General Discussion: customs fuckers


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Crackajack
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7145 posts since 21/4/05

18 Nov 2015 09:53
Try

http://www.dutycalculator.com/ if you havent used your free searches.

For a total customs value of £515 inc £15 postage it would be about £130 but depends on the postage and insurance costs you are quoted as they are part of the value they use to determine final fees (what a con).
Crackajack
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7145 posts since 21/4/05

18 Nov 2015 09:54
And then potentially a fee from Parcel Force for processing on top?
gawkrodger
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7499 posts since 4/11/08

18 Nov 2015 11:46
so, the slight extra hassle of using a proxy is worth it then! ha
Crackajack
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7145 posts since 21/4/05

18 Nov 2015 11:48
Isn't there an ethical / moral dilemma in avoiding tax though Gawk? Eye-wink

trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

18 Nov 2015 12:13
Low it, cause VAT is a tax to protect individual national interests and Gawk's a worker of the world Sticking out tongue
LFC
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3739 posts since 14/6/11

2 Jan 2016 17:29
Anyone ever ordered from Barneys New York? Bought a jacket and in the payment breakdown it includes a duties and taxes cost of £63. Does that mean my customs charges are paid for already or will I be stung again? Thanks.
Centurionone
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1379 posts since 30/3/11

2 Jan 2016 17:35
It is already calculated by Borderfree delivery company so that's all you pay
2925mark
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2000 posts since 18/10/07

posted 2 Jan 2016 17:35, edited 2 Jan 2016 17:35
Are you sure? Asked the same question of a US store myself recently. Usually is just the sales tax in the states. Expect to pay customs and clearance fees (what a joke) on top, I was told.
Centurionone
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1379 posts since 30/3/11

2 Jan 2016 17:37
Most US shops have International check out options to avoid just what 2925mark just said.
Centurionone
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posted 2 Jan 2016 17:37, edited 2 Jan 2016 17:37
Yes I am sure, cause I do shop from US shops online myself. The ones that have international check out options calculate tax and shipping do what you pay is final. Some don't have that option but if you put overseas address then they omit charging state sales tax and only charge shipping. That means customs at this end will sting you
LFC
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3739 posts since 14/6/11

2 Jan 2016 17:38
Centurionone wrote: It is already calculated by Borderfree delivery company so that's all you pay

This is what I thought with them using this service so will wait and see and hopefully you're right. Thanks for the answers fellasCool
YLAup
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5154 posts since 5/9/11

2 Jan 2016 17:43
Pretty sure the tax breakdown will be the NY state sales tax, which everyone pays. If the item is over a certain amount (and if only the tax is £63 then I imagine it is) then its likely you'll need to pay customs upon the item entering the UK.
YLAup
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5154 posts since 5/9/11

2 Jan 2016 17:45
Second thoughts, listen to centurionone
Rirawin
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posted 2 Jan 2016 18:22, edited 2 Jan 2016 18:22
Yup a lot of the big US retailers like Barneys will allow you to pay customs and duties upon checking out with them. J Crew offered the same service before they launched their UK store. It makes the whole buying experience a lot more transparent and convenient as you're not sweating about additional charges when receiving it.

eBay runs something similar for eBay buyers, whereby the buyer can pay customs and duties when purchasing something from a foreign eBay seller. However, I believe this is restricted to people purchasing from US eBay sellers only.
EssexBoyII
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6481 posts since 5/6/07

2 Jan 2016 18:48
I used that. It worked pretty well
bob1503
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232 posts since 18/6/06

2 Jan 2016 19:38
I bought from Barneys before Xmas, paid the duties and taxes charge and there was no nasty surprise at this end.
Fläsket
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3592 posts since 14/8/04

2 Jan 2016 19:42
you shouldn't be paying ny sales tax if the clothes are being sent to another state or out of the country.
YLAup
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5154 posts since 5/9/11

2 Jan 2016 19:51
Isn't that at the stores discretion?
LFC
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3739 posts since 14/6/11

2 Jan 2016 19:55
Looks like I'll be fine then. Thanks everyoneCool
sydneyking
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4559 posts since 26/9/09

27 Jan 2016 07:21
Any reason why customs would be holding an item sent to me from Germany? Unless it's just a random check