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  • kamikazilucas
    kamikazilucasRegular Boarder • lv8
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    #1381
    9 months ago
    tharglet9 months ago#83497316They will charge it if there's VAT to pay (which is still the same £15 for goods, £39 for gifts thresholds), same as times past.
    ok so its still the same then
  • kuailiang
    kuailiangRegular Boarder • lv27
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    #1382
    7 months ago • Updated 7 months ago
    Anyone buy from China lately - how long did packages take from Beijing to Heathrow via EMS?

    Edit: To answer my own question it took exactly 2 weeks with Sundays
  • EsmeAllan
    EsmeAllanRegular Boarder • lv14
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    #1383
    7 months ago
    I have a question regarding shipping during December, particularly near to Christmas.

    I don't know if I'm just being paranoid, but I've always thought there must be a significantly higher chance of parcels going missing around Christmas time due to how busy everything is. Or is this fear unfounded?

    Basically, I just want to know whether people here think it's a good idea to delay getting certain items shipped until after Christmas or whether I'm just being overly cautious. Normally I might just do it but given these are items that'll probably never go up for sale again I really don't want to risk anything.

    Any advice is appreciated. For the record, I've yet to ever have a package go missing, but I am aware that it does happen.
  • ShinigamiMaid
    ShinigamiMaidRegular Boarder • lv13
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    #1384
    3 months ago
    I know some things are bit up in air because of brexit and covid
    But I have someone in france who wants to buy a figure off me
    I've sold parcels to overseas before but I was checking customs and saw that it says can't send toys to france?

    I have tried to look this up but can't find clear answer
    one thing I have read is can't send toys which require batteries

    I know figures are not toys but if customs classed it as one
    I don't want to be lost or returned leaving me to deal with refund

    Has anyone had any advice?
  • 4Arnd
    4Arnd4ア一ンドAdministrator • lv27
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    #1385
    3 months ago
    Yeah, sadly it has become a real pain in the [...] to ship stuff into Europe.

    Batteries are not a problem, as long as they are part of the item, be it a toy or electronic gadget. If you try sending batteries on their own, don’t, not worth the hassle. Although, some courier companies, won’t allow shipping of items containing batteries outside the UK at all (at least DPD doesn’t). This Lithium battery stuff came already into force in 2009 (after the Samsung phones issue), only now it’s more of a topic, as one has to declare parcel contents.

    It seems people have to become customs specialists, in order to declare the goods they’re shipping correctly.

    To declare on export, use the following:
    Dolls - use customs code 95030021
    Or
    Plastics and articles thereof, sub header “Statuettes and other ornamental articles with customs code 39264000.

    For France, I’d use the latter and say “Statuette” on the customs form. It’s less likely to be confused with a toy?

    The last parcel I’ve sent to Europe for family, got there no problem, even though I declared all items, apparently some prohibited now (food), the parcel arrived ok. But I was weary if they let it through or not. In the worst case, your parcel comes back to you after a couple days.
    If it goes out of the UK, it’s half the battle.

    I hope it’ll work out for you.

    ShinigamiMaid3 months ago#93988638I know some things are bit up in air because of brexit and covid
    But I have someone in france who wants to buy a figure off me
    I've sold parcels to overseas before but I was checking customs and saw that it says can't send toys to france?
    I have tried to look this up but can't find clear answer
    one thing I have read is can't send toys which require batteries
    I know figures are not toys but if customs classed it as one
    I don't want to be lost or returned leaving me to deal with refund
    Has anyone had any advice?
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  • ShinigamiMaid
    ShinigamiMaidRegular Boarder • lv13
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    #1386
    3 months ago
    4Arnd3 months ago#93988938Yeah, sadly it has become a real pain in the [...] to ship stuff into Europe.
    Batteries are not a problem, as long as they are part of the item, be it a toy or electronic gadget. If you try sending batteries on their own, don’t, not worth the hassle. Although, some courier companies, won’t allow shipping of items containing batteries outside the UK at all (at least DPD doesn’t). This Lithium battery stuff came already into force in 2009 (after the Samsung phones issue), only now it’s more of a topic, as one has to declare parcel contents.
    It seems people have to become customs specialists, in order to declare the goods they’re shipping correctly.
    To declare on export, use the following:
    Dolls - use customs code 95030021
    Or
    Plastics and articles thereof, sub header “Statuettes and other ornamental articles with customs code 39264000.
    For France, I’d use the latter and say “Statuette” on the customs form. It’s less likely to be confused with a toy?
    The last parcel I’ve sent to Europe for family, got there no problem, even though I declared all items, apparently some prohibited now (food), the parcel arrived ok. But I was weary if they let it through or not. In the worst case, your parcel comes back to you after a couple days.
    If it goes out of the UK, it’s half the battle.
    I hope it’ll work out for you.


    thanks so much
    if anyone had an idea I thought might be you
    so I really appreciate the advice :)
    think statuette be appropriate option

    oh definitely feel like you gotta be an expert when comes to customs
    I've not had any problems before but always er on the side of caution
    I know post is abit slow in some places but not heard any real issues, I think it's just people talking rubbish to me.
    I've got in habit of always putting return address on parcels
  • kuailiang
    kuailiangRegular Boarder • lv27
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    #1387
    2 months ago
    Can anyone advise how long surface mail has taken since the end of last year? Last time I used it was about 3 years ago and it took 70 days, but I'd imagine it'd be longer considering the pandemic and the increase of surface mail packages for the same reason. Package in question was marked as dispatched to UK in the beginning of February
  • PatchworkToxin
    PatchworkToxinDat YandereRegular Boarder • lv21
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    #1388
    2 months ago
    kuailiang2 months ago#95658744Can anyone advise how long surface mail has taken since the end of last year? Last time I used it was about 3 years ago and it took 70 days, but I'd imagine it'd be longer considering the pandemic and the increase of surface mail packages for the same reason. Package in question was marked as dispatched to UK in the beginning of February

    I used Surface Mail during the latter half of 2020 and it took just under 3 months to receive my parcels each time.

    I had some more stuff shipped via Surface Mail last month and I am expecting it to be a similar timeframe still.
  • turnmebackwards
    turnmebackwardsRegular Boarder • lv13
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    #1389
    14 days ago
    So half way into 2021 how's everyone been getting on with the new import laws?

    I'm still a bit confused, do we have a trade agreement with Japan so anything under £135 we don't have to pay tax on?

    I've still been asking all the companies I use in Japan to still mark as gift and low value on customs form and yet to have a issue.

    Amazon.co.jp seem to charge the tax before shipping to the UK so its cleared of any import duty tax.

    Had a parcel from Spain which the tax hadn't been paid but got past customs.

    So what's the deal with AmiAmi now? Can't see that they pay the tax or declare the tax for us customers in the UK? So guessing you can still get hit with the tax duty on orders from AmiAmi unless get lucky or they hot on it? Or does only higher value orders have to have tax paid?
  • 4Arnd
    4Arnd4ア一ンドAdministrator • lv27
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    #1390
    14 days ago
    Imports into the UK - quite confusing document...

    www.gov.uk/good...
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  • tharglet
    thargletVery Important Boarder • lv21
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    #1391
    14 days ago • Updated 14 days ago
    turnmebackwards14 days ago#97910881So half way into 2021 how's everyone been getting on with the new import laws?
    I'm still a bit confused, do we have a trade agreement with Japan so anything under £135 we don't have to pay tax on?
    I've still been asking all the companies I use in Japan to still mark as gift and low value on customs form and yet to have a issue.
    Amazon.co.jp seem to charge the tax before shipping to the UK so its cleared of any import duty tax.
    Had a parcel from Spain which the tax hadn't been paid but got past customs.
    So what's the deal with AmiAmi now? Can't see that they pay the tax or declare the tax for us customers in the UK? So guessing you can still get hit with the tax duty on orders from AmiAmi unless get lucky or they hot on it? Or does only higher value orders have to have tax paid?


    The trade deal is to do with duty only, and a bit more narrow that I envisaged at first - it only applies to goods manufactured in Japan with Japanese materials (origin rules are long and confusing).

    Customs are just... not charging VAT on goods under £135 and assuming it has been paid. There are a couple of websites I use that basically say they'll charge VAT once they're told to, but haven't yet, so it looks like the UK Gov't isn't chasing retailers down for the VAT right now. Retailers might get with the plot in July, if EU countries start chasing them around over VAT. Or they might continue to ignore the UK if the UK doesn't bother them...

    Amazon charges the VAT at checkout, so you won't get customs'd for Amazon stuff. Anything on the site for £135 or less they'll VAT, no matter the source (as per the rules for marketplaces). Over that, anything going through Amazon Logistics will have the customs processed for you, 3rd parties you may get customs'd.

    So yeah. We're in this strange no-mans-land where goods have a higher threshold than gifts...
  • JustACollector
    JustACollectorRegular Boarder • lv5
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    #1392
    6 days ago • Updated 6 days ago
    I've had 3 figures delivered from Japan recently - they all:

    - Were under £135 (the Goods VAT threshold where customs could assume the retailer charged it)
    - Were over £39 (the Gifts VAT threshold)
    - Had their full values declared on the customs forms
    - Were marked as Gifts (Note, I didn't ask the shops to do this, they all just did anyway) meaning they were over the chargeable VAT threshold
    - Shipped via Japan Post (one via EMS, two via Registered Air Mail)

    I wasn't charged VAT on any of them.

    So I do wonder if even Customs knows what they're supposed to be doing at the moment? (Not that I'm complaining. Do feel free to keep not charging VAT - it makes things a lot cheaper, thanks!)
  • kuailiang
    kuailiangRegular Boarder • lv27
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    #1393
    1 day ago
    Has anyone experienced this with packages from China where it gets to the forwarding agent stage, but gets returned to the sorting centre with a note saying "security return"?

    It was sent back to the forwarding agent, but now it says "sealed" so I'm not sure what that means. None of the items have any batteries or forbidden items in it - it's just a bunch of acrylic stands and trading figures.
  • 4Arnd
    4Arnd4ア一ンドAdministrator • lv27
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    #1394
    23 hours ago
    kuailiang1 day ago#98101533Has anyone experienced this with packages from China where it gets to the forwarding agent stage, but gets returned to the sorting centre with a note saying "security return"?
    It was sent back to the forwarding agent, but now it says "sealed" so I'm not sure what that means. None of the items have any batteries or forbidden items in it - it's just a bunch of acrylic stands and trading figures.

    Never seen anything with that kind of notification. :-/
    Will be interesting to see the reason why. Are any of the figures questionable nsfw wise? Or anything with copyright issues (bootlegs)?
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  • kuailiang
    kuailiangRegular Boarder • lv27
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    #1395
    23 hours ago
    4Arnd23 hours ago#98101577Never seen anything with that kind of notification. :-/
    Will be interesting to see the reason why. Are any of the figures questionable nsfw wise? Or anything with copyright issues (bootlegs)?


    Nah nothing NSFW or bootleg; I'll update this thread once it's finally accepted and on the plane but I've never seen a package go back to the sorting centre before. Maybe the packaging was spoiled in the process of going to the forwarding agent, and it was deemed unsafe or too damaged to accept?

    When I googled it people were saying their package went in a constant loop and eventually went back to the recipient which I hope doesn't happen because postage from China isn't cheap.
  • 4Arnd
    4Arnd4ア一ンドAdministrator • lv27
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    #1396
    21 hours ago
    kuailiang23 hours ago#98101596Nah nothing NSFW or bootleg; I'll update this thread once it's finally accepted and on the plane but I've never seen a package go back to the sorting centre before. Maybe the packaging was spoiled in the process of going to the forwarding agent, and it was deemed unsafe or too damaged to accept?
    When I googled it people were saying their package went in a constant loop and eventually went back to the recipient which I hope doesn't happen because postage from China isn't cheap.


    Round trip and return I’ve seen quite a few times before, sadly RM or PF scanned the senders details on entry, hence it went back. I think it happens when the return address is about the same size font as the recipient address.
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  • Neep
    NeepRegular Boarder • lv6
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    #1397
    18 hours ago • Updated 18 hours ago
    kuailiang1 day ago#98101533Has anyone experienced this with packages from China where it gets to the forwarding agent stage, but gets returned to the sorting centre with a note saying "security return"?
    It was sent back to the forwarding agent, but now it says "sealed" so I'm not sure what that means. None of the items have any batteries or forbidden items in it - it's just a bunch of acrylic stands and trading figures.


    I had this early last month, when I asked the forwarder about it they said one parcel in the same shipment as mine failed the security check. When that happens every parcel in there goes back and it should loop around to go through the process again. I also had "sealed" on my tracking for 2 days, then it went through as normal. Nothing to worry about!

    Though if it's EMS it might take a bit to arrive. I'm waiting on a parcel from late April to get on a plane still... they claim to have it still but i'm convinced they've lost it cause the one that had to loop around was ordered after that one :(
  • kuailiang
    kuailiangRegular Boarder • lv27
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    #1398
    18 hours ago • Updated 18 hours ago
    Neep18 hours ago#98103080I had this early last month, when I asked the forwarder about it they said one parcel in the same shipment as mine failed the security check. When that happens every parcel in there goes back and it should loop around to go through the process again. I also had "sealed" on my tracking for 2 days, then it went through as normal. Nothing to worry about!
    Though if it's EMS it might take a bit to arrive. I'm waiting on a parcel from late April to get on a plane still... they claim to have it still but i'm convinced they've lost it cause the one that had to loop around was ordered after that one :(


    Oh boy how annoying. Did your tracking by any chance go backwards, before it went back to normal? My package seems to have gone back to the regional sorting centre so I think it'll be going back to my proxy. Tracking number is LZ890359167CN and the tracking service is here: yjcx.chinapost.... in case you want to see what I mean.

    Edit: Forgot to mention your EMS package should've arrived by now; I've found it's always been quicker than airmail by a good 5-10 days.

    Edit 2: Just re-read and you said it went through the process again, but does it genuinely go all the way back?
  • Neep
    NeepRegular Boarder • lv6
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    #1399
    18 hours ago • Updated 18 hours ago
    kuailiang18 hours ago#98103091Oh boy how annoying. Did your tracking by any chance go backwards, before it went back to normal? My package seems to have gone back to the regional sorting centre so I think it'll be going back to my proxy. Tracking number is LZ890359167CN and the tracking service is here: yjcx.chinapost.... in case you want to see what I mean.
    Edit: Forgot to mention your EMS package should've arrived by now; I've found it's always been quicker than airmail by a good 5-10 days.


    Yep my tracking looks identical, next update should be "Handed over to Forwarding Agent for Transit" again, then when it hopefully doesn't get caught up in security checks again the next update you'll get is when it reaches the UK.

    Yeah I know it should've arrived like a month ago now lol but I'm trying to keep hope it isn't lost, cause there isn't any more available I can order D:
  • kuailiang
    kuailiangRegular Boarder • lv27
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    #1400
    18 hours ago
    Neep18 hours ago#98103103Yep my tracking looks identical, next update should be "Handed over to Forwarding Agent for Transit" again, then when it hopefully doesn't get caught up in security checks again the next update you'll get is when it reaches the UK.
    Yeah I know it should've arrived like a month ago now lol but I'm trying to keep hope it isn't lost, cause there isn't any more available I can order D:


    I was wondering why it took so long to even get on the plane...only to realise it wasn't accepted on any flight. Ah man, what a stupid policy to just reject the whole batch just because of one package...

    I'd say because it's China and it takes longer to do anything there compared to Japan anyway to give it a little more time, but wowee if it was something that's no longer in stock I'd be anxious too. Maybe give it until the end of the month and press on your proxy?
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