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A question on duty

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Garrett, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. Garrett

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    Are there any rules for paying custom duty on importing DVD’s for home consumers?

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    Garrett,

    Can you elaborate on this, please? If you mean simple importing from an e-tailer (Region 1 or Region 4 DVD's), then the duty is variable depending on who and where in the world you are ordering from.

    It also depends on the size, cost and weight of your order. There's also an element of blind luck, as to whether or not HM Customs will target your parcel(s) or not.

    Hope this helps a little bit.

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  3. Garrett

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    Yes that’s the one, I’m sure I read that if it was under a certain amount, you more or less got away without paying it.<br />If they do charge any idea what it is?

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    If the DVD cost less than £18 then no duty or VAT is due, otherwise you get smacked with 17.50% duty on DVd's over £18. Play247 promise to refund any duty charged on discs £18 or over which you order from them. I got the Die Hard box set from them for £39. The postoffice slapped £10 duty on but the postman left the parcel without collecting the duty. That does not happen often unfortunaty!
     
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    To clarify:

    Anything arriving in the UK from OUTSIDE the EU is technically liable to a duty and VAT charge. The duty is about 5%, and then VAT is 17.5%. Goods arriving from inside the EU are not liable.

    This amount is payable on the total invoice value of the package, including shipping costs.

    The charge is assessed and levied by the carrier (eg the Courier Co., or the Post Office). They usually add a handling fee onto the amount you have to pay.

    There is an exemption for packages valued under GBP18 - it's not economic to collect the small amounts involved.

    HOWEVER - often, these charges are overlooked by the carrier. If this happens, then you are lucky. If it doesn't (and you do get charged) you have no choice - these fees are technically due.
     

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