>

    I usually buy Volks dolls second hand, but that one second hand cost more than getting him new from Volks plus customs charges, and I was fortunate to 'win' the chance to buy him in their lottery.
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    Selidor (3 months ago) #31477458I usually buy Volks dolls second hand, but that one second hand cost more than getting him new from Volks plus customs charges, and I was fortunate to 'win' the chance to buy him in their lottery.

    That's what just happned to me :) oh how I love to win the privileged to give them my money >_>
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    Hello all, anyone know the current waiting time for surface mail? Just realised I stupidly picked this shipping method as opposed to registered SAL, which is what I usually use, meaning this is the first time I'm using surface mail and have no idea what to expect.
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    kuailiang (4 days ago) #35685521Hello all, anyone know the current waiting time for surface mail? Just realised I stupidly picked this shipping method as opposed to registered SAL, which is what I usually use, meaning this is the first time I'm using surface mail and have no idea what to expect.

    60-90 (calendar) days. I've only ever done surface once. It was closer to the 60 than the 90 for me, but I asked about this before, and some people reported back they got things in 90 days...

    With that kind of time frame, I don't think you really can say what the current 'parcel weather' is with surface.
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    tharglet (4 days ago)60-90 (calendar) days. I've only ever done surface once. It was closer to the 60 than the 90 for me, but I asked about this before, and some people reported back they got things in 90 days...
    With that kind of time frame, I don't think you really can say what the current 'parcel weather' is with surface.


    Oh boy, what a wait. That'll teach me to actually use my eyes next time...

    Not sure if I should consider myself lucky that it was dispatched out of the port about a week ago, but I have a feeling if 60-90 days is the norm that's probably my waiting time for this package too.
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