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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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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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    Anyone had any issues from ParcelFarce lately? They have held my package now for a week and it hasn't gone anywhere. Just sitting in the Manchester Depot which I can actually get to and go pick it up myself. Plus there is obviously custom charges but the tracking doesn't even say held due to me paying them.

    "Your parcel has arrived at our delivery depot and will be prepared for delivery.
    4/7/2018
    2:18
    Manchester Piccadilly Depot
    Received at delivery depot
    3/7/2018
    18:04
    National Hub
    Sorted
    3/7/2018
    13:31
    International Hub
    Revised Customs charges raised
    3/7/2018
    13:29
    International Hub
    Released from customs
    2/7/2018
    10:38
    International Hub
    Customs charges raised
    28/6/2018
    17:54
    International Hub
    Awaiting Customs clearance
    28/6/2018
    17:21
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    Arrived in the UK"
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    Chichi9521 (10 days ago) #37206627Anyone had any issues from ParcelFarce lately? They have held my package now for a week and it hasn't gone anywhere. Just sitting in the Manchester Depot which I can actually get to and go pick it up myself. Plus there is obviously custom charges but the tracking doesn't even say held due to me paying them.


    You should be able to call the local depot and pay the customs over the phone, as long as you have the tracking number they don't mind. Well at my local they don't at least, they should schedule it for the next day then.
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    Chichi9521 (10 days ago) #37206627Anyone had any issues from ParcelFarce lately? They have held my package now for a week and it hasn't gone anywhere. Just sitting in the Manchester Depot which I can actually get to and go pick it up myself. Plus there is obviously custom charges but the tracking doesn't even say held due to me paying them

    I did, but with the clearance of me paying the charges. Apparently a glitch occurred where my payment cleared, but it didn't update in the system the depot uses.

    They're reasonably responsive on Twitter, usually takes half a day, but they will help you with your parcel (I usually get the payment number off them, so I can pay online). Or if the depot is near, you can go there. Fixed the above issue by DMing them on Twitter
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