General Discussion: customs fuckers


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pops
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3993 posts since 2/9/09

posted 6 Apr 2016 10:06, edited 6 Apr 2016 10:06
Bought a couple of books from Japan which had been held in customs for almost a week. Didn't ask for value to be marked down by proxy as I thought books were exempt from duty. If so , why are they being held or am
I wrong & just about to be hit with charges ?

leemac74
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978 posts since 30/4/08

6 Apr 2016 20:46
If it's a big ticket item, i would now maybe take a small hit on purpose, declare a value that incurs a fee but is reasonable, I always say it's used and describe items anyways but I guess if you pay them something they might not look for more.

Did dodge a possible hefty elmendorf and kerchief taxes altogether from Japan in recent years so I figured it was full proof.
abagnale
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634 posts since 6/1/14

30 Apr 2016 12:21
Does anybody have any experience with customs/import on exchanges?

Basically, I ordered a ring from the US and had it delivered to my hotel, and flew home with it. I thought this was a smart way to avoid import duty. But, now I have a problem as it's too large and cause of the delicacy no jeweller will touch it. (I'm really pissed off about this as the manufacturer's staff assured me it would be simple enough to have it resized…)

The only option I have is to send it back to the manufacturer, they are happy to replace it and return it. My concern is that I'm going to be stung by customs. I should have some kind of return (RMA) from them which I guess I show FedEx or wherever it gets held. But if I'm going to get a hefty fee I could look at alternative options.

Any ideas?



Mosoona
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140 posts since 25/5/15

1 May 2016 09:37
Was it more than 800 (dollars)? Pretty sure that that's what the limit has just been raised to, before fees apply
abagnale
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634 posts since 6/1/14

posted 1 May 2016 09:52, edited 1 May 2016 09:52
Yeah it was. I think because I have no proof of the origin I'm going to be charged. Luckily I have a friend travelling there in a few weeks who I could have it delivered to.
Jimmy326
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4552 posts since 22/9/07

7 Jul 2016 15:11
If I buy a shirt that is UK made from Australia, and have it sent back to the UK, will I be liable for Customs?
swede
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7831 posts since 21/3/09

7 Jul 2016 15:21
Laughing out loud yes
Jimmy326
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4552 posts since 22/9/07

7 Jul 2016 15:27
I know US folk purchasing EG (US made) from the Bureau don't get charged Customs. What's the difference? Just individual country rules?
Seventyfour
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8700 posts since 6/10/05

7 Jul 2016 15:58
they should get custom charges, well if the package gets intercepted by customs they do!
they don't get charged tax by the bureau though. same as we don't pay tax out side of the EU. thats kind of the point of customs.
mAK
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477 posts since 28/4/13

7 Jul 2016 16:18
US has a tax threshold of $400 so anything under that will avoid custom fees.

as you said individual customs rules

Hopefully brexit will bring about a change to the UKs customs setup which currently means you get taxed on anything over about £20
most other countries have a similar threshold to the US

In the long run for your average joe it may mean avoiding the 20% tax that is standard across the EU

I am originally from NZ and sales time in the EU used to mean bargains galore as you got everything at sales prices plus an already 20% discount from avoiding the EU tax and the package being under the NZ customs tx threshold meaning you didn't pay tax on it anywhere
sodomgomorra
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1362 posts since 24/3/14

7 Jul 2016 16:52
mAK wrote: US has a tax threshold of $400 so anything under that will avoid custom fees.

as you said individual customs rules

Hopefully brexit will bring about a change to the UKs customs setup which currently means you get taxed on anything over about £20
most other countries have a similar threshold to the US

In the long run for your average joe it may mean avoiding the 20% tax that is standard across the EU

I am originally from NZ and sales time in the EU used to mean bargains galore as you got everything at sales prices plus an already 20% discount from avoiding the EU tax and the package being under the NZ customs tx threshold meaning you didn't pay tax on it anywhere

It wasn't always like this right - thought they changed it recently.
Rirawin
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9211 posts since 17/7/05

7 Jul 2016 18:37
It was $200, but since March this year it was raised to $800.
Jake Unkutt
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2832 posts since 2/3/04

26 Jul 2016 09:56
I've been getting stung loads on customs for receiving items from Japan recently.
Even though it's been marked as "Used 28 USD"
MLI
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4264 posts since 6/10/09

26 Jul 2016 10:59
Rirawin wrote: It was $200, but since March this year it was raised to $800.

AUs been $1000 for a decade, but had a couple of items come in marked in the multiple thousands and still avoided any fees Cool
Mark
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1008 posts since 24/5/08

2 Sep 2016 10:59
I bought a used camera lens from Japan on eBay.
I then decided it's better to buy a new one, so I'd planned on returning it as soon as I got it.

now it's stuck in customs Evil

Has anyone refused customs and told them to return it? are the customs fees recharged to the seller? At the least, I expect a charge for shipping back to Japan but I don't want either party to pay customs on it.
cassini
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462 posts since 13/6/10

2 Sep 2016 12:12
Is this Parcelforce? I've ignored their letter requesting money and the package was returned to sender at no extra cost (I told the sender I was going to do this and they were ok with it), though they used the slowest service imaginable - it took about a month to get back to the States.
pops
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3993 posts since 2/9/09

posted 2 Sep 2016 12:59, edited 2 Sep 2016 12:59
pops wrote: Bought a couple of books from Japan which had been held in customs for almost a week. Didn't ask for value to be marked down by proxy as I thought books were exempt from duty. If so , why are they being held or am
I wrong & just about to be hit with charges ?

Thread bump has just reminded me - got hit for £50 on one of the books & will contest this as it should be exempt.Cnuts.
Centurionone
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1379 posts since 30/3/11

2 Sep 2016 13:21
This malarkey is only going to get worse once we are out of the EU Evil
Mark
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1008 posts since 24/5/08

2 Sep 2016 13:42
cassini wrote: Is this Parcelforce? I've ignored their letter requesting money and the package was returned to sender at no extra cost (I told the sender I was going to do this and they were ok with it), though they used the slowest service imaginable - it took about a month to get back to the States.

Yep, parcelforce.
Not bad, but i'm not sure i want to wait over a month! I'll give them a call as soon as I get the notice.

pops, what books did you cop? I'm just tryign to find a source that states the exemption of books (generally), but its quite vague
beeper
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142 posts since 22/9/10

2 Sep 2016 13:59
This is the HMRC notice on VAT for books. In general they should be zero rated https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-70110-zero-rating-of-books-and-other-forms-of-printed-matter/vat-notice-70110-zero-rating-of-books-and-other-forms-of-printed-matter#meaning-of-the-group-3-items