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UK customs charges (ordering pj's from Japan)

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dunkyboy, Aug 4, 2002.

  1. dunkyboy

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    It seems a common practice in the States (and elsewhere) is ordering projectors from Japan, as availability and price are generally better there than anywhere else. Apparently (I've read this, I don't know how true it is) in the US if you make sure it's declared as a 'computer display device' you pay no customs duties, so it makes for a great idea for a bargain.

    Is there any similar customs exemption in the UK? If not, how much would the customs charge be on a projector costing, say, £2000? Is ordering from Japan (e.g. www.pricejapan.com) a viable option? (I understand that getting Japanese units serviced under warranty would be rather tricky, so cost reduction of the pj must be considerable.)

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    The way customs charges works is like this:

    Take the CIF value of the goods (that is, cost, insurance & freight - in other words the total value of the invoice), convert it at a nominal exchange rate (use the city rate off teletext as a guide), and then

    Calculate an amount of duty. This varies from item to item and the only way you can find the UK percentage for a given item is to talk to HM C&E. It may be that, on computer displays it is 0%, whereas on TVs etc it is more (maybe 5%). Don't quote me on these figures - only Customs will tell you the correct rates.

    Add the duty to the converted CIF value.

    Calcluate VAT at 17.5% on the CIF+Duty total. VAT applies to everything (except books and some foods, I think), so you won't avoid this by labelling it as a computer display.

    Then, add a "tax handling" charge applied by the carrier. This varies from carrier to carrier.

    So, at best, you will have to pay the carrier 17.5% + their fee; at worst it will be more (guess at 23% - depends on the rate of duty) + their fee.
     
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    Many moons ago when the Earth was young, and so was I... I bought a projector back from Hong Kong. The Duty was 14% and as has been stated the VAT is calculated on the goods value plus the duty... works out at about 34% on top!

    So you have to save a lot on the goods to make it pay - that being said I was lucky, kept the projector for five years and still sold it for what I paid for it!!!
     

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