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UK CollectorsUK Imports and Customs everything you need to know!

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  • octanRegular Boarder
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    tharglet (4 months ago) #57657990Because I'm a patient cheapass (but SAL isn't that slow most of the time in my experience).
    I will be a patient cheapass, not to worry :D


    tharglet (4 months ago) #57657990No. The item value is ¥10,200, so that's what the threshold calculations are based on. VAT is due on the postage if the item isn't a gift, but duty only applies to the goods. If you are paying duty, there is VAT to pay on the duty too. In this case, however, there is no duty to pay.
    The price range is around a 1/8 or 1/7, so I'd expect the postage for such a figure to be around the ¥2000 mark for SAL SP. If you have the figure sent via SAL SP, then Royal Mail will handle it. EMS is always Parcelforce, and they can take an age to generate charges ><. (Most of my RM stuff has charges raised within 2 days, PF takes about a week...). If you're paranoid/concerned then you can go EMS for the insurance or risk it for the biscuit with SAL.
    Also the PF handling fee is now a static £12 for ANY parcel they handle (under contents value of £873), and Royal Mail is £8. Used to be PF had different prices for SAL/air parcel and EMS. This is no longer the case.

    I may need some clarification here. Is not a gift (at least I assume AmiAmi won't mark it that way). Isn't VAT applied on the goods too?

    What is SAL SP? special postage? So, Will I only pay 20% VAT on the 2000 yens? biscuit it will be.

    I assume if the goods declared are over 15£, the box will be open, and I will be charged the handling fee. Am I right that I should account that on my expenses already?.

    Anyway, thank you for taking the time.
  • thargletRegular Boarder
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    octan (4 months ago) #57658718Isn't VAT applied on the goods too?
    Yes it is - I didn't specify that specifically, as that's usually the obvious part... it's the extra VAT on the postage that catches people out sometimes. For goods, VAT is chargeable on the good's value and the postage. RM doesn't always charge for VAT on the postage, but PF always will.

    octan (4 months ago) #57658718What is SAL SP? special postage?
    SAL small packet. Nothing special about it.

    octan (4 months ago) #57658718I assume if the goods declared are over 15£, the box will be open, and I will be charged the handling fee. Am I right that I should account that on my expenses already?.
    No, they won't open it. Never had anything of mine opened over the years. They just look at the declaration, and generate the charges from what's written on there.

    octan (4 months ago) #57658718Anyway, thank you for taking the time.
    np.
  • AsaphbebopRegular Boarder
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    Hey guys can anyone help me out?

    Ordered a figure from Japan 1st time in a while.

    It has cleared customs now it says.

    06/14/2019 12:02
    Departure from inward office of exchange
    COVENTRY PARCELFORCE
    UNITED KINGDOM 

    06/14/2019 12:02
    Item returned from import Customs
    COVENTRY PARCELFORCE
    UNITED KINGDOM 

    06/15/2019 00:59
    Processing at delivery Post Office 
    UNITED KINGDOM 

    06/15/2019
    Retention 
    UNITED KINGDOM 

    And I've not heard any more about it anyone know what this means ?

    Is my figure in my local post office waiting for me to pay the vat ?

    or is it still on it's way to my local post office ?

    Anyone got any ideas?
  • 4Arnd4ア一ンドAdministrator
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    You’ll be getting a card from your postie any day, asking to pay for/collect your parcel.

    Either you’ll wait for the card or...

    If you have the tracking number and know the depot via which your parcels usually come, you can call them to get the customs payments reference number and pay it that way (they’ll give you the number and transfer you to an automated payment system). They’ll deliver the parcel the very next day then.



    Asaphbebop (3 months ago) #62017757Hey guys can anyone help me out?
    Ordered a figure from Japan 1st time in a while.
    It has cleared customs now it says.
    06/14/2019 12:02
    Departure from inward office of exchange
    COVENTRY PARCELFORCE
    UNITED KINGDOM 
    06/14/2019 12:02
    Item returned from import Customs
    COVENTRY PARCELFORCE
    UNITED KINGDOM 
    06/15/2019 00:59
    Processing at delivery Post Office 
    UNITED KINGDOM 
    06/15/2019
    Retention 
    UNITED KINGDOM 
    And I've not heard any more about it anyone know what this means ?
    Is my figure in my local post office waiting for me to pay the vat ?
    or is it still on it's way to my local post office ?
    Anyone got any ideas?
    http://myfigurecollection.net/pics/b/mfc180x80.png . https://en.facebookbrand.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FB-fLogo-Blue-broadcast-2.png . Twitter .
  • AsaphbebopRegular Boarder
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    4Arnd (3 months ago) #62018482You’ll be getting a card from your postie any day, asking to pay for/collect your parcel.
    Either you’ll wait for the card or...
    If you have the tracking number and know the depot via which your parcels usually come, you can call them to get the customs payments reference number and pay it that way (they’ll give you the number and transfer you to an automated payment system). They’ll deliver the parcel the very next day then.


    Thanks... I'm wait a few more days then start hunting her down
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    Asaphbebop (3 months ago) #62020522Thanks... I'm wait a few more days then start hunting her down

    You can also ping them on Twitter. I tend to do that, as I'm an impatient li'l mofo. They can't give you the code until the parcel is in your local depot, though, so you'll need to check your tracking on the Parcelforce site itself (use the same tracking #).
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    tharglet (3 months ago) #62022745You can also ping them on Twitter. I tend to do that, as I'm an impatient li'l mofo. They can't give you the code until the parcel is in your local depot, though, so you'll need to check your tracking on the Parcelforce site itself (use the same tracking #).

    Thanks found it through parcel force I'll give them ring tomorrow
  • JakinaboxRegular Boarder
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    Yep you will be getting a card soon. I think they are a bit slow at the minute as I waited a while for my card last week but it was delivered Friday finally. The first thing through customs where they opened my parcel!
  • AsaphbebopRegular Boarder
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    Thanks for all the help arranged my figure to be delivered tomorrow
  • xcupidxstuntxRegular Boarder
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    Got an Airmail parcel from Meccha Japan on Thursday - no customs! They had slightly undervalued the items but it was still around 3500yen. Feels like ages since I had something slip through unscathed!
    "Don't forget. Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are not alone."
  • LibertyRegular Boarder
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    could someone please offer me some help?

    I'm thinking of ordering a rare plush off eBay which is £77.55 plus FREE SHIPPING from Thailand.



    how much would I have to pay on top
    in import tax/duty when the slip arrives through the door?
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    Liberty (1 month ago) #64299367could someone please offer me some help?
    I'm thinking of ordering a rare plush off eBay which is £77.55 plus FREE SHIPPING from Thailand.
    how much would I have to pay on top
    in import tax/duty when the slip arrives through the door?


    Assuming the declaration is £77.55 in total, and the item is declared as goods, the amount due would be £15.51 in VAT and £8 handling charge, if it comes via Royal Mail, for a total of £23.51.

    If they do the declaration in Thai baht or USD, it would depend on the exchange rate of the day.
  • LibertyRegular Boarder
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    tharglet (1 month ago) #64311057Assuming the declaration is £77.55 in total, and the item is declared as goods, the amount due would be £15.51 in VAT and £8 handling charge, if it comes via Royal Mail, for a total of £23.51.
    If they do the declaration in Thai baht or USD, it would depend on the exchange rate of the day.


    thank you so much.
    I believe it is in USD $96.45 ^_^


    however in the listing they say they would declare it as 'gift' which puts me off buying a little bit. Isn't that wrong as they're undervaluing the item?

    I haven't purchased it yet for that reason.
  • thargletRegular Boarder
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    Liberty (1 month ago) #64372859thank you so much.
    I believe it is in USD $96.45 ^_^
    however in the listing they say they would declare it as 'gift' which puts me off buying a little bit. Isn't that wrong as they're undervaluing the item?
    I haven't purchased it yet for that reason.


    Well, it would be falsifying the documentation. However, it may make little to no difference - VAT isn't charged on the postage for gifts, but RM can be hit and miss if they include the postage VAT, even when declared as goods, in my experience. Parcelforce will generate the charge to the letter though.
  • turnmebackwardsRegular Boarder
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    Does anyone have the form or link to the form to claim against a customs charge? Customs have wrongly charged me and had the dreadful Royal mail handling fees on top I've paid to get the parcel. But I remember you could claim to get the money back done it in the past but can't find anything how to do it now a days? Any help would be great thanks.
  • thargletRegular Boarder
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    turnmebackwards (9 days ago) #66773769Does anyone have the form or link to the form to claim against a customs charge? Customs have wrongly charged me and had the dreadful Royal mail handling fees on top I've paid to get the parcel. But I remember you could claim to get the money back done it in the past but can't find anything how to do it now a days? Any help would be great thanks.

    Read the section about what if I think the charges are wrong
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