Advice on customs charges

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  1. almightygoodgod

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    Hi

    I am looking at purchasing a digital camera from stateside and am trying to work out how much it will cost me to bring it back into the UK. The package I have seen will cost around £400 for camera, lense, tripod etc. (HERE)

    I can't quite figure out how much import will cost to work out whether or not the transaction is worth my while or not? Have tried google but to no avail.

    My other option is to bring it back with me from the states. I am going to New York in a couple of months (honeymoon:)) and am flying back with a transfer in Dublin. If flying back via Dublin would I be liable for their customs charges and then not have to pay any in the UK as I am entering from another EU country!?! Or would I have to pay UK custom charges and not declare in Dublin? (My thinking here would be to investigate the cost of importing into Ireland rather than the UK).
     
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    In Dublin airport, even if you're transferring, you can leave the airport. And Dublin has very slack customs! :D

    I'd wait until you go to NewYork, and just bring it back in hand luggage.
     
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    That's interesting turn up for the books:)

    If I did get through customs in Dublin, whether having paid customs duty or not, would that mean I am then free to enter the UK without having to declare.
     
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    I'd guess so :thumbsup:
     
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    that would make it very worthwhile to wait until I go to New York!
     
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    Lets put it this way, i came back from New York, very much heavier than when i went! Gadgets for me, and shoes for the missus.
     
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    If you want to find out the duty you would be liable for you need to look up the TARIC code for the items:

    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds/tarhome_en.htm

    I think you need to add VAT at 17.5% to the total after duty.

    20 years ago a colleague related a story where he got caught by customs because, even though he'd thrown away the boxes and used the camera and lenses, they could identify it as imported by the serial number.

    I think that secondhand goods have different rules - maybe try and find a good secondhand shop in NY.
     
  8. almightygoodgod

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    not really relevant to me but just out of interest. If you leave the country again with the goods (on holiday for eample) and then re-enter the country would you have to have a copy of the original import tax invoice so as not to pay again?
     
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    E-mail these people with your question and travel arrangements, they will be most informative :cool::cool: [email protected]
     
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    add around an average of 22%

    as you will also be charged a handling fee by the courier.


    so expect to pay around £90ish


    might be worth getting it with your trip but then you may have to pay high street retail prices once you get to NY, unless you know of some other stores.
     
  11. almightygoodgod

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    if I bought in New York was going to get the item delivered from ebay.com to my hotel. tbh I would be prepared to pay 22% to waive the risk of getting nicked on the way back into the country.
     
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    I would expect that Customs would keep a record that you've paid before.
    Don't forget that the rules are different for secondhand goods.
     
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    what are the rules for secondhand?
     
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    Collect it over there, dump the boxes and bring it back in your luggage. If customs say anything your response is "I've been on holiday, you think I didn't take a camera with me?"

    I do this with laptops, "yes mr customs officer, I did take 3 laptops to american with me; one for personal, one for work, and a spare incase either broke".
     

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