Custom charges ????

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  1. zorg2000k

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    Hi,

    Been tracking my new HD-DVD layer and it is now at customs being charged. I take that mean they are charging me for importing ? or does that mean they are reviewing item to see if it should be charged ?

    If I do get charged custom duty any Idea how much it will be ??

    Parcel tracks

    Date Time Location Tracking Event
    27-08-2006 21:24 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGING
    27-08-2006 21:24 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGES
    27-08-2006 21:02 International Hub Arrived in destination country
    27-08-2006 21:02 International Hub Arrived at Hub
    25-08-2006 11:56 Delivery Agent - LOS ANGELES AMU Left origin country
    24-08-2006 17:54 Delivery Agent - UNITED STATES AMERICA Collected from custome

    Cheers

    Zorg
     
  2. Avi

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    Customs charges is a bit of a dark art - there's the theory and then the reality.

    But in theory customs is split into two bits - Import Duty (ID) and VAT. ID is calculated from the type of item your are importing. There is a very long list but I think a DVD player from the US is 14%. So the declared value of your item plus its shipping cost get ID of 14% added. Then 17.5% of that total is added for VAT.

    If you item was £300 (inc shipping) then in theory you could pay an extra £102 or somewhere between this and £0 in TAX.

    AVI
     
  3. sbowler

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    Yikes:eek:
     
  4. zorg2000k

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    Yeah tell me about it :thumbsdow :eek:

    I will let you know when it arrives for any future buyers to take into consideration. :lesson:

    Zorg
     
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    Zorg it would be handy to know who you bought the player from and what method it was shipped by??
     
  6. jsgreen89

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    If it's DVDWorldUSA then you can claim back charges, so I wouldn't worry!

    But if it was anyone else, then ouch :(
     
  7. gam

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    I didn't know about the import duty bit Avi mentioned as any parcel I have got stung on it always seems to be 17.5% added on and thought this was always the case for personal stuff.... although I have never imported electrical goods so there may be import duty to be added.

    Just so you know whats coming as that looks like a parcelforce thing there will also be a handling charge fee from them of £13.50 if its express mail from the us or £8 if its regular airmail.... with the times given looks like express to me

    Looks like you are being charged though and the next or next or probably the next :rolleyes: line in tracking will be at your local depot and the tracking event saying held. You will then get a letter from PF stating what you have to pay and how to pay it...... I'd normally just goto the depot as its not far from me.... but just check its there as I have got the letter before the parcel got to the local depot before but it normally seems to be the other way around as it should be
     
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    Import duty varies by item based on its clasification.

    Duty rates -

    http://www.uktradeinfo.com/codes/classguides/eShoppingMar05.doc

    Link to HRMC covering personal import -

    http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channels...ides&propertyType=document&id=HMCE_MIG_009899

    AVI
     
  9. gam

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    Wasn't doubting you Avi as I said I have never imported electrical stuff. :smashin:

    I have been to that HMRC site before and to be honest just got lost in all the legal type mumble jumble but thank you for the other link as I did find it educational and interesting

    What I would normally import would fall under Statuettes or Toys both of which can be 0 or very little duty rate and just vat to pay. (guess so far I have been luckyish)

    But I will agree fully with you when you said there is a theory and reality..... all you can calculate and expect is the maximum you have to pay but as you said it can be anything less

    The only fee you can be sure of, which was what I was meaning to add to the thread and not discount what you had added, is the Parcelforce clearence fee I mentioned ontop of any duty or vat..... it says about it somewhere on parceforce's website as you would probalbly agree this can be a bit of a pain when you are only charged £4 or £5 for vat but have another £13.50 added ontop just so they can charge and get money from you :mad: although it wont be quite as significant in this case its still a fee to be added on
     
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    Hi Gam

    Didn't take it that way just thought the other info was usefull anyway. I recently got charged about £4 VAT on a couple of HD-DVD's and a further £5 by Royal Mail for clearance on a value of about $58. Yet I wasn't charged anything for bringing in my A1. Go figure...

    AVI
     
  11. zorg2000k

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    Well,

    Looks like i'm getting charged now :mad:

    Date Time Location Tracking Event
    28-08-2006 16:46 International Hub En route to delivery depot
    28-08-2006 16:09 International Hub RELEASED WITH CHARGES
    27-08-2006 21:24 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGING
    27-08-2006 21:24 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGES
    27-08-2006 21:02 International Hub Arrived in destination country
    27-08-2006 21:02 International Hub Arrived at Hub
    25-08-2006 11:56 Delivery Agent - LOS ANGELES AMU Left origin country
    24-08-2006 17:54 Delivery Agent - UNITED STATES AMERICA Collected from customer

    Any got any idea how I can get this paid quickly and delivered asap as I'm heading off to Barbados to get married on Saturday and don't want it sitting about at the Parcelforce depot.

    Cheers

    Zorg
     
  12. gam

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    it should be at the depot tomorrow when it will say held at tracking event
    you will/should get a letter through the normal post either tomorrow or wednesday telling you its there and how to pay.

    If you (understandably) cant wait for the letter and the tracking says its at your local depot just take your tracking number to the depot and they should be able to get you it and then pay for it as they wont release it untill its paid for.... done this once and it took a minute or two after telling them it was there according to the online tracking but was able to get it ok. Or alternatively give them a ring tomorrow on 08708501150 and you should be able to pay for it over the phone to free it up for delivery on wednesday:clap:
     
  13. zorg2000k

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    Good news :thumbsup:

    Spoke to person at parcel force and paid my customs duty £31.25. Didn't want to ask any details about it as I thought it was cheap for what I'm getting LOL

    Happy with that ;)

    Thanks for all you replies and advice

    Cheers

    Zorg
     
  14. zorg2000k

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    Date Time Location Tracking Event
    30-08-2006 15:03 Glasgow Central Depot Parcel delivered
    30-08-2006 08:28 Glasgow Central Depot Out for delivery
    30-08-2006 02:20 Glasgow Central Depot Arrived at delivery depot
    29-08-2006 11:14 Glasgow Central Depot Awaiting payment of charges
    29-08-2006 11:07 Glasgow Central Depot Delivery rescheduled
    29-08-2006 06:33 Glasgow Central Depot Arrived at delivery depot
    28-08-2006 19:23 National Hub Sorted in hub
    28-08-2006 16:46 International Hub En route to delivery depot
    28-08-2006 16:09 International Hub RELEASED WITH CHARGES
    27-08-2006 21:24 International Hub AWAITING CUSTOMS CHARGING

    Well its been delivered. Now just need to get home from work to set up.

    Only £31 custom charges as well. I think I got off lightly ;)

    Zorg
     
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    Dont forget some companies like ups also charge you for the courtesy of putting an item through customs, i imported some cameras from the usa, and payed duty, vat and an extra 20 quid :eek:

    edd
     
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    That does sound cheap! Tell us what you think when you get it fired up! :D
     
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    I have just ordered a Logitech Harmony 1000 over the net. It came to 200 quid, but if I am gonna get stung for anything up to £70 them i'll be gutted. If I is that much, could I refuse to accept it?
     
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    You have kept this thread very interesting. Nice to hear that you have been charged a low amount. All the best.
     
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    Sure, but you won't get much of your £200 refunded after all the fees you will have to pay
     
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    When I ordered it they weren't available in the UK. Now it looks like i'll be paying a tidy sum over the odds for one from the US. Bloody typical.:suicide:
     

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