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as above, want to buy something that is 34 euros from EU, its free delivery, but I think VAT/customs would be due,  although I read somewhere there is a minimum price blow which you dont pay this

 

There is this, but this says over 135 pounds before duties

 

Britons buying from EU websites hit with £100 customs bills | Online shopping | The Guardian

 

 

Type and value of goods Customs Duty
Non-excise goods worth £135 or less No charge
Gifts above £135 and up to £630 2.5%, but rates are lower for some goods - call the helpline
Gifts above £630 and other goods above £135 The rate depends on the type of goods and where they came from - call the helpline

You pay Customs Duty on excise goods of any value.

 

 

GOV site, says nowt on goods below 39.00, which covers the above, but have heard horror stories

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ALSO: pre-2021, VAT was often not payable on goods costing £10 and under, if  imported via Channel Islands.

It is, now.

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Apparently couriers are charging admin costs, etc, at various rates

 

The seller/company, say when i mailed them  they have sold loads to UK, and buyers are informing them of custom duties charges, but they won't tell me how much,

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Companies will be employing Brokers to deal with the regular import and exports.

 

Individuals who give and receive an occasional gift will declare the item and value to the shipper who will normally collect the duty/VAT/fees from the sender AND sometimes in addition  from the receiver.

They will make sure the one item is declared with a receipt with value of less than £40. They will not gift electronics, alcohol, tobacco, jewellery, cameras, watches, coffee etc, this should avoid a "surprise" bill which might be 20% VAT, fees and 25% duty.

 

There are people who try to avoid tax and duty by saying that items are of low value or gifts.

There are some who run mini businesses or act as an agent, intermediary or friend who think they are immune because they have not been told of any changes. That is no defence. 

Customs and Revenue collectors have years of experience and are quick to notice. They 'collect' addresses and have long memories. They like to build up evidence and will prefer to send a "bill" that the individual will pay rather than face a very expensive court case.

 

Like us the EU+ area are able to change their rules at anytime, with/without notice and consultation.  

 

 

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