UK Customs Charges

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    UK Customs Charges

    I've just gotten a letter from Royal Mail (UK) I recently bought some aluminium fett ears and they have charged me a grand total of $95 just to bring them into the country, I'm sorry but this is outrageous, anyone else had any interesting experiences ?

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    Re: UK Customs Charges

    i have acouple friends, well one, in the UK that were charge about $60 for bringing some airsoft guns

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    I know this is just me ranting but when I bought my TE trooper armour I paid an extra $200 for customs charges!!!

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    I'm not in the UK, but Canada. I just recently received my soft parts from Bobamaker and Canada Customs dinged me $140. (Still worth it for the quality of the gear I got from BM though. )

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    Yup, when i ordered some BM items about a month ago, I got charged $40 for customs. I dont mind paying it, I just didnt know I'd get charged for something like that.

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    formerly old_jedi_mind_trick Bobby Fett UK's Avatar
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    Re: UK Customs Charges

    I have had it before.....they charge a handling fee which can be higher than the tax!

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    Re: UK Customs Charges

    I believe it is based on the declared value. I usually put a much lower declared value when I ship international to help the non-US folks out a little in the wallet.

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    Do you have to pay before the item is shipped from the sender and, how do you know if you have to pay or not?

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    Re: UK Customs Charges

    I'm based in Ireland so when I buy from the US, I normally ask the seller to declare a value below $100 to avoid VAT. It's normally not a problem with custom made prop sellers (these items can be difficult for customs to put a value on, unless they know the products).

    I have been stung a few times before with Ebay shops. Most expeditors will ask for VAT to be paid at time of delivery except Fedex, they send you an invoice after delivery.

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    Basically you wait for your goods as normal and then instead of a nice parcel waiting for you on your doorstep when you get home, you find a letter that says Dear Mr ...... we are holding an international parcel that requires payment for customs charges totaling $5000000 this invoice must be paid before the parcel can be collected, yes thats right not only do we have to pay them MORE money but we then have to collect the parcel from a depot!!!

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    Re: UK Customs Charges

    HeadlessHunter said: View Post
    Basically you wait for your goods as normal and then instead of a nice parcel waiting for you on your doorstep when you get home, you find a letter that says Dear Mr ...... we are holding an international parcel that requires payment for customs charges totaling $5000000 this invoice must be paid before the parcel can be collected, yes thats right not only do we have to pay them MORE money but we then have to collect the parcel from a depot!!!
    Wow, I would be ticked to. That really sucks, so you have no idea how much the customs charges untill they have your package?

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    Re: UK Customs Charges

    That's why when us U.S. people ship you something, we need to help you out by filling in a lower dollar amount than what you actually paid.

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