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Jsut a quick customs question?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by one_jedi, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. one_jedi

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    You only have to pay customs/VAT ect if the product itslef is over £18 pound right? not the product plus the packaging? just i've seen soemthing I might want fro about £15 but I think the postage will put if over the £18

    Plus what are movietyme like when it comes to customs as I've seen something there for just over £18?

    Thanks
     
  2. Johndm

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    Wrong...they will have you if the order, (item plus shipping added together) is over £18..
     
  3. one_jedi

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    Can anyone confirm this? I thought it was only if the product was over £18?
     
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    nope, the £18 is inc of shipping
     
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    Movietyme are fine for customs as all parcels are re posted in the uk.
     
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    There right I asked this question myself some time back, and got the same reply.
    I must say I find it a bit unfair though, but then when you get a DVD under £18 you are not paying VAT on it, so it is swings and roundabouts, or Vat and DVD’s.;)
     
  7. Rasczak

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    Originally I would order stuff from Amazon.com and would get charged a small fortune in customs charges. No problem I though - it's tax, we all have to pay it, I'll live with it. However I then ordered a gift for someone and thought I would have it wrapped at the cost of around $3. It arrived with no charges. Therefore I now have every boxset I order from Amazon.com gift wrapped - and 12 parcels later have still not been charged customs (although they've opened a few). Maybe it's just luck but for now I'm going to take the hit for the extra $3-7 wrapping few rather than the £15-£20 customs charge.

    It's not worth doing for small orders or orders consisting of lots of little items (which all carry a warpping charge). But for orders of DVD boxsets I thoroughly recommend getting it gift wrapped!
     
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    Anyhow, just to confirm the answer to the original question - the value of the package, for customs/duty/VAT purposes is its CIF value - that means:

    C Cost (value of goods)
    I Insurance
    F Freight (shipping) to the EEC border
     
  9. philipjg

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    so, if I was to order a Dvd costing £20 including postage and it got opened by customs, how much extra would I likely have to pay?
     
  10. Johndm

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    Before I learned the 'rules', I ordered 2 discs from Amazon.com, total order about £30 inc shipping.

    A card duly arrived through my door from post office, for collection at local depot......customs charge was about a fiver, BUT the bast*** post office add THEIR so called 'handling charge', think it was another £4.80 ish.

    So, just order 1 at a time to beat em..BUT, do check prices and disk features for exactly what you want, for example DTS soundtrack may only be on US R1 version. Not all discs are cheaper in the US after shipping, and some UK versions have better specs too.
     
  11. philipjg

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    thats useful to keep in mind, thanks
     
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    Nope, you are wrong there according to customs and excise

    http://www.hmce.gov.uk/forms/notices/143.htm#P84_6257

    Can I get relief from duty or vat on any goods.

    Yes EC agreements allow relief from charges if they

    :Have an instrinsic value of £18 or less. Although this particular relief does not include alchol, tobacco products, perfume or toilet water which are covered in paragraph 3.4. The intrinsic value is the ACTUAL value of the goods EXCLUDING postage, packaging and other miscellaneous costs.

    :lesson:
     
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    Thats what I thought, it's only on the actual product?
     
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    I have been buying dvd films for about 3 years and never been charged customs. I know I will be charged by customs now I have said that.
     
  15. Johndm

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    Best someone tells customs that one then..........
     
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    Just a note to say that Rasczak is right, I've bought stuff (dvds included) from all over the world and have found out if an item is wrapped as a present within the package then no custom charges are applicable, no matter what the price. So if a site offers gift wrapping and its an expensive item the get it wrapped, its a lot cheaper.

    The reason for this I guess, is that they cant really charge a recipient of say, a birthday gift to receive a present.
     

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