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Old 7th July 2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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I would like to ask all fellow citizens of different EU countries how well their country add VAT + TAXES on goods ordered outside EU. I am in Denmark and they are pretty good at it here. The reason i ask is that if there were another country where i know somebody i could send the goods there then send them to DK from there.

In DK we pay around 21EURO just for somebody to check the package and tell how much tax i need to pay which is on top of the 21EURO so in the end something that costs let's say 30EURO in China ends up being 60EURO.

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Old 7th July 2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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In the UK, small packages do not usually attract the attention of the Customs and Revenue, especially if the sender marks it gift and the value is under about 20GBP.

If it does attract duty, the post office charges 8GBP or so for the pleasure.

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Old 8th July 2011, 08:09 AM   #3
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In the UK, small packages do not usually attract the attention of the Customs and Revenue, especially if the sender marks it gift and the value is under about 20GBP.

If it does attract duty, the post office charges 8GBP or so for the pleasure.

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The 20GBP seem to be much higher than in DK. Is the 20GBP officially in UK or is it some magic number you know from experience ? Here it is officially 11EURO so everything above that then you have to pay 25% VAT + 21 EURO to the post office.
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Old 8th July 2011, 08:29 AM   #4
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It's not exact but somewhere near.

There is a published tarrif available on-line from HMCR.

It highlights some interesting facts. eg. a laptop imported into the UK attracts no duty only the VAT whereas a PC is taxed.

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Old 8th July 2011, 09:34 AM   #5
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HM Revenue & Customs: Tax on goods ordered from or bought abroad
VAT on regular goods over £18.
VAT on gifts over £40.

As I have been stung by the fees a couple of times now I will always calculate the VAT/Duty/Fees before ordering. Or preferably I will get the sender to declare the value very low, like $20, to avoid paying. Most sellers in Asia will happily do this but some more 'respectable' western companies won't
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Old 8th July 2011, 09:56 PM   #6
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In Ireland its €6 charge + 20% vat + tariff (usually small).

If it comes via regular post it mostly flies under the rafar, but courier delivery will cost ya....
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